“Music as protest, a way to spread ideas, and bring people together is an old tradition here in the USofA. While it peaked in the 60’s, there continues to be bands that use music to reach people and to affect change. In 1992 while on tour with The Ramones, I met the Benally family. At the time they were a young band going by the name Blackfire. I loved them for their passion and anger, and in a world where everyone seemed to be looking for something to protest, as members of the Navajo Nation, their struggle was and is real. We worked together on their first record (which almost prophetically was drum and bass heavy) and I have watched them grow into the people they are and the band they’ve become. Sihasin is the culmination of years making music and activism the tools to help bring about social and environmental justice. On this new record “Fight Like A Woman” Jeneda and Clayson strive for those ideals through their words and their music with the same passion as the young band I met 25+ years ago. Hear with your ears but listen with your heart.
Love to you both Brother and Sister,
-CJ Ramone – The Ramones
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Multi-award winning musicians, Jeneda and Clayson Benally from the Dine’ (Navajo) Nation in Northern Arizona create a politically-charged explosive organic sound out of just bass and drums, inspiring their listeners with a Punk backbone, softened by a Folk heart, thumping by Pop and World Music and based in Diné (Navajo) Rhythm. As brother and sister, they grew up protesting the environmental degradation and inhumane acts of cultural genocide against their traditional way of life.
6/2/23 Toronto, Canada @ International Indigenous Music Summit
6/10/23 Pagosa Springs, CO @ Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass
7/12/23 Emporia, Kansas @ Farmer’s Market
7/15/23 Nett Lake, MN @ Nett Lake School Campus
7/20-7/22/23 @ Trumansburg, NY @ Grassroots Festival
7/28/23 Washington D.C. @ The Kennedy Center
9/2/23 Flagstaff, AZ @ Coconino County Fair
9/29/23 Bloomington, IN @ Lotus Festival
9/21/23 Dragoon, AZ @ Amerind Festival
Previous Tour Dates
6/15/22 Santa Fe, NM @ The Rail Yard Park @ 5pm-8pm
6/17/22 Telluride, CO @ Telluride Bluegrass Festival
7/8/22 Lima, Peru
7/12/22 Sedalia, CO @ Tall Bull Memorial Grounds-Daniels Park @ 6pm
7/15/22 Duluth, MN @ Gichi-ode’ Akiing Park w/ WarBonnet
7/22-23/22 Ithaca, NY @ Grassroots Festival
7/27/22 Indianapolis, IN @ Eiteljorg Museum
7/28/22 S. Louis, MO @ Boys & Girls Club
7/30/22 St. Louis, MO @ The Yaquis Street Fair
10/09/21 ONLINE The Dream Concert Click for tickets!
10/09/21 ONLINE Fugazi A to Z Podcast with Ian Wright Click to listen!
11/12/21 ONLINE Ethel presents Met Live Arts Click to join!
10/10 Saturday – Verde Valley School Dream concert VVS Dream Concert: https://fans.live/…
Friday, November 15 @ Firecreek Coffee Co @ Flagstaff, AZ
Friday, October 4 @ 6pm @ Museum of North American History, Bentonville, AR
Sunday, October 6 @ 7pm @ Woody Guthrie Center, Tulsa OK
Saturday, October 12 @ 7pm @ The Liberty, Telluride, CO
Sunday, September 22 @ Gateway Ranch @ Flagstaff, AZ
Monday, September 9 @ 7:30pm @ Rhizome DC @ Washington DC
Saturday, August 31 @ 4pm @ Coconino County Fair, Flagstaff AZ
May 18th LeCen, Le Harve France
June 30th Flagstaff Folk Festival
July 12th Trickster Gallery Chicago
July 18th-21 Grassroots Festival Trumansburg N.Y.
Sept. 1st Coconino County fair, Flagstaff Az.
Saturday January 19th @ The Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ @ 7:30pm Aftershock/Rumble on the Mountain: Featuring Ed Kabotie, Sage Bond, The ‘Yoties, and Sihasin: All ages until 10pm!
