When: Monday, Aug. 5, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Avenue M, 791 Merrimon Ave. $25 adult; $10 children. Includes vegetarian buffet dinner. Info: http://www.africahealingexchange.org.
Why: When The New York Times calls you "witty, smart and raw," you know your music is onto something. And when percussionist Billy Jonas presents what he calls a "neo-tribal hootenanny," the audience knows that a wildly creative act is in progress.
Jonas' upcoming concert will do more than delight listeners. It will also raise money for Africa Healing Exchange, a new Asheville-based partnership between Rwandans and Americans. The organization uses a strengths-based approach to bolster resources for Rwandans, with the goal of "healing past traumas and providing support for recovery from substance abuse and addiction."
The public is invited to write letters to Rwandans before the show. An opportunity to help design a mural will be followed by a vegetarian buffet. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Billy Jonas' press materials explain that he wants to "help audiences discover the music within common items … and within themselves." This goal will spread beyond Asheville with an evening of joyous music and wholehearted philanthropy.
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