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Six Nations concert celebrates Pan Am Games

Six Nations concert celebrates Pan Am Games

Posted by PanamericanWorld on July 21, 2015

A free concert is being added to the annual Grand River Champion of Champions Powwow weekend in Six Nations this year.

The Six Nations Music Festival in celebration of the 2015 Pan Am Games is being held at Chiefswood Park on Friday, July 24, on the eve of the powwow, July 25-26.

The lineup features some of the best Six Nations musicians in a variety of genres including traditional, bluegrass, country and blues.

Singer-songwriter/actress Cheri Maracle of the Aboriginal People’s Television Network’s Blackstone is the host.

“We’re opening up with a traditional dance troupe from the community,

the Haudenosaunee Dancers,” said spokesperson Elaine Bomberry.

Musical performers include seasoned bluegrass favourites Bootleg Bluegrass (formerly Stone Ridge Bluegrass, “acoustic folk with a native girl twist” Lacey Hill, Randy Miller (also of The Healers) singing original songs he wrote about famed Six Nations poet E. Pauline Johnson, country artist Rebecca Miller and Murray Porter, winner of the 2012 Juno for Aboriginal Album of the Year’.

International Blues Challenge finalists The Pappy Johns Band close out the concert and will be joined by Porter, Miller and Maracle for a jam.

“It’s going to be great,” Bomberry said.

Show time is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bring a lawnchair to the family-friendly event.

“The food and craft vendors will be set up, so we’re going to be encouraging people to support the local businesses at their booths,” Bomberry said.

It’s the second year in a row a free concert is being added the night before the powwow. Artists donated their time last year but this time, with support from Six Nations elected council, they’re being paid.

“I don’t know, it could potentially become an annual thing,” Bomberry said.

The 36th annual Grand River Champion of Champions Powwow will take place on the Saturday and Sunday at Chiefswood Park.

The event feature more than 400 traditional dancers from across North America, more than 100 craft booths and 30 native food vendors.

Many dancers and singers representing every major North American native cultural group dressed in their finest regalia are expected to attend.

Gates open at 10 a.m. each day. Admission is $15 for both days or $10 for single-day pass. Single-day admission costs $2 for children aged six to 12. Parking is free. It’s OK to bring lawnchairs and cameras but pets are not allowed at the event.

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