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Jim PepperFest 2013: Rise of The Free Spirits: The Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival
Parkrose HS Performing Arts Center
Portland, OR
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The 1st annual Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival remembers and celebrates the life and achievements of the great Native American musician, Jim Pepper (Kaw/Creek), Aug 7 - 10, Portland, Oregon.

See our website: for performance schedules and updated information.

Wed Aug 7: Nancy King/Glen Moore; Keith Secola

Opening for King/Moore is Native American Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winner Keith Secola, performing solo.

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.

As King/Moore, Nancy King and Glen Moore have recorded three albums together and performed in Europe and North America.

Keith Secola is an icon and ambassador of Native music. He is one of the most influential artists in the field today. Rising from the grassroots of North America, he is a songwriter of the people. Critics have dubbed him as the Native 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, he joined the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, Hank Williams, Crystal Gale, Richie Valens and Jim Pepper, and was inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame.

Thu Aug 8: The Star Nayea Band and Swil Kanim

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.

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.

Fri Aug 9: The Free Spirits Reunion, Rise of the Free Spirits, pt 1; Larry Coryell, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Chris Hills and Columbus Chip Baker with Special Guests; The Keith Secola Band

Sat Aug 10: The Free Spirits Reunion, Rise of the Free Spirits, pt 2; Larry Coryell, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Chris Hills and Columbus Chip Baker with Special Guests; John Trudell and Bad Dog

The Flying Eagle Main Stage is an outdoor venue. Admission to the Flying Eagle Main Stage, vendors and exhibit areas, including the National Museum of the American Indian traveling exhibit, is free to the community.

We are grateful to our sponsors and contributors for making this gift of free admission possible.

We are requesting donations of two items of nonperishable food for the Oregon Food Bank, and cash contributions to the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, a 501(c)3 non-profit, celebrating its 25 years of discovering, celebrating and commemorating "Oregon's diverse literary and cultural legacy, raising awareness through media, memorials, and public events."

The Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission:

The Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival is a 1000 Nations production.
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Parkrose HS Performing Arts Center
12003 NE Shaver St
Portland, OR 97220
United States


Arts > Performance
Film > Festivals
Music > Americana
Music > Festivals
Music > Jazz
Music > Rock
Music > Singer/Songwriter
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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