Thursday July 12th Blue Sage Arts Center- 226 Grand Ave- Paonia, CO @ 7pm
Friday July 13th Four Winds Indian Center- 205 W. 5th Ave- Denver, CO @7pm
July 19-22nd Grassroots Festival Trumansburg N.Y.
Sunday, May 13th at GOEN Cinema ( 45 Main St,) Window Rock AZ. @ Noon
Saturday, May 26th at Verde Valley School, Sedona AZ @ 7P.M.
Friday, June 1st at Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ @ 7P.M.
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 @ Cortez, CO -Sunflower Theatre (8 E. Main St) @7pm
Please go to the Jones Benally Family Facebook page to see the traditional Dances schedule
Sunday April 22nd Orpheum Theater Flagstaff Az. 6:30P.M. Earth Day Event with Ed Kabotie, Berta Benally, Stella Lora, Joseph Langham
March 2018 European Tour
March 4th C.M.A.K Theater Cerkno Slovenia 7:30P.M.
March 7th Rock Cafe Prague, CZ. 7P.M.
March 9th Library Chemnitz De
March 10th Driekoenigs Kirche Dresden De
March 12th Saalfeld De
March 13th KJK Sandgasse Frankfurt am Main De 7P.M.
March 18th La Ruee vers L’ogre Paris Fr. 7P.M.
other shows to be listed, but look for us in London and Switzerland also
February 17th Sunflower Theater Cortez Colorado 7P.M.
Saturday, January 20 @ Rumble on the Mountain (Coconino Center for the Arts) -Flagstaff, AZ @ 2pm-7pm Click me for Info about Rumble on the Mountain
Friday, November 25 @ Light of Unity Art and Music Festival (830 Burntwater Rd. Houck, AZ) 12pm5pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1254048528030329/
Friday, December 1 @ Firecreek Coffee House in Flagstaff, AZ @ 7pm Free show!
September 2nd Trinity Tribal Gathering Festival, Junction City California @ 4:30pm http://trinitytribalgathering.com
September 8th Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff Arizona @ 7:30pm www.flagartscouncil.org
July 6, 2017 Le Hangar de la Cipeire, Toulouse France 6:30P.M.
July 11th 2017 Eden Theater, La Ciotat near Marseille France 6:30P.M.
July 17th 2017 The Post Contemporary, Troy N.Y. 7P.M.
July 19th Grassroots Festival Workshop on Native American Drum 10:15a.m. Trumansburg N.Y.
July 20th 2017 Grassroots Festival 4P.M. Trumansburg N.Y.
July 22nd Grassroots Festival Trumansburg N.Y.
Saturday, April 1@ 6:15pm @ Flagstaff, AZ-Wild and Scenic Film Fest-Orpheum Theater
Friday, April 7 @ Flagstaff, AZ-Heritage Square-April 4 the Arts- (Silent March, Arts, and Public Speakers to bring awareness on importance of Arts) 5:15pm March from Theatrikos to Heritage Square! 5:15pm-7:30pm
Saturday February 25 Peace Fair & Music Festival – Armory Park, Tucson AZ @ 11am-4pm
Saturday February 18 Sacred Oak Flat, AZ 6pm
Saturday August 6 Museum Of Northern Az. Navajo Show, Flagstaff Az
Sunday August 7th Museum of Northern Az. Navajo Show Flagstaff Az.
Friday August 19th Fight For Freedom Tour Rock Against the TPP Seattle WA Showbox Sodo. 1700 1st Ave. 5p.m.-11:30P.M.
Saturday August 20th Fight For Freedom Rock Against the TPP Tour Portland Oregon Director Park 815 SWPark Ave 5P.M
Monday, August 29 @ Forest Lake Chapter House w/ Michael Franti 11am Solar Power Block Party
September- October: EUROPE
Wednesday July 13, Omni Commons, Oakland Ca. 4799 Shattuck Ave. 7P.M.
