Real to Reel: RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World


Real to Reel: RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

October 19  | 7:00 PM 
$5 Members | $7 Not-Yet Members 

Join us for a special fall Real to Reel screening as part of our contemporary Native American Exhibition, Tomorrow’s Stories.  RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.

RUMBLE explores how the Native American influence is an integral part of music history, despite attempts to ban, censor, and erase Indian culture in the United States. As RUMBLE reveals, the early pioneers of the blues had Native as well as African American roots, and one of the first and most influential jazz singers’ voices was trained on Native American songs. As the folk rock era took hold in the 60s and 70s, Native Americans helped to define its evolution.

Father of the Delta Blues Charley Patton, influential jazz singer Mildred Bailey, metaphysical guitar wizard Jimi Hendrix, and folk heroine Buffy Sainte-Marie are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have made their distinctive mark on music history. For the most part, their Indian heritage was unknown.

RUMBLE uses playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, archives and interviews. The stories of these iconic Native musicians are told by some of America’s greatest music legends who knew them, played music with them, and were inspired by them: everyone from Buddy Guy, Quincy Jones, and Tony Bennett to Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, and Stevie Van Zandt.

RUMBLE shows how Indigenous music was part of the very fabric of American popular music from the beginning, but that the Native American contribution was left out of the story – until now.

Click here to watch the trailer for RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World.

Real to Reel Series sponsored by Beau Gratzer and Andy Knight, Saugatuck-Douglas Antique Market. 


Call (269) 857-2399 for more information

Event Date: 10/19/2017
Time: 7 pm
Saugatuck Center For The Arts
400 Culver Street
Saugatuck, MI 49453
South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau
546 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090
Phone: 269 637-5252