Plainwhite Tom Loconti Dedication & Tribute Video Playlist
Our good friend Plainwhite Tom passed early in the early morning on January 2nd, 2014 and left behind a ripple of inspiration for us all to carry forth into the world.
"To burst embers of inspiration into a world greatly looking for it. Please be kinder to one another. Nicer ... ya know."
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Ever since Temba Spirit put his life on the line by renouncing his gang affiliation on national television, he has devoted his life to service, spirit, love, and helping others to Reclaim Their Power.After an early life that included child abuse, gang violence, drugs, homelessness, depression, and incarceration, Temba underwent an amazing spiritual transformation while behind bars at Rikers Island prison. With support and inspiration from Amma, the world-renowned hugging saint from India, not only did Temba fully forgive himself, he transformed his prison time into a spiritual retreat. He initiated a meditation program, distributed spiritual books, and did all he could to help the hurting men who were incarcerated with him to re-awaken their spiritual innocence—showing them by example and through his actions that love was inside of them and there was nothing they could do to change that, no matter how heinous their crimes. Now, over a decade later, the program he started for these men, Circle of Love Inside, has spread all over the U.S. and has become one of the most successful prison outreaches of our time.
Debi Buzil and Steve Emmerman head a collective called Devi 2000. Devi 2000 is Kirtan, live and direct, call and response Sanskrit chanting. This tradition, based in 14th Century Hindu folk tradition, is exploding in the USA with Western influences. Debi and Steve met while working together in a Funk Rock group called Marvin Tate's D-Settlement. Debi and Steve both have a world music background: Debi studying in Brazil and India, Steve in Indonesia. Both also are students and teachers of Yoga. Mainly, Debi's her work as a parent influences the devotional backdrop to her music. Steve's work as the co-founder of Turbodog Yoga, along with his wife Talya Ring, takes most of his attention. Thankfully they got their sh*t together to release the latest Devi 2000 project entitled Kum Kum.
DJ Carla Starlawww.carlastarla.com
As I sing and spin beats for you. May you rise to the occasion of Divine Greatness and join me in the dance of Loving Life and Music. I want you to remember how special and Magical you truly are.
If you ask me how long I’ve been singing, I’ll tell you I was born singing instead of crying. It's a gift from a higher power and my job is to share that gift with the world. In 1988 I started my music career in Omaha Nebraska, singing and playing bass in a Ska Punk Band called The Conspiracy. We played with inspiring groups like Special Beat, The Toasters, Skankin Pickle and The Blue Meanies. I found myself wanting a change and needing a more diverse larger audience so in 1993 I moved to Chicago and sang backup for the infamous Blue Meanies. Chicago was the place for me. Wanting to be more in the spotlight where I belonged, I co created a group called Stereotypes with Damon Keller in 1994. I began producing original music, singing/ songwriting alongside, playing violin, bass and midi samples. We were ahead of our time with a down tempo hip hop/ intelligent jungle fusion. I found myself hanging out right in the heart of the Chicago Rave scene where I was blessed to fuse Stereotypes with some of the best promoters at that time. Groups like VBNTS Chicago and Eclectic Grooves. We played with greats like, Del The Funky Homosapien, Maseo of De La Sol and opened for Ms. Lady Kier of Delight at the Metro. That will always be my favorite show to date. In 1998 I decided to become a DJ. My passionate love affair with House Music made it the most logical choice of style. It’s a Spiritual thing a Body thing a Soul thing you know. This style of music always had a positive message and I think that’s why I’m so drawn to it. I finally had found a perfect niche in singing and DJing. DJ Carla Starla was born. Now for the past thirteen years I have been doing just that. Playing at the world famous Burningman Festival, Rocking Smart Bar Chicago with the likes of Paul Johnson, Kaskade and DJ Heather. I’ve been a guest DJ at a many Freakeasy, Psymbolic and BrilliantlyMad events. With my passion to stay busy and spread the love of Chicago style House, I’m holding down monthly residencies at Cocktail Lounge in Boys Town Chicago, Flight 112 Wine Bar in Elmhurst IL., Underground Wonder Bar and Highball Lounge in Gold Coast Chicago. For the past two years I have been the resident DJ at Chi Ka Go events which fuse dance, music, art, and poetry. I have been one of the staple DJs collaborating in the Chicago Resonate events for the past 5 years. My goal is to become an international DJ. I want to travel the world, sharing my talents and love with as many countries and cultures as I can.