Blue Moon Coffeehouse Presents Friends of Daniel Pearl
Monday, October 12, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – FODfest, Inc., will perform at Illinois Wesleyan’s Blue Moon Coffeehouse
on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m., as a part of a 32-day national tour. The performance
will take place in the Young Main Lounge of IWU’s Memorial Center (104 E. University
St., Bloomington). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and coffee, tea, and light pastries will
be available for purchase.
Admission for students, faculty and staff is free with a valid ID.
FODfest works towards promoting and strengthening community through the universal
language of music by giving live music performances and producing multimedia projects.
Organized by Todd Mack, a former band mate and close friend of Pearl’s, the group
was created in memory of the Wall Street Journal reporter who was abducted and murdered
in 2002 by Pakistani terrorists. Pearl was also a talented musician who played a variety
of instruments and is said to firmly believe in the power of music as a means of bringing
people together. Always looking for an opportunity to play, Pearl was active in local
music groups and even sought out local jam sessions when traveling. FODfest celebrates
Pearl’s passion for music and works to pass on and share the convictions Pearl held
What started out as an informal backyard jam five years ago has now expanded into
a nation-wide tour with global participation. FODfest has toured in 20 cities and
has had over 350 musicians participate in their tours. A typical FODfest performance
includes song swapping, jam sessions, and a concert. And unlike most musical tours,
most of the participating musicians on stage are meeting for the first time. Participants
range from friends of Pearl who played with him when he was alive, to people who simply
share his belief in music as a universal language.
Local musicians Bruce Bergethon, Nick Africano, Jr. and the Zachary Brothers will
join the national touring artists in the Blue Moon Coffeehouse show.
For additional information on the concert, visit the Blue Moon Coffeehouse Web site
at http://sun.iwu.edu/~bluemoon/. For more information regarding FODfest, visit their site at http://www.fodfest.org.
Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181