After last year’s financial problems, looks like Goombay has a new plan for 2012.

From a Facebook event page for the fundraiser concert at the Peel:

Goombay! presents
Arrested Development
8/26/2012
All Ages
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
Tickets: $22 advance / $25 day of show

Tickets & Info: www.theorangepeel.net/events/arrested-development/

On August 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2012, the YMI Cultural Center, in conjunction with Powerhaus Productions, will host the 31st annual Goombay! Festival on the historic Eagle and Market street block. Goombay! is a traditional celebration of the rich African and Caribbean culture that is infused throughout the nation. Every year, the streets of downtown Asheville NC rumble with the beating of West African drums, ring with the harmonic horn lines of funk, groove with the rhythmic sounds of reggae and the melodic voices of soul. Art, music, performance, and cuisine, being the greatest form of self expression, come together at Goombay!, the place where culture and community unite.

The YMI is one of the oldest, most celebrated African-American cultural institutions in the region. It is a community based organization that provides programming and exhibitions on local African-American history, arts, and music as well as being a community resource center. Goombay! provides a place for the local, regional, and international African community to showcase their cultural and artistic contributions and to honor the influential impact that African heritage makes on the world today. As an integral fundraising component for the YMI Cultural Center, Goombay was created to serve the community center’s mission; “In celebration of and with respect for people of all ethnicities, the YMI Cultural Center promotes interculturalism and the preservation of cultural identity. An historic gathering place, the YMI strives to provide programs and events for all.”

Powerhaus Productions, an event production, management, and staffing company led by Jen Gordon and Roshon Cray, has been contracted by the YMI to bring their expertise in event planning to produce Goombay! and bring a new vision to this cornerstone event in Asheville. They want to highlight the festival’s role in catalyzing dialogue and building cross cultural relationships that empower communities to celebrate and honor heritage and culture while breaking boundaries to represent the importance of our shared existence.

In conjunction with the YMI Cultural Center, Powerhaus Productions presents Arrested Development at the Orange Peel. This event is a fundraiser to help support the production of the Goombay Festival:

In celebration of their 20th year anniversary, Arrested Development will be performing many dates across the USA beginning in September and continuing throughout October and November. We will be posting the dates as they are confirmed so please check back regularly to see when they will be performing in your city. Please come out to the shows and celebrate twenty years of Arrested Development, You will hear all the songs from their Grammy award winning album 3, years 5 months and 2 days. AD is looking forward to seeing you on the road and thank you for your continued support.

Orange Peel link

Arrested Development website

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