Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan six years ago, but his mission is still very much alive. Pearl was a strong believer in the unifying power of music. An accomplished musician himself, he sought out local jam sessions wherever he traveled. Fittingly, Friends of Danny (FODFest) honor Pearl’s memory by bringing together musicians who jammed with the late reporter and those who play a part in their local music scenes. Press for the event explains, “FODfest is a unique performance format: part song-swap, part jam session, part concert. Most of the participating musicians are meeting for the first time on stage.”
FODFest reaches the Grey Eagle on Wednesday, headlined by peace activist, singer/songwriter and frequent Asheville visitor SONiA of disappear fear. Other performers include Asheville-based Jason Daniello, Texans Ruby James with Rene Reyes, The Near Misses from Charlotte, N.C., Knoxville’s Faron McNeal and others. The show is free; donations are taken toward funding the tour.
FODFest is held at the Grey Eagle on Wednesday, Oct. 15. 8 p.m.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter