Cherokees hit stage at Ales & Tails event
Visitors are given difficult dining options at the Vinita Rotary Club’s Ales & Tails Crawfish Festival on May 21 at the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Arena in Vinita, Oklahoma. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Crawfish, called crawdads locally, lay cooked in a pot at the Vinita Rotary Club’s Ales & Tails Crawfish Festival on May 21 in Vinita, Oklahoma. The festival was held as a scholarship fundraiser. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
VINITA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizens played vital roles in the Vinita Rotary Club’s second annual Ales & Tails Crawfish Festival on May 21 at the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo Arena. CN citizen and Rotary Club President Grant Millikan said three lead singers from the bands playing before headliner Jason Boland and the Stragglers were all CN citizens.
“I’m proud that Mark Chamberlain of Whiskey Poet Society, Aaron Brown of Reverse Reaction and Bucky Hopwood of South of Vertical are members of my tribe, and I’m glad they could be a part of this important event which raises funds for the Rotary Club’s scholarship program,” Millikan said.
South of Vertical covered mostly progressive western and southern rock hits, while Reverse Reaction’s diverse set list of cover songs included hits by Tom Petty, Queen and the recently deceased Prince. Whiskey Poet Society, which started the show, played songs steeped in traditional country and western style.
“We’re first up,” Chamberlain said. “We play mostly original music. It’s what we’re about.”
Chamberlain said he felt proud being on of the three Cherokee singers to perform the festival, adding that his wife and the band’s drummer was also CN citizens.
Brown said his band has been together for 10 years and backed up Jason Boland at the inaugural Ales & Tails Festival in 2015. He said he was glad the band had been asked back for the second year.
“Ales & Tails was a lot of fun last year. Most of the bands and musicians around here are friends, so it’s great that we all can play and hang out together.” Brown said. “It’s cool that we are able to represent. I can really wrap my hands around being Native American and a Cherokee Nation citizen. That means something to me. It means something to my family because those are the roots we identify with the most.”
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and his wife January also attended the festival, as well as Tribal Councilor Victoria Vazquez.
“This event is important to me because Vinita is my hometown” Hoskin said. “But this is also a Cherokee community. I know that Councilor Vazquez had a hand in helping with the funding of today’s event.”
Vazquez said her involvement in the event was two-fold.
“This is my district and where most of the Cherokee citizens I represent congregate, and Vinita is my hometown. Plus, I’m friends with several of the organizers from Rotary, and I gave some money out of my community services fund to help sponsor the event,” Vazquez added. “It’s for a good cause, which is scholarships, and I’m always about that.”
The crawfish festival is held to help the Vinita Rotary Club raise money for scholarships. Rotary Club members select 14 Vinita High School seniors each year for scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000. For more information, visit http://www.vinitarotary.org
ᏙᏧᏓᏝᎥᎢ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎤᏁᎳᏗᏙᎸᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏙᏧᏓᏝᎥᎢ Rotary Club’s ᏔᎵᏁ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏳᏓᎵ Ales & Tails ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᏧᏂᏰᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᏂᏍᎬᏘ 21 ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏫᎵ ᎳᏥ ᎠᏅᏓᏗᏍᏙᏗ ᏧᏂᏍᏜᏗᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ. ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᎴ Rotary Club ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ Grant Millikan ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ ᎢᏯᏂᎢ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏏ ᏄᎾᎴᏅᏓ ᏄᏂᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ Jason Boland ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Stragglers ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ.
“ᎢᎦᏃ ᎦᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮎ Mark Hopwood ᎤᎦᏅᏮᏃ Vertical ᎢᏣ ᎡᎯ ᎠᏯ ᏥᏅᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᎳ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᏧᏁᎸᏗᏙᎸᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ Rotary Club’s ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Millikan.
