The Rock Your HeART Out Concert & Art Auction is a one-of-a-kind event, combining art, music and human rights under one roof for one night only. Seven local Dallas artists, RYHO Storytellers, will create a piece of art based on their paired former HRI client's stroy. Together the artist and the client  contribute to the piece, visualizing the journey to freedom, safety, and stability through art. The RYHO Concert & Art Auction will feature local Dallas musicians, who will perfom their best hit songs. The RYHO Storyteller's artwork will be on display and open for bidding during the event.

The event benefits Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, a Dallas-based non-profit that provides free legal and social services to vunerable immigrants and asylum seekers who have been tortured and abused and are now living below the poverty line in the DFW Metroplex. Last year the Rock Your HeART Concert And Art Auction raised over $100,000! Join us for a night of music, art, and justice! We hope to see you there.



7PM TO 12aM



2017 LINE-UP


Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs

Grammy Award Winners and Smithsonian Folkways recording artists, Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs are the new worldwide ambassadors of Texas Roots Music. Max Baca carries the tradition learned as a thirteen year member of the original kings of Tex-Mex, Doug Sahm's Texas Tornados, and as right hand man to accordion legend (2012 NEA National Heritage/Five-Time Grammy Winner), Flaco Jimenez. Building on this foundation, Max formed Los Texmaniacs combining traditional roots music with contemporary vitality and musicianship. 
Max is the premier first call Bajo Sexto (a traditional 12-string guitar like instrument) player in the world. He has appeared on 11 Grammy winning projects with artists as diverse as, The Rolling Stones, Ricky Skaggs, Los Super Seven, Lila Downs, and Texas Tornados. 

Los Texmaniacs' most current release, "AMERICANO GROOVE", was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. The release is a progressive TexMex album that features collaborations with Alejandro Escovedo , Joe Ely, as well as country artists Kevin Fowler & Rick Trevino. Los TexManiacs previous albums - "Texas Towns & Tex- Mex Sounds" (Latin Grammy Nominated) and the Grammy Winning "Borders Y Bailes” – (both on Smithsonian Folkways) combine a mix of traditional polka, waltz, bolero, redova, danzon, & Schottische, with western swing and conjunto. You will hear elements of rock 'n roll, blues, and jazz riffs keeping the music fresh and exciting, helping attract new audiences. 
Los Texmaniacs highly energetic live performances are equally contagious, and diverse. Los TexManiacs have performed on Austin City Limits, NPR , A Prairie Home Companion , and American Routes . The band is representing Texas Roots Music Worldwide & have shared their TexMex flavor & culture with Russia, China, Italy , Switzerland, Canada , Costa Rica , Hawaii , and Argentina. Los Texmaniacs are most proud of their four different tours to entertain the troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Kosovo.


San Antonio's own Bombasta, voted "Artists of the Year" by Texas Music Magazine and "Best Latin Alternative Band 2013" at the San Antonio Music Awards will be joining us for a night of cumbia, salsa, hip-hop, and bachata. Bombasta mastermind, Roberto Livar, may look like a west side San Antonio hipster, but he's one highly educated, highly cerebral, highly verbal young man who delivers his ideas in an onslaught of Spanglish. His natural singing style is a rapid, almost rap-like delivery that sounds loaded and dangerous. This energetic, horn-driven Latin funk band prides itself on its political activism and their music speaks to this. Bombasta stands on the shoulders of new pioneers of the sound like Bombasta's Roberto Livar, a musician with his feet planted at the center of the rock en español wave and his fingers dipped in almost every other genre in town.

Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove so named for a Dallas, Texas suburb, was formed by co-vocalists / guitarists Bret Egner and Marcus Striplin. They were drawn together by a vision to write and play music that captured raw melancholy melodies laid out over slow spacious rhythmic harmonies. Pleasant Grove released their self-titled debut album on a regional label in 1999. It speaks to the down-and-out ache of classic Texas country, yet still flows with the sonic outbursts of an electric Neil Young, the Flaming Lips or an out of control Alex Chilton. The George Jones meets Pink Floyd sound grabbed the attention of German label Glitterhouse Records when they saw PG at a SXSW showcase in 2000. Glitterhouse did a European release of the self-titled record in 2001 and the critically acclaimed follow-up record Auscultations of the Heart the following year. Pleasant Grove toured off both Glitterhouse releases. In 2004, Pleasant Grove released The Art of Leaving in the states on Badman Recording Co. The extensive touring and work that followed its release took a toll on the band especially Marcus Striplin one of the founding members. While working on the follow up to The Art of Leaving, Striplin moved to New York and eventually settled in Austin, TX.

In 2006, after recording most of the next record, PG disbanded and the members moved in different directions, Striplin formed a new project called AD Blood in Austin, Jeff Ryan started Myopic and ambient project and went on to play with Baptist Generals, & Sarah Jaffe, and did studio work with producer John Congleton recording w/ St. Vincent and The War on Drugs among others. Bret Egner continued writing songs and played with several bands in the Austin area. In 2012 Pleasant Grove reunited for a one off show celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the release of Auscultations of the Heart. Pleasant Grove played the record from beginning to end at The Kessler Theater in Dallas, TX. The show sold out and there was talk of reuniting the band and releasing the unfinished material on a new label. After two years of talking and playing occasional reunion shows Pleasant Grove announced they were reuniting and set a release date for a new record in Winter 2016.

2016 RYHO StoryTellers



Human Rights Initiative

In 2000, attorney Betsy Healy and social worker Serena Simmons Connelly founded Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. HRI offers free legal representation to those victims who are most vulnerable and, often times, completely invisible to the current justice system. All of HRI’s clients are survivors of human rights abuses, either internationally or domestically. Most often, they leave their home countries with little to nothing to help them start a new life and are faced with financial, cultural, language, transportation, and legal barriers. Through professional legal services, HRI is able to help these individuals overcome at least one of these hurdles: immigration status.  Through supportive social services, HRI begins to chip away at the rest.


HRI of North Texas provides legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses; advocates for justice; and promotes international human


Human Rights Initiative is proud of our innovative and efficient model to provide the maximum amount of services with the lowest cost to donors. Our legal services are always 100% free to the client. We are able to do this through a large, award-winning network of volunteer professionals who donate their time to help our cause. In turn, HRI offers free training and support to the professionals as they work on each legal case.