Newly created event space to feature diverse events and entertainment.
Irving, NY — As COVID restrictions lift, performance venues are heralding upcoming summer events to entertainment-starved WNY audiences. In the case of Tallchief Territory, Home of Native Pride, their summer events will provide an extra level of enjoyment as they will offer culturally diverse entertainment in their new Tallchief Outdoor Events Center, located behind the Native Pride Travel Plaza. According to Tallchief Owner, J.C. Seneca, this is the inaugural season for the center.
“I’ve had this idea for a while to create an events center in the wooded area in the back of the Tallchief property. I envisioned it along the lines of a place in Florida where I’ve enjoyed some great outdoor concerts and events,” Seneca stated. “We started clearing the land late last summer and installed a stage in time to host our First Annual Tallchief Outdoor Music Festival, featuring national blues headliner, Poppa Chubby. Future plans include creation of permanent rest rooms and an elevated viewing area, with the ultimate goal to make this one of the top outdoor event centers in the region.”
The Tallchief Events Center lineup for 2021 will begin with a Tallchief Territory Spring Smoke Dance Contest on May 22nd with dancer registration beginning at 9am, dancer’s grand entry at 12pm and contests and social dances until 8pm. This Native American Smoke Dance began as a Six Nations Tradition as men prepared for battle. Today, the dances are ceremonial with both men and women competing in displays of fancy footwork and athleticism to songs of both slow and fast tempos. The day will be highlighted with Native foods, and Native crafts and arts vendors. Social Dances will feature the Allegany Singers with competitions open to all ages.
The events center will switch gears on 31st July from 10am to 3pm as it becomes the site for the Tallchief Health and Healing Expo. Focused on, “Living Life in Balance.” The Expo will include an array of individuals and organizations whose focus is encouraging healthy habits and lifestyles. Featured will be individuals steeped in the traditions of Native Healing along with presentations, entertainment, and healthy food vendors.
The Event Center’s summer entertainment schedule finishes up with the Second Annual Tallchief Outdoor Music Celebration on Saturday, September 4th. Tickets are now available for this event that will spotlight Grammy-nominated, Shemekia Copeland, and special guest star, Blues Hall of Fame Inductee and six-time BMA winner, the legendary Joe Louis Walker. Online tickets can be purchased at : https://tallchiefoutdoormusic.eventbrite.com. Hard copy tickets will be available for purchase in June at the Native Pride Convenience Store.
ABOUT THE TALLCHIEF EVENTS CENTER: The Tallchief Events Center is highlighted by a 24 by 12 stage and a full sound system. Seating is comprised of VIP sections of tables and chairs for up to 150 with tableside service, as well as a general admission area that can accommodate up to 400 (providing their own seating), with access to food and beverage vendors. More information about the Tallchief Events Center and the upcoming schedule of events is available at https://www.facebook.com/nativepridetravelplaza.
ABOUT J. C. SENECA: J.C. Seneca is a member of the Seneca Nation and owner of Tallchief Territory, Home of Native Pride Travel Plaza, located on the Seneca Nation in Irving, NY. He started his business career in 1987 as a young entrepreneur with big dreams. By 1995 he had developed his own truck stop business and spent the next 25 years building a successful 22-pump gas and diesel service area complimented by a diner, a 24/7 convenience store and shower and lounge services for professional truck drivers. In 2019, Seneca was recognized as a Top 50 Native Business Entrepreneur by Native Business Magazine, a national publication based in Bellevue, WA. In 2021, he was further honored by Buffalo Business First as one of the city’s 250 Most Powerful People in the community.
Seneca’s civic leadership is reflected in the creation of the JC Seneca Foundation, a nonprofit corporation with a mission to advance healthy living in body, mind, and spirit for the people of the Seneca Nation and surrounding communities. Backed by a quarter century of goals and achievement, in 2020 Seneca made the decision to reformat his Native Pride Brand by incorporating it with his family’s Seneca Nation Heritage. It is a heritage tied to his great, great, great grandfather, Tallchief, who claimed the land where Seneca began his entrepreneurial journey and today continues to grow his business, now known as, Tallchief Territory -Home of Native Pride.
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