Gareth Laffely, 18-year-old NAMMY Rising Star Award recipient and NAMMY and ISMA multi-award nominated Native American flutist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer, returns to the Chattanooga Native American Heritage Festival and Pow Wow On The River 2017 stage as a headline performer on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26. Performance times are, Saturday at 11 a.m., 5:15 and 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m., time approximate due to Pow Wow events scheduled.
The event is celebrating 10 years and will support the Cherokee Heritage Center Museum and Gallery at Raccoon Mountain for Hamilton County.
Review for Gareth:
Gareth is one of the youngest musicians to reach the # 2 spot on Billboard Top Ten New Age chart with his "Sky Before a Storm" CD. "Regen's Song" (a song from the CD), was written for 12-year-old Regen Morris of Sevierville, Tn., who lost his battle with brain cancer in Dec 2013. The song features GRAMMY winner, Laura Sullivan on piano and has been made into a popular music video with proceeds from the song being donated to St Jude Children's Hospital in Regen's name.
Gareth's music has been featured on nationally acclaimed NPR radio program Hearts of Space, as well as His music can also be heard on Music Choice Network's Soundscapes channel, and is a favorite on WUTC and WAWL Chattanooga. Gareth volunteers for Hospice using his music to comfort terminally ill patients and takes an anti-bully program into schools across the country.
Gareth has a revolutionary style that combines rock, pop, and world music and is completely self taught on the Native American flute. He is of Mi'kmaq/Cree descent and from Gallatin, Tn. near Nashville.
Also featured this year will be the Tlaltlacayolotl Aztec Dancers. This year's festival will include dancers, along with an award winning tipi lodge, and crafts, such as bow making, beading, pottery, finger weaving, and carving.
The Chattanooga Heritage Festival and Pow Wow On The River 2017 will be held at First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Hours are Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. with Grand Entry at 12 and 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with Grand Entry at 12 p.m.
Admission is: adults $10, seniors 60 years and up $5, kids 6-12 $5, students/sponsors with ID $5, and all military, current or retired are free, also police, fire and EMS with ID are free.