To support the
Woodland Indian Arts
and Culture Initiatives,
please make a donation
today, and then come
out for a great concert
on August 14!
Friday, August 14, 2009, 7 – 10pm
Free Benefit Concert: Wade Fernandez with Darren Thompson
Campanile Center for the Arts
141 Milwaukee Street, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Soaring from Menominee Indian Reservation
roots, Wade Fernandez knows how to both soothe
and rock. He honors tradition while forging ahead
in an ever-expanding world of music. Awardwinning
vocals, guitar, songwriting, native flute
and drumming all flow from deep within a rich
blood memory, echoing his words, "Music is a
very powerful gift to be returned and shared in a
Wade was named 2006 "Best Male Artist of the
Year" by the Native American Music Awards. He
performs both solo and with the Black Wolf Band.
Notable performances include: The Honor The
Earth Tour, Indian Summer Festival in Milwaukee,
The Reebok Human Rights Awards, Ed
McMahon's Next Big Star, Chicago's World Music Festival, Canada's Aboriginal People's Choice Awards, and Germany's
Tollwood Festival. Wade has jammed onstage with many artists including Jackson Browne and The Indigo Girls.
Of Ojibwe and Tohono O’odham heritage, Lac du Flambeau tribal member Darren Thompson is
highly regarded as a native flutist who has “the power to take you to another place.” He has been
invited to just as many places for his musical talent as he has for tackling such issues as
stereotypes, religion, politics, social structures, environmental issues, history and culture. And
whether leading a protest, fighting for constitutional rights, or performing with his flutes, the
message he delivers is consistent with the philosophy he lives by.
Tax-deductible donations to Northwoods NiiJii are welcome. Proceeds from this event support the Woodland Indian Arts and Culture Initiatives, a three-year project to build a Native cooperative art gallery/artist resource center and Native artist web site. Funds will also support
the Native Artist Entrepreneurial Program, which provides professional practices consultation
for Native artists.