Indigenous Peoples’ Day Rocks!

Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
(Rain Date Sunday, October 10, 2021)

Town of Stowe Stowe Events Fields, Weeks Hill Rd.

Stowe Vibrancy will celebrate the second Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Stowe.  It promises to be day long event of culture, education, and music, including blessings by Chief of the Abenaki Nation, Abenaki drummers, Native American singers, authors and storytellers, vendors and artisans. Read here for more details.

As the day winds down the rock performances begin at 3:30 pm. Purchase tickets for the concert here.


A HUGE thank you to our sponsors and partners, the generous contributions of our 2020 donors, the incomparable Joanne Shenandoah, members of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, musicians and performers, and you the attendees of this event.  

Fire Keepers (Gifts of $1000+)


The Alchemist

Barr Law Group

Ferro Jewelers

John Fusco and Richela Renkun

The Green Mountain Inn

No Bull Project

Stowe Aviation

Stowe Music Center

The UPS Store

Allies (Gifts of $500 – $1000)

The Butchery


Grunts Move Junk


In Company Clothing


Everybody Water

Guayaki Yerba Mate

Friends (Gifts up to $500)

Edward Jones

Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club

Joe Louis Walker (Cherokee Nation descent) – NPR Music has called him “a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues.”
Blues Hall of Fame inductee, multiple Grammy & WC Handy Award winner ,Joe Louis Walker is one of the most heralded blues artists of our time. Walker has recorded with BB King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Branford Marsalis, and Ike Turner. Walker has become an international ambassador for the blues overseas, having played at countless festivals throughout Europe, South America, Australia, the Middle East, and Asia. Joe Louis Walker is already being referred to within the blues world as a “living legend.” However, as Walker himself would say, “the best is yet to come!”


Jesse Bowman Bruchac, is a Nulhegan Abenaki citizen, traditional storyteller, musician, and Abenaki language instructor. As one of the last fluent speakers of Western Abenaki, he works vigorously to revitalize the language and culture. His efforts have led to the creation of a Western Abenaki website, Youtube channel, Facebook group, and a number of bilingual publications.

As a musician he has produced several albums of Abenaki music, including traditional drum, rattle and flute. He has opened for The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and performed at Woodstock ’94. He won the Best Storyteller Competition at Indian Summer in Milwaukee in 1995. Jesse has also acted as consultant, translator, composer, and language coach for programs on AMC, National Geographic, and PBS.

Jesse began learning stories, songs, and language as a child from elders and his father Joseph. He has traveled throughout the United States visiting schools and universities to share Northeastern Native American traditional stories, music, language, history and culture for over two decades. He continues to learn and teach the language, including at the University of Southern Maine.





Dave Keller, one of the finest blues and soul musicians of his generation, is on the rise, earning two nominations for a Blues Music Award for Best Soul/Blues Album, winning the International Blues Challenge ‘Best Self-Released CD Award’, and being chosen for Downbeat Magazine’s ‘Best Recordings of the Year’.
Dave has performed for audiences across the U.S., including major festivals such as the North Atlantic Blues Fest, Discover Jazz Fest and PA Blues Fest, and many of the finest clubs, including B.B. King’s in Memphis and Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco. In addition to his own recordings, Keller has co-written and recorded with legendary guitarist Ronni Earl. He tours regularly with Mississippi soul/blues master Johnny Rawls.
Based in Vermont since 1993, Dave found fertile ground to grow his audience and has become a household name here. Famous for his live-wire shows, he can often be found fifty feet out in the crowd, teasing fiery licks from his trusty Stratocaster, and singing off-mike with his audience.
Peter Schmeeckle, Musical Director of Indigenous Peoples’ Day Rocks, grew up in Barre, Seattle, and Los Angeles. He served as a drummer in the Marines and has been active in the jazz scenes in Honolulu, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Diego.
For the past five years he has worked as a freelance percussionist, and teaches multiple instruments out of the Stowe Music Center.
Jeremy Hill is one of Vermont’s top double bassists. Hailing from Waterbury and teaching in Waitsfield, he is one of the area’s finest jazz musicians and has been a part of the Stowe Jazz Festivals’ after-hours house band at Doc Ponds with the Sklarkestra every year of the festival.


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