Hailing from the dusty deserts of Tucson, AZ, singer, songwriter & family man Carlos Arzate tucks elements of folk, rock, soul & R&B into the pockets of his eclectic musical vest. Flanked by some of Arizona’s finest musicians, a collective known as The Kind Souls, and producer Ryan Alfred (Sweet Ghosts, Ryanhood), Arzate released a debut EP called Fly Away on Funzalo Records in 2013. Fly Away garnered local critical acclaim and steady airplay on independent radio stations around Arizona. His full-length follow up, entitled Got Me Wrong, was released to Bandcamp September of 2015.
Charlie King has been at the heart of American folk music for over half a century. His political musical influences are the folk music revival of the 1960’s, and the protest songs of the Civil Rights and Vietnam War era and folk music legends like Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small have sung his songs. He is a long -time member of the SOA Watch Musician’s Collective and will lend his voice to the movement for the 16th consecutive year this November. King has released a dozen solo albums since 1976 and three albums with the touring ensemble Bright Morning Star as well as numerous compilation albums with other artists.
Youth Advocate for homeless runaway youth for the last 20 years and founder of first all womxn of color cycling collective Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade, now known as OVAS, utilizing bicycles as a means to organize in the Boyle Heights/ELA community. Cihuatl Ce’s music bears witness to the stories of the most marginalized and often silenced in the form of politically charged feminist inspired, urban indigenous hip hop rooted in punk rock.
Ciphurphace & DJ Grapla
Imagine Confucius and Shakespeare in the recording booth reciting ill 16’s after consuming four Red Bulls. Ciphurphace represents the 13th & 3rd letter element with the devotion of a respected Hip-Hop pioneeer and the hunger of an underground rhyme warlord. On the wheels of steel, fearless turntable technician and murderous mix master DJ Grapla wreaks havoc on the wax. In a similar vein as Gang Starr, these hip-hop practitioners aka the “swAZians” display an undeniable chemistry on stage.
Border-crossing revolutionary, theologian, Francisco Herrera spreads his message of world peace and workers and immigrant rights through his heartfelt songs. Born in Calexico, California, border town with Mexicali, Baja California Norte, capital city of this Northwest most state of Mexico, raised between diverse cultural heritages of Mexico and the US including a large Chinese population, Francisco developed an eclectic taste for music, thus developing a wide variety of styles, which include faith based music as well as folk, rock, Latin American styles in Spanish and English, with a sprinkle of indigenous language song; not simply straddling the fence between cultures and influences but bringing them together to touch the heart and explore human desires for togetherness, simplicity and the common good.
Humblelianess is a Tucson Native Selectah, mixing a blend of Cumbia, conscious Hip-Hop, Drum n Bass and Reggae. Specializing in keeping the dance floor saturated with bass heavy beats, this infectious groove purveyor is guaranteed to keep you on the good foot.
Jarochicanos was formed in 2008 as a youth workshop with the desire to learn the musical tradition called Son Jarocho. Jarochicanos uses the music as a tool to create community based projects such as Talleres en la 18: free weekly jarana workshops. Jarochicanos participates in Son Chiquitos: a grassroots early childhood Spanish immersion program with a focus around language, cultural music and art. Jarochicanos also assists in Son y Arte: a Spanish immersion youth summer camp as organizers, instructors and musicians. They bring music to local marches, protests, fundraisers and events as a form of support and spirit-lifting. The community based projects of Jarochicanos are a direct response to the uprooting of our communities’ cultural and historical knowledge. Jarochicanos strives to create spaces in our urban, American setting where these past ways of life and historical funds of knowledge can be shared, practiced, and remembered, for they have what we believe is the key to transforming our communities.
With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets—all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends.
Chip Thomas, aka “jetsonorama” is a native of North Carolina. His life direction changed when he attended a small, alternative Quaker school in the mountains of North Carolina (the Arthur Morgan School). He is a photographer, public artist, activist and physician who has been working between Monument Valley and The
Grand Canyon in the Navajo nation since 1987. He coordinates the Painted Desert Project – a community building effort which manifests as a constellation of murals across western Navajo Nation painted by artists from all over the world.
Thomas’ own public artwork consists of enlarged black and white photographs pasted on structures along the roadside on the Navajo nation. His motivation is to reflect back his community the love and beauty they’ve shared with him over the years. He sees this work as an evolving dialog with his community. Thomas is a member of the Justseeds Artists Co-operative, an international cooperative of 30 socially engaged artists. You can find his large scale photographs pasted in the northern Arizona desert, on the graphics of the
Peoples Climate March, the National Geographic Blog, 350.org, the Huffington Post and elsewhere.
Thea Gahr is a queer bilingual printmaker and educator. Working both in Oregon and Mexico City. She is a member of the Justseeds artist cooperative, Escuela de Cultura Popular Martires del 68, Collectivo Cordyceps, and La Furia de Las Calles. Through teaching young people, building community, printmaking and farming across cultures, she strives to empower ideas of social and environmental justice.
