Robbie Schaefer at Jammin' Java, Jan. 21
Why: All proceeds from the concert will go to OneVoice's efforts to help the Pika camp. And it's a good excuse to see your fellow Refractioners away from home base.
What: Robbie Schaefer: A Concert To Support Syrian Refugees
When: Saturday, January 21st at 6:30pm
Where: Jammin' Java - Vienna, VA
How: Purchase tickets here.
Robbie Schaefer is used to playing to diverse crowds. The guitarist and vocalist formerly of Eddie from Ohio has played more than 3500 concerts over the course of a 27-year career. Yet nothing could prepare him for the experience of sharing music with refugees who are fleeing for their lives.
Having visited refugee camps in Levos, Greece twice in 2016, Robbie and his non-profit OneVoice shared his experience with Refraction, and he is continuing to share his stories and the stories of the people he met in these camps.
Robbie and OneVoice have been members of Refraction since 2014. If you are interested in reading what compelled Robbie to do what so few have actually done, to get up and help these people, read this beautiful message on his site. Here's an excerpt:
I have spent the better part of the past eight months looking away. The Syrian refugee crisis streams into my living room every night via the evening news whether I am paying attention or not and although some nights I am able to observe from a dispassionate distance, on the nights that I cannot, I cry. The reason I look away and the reason I cry, I is the same: the brokenness and homelessness I am witnessing is my own. Somewhere in the depths of ourselves, if we are brave enough to admit it, we are all refugees.
Robbie's Time with the Refugees (from Jamminjava.com)
In March and June of 2016, Robbie and his non-profit organization, OneVoice, visited Pikpa Solidarity, a small camp on the island of Lesvos, Greece hosting 100 of the most vulnerable refugees from the Syrian war. OneVoice’s mission was to offer music and art as tools for healing and story-telling. The residents at Pikpa are Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis, and Pakistanis. They are fathers and mothers, teachers and nurses, musicians and children. They are, indeed, all of us. In addition to music, this concert will feature stories and video from Robbie’s time at the camp, as well as opportunities to fund OneVoice’s ongoing efforts to support the residents of Pikpa camp.
We will see you at the concert!