H. G. Fairfield Arts Center presents the Nimham Mountain Music Festival on May 11th , 2013, at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park in Kent, NY, utilizing local talent to support the 13th Annual Chief Daniel Nimham Veterans Memorial PowWow and to raise money to help with the costs of “Bomber, PJ, & Beartracks,” an H. G. Fairfield Arts Media Workshop documentary film.
The Nimham Mountain Music Festival, the first of its kind at the Putnam park, features the Smithsonian Institute award winning Martha Redbone Roots Project band direct from Brooklyn, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. Bethany Yarrow (the daughter of Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, & Mary), Rufus Cappadocia, and Brahim Fribgane will also be playing as a trio at the festival. Opening the music stage with be Putnam’s own Nimham Mountain Singers (the Host of the Nimham Veterans Memorial PowWow) and closing the night stage will be the Hudson Valley’s own rock-‘n-roll powerhouse Iron Cobra.
The documentary “Bomber, PJ, & Beartracks” with the US Military Veterans Motorcycle Club is a project aimed at helping veterans cope with PTSD and others effects of war. The film reveals the surprisingly random but profound connections between a Navy Seabee veteran who is a biker, a Navy veteran who is a comedian who served as a Medic with the Marines, and a Marine who is a Cheyenne & Viet Nam veteran who escaped from a POW camp. This film encourages healing of veterans and their families through humor, humanity, and heart.
The Annual Chief Daniel Nimham Veterans Memorial PowWow is an intertribal pow wow to honor the memory of a forgotten hero, his son Abraham, and the Wappinger Indians of the Hudson Valley who gave their lives for liberty during the American Revolution. The Nimham Powwow invites all to “come enjoy our culture, and learn about the natives that once lived in the highlands of the historic Hudson Valley.” The Nimham Mountain Music Festival encourages all to rally as a community, to have fun, dance, eat, drink, be merry, and to see how arts and culture are the backbone of how we can successfully take care of each other.