Cherokee singer-songwriter Michael Jacobs will perform at Historic Rugby’s Festival of Music, Dance and Storytelling on Saturday, May 23. The festival is part of our new Rugby Roots: Appalachian Arts with a British Beat series.

There will be outdoor concerts and storytelling venues during the day featuring various performers including musical acts The Empty Bottle String Band, Junction South, Michael Jacobs, Roy Harper, Butch and Doug and The Twangtown Paramours; dance troupes Lark in the Morn English Country Dancers and the Tenpenny Rapper sword dancers, and Storytellers Judy Baker, Tim Mangan and Joni Lovegrove. Click on the link to see the complete Festival schedule.

The days’ festivities will be topped off  by an evening concert at 7:00 p.m., ET, which will feature The Twangtown Paramours from Nashville!

Day admission: $5      Evening Concert: $5      Combined ticket (for both day and evening concerts): $8

Discounts available for residents of the tri-county area: you must show ID

Hikes to the Rugby State Natural Areas’ Massengale Trail will be offered prior to noon

Rugby Roots events are made possible in part by a grant from the Arts Fund of the East Tennessee Foundati


Michael Jacobs is an award-winning contemporary Native American recording artist, and his music is a compelling mixture of Native American, roots rock, pop, and folk. His professional music career began as a songwriter and guitarist in Nashville, TN. He also plays a type of Native American flute.

Michael’s debut solo CD, Sacred Nation, received a 2003 Native American Music Award and his remarkable follow-up recording, They Come Dancing, was nominated in 2004. JPoet of Native Peoples magazine writes, “Michael Jacobs has a big, raspy voice, one that often draws comparisons to Don Henley and he sings with an understated power that gives every lyric the ring of truth. There isn’t a weak song on the album, and many sound like potential standards. Its power and polish lay the groundwork for other artists looking for ways to combine Native tradition and popular music without diminishing the power of either form.”

He latest album, The Art Of Peace, received three 2012 Indian Summer Music Awards and was nominated for two 2013 Native American Music Awards. Over the years he has recorded six CD’s and has performed at over 200 colleges and universities as well as numerous pow-wows, fairs and festivals across the United States and Canada.

His website is:

To listen to his music please click on Michael Jacobs Reverb Nation or on