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Annie Humphrey performing in Park Rapids Sept. 29

Native American singer, songwriter, activist and visual artist Annie Humphrey will be on Jasper Theater's stage Sept. 29. The free concert is part of her “Beast and the Garden” CD release tour. (Submitted photo)

Annie Humphrey's "The Beast and the Garden" tour is coming to Park Rapids.

The concert, a collaboration with Jasper's Theatre and KKWE Niijii Radio through a generous grant from the Minnesota Art and Cultural Heritage Fund, is free to all.

Humphrey will perform at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 at Jasper's Theater.

All songs on her newest record, except "Geronimo's Cadillac" by Michael Martin Murphy, were written during Humphrey's fight against tar sands oil and the Line 3 pipeline/abandonment/ reroute which crawls through Minnesota's 1855 treaty lands, threatening the lakes, rivers, wild rice, fish and plant medicines which Humphrey uses to sustain her family.

Humphrey, who was born and raised on the Leech Lake Reservation, said she learned at a young age how to play instruments. Her new album, "The Beast and the Garden," features veteran musicians Mark Shark of the late John Trudell's Bad Dog band, Jimmy Pietella and Alfonso "Fonz" Kolb, drummer for the late Jim Boyd and Greg Kaczor.

While standing against the Enbridge Oil Company for the past few years, Humphrey felt the distance between being an environmental activist and a singer/songwriter grow.

"I had to get back to doing what I love. I love making music. I love my homeland and I am desperate to protect it from Enbridge Oil, but I can take a stand with my guitar, too. I think organizing and the activism is keeping the beast out of the garden. I think playing music for a while is me taking care of the tomatoes," she said.

Also performing on Sept. 29 will be The Long Hairz Collective from Detroit, Mich. and Thomas X from Red Lake, Minn.

Thomas X is renowned in the Native American community for his positive Native American hip hop/rap music.

The Long Hairz Collective, along with Joe Reilly, exhibit a style referred to as "an acoustic rap mixed with a folk sound."

For more information, call KKWE Niijii Radio at 218-375-2012. For details about Humphrey's "The Beast and the Garden" tour, visit anniehumphreymusic.com.

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