Aug 19, 2017
Oakes Garden Theatre, Niagara Falls
Rumble at the Falls
August 19, 2017, 7:30 PM
Niagara Parks is proud to host RUMBLE AT THE FALLS, presented by the award-winning Rezolution Pictures documentary “RUMBLE: Indians Who Rocked the World,” in association with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. This signature live concert event will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017, 7:30 PM, at Niagara Parks’ Oakes Garden Theatre, overlooking the powerful Niagara Falls.
This live music concert will reveal the significant contributions Indigenous musicians have made to North American popular music. Rumble at the Falls features award-winning musicians performing songs that tell the story of Native contributions to roots, blues, jazz, folk and rock music genres.
Derek Miller is a multi-award winning, artist/producer working in music, film and television, specializing in eclectic, guitar orientated, roots music, with a pop sensibility. He won two Juno Awards in Canada and has recorded for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum Of The American Indian, resulting in the Juno-nominated album “Rumble: A Tribute To Native Music Icons”.
He has recorded with Willie Nelson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Daniel Lanois among many other talented artists across the globe. Most recently, Buffy asked the guitarist to play on her 2016 Polaris prize and Juno-winning album “Power In The Blood”.
Mark LaForme, singer, songwriter, and musician is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. He was born on November 6, 1954 and raised on the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Mark grew up listening to the latest hits that were playing on the radio. At the age of eleven, he began playing the guitar and by fourteen, he learned to play the harmonica. Simultaneously, these two instruments create an astounding sound.
Mark’s devotion to creating great music has earned him his rightful place in the hearts of music lovers across Canada and around the world.
Juliet Dunn’s lineage is Jamaican and English. She was born in the UK before emigrating with her family to Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1974. As a young woman she returned to Europe and settled in Paris, and in her 30’s made the Niagara region her home.
Today, Juliet is very active in the Niagara region. With her husband and musical partner Peter Shea, she has been running the Twilight Jazz Series in Niagara for over five years bringing together both local and international jazz musicians. She also performs regularly in festivals and at various venues and was a radio host of ‘SUNRISE’ on JAZZ.FM91 in Toronto for three years.
The Ollivanders are an original jam band from Six Nations of the Grand River and Caledonia, ON that formed during a contentious land claim dispute between their two communities. Band members include Martin Isaacs (Mohawk), lead guitar and vocals; Ryan Johnson (Oneida), bass; Ryan Mickeloff, percussion; and Roxanne Rendle, rhythm guitar and vocals.
Choosing friendship, collaboration, and harmony over the discord, racism, and conflict that darkened their world they emerged as an authentic new generation voice in the Aboriginal and Canadian music scenes. With music that delivers a classic rock vibe featuring infectious hooks and melodies the band’s premier album Two Suns won the Native American Music Award for “Best Rock Recording.”
Ritchie Franzen is an Ojibwa side musician and mature student who now calls Southern Ontario home. Guitar and Bass are his main instruments. He grew up in and around Chicagoland during the 70s and 80s where his mother’s vinyl collection and the FM Radio were his first music teachers. Ritchie learned to how to play music the old fashioned way, dropping needles on records and listening to the radio, playing along to every song that came out of the speakers.
Ritchie has been performing as a bassist with Derek Miller for several years and contributed his production and music talents to the making of the Smithsonian Institution’s JUNO-nominated album RUMBLE: A Tribute To Native Music Icons.
As a professional musician, Rob Lamothe has toured throughout Europe more than 25 times. His songs have appeared on the Billboard charts, in award-winning movies and on radio all around the world. Rob has devoted much of his musical energies over the last several years to working with some of North America’s pre-eminent Indigenous artists.
Rob was part of the music production team nominated for the 2012 Dora Moore Award for ‘Outstanding Sound Design and Composition’, for Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s ‘TransMigration’ event at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. Rob also produced the ‘Two Suns’ CD for the Six Nations band The Ollivanders, which won ‘Best Rock Recording’ at the 2014 Native American Music Awards.
Zander Lamothe’s career in music began at an extremely young age. When he was only four years old, he was already on stage performing with his father, Rob Lamothe, at clubs and festivals playing drums and singing. Now twenty-five years old, Zander has accumulated an abundance of experience over the years performing with artists across Europe, USA, and Canada. He’s worked in the studio with City & Color, Tom Wilson, Melissa McClelland, and Grammy nominated producer Johnny K, among many others.
Zander recently joined Hamilton band Elsee, and co-wrote two songs on The Riverdogs latest release, “California”, including the single “American Dream.” He was awarded the Hamilton Music Award for “Drummer of the Year” in 2012.
Drums Across Niagara
Kicking off the concert, don’t miss Drums Across Niagara, a special program designed by Michele-Elise Burnett, where two Indigenous drum groups, “Ohnia:kara Singers” on the Canadian side and “Red Wind” on the American side, will alternate playing traditional songs across the Niagara Gorge and the international border in a spirit of unity and friendship.
Oakes Garden Theatre 5851 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls ON
Paid parking is available at Falls Parking or further south at Rapidsview Parking. Free shuttle services for this event are available from Rapidsview Parking, and Table Rock Centre (Falls Parking).
RUMBLE AT THE FALLS is FREE for all visitors!