Paul LaRoche, founder and producer of BRULÉ – the award-winning Native American music group, thrilling audiences with a mergence of cultural rock and theatrical instrumentations. Now in their 19th season, their national performances carry the same contagious excitement as Trans Siberian Orchestra, Celtic Thunder, and Riverdance—but with the emotional impact of the American Indian culture. “It was just as good as the New York-based productions we see and, at times, twice as moving” Bruce R. Miller, Journal staff writer. “The performance was powerful and engaging. “We had a sold out house, and the patrons have been clamoring for a return visit” David Marty, President, Reif Arts Council and performance attendee, Allen Kirkham “spectacular music and dance experience with an explosion of color and light!”.
The group is one of the top-selling Native American adult/rock music groups and has chalked up impressive CD sales (over 1 million worldwide). Their concert ticket sales stand at well over 100,000 since national touring began in 2002. Brulé has released 17 titles in as many years (see discography) and has been named “Group of the Year” three times by the prestigious Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs), earning seven NAMMYs since 2002. Their annual performance schedule takes them extensively throughout the US, touring the casino, performing arts theatres, arenas, corporate and festival circuits.
Through the years Brulé has pushed the boundaries of contemporary Native American rhythms and classic rock in their genre-blending selections. Their electrifying show consists of a 5-piece rock ensemble augmented with an array of traditional Native American instrumentation. Paired with the stunning steps of one of the top Native American dance troupes, their authenticity brings a multi-dimensional art form to this cultural rock opera. The musical journey of Brulé’s founder, Paul LaRoche, adds an affecting story to audiences, and the result is Native America meets Pink Floyd in a spectacular theatrical stage production of sight, sound, and soul. Brulé is seen regularly on national PBS affiliates across the country. Their history-making concert filmed for PBS, “Brulé, Live at Mount Rushmore—Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures”, has become the longest running Native American concert special on national TV.
NEW in 2013: “Buffalo Moon Outdoor Theater” at the High Country Guest Ranch in Hill City, South Dakota in the beautiful Black Hills, pioneering a new trend in the music industry: the epic Native American Rock Theater. Paul along with his son, Shane, have recently produced over 70 – one-half hour episodes of the TV Program “Hidden Heritage” for RFD-TV. RFD-TV is a cable tv network that broadcasts to over 30 million homes across the United Sates and international markets and will soon be seen on Public Television. The show “Hidden Heritage” presents positive stories from across Native America.