at The Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival
Saturday September 15th, 8:45 pm to 9:30 pm
“RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World” presents RUMBLE THE CONCERT, offered by Rezolution Pictures, produced and directed by Tim Johnson in association with Ontario Presents and Niagara Arts Showcase.
RUMBLE THE CONCERT tells the story of how Indigenous musicians influenced popular music. Featuring Native American Music Award-winning band The Ollivanders and other celebrated musicians, this vibrant and awe-inspiring stage production mixes live musical performances with video clips from the award-winning documentary RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World. Experience roots, blues, jazz, and rock through one of the most inspiring and entertaining stories ever told.
RUMBLE: THE CONCERT is a revolutionary live music performance that celebrates the largely unrecognized, yet influential role Indigenous artists played in the development of popular music.
Inspired by the Smithsonian Institution exhibit Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture and the Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (produced by the Montreal film company Rezolution Pictures), RUMBLE: THE CONCERT offers a one-of-a-kind experience designed to educate, inspire, and entertain audiences of all ages!
The director of RUMBLE: THE CONCERT, Tim Johnson (Six Nations of the Grand River), is the former Associate Director for Museum Programs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. He was a conceptual author of the exhibit and serves as an executive producer on the documentary.
Like the exhibit and film, RUMBLE: THE CONCERT features the music of Indigenous music icons Charley Patton (blues), Mildred Bailey (jazz), Link Wray (rock), Buffy Sainte-Marie (folk), Robbie Robertson (rock), Jimi Hendrix (rock), and others performed by an ensemble of exceptional contemporary award-winning musicians anchored by The Ollivanders and Rob and Zander Lamothe.
Through this groundbreaking performance, audiences will learn that Indigenous artists have been active in contemporary music for centuries, shaping and scoring (in some cases literally) the soundtracks of our lives. This poignant and powerful story is rendered and delivered in a way that powerfully reveals this hidden history through the integrated use of music and media; where every song has purpose and impact.
(RUMBLE: THE CONCERT was work-shopped under the direction of Tim Johnson in partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Kakekalanicks Indigenous Arts Consultancy, and the Niagara Parks Commission. Performances, that received rave reviews from audiences, were held at Oakes Garden Theatre using Niagara Falls as backdrop, and at Celebration of Nations: A Gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture, and Tradition at FOPAC.)
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. In May 2017, Rob flew to Los Angeles where he and his band, Riverdogs, filmed a music video for an album that had its world-wide release in July, working with a record label based in Milano, Italy. In addition to being a professional musician, up until August of 2015, Rob ran the Emergency Housing Program for Haldimand and Norfolk Counties. For five years, Rob partnered with agencies and organizations to provide Housing Support and Front Line Crisis Intervention for homeless clients in the two counties. Prior to that, Rob was the Program Manager at the Dunnville Youth Impact Centre for two years. 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. This past summer was Rob’s thirteenth on the faculty at Interprovincial Music Camp, where he runs a Songwriting Camp for youth, ages 12-18. Rob’s mantra is ‘Create without Fear, Edit without Mercy’.
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.” Kenny Lee Lewis, virtuoso guitarist of the Steve Miller Band for 30 plus years, took notice, praising The Ollivanders’ debut, stating, “…the dry in your face vocals and honest delivery harkens back to the garage bands of the summer of love…and protest…and a new paradigm shift in social consciousness.”
The band’s music reflects an eclectic mix that ranges from rock, 55 Little Spiders (reached #1 on National Aboriginal Music Countdown) and Dear Mr. Murphy (licensed by DISNEY for ESPN|ABC for prime time television on Saturday Night Football), to funk, WMWB (licensed for the premiere episode of the breakout national TV series “Mohawk Girls” on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), to rhythm and blues, Real World, (licensed for the upcoming reality television show of the same name), to jazz, Mr. PC, (an audience favourite performed live as a rocked-up cover of John Coltrane’s classic). Kenny Kirkwood, JUNO Award Winner and four-time JUNO Nominee, says of the band: “The Ollivanders deliver a sweet mix of hard rock ‘n jazz beats, original streetwise lyrics, and confident musicianship.”
Compelled by a firm grasp and understanding of their musical influences and yet driven by their own proclivities the band has been recognized for its confident originality. As such they’ve performed at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Pan Am Games, and on national APTN music variety shows Arbor Live and Derek Miller’s Guilt Free Zone. Rob Lamothe, acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer of The Ollivanders’ award-winning album Two Suns has high praise for the band: “While honoring the icons of 70’s rock heaviness, The Ollivanders have created their own way forward and will surely save the world with ragged brilliant music and honest words.”
The Ollivanders have been touring to enthusiastic receptions across Ontario and Quebec in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Hamilton, Burlington, Windsor, Brantford, and in the United States in New York and Washington, DC delivering their unique brand of music and premiering new material from their upcoming EP Forest Moon.
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. He 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.
Tim Johnson, the Artistic Producer of Celebration of Nations, served as Co-chair of Landscape of Nations: The Six Nations & Native Allies Commemorative Memorial, unveiled on October 2, 2016, in Queenston Heights Park, and was the Associate Director for Museum Programs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. The Museum Programs Group was the museum’s largest organizational group, structured across two fully programmed facilities in Washington D.C. and New York, encompassing exhibitions, education, interpretive services, publications, film and media production, seminars and symposia, and visual and performing arts programs. During his tenure at the museum, he successfully supervised popular and critically acclaimed exhibits ranging in cost from $15,000 to $5.65 million representing myriad orientations from ethnography and history to contemporary arts. One of his most popular exhibitions, Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians In Popular Culture, was an art and history exhibit as told through the biographies of Native artists whose contributions shaped music soundtracks since the mid 20th Century. This exhibit served as the basis for the Sundance and Hot Docs award-winning documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World, and that has now inspired the live concert performances curated for Celebration of Nations.Among many highly successful programs, on July 7, 2007, in conjunction with Al Gore’s Live Earth global initiative, he launched the museum’s Mother Earth Festival to diffuse American Indian knowledge and scientific evidence concerning environmental sustainability to thousands in attendance and millions watching around the world. Designed to enhance public education about human-induced climate change, it stands as one of the Smithsonian Institution’s most widely viewed public programs. Now an annual event renamed the Living Earth Festival, it brings together scientists, renewable energy technologists, tribal resource managers, educators, and cultural performers and exhibitors. A leading figure who brought the reality and ramifications of climate change to the forefront in America’s capital, Mr. Johnson also served on the executive committee of the Smithsonian’s “Living in the Anthropocene Initiative” a pan-institutional committee formed to advance public education about climate change and the implications of human conduct on the planet.
Over a period of ten years, Mr. Johnson’s executive leadership at the National Museum of the American Indian produced a long list of critically acclaimed exhibits, influential programs, award-winning books and films, lectures, events, and periodicals, creating an era that significantly advanced the institution’s museology and reputation.
He is the recipient of the Dreamcatcher Foundation Award for Art and Culture for his significant contributions to Native arts, media, and heritage programs over a distinguished career.