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Brulé Set For Riverboat Days

Group Returning To Arts Festival

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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:00 am

From P&D Staff Reports

Some familiar faces and sounds are returning to Riverside Park this summer, as Yankton Area Arts has announced the return Brulé & Airo to Yankton’s 2011 Summer Arts Festival this August.

Yankton Area Arts will host the 2011 Summer Arts Festival, one of Yankton’s primary celebrations of the arts. The annual event will take place Aug. 19-21 along the Missouri River at Riverside Park in conjunction with Riverboat Days. The three-day celebration of the arts will continue to include traditional festival favorites as well as exciting entertainment.

Yankton Area Arts is partnering with Yankton Press and Dakotan and The Days Inn to sponsor Brulé & Airo at Riverboat Days.

Brulé & Airo is a multi-award-winning contemporary Native American group featuring a New Age sound. Based in South Dakota, the group has sold more than 1 million CDs worldwide and has made media appearances with the “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” television show, “CNN WorldBeat” and others.

Current band members include: Paul LaRoche on keyboards; Nicole LaRoche (Paul’s daughter) on flute; Shane LaRoche (Paul’s son) on guitars; Vlasis on percussion; Lowery Begay on traditional drum and Kurt Olson on drum kit. Paul, Nicole, and Shane are enrolled members of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Lowery is an enrolled member of the Diné Nation.

Additional information on the Summer Arts Festival can be found at

The G.A.R. Hall Gallery and Yankton Area Arts are located at 508 Douglas Avenue, Yankton. The gallery is open to the public free of charge from 1-5 p.m. weekdays and from 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information contact Pam Meylor, YAA Executive Director at 605-665-9754 or

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