Corn-bred Returns to the Native Circle Touch the Earth Festival

Submitted by Oswego County

MEXICO – The Native Circle Touch the Earth Festival welcomes Corn-bred back to the shores of Great Lake Ontario to headline the two day event. The festival will run on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday May 29. From 12 to 5 p.m. each day, bring the whole family to Mexico Point State Park just off state Route 104B to enjoy a distinguished line-up of performers.

“I am so excited that this great group of talented and seasoned musicians will be performing at the Native Circle Festival for the third year in a row,” said Laura K. Vannah, founder and executive director of the festival. “It is thrilling to know that such exceptional talent is right here in our backyard!”
What began as a small local band on the Onondaga Nation has grown to become an award-winning sound on the national stage. Corn-bred has performed at the President’s Inaugural Ball, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Celebration, the Budweiser New York State Blues Festival, and the 100th Anniversary of the Iron Workers Union Local 60. They have also played at the Taste of Syracuse, the Syracuse Area Music Awards Ceremony and at casinos throughout New York State.

The popularity of Corn-bred’s unique blend of rhythm and blues, rock and traditional American Indian music has given the group many opportunities to perform with national recording artists. They have shared the stage with The Beach Boys, Diamond Rio, Jana, Martha Redbone, and Los Lobos.

The group includes founder Jerome Lazore performing guitar and vocals; Curtis Waterman playing harmonica and vocals; John “J.B.” Buck joining on bass and vocals; Todd Minard on drums; and Morris Tarbell playing lead guitar and vocals.

In addition to Corn-bred, The Storytellers and Thunder Hawk Singers are all Native American Music Award-winning groups that will take the festival stage over the Memorial Day weekend. Native American Music Award nominees Johnny Lipford and Owl and Dove will also perform along with local favorite Gypsy Red and American Sign Language artist Michelle Johnson.

The festival is sponsored in part by: Oswego County Federal Credit Union, the Town of Mexico; Oswego County Promotion and Tourism; Dynegy, Inc., Independence Station; Staples, Inc.; Greater Mexico Chamber of Commerce; Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce; Price Chopper Supermarkets; Wegman’s; Stewart’s Shops; Oswego Valley Insurance Agency; Oswego County Mutual Insurance Company; Burritt Motors; Novelis; Port Lodge Motel; Key Bank; Pathfinder Bank; Oswego Arts Collaborative; Daddy Ed’s Restaurant; Mexicali Rose.

The Native Circle Touch the Earth Festival will kick-off with an inaugural gala on Friday, May 27 at Mexico Point State Park just off state Route 104B. From 6 to 8 p.m., the gala features a silent auction, music and food and beverages provided by The Bake Shop Eatery in Mexico. Admission prices have been reduced to $20 for advance sale and $25 thereafter. The deadline for advanced sale tickets has been extended until May 20.

In addition to award-winning music, storytelling and dance, the festival also features educational programming, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and refreshments. Admission and parking are free.

For more details about the festival or to purchase gala tickets, call Laura K. Vannah at 315/963-3820 or visit the Web site at