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Musicians unite for Navajo relief fundraiser

Artists to livestream shows Saturday, Sunday
A group called Underground Musicians For Navajo/Pueblo COVID-19 Relief will host an online music festival called Solidarity Fest on Saturday and Sunday.

The coronavirus pandemic we’ve been living with the last few months has been hard on just about everybody – financially, emotionally, psychologically and physically.

With all the emotions that have come with getting through this time, one of the things that has really stood out has been people’s willingness to unite to help each other.

Case in point: This Saturday and Sunday, a group called Underground Musicians For Navajo/Pueblo COVID-19 Relief will host an online music festival called Solidarity Fest. The festival will feature several internationally known folk/blues/country artists, and will also include local musicians Slackeye Slim and Brendan Shafer of Six Dollar String Band.

One hundred percent of proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Official Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund and The Pueblo Relief Fund, said Joe Frankland, one of the fest’s organizers.

Frankland, who is Mancos-based musician Slackeye Slim, said his wife actually came up with the idea for the two-day festival.

“I did a fundraiser for Feeding America right when the COVID stuff started to get really bad. In the middle of that, the Navajo Nation started getting hit really hard. We finished up (the fundraiser), which was just me and a friend of mine from Michigan, and we did OK with it, so then I ended up reaching out to a friend who put me in touch with another friend to organize this festival,” he said. “Initially, we were thinking it was going to be a pretty small deal with just some local bands, but we ended up getting Charlie Parr and Possessed by Paul James and ... I was pretty impressed.”

What Frankland thought was going to be a pretty small deal has turned into a lineup of 23 artists from the United States and beyond. There are enough artists, in fact, to provide hours of performances between Saturday and Sunday.

Virtual festivalgoers can access the shows through Facebook Live – the link is www.facebook.com/groups/SolidarityFestival – you don’t have to be a member of Facebook to watch it, but if want to donate you do have to have a Facebook account because the festival is using Facebook’s fundraising platform.

And for Frankland, using music is his way of being able to help those who need it.

“It’s hard to watch people suffering like this and not really getting a whole lot of help,” he said. “I’ve been interested in Native issues for a long time, and this was just a way that I could feasibly use my resources to help.”


How to watch


Underground Musicians For Navajo/Pueblo COVID-19 Relief present Solidarity Festival.


10:25 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10:55 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.


Event will be streamed at



More information:

For more about the festival, visit


. Learn more about the Official Navajo Nation COVID-19 Fund at


and the Pueblo Relief Fund at



Scheduled musicians

Musicians scheduled to perform include:

Possessed By Paul James (Americana, Texas)

Charlie Parr (country blues, Minnesota)

Dave Hill (comedian/musician, New York)

Uncle Sinner (gothic folk/blues, Manitoba)

James Hunnicutt (acoustic/folk Washington)

Joey Henry ad Kody Skye of The Calamity Cubes (country/punk, Kansas)

Nathan Kalish (Americana/Western, Tennessee)

Freddy Fudd Pucker (indie rock, Germany)

Sons of Perdition (gothic folk, Germany)

Brendan Shafer of Six Dollar String Band (old time, Colorado)

Noah Tyson of Highlonesome (roots, Illinois)

Adrian Wall (Navajo/Pueblo, New Mexico)

The Perreze Farm (dark roots, Iowa)

Samm Bones (roots, Pennsylvania)

Justin Boot (roots, Alaska)

The Goodnight Specials (jazz, New Mexico)

Poor Man’s Blood (punk country, New Mexico)

Wonky Tonk (indie folk/Americana, Ohio)

Trap Kit (indie folk, South Dakota)

Chris Holm (country blues, Minnesota)

Drew Peterson (singer-songwriter, Minnesota)

Slackeye Slim (Western, Colorado)