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Unity Music Festival organized by local Indie musician

Unity Music Festival organized by local Indie musician

June 05, 2008|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

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WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Indie musician Camela Widad Kraemer was tired of not hearing the music she likes to hear, so she created a music festival in the Pennsylvania countryside and has invited 15 artists to perform at it.

The first-ever Unity Music Festival will be held Saturday at Farm of Peace in Warfordsburg. It's a labor of love Kraemer hopes audiences and musicians will appreciate.

"After playing music for 10 years, I started to get hungry for music with more meaning to it, and it was hard for me to find it," said Kraemer, a folk musician who lives in Frederick, Md.


The missing meaning was peace, love and unity, Kraemer said, so the outdoor music fest will tout those through "music with messages of social change, like music of the '60s and '70s," Kraemer said.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Shadhiliyya Sufi Center East, headquartered at the Farm of Peace. The Shadhiliyya Sufi Center East promotes the teachings of Sufism, a mystical sect of Islam.

Kraemer, who believes in Sufism, said there is no religious slant on the festival and that attendees need not be Sufi to attend.

"I don't care what your choice is," Kraemer said. "I want you to leave feeling nourished from love, that you've been cared for."

If you go ...

WHAT: Unity Music Festival

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Farm of Peace, 1212 Haven Lane, Warfordsburg, Pa.

COST: $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Advance tickets are available online Friday at Tickets also can be purchased at Dott General Store in Warfordsburg.

MORE: The festival will be held rain or shine. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Concert schedule

Main Stage

11 a.m. Doug Alan Wilcox

Noon - Clara Sala

12:20 p.m. - Robbie Mann

1 p.m. - The Rob Dickenson Band

2 p.m. - El-Prezidino

3 p.m. - Steve Hickman & John Devine

4 p.m. - Camela Widad Kraemer

5 p.m. - Billy Jonas

6 p.m. - Sonia of Disappear Fear

7 p.m. - Unity Reggae Band

8 p.m. - David Wilcox & Nance Pettit

Family Stage

11:30 a.m. - The Adventures of Mickey Puppet Theatre

12:15 p.m. - Michael Tyson

1:15 p.m. - Billy Jonas

Second Stage

2:15 p.m. - Laila Brady

3 p.m. - John Davies, speaking on "Creating Peace: Tools for Everyday Conflict"

4 p.m. - Speaker to be announced

5 p.m. - Speaker to be announced

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