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Indigenous Culture Celebrated in Season Opener at Heritage Center

By University Relations Staff
Sampson Brothers

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Sampson Bros. with Special Guest Tall Paul will kick off the ninth annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center on the University of Dubuque campus.

WHAT: The Sampson Bros. with Special Guest Tall Paul, Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021
WHERE: John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque





General Public: $14 and up

UD Faculty and Staff, Alumni, Parents of Current UD Students, Military, and Veterans: $9 and up

UD Students: First ticket free. Additional tickets $5. Free UD student admission made possible by the Office of Young Adult Formation, Office of Multicultural Student Engagement, and Office of First-Year Experience.

Ticket prices increase by $5.00 at midnight the day of the event.

Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson (Mvskoke Creek/Seneca) - the Sampson Bros. - have revitalized an age-old tradition by performing Native hoop dance to hip-hop. The Minneapolis brothers learned hoop dance as young boys. What started as a way to share hoop dance with their peers at school assemblies has turned into a way of life. Nearly 30 years after the Sampson Bros. picked up their first hoops, they have performed in more than half a dozen countries and at hundreds of universities.

The Sampson Bros. strive to give back to their tribe by promoting cultural pride, unity, and hope through a positive example of art, education, and dance. Not only do they perform, but they also offer workshops in hoop dance, Powwow style dances, Native flute and music, and more.

Tall Paul is an Anishinaabe and Oneida hip-hop artist enrolled on the Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota.

Tickets for The Sampson Bros. with Special Guest Frank Waln can be purchased from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at Regular box office hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to events begin Monday, Aug. 16.

Patrons may choose four to seven fall semester events to customize a series ticket package at a discount between five to 20 percent. Patrons may also add special events to a series ticket package at a discount. Other subscriber benefits include discounted companion tickets, priority seating, reduced fees, and payment plan options. Order forms are available online at and the Farber Box Office.

To request a season brochure, please call the Farber Box Office at 563.585.SHOW.