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Nov 4, 2011 Raquy & the Cavemen

Posted by on 11 Oct 2011 | Tagged as: Events

Raquy & the Cavemen will be performing in Northampton Nov 4, 2011

Raquy & the Cavemen will be performing in Northampton Nov 4, 2011

November 4, 2011 at 8:30PM
Karuna Center for Yoga and the Healing Arts
25 Main Street, Third Floor • Northampton, MA 01060

Raquy and the Cavemen are a duo of virtuoso drummers / multi-instrumentalists who bring hard rock energy to the mystical rhythms of the Middle East. They will be returning to Northampton for the 4th year in a row to help raise funds for local non-profit Evolvegan’s Vegan Bus Project.

Raquy and the Cavemen switch between energetic drumming compositions and intoxicating melodic pieces. Utilizing a variety of unusual instruments including the Kemenche (an ancestor of the violin), Dumset (Middle Eastern drumset) and Mongolian Throat singing (see full instrument descriptions below), Raquy and the Cavemen’s huge sound and mind-blowing show leaves listeners transported, uplifted and full of joy.


Middle Eastern influenced music & belly dancing by local artists Manavi

Local favorites Manavi will also be performing. Manavi is a troupe of dancers and musicians based in Northampton, MA. Featuring three captivating and unique belly dancers – Felicia Malachite, Sugati and Sahina, Manavi plays original music as well as traditional classic Middle Eastern songs.

Raquy will also be teaching a Dumbek Drumming Workshop

5:30-7:00PM on Friday November 4, 2011
$25 or $35 with concert ticket – beginner to intermediate
Karma’s 3rd floor Yoga Studio, 48 Main St, Northampton, 01060.

Raquy lives part time in Istanbul where she performs and practices with virtuoso Turkish drummers, especially her main teacher Bunyamin Olguncan. She performed there with Okay Temiz. She has also appeared on Turkish Television with Ross Daly and Okay Temiz. Raquy has released two popular Dumbek Instructional Kits that include a book, a DVD and a CD. She also has her own line of custom dumbeks. Find all this and more at her online store.


Posted by on 23 Oct 2010 | Tagged as: Art, Events

Bookapalooza 2010

Old Dynamite Records Space at lower level of
150 Main St in Northampton, MA 01060


Come one, come all to the greatest show on Earth! BOOKAPALOOZA is a fundraiser for EVOLVEGAN, a non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainable lifestyles through skill sharing and conscious evolution.

We are bringing you a earth-friendly way to ease into the holidays with gifts and recipes and community and fun! We will have authors on hand with cookbooks, art and photography books, and more. We will also have a selection of books on vegetarianism, environmentalism, religion, and social justice available from Lantern Books. There will be yummy vegan food to sample and buy (see below).

There will be live art and music performances, a kombucha-making demo, children’s activities, a silent auction, raffle, massage table, gift vendors, and unpredictable shenanigans galore!

Whatever you do you won’t want to miss the madness that is the first annual Evolvegan BOOKAPALOOZA!!!


We will also have a selection of books on vegetarianism, environmentalism, religion, and social justice available from Lantern Books


  • Bone Flower Botanikals live food delicacies and elixirs.
  • Dharma Boutique Fairly Traded, Sacred Gifts from India and Afghanistan
  • Divine Treasures Decadent vegan chocolates (available locally at Cornucopia)
  • Inspirit Common providing hot chai and metaphysical gifts
  • Lantern Books books on vegetarianism, environmentalism, religion, and social justice
  • Love Alive – High Vibrational Living Foods for Ecstatic Super-Beings!
  • Massages by Susan Brudner (currently scheduling appointments at Karma)
  • Oh Sweet Mama’s Vegan Bakery Decadent vegan baked goods and wedding cakes
  • Solentiname Fair trade colorful hand made gifts from Nicaragua
  • Free Food Samples of holiday recipes from the cookbooks we are featuring


  • 1:00pm – Tarab Orkestar (music and dance ensemble under the influence ofMiddle Eastern rhythms)
  • 1:45pm – Readings by Featured Authors
  • 2:00pm – Spacelord Scott (acoustic intrerlude)
  • 2:30pm – Acroyoga Demonstration
  • 3:00 PMThe Acoustic Kelvins
  • 4:00 PM -The Rosettes
  • 4:45pm – Closing Banter and Ukulele Dance Party
  • 5:00pm – Event Ends

Thanks to our CONTRIBUTORS!:

Special thanks to VEGFUND for a $150 grant to allow us give free food samples at the event!!

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Investigate and/or order our featured books online here:

Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farm Animals in Stories and Photographs

Ninety-Five: Meeting America's Farm Animals in Stories and Photographs

Don't Eat Me cookbook

Don't Eat Me!

Sept 24th: Vegan Pizza with the Pleasants

Posted by on 13 Sep 2010 | Tagged as: Events

The Pleasants at Cafe Evolution

Friday September 24th, 7PM, at Cafe Evolution!

