Hindu Kush Mountain Boys Plus One To Bring Upbeat Spiritual Songs To Eckankar Music And Arts Gala

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The Hindu Kush Mountain Boys Plus One with be performing at Eckankar's Music and Arts Gala sponsored by the Maryland Satsang Society.

A Music and Arts Gala, featuring the music of the Hindu Kush Mountain Boys Plus One, will be held Sunday, May 21, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, Maryland. The group’s music is a unique blend of toe-tapping folk and blue grass style music, upbeat spiritual songs, and just plain old fun. This event is sponsored by the Maryland Satsang Society, Inc., a chartered affiliate of Eckankar.

Larry Siegel has performed for over thirty years on guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica and as a singer/composer/producer. He has been a featured instrumentalist with Dolly Partin, Lester Lanin, and others. His national television appearances include Rosie O’Donnell and Breakfast Time with Tom Bergeron.

Jim Queen had a 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force Band, the first 20 of which were spent in its Strolling Strings. In 1993, he founded Silver Wings, the U.S. Air Force’s country band. Since retiring from the band in 2004, he has freelanced extensively as a violinist/fiddler/guitarist/banjoist, and recently completed a run in the Ford Theater’s production of Shenandoah.

Rich Miller has performed around the world, playing bass, guitar, piano, and saxophone, and has been a featured performer with Jack Jones, nationally acclaimed guitarist Al Bruno, and others. He is best known for his clear, deep voice that brings out the full harmony that the Hindu Kush Mountain Boys Plus One use so well.

Rhonda Mattern Stapleton, a former editor of Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine, is the “One” female in the group. Her songs on the joys and struggles of spiritual awakening have won numerous awards in national songwriting competitions, including the prestigious Billboard song contest.

The Gala will also include a silent auction of artworks, photography, beaded jewelry, hand-crafted jewelry pieces made of shells from the Chesapeake Bay, gift baskets, services and more. Art themes range from the mundane to the sacred. The auction will close at 7:00 p.m.

Eckankar is the Religion of Light and Sound. Its teachings emphasize the value of personal experiences as the most natural way back to God. For more information about the teachings of Eckankar, visit http://www.eckankar.org or call 800-LoveGod.

The proceeds from this benefit will go to the establishment of a new Eckankar Center in Maryland. For more information about the gala, call Kitty Peddicord at 1-(410) 795-4846.

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