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Concert For Kathmandu Kids

9/22 event to benefit Mitrata-Nepal Foundation

September 12, 2012
A world music concert to benefit the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation for Children will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., at the Logan College of Chiropractic Purser Center, 1851 Schoettler Road in Chesterfield. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The goal of the Concert for Kathmandu Kids is to raise money for children's programs and to fund the foundation's scholarship trust in Kathmandu, Nepal. For the second time since the organization's founding in 2002, five Mitrata children are reaching university age.

As part of its mission, the foundation supports children's post-secondary goals, including university education and trade school education. By buying a ticket, sponsoring and participating in the event, participants are helping to ensure these children become healthy, educated, economically-independent Nepali citizens.

Tickets are $35 for general admission, $15 for students. Visit www.mitrata.org to purchase tickets or make a donation. To buy tickets through the mail, send a check to 4600 Chippewa St., Suite N, #258, St. Louis, Mo. 63116.

Highlights of the evening will include world/jazz/fusion/funk music, modern Jewish rock, traditional Nepalese dance, Tibetan singing bowls, cabaret belly dancing, a Napelese market and an auction.

There will be performances by the Farshid Etniko Band featuring Dawn Weber, Todd Ferris Mosby, Rick Recht, Patti Pellerito, Grishma Amatya and Sarawoti Sapkota, and Belly Dance Mirage.

Born in Iran, Farshid Soltanshahi of the Farshi Etniko band is a multi-instrumentalist who plays world music and Latin jazz blues with Middle Eastern influences. He has opened for several national acts including Santana, the Taj Mahal trio, Cassandra Wilson and others.

St. Louis-based Weber, who is described as a soulful siren, will play jazz-infused, funk-inspired, electronic-injecting and classical cool music. Audiences won't soon forget her music, spirit-red hair and soulful sound.

Mosby is an Indian jazz guitar virtuoso, composer, author and educator from St. Louis. His performances appeal to eastern, western, classical and jazz audiences, as well as traditional guitar enthusiasts. Think east meets west with a mix of Ravi Shankar, Michael hedges and John Mclaughlin thrown in.

For more information, visit www.mitrata.org, email Alexis at info@mitrata.org or call 249-0354.

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