Frank Waln is a Lakota Hip Hop artist, producer and audio engineer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, he attended Columbia College Chicago where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in audio arts and acoustics. His awards include three Native American Music Awards, the 3Arts Grant for Chicago Artists and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation 2018 National Artist Fellowship for Artistic Innovation. He has been featured in The Fader, Vibe, NPR, Paper Magazine, ESPN and MTV’s Rebel Music.
The Sampson Brothers, Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson, (Seneca and Muscogee Creek) are master hoop dancers who often accompany Frank Waln. They grew up in Los Angeles, where their mother is a fancy shawl dancer and their late father, Will Sampson, was a Native American actor who played Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Due to illness, Tanaya Winder will not be performing.