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July 21st 2012, the AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER hosted the 2nd Annual LA SKINS MUSIC FEST. It was a great event due to the support of our sponsors, the talent of our musicians, and the Indian community. Our performers were awesome and made it an incredible concert. We can't thank our sponsors enough: First Nations Composers Initiative, KABC, KCET,UCLA and especially the AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER. The Autry makes it all possible! Thanks again! See everyone at the 2012 LA SKINS FEST November 13th-18th!
Our summer concert series returns July 21st 6pm at the Autry National Center with an incredible lineup of awesome Native American musicians. This year we are featuring rock artist BECK BLACK, hip-hop squad LIGHTNINGCLOUD, the powerful SHAWN MICHAEL PERRY and ONLY THE BRAVE, and the legendary ARIGON STARR. As always, there is no admission fee and parking is provided.
LIGHTNINGCLOUD is a North American Hip Hop group based out of Los Angeles, California. The duo consists of Crystle Lightning and MC RedCloud.
Invigorated by the sounds and energy of the underground club scenes, LightningCloud found a way to fuse the elements of Hip Hop with Electro-House music, giving birth to a two headed, fire spitting dragon of sophisticated delivery. LightningCloud is well equipped with a highly anticipated debut album that is rumored to explode and capture the hearts of every listener. With a vibrant, multimedia stage performance in their arsenal and a hunger that is all but gone in this generation, LightningCloud arrives to save us all from the monotony...just in the nick of time.
SHAWN MICHAEL PERRY & ONLY THE BRAVE (BITTEROOT SALISH/MAYAN) is a power pop, country, funk, rock band that performs original music and brings an exciting attitude to the stage! This band is as diverse as they come. The band is fronted by Shawn Michael Perry who shares the stage with a group of the hottest musicians. They offer an exciting, energizing show that delivers tight and rigorous compositions with impeccable musicianship.
ARIGON STARR (Kickapoo) Starr’s first CD, "Meet the Diva," was named Best Independent Recording at the Second Annual Native American Music Awards. Her second release, "Wind-Up," contained the hit “Junior Frybread,” which was named Song/Single of the Year at the Fourth Annual Native American Music Awards. In 2002, Wacky Productions released her third CD, "Backflip." Starr’s fourth CD, "The Red Road – Original Cast Recording" was named the Best Contemporary CD at the 15th Annual First Americans in the Arts Awards featuring a Who’s Who of musical guest stars from Los Angeles and Nashville.
BECK BLACK (Cherokee) is an actress, singer, composer, and performer based in Los Angeles, California. She has received attention for her music in "Classic Rock" magazine/UK and other publications such as LA Weekly. Her single "Lovers in the Dark" just aired on Global Voice Radio via "Indies in Motion" and London's Hot 102.8 fm radio. As a singer and theater actress her stage work is electric, engaging, enthralling, and insightful. She plays the piano, keys/organ, harmonica, flute, and harmonium. Beck is currently working on her cosmic rock project "The Moonbeams". She is an avid filmmaker, songwriter, poet, and cultural muse. For more info and to contact Beck, www.beckblack.com.
The LA SKINS FEST is now cultivating Native American writers with the SKINS WRITERS GROUP. The SKINS WRITERS GROUP is a literary gathering that takes place monthly at the Autry National Center’s Wells Fargo Theater. This initiative provides an opportunity for professional actors to read scenes from the writer/participants’ original scripts, constructive feedback from other Native American writer/participants, and pitch opportunities to creative executives. For more information regarding participation please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LA SKINS FEST partnered with the B&W Audio Video festival in Porto, Portugal. Skins Fest founder/director, Ian Skorodin, was invited to jury their festival and host their awards show. Congratulations to all the filmmakers, sound artists and photographers for the great work. The festival also showcased several films from recent LA SKINS FESTs. We had a great screening. The audience loved Shi Shi Etko by Marilyn Thomas, was amused by Jack Kohler's 3 Tales of Choice, deeply moved by Jacqueline Traverse's EMPTY, educated from Steffany Suttle's Awakening of the Spirit, and inspired by Art of Speed by Angelo Baca. CRAZY IND'N was a little upsetting to them however. THANK YOU AGAIN for creating great work. Thanks also to Jenny, Marta, Jamie, Anna, Jose, Pedro, Rita, Victor, Alfonso, Carlos, Luis and everyone there. It was an awesome time.
We have been invited to partner with the B&W Audio/Video Festival in Portugal. We are showing some of our many great Native films including Jack Kohler's 3 TALES OF CHOICES, Marilyn Thomas's Shi Shi Etko, Jacqueline Traverse's Empty, Steffany Suttle's Awakening of the Spirit, Angelo Baca's Art of Speed, and CRAZY INDN. Thanks to the filmmakers for their hard work and great talent!
2012 SKINS Writers workshop in collaboration with FOX Audience Strategy, the American Indian Writers Committee at the Writers Guild of America, West, and FINAL DRAFT. We had great speakers and guests from several studios, networks and entertainment organizations. Our SKINS PITCH PIT was a great success thanks to our awesome pitch receivers. Thanks to FOX Development, CBS Development, NBC Development, USA, SYFY, Universal Cable Television, Artists International and Carole Kirschner for participating in the PIT! Our writers benefited from the information, advice, and overall experience. Thanks again to all of our sponsors.