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Keith Secola & Cody Blackbird Band
December 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm MST
Native Roots Run Deep at the Sea Of Glass with Keith Secola and the Cody Blackbird Band. On Friday, December 22nd the Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts presents Keith Secola with opening performance by The Cody Blackbird Band! 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 the 1992. In 2011, he joined the ranks of Jimmy Hendrix, Hank Williams, Crystal Gale, and Richie Valens, and was inducted into the Native Music Hall of Fame.
Born in 1957 in Cook, Minnesota, Secola is affiliated with the Anishinabe tribe. He is an accomplished artist, garnering awards and accolades as a musician, a singer, a songwriter, a composer and a producer. He is highly skilled with the guitar, flute, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and piano, and has played in venues from the halls of the Chicago Urban Indian Centre, to the walls of the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He has also performed at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996 and Salt Lake City 2002, and toured Europe several times.
A seven-time Native American Music Award winner, Secola has earned NAMMYs not only for his music, but also his abilities as a producer, to include The Best Linguistic Recording for producing ANISHINABEMOIN (2007). A well respected musician, he has worked with music legends such as Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. Secola has also teamed with academics like author Dr. Tom Venum of the Smithsonian Folklife Institute, collaborating on the CD, AMERICAN WARRIORS: SONGS FOR INDIAN VETERANS, and with elders such as Karen Drift, a speaker of Anishenabemoin.
Opening for Keith is the Cody Blackbird Band. 2017 NAMMY Winners “Group of the Year”. No mere novelty act, the three-piece outfit fuses traditional Native-American flute music with blues, heartland rock, and a multi-culti jam-band sensibility, creating a wholly original and wholly American rock form that Blackbird himself refers to as “AlterNative.” his flute solos have been compared to the guitar stylings of Hendrix and Jack White, and has on occasion been referred to as the John Popper of Native American flute” The Cody Blackbird Band has shared the bill with such artists as Michael Franti, Nahko Bear, Arlo Gutherie, Lukas Nelson, Damian and Ziggy Marley and many more.
Age 18 & up = $15 advance / $20 day of show; Age 12-17 = $12 advance / $17 day of show; Age 4-11 = $4. The Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts is located at 330 E. 7th St., Tucson, Arizona next to the Hippie Gypsy. For tickets or more information call (520) 398-2542 or visit http://theseaofglass.org.
Proceeds benefit teen & young adult rehabilitation programs and Avalon Organic Gardens Internships. For those in financial need, call 520-603-9932 about Avalon Organic Gardens Hands-In-The-Soil work reciprocation program (call 1 week in advance of shows).