‘RUMBLE: The Concert’ Recap

‘RUMBLE: The Concert’ Recap

The Documentary

‘RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World’ is a feature documentary that focuses on the role that Native Americans played in the music industry. The documentary talks about how Native American culture influenced many musical genres including blues, jazz, folk, and rock dating back to the beginning of each of these genres. RUMBLE goes back in time to analyze Native culture and traditional Native music to see how it affected and evolved within the American music industry throughout the 20th century. RUMBLE features artists such as Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and Taboo who all have native heritage.

The documentary details the lives of these artists and the time that they spent listening and learning from family members and their communities as they passed along traditions. The documentary also sheds light on the discrimination encountered in the broader world as these artists emerged. RUMBLE highlights the discrimination that is faced in society and the underappreciated role that Native Americans played in the music industry. The documentary discusses how the music industry was used as a tool by these artists to tackle these challenges through creative representation.

The Concert

On Wednesday, February 13 the CKRZ staff went to the Sanderson Centre to watch the complementary live concert of the ground-breaking documentary ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’. The show, appropriately enough, titled ‘Rumble: The Concert’. The concert was performed in such a way that it truly captures the essence and spirit of the artists that originally recorded this music.  The concert, much like the documentary, takes the audience on a journey back in time to focus on the history behind the music.

‘RUMBLE The Concert’ featured many songs that helped shape the music industry and told the story of how Native culture is at the roots of many genres of music. Even though it was educational, ‘Rumble: The Concert’ still often managed to allow the audience to sit back, relax and just enjoy the experience of what these artists have to offer.  Then at other times there was no sitting back as the performances were so powerful that it was impossible to not become fully engaged.

This is a quote from our very own Al Sault: “The concert was one for the bucket list. It is a must see event. I do not want to give too much away for those that have not seen it yet, but suffice to say, I don’t think that the people of my generation need to worry about our indigenous music roots ever disappearing. The amount of talent on that stage was overwhelming. For those of you that are music lovers, this is a must see show. You are going to come away from this show with your mind blown. You may think you know music but this show will teach you that there is lot more about it and the people that made and influenced what we know as music today.”

The concert was incredible and that is due to the talent that was on stage. Derek Miller, Kenny Lee Lewis, Charly Lowry, The Ollivandars, Juliet Dunn, and Peter Shea were all incredible , just to name a few of the musicians. This was a vibrant presentation that truly captured the audience’s attention and their musical souls.


Here is the link to our full on air interview with the Rumble musicians:Rumble The Concert Ensemble 11 Feb 2019


February 19th, 2019

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