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.
Thursday, April 28
Jim Ruel, 8:30 p.m. Jim Ruel is a Los Angeles-based, Milwaukee-raised Ojibwe. The award-winning, internationally recognized comedian specializes in nerdy, urban Indian humor. This year he hosts Rock The 9 and will make funny ha-ha at the beginning of each night and in-between sets.
Roger Cultee Band, 9 p.m. This Burque local—also known as RCB—gets the fest going with blues rock.
From The Ashes, 10 p.m. Local reggae rocker
Daisy Chain, 11 p.m. Seattle four-piece purveyor of blues rock and funky soul
Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers, midnight Santa Fe-based bluesness