Every April for nearly three decades, the Gathering of Nations has brought indigenous groups from around the continent to Albuquerque to celebrate Native culture and traditions. The powwow, which claims the title of North America’s largest, is three days of music, dance, markets, food and cross-culturalism.
Futures for Children has been working to make sure children in Navajo, Hopi and New Mexico Pueblo tribal communities achieve academic success since 1968. On Thursday at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the Albuquerque-based organization is bringing awareness to its work by holding its first ever Native Jam Night. Hosted by Harlan McKosato of "Native America Calling," performances by Native Roots, The Plateros, Saving Damsels and Shelly Morningsong will broadcast live that night on KUNM 89.9 FM. The show will also air on radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada via Native Voice One. Get in on the festivities by purchasing tickets at futuresforchildren.org/about/donate.
Also, JJ Otero, lead singer and rhythm guitar player for Saving Damsels, did this week’s Song Roulette. See what turned up here.
JJ Otero—lead singer and rhythm guitar player for Burque-based rock band Saving Damsels—will be playing at the first ever Futures for Children Native Jam Night on Thursday. In preview, we peek into his music collection.
Your guide to the three-night Native music festival
By Jessica Cassyle Carr
It’s been four years since Navajo and Hopi guitarist and vocalist JJ Otero co-founded the first annual Rock The 9 Native Music Festival in Albuquerque. This year the seasoned festival, which unofficially coincides with the Gathering of Nations, takes place over three nights at Low Spirits. Here’s the complete, illustrated schedule for the fest.