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Native actor/musician to entertain at tribal summit
7 September 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - Bouncing, rhythmic, blues music will close out day one of the United Tribes Tribal Leader’s Summit in Bismarck.

      Actor/musician Gary Farmer and his blues band, The Troublemakers, are scheduled to perform Wednesday, September 8 at the Civic Center.

Actor/Musician Gary Farmer

      The entertainment is part of a reception scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in Civic Center’s Exhibition Hall.

      Farmer is the approachable actor who played the warm-hearted Philbert in the iconic film “Powwow Highway,” for which he won the Best Actor award at the 1989 American Indian Film Festival.

      Farmer is a Canadian from the Cayuga Tribe of the (Iroquois) Six Nations Confederacy. He played in more than a dozen films in over two decades, including Smoke Signals and Dead Man. Lately he has returned to music, touring with his all-Indian band, playing casinos and other tribal venues and exploring the connection between tribal culture and blues music.

      “The blues is really based on the round dance rhythm,” said Farmer. “That connection is something we explore in the music.”

      With Farmer in the band are veteran bluesman Slidin’ Clyde Roulette, Johnny Longbow, Logan Nix, and Jamie Bird Yellowhorse.

      One of Farmer’s musical missions is to raise awareness about the talent and work of the late Kiowa guitar player, Jesse Edwin Davis.

      “He was THE session player during the sixties, seventies and eighties,” said Farmer. “He was with John Lennon minutes before he died…he toured with George Harrison on the Bangladesh Tour…he played with every jazz musician, every rock musician in the history of rock-n-roll during that period.”

      The Troublemakers have two CDs: Love Songs and Other Issues, 2007 and Lovesick Blues, 2009.

      Farmer’s appearance at the Summit is open to all United Tribes alumni, summit participants, and friends from the campus community. Music will also be provided by the Wise Spirit Boys drum group from Cannonball, ND. Participants in the Miss Indian Nations pageant will be introduced.

      The 14th Annual Tribal Leaders Summit is September 8-10. For more information visit www.uttc.edu.

      Click here to read more about Gary Farmer and why he’s ‘on the bandwagon for the arts’ http://www.uttc.edu/news/speech/041310_01.asp.



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