The Institute of American Indian Arts music festival will rock Santa Fe, New Mexico this weekend with a full line-up of Native bands on May 7th. The IAIA Music Festival is part of a weekend of activities on the Institute of American Indian Arts campus, beginning with the IAIA Spring pow wow on the 6th. The show is from 11 am to 6 pm, rain or shine.
According to the IAIA marketing and communications director Eric Davis, students have organized music events on campus the day after the pow wow and 2017 will be a school-produced event that can be replicated on an annual basis.
“This is an opportunity for the Santa Fe community to come to our beautiful campus, enjoy a day of free music, and learn more about IAIA. Not only are some of our current students scheduled to play, but numerous alumni have returned to be part of the fun,” he said.
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In addition to a morning of performances of ‘IAIA Music Phenomena” in which students from the IAIA Performing Arts Department will show off their musical talents, the line-up of Native bands and performers includes:
A Diné singer-songwriter from Camp Verde, Arizona. Yazzie’s music addresses American culture, Diné heritage, and the intersection of American/Dine history.
Jai Ram Rideout
A jazz saxophonist by night and research software engineer by day, Rideout hails from Northern Arizona, and has an album out, The Message. He is currently working on a musical collaboration with Dakota Yazzie, melding jazz, indie rock, funk and blues.
Pray for Brain
IAIA student Katrina Benally (Diné) and Violetta “Letsjusb” (Picuri/African-American/Spanish) are vocalists and part of the band Pray for Brain, which ranges from a 70’s era Miles Davis to Chet Atkins, John Coltrane and Isaac Hayes, mixed with a south Asian and Middle Eastern twist. Mustafa Stefan Dill is on guitar and Jefferson Voorhees is on drums.
A hip hop MC and beat maker based in New Mexico, Def-I (Navajo), recently released his first full-length album, Shields For Raining Arrows and is a triple threat as an emcee, producer and sound engineer.
A talented blues guitarist and vocalist from southeastern North Carolina, Lakota John (Oglala Lakota/Lumbee) blends traditional blues styles of the Delta and Piedmont with the slide guitar, a bit of harmonica and touches on his Indigenous heritage with Native American flute.
Son of Hwéeldi
Navajo and Hopi singer and guitarist JJ Otero honors his ancestors with his band Son of Hwéeldi. Hwéeldi refers to a time when Navajo and Apache people were force-marched to the Fort Sumner area in New Mexico by Kit Carson under the orders of the U.S. government.
Calling their music Resistance Rock, Son of Hwéeldi (formerly known as Saving Damsels) plays a rich blend of rock, soul and blues, with a touch of world beat.
Innastate is a contemporary reggae band from Santa Fe that blends reggae and rock. The band released their debut self-titled EP in April of 2015 and was voted artist of the month on RockwiredMagazine.com
About the event
The Institute of American Indian Arts is at 83 Avan Nu Po Road in Santa Fe. The IAIA Music Festival will be in the Dance Circle on the IAIA Campus. No alcohol, drugs, bottles or cans will be allowed on-site. Lawn chairs and blankets are permitted.
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