Strawberry Moon Concert: Blue Rodeo
Artpark’s Strawberry Moon Festival celebrates the indigenous cultures of our area through music, dance, arts & crafts, highlighting and intermingling both modern culture and its ancient roots.
Saturday, June 27
"Power of Niagara"
performed by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta
with Jon Lehrer Dance Company
with a welcome address led by Native-American Elders and performers
8pm | Artpark Gene Davis "Niagara 1979" Painted Lot | VIP reserved seating: $50 | General Admission: FREE
Sunday, June 28
Native American Cultural Celebration
Experience Native American arts, food sampling, workshops, music presentations, Smoke Dance competitions & more
12pm - 4pm | Artpark Amphitheather | FREE
Strawberry Moon Concert
Blue Rodeo | Buffy Sainte-Marie
RUMBLE: THE CONCERT | Freightrain
4pm - 9pm | Artpark Amphitheater | General Admission $22
“Not just a music festival, Strawberry Moon celebrates the fact the sky does not acknowledge borders, as different cultural factions from Western New York and Canada gathered to honor the beginning of a new season and tip their collective cap to the land that sustains us all.”
The Buffalo News (from review of the 2019 festival)
“Power of Niagara”
An original program performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta
With Jon Lehrer Dance Company
Also featuring a welcome address led by Native American Elders and performers
Enhanced by the funding from New York State Council on the Arts Regional Economic Development, the festival will present a unique collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, modern dance by Jon Lehrer Dance Company and indigenous performers presented outdoors atop the iconic and newly restored “Niagara 1979” by Gene Davis painted parking lot.
The evening’s program will begin with a special welcome address led by Native Elders, Allan Jamieson, Sr. of Cayuga Nation, and Neil Patterson Sr. of Tuscarora Nation, and welcome song from Gary Parker of Seneca Nations of Tonawandas and welcome Smoke Dance from Jordan Smith of Mohawk Nation.
FREE General Admission
$50 upgrade to VIP Reserved Seating
Native American Cultural Celebration
12pm-4pm, free admission
Experience diverse and expressive Native American cultures through the arts, food sampling, workshops, music presentations, Smoke Dance competitions & more. More details coming soon!
Nikki Shawana’s Hoop Dance Workshop
In this workshop, participants will learn about Hoop Dance and be able to see Nikki perform a Hoop Dance.
The tone of the workshop focuses on giving thanks and celebrating the gifts in life. Wear comfortable clothes because there will be dancing!
This workshop is approximately 45-60 mins in length. Time and location of the Workshop TBA.
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre's Powwow Boot Camp
Strawberry Moon Festival is pleased to offer a high-energy Powwow/dance training class.
This is an intensive and fun boot camp style workout for people interested in maximizing their physical fitness led by Artistic Director Santee Smith and KDT instructors. KDT’s Powwow Boot Camp allows participants to learn or practice skills in Indigenous dance forms of Powwow and Onkehon:we (Iroquois) social dances. These dances are performed in combination with exciting and challenging cardiovascular/physical conditioning exercises, contemporary dance, as well as incorporating the Muscle and Bone system. Focusing on body and spatial awareness through full-bodied movement sequences Powwow Boot Camp targets core strength in addition to muscularity of the legs. Move, dance, sweat, energize your body-mind-spirit, while listening to fabulous music in a social and invigorating environment. This workshop is free, open to the public and recommended for ages 16 and up. Participants are asked to wear workout clothing, running shoes and to bring plenty of water. No previous dance experience is required. “Celebrate being alive and be prepared to sweat!”
Time and location of the Boot Camp TBA
Wampum (Treaty Belt) Teaching & Display
How Did The First Nations Document History?
Strawberry Moon Festival will host one of the country’s largest wampum belts display, spanning over 400 years. Dr. Richard Hamill will share historical teachings and visitors will be able to participate in the delicate process of bead production and belt weaving.
Time and Location TBA.
The Art of Native Dance
Learn about diverse Native dance styles, regalia, and songs.
Audience members will have a chance to participate in the interactive dance workshop portion and learn a variety of styles such as grass dance, hoop dance, fancy dance, jingle dance, and the electrifying Smoke Dance. The Art of native dance and drum teachings and workshop for all ages led by Gary Parker and Jordan Smith.
Time and location TBA.
Smoke Dance Competition
Back by popular demand, the mesmerizing and exciting Smoke Dance Competition.
The Smoke Dance is a rapid quick step dance that is exceedingly fast and difficult and that requires dancers to stop on the very last note of the song.
Time and Location TBA.
Native American Discovery Zone
Native American Discovery Zone is expanding with several interactive workshops, teachings and demonstrations available for all ages to participate and gain greater knowledge of the deep rooted culture of the native americans.
Seneca-Iroquois National Museum will host many workshops from Corn Husk Dolls, Birch Bark Basket making and their popular Ruppet Show. This puppet show tells traditional Iroquois stories that have been passed down for generations.
The Strawberry Moon Concert
4pm-9pm, General Admission tickets $22
Blue Rodeo is an iconic Canadian band that has sold over 4 million albums, won countless Juno awards, and been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The band also advocates for the rights of Indigenous people.
This Cree singer-songwriter is a trailblazer and tireless advocate, and her artistry, humanitarian efforts, and Indigenous leadership have made her a unique force in the music industry. She is the only Indigenous person to have won an Academy Award.
RUMBLE: THE CONCERT
RUMBLE: THE CONCERT reveals the significant contributions Indigenous musicians have made in popular music, and other award winning musicians tell the story of Indigenous influences in shaping roots, blues, jazz, folk, and rock music.
Freightrain is led by Seneca and bassist Robert “Freightrain” Parker, the first Native American to be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. The band won a 2018 International Indigenous Music Award for “Best Blues Album.”
$22 General Admission
Ticket is required for entry to the Strawberry Moon Concert portion of the day, 4pm-9pm
Elders Advisory Council
Allan Jamieson, Sr., Cayuga Nation / Neil Patterson Sr., Tuscarora Nation
Produced by Artpark in collaboration with Kakekalanicks Indigenous Arts & Consultancy