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Performances & Demos

Make Music Phoenix!

Celebrate the rich musical heritage of Canyon Records artists at the Heard Museum. Snacks and drinks are available from the Cantina, making this a perfect mid-day musical break.

11 AM – NOON Enjoy live performances by Grammy®-nominee Aaron White (Northern Ute/Diné) in the indoor Foyer of Steele Auditorium.

NOON – 2 PM Experience live performance by the inspiring Jonah Littlesunday (Diné), in the indoor Foyer of Steele Auditorium. You might even receive a visit from the comedic musical talents of Bob the Eagle.

Tickets are not required to enjoy the music. Regular Heard Museum admission rates apply to see current exhibitions—including Maria & Modernism. Take advantage of the free tickets available through the Act One Culture Pass program. 

Aaron White Bio
Aaron White (Northern Ute/Diné) is a Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer/songwriter, Native American flutist, flute maker, and lecturer. He formed the groundbreaking group Burning Sky in 1991, earning a 2003 Grammy nomination and a 2004 Native American Music Award. His solo flute album, “Moon Light Love Songs,” won Best Flute Recording in 2022. For over 28 years, Aaron has been a prominent Indigenous musician in Arizona, performing widely at concerts, venues, museums, and major events.

Aaron has played with notable artists like John Densmore, Jackson Browne, and Taj Mahal, and his music features in award-winning films including “Lakota Nation vs United States” and “The Doe Boy.” His flutes are part of the Musical Instrument Museum collection in Phoenix, AZ. Aaron has been an artist in residence at several prestigious museums, creating flutes and sharing his music. He believes music can heal and inspire, stating, “All of us carry the gift of music in our heart and soul. May we always share these gifts with gratitude and warming hearts.”

Jonah Littlesunday Bio

Jonah Littlesunday is a Diné Native American Flutist that captivates the soul with soothing, resonant Native American Flute music that reflects journeys of love and healing.

From the quiet hills and plateaus of his Navajo people, Jonah Littlesunday has emerged as one of the most distinctive performers of the Native American flute. Inspired by themes that all human beings cherish – love, peace and unity, Jonah draws upon the solitude of his ancestral lands to create a meditative soundscape that heals the soul.

Life’s journey is like a leaf in the air. There are times you can’t control your fate. You just have to have faith and float with it. Through it all, I have had the honor of entertaining elders, audiences across North America, injured animals and wonderful kids. Ahe’hee (Navajo for “thank you.”). – Jonah Littlesunday