Play For Peace

Summer is the time of year for road trips, beach hang-outs and concerts. That’s where Play for Peace comes in. It’s a concert of a different nature in that a group of music lovers join together to make a plea for peace. These events are for people who love to listen to great music and are passionate about a cause to change the world. The dream began with North Carolina’s own Eli, who started this gathering of bands as a way to unite people who have a common goal. She writes in her MySpace blog, “I am a small idea that can make a big difference! We are all united for ONE common goal…Peace! If you believe in the power of music, you make the point! Support our troops by telling the truth! Bring peace to those who suffer from the lack of peace-peace to you, and many blessings.” This peace does not only apply to those fighting in Iraq, but for people who need help and understanding in America. After the Virginia Tech. shootings, Eli witnessed a new need to bring support and healing to those who had been affected. However, this movement cannot be done without the involvement of everyone. Venders, local performers and volunteers are all needed and welcomed during these events. Spreading the word is just one way to get people involved, and to spread the word to as many people as possible. The sixth Play for Peace will be held at WCU on September 11th as a continuous effort to continue advocating for peace. Performances will start on July 5th and will feature the talents of Matt Williams and Stephen Foster which will begin at 6:30 p.m. The next performance will be hosted by Jan Spencer, who is visiting from South Carolina and is a talent in playing jazz. Her performance will be from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. July 10th will feature the style of Sugar Barnes beginning at 6:30 p.m. For a final performance, Jan Spencer will perform at 6:30 p.m. on July 12th. To kick-off the Grand Opening on Friday the 13th, Steve Wohlrab will begin at 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Starting at 8:00 p.m. the show will continue with Tommy Dennison and The CRUNCH until 11:00 p.m. All performers are playing for free, so local support is needed. Any new ideas or thoughts are welcomed and encouraged. To help get more involved, visit the MySpace page Play for Peace to list comments or ideas.