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Back at Indian Summer Festival by overwhelmingly popular demand!

A beautiful Native American experience unfolds on stage in bold, brilliant colors at Indian Summer Festival this year!  Paul LaRoche, known as the Native American recording artist , together with his musical entourage performs a unique blend of contemporary Native American sounds and rhythms in a powerfully, stunning performance.

Brule performing on stage

Described as an experience in ‘sight, sound and soul’, Brulé's music is intertwined with Paul’s personal message of reconciliation between cultures. Songs are accompanied by beautiful choreography and breathtaking Native American dancers wearing traditional regalia. Dances may include the Eagle Dance, Hoop Dance, Men’s Fancy Dance, Women’s Fancy Shawl, Men’s and Women’s Traditional Dance, and Grass Dance.

For a sampling of a Brulé performance, see the video below featuring our very own THIRZA DEFOE, GRAMMY WINNING PERFORMER who will be onhand throughout Indian Summer Festival. You can see Thirza onstage or in the new Native Film Festival tent (brought to us by NATIVE PUNX) and located in the Gathering Place.


Now one of the top-selling Native American recording artists, Brulé has sold over a million CDs worldwide. Brulé was named Native American “Group of the Year” three times by the prestigious Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs), and has earned a total of seven NAMMYs since 2002. Brulé’s Pikes Peak Holiday Concert was recently voted “Concert of the Year” by readers of the Colorado Springs Gazette in the Gazette’s 15th Annual “Best of Springs 2009.”  For the past 15 years Brulé has traveled coast-to-coast with annual performances in venues ranging from outdoor arts festivals and tribal casinos to the world renowned Ordway Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. The group’s most spectacular event took place at Mount Rushmore’s majestic amphitheater in July 2007 in front of 11,000 people, touted as one of the most captivating Native American performances ever captured on film.

Paul LaRoche photo

Paul LaRoche, founder of the group, is composer, producer and keyboardist. Other band members include Nicole LaRoche, lead instrumentalist on flute, Shane LaRoche on guitar, Vlasis Pergakis and Lowery Begay on the traditional Native American drums and percussion, and Kurt Olson on the contemporary drum kit. Along with their beautiful music, Brulé brings an unmistakable message of peace, hope, and reconciliation to Indian Summer Festival as we celebrate 25 years on Milwaukee's lakefront!