Montana's Troubadour Performs at the Yellowstone Art Museum

7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017

BILLINGS, MT - The Yellowstone Art Museum presents Jack Gladstone, “Montana’s Troubadour,” one of Native America’s premier lyric story smiths, in a concert titled Blackfeet Animal Persons: Native Perspectives of Nature. The concert takes place in the museum’s Montana Gallery at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017. This performance marks a highlight of Gladstone’s summer tour, and is offered in conjunction with the YAM’s exhibition Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors, which is the first major exhibition of this established artist’s work in her home state in over a generation. Smith is an enrolled Salish, member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana, and considered among the nation’s finest artists. Sharing a connection to her native heritage, Jack Gladstone is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Indian Nation. Derived from a panorama of personification, Gladstone’s performance will share the traditional Blackfeet perspective of kinship and connection with our cosmos through his unique lyrics and music.

In a career spanning over three decades, Gladstone has come to be regarded as a cultural bridge-builder. In 2015, he was honored with a Governor’s Humanities Award. In 2016, he received a Governor’s Arts Award.  He is also an inductee to the University of Washington Alumni Hall of Fame, a C.M. Russell Heritage Award recipient, and winner of a “Best Historical Recording” award from the Native American Music Association.

Attending the University of Washington on a football scholarship, Gladstone earned both a Rose Bowl ring and a B.A. in Speech Communications. Returning to teach and coach on Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reserve, he diversified his interpretations and lyrical illustrations of Native America. In 1985, Jack co-founded Glacier National Park’s “Native America Speaks” lecture series, which has emerged as the longest running indigenous speaker series within the National Park Service. In 1987, Jack transitioned into a fulltime performing and recording career, producing 15 critically acclaimed CDs and presenting thousands of concerts, workshops, and school programs throughout the world.

Heralded as a “modern day warrior,” he holds a Human Rights Award for Outstanding Community Service from Montana State University, Northern.  Frequently, Jack headlines programs at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.  From 1997 through 2002, Jack produced four original CDs with Lloyd Maines, Grammy-winning producer of the Dixie Chicks.

In 2010, Jack released “Native Anthropology,” a landmark recording achievement, co-produced by legendary multi-instrumentalist Dave Griffith and Montana’s Grammy-nominated composer, Phil Aaberg.  “Native Anthropology” is Gladstone’s most intricate and timely album to date.

General admission tickets (no reserved seating) for the concert are $10.00. Museum members receive a $2.00 discount. Seating is limited so get your tickets in advance at the Yellowstone Art Museum, and prepare to be entertained and enlightened by “Montana’s Troubadour.”  For more information about this and other events or exhibitions, visit the museum’s website, or call 406-256-6804.

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