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.
Friday, April 23
10 a.m. Eli Secody Phoenix, Ariz. Traditional songs 10:30 a.m. Gabriel Ayala Tucson, Ariz. Classical, flamenco and jazz guitar 11:10 a.m. Intertribal Bird Singers Pala, Calif. Traditional music performed on hand drums and other percussives
10:30 a.m. Appalachian Cherokee Story Tellers with NASA Traditional stories and science look to the stars 11:20 a.m. Arvel Bird Nashville, Tenn. Contemporary violin that blends Celtic, bluegrass and rock Noon, Gabriel Ayala Tucson, Ariz. Classical, flamenco and jazz guitar 12:45 p.m. Tamara Podemski Toronto, Ontario / Los Angeles, Calif. Folk rock, indie, pop 1:30 p.m. Miss Indian World Public Speaking Competition 2:45 p.m. Native Roots Albuquerque Reggae 4 to 6 p.m. Special Guest Emcee Charlie Ballard Oakland, Calif. Comedy 4 p.m. James and Ernie Navajo Nation Comedy duo 5:15 p.m. Plex Edmonton, Alberta / Toronto, Ontario Hip-hop 6:10 p.m. Yarina Ecuador Folk, world beat 7:05 p.m. Stateline Whitecone, Ariz. Country 7:55 p.m. Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team Santa Fe Poetry 9:05 p.m. George Leach Lillooet, British Columbia Blues, rock 9:45 p.m. Red Earth Albuquerque Rock, funk, reggae 10:55 p.m. Red Cloud and DJ Young Native Los Angeles, Calif. Hip-hop
Saturday, April 24
10 a.m. Arvel Bird Nashville, Tenn. Contemporary violin that blends Celtic, bluegrass and rock 10:30 a.m. George Leach Lillooet, British Columbia Blues, rock 11:10 a.m. Tamara Podemski Toronto, Ontario / Los Angeles, CA Folk rock, indie, pop
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.
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.