Vertical ᎤᎦᎾᏮᎢ ᏗᏜ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏭᎪᏛᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏭᏕᎵᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎦᏅᏮᎢ rock hits, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᏰᏒᎢ Reverse Reaction’s diverse ᏚᏂᎧᏅ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎦᏚᎢ ᏤᎯ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏠᏯᏍᏓ Tom Petty, Queen ᏧᏂᏃᎩᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎾᏞᎬᏭ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᏧᏲᎱᏒᎢ Prince. Whiskey Poet Society, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏔᏁ ᏓᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᎲᎢ, ᏚᏂᏃᎩᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏧᏪᏘ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏕᎵᎬᎢ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᏗ.
“ᎠᏯᏃ ᎢᎬᏱᏱ ᏓᏲᏣᎴᏅᎯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Chamberlain. “ᏭᎪᏛᎢ ᎣᎬᏌ ᏦᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏙᏥᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏄᏍᏗ ᏃᎦᏍᏗ.”
Chamberlain ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏰᎸᏒᎢ ᏚᏪᎳᏕᎸᎢ ᏦᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᏃᎩᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᎵᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎱᎵ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ.
ᎤᏬᏗᎨᏃ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ 10ᎯᏃ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏂᏚᎾᎵᎪᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎸᎲᎢ Jason Boland ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎢᎬᏱᏱ ᎠᏂᏍᏚᎢᏏᏙᎲᎢ Ales & Tails ᎤᏂᏍᎪᎸᎡᎸᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ 2015. ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬᎢ ᎠᏏᏊ ᏧᏛᏛᏅᎢ ᏐᎢ ᎠᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬᎢ ᏧᏂᏴᏅᎲᎢ.
“Ales & Tails ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎡᏘᏴᎢ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ. ᏭᏂᎪᏛᏃ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏦᎦᎵᏭ, ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏗᎦᏲᎦᏓᏡᏍᎩᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᏲᎩᏃᎩᏍᏙᏗ.” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏬᏗᎨᎢ. “ᎣᏏᏊᏃ ᎬᏲᎦᎵᏍᎪᏟᏙᏗᎢ. ᎢᏙᏳᏃ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᎠᎹᏰᎵ ᏂᎨᎢᏴᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ Ꭲ ᎨᎳ ᏥᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏐᎢ. ᎠᎴ ᎣᏥᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᏊ Ꮓ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᏅᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏭᎪᏛᎢ ᎦᎪᏟᏍᏗ,”
ᏍᎦᏚᏈ ᎠᎦᏘᏱ Chuck Hoskin Jr. ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᎵᎢ January ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᏁᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᏗᎦᎳᏫᏈ Victoria Vazquez.
“ᎠᎭᏂᏃ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᏳᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎠᎭᏂᏊ ᎠᏇᏅᏒᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏥᎦᏚᎭ ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Hoskin. “ᎠᏎᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏂᏚᎭ. ᎠᏆᏂᏔᏃ Ꮎ ᏗᎦᎳᏫᎩ Vazquez ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏓ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ ᏣᏍᎪᎵᏍᎬᎢ.”
Vazquez Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏓ ᏥᎩ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᏔᎵ-ᏄᏓᎴᏒᎢ.
“ᎯᎠᏃ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏭᏂᎪᏛᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎦᏥᎦᏘᏯ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎪᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏙᏧᏓᏝᎥᎢ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ ᏗᏇᏅᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏊ, ᏦᎦᎵᎢ ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗ Rotary ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏆᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᎲᎢ ᎠᎭᏂ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Vazquez ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᏰᏟᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎣᏏ ᏥᏰᎵᏍᎩ.”
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᏍᏛᎾ ᏓᏂᏰᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏙᏧᏓᏝᎥᎢ Rotary Club ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ. Rotary Club ᎠᏁᎳ ᏓᏅᏑᏰᏍᎪᎢ 14 ᏙᏧᏓᏝᎥᎢ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎸᏢᏃ 500 ᏂᏛᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ $4,000 ᏩᏍᏗ. ᎤᎪᏗᏃ ᎧᏃᎮᏢᏅᎢ ᏲᏚᎵᎠ, ᎠᏩᏛᎯᏓᏍᏗ http://www.vinitarotary.org.