“Playing for Unity in Diversity” is more than just a beautiful vision or vague hope. Its mission is to actively promote peace through the inspiring and energizing power of music. Our intent is to create a rich and dynamic day-long cultural experience for families and people of all ages and backgrounds –to celebrate and embrace our diversity– and provide an opportunity for adults and children to spend a wonderful day together. Don't miss it!

Announcement: 2nd MUSIC FESTIVAL

2014 Music Festival Date:  SAT. NOVEMBER 8, 2014 (to be confirmed)

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Words of encouragement:
Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM
Hello, I just wanted to send you a note. My family and I just returned from going to the Unity Festival. We had a wonderful time. My father,two sisters,brother and I are all music lovers. We had not been out together for quite sometime. The music was beautiful. I hope you have this again soon. I will tell all my friends and clients about it. Thank you and everyone involved who helped to put on such a wonderful production for our community!   Blessings.

Artist: Ngoma Za Kongo

Ngoma Za Kongo

Created in November 1999 by Artistic Director and Founder Leonard Baniekona with the goal of promoting and improving the real Kongo traditional music and chorographical creativity in the Republic of Congo. This music and dance are a source of healing and balance providing aquality of education and entertainment for the public of all nationalities and from all walks of life.

Artist: 1:30 PM - NASIM MAANI

1:30 PM - NASIM MAANI

Nasim blends folk, jazz and world music into a mix of her own, a timeless musical expression of her multicultural upbringing, her love for spirituality, in particular the Writings of the Baha’i Faith, and her deep connection to music from childhood. Every artist has a story and Nasim’s begins with her growing up and living in different cultures (Iran, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, New Zealand and the United States)

Artist: 5:00 PM - DOMINGO DEGRAZIA & BETH DAUNIS

5:00 PM - DOMINGO DEGRAZIA & BETH DAUNIS

Domingo's music couples dynamic rhythms with vibrant Latin, Salsa and rock drum beats. Domingo DeGrazia is an Arizona native raised with the sounds and imagery of the desert southwest. His guitar playing has charmed crowds with songs that are as rhythmic as they are percussive; moving with elegance from passionate to whimsical to sorrowful.

Artist: 3:00 PM - GABRIEL AYALA

3:00 PM - GABRIEL AYALA

A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music. He began playing the guitar as a child. He earned a Master's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona

Artist: 12:45 PM - ROBERT GILLIES

12:45 PM - ROBERT GILLIES

Robert Gillies is one part award-winning songwriter, one part folk-popper, and every bit an infectiously energetic performer, armed with a personality wrought from years of traveling the world and exploring it with a child-like wonder.

Artist: 10:00 AM - THE DARRELL ELMER RODGERS TRIO

10:00 AM - THE DARRELL ELMER RODGERS TRIO

The Darrell Elmer Rodgers Trio is comprised of three Arizonans: Darrell Elmer Rodgers, Rick Heyman, and Michael Parker. The trio performs original folk-blues songs played on guitar and sung by songwriter Darrell Elmer Rodgers with Rick Heyman providing melodious Bass accompaniment and Michael Parker supplying the foundation rhythm on Drums.

Artist: 12:00 PM - PLANET DJEMBE & THE MAMAXE DANCERS

12:00 PM - PLANET DJEMBE & THE MAMAXE DANCERS

Planet Djembe is a Tucson based group dedicated to performing and promoting traditional West African Percussion. This ancient music comes from countries like Mali, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and Burkina Faso. Great teachers like Mamady Keita, Famadou Konate, and others have brought the music and dance of these countries to the west through tours and classes over the last thirty years or so.

Artist: MC - Kristin Barnes

MC - Kristin Barnes

Kristin Barnes  from Tucson, uses her training in music and psychology  to reach deep into the minds and hearts of her students,  bringing out the ideas most important to them.  She also teaches them to break through emotional barriers  and helps students release their true voice.  Remind people that all musicians will be selling their CDs by the entrance to the Palace after each performance –  Make the audience comfortable, happy and ask them to stay as more will come…

Artist: 10:45 AM - ALAN JAMES

10:45 AM - ALAN JAMES

Artist confirmed - My all-time favorite bit about musician's bio's is the "hook" line in a Dan Connor song: "My life is based on a true story."  My father acted and directed in local theater, sang in chorale groups, wrote stories and poetry. . .

Artist: 3:45 PM - BOB WOLDIN & JEFF McCULLOUGH

3:45 PM - BOB WOLDIN & JEFF McCULLOUGH

Robert Woldin & Jeff McCullough of San Diego, California - (Blues / Rock / Alternative / Punk) "From San Diego County, California the dynamic duo of Bob Woldin and Jeff McCullough.  They are Fandango, which of course means "Celebration".   So put your hands together and help them celebrate."