Jim Pepperfest 2013

Wed, 08/07/2013 (All day) - Sat, 08/10/2013 (All day)

The First Annual Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival.

You must not forget me when I’m long gone, for I loved you so dearly….”
--Jim Pepper, Remembrance

Jim Pepper who was born in Salem Oregon and lived in the Portland area for many year, was a jazz saxophone composer and singer of Native American Ancestry.  In the last 1960s, he is said to have become a pioneer of fusion jazz.  His band, The Free Spirit, is credited as the first to combine elements of jazz and rock.  This event honors his life and work with PERFORMERS and speakers who knew and loved him.

Wednesday, August 7th

Paulann Peterson, the State of Oregon's Poet Laureate, will open the Festival.  She has been a long-time admirer of Joy Harjo's poetry, and also has fond memories of her time as a student of Jim Pepper's mother, Floy Pepper, at Franklin High School.

Following Paulann's speach, there will be the long-awaited performance of:

Joy Harjo and the Arrow Dynamics Band, featuring Larry Mitchell and Grayhawk Perkins.


Saturday, August 10th

Jan Michael Looking Wolf (Kalapuya) will headline Flying Eagle Main Stage, closing out the series of FREE Concerts at this event.

Live As One "Live Nammy's 2010" VIDEO with Jan Michael Looking Wolf.


The final evening concert will be The Free Spirists, Part 2, a historic reunion concert of the Free Spirits; featuring

Larry Coryell - Ra-Kalam Bob Moses - Chris Hills - Columbus Chip Baker -

and special guests - Barry Bergstrom and John Trudell and Bad Dog

BUY TICKETS online or at the door.

This event is sponsored by KBOO Community Radio and the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.


ALSO - Look for the premiere work of Triangle Productions May 8-31, 2013 - The Jim Pepper Project - conceived by Don Horn with original music by Jim Pepper and various artists.  It's a show about the life of Jim Pepper that you won't want to miss!

Parkrose High School Performing Arts Center; 12003 NE Shaver Street, Portland OR 97220


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