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2011.06.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers to Present Free Blues Concert June 21

Omaha - Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers will present a free concert at Stinson Park, 67th and Center Streets, on Tuesday, June 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. The concert will be held rain or shine.

The June 21 performance is sponsored by Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

A harmonica-guitar based blues band with a lot of heart and energy, the Troublemakers started out by playing the music that influenced them – John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Freddie King – while also playing the contemporary blues of Keb Mo, Dr. John, Taj Mahal and Robben Ford.

They play original blues and standards from the 1950s through to contemporary hits.

Established in 2004 and based in Santa Fe, N.M., they actively tour throughout United States and Canada under the label Gonzo Drive Records.

Farmer writes, performs and manages Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers.

A long time Native actor appearing on both stage and screen for 35 years, he is the driving force behind Troublemaker's entertaining style of contemporary and traditional blues music. Among his films are Smoke Signals and Dead Man, for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Others in which he has appeared include The Score and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.

A harmonica player and vocalist, he fronts the four- to six-piece band rounded out by lead guitar, rhythm guitar, sax, piano, drums and bass with lead vocals and backup vocals. Other members of the Troublemakers include Brant Leaper, piano and organ; Shakti Hayes, bass and vocals; John Longbow, guitar; Billy Meyers, drums; and Brock Stonefish, guitar and vocals.

Through Gonzo Drive Records, the band has released a number of albums, including Under the Water Tower (2011); Make a Change (2010); and Lovesick Blues (2009). Love Songs and Other Issues (2007) was produced and published independently.

More information on the band can be found at http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=204044. Gary Farmer and The Troublemakers can also be found on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook.

For more information on the June 21 concert, contact Native American Studies at UNO: Cindy Krafka, (402) 554-2748; or Edouardo Zendejas, honorindians@gmail.com.

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