Lee Tiger, a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and a lifelong rocker, will launch the first of a series of concerts entitled "Native Rock Celebration" this Friday night at Hard Rock Cafe at the Hard Rock Resort and Casino in Hollywood.
The inaugural concert will feature three of the bigger hitters in the local indigenous music scene: The Osceola Brothers (teenagers with a bluesy sound), Ted Nelson and the Tee Pee Creepers (laid-back rockers), and Lee Tiger & The Tiger-Tiger Band.
The goal of the concerts are to "break through stereotypes" that Native American music is always geared toward pow-wow songs, Tiger said.
“We want to have Seminole and Native American bands represented around the nation and the world,” Nelson said. “Music keeps us going as a people.”
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Old time rockers Lee Tiger and his brother Stephen have a spot in the Hard Rock on the walls with their funky 70's show garments encased in glass, along with a few other relics. As veterans in the rock industry, Lee & Stephen Tiger received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 at the "Nammys", the Native American Music Association awards.
The Osceola Brothers are a young band of siblings who will surprise you with their takes on Jimi Hendrix. These kids will give you hope that there are rock & rollers coming from the Rez.
The show takes place Friday, July 17. Native Rock Celebration is free. It begins at 9:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.nativerockcelebration.com.