Thursday, December 12
Full Moon Rising: Indigenous Women’s Initiatives Fundraiser featuring Pura Fe
plus Tabeltop Three, Freightrain & Friends, Tonawanda Women Singers, Deygot Leeyos, Eva Bighorse, Two Row Big Drum and Dosyo:we:h Singers
Tickets: $20 available through the by calling Indigenous Women’s Intiatives, or at Talking Leaves, Burning Books and Jan’s Smokeshop in Tonawanda only
Note: Alcohol-free event
The Indigenous Women’s Initiatives present Pura Fe with Tabletop Three, Freightrain & Friends, Tonawanda Women Singers, Daygot Leeyos, Eva Bighorse, Two Row Big Drum, and Dosyo:we:h Singers, and Master of Ceremony Gary Parker.
Pura Fe, (Tuscarora, North Carolina – Beaver Clan) is a 2006 Native American Music award (NAMMY) winner and Juno Award (’94) nominee. The a cappella group she founded, Ulali, is featured on the soundtrack of the movie, Smoke Signals. Pura Fe is also featured on Showtime’s The L Word. She has toured with the Indigo Girl’s and opened for Herbie Hancock, Taj Mahal and has appeared on Jay Leno.
Pura Fe was born in New York City into a family of women singers from North Carolina. Her mother was classically trained and toured with Duke Ellington. As a adolescent, Pura Fe studied and performed with the American Ballet Theater, Martha Grahm and performed in Broadway musicals The Me Nobody Knows, Ari and Via Galactica. She has recorded jingles, commercials, back-up vocals and leads on demos and recordings.
Pura Fe launched her solo career touring her new album ‘Follow Your Hearts Desire’… on the ‘Music Maker Relief Foundation’ blues label. Her soulful voice and acoustic lap steel slide guitar, carries the ancestral message of the “Indigenous World” and the missing history that unified and separated the blood ties of Black and Indian people of the South. With a fresh new take, Pura Fe resurrects and elegantly states the common bond and the indigenous influence on the “birth of the blues”! Her second solo album, ‘Hold the Rain’ on Music Make Relief Foundation label is a more personal collection infused with heavy acoustic melodic melodic guitar picking along side her signature lush vocals and slide guitar.
The Tabletop Three is a three-part acoustic band that plays blues and popular music. With a line-up featuring guitar, harmonica, upright bass, and three vocalists, they’re upbeat, light on their feet, and fun for listening and dancing Curtis Waterman Beaver Clan-Onondaga Nation (harmonica and vocals) studied the styles of Sonny Boy Williams II (Rice Miller), James Cotton, Junior Wells, Little Water, Paul Delay and Walter Horton. He has grown to be one of New York’s finest and distinctive harp players. He’s been heard across the country with Syracuse bands Gonstermachers, Wescott Jugsuckers (Syracuse Area Music Award Winner) and Cornbred. Cornbred is a Native American Band and two time Native American Music award (NAMMY) winner, its first was “Best Blues Recording of the Year”, 2007. Curtis also played on Joanne Shenandoah and Michael Bucher’s 2009 NAMMY winner for Best Compilation, Bitter Tears, Sacred Ground, and Micheal Bucher’s 2010 Best Folk Album Believe, Track 6 “Fat Cats”. In 2011 he was NAMMY nominated again with Cornbred’s Rezbomb and Tabletop Three’s “Big Harp Blues”. Steve West (guitar and vocals) has performed all across Western New York, as a solo performer, and previously as the front man for W. B. Blues. He is also known for hosting several popular open mics in the region where he has nurtured some fine up-and-comers, and for putting together shows with other great acoustic performers from the region. Steve’s broad repertoire and easy rapport have won him fans wherever he goes. Ross Bracco (bass and vocals) has played with W. B. Blues, the 3D Electric Blues Band, as well as other group and solo projects. His animated and sometimes frenetic style of playing and performing are part of what keeps TT3 light and fun.
“One of my favorite bands to see live. Inventive, intuitive, TT3 walks that fine line of being well-rehearsed but not too polished. Some of the finest blues harp you’ll hear anywhere, great slide guitar, solid bass. A rhythm section that moves instinctively through unique arrangements of blues, classic and obscure and pop standards. Did I mention they can really sing. Fun, fun, fun.”— Scott Regan, WRUR 88.5, WITH 90.1
Freightrain and Friends – “Freightrain” Robert Parker grew up in a musical family. He started playing bass with his brother Kenny on sax and his dad on lead on the local Buffalo scene. His unique style with booming, rapid fire flicks with the strength of a train earned him the nickname of “Freightrain.”
With help from friend and mentor Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Parker connected with blues artist, Rock Bottom, who he toured and recorded with. He has also toured with Texas bluesman, Sherman Robertson, Chief James Billie and award winning Canadian artist, Paul Reddick and his band The Sideman. He has filled in for Big Bill Morganfield, the son of legendary Muddy Waters.
Currently “Freightrain” is back on the local scene with his own project, ” Freightrain and Friends.
Three Traditional Haudenosaunee Singing Groups:
Tonawanda Women Singers group – Women Singers from Tonawanda Band of Senecas near Akron, New York lead by Brenda Jonathan.
Dosyo:we:h (Buffalo Creek singers) : Men’s singing group from Buffalo and Catturaugus. They sing social dance songs in honor of women and Mother Earth.
Two Row Big Drum: Men’s western style singing group, Recently performed at the Tow Row Wampam celebration in New York City.
Daygot Leeyos a female rapper/beat singer and producer from Oneida Nation, member of the Wolf Clan. She recently performed with Pura Fe at the Two Row Wampum Celebration. She also performed at the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival.
Eva Bighorse (Cuyuga / Navaho) a dancer, Navaho hoop and traditional Haudnosaunee. Her Navaho father taught her to dance hoop since she was a little baby. She, also, honors her mother by dancing the Cayuga way. Eva has hooped danced with NAMMY winner Arvil Bird. Eva, a recent contestant in the Miss Indian World contest, is a graduate of Brigham Young University in .Public Health and speaks Spanish and English as well as her native language.
Date(s) - 12/12/2013
341 Delaware Avenue