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June 06, 2016

A Tribe Called Red to Highlight Six Nations Day Performances on Chevy Court Stage at the Great New York State Fair

Canadian DJ crew A Tribe Called Red brings a unique mix of traditional tribal music and modern electronic dance music to the stage at Chevy Court as the highlight performers for the Fair’s Six Nations Day celebration on Friday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m., Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

Since 2010, the group – currently made up of DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman – has been mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. Their self-titled album, released in March 2012, was long-listed for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize and included in the Washington Post’s top 10 albums of the year.

The band’s music is the soundtrack to a contemporary evolution of the pow wow: their Electric Pow Wow events in Ottawa showcase native talent and aboriginal culture, alongside an open, wild party. Within a couple of years they’ve become the face of an urban Native youth renaissance, championing their heritage and speaking out on aboriginal issues, while being on top of popular music, fashion and art. Bear Witness doubles as the crew’s visual artist and creates stunning, political and sometimes humorous videos that incorporate film and pop culture references to native people and reclaim the aboriginal image. On May 7, A Tribe Called Red released their second full-length album, “Nation II Nation,” on Tribal Spirit Music. 

The group follows a 1 p.m. Chevy Court performance by native dancers from the Six Nations.  Also that day, the Haudenosaunee flag will be raised over the Fairgrounds in a 10 a.m. ceremony; Iroquois dancers perform at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Turtle Mound in the Iroquois Village; and The Ripcords, featuring Irv Lyons, Jr. and Rex Lyons, of the Oneida and Onondaga Nations, respectively, will perform on the Regional Artists Variety stage.

“This is the second year for our enhanced day to honor native people and their achievements.  We believe the day will provide an exciting showcase for Haudenosaunee culture and I encourage all Fairgoers to join in the spirit of the day,” said Waffner.

Admission on Six Nations Day is free for Native Americans, who are asked to enter via Gate 4.

Performances previously announced for Chevy Court include:

  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.
  • Kesha, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Toto, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m.
  • MAGIC!, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m.
  • Air Supply, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m.
  • Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.
  • Herman’s Hermits, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m.
  • Survivor, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m.
  • The Commodores, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.
  • Macy Gray, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m.
  • Three Days Grace, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m.
  • Flo Rida, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
  • Culture Club, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.
  • Chicago, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m.

Chevy Court’s 23 free shows are part of the Fair’s commitment to providing the best and most diverse lineup of music available.  Each year, the Fair and its vendors provide approximately 500 free musical performances. Concerts at Chevy Court are sponsored by Chevrolet.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 25 to September 5, 2016.  The Fair’s mission is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.  

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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