Here's a preview of performers at Helper Arts and Music Festival
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Tish Hinojosa's music crosses borders - between cultures, languages and musical genres. Moving with equal grace through folk, country, pop and latino styles, her music reflects contemporary America's multicultural richness.
In 1988, she was signed by A & M Records and finally achieved a national debut release. Homeland (1989), found her weaving all the threads of her artistic ethos into an intriguing tapestry that immediately put her on the international musical map. To date, she has released 15 albums, exploring a wide variety of styles. Her latest album, Our Little Planet, was released in 2008.
She has also performed by invitation at the White House and has gained the respect and admiration of many well-established musicians including Linda Ronstadt, who later recorded her own version of Tish's song "Donde voy". Other artists that Tish has recorded and worked with are Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Flaco Jimenez and Los Lobos.
Saturday, 4:15 p.m.
THE FOLKA DOTS
What golden fields are to the countryside, so the Folka Dots are to music. The woven roots of two bluesy fellas and three folksy gals bear the sweet fruit of an old-timey era. It's a soulful sound for all ears. Bass, guitars, fiddle and tambourine sustain lyrical harmonies the way winding winds carry over pastoral hills. The Folka Dots roam freely along the rambling roads of years past.
Saturday, 5 p.m.
Running down the same roads as The Band, Hank Williams, and Gram Parsons before them, the Trappers play a gritty brand of rock-n-roll that emphasizes the roll over the rock, all with a generous shot of woodsy country. But where those luminaries pointed South, the Trappers face West. On their self-titled debut, the band draws inspiration from a wide range of sources: "Cut Loose," a bleary saloon stomp, rests by the plaintive country of "Waterloo"; "Oh Leroy" is a full throttle blues rave up, while "Solid Ground" casts about a bit more quietly; and "Bloodshot Bill," showcases the band at its Stonesy best. Fronted by Dan Buehner-an original member of Salt Lake City's alt-country pioneers The Trigger Locks-the Trappers bring their goods down from the mountains.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
This New Mexico recording artist, began his musical career at the age of 15, alongside his sister Taralynn Martinez, in their band "AJ Martinez Y Sabor".
The band had great success in booking several shows in the NM Area. It was at one of these performances that the sound of AJ's incredible guitar playing skills caught the ear of New Mexic legend and king of New Mexico music, Al Hurricane. Al invited AJ to join the band, where he became Al's protÃ©gÃ©, and went on recorded and perform with the Al Hurricane Band for nine years. With this success, AJ Martinez has had the opportunity to record, perform, and open up for several Local & National groups such as Los Tigres Del Norte, Sparx, Tiny Morrie, and Lorenzo Antonio. He recently received a coveted award from 15 Grandes de Nuevo Mexico for the remake and release of Mosquito Junction. AJ also received an award for Instrumental of the year at the NMHMA Awards. He released his first CD "Un Nuevo Sonido" in 2006 featuring the hit single "Polka Lorena" a song he wrote for his daughter Lorena. He is currently working on a second CD.
Saturday, 9:30 p.m.
Old Californio are old friends (from Pasadena, CA) who have been playing music together in one form or another since before the band's actual formation in 2006. This extended history lends a musical cohesiveness, allowing the ten songs on their recently released CD, Sundrunk Angels, to expand and contract organically. Songwriter Rich Dembowski's lyric's emotional directness suspends in time, loyal to an era of solitude, dangerous travel, risk, and gangrene.
The guitar interplay between Dembowski and Aplanalp channel American Beauty acousticism, Moby Grape rawness, and even moments of Loose Fur punk rock avant-garde. While the rumbling, heavy planetary rhythm section of bassist Chesney and drummer Smith-along with NuÃ±ez's roiling B3-underscore three and four part vocal harmonies.