Sat at 11am at Thrasher Opera House preceding Shorts Package 1: Indigenous Films
Wade Fernandez is a multi award winning international touring artist from the Menominee Nation Reservation in Wisconsin. He has won numerous awards in many genres and is well versed in many styles of music. Beginning his solo career opening up for Jackson Browne & the Indigo Girls and being invited to perform alongside them has led to a long career with well over 35 international tours. Some people classify his music as Contemporary Native Americana yet he is as comfortable performing solo vocals, acoustic guitar, and native flute at a folk fest as he is onstage jamming electric with his band. His passion to share his music, culture and spirit is reflected in his international presentations in schools (k-college), workshops, and concerts from Woodstock 94 to intimate house concerts. http://www.wadefernandez.com.
Sat at 1:30pm at Thrasher Opera House preceding From Mass to the Mountain
Sat at 3:30 at Town Square Preceding Standing on Sacred Ground – Islands of Sanctuary & Back Forty Mine
Annie Humphrey was born into a beautiful, sometimes sad life. A life of Earth connectedness. She is a wild ricer, fish netter, maple syrup maker, dress maker, medicine gatherer, grand mother, singer of traditional and contemporary songs and Marine Corp veteran. She loves her people, the new generation and the Earth. ” Earth is our true power source. The source of all things.” https://www.anniehumphreymusic.com.
Fri at 6:30pm at Thrasher Opera House preceding Opening Night film The Last Animals
Sat at 7:30pm at Deacon Mills Park preceding outdoor screening of FernGully: The Last Rainforest
The Mambo Surfers are a four-piece Milwaukee-based band performing all original music to stimulate the mind and senses. Over their 20-plus years together they’ve produced three albums showcasing influences ranging from blues to polkas, punk to reggae, Indian ragas to Native American and Sufi chants. Fans have compared them to the band Rusted Root. They call their intricate, energizing music Funkified Jazz Rock. https://www.mambosurfers.com
Sat at 2pm at The American Legion preceding Shorts Program 2: Patagonia Films
Sun at 6:30pm at Thrasher Opera House preceding Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock
Rojo & Saji (of Mambo Surfers) have been songwriting and playing together for over 20 years. Rojo is of Native American Hochungra descent drawing much of his lyric style from nature. He has been a master luthier for over 35 years. Saji developed his lyricism and sense of melody listening to various types of music growing up in South India and Kuwait. He’s fond of saying he’s actually the real Indian of the two.
Sat at 6:30pm at Thrasher Opera House preceding Even When I Fall
Sun at 4:30pm at The American Legion preceding Sold
Philip Gatewood is a songwriter, author and retired private detective who lives in Cudahy, Wisconsin. He has released three recordings: “Episodes of Obession” (1989), “Cobalt Cool” (2007) and “Slices on the Take” (2012). As a music writer, he has written over three hundred essays and other short pieces as The Blues Detective which have been published in local weeklies and national monthly publications. In retirement his performing is relegated to his church choir and rare acoustic cameos.
Sat at 4pm at Thrasher Opera House preceding Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock
Sat at 6pm at Town Square preceding Shorts Program 4: Wild Card
Brian Drow is a singer/songwriter that performs vocals, guitar, and harmonica. He plays a variety of originals and covers ranging from folk to country to blues and pop. He has years of experience playing in cafes, coffee houses, pubs, festivals, and farmer’s markets and has released many albums including his most recent, “Wisdom of Gravity”.
Sun at 12:30pm at Thrasher Opera House preceding Shorts Program 4: Wild Card
Stu Marston is a self-taught musician with the ability to be a chameleon in every genre. Born in Shawinigan, Quebec and raised in Sussex, Wisconsin he was influenced by Elvis, The Beatles, and Hank Williams. Now singer-guitarist of original music and classic rock covers, he plays at local events with his band TuDrunc2Fish.
Sun at 4pm at Thrasher Opera House preceding The Long Shadow
Kelly Aschebrook has been singing and playing guitar for 40 years, entertaining people throughout the United States, Canada, and thanks to the US Army, in Italy and Germany. He has an eclectic mix of music that he says is a “taste of Americana”. The songs he sings range from western love songs, to stories of the road, and classic songs that people have not heard for a long time, but can easily sing along with.
Sun at 12:30pm at Town Square preceding Panel: Conservation, Land Development and Human Rights
Richie Plass has lectured across the country on “Trails of the Menominee: A Discussion of Native American Diversity”. His sessions include lectures on education, culture, traditions, professional environment and social impact. He speaks to such things as Menominee and general Native American history, past and present Native American issues such as logos and mascots, and Native American lore and performing arts. His multi-faceted background includes an Associate Degree in Architecture, being Director of Tribal Economic Development on the Menominee Reservation, offering diversity training, being a drummer fronting his own bands, acting and is also a published poet.