Native American Showcase will be held in Lac du Flambeau
The Native American Showcase will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino in Lac du Flambeau.
The Native American Showcase will feature comedian Jim Ruel, the music of Kelly Jackson and the country tunes of Jessica Sharlow. The showcase will start at 7 p.m. in the Hall of Nations Convention Center. Admission is $5 and proceeds will be donated to a local charity. Children 14 to 17 can attend when accompanied by an adult.
Jim Ruel is a comedian of Ojibwe ancestry. Raised in Milwaukee, Jim began his standup career at a local open mic night while studying at Stanford University.
After hosting events at comedy clubs in the Midwest, Jim moved to Los Angeles and has appeared on Showtime, the BBC and Comedy Central. In addition to performing, Jim works at a non-profit organization that trains Native Americans for jobs in the entertainment industry and hosts a YouTube show, “Jim Ruel’s Nerdtastic Vlog.”
Kelly Jackson is a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She grew up in a musical household and has been writing songs since grade school. Kelly’s music represents her deep appreciation for her culture, and celebrates and inspires the spirit to move forward no matter the obstacles one might face. In addition to music, Kelly was involved in historical preservation in Lac du Flambeau. She helped coordinate the refurbishment of the 1906 boys dormitory building Lac du Flambeau that will serve as a museum and educational center.
Jessica Sharlow has been singing country music since she was three years old. She continued to sing in choir in high school and attended classes through the International Modeling and Talent Agency. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, she has recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville. She recently recorded her first CD entitled “Simple Things” with Nashville record producer Johnny Garcia, who was lead guitarist for Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks.
For more information, visit the Lake of the Torches website at www.lakeofthetorches.com or call 800-25TORCH or 715-588-7070.