Monday, January 19, 2009

Porest LIVE debut tonight 1/19 in Oakland. Benefit in support of Gaza

Porest -debut of porest group
Liz Allbee -solo
Johnson, Phillips & Glenn -trio in concert
Mark Gergis (Sublime Frequencies) DJ setting
-spinning uncommon musics from the Middle East
LIVE at the Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut
671 24th Street, Apt B, Oakland, CA 94612
Simultaneous Worldwide Event in Support of Gaza
Oakland, California (usa)
Monday, Jan 19th, 2009 | 8PM | $10-and up donation
no one turned away for lack of funds |

This is a coordinated simultaneous concert/event taking place in several cities
around the world : Beirut, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm, Nazareth, Valparaiso (Chile),
Chicago, Oakland and Los Angeles.

This is a benefit for the people of Gaza, Palestine –currently under brutal siege by Israel.
All money will be donated to Gaza via the Red Cross

Here's the brief story about how and why this is happening.

Dirar Kalash is a young Palestinian musician and artist living in Haifa.
He operates autonomously and is pretty much the only
Palestinian guy doing music of this variety over there.
Porest met Dirar Kalash through the internet a while back.
He is mutual friends with Lebanese musicians and Porest / Liz Allbee
cohorts Mazen Kerbaj, Raed Yassin and Sharif Sehnoui.

Dirar and Sharif contacted Porest last week about their idea to hold this worldwide event on Jan 20. We know that our music won't really rake in the bucks, but ultimately, this is also a symbolic event.

Upon searching for a venue to host the event on such short notice, (many thanks to Ben Bracken for helping make this happen at the Mindgaze Hut) we discovered that holding it on Jan 20th would be problematic, as there is much musical competition in the Bay Area that night- and also much anticipated revelry as many Americans celebrate their new president.

In the end, it made more sense to host it on the 19th. After all, it will be January 20th in Palestine while the event is in progress.

For some information regarding the Gaza situation, please visit (download their player and watch Al Jazeera English
or Press TV for decent news)


A great article by Robert Fisk on the current crisis is here:

to watch the film: "Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land: Media & the
Israel-Palestine Conflict"

Hope to see you there Monday night...