Tim Husk said the Awen Family Band is striving to include a network of musicians rather than just the lone band in their much-anticipated Synchronicity Shindig on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Living Arts Collective in Durham.
The event will consist of an opening performance by The Moon Unit, followed by the Awen Family Band.
It will collectively host a variety of local musicians that will also play with the bands, including members from Dr. Bacon, Freeway Revival, TUB, Rollin Dynamite and Toubab Krewe.
“We come together to allow ourselves and other musicians the musical freedom to try things,” Husk said. “To allow that space for us to not fight the stream of music that we want to hop on to. Having a space where we can allow these sounds to come out.”
The Awen Family Band began in the summer of 2019, and Husk said playing other festivals in the fall led to the creation of the Synchronicity Shindig.
Husk was introduced to the Living Arts Collective by a neighbor.
“I went a couple of times and the first time I went I saw the space and I thought, ‘Oh this is perfect,’” Husk said. “It’s a beautiful space, and they’re promoting the things that I like seeing promoted and that I want to promote. I figured this would be the best place to celebrate.”
Moon Unit member Charlie Garnett said that he met Husk through the local music scene surrounding Durham and Chapel Hill.
Garnett said they wanted to inform the locals of all of the new music going on and allow them to see the variety of musicians playing.
Garnett said the performances will likely be recorded.
The event’s tickets will be based on a sliding scale, but Husk said they suggest a donation of around $20. Husk said they tried to find a reasonable price that will help to support the organization and event as a whole.
“If people can afford to pay more, then we would appreciate the donation for the folks that can’t pay as much,” Husk said. “But also to be able to pay all the musicians that are coming and the work that goes into it.”
Aubrey Griffith-Zill, a member of the Living Arts Collective, said they are very excited to host this event.
“The Awen Family Band reached out to us about hosting them and we were thrilled they did,” Griffith-Zill said. “After learning more about them, we realized we share similar values and both strive to create inclusive space to commune with our roots and reconnect with the source. We felt synergy right away as we host similar events that are sparked with a collaborative spirit and a vision of gratitude, inclusivity and positive energy."
Husk said the band members and people that have put this event together want to do more events in the future.
“We want to make it a hub for a community of bands to do regular events,” Husk said. “Bringing together musicians from a variety from groups.”
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