"This guy walks in with a frumpy, old barn coat and a couple of canvas bags," Houlihan said. "He's late, and he pulls out these weird-looking drums and starts playing them."
About 20 minutes into the performance, Houlihan realized that he was familiar with the music from his early days of yoga and that he was really enjoying it.
"All these bells and whistles went off for me," he said. "I was so moved by his drumming music that I asked him to come to
About six months later, Houlihan received a call from de Kadt, who offered to bring some friends along for a concert at the studio. Although he was a little apprehensive, Houlihan agreed.
"We'd never done anything like this before," said Houlihan, who had just recently taken over Roots to Wings with his wife, Beth.
Not sure what to expect, Houlihan did little promotion for the event -- until he saw a video online of de Kadt and his friends performing in
"When I heard that music, it was so incredible and I was completely freaked out," Houlihan said.
He immediately went into "panic mode," spreading the word as fast as he could about the upcoming performance at the studio, which he was able to fill to capacity.
The success of the evening spurred Houlihan to expand the event into an annual offering called "An Evening of Peace, Love and Healing for
The fourth annual event is slated for Saturday evening and promises an interactive experience that all ages will enjoy, Houlihan said.
"What happens when you begin to hear the music is the music affects you in such a way, that any of those fears we have about making a fool out of ourselves in front of other people completely gets washed away," he said. "We want people to experience this. We want to bring people together and make it a real community event."
The Hanumen's annual tour is organized by the
In addition to bringing concerts to affluent communities like
"Typically, we work with conscious music, or sacred music -- music that has a message," said
The name Call and Response is a reference to kirtan, an ancient Sanskrit practice of call-and-response chanting that is a popular soundtrack in yoga classes.
A Led Zeppelin and Beatles fan in college, Houlihan said his musical tastes have "kind of changed completely" since he first got into yoga.
"You don't have to have any familiarity or experience with this music at all to enjoy it," he said.
Named after Hindu monkey god Hanuman, The Hanumen are four musicians -- de Kadt, Purusartha Dasa,
"It's fun, and they're funny," said
"Their music and their sound -- it's contemporary, it's bluesy, it's funky," Houlihan said. "They do a good job of blending the Sanskrit and English stuff."
Proceeds from Saturday night's concert will benefit The Pettengill House, a
"It helps the people who help people," Houlihan said. "It's really about healing, and there are so many things we can do to help people."
Since 2010, the concerts have raised more than
If you go
What: "An Evening of Peace, Healing and Love for
More information: www.rootstowings.com, www.hanumen.com or www.callandresponsefoundation.org
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