The Chicago born & raised rap artist / songwriter Lando Chill has been making waves & turning heads in the deep Southwest, calling Tucson, Arizona his current musical home base of operation. Even whilst growing up in a choir & theatre orientated background due to his mother, music wasn’t a prerogative until, by chance, he was cast in a University of Arizona Film School short in 2013 & tasked to lend his voice. From that point on, Lando has been on an enthralling journey through music, touring the country in 2015 & developing new records with his band, comprised of Chris “Deep Greasy” Pierce, Andy “Lasso” C, Jimmy “Jimbo” Borquez, & Isaiah “Zayah” Briggs. The blend of art and emotion puts them in a league with artists like Gil Scott Heron, J. Cole, and The Roots.
Lengualerta is a project focused on awareness and social transformation through music and poetry of his lyrics. Lengualerta infuses elements from the Jamaican Sound System culture of the 60’s with Latin American protest song tradition whose lyrics reflect social and political commitment.
Lengualerta began his solo career path almost a decade ago after collaborating with several bands including Tijuana No, one of the most influential rock ska bands from Mexico from the 90’s. Lengualerta has toured Mexico, South America, Canada and Europe, bringing a positive and constructive message, a festive rebellion that invites us to reflect our human essence on a trail of reggae, dub, raggamuffin and hip hop.
Paul Baker Hernández
Having secretly heard Dylan’s ‘Times They Are A-changing’ while an isolated Scottish monk, Paul made a guitar and left to work for peace through justice and beauty. Now living in Nicaragua, his pilgrimage has led from Gregorian chant to ‘Ode to Earth’, a ringing call to regreen the planet using resources re-allocated from the military, based on Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy and Sister/Brotherhood’. Along the way he joined the anti-Vietnam and Contra war movements; served as human shield for Salvadorans under death squad attack in the US; and led a church leaders’ invasion of Queen Elizabeth’s private castle to protest nuclear weapons.
Fronted by MC’s Rodstarz, and MC/Producer G1, Rebel Diaz shows us the true global power of Hip-Hop. After first performing at an immigrant rights march in New York City in 2006 in front of a half million people, the bilingual crew has taken the international community by storm with their explosive live shows. The group’s versatility has allowed for them to share the stage with the likes of Common, Mos Def, and Public Enemy, while feeling right at home with acts like Rage Against the Machine and Calle 13. Multiple tours throughout Europe and Latin America have only solidified their international appeal.
Rattle Ry is an independent performer, visual performance artist, tribal pow-wow dancer and competitive mover. He is part of the Omaha, Hopi, Northern Ute, and Dine tribes. Dancing for 20 years, Rattle Ry merges various fundamental styles that capture the essence of Indigenous culture, funk styles, hip hop, house, and freestyle dance. His journey in movement traces back to his childhood competing in ceremonial Native American pow wows with his family as a Grass Dancer, which he continues to this day. This cultural embodiment motivated Rattle Ry to engage and craft his movement to other dance forms by collaborating with various performance artists in the states Arizona and California, competing at hip-hop battles, and learning the poetic techniques of contemporary and experimental movement.
Santa Pachita is a Tucson band that has been playing together since 2012. Guitarist, Miguel Reyes, and bass player, Victor Cruz, started the band after working together on other musical projects. They brought in talented musicians that have a variety of different musical backgrounds. The result is a danceable fusion of ska, cumbia, and rumba-salsa. The congas, flute, and trumpet add depth to the energetic music that is influenced by bands like Manu Chao.
Straight outta the desert borough, Arizona’s premier Hip Hop duo Shining Soul, show that the element of rap still is a conduit for revolutionary change. Shining Soul brings to light the social injustices that attack their daily lives, such as the criminalization and militarization of indigenous and immigrant communities, while sharing and maintaining the essence of hip hop culture.
Top Nax is an artist born and raised in Tucson AZ. This MC brings the heat without a doubt. Came up crushing local stage shows and ripping up cyphers to acquire style and flavor from and for the Tucson Hip Hop scene. His style and lyrics explore reflections in life and bring a refreshing individuality to the table. Released two albums (Freshly Made; IncogNeat-O) under the collaborative super duo “Combine Vibes” Top Nax on the lyrics and B3NBI on the beats. Currently working on solo projects the future sounds bright. “T.O.P.N.A.X. Stands for Truth Over Power Never Another Xoice, because that’s what Hip Hop is to me, ya dig? On that note let’s get on with the vibrations!”
SOA Watch Musicians Collective
Son del Centro
Since its beginnings as a small class in 2002, Son Del Centro has developed several generations of musicians through workshops and presentations, always maintaining as its base the fandango and community work. Formed out of the Centro Cultural de Mexico, a community center and organizing space in Santa Ana, Son del Centro seeks to uphold the Centro’s principles – Community Solidarity, Personal Responsibility, Participatory Democracy, and Social Imagination.
The Son Jarocho program is also a source of income for the Centro and other collaborative projects, just as it maintains a free space to practice and defend Mexican culture, as well as support and work in solidarity with the communities from where the music derives. Son del Centro is made up of diverse youth and adults – students, workers, teachers, and organizers – who continue learning from the fandango in order to share the values of traditional forms of life, work, and community.
The Peace Poets
The Peace Poets are a collective of 5 artists that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. They’ve helped invigorate the social movements of our time with chants and songs. They hail from The Bronx and have performed across the world in over 40 countries. They’ve rocked the mic in prisons, schools, community centers, clubs, rallies, refugee camps and on the blocks they live on. Fortified with the belief that the cypher is the opposite of prison, they are committed to raising up the power of the people to be creative and connected. They are, always, grateful to be with you.