BIG SKY – Native American songwriter and poet Jack Gladstone will play in Big Sky on Sunday, Feb. 24, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist David Griffith. This is the final concert of the 10th annual Peggy Dicken Schwer Memorial Fund Concert Series, presented by The Arts Council of Big Sky.
Gladstone is a Native “Poet Singer” and lecturer from the Blackfeet Indian Nation of Montana. Regarded as a cultural bridge builder, he delivers programs nationally on American Indian mythology and history.
Growing up among the rich, oral tradition of the American West, Gladstone blends legend, history and metaphor into song. A clear picture of America’s past is presented through his songs and epic ballads of historical events and biographical profiles.
A former college instructor, Gladstone has been featured on both the Travel Channel and in USA Today magazine, and he holds a Human Rights Award for Outstanding Community Service from Montana State University. He was also a key tribal voice providing alternate perspectives of the Lewis and Clark expedition during the recent bicentennial commemoration, and in 2004, Gladstone narrated the Telly award winning Lewis and Clark film Confluence of Time and Courage.
In a career spanning three decades, Gladstone has produced 15 critically acclaimed albums. In 2010 Gladstone released “Native Anthropology”, a landmark recording achievement co-produced with Griffith and Phil Aaberg.
The concert will be held at the Talus Room in the Summit at Big Sky Resort. The evening begins with social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the concert at 8 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the ACBS office at (406) 995-2742.
Visit bigskyarts.org for a complete schedule of upcoming events. The nonprofit Arts Council of Big Sky was founded in 1989.