This was originally sent out on October 15, 2009 from my FabuN♥LA eNewsletter (emailed to the FabuNOLA List on October 15, 2009). If you are not yet receiving these emails, please sign up at www.FabuNOLA.com. Some of the images/flyers didn’t copy over so I will have to add them later when I have some time. ~ Thanks. Hope you enjoy the re-post. Peace & Love, Cherylyn:
|Hello My Dear & Lovely FabuNOLA Family!!!
How are you? I hope you’ve been amazingly well. Just really busy working out some major life challenges and finding balance (as I know you are all going through similar situations). However, I wanted to take this time to tell you a couple of things and also let you know about this phenomenally fabulous benefit concert going on tonight that I’m involved with (info below).
And, in the immortal words of my dear friend, Rep. Jared Brosset, from his posting on his Blackberry on Facebook today in anticipation of President Obama’s appearance in New Orleans, “Waiting on the Pres. Obama!! Geaux Bama.” That’s a Louisiana reference for all of you outside of FabuNOLA!!
I’ll leave you with these Words of Encouragement:
“One of the fascinating things about human beings is this: Believe for long enough that you are not as smart as others and this will actually lead to intellectual ineptitude. But, confronted with the same doubts, if you choose to believe that your mind is merely dormant for now, lacking in exercise, once you begin to train it, there are no bounds to what you can achieve.”
Wisdom for Modern Life – Daisaku Ikeda
FabuNOLA News & Events (and LOVE!!)
GO YOU FORTH BENEFIT Concert:
I’ve been having some major technical issues all day, I’m just going to post the flyer here to make it easier for all, along with the email I sent with Neshama’s eNewsletter that I sent to media & some friends who spread the word to their lists earlier this week.
Hello FabuNOLA Family & Friends:
I wanted to send this to you so you could spread the word about this phenomenal concert event going on tomorrow. Neshama has asked me personally to help her out. I was at the teaser event they did about 6 weeks ago. My friend, David Morgan, said he contacted 3 people that morning of the teaser concert when he got in town: Harold Batiste, Ellis Marsalis and Me. Ellis was on one side of the Synagogue and I was on the other. David was the first graduate student for Ellis Marsalis from the UNO Jazz Program that started back in 1989 (when I first moved here then met him in 1990. . . yes, that far back).
From Neshama Carlebach:
September 18, 2009
Tonight is the beginning of a New Year, a new chance to discover, to grow, to love. My prayer is that this year we all get it right: that we forgive ourselves and each other, that we open our hearts and souls to all we can be, that we see the reasons to sing, dance and celebrate every day, and that we find G-d in every corner, even when there are shadows.
Thank you for being a part of the fabric of my life…
NEW ORLEANS, USA
Neshama Carlebach Hosts Benefit Concert October 15th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2009 (New York, NY) – In an effort to focus national attention on New Orleans, still in need of repair four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region, international musical sensation Neshama Carlebach has announced an ambitious project — GO YOU FORTH — which will take place at the historic Touro Synagogue on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 8 p.m.
A joyous interfaith celebration of song, GO YOU FORTHwill feature Neshama’s band, the soulful Green Pastures Baptist Choir, together with the one and only Ellis Marsalis and other local musicians and artists. Please check neshamacarlebach.com/soul.journey for the latest schedule of performers.
“Music is not only the true universal language, it is our greatest means of healing,” said the singer. “New Orleans is the soul of our nation, the heartbeat and pulse of the greatest American creative energy. Through GO YOU FORTH, I’m hoping to bring forth a complete healing for this great city.”
GO YOU FORTHwill take place immediately following the Harvest the Music festival in the French Quarter, where Neshama will perform and then lead a Second Line in a symbolic direction towards Touro Synagogue at 4238 St. Charles Avenue.
PROJECT BENEFITS FOOD BANKS, REBUILDING OF HOMES
Touro Synagogue has taken a leadership role in this effort, not only by hosting the concert but by plugging into the social and philanthropic network that they already have in place, owing to their well-known religious and cultural programs. “This concert truly illuminates the sound of the soul – inward, outward and upward,” said Rabbi Alexis Berk of Touro Synagogue.
GO YOU FORTHis soliciting sponsorships for the rebuilding of homes through the St. Bernard Project and with a month to go until the event, there are already commitments for the building of several homes, said Neshama Carlebach. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations at the October 15th concert will go benefit the local food banks in New Orleans through MAZON.
The concert organizers are encouraging people to donate above and beyond the $18 advance ticket price ($20 at the door) and to organize their communities to help St. Bernard Project rebuild homes that were devastated by the storm. The cost of home renovation is between $12,000 and $15,000, due to volunteer labor, said Zach Rosenburg, director and co-founder of the St. Bernard Project.
The promotion effort has been conducted through grassroots and informal methods, by reaching out to local and national organizations, houses of worship, schools and individuals. Neshama Carlebach has urged participation and support through her website, NeshamaCarlebach.com and a Facebook group for GO YOU FORTH has been created.
For further information about GO YOU FORTH, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate towards the rebuilding of a house through the St. Bernard Project, please visit firstgiving.com/goyouforth. For ticket sales, please visit Mazon.org and click on the GO YOU FORTH ticket link on the homepage.
GO YOU FORTHalso coincides with the release of Neshama’s new CD, Higher & Higher, which she recorded with the Green Pastures Baptist Choir. Produced by Sojourn Records, Higher & Higher is being distributed by Sony Records.
ARTS OR ENTERTAINMENT WRITERS:A launch party for Neshama Carlebach’s new CD will be held in the French Quarter of New Orleans on October 15th, immediately following GO YOU FORTH. For information about the launch party or to request information or a review copy of Higher & Higher, please contact Cara Wodnicki at email@example.com or 212.246.2640.
FEATURE OR RELIGION WRITERS: To request press tickets to GO YOU FORTHor arrange an interview with Neshama Carlebach, to request permission to cover GO YOU FORTH or for further information about this event, please contact Shira Dicker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.403.3989.
It’s no surprise that Neshama is the daughter of a man considered by some to be the father of Jewish Music, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Revered the world over for his celebration of religion through music and his ability to unify people through song, Neshama found her inspiration in his words and music and maintains the perfect balance between respecting his voice and incorporating her own.
Higher & Higher is the intersection of faith and talent, an album written from the perspective of a particular belief that applies to all. Written predominantly by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and performed by his daughter with a Baptist choir, the ten songs that make up the phenomenal release share an incredible message of unity and hope.
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