Peace in the Park
S.O.U.L. turns Peace in the Park into a Summer of Love 50th Miracle
S.O.U.L. brought the infectious Summer of Love miracle energy to the Brahma Kumari’s fifth annual Peace in the Park festival by co-producing the event, performing in a number of ways, and curating the day’s speakers for the talk tent. When friend MonaLisa Wallace enlisted our support and collaboration, we jumped at the chance to co-create an event with such a positive vibe intended to spread peace and love. This one-day event under a perfect, sunny San Francisco sky featured a wide variety of multicultural activities, speakers, musicians, and performers to entertain and inspire the 5,000 or so attendees in the serene setting of Golden Gate Park’s historic music concourse.
The S.O.U.L. Talk Tent
S.O.U.L.’s day was spent in the Talk Tent, curating, emceeing, and giving speaking performances. They shared the stage with author Bruce Lipton PhD, meditation guide Jay Chodagam, inspirational comedian Michael Pritchard, author and physician Elson Haas MD, hemp activist and educator Linda Delair, change-maker Richard Becker, and a key force in making the Summer of Love 50th Anniversary celebrations happen: Adam Hirschfelder (California Historical Society/Commonwealth Club). Enjoy videos of those talks below.
Merry Pranksters Reunite!
We were also proud to co-produce with dear friend and producer of Venice Spring Fling and Venice Beach Music Festival Neo-Prankster Milton Rosenberg (aka Turtle) the first ever Merry Pranksters panel discussion, featuring original Pranksters: Woodstock emcee and founder of Camp Winnarainbow Wavy Gravy, MAPS and Rex Foundation board member and former wife of Jerry Garcia Carolyn Garcia aka Mountain Girl, Denise Kauffman aka Mary MicroGram of resurrected 60’s all-female band the Ace of Cups, Julius Karpen former manager of Big Brother and Holding Company, George Walker aka Hardly Visible, Linda Breen aka Anonymous, Roy Sebern, and Neo-Prankster Ashlee Rosko aka Spirit. Watch the entire discussion right here!
S.O.U.L. Twin Messiah World Debut Concert
At the end of the afternoon, the S.O.U.L. team had just enough energy left to headline the main concert stage! After Evan did a reading of S.O.U.L.’s LOVE Paradigm Manifesto, the S.O.U.L. Team’s Evolutionary Rock band S.O.U.L. Twin Messiah played their world debut of four original songs written for the event as well as a rousing singalong version of John Lennon’s Imagine that packed the stage with revelers.
Huge thanks and praise go out to our co-performers: Temple Of Isis Feat. Jil Love Revolution (as Daughter Nature), Katdelic, Mai’Saan, Nicoletta, Third Thursday Band Feat. Kevbot, COPUS, Ann Cohen, Pamela Parker, and the Grateful Dead tribute group All Star Family Band Feat. Sunshine Garcia, Mark Karan, Jordan Feinstein, and Robin Sylvester. We also appreciate Michael Gosney and Bill McCarthy for leading the Earthdance Prayer for Peace. And the most significant gratitude we must share goes to MonaLisa Wallace for enlisting us into this worthy peace-spreading cause and for sharing her Womanifesto with the attendees that day.
At the end of a very long but rewarding day, a reassuring affirmation that our energies were well spent was one after another attendees saying to us, “We felt the love…” But maybe the highest praise of all came from a man who was actually at the original Human Be-In half a century ago who simply stated, “This is what it felt like then…” Let’s make “feeling the love” something we strive to achieve with each other in all we ever say and do. What might the world look like? Please comment below.