Friday, October 14, 2022 @ 6:00 pm | McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium

Join us for a celebration and exploration of the Indigenous influences on contemporary art and American pop culture. The evening will open with a screening of RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World, which will be followed by a Q&A and performance featuring North Carolina musicians Lakota John and Layla Creppel.

Free and open to the public

This program was developed in partnership with Tonya Locklear and Charlene Hunt, and is presented in conjunction with SECCA's current exhibition, Will Wilson: Connecting the Dots.

Lakota John is an old soul with a love for music. He is a guitarist/vocalist, from Southeastern North Carolina, who grew up listening to his dad's music library. At 6 years old he picked up harmonica, and at age 7 guitar. LJ learned to play guitar left-handed, in standard tuning, and was intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar. At age 10, he bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger, and he has been sliding over the frets ever since.

Lakota John blends styles of the Folk, Blues, Rock & Jazz with slide guitar, banjo, piano, and mandolin. He adds in a bit of harmonica, and mixes in part of his Indigenous heritage with sounds of the Native American flute. LJ received two scholarships in 2008 and 2009 to attend Centrum's Acoustic Blues Festival in Port Townsend, WA. There he participated in a week of guitar workshops and jam sessions, learning in the classrooms of blues masters. In 2009, he joined the Music Maker Relief Foundation, performing as one of their Next Generation Artists, alongside older Bluesmen. Lakota John continues to learn alongside master musicians and mentors to broaden his musical abilities, while incorporating sounds of American Music.

Layla Creppel (Oglala Sioux/Lumbee/Tuscarora) hails from Robeson County, North Carolina. Having been involved in the Indigenous community for many years, she is passionate about serving her people. With her multi-disciplinary background, she is also an environmental scientist and musician by profession. Music has always been a huge part of her life. She is a former member of the world-renowned Native Women's a cappella trio, Ulali, while still participating in other musical collaborations. Layla has traveled extensively, sharing songs that tell the story of native history, resilience, and culture, all while staying true to her North Carolina roots. As the First Lady of the United Houma Nation, she continues to be a strong advocate of women's and Indigenous rights, diversity and inclusion, environmental awareness and activism, the arts, and many other critical issues happening in our world today. Layla and her husband happily reside in Houma, Louisiana.