Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert Rocks ELHI

Metal band, EYE of Albuquerque, N.M. rocked the youth at the Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert, held in Inspiration Square at the ELHI Community Center, Saturday, Sept. 14.
Park Ave. rocked the Tribal Fair Parade and helped win 2nd Place in the Commercial Float Category for Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert, sponsored by REZ-olution Radio Hour on KSUT and Robert Ortiz. Family members, Blenda, Alexis and Ozzy all pitched in to make the float rock!
The Eagle Wing singers began the Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert with a traditional song. The young group have been practicing since the Spring and have been practicing with Afrem Wall from Towaoc, Colo., l-r: Sanuuv Larry, Keyon Alston, Afrem Wall, Phoenix Tarver, Timothy Biaz, Dewayne Hendren, Angelo Baker and Nate Hendren.
Khali Pioche, drummer for DYZYNUS, a Farmington, NM based band, filled in the soundscapes from Brandon Mike's guitars, with timely drum beats and cymbal crashes.
Brandon Mike, guitarist fo the band DYZNUS., began the youth concert with a mesmerizing wall of eclectic guitar riffs and intricate drum beats.
Evan Rose and Arlo Natonabah of the band Tu$ken, take in the sounds of DZYNUS before hitting the stage themselves.
Tu$ken guitarist, Evan Rose ripped and shredded as drummer, Arlo Natonabah kept the back beat during the Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert.
In full makeup and rocking, Tu$ken drummer, Arlo Natonabah and guitarist, Evan Rose set the stage for the other bands to follow.
Skyler Reeder and Darrin Begay of Fatal Corruption from Gallup, N.M., rock out the Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert stage at the ELHI Community Center in Igancio, Colo.
Fatal Corruption: "to send out a positive message though our music to all audiences and also to entertain as much as we can!"
Skyler Reeder and bandmates from Fatal Corruption rocked into the evening in Inspiration Square at the ELHI Community Center.
Park Ave. drummer, Michael Woods keeps the band in sync as they get the crowd at the ELHi Community Center going during the Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert.
Cordy Johnson, lights up the night during the Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert.
Carlin Yazzie, holds down the low-end with his trusty bass as Park Ave. rocks into the night.
EYE guitarists, Joe Chavez and Quentin Butterworth brought the brutality of the music spawned in Albuquerque, N.M. to the Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert stage.
Guitarist, Quentin Butterworth shreds well into the evening, sharing the sounds of Death Metal band EYE from Albuquerque, N.M.
The Illegal Aliens from Sante Fe, N.M. brought the Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert to an energetic end with an awesome performance at the ELHI Community Center in Ignacio, Colo.
Punk rockers, The Illegal Aliens from Sante Fe, N.M. rocked the crowd and left them craving more, ending the night with a Ramones classic "Blitzkrieg Bop."
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum

Native REZ-olution Youth Concert Thanks

I would like to give thanks to all that helped in this year’s “Rock The Youth” Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert.

First and foremost, I must thank each of the bands who traveled to Ignacio to rock out the Youth Concert stage: The Illegal Aliens (Sante Fe, NM); Eye (Albuquerque, NM); Park Ave. (Shiprock, NM); Fatal Corruption (Gallup, NM); Tu$ken (Farmington, NM); and DZYNUS. (Farmington, NM). Without the music and the musicians we would not have a concert!

An additional thank you to Cordy, Mike and Carlin of Park Ave., for waking up early, traveling to Ignacio and playing in the Tribal Fair Parade, Oziah Ortiz, Alexis and Blenda for helping, And to Glen Walker and staff at Walkers Do-It-Best for assistance in a last minute request for a generator for the parade. We won 2nd place!

I would like to thank the Eagle Wing Singers led by Afrem Wall, Sinaav Larry, Timothy Piaz, Dewayne Hendren, Elliott Hendren, Phoenix Tarver and Angelo Baker. These young men started the Youth Concert in a good way, singing in Ute, and blessing our stage with a traditional song.

