The Confused Brothers Band are a 5-man folk-funk group from Minneapolis, MN. Having grown up just down the road from Old Crossing in Perham, MN, Chad & Luke Hofland developed a remarkable ability to bring people together with music. Performing with close friends Lukas Geraci, John Carlson, and Miles Uhrich, The Confused Brothers will continue to unite musicians and artists across genres and generations for decades to come.
Thomas Barrett "Thomas X" is an Ojibwe musician from the Red Lake Nation who returns to our Festival. He uses his gift of hip-hop and his passion for empowering communities to teach audiences of all ages how culture can help us overcome today's challenges. Tom helped from Rez Rap Records in Red Lake and continues to teach Ojibwe youth the power of language and heritage. Thomas graduated from Bemidji State University where he studied political science and American Indian studies.
Tom, along with Brendan Strong, will lead an hour set featuring poetry, Ojibwe hand-drum & singing, traditional flute, and youth dancers from Red Lake.
Double the Trouble are the perfect reflection of what is to be of this land. Being fluent in both official languages, these identical 13-year-old French-Metis and Cree twins perform Traditional Metis fiddle tunes mixed with original and contemporary music. For the past 8 years, Luc and Aidan Wrigley’s unique style and sound have been leaving their audiences amazed and wanting more. At the age of 11, they recorded a full album entitled “Keep Calm and Fiddle on” and toured the Prairie Provinces from Winnipeg to Jasper.
Most recently they have performed at Winnipeg Folk Festival, Festival du Voyageur and travelled to Calgary to perform at the Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre. In June they were crowd favorites at Prairie Wind Music Festival and on June 24th they released their second album “Juniper Woods” at the Park Theatre.
Tom Brosseau is an internationally acclaimed folksinger-songwriter from Grand Forks, ND with French Canadian ancestry. Based in Los Angeles, Tom has traveled all around the world sharing songs & stories of North Dakota, his true home. He’s shared the stage with many musical greats, and will certainly be remembered as one of the Red River Valley’s most passionate spokespeople. Not even his hauntingly melodic voice could outshine his sincere love for music and humanity.
Corey Medina of the Navajo Nation leads Bemidji, MN blues musicians Eric Sundeen and Gary Broste in this soulful blues-rock trio. Their unique combination of indigenous and European roots allows emotional storytelling with an irresistably sincere sound. Inspired by folks artists like Neil Young, rockstars like The Doors, and blues icons like B.B. King. Corey Medina & Brothers are veteran musicians with long careers in music ahead of them.
The Asham Stompers are a very high energy Jig and Square Dance group that bring fans to their feet EVERYWHERE they perform.
Their Mission “Is to help recapture and preserve the history of the Métis people through the Traditional dancing of Red River Jig”. They combine Red River Jig with square dance which has been done in the Aboriginal Communities for so long, aptly called the Red River Dance. Their group is half Métis and half First Nations. Their purpose is to help bring hope to the Aboriginal people by taking something that is already a part of most Aboriginal communities and sharing it with the world in a successful business manner.
The Asham Stompers perform to live music by well known Manitoba a Power fiddler Shawn Mousseau from Lake Manitoba First Nations who also takes off his shoes and chords with his toes while playing the fiddle.