So. Cal's Biggest Night in Native American Comedy and Music

Goin' Native: The American Indian Comedy Slam and Native Music Rocks featuring Paula Bowers-Sanchez, April 7

By Susie Albin-Najera
Published on LatinoLA: March 16, 2010

So. Cal's Biggest Night in Native American Comedy and Music

The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) in partnership with LOL Comedy present a special live comedy performance of Showtime's smash hit show, "Goin' Native: The American Indian Comedy Slam" and Native America's most popular music initiative, Native Music Rocks presents the Seminole star search winner Paula Bowers-Sanchez. This one-night only special engagement will take place at 4th & B, downtown San Diego on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. as part of The 2010 National Indian Gaming Association Annual Convention. Although this live show is being presented as part of the convention, it will be open to the public.

This historic show will feature the biggest names in Native American talent. Goin' Native: The American Indian Comedy Slam stars legendary comedian Charlie Hill who began his career on the Richard Pryor show blazing the trail for all Native comics that have followed him and also stars renowned veteran Native American comedian Larry Omaha. Pow Wow Comedy Jam members, JR Redwater, Vaughn Eaglebear, Marc Yaffee and Jim Ruel, the next wave of Native comedians will also perform. This will be their first live performance together since they shared the stage originally for the filming of the American Indian Comedy Slam Showtime Special that premiered on New Years and will continue airing through 2010.

"Over the years I have worked with Charlie Hill and Larry Omaha and the idea of producing a historical show like this for a mass audience has always been a goal," said American Indian Comedy Slam director and producer of the acclaimed hit The Original Latin Kings of Comedy, Scott Montoya. "I am honored that we finally made this a reality. Anyone who attends this live show will feel the healing power of comedy."

Native Music Rocks!, the most popular Native American organization showcasing all types of music from native musicians, will feature a special performance from Seminole Star Search's Grand Prize Winner Paula Bowers-Sanchez. Paula is currently on tour with Native Music Rocks! and will soon be releasing her debut album self-titled with her Indian name "Shima Fula". The album will include a collaboration of Native American Artists such as the iconic Keith Secola whose song "NDN Cars" has been hailed as a Native American Anthem. This spectacular show will take place immediately following the comedy performance.

"The National Indian Gaming Association is proud to be presenting the American Indian Comedy Slam show as part of Indian Gaming 2010, not only because of the recent success of their Showtime premier, but because these Native comedians are just very funny people," said Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association Ernie Steven. "We are also excited to be presenting this show in conjunction with the Seminole's Native Music Rocks, which will showcase the winner of their very popular Seminole Star Search contest, Paula Bowers Sanchez. This will truly be the Indian Gaming 2010 Trade Show and Convention Comedy & Music Extravaganza and definitely a show not to be missed."

The American Indian Comedy Slam and Native Music Rocks! show featuring Paula Bowers-Sanchez will take place one night only on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. at 4th and B, 345 B Street San Diego, CA 92101. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, available online via Ticketmaster and at the 4th and B box office or by calling (619)231-4343.

For video clips and listing information go to www.lolcomedyfestival.com.

About Susie Albin-Najera:
Susie Albin-Najera is a freelance writer and public relations/marketing consultant specializing in the Hispanic market.
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