On May 5, 2016 we returned to the Heard Musuem for the Native+You’s First Friday! This was our second time hosting a Pinup Contest for Rockabilly Night and it was amazing!
We were invited as special guests to participate in Presence 4.0’s Retrospectrum fashion show and style mixer in Phoenix, AZ at their downtown’s very own Bar Smith. The show was a portrayal of mixed fashions from different decades. Various Native American designers such as Loren Aragon’s ACONAV, Jared Yazzie’s OXDX Clothing, and Beyond Buckskin Boutique put together their own representations of a decade.
The Blue Bird Pinups brought in 2015 with a huge bang in Phoenix, AZ! We were fortunate enough to get an invite from Jaclyn Roessel of the Heard Museum to help host their monthly First Friday event – Native+You. On top of that we got some air time with not one, but TWO Phoenix news channels – Fox 10 and AZ Family 3. We busted out some moves and smiled for the camera that morning. Then we found out from our social media outlets that we were also featured in the Phoenix New Times! We were super thrilled that this was turning into a huge weekend for us as an organization. Later that evening at the Heard, we had ourselves some fun with swing dance lessons, a cupcake walk, hair bar, fun photo booth, and hosted a ladies pinup and “men-up” contest for the guys! We even ran into 1491s’ Bobby Wilson and his cool pizza shirt haha. It was such an incredible night for us all to finally meet our fans in person and meet with new friends.
After the event, we hurried ourselves off to see Hard Fall Hearts in North Phoenix’s Blooze Bar where we met old and new friends. This was such a great time to finally hang out together as a group of friends outside an event. Shiner Gold Pomade even gifted us with some cute mini pomade tins and cozies at the show! The next day Saturday was spent thrifting and relaxing until our next night out at The Quakes show. At our new hotel the desk clerk who check us in actually recognized us as the Blue Bird Pinups! Holy cheese that was such a great surprise to be recognized outside an event not on the rez! That really meant a lot to us because we were reaching out further than we thought.
Our last night in Phoenix we attended The Quakes show at Chopper John’s in Scottsdale. We all got ready together, did our makeup and hair, and made our way to the super packed venue. We had people telling us they saw our news segments and our little feature in the New Times. That was such an amazing night!! Amazing band, amazing friends, amazing crowd, amazing outfits! The whole nine yards. This trip really gave us an insight to how many people really support our organization and how much we can influence others. We left Phoenix filled with fresh ideas for future events and a new and ever-so-confident outlook for this year!