Native American Artists & Performers
The program begins at 11:00 am MST on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020
Aaron White has been entertaining audiences for 28yrs as a songwriter/Native American Flute Player/Guitarist. He has produced and recorded many songs throughout his career as well as performed with many artist. He has worked with film makers and done original scores for film and Television.
Jesse Valenzuela, a Phx native and member of Pascua Yaqui Tribe has had 30 year plus career with the Gin Blossoms.
In that time writing and producing multi-platinum records and garnering a Grammy nomination.
He has written extensively for Film and TV as well as other artists, and still makes solo records.
“Artificial Red” is comprised of Native American
artists Randy Kemp (Choctaw/Euchee/Muscogee Creek) performing with various Native American flutes, with accompaniment by Dean Yazzie (Dine’/Navajo) on acoustic guitar. Our music is a blend of original contemporary guitar arrangement with expressive flute responses, while intermittently fused with spoken word poetry of Native American life, themes and views.
Nominate for “Best Spoken Word” 10th Annual Native American Music Award (NAMA), Nominated for "Best Duo or Group of the Year" 18th Annual Native American Music Award (NAMA). Performance prelude flute music for President Barack Obama at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
www.indigenousartmachine.com Instagram: randykemp.artist
BUDDY BIG MOUNTAIN
Buddy is considered to be a Ventriloquist, Comedian and Master Puppeteer. He was the first Native American ventriloquist and soon became one of Indian Country's most
popular comedy entertainers today. Buddy is a member of the
Iroquois Nation and is a registered member of the Mohawk of
Kahnawake Tribe of Canada. He is a member of the International Ventriloquist Association and the Japanese Ventriloquist Association.
THE CODY BLACKBIRD BAND
Cody Blackbird, Lead Vocals, Flute
Justin Hyland, Drums
Neci Nite, Bass, guitar, Vocals
Caleb Blackbird, Percussion, vocals
Cody has performed over 1500 shows both nationally and internationally. The Cody Blackbird Band has shared the bill with such artists as Arlo Guthrie, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke, Buffy St Marie, and many more.
The Cody Blackbird Band as they have recently received attention and praise from pop sensation Mike Posner and the Steve Miller Band’s Kenny Lee Lewis as well as Kris Kristofferson and others.
The Cody Blackbird Band carry a message of finding purpose and pursuing one’s life goals in a positive manner to reflect change in one’s self and thus their community and abroad, as well as stressing the importance of keeping culture alive in music.
www.codyblackbirdband.com Instagram: thecodyblackbirdband
As if musician, actor, and author are not enough, Darryl Tonemah…Dr. Darryl Tonemah also has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Cultural Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a masters degree in Community Counseling, and three bachelor degrees in Psychology, Sociology and Gerontology.
He has shared the stage with such national acts as: Foreigner, Three Dog Night, Hootie & The Blowfish, Creedence, Johnny Lang, Rusted Root & Donna The Buffalo, among others. Tonemah, Kiowa/Comanche/ Tuscarora.
In 1999 - Established the Annual Native American Children's Benefit Christmas Concert & Toy Drive. This has expanded into a series of Annual events that have taken place in California, Arizona, New York, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
Kenneth Shirley is the founder and CEO of Indigenous Enterprise. ASU Graduate. He is a filmmaker collaborating with artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, Micky Free and the Sydney opera House.
At Indigenous Enterprise, LLC we believe in what we call the three P’s. First, Preservation, which we peruse through teaching. Next, performance of traditional dance and song.
Finally, Progression, we understand that culture changes with its people and that we as the Native young bloods of America, we are the pioneers of this cultural movement.
www.indigenousenterprise.com Instagram: indigenousenterprise
ONE WAY SKY
Frontman Adrian D Thomas and drummer Cody Bruguier started “One Way Sky” 3/6/19. Guitarist/bassist Loma Manuel later joined the team. They are a chill hype alternative rock band that incorporates styles of hip hop, jazz, metal, and chillwave genres.
They are from the Gila River Indian Community and the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona. Barely out of high school, playing music for a living is a dream in which they hope to achieve. To show that it is possible to manifest your dreams and make them a reality. One Way Sky is built off of hopes, dreams, ambitions. The Sky is the limit and there’s only One Way.. your way.
Raye Zaragoza is a Native- American(Pima)/Taiwanese singer-songwriter who was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. At the age of fourteen, she moved across the country to Los Angeles and has since continuously been on the move touring and sharing her music with people of all walks of life. She has performed in more than twenty states on the East and West Coasts as well as Mexico, Canada and France.
www.rayezaragoza.com Instagram: rayezaragoza
Photo credit: Rima Krisst
Sihasin is the duo of Jeneda and Clayson Benally, award winning musicians from the Diné Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona.
The siblings performed in the 2019 Homegrown Concert series as members of the Jones Benally Family Dancers. They have also made their mark (along with brother Klee) as the award-winning "alter- Native" punk band Blackfire.
The name Sihasin is a Diné word that means hope and assurance, and the music reflects hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities, and social and environmental justice.
Socie Marie, a Dine’/Navajo Songwriter, Writer of Stories and Musician. Catch her music on Amazon Music and iTunes: “The Awakening, Ben and Dear Mister Snowman”.
Socie also has books of short stories also on amazon.com.
Navajo Christmas Album: “Come All Ye Faithful/Little Drummer Boy”, by Socie Marie and Radmilla Cody recorded on Canyon Records label.
YELLOW BIRD PRODUCTIONS
International renowned "Yellow Bird Productions" under the direction of Ken Duncan, member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe specializes in cultural presentations that celebrate the unique spirit of the American Indian. For the past 30 years, Yellow Bird has curated a unique repertoire of songs, dances, stories and dialogue that entertain and educate audiences of all ages.
Yellow Bird is a professional family dance company based in Phoenix, Arizona. The group boosts many national dance champions and have been feature performers for many prestigious audiences and institutions.
The Yellow Bird family have traveled the world over with many appearances from the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Jay Leno on NBC’s “Tonight Show”, to the London Summer Olympics to name a few.