AK) - The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) proudly presents
Medicine Dream in concert on August 8th at 7:30pm. With their
unique blend of contemporary and Native American music, the Anchorage-based
band has achieved local, national and international recognition.
Weather permitting, the concert will be held outside at ANHC.
Canyon Records recording
artists Medicine Dream are an Intertribal First Nations band that
performs contemporary Native American music. The group has been
together since 1996 and is based out of Anchorage Alaska. Their
first International release, "Mawio'mi", received three
nominations at the Native American Music Awards in 2000. Their music
has been included on numerous compilation recordings, the most recent
being Canyon Record's Voices Across the Canyon # 5, which won Best
Compilation at the 2002 Native American Music Awards. They have
toured extensively through out the United States, recently performing
in Salem, Massachusetts for the Peabody Essex Museum's grand reopening
and the annual National Park Service's Maritime Festival, performed
at Canyon Record's 50th anniversary concert in Scottsdale, Arizona
and traveled to Ireland in 2001 performing for the World Peace and
Prayer Day ceremonies. They will be guest performers at the Kennedy
Center in Washington DC in September.
Medicine Dream blends
traditional Native American flute, singing and drumming with rock
and contemporary instrumentation that honors the past and bridges
it with the future. Band members include: Buz Daney, Choctaw, Lead
Traditional Vocals and Drums; John Field, Keyboards; George Newton,
Inupiaq/Aleut, Guitars; Laurie Kidd, Athabascan, Bass Guitar; Steven
Alvarez, Apache/Yaqui, Drums/Percussion and Vocals; Chuck Henman,
their newest recording and is a focused look into the Ktaqmkuk Mi'kmaq
people of Newfoundland Canada. It features some very important historical
information, many songs for the first time expressing the Elder's
point of view to the world about who the Ktaqmkuk Mi'kmaq people
are. Tomegan-Gospem was nominated for a Canadian JUNO Award for
Aboriginal Recording of the Year in 2002.
Medicine Dream has
contributed greatly to the fight against drug and alcohol abuse
as well as suicide prevention, by performing in a myriad of venues
both in front of thousands at concert halls and intimate settings
such as youth centers, schools, treatment centers and correctional
facilities. Their hope is to reach youth at risk, build self-esteem,
through educating people about the harmful effects of alcohol and
drugs as well as influence First Nations people by promoting the
pride of being an Aboriginal person. It is the band's desire to
build understanding between indigenous nations and all peoples by
communicating spiritual growth through living the Wellness Path.
Tickets for the
August 8th concert are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets
are available by calling 907 330-8000 or by visiting Metro Books
and Music or the ANHC ticket office open daily from 9am to 6pm.
Seating is limited. More information about Medicine Dream can be
found at www.medicinedream.com.
The Alaska Native
Heritage Center is an independent, nonprofit that is committed to
sharing, perpetuating and preserving the unique Alaska Native cultures,
languages, traditions and values through celebration and education.
It is located at 8800 Heritage Center Drive in northeast Anchorage,
just off Muldoon Road North near Bartlett High School. For more
information about other events and programs, visit www.alaskanative.net