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Hello Beautiful People!

 

Things have been moving at such a fast pace, that it's been hard to keep up with all the activities. But just to show you that we haven't forgotten about you, here are a few highlights of all the happenings.

 

The 2013 Rhythm and Joy Music Festival 

The first annual Rhythm and Joy Festival RAJ 13 took place on October 4-6th, 2013 at the exquisitely beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, CA. And what an experience it was! There is a saying that goes: "If you want to make the Universe laugh, tell it your plans".

A LOT of hard work went into the planning of RAJ13. But there were things that were not anticipated - like SANTA ANA WINDS rolling in at 70 miles per hour early Friday morning.

Yet, what emerged was something that could never have been planned.

Community Emerged.... As experienced campers helped first time campers secure their tents or (buy new ones!). Vendors gave away free food. Strangers cuddled together and shared blankets. For three days, surrounded by mountains and nature, we all became one... we became closer.

Consciousness Emerged.... As people created spontaneous spaces for meditation, prayer and yoga. Drum circles and chanting. We all took our lead from nature and went higher.

Flexibility Emerged... As individuals threw away their ideas & schedules, scripts & lists, and allowed themselves the opportunity to truly be in the moment.

Service Emerged... As experts freely met with anyone who had a question or concern. Brilliant individuals like Dr.Shea, Dr. Aris Latham, Viktoras Kulvinskas and and B-Live gave life valuable information about holistic health. Body workers and healers used their talents to align body, mind and spirit in the Healing Oasis. Free, clean water was made available so that all were properly hydrated. It was a beautiful example of what it means to care for someone else, as much as you care for yourself.  

Freedom Emerged.... As Children and adults were able to create art and get their faces painted by artists who loved sharing their art with us all. There were Playful games of touch football; Parades where anyone who wanted to sing and dance could participate. Electric scooter rides, Frisbees, and more. WE HAD FUN!!!

All of this was interlaced with soul stirring music from soooo many artists that spanned the gamut of styles from Jazz to World to Hip Hop to Rap to Rock to Pop to Kirtan to Funk & Reggae and beyond!!! Chaka Khan, Niki Haris, Roy Ayers, Jami Lula, Lisa & Erika, Donna Delory Georgia and Dudley, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dred Daze, Jami Deva, Luminaries, Deva Premal, Miten & Manose, the Agape International Choir... and no one will ever forget the duet/mash up of Rickie Byars Beckwith and rapper/actor Common nor will they forget Mama Byars & Mama Lissa Sprinkles OPENING for Common Lol!!!

Lives Were Changed!!!

Those who could endure the opening challenges could testify that they were made better by this incredible festival. see www.rajfestival.com to see photos and share insights about RAJ13.

 

WAYS TO HELP RAJ

There truly is no other festival like it and we get to do it better next year. Currently, we are paying off outstanding debts that are incurred many times with a first time venture. Fortunately, FOLKS WHO LOVE RAJ or even the concept of a three day outdoor festival where folks show up to play with Rickie BB and all that she loves and aspires to be - is encouraging folks to contribute. The mountain of debt is now a nice sized hill and with your help - it won't exist at all. Our Indiegogo Crowd-sourcing Campaign has launched and we need your help. Go to RAJ14.com and check out the wonderful campaign our RAJ Indiegogo Team has put together. These folks work day and night and they all have REAL jobs. Simply... They believe in Rhythm and Joy as a way of life and for sure they are comitted to us meeting our goal

TO MAKE A DONATION NOW - go to RAJ14.com and choose a perk or just contribute if you'd rather by pass the perks... but some of the perks are SLAMMIN!!! I'm just sayin. If you'd rather not go through Indiegogo simply mail your donation to Rhythm And Joy Festival, P.O. Box 35779, Los Angeles CA 90035

SAVE THE DATE: RAJ FESTIVAL 2014 - September 26,27 & 28 (before Santa Anas!!!)

Stay tuned. We learned a lot in our first year and next year will be even more dynamic. Make space now in your calendar to be with us in sunny beautiful southern California on the truly holy ground of Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, CA at the the RHYTHM AND JOY FESTIVAL 2014 or RAJ-2!!! See you there.

 

Upcoming Performances, Winter/Spring 2014:

Sat. Feb 9th -- The Conscious Life Expo, Los Angeles, CA (In concert)
Mon. Feb 17th - Jewel's Catch One Los Angeles, CA (In concert)
Fri.  Feb 28 - Westlake Village CSL, Westlake Village, CA (in concert)
Fri. Mar. 2 - Howard University, Wash. DC (Rickie with Michael Beckwith)
Thur. Mar. 20 - The Celebration at the North Chapel/Liberty Station (in concert), San Diego, CA
Thur. Fri. Sat. Sun. May 1-4 - Agape Revelation, Tyson Corner, Virginia (Music & Arts Director)

Thank you for the love you show me when I visit your cities... hope to see you again real soon!
Yours in triumphant Joy,

Rickie Byars Beckwith
aka Rickie BB

 

 

 

 

 

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