Derek Pashupa Goodwin

The Vegan Bus

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Raquy and The Cavemen Fundraiser: Saturday September 13th!

Raquy and the Cavemen photos by Derek Goodwin The Vegan Bus is very excited to announce a very special concert featuring Raquy and the Cavemen in our fine city of Northampton, Massachusetts on Saturday, September 13, 2008. Raquy will also be giving an All-Levels Dumbek Workshop earlier that day.

Raquy and the Cavemen from Brooklyn, NY bring traditional Middle Eastern Music and Modern Drumming to a heady peak. Raquy has traveled to and immersed herself in the musical cultures of the Middle East, Egypt and India. Raquy performs with the Dumbek (Arabic hand drum) and the Iranian Kamanche, which is similar to a violin.

“The love that each band member has for their instrument is especially evident when they are all on stage. Find one of their shows and be enriched, encouraged and energized.” ~MSN Music Review

Listen to Audio Clips of Raquy

Raquy and the Cavemen in Concert Saturday September 13 at 8pm at First Churches 129 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060 Tickets are $15.00 at the door. We only have a limited number of seats so come early to make sure you get in!

Available at the door: Raquy and the Cavemen ticket $15.00

Raquy's All-Levels Dumbek Workshop Saturday September 13 at 5pm at First Churches 129 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Raquy will be teaching an all-levels Dumbek workshop with something to offer inquisitive beginners and seasoned players alike. Just being around her wonderful energy is worth the price of the workshop, if you ask us. Learning Dumbek technique from one of the baddest ass players around is like frosting on the vegan cupcake!

Raquy Danziger, a world-renowned performer and teacher of Middle-Eastern drumming, has taught and performed worldwide, including P.A.S.I.C (Percussive Arts Society International Convention), the American University of Cairo, and numerous other events and festivals.

She has developed her own system of notation and of teaching the dumbek (Middle-Eastern goblet drum, her specialty) and used that system in her comprehensive instructional kit, "Dumbek Fever", which includes an instructional DVD, a book and a play-along CD.

All that and VEGAN too! Find out more about the indomitable Raquy at

Workshop alone was $25 (sold out!)

Bellydance show at the Clarion hotel in Northampton! Friday September 12 Doors open at 5:45, show starts at 7 Show tickets are $8 per person. Pay at the door, cash only

Raquy's music is very popular in the bellydancing community, and for those of you who want to make a weekend of it we recommend this. It is not a Vegan Bus event but it is a great way to get revved up for Raquy!

Enjoy featured professional dancers, guest soloists and enchanting troupe performances. There is public dancing between shows and vending by Hope's Travel Treasures as well as Reflexology by Cassie of AwenTree. Dancers this evening are Phaedra, Kismet, and Ismalia as well as guest soloists Sheena and Teresa.

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A portion of all proceeds will go to The Vegan Bus project. We are now accepting tax-deductible donations through C3, the Commonwealth Center for Change.