Last year we had a successful fundraiser featuring a live set from the indie folk goddess AMANDA ROGERS. This year Amanda is part of a duo called THE PLEASANTS and is touring the Northeast once again. The duo will be gracing us with a performance at CAFE EVOLUTION. We will be serving up VEGAN PIZZA from master chef Heather Bargeron along with BUFFALO TEMPEH and VEGAN BLUE CHEESE DRESSING from our secret recipe vault. The regular CAFE EVOLUTION menu will also be available, along with their decadent vegan desserts.


Mixing equal parts whiskey, dusty earth, and spring water, The Pleasants evoke a strange sense of longing for simpler times and lyrically draw on past experiences when young hearts and minds are unspoiled and uncorrupted by modern exploitations. Sometimes described as intense folk but best described as Indie Grunge, The Pleasants weave together music familiar yet altogether new. Bonded by their love of REAL music, this song-writing duo (Amanda Rogers and Mike Matta) has bounded on their musical journey to writing the most undeniably best song ever.

22 Chestnut St. Florence, MA
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October 2nd Raquy & the Cavemen fundraiser

Posted by on 02 Sep 2010 | Tagged as: Events

We are happy to announce that Raquy and the Cavemen will be coming back for the third year in a row to help raise funds for the Vegan Bus! Hailing from Brooklyn Raquy brings traditional Middle Eastern music and modern drumming together for a unique sound. 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, similar to a violin.

The show will begin with performances by local musicians and belly dancers. Musicians will include Amanda Turk, who studies with Raquy, as well as Christopher Phillips, Sharon Arslanian, & Stephen Malachite. Dancers include Sugati Phillips, Felicia Malachite and Sahina.

Raw vegan treats will be for sale from

Bone Flower Tea Botanikal Lounge and Raw Delights Bar – Herbalista Creatrix Venus Zephyr brings raw delights and herbal medicine into synergistic harmony. (Please bring a re~usable cup~travel mug or mason jar for the infusion, elixir and tea bar). A portion of the proceeds will go to the Vegan Bus Project.

Bone Flower Botanikals is a local woman owned herbal apothecary and healing practice.Community Herbalist Venus Zephyr brings spiritually charged botanika and wise woman herbalism togetherto create herbal delights, medicines and formulas honoring botanical traditions from cultures around the globe. All Bone Flower Offerings are Organic, Locally sourced when possible,grown and harvested by the cycles of the moon, seasons and astrological influences to create the most potent products and

OCTOBER 2, 2010 at 7:30PM
25 Main Street, Third Floor Northampton, MA 01060

Tickets are $15 at the door. Children 12 & under are $7

Raquy drumming at last year's fundraiser

Drumming Workshop
Raquy will be teaching a special all-levels Dumbek workshop (Middle Eastern drumming) at the Karuna Center on Saturday October 2nd at 4pm. Bring your own drum if you have one (we will have several extras). Workshop is $20 or $30 with concert.

Workshop $20


The Vegan Bus is going to Wildfire!

Posted by on 30 Jul 2010 | Tagged as: Events, Our Travels

the Vegan Bus jumps through a ring of fire!

the Vegan Bus jumps through a ring of fire!

WildFire is the East Coast’s premier spinning and fire arts training camp. The Vegan Bus is putting together a Vegan Circus to tour with, and so Wildfire seems like the perfect event to make an appearance at with the bus. We will be traveling from Northampton, MA to Ashford, CT and hope to pick up some wayward fire dancers on the way. If you are interested in traveling with us please contact us!

We will be leaving on Friday, August 20th and returning on Monday, August 23rd. To help fund the Vegan Bus Project we are asking for a suggested donation of $30 for the round trip, or $20 for one way. If there is interest we can swing through Hartford, CT or other areas that are slightly off of the route. We can also pick people up from the Hartford Airport. Once we know who is interested we will post a more specific schedule for the trip.

Google Map of Vegan Bus Route
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Supreme Master Clip to Debut July 25th…

Posted by on 14 Jul 2010 | Tagged as: Events, Video

Giving out doughnuts and vegan info at the Ashfield Fall Fest

Vegan Bus members handing out doughnuts and vegan info at the Ashfield Fall Fest

(caution: some of these links go to pages that play audio without warning…)

Last OctoberSupreme Master Television visited us to make a mini documentary. We gave them a tour of the bus and took them on a trip to the Ashfield Fall Festival to hand out vegan doughnuts and propaganda. The bus was decorated for Halloween, and some of us were dressed up, too. We were hoping to inject surrealism into the spiritual message we knew we would become a part of. It’s all a great mystery, after all. The finished product,On the Road to Love: The Journey of The Vegan Bus, is debutingon July 25th at 4am, 10am, 4pm, and 10pm EST as part of the Good People Good Works series. The series “celebrates modern day heroes who help others and strives for the altruistic ideals to better society.” That sounds like us, we thinks.

The show can be viewed on the web or on one of the 14 satellite television feeds distributed around the world in 40 languages with subtitles. We are about to become international superstars! Perhaps it will also be playing at the Loving Hut restaurant in Worcester, MA?

Be sure to check out our photo gallery of the Supreme Master visit.

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