One World Tribe Celebrates Unity and Diversity
One World Tribe will fill the stage with it's danceable music styles from around the globe.
Sunday, May 13
One of Erie's favorite bands is gearing up for a special Celebration of Unity. One World Tribe will fill the stage at the Bourbon Barrel for one of their relatively rare performances. Formed in 1994, the band features a large array of instrumentalists blending danceable styles from around the globe.
This year's event was organized by Ashley Chow of Little Shop of Chow,with local teacher and realtor Jarrod Groves, and grew out of the Unity Ball. Now dubbed the Celebration of Unity, it brings together creative offerings, all in the name of benefiting Erie's Multicultural Resource Center.
"This event will encourage everyone to celebrate our differences," Chow proclaimed. "Beyond raising money for a great cause, The Celebration of Unity intends to create awareness of multiculturalism in the Erie community."
It's nearly impossible to imagine a band more suited to deliver that message than One World Tribe. A truly multicultural ensemble, the band blends reggae, ska, hip hop, and world music together for an infectious beam of progressive energy. Chow elaborated, explaining that "the message of social change and unity represented by One World Tribe complements the message that the variety of performers from all over the world will be coming to represent."
The event will also feature a cultural fashion contest, showcasing vibrant clothing from a multitude of ethnic communities. There will also be a "Candy Bar," (read like salad bar) featuring cookies, cupcakes, and of course, candy. "Dreams do come true!" Chow laughed. Many local businesses have donated baskets for Chinese Auctions, and there will be a special menu thanks to chef Ashley Sayre de Rivas. Star 104's DJ Kwame will host the proceedings, in what should prove for a packed event designed to bring every part of the region together. — Nick Warren
3 p.m. to 9 p.m. // 1213 State St. // $10 admission, $5 for students