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Stephen Travers of the Miami Showband will be a headliner at iBAM! Eleven, held on October 18th (Gala Awards Dinner) and October 19th featuring a full program including authors and their books, a literary salon with new presenters almost every half hour, selected short films all day long, live theatre free dance lessons, music and musicians, and a special panel on Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

The full program is taking place at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave., Chicago IL on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and thanks to their sponsors, admission is FREE!

Panel: "Truth and Reconciliation Platform; Ireland's Destination."
Miami Showband survivor, Stephen Travers leads this panel and is joined by Reverend David Latimer, also from Northern Ireland.
The moderator is DePaul Professor, Mary McCain.

Stephen has authored a book, The Miami Showband Massacre, an event which he survived. The book is in the process of being made into a major movie.
As the chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Platform: "Healing Ireland," Stephen works tirelessly for peace in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Synopsis:
The Miami Showband Massacre, the latest in Netflix’s ReMastered music documentary series, may feature a band unfamiliar to Americans but the horrendous violence on display puts most American true crime stories to shame. ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre exposes a dizzying conspiracy of espionage, false flag attacks and sectarian violence as it follows a multi-decade search for justice.
With the 50th anniversary of Ireland's "Troubles" this year, this will be an event you won't want to miss!

About Stephen Travers
Born in the beautiful market town of Carrick on Suir in South Tipperary, on the borders of Waterford and Kilkenny, it was obvious, early on, that Stephen Travers was a gifted musician although, for a brief spell, his first “real” job was as a trainee insurance broker in The City of London. On his return to Ireland at the beginning of 1970, Stephen quickly became one of the most in-demand bass guitarists in the country and, having played with some of the most respected bands in Ireland, he accepted an offer to join one of Ireland’s most popular groups, The Miami Showband, in 1975: The rest is history.  

Stephen Travers was a founding director and the first editor of The Irish World Newspaper in Britain. He is also an author, screenwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. He was a special observer with the charity "Children in Crossfire" in East Africa and has addressed victim support and Radicalisation Awareness Network conferences and universities across Europe on numerous occasions.

In 2019, Netflix, the world’s largest media platform, will release a major documentary based on the book “The Miami Showband Massacre; A survivor’s search for the truth” by Stephen Travers and Neil Fetherstonhaugh as one of eight films in the Netflix “ReMastered” DocuSeries: The other seven films, which will be released monthly, tell the stories of Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Jam Master Jay, Victor Jara, Sam Cooke, Robert Johnson and Solomon Linda and how their musical careers influenced society. The series began in October 2018 with “Who Shot The Sheriff”; an investigation into the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. Stephen Travers’ story “The Miami Showband Massacre” is scheduled for release in March 2019.

Stephen Travers is co-founder and Chairman of Truth and Reconciliation Platform (TaRP).

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