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kirtan in the city!

Posted Jul 11 2009 10:22pm
i just got back home from the bhakti fest preview party held at the lululemon store in brentwood earlier this evening. it was an amazing night of music and love shared among the bhakti community in los angeles!

performing for the friday night kirtan crowd were some of the top-billed artists on the bhaktifest line-up: donna de lory, govindas and radha (who were later joined by chris morro), and larisa stow and the shakti tribe. there were many raffle prizes donated by manduka, yogitoes, new chapter, yogini designs, divine blessings, and other sponsors. refreshments were provided by coconut bliss ice cream, luna bar, transition nutrition, and aquamantra spring water.

this event was the first of many pre-bhaktifest teasers scheduled for the days leading up to the actual bhakti fest weekend in joshua tree this coming september 11-13. other pre-fest gatherings are listed on their website at http://www.westcoastkirtanyogafestival.com/.

in the meantime, while all the love was flowing through the racks of yoga-inspired clothing, there were other kirtans going on around the city:

joey lugassy was holding down the fort at the friday night kirtan at bhakti yoga shala in santa monica with c.c. white on vocals, eddie young on cello and bass, and patrick richey on tabla.

and over on the other side of the sepulveda pass, daniel stewart was keeping the bhakti fire roaring at his monthly kirtan at rising lotus yoga in sherman oaks with sarah bergman, sylvie scoville, and emily kerns on vocals, abby scoville on cello, angela devita on flute, jeff harris on guitar, and matthew hufschmidt on percussion.

if there ever was a night to be able to teleport effortlessly from kirtan to kirtan, tonight was definitely it!

tomorrow, saturday the 11th, is going to be an even bigger day for kirtan in LA, with the headline event being the live kirtan with krishna das at the wilshire ebell theatre in hancock park. if you're a big KD fan, you're in luck; tickets are still available for the large 1270-seat venue!

if you can't make that, there are still many other chances for you to share in the experience known as bhakti yoga; here's a brief recap of this weekend's events:

Yoga + Kirtan with Mas Vidal and Tony Khalife
Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda, Los Angeles
Saturday, July 11th 10:30am-noon
Cost: Regular class price


This Saturday July 11th the mesmerizng Tony Khalife joins Mas for the 10:30am class. Experience this dynamic class with live music that will take your practice to new levels. Ragas, tablas, soulful singing and the energy at Dancing Shiva will leave you blissful. Please arrive on time as this class usually gets very full. Special donation is suggested for Tony.

Krishna Das Live in Concert hosted by Yogaworks Larchmont
Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 w 8th Street, Los Angeles (at the corner of Wilshire and Lucerne in Hancock Park)
Saturday, July 11th 8:00-11:00pm
Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door


Join us for an evening of chant with Krishna Das!
A special night at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theater. This is Krishna Das' first show in LA since 2007~sure to be a night to remember...
Yogaworks Center for Yoga in Larchmont will have paper tickets for purchase at the studio; All tickets sold over the phone or at any other Yogaworks studio besides CFY will be Will Call tickets.
Visit www.yogaworks.com or www.krishnadas.com for more info

Saturday Night Kirtan
Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica
Every Saturday at 8:00pm
Cost: $10-$15 Suggested Donation


July 11th - Kirtan with Michael Thomas

Transcendental Gong Concert with Andrea Centazzo
Yogi Tree, Toluca Lake
Saturday, July 11th 8:00-10:00pm
Cost: $15 show only, $20 includes a copy of Andrea's limited-edition CD


Join us at The Yogi Tree for an unforgettable evening of live performance with the one-of-a-kind Andrea Centazzo.
In this very special, intimate live performance, world-renowned composer, conductor, and gong master Andrea Centazzo offers his singular percussion style, playing on a set of over 200 instruments, complete with electronics, computer sequencing, and digital sampling, bringing to his audience the emotion of a new sonic adventure in jazz, world, and contemporary avant-garde music.
Expand your consciousness. Lift your soul. Open your mind. Move your body. This is one evening of music you have to feel to believe!
Tickets available in advance at theyogitree.com

Kirtan Workshop with Krishna Das
Yogaworks Center for Yoga, Larchmont
Sunday, July 12th 3:00-6:00pm
Cost: $45 by 6/28; $55 after


Krishna Das’s workshops are like mini-retreats of about 3 hours. Along with chanting, Krishna Das shares stories about his experiences on the Path. Workshops with Krishna Das usually include: Chanting (call and response) with musical accompaniment, stories about his Guru, readings from spiritual traditions, teachings, and discussions about life and the spiritual Path. This forum provides the opportunity for Q&A in an intimate setting. Krishna Das has been recording albums of traditional Indian chants and song since 1996 but has been on a spiritual journey his entire life.
**bring a blanket or something soft to sit on during the workshop
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