Rock Your HeART Out ‘ 18!

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas is cooking up its third annual Rock Your HeART Out Concert and Art Auction (RYHO ’18), featuring San Antonio’s beloved Bario-Big-Band, Bombasta! Attendees will experience both nationally acclaimed and locally recognized bands while getting the opportunity to bid on and own a one of a kind piece that documents an HRI client’s journey to freedom. RYHO ’18 will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 8PM at Life In Deep Ellum.

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South Texas “barrio-big-band” Bombasta blends horn-driven cumbia rhythms with politically-charged, cerebral flows into an infectious, borderless, Spanglish dance party for the 21st century. The energy of their spirited live shows vibrantly redefines protest music with inspired unencumbered compositions, revealing honest, resistance themed vocals that ring true now more than ever.

After successfully navigating the Texas live music scene for over a decade, Bombasta has been recognized as Artists of the Year and Best Latin Alternative Band by peers & publications across the Lone Star State. This veteran ensemble is now spreading their conscious crusade from festival and theater stages, to the studio with their long awaited full length album. (from Bombasta’s website,

Other acts TBA.

Featured Artists, “Storytellers”

Would you like to be a featured Artist aka Storyteller, for RYHO’18?  Artists will be paired with former HRI clients to shed light on the immigrant journey to freedom. Applications will go live July 10th. Deadline July 28 – 5 P.M.

“I was greatly blessed 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 Kelly Clemons, one of the artists from a RYHO event.

The RYHO artists gained national recognition last year as our artist-client pairs shared their perspectives on art as a means to carry forth justice and awareness. Previously our artists have brought the bravery of our clients to fruition in the form of photography, paint, and various media.

Press Opportunities may include interviews with visual artists and clients.

Information 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 who have been tortured and abused and are living below the line of poverty in the DFW metroplex. 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.