Thursday July 14, World Fest, Grass Valley Ca. Meadow Stage 5:30P.M.
Friday July 15,World Fest, Grass Valley Ca. Global Stage noon
Friday July 15, World Fest, Grass Valley Ca. Sierra Stage 4:30P.M.
Tuesday July 19th, Trickster Gallery, Chicago Illinois 7:P.M.190 South Roselle Rd. Schaumburg Il. 60193
Thursday- Sunday July 21-24th Grassroots Festival, Trumansburg N.Y.
Friday workshop 1P.M., Saturday Jones Benally Family Dances 11.30a.m. Sihasin @5P.M., Sunday Sihasin @5P.M.
Tuesday July 26th Pittsburgh Pa. Project Destiny show 5 P.M.,Destiny of Faith Church, 3737 Brighton Rd. Pittsburgh PA 15212
Saturday July 30th Woody Guthrie Center 102 East Brady Street Tulsa Oklahom 2P.M. free concert
June 8th Orpheum Theater Flagstaff AZ. 8P.M. w/ Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Saturday April 23, 2016 @ Miami, AZ -Miami Loco Arts Festival- @ 7:30pm Free event!
Monday, April 25, 2016 @ Flagstaff, AZ- NAU Native American Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater @ 6pm Free event!
Saturday, March 5, 2016 @ Phoenix, AZ @ The Heard Museum
Sunday, March 6, 2016 @ Phoenix, AZ @ The Heard Museum
Sunday, February 21 @ Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room @ 4pm- 8pm FALA Fundraiser for girls’ education! www.oneneweducation.org
Saturday, January 23, 2015 @ Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum Theater @ 4p.m “Rumble on the Mountain” @ 3pm
Friday, January 29, 2015 @ Alamos, Mexico @ “Festival Ortiz Tirado”
Saturday, January 30, 2015 @ Alamos, Mexico “Festival Ortiz Tirado” @ 11:30pm
Monday, November 9, 2015 @ Grand Canyon, AZ @ Shrine of the Ages @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 @ Scottsdale, AZ @ Musical Instrument Museum @ 7pm
Saturday, November 28, 2015 @ Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Science Center: Toy Drive!!! Admission is a new toy! @ 6pm
Thursday October 8, 2015 @ Pinon, AZ Youth Empowerment Workshop
Thursday, October 8, 2015 @ Pinon High School, Pinon, AZ: Benefit community concert 5pm
Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ Chinle, AZ Youth Empowerment Workshop
Saturday, October 24, 2015 @ Dragoon, AZ @ Amerind Dragoon Festival
Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ Window Rock, AZ @ The Navajo Nation Fair Arena 6pm
Sunday, September 20. 2015 @ Flagstaff, AZ @ Peace Day Celebration @ Heritage Square 1:30pm
Saturday, August 1, 2015 @ Flagstaff, AZ @ Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show
Sunday, August 2, 2015 @ Flagstaff, AZ @ Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show
Friday. August 7, 2015 @ Havasupai, AZ @ Peach Festival
Saturday, August 8, 2015 @ Havasupai, AZ @ Peach Festival
Monday, August 31, 2015 @ Chinle, AZ @ after school workshop (for Chinle students only)
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 @ Boston, MA @ Community Church of Boston (Break the Chains with Taina Asili)
Friday, July 17, 2015 @ Trumansburg, NY @ Grassroots Fingerlakes Festival
Sunday, July 19, 2015 @ Trumansburg, NY @ Grassroots Fingerlakes Festival
Friday, July 31, 2015 @ Flagstaff, AZ @ Gateway Ranch Afterglow Festival @ 7pm
Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ Shonto, AZ @ Rock the Canyon Art & Music Festival
Saturday May 2, 2015 @ Punta Chueca, Sonora, Mexico @ XEPE AN CÖICOOS
Sunday, March 8, 2015 @ Flagstaff, AZ @ Coconino Center for the Arts @ 4pm
