Penobscot artist Firefly the Hybrid returns for the second annual Indigenous 2022 on October 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Bar Harbor stage. Joined by Cleveland-based Humble G tha Fiddla, the two are set to perform in the Abbe Museum’s backyard for a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience to mark Maine’s fourth Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This event is sponsored by Healthy Acadia, College of the Atlantic, the Jackson Laboratory and the Abbe Museum.
“I’m so excited to build on what we started last year,” Firefly said of the performance. “To me, it’s important to mark a day like this with song and celebration, that’s what my ancestors would have done.”
Arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, Firefly is a multimedia artist who channels their Penobscot roots to create music that is a melding of the traditional and contemporary. After prolific careers in both jewelry-making and fashion design, the pivot to music has proved equally successful. Firefly has quickly expanded from streaming performances from their home to the Kennedy Center and, most recently, an in-person performance at the SWAIA Indigenous Fashion Show.
With a similarly storied career, Humble G brings a unique integration of electric violin and vocals fused with rhythms and sounds of hip-hop, reggae, EDM and world fusion. They have graced stages from Caesars Palace to the Grammy’s Museum and were the first musical act to perform during President Obama’s campaign.
“What I love about our music is it brings all kinds of people together,” Firefly says. “We come together in the spirit of openness and connection.”
This spirit is especially important in the lead-up to Indigenous Peoples Day, which was initially a counter to Columbus Day and has grown to become a nationwide celebration of Native history, culture and resilience. Maine formally adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2019.
Indigenous 2022 with Firefly the Hybrid and Humble G tha Fiddla invites attendees to enjoy creative and authentic visual and audio performances while learning about Maine Indigenous peoples and supporting inclusiveness in Downeast Maine. The evening is free and open to the public. Coordinators are currently determining whether a live streaming option will be available for remote viewing.