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RUMBLE to celebrate Indigenous musicians
The live rock' n' roll show will feature songs by "Native music icons" and "contemporary Indigenous musicians." Photo credit: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

A live concert coming to St. Catharines is set to celebrate the Indigenous influence on pop music.

Rumble The Concert will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in Partridge Hall.

The show brings the documentary RUMBLE: The Indians who Rocked the World to life by featuring clips from the movie during live rock performances.

Indigenous musicians played a vital role in creating and shaping the history of popular music, and the concert will show "that a musicians' heritage is often an integral aspect of their artistic expression," said the event host in a press release. 

The event will feature such performers as two-time JUNO Award-winner Derek Miller, Kenny Lee Lewis of Steve Miller Brand, Mark LaForme, Native American Music Award- winners The Ollivanders, jazz virtuosos Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea, a singer/songwriter Rob Lamothe and others.

“The concert was initially a part of the inaugural Celebration of Nations in September 2017,” said Annie Wilson, a program supervisor at the FirstOntario Centre. “It was so well received that we helped build a small Ontario tour with a few of our presenting colleagues.”

Wilson also provided some background on the documentary. “Tim Johnson is the show's producer. He and his team curated a stunning show called Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture  which became the genesis for this project."

Johnson was also an executive producer of the RUMBLE: The Indians who Rocked the World.

"The title of the film is a reference to the pioneering instrumental “Rumble,” released in 1958 by the American group Link Wray & His Ray Men,” said Wilson.

“The instrumental piece was very influential on many artists. The film features many influential musicians who discuss the musical contributions of Indigenous artists, including commentaries from Quincy Jones, George Clinton, Taj Mahal, Martin Scorsese, John Trudell, Steven Tyler, Marky Ramone, Slash, Iggy Pop, Buddy Guy and others.”

People attending the concert can expect “a really great rock’ n’ roll show," said Wilson.

“We are thrilled to have Rumble The Concert as a part of our Celebration of Nations featured programming, supported in partnership with Brock University,” added Wilson.