Riverfest 2022

Music Schedule


NOTE:  All times and information is subject to change

Friday, May 27

River Reach Terrace Only

5:00pm – 6:30pm – Majik Ham

6:30pm – 6:45pm – Luke Renner (Yo-Yo)

7:00pm – 9:00pm – Tim Sullivan

Saturday, May 28

River Reach Terrace

10:00am – 11:30am – Sandstoners

11:00am – 12:00pm – Weiner Dog Races

12:30pm – 2:00pm – Breezin’

2:30pm – 4:00pm – Joe Tohonnie Jr. and the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers

4:15pm – 4:30pm – Luke Renner (Yo-Yo)

4:30pm – 6:00pm – Jokers Wild

6:30pm – 8:00pm – Funkified

Rocky Reach Landing

10:00am – 11:30am – Zia Chicks

11:30 – 12:00pm – Misto the Magi (Magic Show)

12:00pm – 1:30pm – Julie and the Boyz

2:00pm – 3:30pm – Brant Leeper Band

4:00pm – 5:30pm – Majik Ham

6:00pm – 6:45pm – Rico Jones

7:15pm – 8:00pm – Ii-Yat Collective (from New York)

Berg East

12:00pm – 8:00pm – Andean Tradition

Sunday, May 29

River Reach Terrace

11:00am – 12:30pm – D’DAT

1:00pm – 2:30pm – Black Velvet

3:00pm – 5:00pm – Tumblin Dice

Rocky Reach Landing

11:00am – 12:30pm – Pete Giuliani Band

12:30pm – 1:00pm – Misto the Magi (Magic Show)

1:00pm – 2:30pm – Kirk James Band

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Duck Race

3:00pm – 3:30pm – Misto the Magi (Magic Show)

3:30pm – 5:00pm – Wild Country

Berg East

12:00pm – 5:00pm – Andean Tradition

All Veterans Memorial

12:00pm – 5:00pm – One Nation Gourd Dance


Please thank these sponsors!

The Blue Desert Tour performance of D’DAT, li-yat and the Rico Jones Quartet, presented in collaboration with Cortez Cultural Center, Northwest New Mexico Arts Council and gallupARTS is supported by Chamber Music America’s Presenter Consortium for Jazz Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Who Are They?

(in alphabetical order)

Black Velvet

Nina Sasaki and Larry Carver have been performing together full time as the core duo of Black Velvet since 2009.  They play 75-80 shows a year at venues throughout southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico, and are often joined at the larger venues by guest musicians, to play as a trio or band.

Their sound blends Nina’s velvety smooth vocals and acoustic rhythm guitar with Larry’s melodic and passionate electric lead guitar work, and covers a wide range of rock, blues and jazz.


D’DAT is a multicultural group fusing American musical traditions of the native southwest, jazz, funk and hip-hop. James Pakootas motivates with poetry overcoming difficult paths and is supported by Diné trumpet artist Delbert Anderson, national touring artist Nicholas Lucero and groove bassist Mike McCluhan.

D’DAT combines all characters and genres to give audiences an exciting multi-cultured performance. D’DAT’s contemporary Indigenous sound not only attracts listeners but also focuses on traditional and personal identity. D’DAT has been featured on Grammy.com, JazzTimes Magazine, NPR, SiriusXM and TEDx.

Delbert Anderson – Trumpet
James Pakootas – Vocal
Nicholas Lucero – Drums
Mike McCluhan – Bass

Jokers Wild Band

The Jokers Wild Band is one of the Oldest Spanish Bands In San Juan County. It was Established in the early 80’s with numerous members throughout the years. They still continue to play for all Special Occasions featuring New Mexico Spanish Music from Cumbia’s , Ranchera’s , Rock n Roll and Country.

The Joker’s Wild Band will be having a Brand New CD coming out real Soon Featuring their own Original Music.

Julie & The Boyz

Julie & The Boyz are a dynamic and fun local cover band. The band covers a wide genre of music, from classic rock, country and NM Spanish music.

The goal of the band is to entertain, bring happiness and of course, create a fun atmosphere.

The Band consists of Julie Marquez (Lead Singer) Tritt Smith (Guitarist) Antonio Velasquez (Bassist) Doug Hodges (Drummer). This year they will also be featuring Jose Villarreal on Bass and vocals. Jose is a lively addition to this exciting group! They love performing live music which will always add that special ambience to your event. The group has performed at Wildhorse Saloon,SunRay Casino, No Worries, Car Shows, Tico TIme, wedding receptions and many other events.

Kirk James Band

Kirk James is solidly grounded in the Texas Blues tradition, playing Texas Shuffles, Ragtime and funky grooves. His unmistakable phrasing mixed with bottleneck slide conjures images of T-Bone Walker, Elmore James and Lightnin’ Hopkins. A blues performer for over 30 years, Kirk is known for his strong blues guitar style and distinctive vocals. James plays both original material and classics from the Blues Masters.

Kirk has opened concerts for Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, John Hammond, Charlie Musselwhite, Tab Benoit, Los Lonely Boys, Eric Johnson, Coco Montoya, Edgar Winter, Arlo Guthrie, Anson Funderburgh with Sam Myers, Richie Havens among others. Kirk performed as the ‘Tweener Act at the Telluride Blues & Brews.

Solo or with the Kirk James Blues Band, Kirk can be found performing at Festivals, Concerts and small venues in Colorado and throughout the Four Corners Region.


