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The Bridge to Native Chicago
December 18, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Members of RedLine, a local Chicago Native American Drum group, and interdisciplinary artist Ronnie Preston (San Carlos Apache), along with jazz musicians from France, collectively known as The Bridge, will be the featured musicians for this unique collaboration.
The Bridge intends to form a network for exchange, production, and diffusion, to build a transatlantic bridge that will be crossed on a regular basis by French and American musicians as part of collaborative projects. And, in addition to the scheduled projects, encourage meetings and relationships between creative musicians and perpetuate them. In other words: to give them the times and spaces to join and rejoin on both sides of the ocean and to deepen their exchanges.
RedLine is a group of intertribal singers who perform songs from the great Oklahoma Nations of the Southern Plains. RedLine formed in 2012 to address a vital need for a community-based Drum. This action was necessary as it created resurgence in arts engagement needed to mobilize and build community and introduce/reintroduce cultural practice among youth and young adults in the Native American community. Through song, RedLine shares a small taste of southern plains culture with Chicago and the Midwest big water area, while providing a circle for intergenerational teaching and learning.
Champion grass dancer and hoop dancer, singer, storyteller, and accomplished artist, Ronnie Preston is dedicated to sharing the cultures of Native American tribes and nations through music and dance. As a performing artist and spokesperson, Mr. Preston has toured from coast to coast, frequently as a guest on college campuses. A descendant of the San Carlos Apache nation in Arizona, he began dancing and attending pow wow celebrations as a young child. Now residing in Chicago, he is a celebrated teacher, performer throughout the Midwest, a guest for events at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and other venues, and performer and emcee for pow wows and many other presentations celebrating Native American culture.