Monday. March 16, 2015 @ Albuquerque, NM @ South Broadway Cultural Center @ 7pm
Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ Austin, TX @ SXSW (St. David’s Bethel Hall/Native American Showcase)
Saturday, February 21, 2015 @ Miami, FL @ Virginia Keys Florida Grassroots Festival @ 4pm
Sunday, February 22, 2015 @ Miami, FL @ Virginia Keys Florida Grassroots Festival @ 3pm
Saturday, January 10, 2015 @ Litchfield Park, AZ @ Litchfield Park Native Art Market (Litchfield Elementery School) @ 2pm
Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater: Rumble on the Mountain- A Celebration of Water @ 3pm
Friday November 14, 2014 @ Salamanca, NY @ Seneca Allegany Events Center @ The 15th Annual Native American Music Awards – Live stream at www.FNX.org
Monday, November 17, 2014 @ Phoenix, AZ @ Musical Instrument Museum @ 7pm www.mim.org
October 2, 2014 @ Saalgarten @ Rudolstadt, Germany
October 3, 2014 @ Kamsdorf, Gemeinezentrum, Ernst-Thalmann- Strasse Germany
October 5, 2014 @ Dreikönigskirsche @ Dresden, Germany
October 7, 2014 @ K9 @ Konstance, Germany
October 9, 2014 – Please join us as we see the Exhibition at La Gacilly in France!
October 10, 2014 @ Bar Aux Amis 335,112 Rue Etienne Marcel, @ Montreuil, France
October 11, 2014 @ CSIA @ Paris, France
October 12, 2014 @ Center International De Cultur Populaire, 21 Ter Rue Voltaire, @ Paris France
October 17, 2014 @ Les Tanneries (Espace Autogéré des Tanneries Festival) @ Dijon, France @ 19H
October 18, 2014 @ Kinder-, Jugend-und Kulturzentrum Sandgasse 26 @ Offenbach am Main, Germany @ 19:30hr
October 20, 2014 @ Trockendock, ElsaStraße 41, @ Hamburg, Germany
August 2, 2014 @ Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Festival, Flagstaff AZ
August 3, 2014 @ Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Festival, Flagstaff AZ
August 23, 2014 @ Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta) @ 7pm @ Santa Fe, NM
August 23, 2014 @ SWAIA Plaza Stage @ 1pm @ Santa Fe, NM
August 24, 2014 @ SWAIA Plaza Stage @ 1pm @ Santa Fe, NM
July 17-20, 2014 @ Grassroots Festival @ Ithaca, NY friday caberet 6:30P.M. Saturday Infield stage 4P.M.
June 13-15, 2014 @ Steel Bridge Festival @ Sturgeon Bay, WI
June 21, 2014 @ San Juan College Summer Music Festival @ Farmington, NM
May 4, 2014 with Terakaft @ The Dirty Bourbon @ Albuquerque, NM
February 8, 2014 @ Navajo Nation Museum: Music is Medicine Camp @ Window Rock, AZ Free music camp! Learn how to play an instrument or write a song!
March 2, 2014 @ Local to Global Justice: Farmers Building, ASU @ Tempe Az. noon show
March 3, 2014 @ Ft. Lewis College Ballroom @ Durango, CO
March 7, 2014 @ Center for Indigenous Culture and Music (213 S. San Francisco St.) @ Flagstaff, AZ
March 8, 2014 @ The Global Justice Center (225 E.26th St.) @ Tucson AZ
March 11-16, 2014 Sihasin @ SXSW @ Austin, TX
March 11-16, 2014 Sihasin COLLABORATION with Imarhan @ SXSW @ Austin, TX
December 13, 2013 @ Arizona Science Center @ Phoenix, AZ 5:30pm
November 15, 2013 Vallecito Room @ Ft. Lewis College @ Durango, CO 5pm
November 16, 2013 Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum @ Ignacio, CO 1pm
November 20, 2013 Kinlani Dorms @ Flagstaff, AZ
October 5, 2013 -For The People Flood Relief Benefit Concert @ Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock, NM @ 4pm
September 2, 2013 Regeneration Fest @ Taos, N.M.
