Material Culture will host an event to celebrate the unveiling of the Padmini boutique line in the store, on November 17, from 6-10 PM. The evening is free and open to the public, and will feature live music, refreshments, door prizes, and a champagne toast at 8 PM.

Below is additional information about the performers at this event:

A life-long singer, Ramesh Vagheri studied music in his homeland of India, bringing the rich musical styles of devotional Bhajan, and Kirtan, and the poetic Ghazal to the United States, where he know lives.

Daniel Johnson is a Philadelphia-based Tabla player and percussionist. Extensive study of Tabla in the US and India, along with performances with Spoken Hand, jazz legend Badal Roys “Dharma Jazz”, Grammy-winner Paul Winter Consort, and many others have kept him moving further into the subtle pulsations of his musical aesthetic. In Philadelphia, he is active playing with The Vehicle and with Hennessey Bonfire.

Performance by tribal belly dancer Kirie will accompany the music for much of the evening. Kirie has been dancing for seventeen years, and now dances with Zadyra & the Underbellies and Troupe Syn. She is the owner of Midnight Orchid Design, the manager of a Pilates studio in Wayne, and a proud military wife.

Live music by Shawn Hennessy will form another part of the evening. Shawn Hennessey is a world percussionist and songwriter. He started Leana Song in 2004, and has since toured internationally as a master percussionist, singer and arranger of ancient African song. Shawn writes and records original music as HENNESSEY BONFIRE, and will be releasing his debut album, “Let’s Get Carried Away” in early 2013.

A special surprise performance with artists Lauren Raske and Liana Cameris will coincide with the champagne toast, so please join us by 8 PM so as not to miss a spectacular part of the festivities.

As an expert of a multitude of fire tools and props Lauren Raske creates light shows that captivate people in a wide variety of settings and celebrations from intimate private parties to main stages at 40,000+ attendee festivals, and everything in between. She has been professionally performing since 2006 as both a solo performer and in choreographed group shows. Lauren teaches workshops and private clients about fire safety and flow techniques for several tools and also produces large scale showcases. Visit her website at

Liana began dancing with the flame over five years ago. Since then, she has traveled near and far, dancing in Philly’s first fire conclave for Burning Man in ’08, co-producing a fire show for Philly Fringe in 2009, performing at numerous festivals and events, and spending several months in the Peruvian Amazon teaching yoga & fire dancing while working with the sacred plant medicine, Ayahuasca. She currently is exploring a new, but sacred way to dance with the flame. Visit her website at

The event will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 6-10 PM.