Fourth of July festivities abound

Nappanee native to perform on flute July 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Internationally-acclaimed ambient/electronic music, native flute recording artist and founder, Tony Gerber, will perform at the Shipshewana Town Center Saturday, July 2, at 7 p.m. A Nappanee native, Gerber’s music will include flute music along with his signature instrumental compositions using synthesizers and guitars as a musical prelude to a talk from Ernie LaPointe, Sitting Bull’s true great-grandson. This will be the first time Gerber has performed in northern Indiana since he moved to Nashville, Tenn. more than 30 years ago. Also on the musical performing roster is Little Buffalo Masters who will perform on native flutes as well. After the musical presentation, LaPointe will speak about his ancestors, his book and the Lakota culture. A rare glimpse of history from a direct descendant of possibly the most famous Native American figure in history.
Gerber has more than 30 albums released and has performed in churches, festivals, museums, theatres and planetariums throughout the east, west and midwestern United States over the years and said he is excited to perform as part of this historic benefit concert for one of the great Native American families.
His electronic music group Spacecraft, with Kentucky electronic music pioneer John Rose, MCA recording artist, Giles Reaves and vocal synthesist Diane Timmons has received heavy airplay on NPR’s syndicated Echoes, Hearts of Space, Star’s End and many local radio stations, as well as Internet stations around the U.S. and globally. His music has been used in various films including the Hollywood motion picture starring Tom Cruise, “Vanilla Sky” in 2002. Gerber’s “Blue Western Sky” was nominated for the Nashville Music Award “Instrumental Album of the Year” in 1996, alongside the banjo extraordinaire, Bela Fleck, who won the award several years in a row.
More information can be found on the Web at, by calling Gerber at 615-414-1241 or via email at
Learn more about Sitting Bull’s descendant Ernie LaPointe online at