One of the best-known Native American musicians in the country, Bill Miller, will perform two concerts at Colorado Mountain College. On Jan. 23, he performs at CMC in Leadville at 6:30 p.m. On Jan. 24, he performs at CMC Spring Valley at 7 p.m.
Miller is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and world-class native flute player. He wrote songs with artists such as Nanci Griffith, Peter Rowan and Kim Carnes and has toured with Tori Amos, Eddie Vedder, the BoDeans, Richie Havens, John Carter Cash and Arlo Guthrie.
A Mohican Indian who calls home the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in northern Wisconsin, Miller began playing guitar at age 12. His music was a way out of the poverty of the reservation. After playing in teen rock bands, he turned in his electric guitar for an acoustic one and began playing folk and bluegrass, later blending in Native American musical conventions.
Miller has produced over a dozen albums and has received numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards. Besides his musical interests, he is also an accomplished storyteller and painter.
The community is invited to these performances. The college advises individuals to arrive early as seating is limited. The Leadville concert is $10 and will take place in the Coronado Café on campus (901 S. Highway 24). The Spring Valley concert is a free event and will take place in the New Space Theatre in the Calaway Academic Building, at CMC Spring Valley (3000 County Road 114).
For more information, please contact CMC’s student activities coordinator, Jessie Pooler, at 970-947-8223. For Leadville tickets, please contact the campus front desk or 719-486-4292.