May 28th, 2008 by Daisy Riprock
Where will the best music in Austin be this weekend? You may be surprised to learn that it will be at the Austin Convention Center as part of the second annual World Wellness Weekend. Combining great music, spirituality, environmentalism and fitness, this dynamic event brings to Austin a remarkable schedule of speakers, classes and opportunities to get down.
Friday night will feature local guitar hero Carolyn Wonderland with Afrofreque opening. Saturday night has an incredible all-star band put together by Papa Mali, sporting a rhythm section of Sarah Brown and Frosty Smith. Joining Mr. Mali on guitar will be Ms. Wonderland and Gurf Morlix. As if that weren’t enough, Anthony Ferrell of the Greyhounds will be laying down the grooves on keyboards. My mind is blown just thinking about it. This may be the best local show of the year.
The Expo is also bringing us a wealth of best selling authors. Marianne Williamson will be discussing her latest chart topper The Age of Miracles. Ms. Williamson is one of the post powerful writers today, equal to the likes of Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra. A quote from her book A Return to Love, which taught us that “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate” is often mistakenly attributed to Nelson Mandela. If that quote moved you, it’s only the beginning of what you can learn from her amazing works. www.marianne.com
Also speaking will be Marci Shimoff and Joe Vitale (Mr. Fire), both of whom were featured in The Secret. Ms. Shimoff also co-authored a series of books you may have heard of: Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has a new book as well. http://www.happyfornoreason.com/home.asp Mr. Vitale returns after his standing room only presentation last year. http://www.mrfire.com
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus author John Gray will also be on hand, as will be singer/songwriter Michael Franti. There will be an Eco-Fashion Show, Body Choir and over 80 workshops on exploring improving relationships, sustainable living, and financial prosperity.
We are already blessed with annual festivals such as SXSW, Austin City Limits, Old Settlers and the Austin International Film Festival. World Wellness Weekend may give us another fabulous yearly occasion to look forward to.
Passes are available at Waterloo Records, Unity Church of the Hills (335-4449) or at www.worldwellness.org