Conscious Party: Veterans sing for peace

Photo by Max Cooper.

WHAT: A Veterans For Peace Benefit with Friends featuring John McCutcheon

WHERE: Lipinsky Hall on the UNC Asheville campus

WHEN: Friday, July 25 at 8 p.m.

WHY: Veterans For Peace will present a special benefit concert featuring John McCutcheon as part of the 29th annual Veterans for Peace Convention.

“John McCutcheon is a famous folksinger, storyteller and musician who stands boldly for human rights and anti-war,” says John Spitzberg, host chapter coordinator and 14-year veteran. “John was chosen because he is an entertainer who, through his music, speaks loudly to those of us who stand for the end of war and the promotion of health for all human beings.”

Proceeds from the concert will go to support Veterans For Peace and their annual convention. Held in Asheville for the first time, the Veterans For Peace Convention will be hosted across the UNCA campus from July 23-27. Spitzberg says in addition to the benefit concert, the convention will host speakers from around the country, including retired U.S. State Department official Col. Ann Wright and former congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, the conference’s keynote speaker.

“Anyone dedicated to peace and justice is welcome,” Spitzberg says. “A major focus is to bring post-9/11 troops into Veterans For Peace — those who have been wakened to the beauty of peace. Having served our nation, we have dedicated ourselves to serving the cause of world peace.”

Tickets for the benefit concert are $20 general admission and $35 preferred seating. They may be purchased in person at Malaprops Book Store at 55 Haywood Street, or online at  — Emily Storrow 

For more information about the Veterans For Peace conference visit


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