Redbone Brief

A Native American R&B singer will perform at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center, the Walton Arts Center and the Fayetteville Public Library in a three-day event.

Martha Redbone, a singer-songwriter and Native American activist from Kentucky, will perform her album “The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake” on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center during Native American Heritage Month.

Since 2018, the staff at Faulkner Performing Arts Center wanted to bring Redbone to the UA campus, Adam Putman, the Faulkner Center’s event coordinator, said in an email. 

“Any chance we get to inject a cultural enriching experience into our community, we jump on it,” Putman said. “Martha’s unique perspective as a multi-cultural individual and artist make her a perfect candidate for such an opportunity.”

On the same day of her performance at Faulkner, Redbone will perform at local schools. She will also sing in the Starr Theatre at the Walton Arts Center on Saturday evening.

Redbone will lead a discussion forum at the Fayetteville Public Library on Nov. 14, speaking on cultural preservation, indigenous rights and cultural identity before her live performance. 

Heather Robideaux, manager of adult services at the Fayetteville Public Library, partnered with the staff of the Faulkner Performing Arts Center to have Redbone discuss topics that she believes in. 

“This is something that everybody should consider attending, even if you're not struggling with issues of identity,” Robideaux said. “Relating to others that are having those struggles is something that we can all understand and maybe better help within our community.” 

The performance at the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center and the Fayetteville Public Library discussion is free and open to the public. Ticket prices for Redbone’s performance at Walton Arts Center start at $32.

Elyse Cano is a staff reporter for The Arkansas Traveler.

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