Native American Showcase at Popular SXSW Music Fest!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 3rd, 2015 Last Updated on: March 3rd, 2015


March is here and if you're anywhere near Austin, Texas or a player in the music industry you know that means one thing: South by Southwest (SXSW) is almost here! This year the music festival is hosting a Native American showcase. Check out who they have scheduled to hit the stage!

John Trudell and Bad Dog
This man needs no introduction in the Native community! But just in case you're uninitiated, here is his bio direct from SXSW: John Trudell is an acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor and activist. Trudell (Santee Sioux) was a spokesperson for the Indian of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971. He then worked with the American Indian Movement (AIM), serving as Chairman of AIM from 1973 to 1979. Trudell then began to find his voice as an artist and poet.

Here is he performing with the band in Portland back in September.

Scatter Their Own
Last year this husband and wife duo from the Badlands of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation performed at an Unofficial SXSW showcase with A Tribe Called Red. This year they're making it official! Scatter Their Own have been busy working on a new album. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to hear some fresh material!

For over twenty years, Jeneda and Clayson Benally were the heartbeat of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Native American punk band Blackfire. In their new band, Sihasin (Navajo for ‘hope’) Jeneda and Clayson have created an explosive sound out of just bass and drums, inspiring their listeners with a hard punk backbone, softened by folk, world and kept thumping by pop.

The Native American showcase will be held Saturday, March 21 at St David's Bethell Hall, 301 E 8th St, Austin, Texas. This is an All Ages show. Check SXSW.com closer to the date for exact set times.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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