Annie Humphrey to play for Grassroots Concerts

Annie Humphrey brings her special talents to Grassroots Concerts at the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 6.
Growing up on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota, Humphrey lived in a home filled with voices made of thunder and nothing could stop it.

Her parents were brilliant people individually, her father a singer and musician and her mother, author Anne Dunn, an artist and poet. Each taught Annie the beautiful things they knew. They showed her that she carried their gifts in her hands too. This is how creating art and music came about for her. This is what saved her. This is how she lives now.

"Things my dad taught me: skin a deer, set net, clean fish, make maple syrup, harvest wild rice, play basketball, ride motorcycle, go without if you can't afford it, play guitar. Things my mom taught me: draw, paint, sew, write, laugh, wonder, forgive," she said.

Humphrey's music career began out of pure necessity. With two young children to care for, she began performing at coffee houses and local events. Over the years her songwriting has focused on a specific theme with a message to "Be brave and have a good journey."

Now a mother of four and grandmother to two, Humphrey continues to create through the spirit of love, sharing that love with her horseman-husband.

She is a proud Anishinaabe singer-songwriter-activist who has led gatherings of artists and speakers in support of healing justice and environmental welfare.

"Being an Indian singer, people expect certain things," she said, "but I don't want to be limited in what I can sing about. My Indian heritage is part of who I am, so some of it comes out in my music, but I sing about a variety of human conditions. I just want to tell the truth about the world as I see it."

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Grassroots Concerts are the nonprofit cultural offerings of a small, happy society of largely omnivorous but gentle folk dedicated to the preservation of live entertainment in vicarious times. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. Show-time is 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30), and you are encouraged to come early to claim your choice of seats. At each concert, decidedly the best family entertainment in the Brainerd Lakes area, GRASSROOTS welcomes your nonperishable food (or cash) donation to the local food shelf. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult.

The GRASSROOTS VENUE is located in Nisswa, MN at the


5459 Co Rd 18 Nisswa, MN (next to the Nisswa School)

Grassroots Concerts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code