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Rhythm and Joy Festival rocks Woodland Hills
By Sentinel News Service
Published August 20, 2015
Rickie Byars Beckwith (photo by Kirby Williamson)

Rickie Byars Beckwith (photo by Kirby Williamson)

People looking for a full day of eco-friendly family fun along with great music should make plans to attend the 3rd annual Rhythm and Joy Festival (RAJ 15).  The event will be held on Saturday, August 29, at 12 p.m., at Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills.

The artist line-up includes artist Rickie Byars Beckwith, jazz great Dwight Trible, the Agape International Choir, the Kev Choice Band with Jennifer Johns, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley ‘Declaime’ Perkins, DJ Shiva, Nate Hancock, Andrea Lane, the Afro Blues Tribe of Joseph, Street Car Renaissance, and Rob McDonald’s Old School Jam.

In addition to the music, the event includes a Wellness Oasis that features a wide variety of healing modalities including Reiki, shiatsu, and acupressure; the Kuumba Children’s Village that offers a full day of discovery fun for children; a variety of vegan, vegetarian and organic whole foods vendors; a sustainable living marketing place; the RAJ All-Stars Parade; a drum circle; NAAM Yoga classes; games and much more.  Filtered water will be dispensed at the festival, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own containers.


According to Rickie Byars Beckwith, founder of the RAJ 15 Festival, “People want more joy in their lives.  I created this festival to provide an environment where people can truly meet each other, learn how to live more sustainably, try new foods to live healthier lives and have a whole lot of fun, all the while listening to music that is good for your soul.  And, the music is going to rock!”

Supporters of the Rhythm and Joy Festival include L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, South Coast Air Quality Management District, LoveTrust Media, KPFK, L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, Event Water Solutions, Beanfields, Kevita, GTs, Singin’ in the Rain with Sunny Chayes and the Agape International Spiritual Center.

Limited reserved seating is available for a donation.  Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Kuumba in Motion. General admission to RAJ 15 is free and open to the public.  For tickets or information, visit

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