|FODfest '08 - Great Barrington, MA - The Hunger Mountain Boys, JoAnne Spies, Sam Weiser (2008-2009 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin Recipient), Seth Rogovoy & Willie Watkins, SONiA of Disappearfear, Todd Mack, Aidan O’Brien, Carl Bethge, Caroline Mack, Chris
Hometown: Sheffield, Massachusetts
Web site: http://www.fodfest.org
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FODfest is an annual concert tour honoring the life & ideals of the late Wall St. Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who lost his life to terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. In addition to being a journalist, Danny was a talented musician who played a variety of instruments including fiddle & mandolin, and was a classically trained violinist. Wherever he lived, Danny was actively involved in the local music scene, and wherever he traveled, he sought out local jam sessions.
FOD is an acronym for Friends of Danny and the concert tour features many of the musicians who played in bands or jammed with Danny while he was alive, as well as many who never knew him but connect with his story. FODfest is a unique performance format: part song-swap, part jam session, part concert. Most of the participating musicians are meeting for the first time on stage.
Danny was a firm believer in the power of music to bring people together regardless of ethnic, religious, cultural, or economic differences. FODfest celebrates that ideal and takes place every October as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days which is organized by the Daniel Pearl Foundation.
FODfest is in its fourth year and is organized by musician, songwriter, and producer Todd Mack, a former band mate and close friend of Pearl’s. The concerts are open to the public, and in lieu of an admission charge, donations are collected at each performance to help offset tour & production costs.
Tour booked by Skyline Music http://skyllinemusic.com
Artist submissions for this year’s tour are no longer being accepted. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mailing list for consideration for next year’s tour.
FODfest ’08 Sponsors & Partners:
Off the Beat-n-Track
HIP Digital Video
FODfest ’08 Supporters:
Elaine & Stephen Mack, Anonymous, Rachael Solem, Shaula Yemini, Will Curtiss, Lynette Najimy, Andy Torraco, Michael Citrin, The Daniel Pearl Foundation, Jeff Diamond, Dan Hofmann, Kwik Print, Inc., Elaine Lanyi, Kurt Henry & Cheryl Lambert, Debbie Zecher, Joe Rose, Joe & Linda Goldstein, Bryan Gruley, Anne & Ernest Schnesel, Pete Nugent, John Van Vlack, Bob & Roberta Silman, Helene & Mark Kaplan, Jackie & John Lina, Tina & Rick Chase, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Arlyn & Owen Hoberman, Derek Nicoletto, Robin & Michael Strauss, Glen Caroline, Kim Angelis, Nancsea Fi