CONTACT: Thunderbird Artists
Judi Combs, 480.837.5637
Renowned Native American Recording Group-Brule'
Featured at the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival November 2005The Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival is well known for the spectacular gathering of artists on display, first class wines and its breathtaking atmosphere. If that wasn't enough, the festival, November 4th, 5th & 6th, will feature Contemporary Native American Music Group Brule', on the main amphitheatre stage in downtown Carefree 10am to 5pm.
Brulé, aka Paul LaRoche, known as the composer, producer and leader of the award-winning Native American music group Brulé has a unique story to tell during one of the truly exceptional Native American performances touring the US today. Along with the amazing music and theatrics, Paul tells the story of how he came to realize his Native American heritage after nearly 38 years of separation from his biological family, which resides on the Lower Brule Sioux Indian Reservation in central South Dakota. Paul, adopted at birth off the reservation, discovered his Lakota heritage in 1993 after the death of both adoptive parents. He was reunited on Thanksgiving Day 1993 with a brother, sister, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. The discovery of his true heritage has greatly affected Paul's life and those around him. The influence on his music career has been monumental.
It is Paul's mission to be a role model and to use his music to bridge the gap between cultures. In 1999, Paul was selected as a musical ambassador and speaker for the UN Peace Conference held in The Hague Center for Peace, Netherlands, and has continued to tour his message of reconciliation between cultures across the country. Brule's tours consist of numerous live, outdoor performances as well as full-stage concert productions of We the People and One Holy Night each year.
Brulé has become one of the top-selling Native American recording artists with more than a million CDs sold worldwide. With national appearances on Regis and Kathie Lee, CNN Worldbeat, QVC, and others, Brulé has come of age. The live performances have created a contagious excitement that is sweeping the nation. Brulé has received numerous awards including the "Outstanding Musical Achievement Award" by the First Americans in the Arts, 2002 "Group of the Year" and "Best Instrumental Recording" for Star People, and 2003 "Best Instrumental Recording" for Night Tree from the Native American Music Academy.
Current band members include: Paul LaRoche on keyboards, Nicole LaRoche (Paul's daughter) on flute, Shane LaRoche (Paul's son) on guitars, and Eagle on traditional drum and percussion. Paul, Nicole, and Shane are enrolled members of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of SD. Eagle is a member of the Apache and Cherokee Nations and resides in Tennessee. Brule' will be joined at the festivals by over 165 acclaimed artists from throughout the United States, displaying their original works of art, such as, paintings, pottery, photography, bronzes, wood, clay and stone sculptures, batiks and much more. There will also be first-class wines available for tasting, from Germany, Australia, Argentina, Arizona, California and France. There is additional musical entertainment throughout the festival. Chocolates and gourmet food top off this weekend to remember.
Admission is free on Fridays and is $2 on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking is free. Hours are 10am-5pm. Call (480) 837-5637 for further information.