A special interview with Robby Romero (aka) Red Thunder on music, film and his nonprofit organization Native Children’s Survival.
August 6, 2015 4pm MST
The Michael McCormick Gallery Indian Market Celebration features artist Tim Nevaquaya and a Taos Tribute to the legendary RC Gorman with special guest Robby Romero jamming with Grammy Winners Robert Mirabal and Micki Free.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Michael McCormick and Sons Gallery
Taos, New Mexico
This Indian Market help begin the process of reconciliation and Sign the Petition to urge the Mayor and Town Council of Taos to change the name of Kit Carson Memorial Park to a new, inclusive name and let us move peacefully beyond the mistakes of History, into a future we can proudly pass on to all of our children.
Setting her sights on Hollywood, Rita Rogers performed in nightclub shows from Reno to San Francisco before lighting up the silver screen in Elvis Presley films, as she danced her way into show business.
By the age of 25, Rita than married to her first husband, LeRoy Robert Romero had given birth to three children. Before her children would reach their teens, Rita had acted in dozens of motion pictures and TV shows, and had made numerous stage, radio, and concert appearances since her “Elvis” days, including performing with the legendary night tripper, Dr. John (Mac Rebennack), and with her son Robby Romero.
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Taos News: How would have Dennis Hopper celebrated his 79th birthday? It’s difficult to tell but most likely an Easy Rider Ride would have appealed to him. Over 150 riders and a large crowd of fans participated in the second annual Dennis Hopper Day…
“We wanted to commemorate Dennis and his many contributions to Taos,” said Robby Romero. “We had a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine, which made for a wonderful ride. I believe that the spirit of Dennis Hopper was with us and having a great time. ”
2015 Academy Award Winner Patricia Arquette was among the events special guests. “I got to make two movies with Dennis,” she said. “He made the first truly independent film that was very successful, “Easy Rider” which changed the possibilities for independent cinema. He was an incredible person and I am happy to be here to honor him, in this town, his home, a place that he loved so much.”
The first thing on actor and blues musician Gary Farmer’s mind was getting a drink of water. Farmer and dozens of motorcyclists had just arrived in Ranchos De Taos from a rally in Santa Fe where the first event in Sunday’s (May 17) “Easy Rider Ride” took place.
A screening of “Easy Rider” and costume contest took place at Old Martina’s Hall as part of the commemoration celebration, which also featured music by Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal of Iron Horse. “At any given moment our iconic historical figures are present with us, from Mable Dodge Lujan to Dennis Hopper,” said Mirabal. “It’s good to celebrate the blessings they bestowed on us. They represent the intensity of the Wild West and the freedom of who we are.”
It’s The 2nd Annual Dennis Hopper Day & Easy Rider Ride Sunday – May 17, 2015.
Easy Rider Ride Rally & BBQ begins at 11am at Santa Fe- Harley Davidson. Taos Rally begins at 1pm at Ranchos De Taos St. Francis Plaza. Kick stands up at 3pm for a scenic journey along the route of Easy Rider concluding at Old Martina’s Hall for a Commemoration Celebration, Screening of the Counter-Culture Classic Easy Rider and Costume Contest for the best dressed Easy Rider Outfit and more….
Special guests include: 2015 Academy Award Winner Patricia Arquette and First Americans in the Arts Award Winner Gary Farmer.
Robby Romero & Robert Mirabal of Iron Horse will be jamming with friends, family, and special guests artists.
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Complimentary “Dennis Hopper Day Easy Rider Ride” patches for all registered riders at Santa Fe- Harley Davidson and Ranchos De Taos St. Francis Plaza Rally’s while supplies last!
Special Thanks to The Hopper Art Trust
For additional information and to register for the ride visit: Dennis Hopper Day
The duo’s first single is named Iron Horse and commemorates the “Summer of the Red Willow’s” historic name change from Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park by the town of Taos.
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Over two decades ago, Robby Romero created several public service announcements for MTV’s Free Your Mind Campaign. These video clips helped to dispel long-held misconceptions about Native Peoples in Popular Culture.
In the Summer of 2014, Robby approached Robert Mirabal to join him in his effort to convince the Town of Taos to change the name of Kit Carson Park, to Red Willow Park in honor of the Tiwa/Red Willow People who have lived at Taos Pueblo for over 2000 years. Robby and Robert envisioned a musical collaboration that would bring the multi-cultural community of Taos together, culminating with a concert (in the park, of course) and Iron Horse was born.
In January of 1994, Free Your Mind won the Industry’s prestigious CableAce Award.
In January of 2015, 21 years later, the campaign continues but this time, it’s here at home, in Taos.
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IRON HORSE Single
Rita Rogers personal charm and charisma along with her exotic beauty, affected all who came into her orbit, but in reality, it was her intelligence, spiritual depth and great sense of humor which kept them enraptured. Rita was clearly not just another pretty face.
Rita guest stared in several hit TV shows in the 60’s and 70’s such as “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, “The Red Skelton Show”, “The Carol Burnett Show”, “The Flying Nun”. and “Kung Fu”. In the 80’s her TV appearances included “Zorro And Son”, “Dallas”, David Wolper’s mini-series, “The Mystic Warrior” and NBC’s Movie Of The Week, “Legend of Walks Far Woman”.
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TAOS, NM – Robby Romero’s musical roots run deep. He was born with them. You couldn’t make up this story, a life so charmed and filled with a cast of characters most only get to dream about…
“I was cast in a passion play, a crazed symphony of poets and players who would later play an important role in the music i was destined to create.” – Robby Romero
His inherited talent goes back to his grandfather, a gifted musician and singer. Both of his parents were musically inclined and left the Apache and Pueblo Territories of New Mexico as soon as they finished High School and were married. They had their sights set on Hollywood. His mother Rita Rogers danced her way into Show Business, appearing in over a dozen Elvis Presley Motion Pictures when Robby was still a child.
IRON HORSE performs at Robert Mirabal’s annual holiday concert to a sold out crowd at the Taos Community Auditorium. Robby and Robert presented songs from their illustrious repetitious as well as songs from their upcoming album release IRON HORSE scheduled to drop in 2015.
Get their single Iron Horse on iTunes Now.