Thursday, September 11, 2008

Discount Tickets Available for Darfur Benefit Concert Tomorrow

from the Virginia Organizing Project:

"Stand Up Charlottesville for Darfur II"
Friday, September 12, 7:00pm -- The Paramount Theater

Benefit Concert
from Ireland -- Lunasa!
from Mali -- Vieux Farka Toure!

ANNOUNCEMENT: “Stand Up” has opened up some discount seats in the balcony for $15. Also, subject to availability, half-price rush tickets will be offered beginning on Friday, 3:00pm, at the Paramount box office (215 E Main Street -- on the downtown mall).

Purchase tickets at

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Vieux Farka Toure, son of the late, legendary Ali Farka Toure, is a rising international star. The father, Ali, was named as one of the top 100 best guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. The son, Vieux, was named “top newcomer” at BBC’s 2008 world music awards. Sometimes called the “African Hendrix,” Vieux’s performances embody strains of the Malian desert sound that have circled the world, sparked the blues and rock and jazz, and returned home more rooted than ever. Hear Vieux Farka Toure on YouTube (

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Folk Roots Magazine called LĂșnasa an "Irish music dream team." The layered tapestry that underpins their sound is marked by driving, occasionally jazz-inflected rhythms, impeccable individual musicianship, and an unswerving faith in the music's ability to navigate new territory with the same confidence as it revisits the old. Connoisseurs of the genre count LĂșnasa among the top two or three Irish acts in the world today. Hear Lunasa on YouTube (

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The concert beneficiary, Concern Worldwide, is one of the world’s foremost relief organizations. For more information about Concern and the concert, visit the Stand Up for Darfur II Website (’t miss this opportunity to help the people of Darfur, and to enjoy a night of outstanding Irish and West African music!

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