Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater or making out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two general-admission tickets to "Indigenous Now!" at the SoundShift festival (up to a $50 value). The performance takes place Sunday, July 17, at 8 p.m. at St. John's Arts and Culture Centre.
At the SoundShift festival's "Indigenous Now!" concert, Native American groups, a transnational indigenous ensemble, and a Sami duo sing, play instruments, and blend popular and traditional music styles. A sextet of Haudenosaunee voices makes up the Six Nations Women Singers, a vocal ensemble that has warbled and performed moon-landing reenactments together for more than 30 years. Rock and folk sound waves blend with Innu vocals in a fusion of past and present during Claude McKenzie's performance, and Broadway veteran Soni Moreno teams with the other members of Matou as they chant, sing, and play rhythmic checkers to the accompaniment of cedar-wood flutes, guitar mixes, and funk beats.