I would like to thank all those that volunteered their time, blood, sweat and tears to make this year’s concert a success! Frank O’John, and Kris White for helping me with setting up and tearing down the staging and canopies. Volunteers for the concert – Miracle Ortiz, Blenda Ortiz, Quintina Pavisook, Iyonia Pavisook, and to Trennie and Precious Collins for helping me put up the shading for the stage. To those that helped with cleanup Phillip Martinez and Maria Trujillo, Doreen Baker and Sean Wheeler, and Agatha Bison and Kris White.

I need to extend a grateful appreciation to Tres Amiga’s for cooking the food and feeding the bands, Ula Gregory, Ernestine “Mary” Maez, and Kasey Correa. Also to Mi Hito’s for feeding those who attended the concert, Amber Baker-Valdez and Omar Valdez, and Adrian.

A special thanks to the ELHI Community Center staff – Executive Director, Raymond Dunton and ELHI Board President Gina Shultz, Joe Pointer and Kasey Correa – for hosting the event in Inspiration Square at ELHI. Without the ELHI Community Center hosting this year’s event, we may not have had a show!

I would like to thank Brandon Tsosie of Studio 18 Productions for coming through with sound reinforcement and lighting up the night’s sky this year.

I had obstacles to overcome, losing funding, and being told no I can’t have the concert the way I have in the past. I turned that negative into a positive and now I run the concert my way, the best I can, although this cannot be done alone, I cannot do this by myself, WE DO THIS TOGETHER! As a community – for the youth, for our future, as was done for us.

I cannot express enough thanks to all that helped support with funding for this year’s show: Bertha Box, Bruce Valdez, Christine Sage, Melvin Baker, Daisy Blue Star (Daughter’s of the Red Road), Veronica Herrera, and to those private donors who wish to remain anonymous – thank you very, very much for your support and your belief in what the concert brings to Ignacio and to our youth, thank you for making the event rock!

We could not have gone that extra mile without our sponsors from the following businesses, your raffle contributions helped keep the spirit of the youth concert alive and rocking for another year: John of Main Street Music (Aztec, NM); Jimmy of Jimmy’s Music & Supply (Durango, CO); Trina of iHeart Radio (Albuquerque, NM); Farmer’s Fresh Market (Ignacio, CO); and Tracy of Sky Ute Casino Resort (Ignacio, CO). Thank you Krista for the REZ-olution wristbands – once again they were a big hit! Also thank you to Basin Printing & Imaging (Durango, CO) for your in-kind donation and assistance in promoting the concert this year. A very appreciative thanks to REZ-olution Radio Hour on KSUT Tribal Radio 91.3 FM for the live on-air interviews with the bands and playing their music, and KSUT Public Radio (Ignacio, CO) for promoting the Youth Concert, and assisting in paperwork to make the show happen! You rock the air-waves!

We must thank the Sky Ute Casino, and Sky Ute Fairgrounds for staging, we rocked that stage!

Thank you to, the Los Pinos Fire Dept., the Ignacio Police Dept., and the Southern Ute Police Dept., for helping make the concert a safe event. Crayton for the use of his trailer, and the Sky Ute Casino maintenance staff for loading and unloading the staging.

Lastly, and certainly not the least – the fans and supporters of the Youth Concert. I’ve held the concert for 11 years now, and it’s you – those who have come to the show. Without the fans, there would not be a reason for the bands to perform. You are the true heroes, the youth that rocked out this year, proved why we need to do this. We hold this drug and alcohol-free event, in a safe environment. Hoping to inspire the youth to chase their own dreams, as the bands are doing – sharing their passion for their music, and their love of performing. It’s a true community event now, as many local businesses chipped in what they could, the ELHI Community Center hosting the youth concert, and the tribal entities that helped. I want to thank each of you for making this year’s Native REZ-olution XI Youth Concert a success. As we continue to Rock the Youth, we are looking forward to the 12th year and beyond!

Tah-ah, Togoiak, “Thank you!”

Robert L. Ortiz,

Native REZ-olution Youth Concert

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