Friday, July 26, 2013

Jim PepperFest 2013 new lineups and new prices

photo courtesy of the family of Jim Pepper

Wednesday, August 7
Parkrose HS Performing Arts Center Theater

7:00 Keith Secola

Keith Secola (Anishinaabe) is an icon and ambassador of Native American music. He is one of the most influential artists in the field today. Rising from the grass roots of North America, he is a songwriter of the People. Critics have dubbed him the Native American versions of both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

 NDN Kars (Indian cars), his most popular song, is considered the contemporary Native American anthem, achieving legendary status and earning him a well deserved cult following. It has been the number one requested song on tribal radio since 1992.

In 2011, Keith joined the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, Hank Williams, Crystal Gale, Richie Valens and Jim Pepper when he was inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame (NAMA). His seven NAMA awards include Lifetime Achievement (2011). Keith opens the 1st annual Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival as a solo singer/songwriter and returns on Friday evening August 9 as the Keith Secola band.

8:30 King/Moore (Nancy King and Glen Moore)

King/Moore: No one has a longer history of musical collaboration and friendship with Jim Pepper than Glen Moore. They performed as teenagers with the Young Oregonians. Glen Moore went on to co-found the band Oregon, which continues to keep Jim's music alive worldwide.

World-renowned jazz singer Nancy King's connection to Jim Pepper began in the 1960s. Both Glen Moore and Nancy King have earned Grammy nominations in their respective careers.

As King/Moore, Nancy King and Glen Moore have recorded three albums together and performed across Europe and North America. Nancy King was a nominated for a Best Jazz Singer Grammy on two different cds with two different bands the same year.

New price: All seats are $ 25
New price: Season pass $ 95

Thursday, August 8
Parkrose HS Performing Arts Center Theater

7:00 Swil Kanim

Swil Kanim (Lummi) is a classically trained violinist, Native American storyteller and actor. He is an activist whose life mission is to bring healing and hope through music, fine arts and storytelling. As a young boy, he was separated from his parents and spent the remainder of his childhood in a series of foster homes. One of his teachers encouraged him to enroll in a music program, and the violin became his instrument of choice. Through music, he found his path to healing his childhood wounds and reconnecting to his Native American roots. He credits his fourth grade teacher and access to band at school with saving his life, and he wants to tell you the story….

8:30 The Star Nayea Band

Star Nayea: When Star Nayea was only two months old, she was taken from her Native American family because of the 1950s-70s baby sweep perpetrated by the United States and Canada. Despite the good intentions of the Lutheran Social Services of Detroit, Michigan, she landed in an extremely abusive adoptive family that did not share her heritage. After several years of pain and struggle, she escaped her adoptive family and began to reach for her dreams of musical freedom.

While the experience and circumstances that brought Star Nayea to Detroit were unfortunate to say the least, the surrounding Motor City Rock and Roll scene and the raved-about MO-Town sound influenced and shaped her tastes as she grew into the young woman with the unique soulful style. Star began her musical career in her home town of Detroit, but it was not long before she was selling out shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.

Star Nayea has worked with many noteworthy Native American artists such as Indigenous, Joanne Shenandoah, and Buffy St. Marie. She overcame her negative experiences and became a Grammy-winning and Nammy-winning mentor and inspiration to many young aspiring Native American singers. She’s bringing some of them with her. Her students will perform earlier on the Flying Eagle Main Stage at 3:00.

Meet Star Nayea: Mountain Song

New price: All seats are $ 25
New price: Season pass $ 95

Friday August 9
Parkrose HS Performing Arts Center Theater

7:00 The Keith Secola Band

Keith Secola returns to the stage with a band that features Parkrose High School graduate, bandleader and guitar player Brian Harrison.

8:30 The Free Spirits Reunion, pt 1: Larry Coryell, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Chris Hills, Columbus Chip Baker and Friends

This band is beyond legendary! Reuniting more than forty years after they last performed as The Free Spirits to remember and celebrate their friend and bandmate Jim Pepper.

The beginning of jazz-rock is commonly dated in the late '60s with the emergence of Blood, Sweat, & Tears, the Electric Flag, and Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, but in fact a few sporadic efforts were made at reconciling the two forms before that. The Free Spirits, a New York group featuring the guitar, songwriting, and singing of Larry Coryell, may have been the first.


Augmenting the usual guitar-bass-drums rock lineup with the tenor saxophone of Jim Pepper, the quintet's backgrounds were decidedly jazz. But their sound was considerably closer to rock, investing the early psychedelic sounds of the day with relatively adventurous, jazz-derived improvisation, horns (or one, anyway), and elastic song structures. They weren't avant-garde by any means; on their LP, their innovations were tailored to fit songs with vocals lasting between two and three-and-a-half minutes. Their moderate use of jazz idioms within pop and rock frameworks was innovative for its day and has always been unfairly overlooked. --Richie Unterberger

Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the history books. He brought what amounted to a nearly alien sensibility to jazz electric guitar playing in the 1960s, a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences. Yet as a true eclectic, armed with a brilliant technique, he is comfortable in almost every style, from the most decibel-heavy distortion-laden electric work to the most delicate, intricate lines on acoustic guitar.

Watch him demolish Ravel’s Bolero with a 12-string guitar and meet Larry Coryell and The Free Spirits:

New price: All seats are $ 25
New price: Season pass $ 95

August 10
Parkrose HS Performing Arts Center Theater

7:00 John Trudell and Bad Dog

John Trudell is an acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor and activist whose international following reflects the universal language of his words, work and message. Trudell (Santee Sioux) was a spokesperson for the Indian of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971. He then worked with the American Indian Movement (AIM), serving as Chairman of AIM from 1973 to 1979. 

In 1982, Trudell began recording his poetry to traditional Native music and in 1983 he released his debut album Tribal Voice on his own Peace Company label. Trudell then teamed up with the late legendary Kiowa guitarist Jesse Ed Davis. Together, they recorded three albums during the 1980's. The first of these, AKA Graffiti Man, was released in 1986 and dubbed the best album of the year by Bob Dylan. AKA Graffiti Man served early notice of Trudell's singular ability to express fundamental truths through a unique mix of poetry, Native music, blues and rock. 

Since that time, Trudell has released seven more albums plus a digitally re-mastered collection of his early Peace Company cassettes. His 2002 CD, Bone Days, was executive produced by Academy Award winning actress Angelina Jolie.

His latest double album, Madness & The Moremes, showcases more than five years of new music and includes special Ghost Tracks of old favorite Trudell tunes made with legendary Kiowa guitarist Jesse Ed Davis. This internet only release offers a full range of classic Trudell poetry – there are lyrics filled with penetrating insight and others with knock out humor, all put to some of the best music Bad Dog has ever made together.

In addition to his music career, Trudell has played roles in a number of feature films, including a lead role in the Mirimax movie Thunderheart and a major part in Sherman Alexie's Smoke Signals. He most recently played Coyote in Hallmark's made for television movie, Dreamkeeper.

Meet John Trudell and Bad Dog:

8:30 The Free Spirits, pt 1: Larry Coryell, Ra-kalam Bob Moses, Chris Hills, Columbus Chip Baker and Friends

The Free Spirits and Friends re-take the stage to close out the 1st annual Jim PepperFest Native Arts Festival, Jim PepperFest 2013: Rise of The Free Spirits.

New price: All seats are $ 25
New price: Season pass $ 95

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