The Gathering of Nations Is Here
North America’s biggest powwow happens on April 22, 23 and 24, at the University of New Mexico Football Field (University and Avenida Cesar Chavez SE), beginning at 10 a.m. each day. Massive amounts of Native musicians, songwriters and storytellers begin to perform on Stage 49 on Friday. Music includes traditional, blues, rock, jazz, folk, country, hip-hop, metal and reggae. Wristbands for the powwow, Indian Traders Market and music events on Friday and Saturday are $15 per day at the gate (cash only) or $30 for a two-day wristband.
All Nations Skate Jam
Saturday, April 24, and Sunday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Los Altos Skate Park (10140 1/2 Lomas NE) allnationsskatejam.com
The largest Native American skateboard competition in the world; a program of Nibwaakaawin, a skate-centered nonprofit dedicated to the education and empowerment of Native youth. All-ages. Admission: $2 to $4. $5 to compete.
Chief Rocka: Battle of the Chiefs
• Saturday, April, 24, 6 to 10 p.m.
Paparazzi Nightclub (9401 Coors NW, 896-9554)
Who’s the greatest indigenous rapper? Red Cloud , Quese IMC, Manik 1derful, Def I, Supaman, Ostwelve, Hellnback and Maniac the SiouxperNatural battle it out. DJ Young Native provides the tracks. 21+. Admission: $10.
Founders Day Fiesta
• Saturday, April 24, noon to 3 p.m.
Old Town, 768-3555 or 311
A diverse celebration of New Mexican history and culture. Includes Native drumming and dancing and a Pueblo pottery demonstration. All-ages. Admission: free.
Pow Wow After Party
• Friday, April 23, time TBA
El Rey Theater (620 Central SW, 242-2353)
After party with performances by JR Redwater (comedy), Jim Ruel (comedy), SMOKE (hip-hop), Big S2 (hip-hop) and others. All-Ages. Admission: $10 youth under 18 and students with I.D., $20 general.
• Runs through Sunday, April 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th Street NW, 1-866-855-7902)
American Indian Week is observed each day with performances by dancers from pueblos around the state. All-ages. Admission: $3 to $6, includes museum exhibits.
Rock the 9 Native Music Festival
• Thursday, April 22, and Friday, April 23
Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW, 344-9555), 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
• Saturday, April 24
Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW, 243-0878), 6 to 9 p.m.
Launchpad (618 Central SW, 764-8887), 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
This third annual festival of Native music spans three days and includes a plethora of rock and comedy performances at three different venues. Admission: 21+ events at Low Spirits and Launchpad are $10, Blackbird is free. Visit myspace.com/rockthe9 for more information.