April 28th, Leonis Adobe Museum

By Mostafa Jalal

American Folk Music FestAccording to the American Cancer Society, “Scientific studies have shown the value of music therapy on the body, mind, and spirit of children and adults. Researchers have found that music therapy, when used with anti-nausea drugs for patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy, can help ease painful symptoms. A number of clinical trials have shown the benefit of music therapy for short-term pain, including pain from cancer. Some studies have suggested that music may help decrease the overall intensity of the patient’s experience of pain when used with pain-relieving drugs. Music therapy can also result in a decreased need for pain medicine in some patients.”

There is a wonderful PBS video that explains how music therapy helps cancer patients as well as ones with brain injuries, MS and more. It can be viewed online.

The Jennifer Diamond Foundation provides free cancer support programs and activities as well as a cancer information Library to educate the general public. These programs educate, empower and inspire hundreds of people with cancer, giving them a better quality of life. They include: Gentle Yoga, Pilates, Massage Therapy, Relaxation & Guided Imagery, Group Support, Water Color classes, Collage, Qigong, T’ai chi, Needle Arts, Line Dancing, Jewelry Making, Lectures, Health seminars, Cooking for Health and Mahjong, New programs are being added – including music - and you can help support them!

On Sunday, April 28th, 2013 from 11:30am to 6pm the Foundation is presenting American Folk Music Fest, a day of great American music at the beautiful and historic Leonis Adobe Museum. The museum features his authentically furnished two-story Monterrey-style adobe with original buildings over 150-years old, period livestock, gardens and a vineyard.

The event is open to the public and all proceeds will benefit the Foundation, enabling them to move forward in expanding their programs and supporting the existing ones.

The festival features some of the best international and local folk music artists, including country, bluegrass, blues, Celtic and traditional folk. Some of the performers include Dawson’s Gang, Mike Stein, J.D. Weiss, Jerusalem Stone, Keeping Fire, Modal Tease String Band, The Pratie Boys, Ross Altman, and Sugar in the Gourd.

Mike Stein, Cantor at Temple Aliyah, Woodland Hills, is a world-renowned performer, composer and recording artist. Before becoming a Cantor, Stein was a successful singer, songwriter and actor. He appeared on Broadway in three shows, including “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and toured with the original road show of “Tommy.” The Pratie Boys derive their music from traditional Irish songs and dance tunes, along with their own songs of American heritage. They perform on guitars, mandolins, banjos and whistles. “Music from Appalachia and Beyond” is the motto of the Modal Tease String Band. They play foot-tapping tunes using banjo, fiddle and guitar. Ross Altman, “Singer-Songfighter”, sings old labor songs, antiwar, civil rights and protest songs, along with traditional and love songs. He plays both six and twelve-string guitars, a banjo and several harmonicas.

The four women who call themselves Sugar In The Gourd have combined their individual songwriting talents and, as a band, play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, and banjo as they perform and sing rock, blues, bluegrass, folk, country and swing music. Dawson’s Gang, one of Southern California’s premiere Country/Rock band, performs Top 40 current country music. They rock the house with southern-rock-meets-modern-country style music. One of the area’s best new acoustic bands, Keeping Fire plays a blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, new folk and original music. The five members of the band perform on guitar, mandolin, Dobro guitar, banjo and upright bass.

Fun For Kids will feature Sheriff George and his Deputies, who will “stage” Arrests and Warrants. The Sheriff and his deputies will arrest various people attending the event, place them in “jail”, and release them after their bail has been paid. There will also be Bubble Blowing, Face Painting, Story Telling and an opportunity to feed the sheep, goats, and other animals that live on the historic 1800’s ranch at Leonis Adobe Museum.

There will also be food, music, and activities for families and children.

Help us to help them. Help us to give them hope.

Tickets may be purchased from the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation by phone: 818-700-6900 or online. Tickets may also be purchased from the Leonis Adobe Museum, 818-222-6511 or at their location, 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, before the event or at the gate. Prices are determined by age groups: 18-64 years, $15 advanced online or $17 at the gate; 65 years and up, $13 and $15; 10-17 years, $10 and $12; children under 10 years can attend free of charge.

For more information, please phone the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation, (818) 700-6900 or the Leonis Adobe Museum, 818-222-6511 .