Rocker-T and Joan Baez Perform Live Duet at Northern California's 31st Annual Harmony Festival
June 22, 2009, Sonoma County, CA – Rocker-T, the internationally-renowned, ground-breaking, and award-winning Reggae and World Music recording artist, delivered an unexpected and exhilarating live acoustic performance of his new single, "The Way Life Should Be..." to the capacity crowd at Northern California's 31 st Annual Harmony Festival accompanied by singer and human rights activist Joan Baez with Gabriel Harris, Joan's son, on percussion. And for those that don't believe “lighting strikes twice,” the duo delivered a surprise and equally rousing second live performance of the song later the same evening. "The Way Life Should Be..." is from the new Epiphyte Records EP release, featuring five mixes of the duet single "Luv is the Foundation" written and performed by Rocker-T with Joan Baez.
The first early afternoon mainstage set featured Rocker-T, backed by a 50 voice Choir, performing “Rise Up and Stand” to the audience of approximately 3,000. In the first of the two impromptu guest performances, Joan then joined Rocker-T on stage to perform her legendary "Gracias" before the two segued into "The Way Life Should Be..." The set ended with a powerful version of "Amazing Grace" which, backed by the Choir, was the high point of their first performance together.
Rocker-T opened his second evening set with his longtime classic, "Tru Ganjaman" and then another rousing performance of “Rise Up and Stand.” Rocker-T then introduced Joan who performed Steve Earle's "God is God" and "Gracias" before the two joined in the duet of "The Way Life Should Be..." to close out their set.
At the day's end, Rocker-T said, “The on-stage chemistry between Joan and I, fed by the audience's energy, has left us all with a deep and gratifying feeling of elation. I hope that this will be the first of many more live collaborations between Joan and I.”
A beaming Joan Baez stated, “I had a wonderful day.”
Other artists featured on this year's event included: Michael Franti, India.Arie, Matisyahu, Cake, K'Naan, Kitaro, Steve Kimock, Dead Kennedys, and the Bad Brains.
Rocker-T and the More Luv Band will perform at Temple in San Francisco (http://www.templesf.com) on August 13, 2009, as part of an Epiphyte Records label showcase/release party for “Luv is the Foundation.”
The Annual Harmony Festival, described as a hybrid between Burning Man and Bioneers – and the longest running festival on the West Coast - is a celebration of new ideas, community activism, eco-awareness, uplifting music, and more, in a green, family-friendly environment. http://www.harmonyfestival.com
For more info, to request a review copy of “Luv is the Foundation”, or arrange an interview with Rocker-T, please contact Christopher Buttner, at firstname.lastname@example.org
CDs of this EP release are available in fine retail stores everywhere or directly from Epiphyte Records website. Digital downloads of the EP are also available now on I-tunes and other digital music stores worldwide.
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