Ii-yat (pronounced “eye-yet”) means Woman in the traditional language of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) people. The destruction of Mother Earth is directly connected to the brutalization and destruction of women. The life-giving powers are being silenced at staggering rates, with women experiencing domestic violence and homicide, and Indigenous women in particular at higher rates than any other race per capita. Healing our Earth begins with healing the Sacred Feminine and honoring the women around us, the women who have gone on before us, and those women who have yet to be with us.

The Ii-yat Collective is inspired by the radical idea of a healed planet, a healed woman, and a culture where the nurturer is revered rather than extinguished. This collective brings the healing power of jazz together with the healing power of sacred, ancestral song, encouraging women to release their good medicine into the world through music. If women are healed, all people are better.

Julia Keefe – Vocal
Mali Obomsawin – Bass
Kelly Green – Piano
Jessie Nelson – Drums

Majik Ham

This power trio of 14-year-old musicians out of Durango, Colorado play with expertise well beyond their years.

Alec Bell (guitar), Elias Javier (keyboard), and Taylor Williams (drums) formed a band in Spring 2018 with the direction of Tim Sullivan, and have been rockin’ ever since. They have all participated in various classes and bands through Stillwater Music in Durango, CO.

Pete Giuliani Band

Pete’s music is founded on his study of classical guitar and his love of Rock, Blues, Folk, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, and World Music.

His early influences include Bach and The Beatles, but his exposure to progressive rock bands such as Yes, Genesis, and ELP ignited his passion for the guitar. Fusion artists such as Al DiMeola, Jean-Luc, Ponty, and John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra provided further early inspiration. At the same time, the great classic rock artists of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s provided a musical backdrop which strongly influences his playing to this day.

Rico Jones

Rico Jones is steadily becoming one of the top young saxophonists of his generation. A Colorado native, Rico has been deeply compelled by artistic expression since early childhood. Before music, Rico taught himself how to draw. His creativity similarly lent itself to music as he started his path as a musician by learning to play by ear. Rico grew up in Denver performing under the guidance of local artists such as Jon Romero, Ellyn Rucker, Laura Newman, Paul Romaine, Greg Gisbert, Eric Gunnison, Art Lande, Brad Goode and Vlad Girshevich among others. As the years passed Rico became enthralled by black American musical art forms. Blues, and Jazz became a primary mode of expression for Jones and his ensembles. As he grew, his heritage as a Latino with indigenous roots became a focus for his artistic expressions. Rico has received over 10 national awards for his improvisation, composition and arranging, and ensemble leading.

He has performed with notable artists such as Dave Kikoski, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Matt Clohesy, Yasushi Nakimura, Dan Weiss, Dezron Douglas, Johnathan Blake, Bobby Watson, Ari Hoenig, Lage Lund, Kush Abaday, Joe Martin, Colin Stranahan, Rick Rosato, Rich Perry, Steven Feifke and many others.

For Rico creative arts music has always been a way to focus his energies and emotions in times of stress or emotional struggle. During the summer of the 2020 pandemic Rico began a free weekend concert series in Denver at Sloan’s Lake park. Not only did the concerts come out of a need to express art creatively, but also a need to fulfill the basic human desire to socialize. As the concert series grew, crowds upwards of 300 socially distanced people would sit in the park to eat, spend time with family, and listen. The series became an outlet for the community to heal and come together safely in a very difficult time. As a result PBS, and other outlets covered the concert series. Rico regularly involved as much of the musical community as safely possible in the concerts. Musicians needed to express themselves again in a communal setting. Young players had a chance to learn alongside older and more experienced players and elders had a chance to pass along what they’ve learned. Rico currently lives in New York where he pursues performance, composition, and ensemble leading.

Rico Jones – Sax
Matt Clohesy – Bass
Dave Kikoski – Piano
Harold Summey – Drums

Tim Sullivan

Oklahoma-born singer/songwriter Tim Sullivan has been a featured performer at venues throughout the United States and the world.  From Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville to Ireland, Australia, France, UK, and Italy. He has appeared on stage with such country stars as Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette. From Carnegie Hall to the Wild Horse Saloon, Tim sings a compelling combination of his own songs and some old and new favorites that audiences love.  His accomplished guitar work is a good match to his soaring tenor voice, and he tells a good story that keeps audiences involved and always wanting more.

“Mr. Sullivan’s good-natured folksiness set the stage . . . a guitar-strumming Oklahoma cowboy who led the audience in a jubilant sing-a-long of “This Land is Your Land.” He preceded it with a rhymed catalog of the names of his 100 biggest musical influences, spanning every genre . . . during the opening concert of the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, gave this annual convocation a reviving shot of adrenaline.”
Stephen Holden/New York Times

“Tim Sullivan is one of those titan talents masked as a good old boy”
John Hoglund/Backstage Magazine (New York)

Wild Country

We are the Wild Country band from Durango, CO.  Ted Hockenbury on pedal steel guitar and five string banjo.  Shawn Henricks on bass.  Matt Beeman lead singer.  Charlie Harmer on guitar.  Jason on drums.

Zia Chicks

The Zia Chicks have been singing together since they were established in 1998. Both born in New Mexico and dedicated to the Land of Enchantment, the Zia Chicks namesake is also a reflection of their New Mexican pride.

They cover a wide range of genres and artists, coffeehouse style, for your listening enjoyment: Beatles, Sting, Elton John, Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke, Bonnie Raitt, Lady Gaga, KD Lang, Plain White T’s, Andy Grammer, Sheryl Crow and Amy Winehouse to name a few. 1950’s-2022!


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