PRESS | Press Release
Posted on 01/29/2014
Seminole Tribe of Florida to Host 43rd Annual Seminole Tribal Fair February 7 - 9 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Complimentary Concert by Robert Randolph and The Family Band to Headline Cultural Festival Featuring Alligator Wrestling, Native American Dance Troupes, Live Entertainment, Seminole Clothing Contest, Handicrafts and More
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (January 29, 2014) – The Seminole Tribe of Florida will hold its highly anticipated 43rd annual Tribal Fair Friday, February 7 through Sunday, February 9 at Hard Rock Live and Seminole Okalee Indian Village at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Robert Randolph and The Family Band will headline a complimentary concert on Sunday, February 9 at this three-day cultural festival, which will also feature deep-water alligator wrestling shows, Native American dance troupes, live Native American musical performances and more.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 7 and a commencement ceremony featuring Tribal dignitaries, Seminole Veterans' Color Guard and Seminole Royalty will take place at 10 a.m. inside Hard Rock Live. The Little Mr. and Miss Seminole contest will be held at 6 p.m. and colorful Native American dance performances by the Wisdom Dancers, Apache Crown Dancers, Zuni Olla Maidens and Aztec Fire Dancers will take place at various times each day.
Gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 8 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 9.
On Saturday at 5 p.m., the event will feature "Native Noise," a showcase of live Native American music with artists Hybiskus, the Derek Miller Band, The Plateros, The Osceola Brothers Band and Savage Twins. Award-winning American blues-rock group Indigenous will headline the show.
Seminole Okalee Indian Village will present Deep Water Alligator Shows and complimentary samples of Seminole food including venison, fire-roasted Gar fish, fry bread and a Sofkee tasting under the "Cooking Chickee" on Saturday. Tribal vendors from across the country will offer a wide array of traditional jewelry, fabric, baskets and crafts for sale.
On Sunday, February 9, American funk and soul band Robert Randolph and The Family Band will perform a complimentary concert at Hard Rock Live at 6 p.m. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time.
Robert Randolph, the virtuoso pedal steel guitarist, plays alongside the Family Band comprised of Randolph's family members Marcus Randolph, Danyel Morgan and Lenesha Randolph, together with guitarist Brett Haas. The group first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002. Over the next eight years, the band released Unclassified, Colorblind and We Walk This Road, which, combined with tireless touring and unforgettable festival performances, have won them an expanding and passionate fan base. Randolph's unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list and also attracted the attention of such musical giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio.
The band's new album, Lickety Split, is their first studio recording in three years. It includes 11 original compositions, plus a stomping cover of "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players, and features a special guest appearance from Carlos Santana. Most recently, Randolph executive produced Robert Randolph Presents the Slide Brothers, a recording which features some of the older "sacred steel" players from the House of God, the church where he learned to play the steel guitar.
He is also in the process of remodeling an abandoned school building in his hometown of Irvington, N.J., and opening the Robert Randolph Music and Arts Program.
For more information about the 43rd annual Seminole Tribal Fair, please visit www.seminoletribe.com or call the Tribal Fair information line at 866-625-5374.
About the Seminole Tribe of Florida
The Seminole Tribe of Florida is known as the "Unconquered Seminoles." In 1953, the United States Congress passed legislation to terminate federal Tribal programs. While the State of Florida supported the termination of services to Seminoles, Tribal members and their supporters successfully argued against it. Tribal leaders moved forward with their push for independence and by 1957, they had drafted a Tribal Constitution. As a result of this effort, they attained self-government through the formation of a governing body, the Tribal Council, and at the same time, they created the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. to oversee the business matters of the Tribe. Today, Seminole gaming efforts support a growing infrastructure for the Tribe's health and welfare, public safety, education and other services. The economic stability provided by gaming, combined with cattle, citrus and other business enterprises, has made the Seminole Tribe of Florida one of the most successful Native entities in the United States. The Seminole Tribe employs more than 7,000 employees in its casinos, hotels and other enterprises and purchases more than $130.3 million in goods and services yearly. In addition to gaming, the Seminoles have many other Seminole tourism-related destinations. These destinations work to preserve the past and present the future of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
About Seminole Okalee Indian Village
Seminole Okalee Indian Village was established in the 1960s as one of the first enterprises and eco tourism attractions of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. It provided a place for employment and a location for retail sales for the Tribe's arts and craft products. It also allowed the Tribe to showcase its culture and educate the public about the traditional lifestyles of Seminoles when they lived in the Everglades in the 1800s. Now located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the outdoor attraction is built around traditional Seminole "chickee" huts and pathways through a natural habitat emulating the Florida Everglades. It showcases up-close panthers, bears, alligators, crocodiles, otters, tortoises, snakes and birds of prey plus exhibits that are part of the Seminole wildlife experience. Seminole Okalee Indian Village also showcases a prestigious collection of Seminole cultural and historical artifacts and offers authentic handmade items such as dolls, basketry, clothing, bead-work and woodcraft all produced by Seminole Tribal members in its gift shop. Proud of its history and heritage, the Tribe is equally proud of its progress. Come see how the Seminoles formed a bridge to the future by honoring the past. Enjoy a self-guided tour or schedule a guided tour. A Wildlife Night Show and a Deep Water Alligator Wrestling Show take place every Saturday at 8 p.m. spotlighting snakes, birds of prey and crocodiles. For more information, please visit www.semtribe.com or call 954-797-5551.
About Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live, a spectacular state-of-the-art facility, further expands the ultimate entertainment experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This 5,500-seat indoor arena has attracted more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 2005, and has regularly hosted South Florida's greatest variety of musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Carlos Santana; top comedians including Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin and George Lopez; as well as major sporting events and events of major sports stars, from UFC matches to charity galas for Jason Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and more. For additional information, please visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com or www.myhrl.com, facebook.com/MyHRL and twitter.com/hard_rock_live.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to PLAYHARD! Play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida's ultimate entertainment destination. Over 90 tables offer Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker, Casino War and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Additionally, over 2,500 slots include the Native-American Casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room, are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player's Club members also have access to the exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and VIP Chef's Table show kitchen. The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold 'em, 7-Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe -Hollywood, part of Hard Rock's 139 globally recognized rock 'n' roll restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, Rock Spa, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightclubs, lounges and bars, boutique retail shops, the 350-seat Paradise Live theater and the 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, facebook.com/seminolehardrockhollywood, twitter.com/SHRHollywood, instagram.com/semhardrockhollywood and youtube.com/semhardrockhollywood.