Guitar Power: Rock the 9 Native Music Festival
 Alibi V.21 No.17 • April 26-May 2, 2012 


Guitar Power

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.

Any large event of note naturally breeds spin-offs: In Albuquerque during the Gathering, one of the most successful has been Rock The 9 Native Music Festival. Its mascot is the infamous Bedonkohe Apache war chief and U.S. prisoner Geronimo, clutching a guitar instead of a rifle. Now in its fifth year, the fest includes three nights of guitar-powered rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and country, showcasing bands from far and wide. This year’s event is hosted by L.A.-based comedy trio Another Indian Uprising and includes a fourth night wherein journalist and radio personality Harlan McKosato will be roasted.

Rock The 9 2012 is especially poignant for its co-founder and organizer, Navajo and Hopi guitarist and vocalist J.J. Otero. At Saturday’s show his own soul rock band Saving Damsels will release its second album Find My Way.

Schedule of Events


8:30 p.m. Another Indian Uprising (comedy, Los Angeles)

9 p.m. Scatter Their Own (alternative rock, Rockyford, S.D.)

10 p.m. Garry Blackchild (roots/blues, Santa Fe)

11 p.m. DelHell County (country, Shonto, Ariz.)

Midnight Twice As Good (blues rock, Santa Rosa, Calif.)


8:30 p.m. Another Indian Uprising

9 p.m. Twang Deluxe (, Jamestown, N.M.)

10 p.m. Chucki Begay and Mother Earth Blues Band (singer-songwriter/blues, Dinetah, N.M.)

11 p.m. Rocking Horse (hard rock, Mesa, Ariz.)

Midnight Leanne Goose (singer-songwriter, Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada)


8:30 p.m. Another Indian Uprising

9 p.m. The Jir Project (rock/pop/blues, Albuquerque)

10 p.m. Saving Damsels (soul rock, Albuquerque)

11 p.m. The Old Main (Americana / roots rock, Albuquerque)

Midnight The Plateros (blues rock, Tohajiilee, N.M.)


8 p.m. Another Indian Uprising

8:30 p.m. Roast of Harlan McKosato

9:30 p.m. Intermission

10 p.m. Another Indian Uprising

Rock The 9 Native Music Festival

Thursday, April 26, through Sunday, April 29, 8 p.m.

Low Spirits
2823 Second Street NW
Tickets: $10 Thursday through Saturday; $5 Sunday, 21+