September 7-8 Indian Summer Music Awards and Festival @ Milwaukee, WI
September 21, 2013 Globalquerque @ Albuquerque N.M.
September 29, 2013 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture @ Santa Fe, NM @ 1pm
August 3-4 Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show @ Flagstaff, AZ
August 24 Community Hall @ Artic Circle, Alaska
Saturday, July 6, 2013 Kayenta Music Festival (Kayenta Recreation Park) @ Kayenta, AZ @3pm
Tuesday, July 16th Destiny of Faith Church @Pittsburgh, PA @7pm
Thursday July 18, 2013 Grassroots Festival @ Trumansburg, NY @ 4pm
Saturday July 20, 2013 Grassroots Festival @ Trumansburg, NY @ 4pm
June13-16, 2013 Steel Bridge Songfest @ Sturgeon Bay, WI
Saturday April 20, 2013 Border Book Festival @ Las Cruces, NM @ 8:30pm
Monday April 22, 2013 Crescent Ballroom @ Phoenix, AZ with Tinariwen
Tuesday April 23, 2013 Club Congress @ Tucson, AZ with Tinariwen
Thursday, April 25, 2013 Juan Tabo Library @ Albuquerque, NM @ noon North Valley Library @ Albuquerque, NM @ 4pm
Friday, April 26, 2013 Gathering of Nations Albuquerque, NM @ The Pit @ 11:15am @ Stage 49 @ 4pm
Saturday, April 27 Gathering of Nations Albuquerque, NM @ Stage 49 @ 1:45 pm @ NIGHTCLUB EVOLUTION @ tba
Friday, November 23rd, 2012 in Oakland, CA @ American Steele Studios @ 3pm Free show!
Friday, April 13 @ UC Berkeley
May – July European tour 2012
These dates are just for Sihasins performances. We also have The Jones Benally Familys traditional Navajo (Dine) Dance performances but not listed.
May 18 Pontivy France Palais du Congress 21:00-22:30
May 19-20 Radebuel Germany, discussions
May 25 Chemnitz Germany
May 27 Cerkno Slovenia
June 2 murska Sobota club MIKKJune 1 Murska Sobota Slovenia
June 4-10 Chur Switzerland
June 6 werkstatt 8p.m.
June 8 saalgarten hotel 8 p.m.
June 10 Rcass plaz 2 p.m.
June 12 Erfurt germany Offenne Arbeitt
June 15 Jena Germany
Winzerla Schomerusstrasse 20:00
June 16 Saalfeld Germany Guler bahnhoff
June 20 munich germany firework 8p.m.
Feierwerk hanastrasse 39 munich 81372 8:30p.m.
June 22 Dijon France Les Tanneries
15 BD de chicago 21000 Dijon. 7p.m.
June 24 paris France CCIP 9 p.m.
CICP 21 Rue Voltaire Paris 11 8:p.m.
June 30 Rochetaillee France near st. Etianne 11.30p.m.
July 5-8 Rudolstadt Germany Tanz n Fest
Friday 7p.m. Woody sez theater
Saturday noon neumarket
Saturday 8p.m. Theater
Sunday 1p.m. Traditional dances at kinder village
July 19-22 Grassroots festival Ithaca N.Y.
August 4-5 museum of northern Arizona flagstaff ariz
All Workshops and Presentations include topics of protecting human rights and sacred sites through cultural and youth empowerment.
Creative Expression has allowed for cultures to survive. Building Emotional, physical and a spiritual strength in our diverse world, creative expression has been a backbone of survival.
With limited resources, we use this challenge as a opportunity to utilize your creativity in finding your voice. We will explore how music, voice and dance have been a mouthpiece of injustices, bringing voice to resistances in oppressive situations. These arts are also known for healing in many cultures, we will reconnect with this teaching to help students find their own creative expressions. (In our Navajo culture, art is not separate from our lives but it is part of our existence) 1 hour – 3 hours.