Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest


Stage of Nations returns to Hanover Square July 24-25, during Syracuse Artsweek! Check out this year's dynamic lineup of music and dance. Authentic Native American crafts and foods are always on hand as well. Celebrate earth-friendly culture with the Haudenosaunee!


  • Opening remarks from Tadodaho, Sid Hill
  • 5:00 - 6:00Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers
  • 6:45 - 7:15 Hoop Dancers
  • 7:30 - 8:00 Native Flute Player
  • 8:30 -10:00 Carolyn Kelly Blues Band


  • 12:00 - 1:00 Morris and the Hepcats
  • 1:30 - 2:45 Kay & The Cavemen
  • 3:00 - 4:00 Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers
  • 4:00 - 5:30 Smoke Dance Competition
  • 5:30 - 6:30 Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers/Hoop Dancers
  • 6:45 - 8:00 The Ripcords
  • 8:30 - 10:00 Coco Montoya

 This year the festival closes with an appearance by a well-known national headliner, Coco Montoya. Guitar One Magazine calls guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya "the hottest southpaw in the blues". Mentored by blues legend Albert Collins and a 10-year veteran of the equally legendary John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Montoya has been touring globally as leader since 1993. Averaging over 150 tour dates a year, Montoya continues to pack clubs and theaters around the world. He has played major festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Chicago Blues Festival, The San Francisco Blues Festival and Canada's International Jazz Festival.

 Montoya's career began in the mid 1970s when Albert Collins asked him to join his band as drummer. Collins took Montoya under his wing and taught him his "icy hot" guitar style. The two remained friends even after Montoya left Collins' band. In the early 1980s John Mayall heard Montoya playing guitar in a Los Angeles bar. Soon after Mayall asked Montoya to join the newly reformed Bluesbreakers. He remained a member of the band for 10 years.

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Posted On: July 22, 2015
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