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.

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.



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XUAN (pronounced Swan) was discovered by Palo Santo's A&R man, Salim Nourallah, at an open mic night.  Not only is she the ex-host of a TV show in Vietnam, Xuan also lived in Australia and Ireland, and is an admitted world wanderer.  Her witty relationship-centric lyrics & catchy melodies are at the center of her debut record, which is to be released 2018.


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Rock Your HeArt Out Concert and Auction

Human Rights Initiative Announces Second Annual Benefit Concert & Art Auction


Grammy Award winners Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs Set to Rock the 2nd Annual “Rock Your HeART Out Concert and Art Auction” Nov. 11
Local artists and immigrant survivors of violence team up to create art for the auction; 
proceeds benefit vulnerable immigrants served by Human Rights Initiative

**DALLAS (Sept. 27, 2017)** – Human Rights Initiative of North Texas (HRI) announces [Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs][1], a six time-Grammy Award-winning Conjunto band and world ambassador for Texas Roots music, will headline its second annual Rock Your HeART Out Concert and Art Auction (RYHO 2017). [Bombasta][2], Texas Music Magazine’s 2013 Artist of the Year winner from San Antonio, will perform, providing a Latin mix of salsa, bachata and hip-hop while attendees bid to own a one-of-a-kind works of art by local artists paired with past HRI clients. The event is Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Life in Deep Ellum (2803 Taylor St, Dallas, TX, 75226.) Tickets are $55 and include open beer and wine bar. Tickets may be purchased at [www.rockyourheartout.org][3].

[3]: http://www.rockyourheartout.org
[2]: http://www.bombasta.com/
[1]: https://www.grammypro.com/professional-development/video/max-baca-los-texmaniacs-texas-grammy-block-party

This year, eight teams of local artists and former HRI clients are pairing up to create unique pieces for the silent auction, each of which will shed light on the immigrant journey to freedom. RYHO artists gained national recognition last year when the artist-client pairs shared their perspectives on art as a means to carry forth justice and awareness. This year’s artists are focused on bringing the bravery of HRI clients to fruition in the form of photography, paint, and stained glass.  

“I am incredibly moved by and learn from our clients every day. Seeing the unimaginable hardships they endure and the mountains they climb is remarkable and inspiring,” says Bill Holston, HRI executive director. “During this time fraught with separation and divide, our hope is that Rock Your HeART Out brings us closer together through music, art, and humanity.”

Artists featured at this year’s event are muralist **Kyle Steed**; photographers **Treena Muir**, **Justin O’Keith Higgs**, and **Robert Shults**; mixed media artist **Maryamsadat Amiravghefi**; stained glass artist and painter **Maria Sheets**; and painters **Erik Espinoza** and **Jimmie Hudson**.

“I was greatly honored to be one of the artists for HRI’s Rock Your Heart Out event last year. As an artist, I was stretched by a story and driven by a passion beyond my own. As a person, I was totally floored by the beauty of human resilience and inspired by the hearts of everyone who serves with the organization,” said Dallas sculptor **Kelly Clemons**.

RYHO 2017 is sponsored by Carol and Don Glendenning / Locke Lord, Barbara Kennedy and Jeff Kaplan, AT&T, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Thompson and Knight Foundation, Hunton & Williams, Sarah Losinger, Petrotel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Holland & Knight, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Andrews Kurth LLP, Ron and Phyllis Steinhart, Tom Halsey, and Jim and Ynette Hogue. Craft beer provided by bar sponsor Karbach Brewing Company. Limited valet parking sponsored by Prime Valet.

**About Human Rights Initiative of North Texas **
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas is a local nonprofit organization serving Dallas’ most vulnerable population: immigrants and asylum seekers. Founded in 2001, HRI provides free legal and social services to immigrants and asylum seekers in Dallas-Fort Worth who have been tortured and abused and are living below the poverty line. Along with a network of more than 600 pro bono attorneys and HRI Ambassadors, HRI has seen hundreds of defenseless immigrants through to safety and security within the U.S. borders. Many of our clients have become successful business owners, teachers, nurses, and independent contributing members of the community. For more information about the event, visit or follow us at [www.rockyourheartout.org][4], [www.facebook.com/RYHODallas/][5], or [www.instagram.com/ryhodallas/][6].  For more information about HRI, visit or follow us at [www.hrionline.org][7], [www.facebook.com/HRIOnline][8], [www.instagram.com/humanrightsinitiative][9].
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NOTE TO MEDIA MEMBERS: You may download captioned high-res images from last year’s event including art works here: www.facebook.com/RYHODallas. (Please give photo credit to Jason Janik.) 

[9]: http://www.instagram.com/humanrightsinitiative
[8]: http://www.facebook.com/HRIOnline
[7]: http://www.hrionline.org
[6]: http://www.instagram.com/ryhodallas/
[5]: http://www.facebook.com/RYHODallas/
[4]: http://www.rockyourheartout.org


2017 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.