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Tuesday, September 10 • 8:30pm - 10:00pm
In the Roundhouse: Contemporary Native American Music

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Calling on her Native American heritage, Grammy nominated Dawn Avery (Mohawk descent) uses her soaring cello lines, sultry voice, and powerful lyrics to tell stories about many shades of love...from Mohawk erotica to songs encompassing all of creation. In her multi-media show, "50 Shades of Red," the hypnotic "downtempo" electronic soundscapes are elevated by Grammy-winning guitarist Larry Mitchell, and interpreted by dancer Ty Defoe (Oneida/Anishinaabe Nations). Boston-based performing songwriter Thea Hopkins, of Aquinnah Wampanoag descent, is inspired by American musical traditions from the bluegrass of the Stanley Brothers to the rich melodies of the Gershwin Brothers. Her cast of characters include dreamers, outlaws, and heroines both Native and non-Native.


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Dawn Avery

Dawn Avery’s Indian name is Ieriho:kwats, from Mohawk descent, and she wears the turtle clan. Her calmly passionate vocals and soaring cello lines reflect a deep devotion rooted in her Native American heritage and love of sacred traditions. Dr. Avery is a prolific composer and songwriter... Read More →
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Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Mr. Mitchell skillfully weaves guitar textures... Read More →
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Thea Hopkins

Thea Hopkins is a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha's Vineyard. She received a major Fellowship from the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation in 2016. Peter, Paul & Mary recorded her song, "Jesus Is On The Wire," in 2004 and again in 2010 with the Prague Symphony Orchestra... Read More →
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Ty Defoe

TY DEFOE (Giizhig) is from the Oneida and Ojibwe Nations. He is an interdisciplinary-hyphenated artist, writer, and shape-shifter. As a two-spirit person, Ty aspires to an integral approach to artistic projects, social justice, indigeneity, and environmentalism. Ty’s frequents his... Read More →


Tuesday September 10, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Studio K