The Halluci Nation
Electric Pow Wow Duo
With Special Guest MIENNE
Sunday October 1, 2023
7pm Doors/8pm Show
The Get Down, Portland
Beloved Presents The Halluci Nation, formerly known as A Tribe Called Red, is a Canadian electronic music group who blend instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming. The Halluci Nation takes its name from a phrase coined by John Trudell, to describe the vast global community of people who remember at their core what it means to be human.
The Halluci Nation
“We wanted to pay homage to the Electric Pow Wow and wrap that whole decade of experience up and close the cycle, and in doing so give direct coordinates of where the future was headed. In a nutshell, that’s what this album is about,” says Bear. “We just wanted to make a party record, as well, one that people could dance to while still having the strong message we are known for.”
As was the case with its proud legacy, The Halluci Nation’s future revolves around collaboration. From hip-hop star, Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def), to the Indigenous Australian band, OKA, to the Wayuu-Colombian powerhouse, Lido Pimienta, the group has always sought out artists from around the world who would join the Halluci Nation family to form a like minded community as well as an international indigenous alliance. One More Saturday Night was no exception – with features as inspired and unpredictable as the music from Texas “electro-cumbia” producer, El Dusty, Anishnaabeg drum group, Chippewa Travellers, Maori artist, Rob Ruha, Inuk singer, Tanya Tagaq, and round-dance/R&B singer Antoine, among many others.
The Halluci Nation is real.
As they enter a new cycle, Bear Witness and Tim “2oolman” Hill of A Tribe Called Red are reintroducing themselves as The Halluci Nation, to reflect the evolution of their music and mission.
The Halluci Nation takes its name from a phrase coined by John Trudell to describe the vast global community of people who remember at their core what it means to be human. As a visionary artist and activist, Trudell recognized the connection between his accomplishments and what ATCR did intuitively through music and art.
Trudell’s voice was the first heard on Tribe’s record, We Are The Halluci Nation, and fittingly, is the first you hear on The Halluci Nation’s record, One More Saturday Night. The album is a love letter to the Electric Pow Wow gatherings launched at Ottawa’s Babylon nightclub in 2007. It represents an imagined denouement to the biweekly Saturday-night parties that ended abruptly in 2017, without ever getting the proper send-off. One More Saturday Night thus pays homage to the parties’ energy and momentum that elevated The Halluci Nation to this pivotal point in their career of fully mastering their own music style while also moving beyond club music; or “mixing dance music with dance music,” as Bear Witness succinctly puts it.
This is a beginning, not an end, after all. The Halluci Nation maintains focus on what they feel they can impact most: how Indigenous people are seen. Through groundbreaking stage shows and ever-changing visuals, Bear Witness and 2oolman are working to create media that reflects the modern day Indigenous identity. They see themselves simply as contributors to a necessary conversation around a subtle and complex representation of the contemporary Indigenous experience.
The next chapter for The Halluci Nation has them further exploring the boundaries of cross genre collaborations. In the Spring of 2023 they released a high powered collaboration with Punk-Rock Band “F*cked Up” which featured covers of “Electroshock” by Danger Rhythm, and “John Wayne was a Nazi” by MDC. This was just a small look into the creative mindset and production capabilities that Bear Witness and 2oolman possess.
“We wanted to take the music to another place,” says 2oolman. “We showed a little bit of our ambitious side on our last record and we got to do a lot of songs that we’d been wanting to do for a long time. And this is just the start. We are at the point where we are making music we love, inspired by our everyday lives and the people that surround us. We’ve got so much more coming.”
This is just the START of THE HALLUCI NATION.
Mienne has always been a performance artist. Her involvement in underground dance culture began more than a decade ago, initially as a belly dancer and event producer, where her natural sense of movement and rhythm - and desire to share her artistic passion - translated gracefully into her journey as a DJ. Her Libran love of balance (and variety!) makes her uniquely adept at setting a sonic scene that elicits journeys across desert tundra, through the expansiveness of space, and SPLAT onto a jiggling subwoofer. Whether it’s G-house or West Coast Bass, you can expect to see smiling faces and feel your booty wiggle.
The Get Down
615 SE Alder St, Portland, OR, 94214
The Get Down is a 400-capacity music venue and event space conveniently located in the Southeast Industrial neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The Get Down will feature state of the art sound and lighting in a newly remodeled space. HVAC system, Meyer Sound + 7000 square feet to boogie!
The Get Down is conveniently located in the inner Southeast side of Portland beneath the Melody Event Center. It is located two blocks from public transportation on Grand, MLK, Morrison and Belmont. The entrance to the venue is on 6th Avenue.