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Celebrating the Native American Flute

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Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. The R. Carlos Nakai Trio, featuring guitarist/luthier William Eaton and Will Clipman, will be performing a special, intimate show at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Saturday evening, June 13th. The performance is part of the new Heritage Festival, a weekend filled with activities celebrating the Telluride region's colorful past.

Well-recognized amongst music industry peers, Nakai may not be a household name. Nakai received two gold records (500,000 units sold) for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit which are the first (and only) Native American recordings to earn this recognition.  In total, he has sold over four million albums in the course of his career.  Grammy® nominations include Ancestral Voices (1994 Best Traditional Folk Album), Inner Voices and Inside Monument Valley (both for 2000 Best New Age Album), In A Distant Place (2001 Best New Age Album), Fourth World (2002 Best New Age Album), Sanctuary (2003 Best Native American Album), and People of Peace (2004 Best New Age Album). Nakai has also contributed music to the major motion pictures New World (New Line) and Geronimo (Columbia).

“The haunting sound of the Native American flute is gaining more widespread appeal in recent years, and R. Carlos Nakai is the reason for it.” - Billboard, 1995 Tickets are available at Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. For a full schedule of festival events, go to                

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