Native American entertainers initiate Adams State Autumn@Adams events

(08-29-2011)

The 2011 Adams State College Autumn@Adams Celebration, "Honor Your Story-Discover Your Possibilities/Honre Tu Historia-Descubre Tus Posibilidades" kicks-off with Native American dancers and musicians at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Carson Auditorium, located in the Student Union Building. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Adams State parking lots are not ticketed after 5 p.m.

The evening opens with Norman and Ramona Roach, who have been dancing for many years and are considered Pow Wow dance champions. They have also been involved with several professional dance companies including the internationally renowned American Indian Dance Company, Tribe, and the Lakota Dance Troupe. The couple has performed on stages around the world, including Casino De Paris, Paris, France; the Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland; the Wolf Trapp Theatre, Washington D.C; the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles; and the Joyce Theatre in New York City.

They have participated in many of the great art festivals such as the Edinburgh Arts Festival in Scotland and have performed in almost every European country and nearly every state in the US. They have also performed in Bolivia, South America and many North African countries. Norman and Ramona have performed with celebrities including Santana; Hewey Lewis and the News; Queen Latifa; Jackson Brown; Peter Buffet, and were invited to perform in Monte Carlo for the famous Prince Albert of Monaco. They were also invited on the set of Sesame Street.

Through their travels, Norman and Ramona were also selected to act in movies such as the TNT's "Lakota Woman" and "Thunderheart". Norman is also featured on the South Dakota Tourism commercial. Norman also had the honor of performing Native American flute music at the World Trade Center (Twin Towers) in New York City performance stage on June 21, 2001. James Bilagody will take the stage at 7 p.m. Bilagody, nominated twice for Native American Music Awards, has recorded four albums, including "Sing for Me", "Sacred Stage", "Near Midnight", and "The Bird, the Snake, and the Dog". He performs as a stand-up comedian and plays both guitar and drums with a Native folk/rock fusion style. Bilagody integrates humor, music, and audience participation to entertain and educate.

For a complete schedule of Autumn@Adams events, a cook-off form, or a form to enter artwork, visit autumn.adams.edu, or call 719-587-7827.