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WHAT IS "Bands & Bellies"?Once upon a time (in late 2009) Alec Marken was asked by his dear friend, Mayra Gomez, to get involved with a global event called The World March For Peace And Nonviolence. Soon, Alec and Sarah al Nour decided to produce a concert to support the March (a global effort that spanned 3 months). Since they were both dancers and musicians, this show was a mix of bands and Belly dancers, called "Bands and Bellies." The idea worked so well, and they both became even more involved in the March, that they turned the concept into a series of fundraising shows which culminated in a peace march with Martin Sheen and a concert ("A.L.L." - Affirming Life and Love) at Immanuel Presbyterian which hosted many philanthropists, artists, prominent peace activists and individuals from the global peace marchers.
Since then, Alec (in collaboration with various individuals and groups) has continued developing the Bands and Bellies idea, keeping the focus of connecting artists and communities, always with a related cause/charity represented.
Alec (in collaboration with various individuals and groups) has continued developing the Bands & Bellies idea, keeping the focus of connecting artists and communities, always with a related cause/charity represented.
"BnB" shows have highlighted many causes including disaster relief in Haiti, at-risk children, the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic, Playing For Change, Friends of OC Detainees, The Wyland Foundation, D.R.E.A.M. Animal Rescue, and more.
Bands and Bellies shows are filled with wonderful musicians, some of the best dancers in Southern California, good vibes, and conscious audiences. We have been amazed and blessed by the artists and individuals we have met through this experience thus far and look forward to sharing this journey with you!
~~~~ NEXT UP: BANDS & BELLIES XIII: 6/27/15 (see "current show") ~~~~
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