Mato Nanji's always provided the heartbeat of the band Indigenous - along with the warm dusty voice and the soaring, spirited guitar fireworks that have earned the group from South Dakota's Nakota Nation a place among roots rock's elite. But with the emotionally charged and musically visceral Broken Lands, the band's second album on Vanguard Records, Nanji makes a transformation from sparkplug to visionary."I've wanted to make an album like this for years," Nanji explains, "but to a certain extent my hands were tied. Now I feel like I've achieved so many things I've wanted this band to be. The songs I'm singing are more personal. The sound of the band has broadened, and we were able to explore all the influences that are woven into that sound - blues, soul, R&B, and even country - more than ever. And the guitar playing is more controlled, to really let the songs speak for themselves. On top of all that, I've grown as a singer. After being frustrated for a while, all of this makes me very happy. "What it amounts to," Nanji announces, "is that Indigenous is a brand new band."

PLATEROS

PLATERO'S IS A THREE PIECE FAMILY BLUES ROCK POWER TRIO, FROM TOHAJIILEE NM, THE EASTERN AGENCY OF THE NAVAJO NATION WITHIN THE SOUTHWEST OF THE UNITED STATES, THEY FIRST CAME ON THE MUSIC SCENE IN DECEMBER 2004, AT A SMALL CHURCH IN BIRDSPRING AZ, THEN BY APRIL 2005 THEY WERE INVITED TO THE BIGGEST POW WOW IN THE WORLD, "THE GATHERING OF NATIONS" BY NATIVE RAPPER AND MOVIE STAR "LITEFOOT" AND KNIFEWING SAGURA OF NATIVE STARS PRODUCTION FOR A 20-MIN SET ON THE "REACH THE REZ STAGE", AT THE TIME THE LEAD GUITAR PLAYER WAS ONLY 12YRS OLD, LEVI, CAME OUT ON THE STAGE THAT NIGHT AND JUST AMAZED THE PACKED CROWD, THE YOUNG GUITARIST SLID ACROSS THE STAGE WITH POWER CHORDS, AND SCREAMING BLUES NOTES AS HIS DAD MURPHY BACKED HIS SON WITH BASS GUITAR, VOCALS, HIS OLDER COUSIN KEPT THE BEAT ON DRUMS, AS THIS FAMILY GAVE THEIR 1ST MAJOR PERFORMANCE, BY THE END OF THE SHOW THE CROWD HAD JUST SEEN THE ARRIVAL OF ANOTHER NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY BAND LIKE INDIGENOUS, REDBONE THEY GAVE THE YOUNG BOY AND HIS FAMILY BAND A HUGE WELCOME TO THE NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC SCENE. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THAT THIS WAS JUST THE BEGINNING OF A JOURNEY THAT WOULD TAKE THEM FROM A SMALL INDIAN RESERVATION ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY EVEN TO THE 2009 U.S. PRESIDENTAL BALL.

TODAY LEVI IS 18 YRS OLD, CONTINUES TO PERFORM WITH HIS FAMILY, THEY HAVE PERFORMED OVER 250 SHOWS SINCE 2005, THEY ARE CONSIDER ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING BANDS TO WATCH LIVE, IN 2009 THEY WON BEST BLUES AT THE NEW MEXICO MUSIC AWARDS FROM THEIR 2ND ALBUM "HANG ON", NOMINATED TWICE BY THE NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS IN 2006 AND 2008, THEIR FIRST MUSIC VIDEO "FOREVER I'M WITH YOU" WAS NOMINATED FOR BEST MUSIC VIDEO BY THE 2009 AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO CA, IN 2008 TO 2009 THEY WERE SELETED WITH OTHER WELL KNOW NATIONAL NATIVE ACTS IN THE 1ST NATIVE MUSIC ROCK TOUR IN 15 SELETED CITIES AT HARD ROCK CAFE'S ACROSS THE U.S SPONSOR BY THE SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FL IN CONJUCTION WITH HARD ROCK INTERNATIONAL, THESE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS THIS YOUNG BAND HAVE ACHIEVE, THEIR PERFORMANCE IS FILL WITH SOME AMAZING ENERGY WITH A MIXSTURE OF BLUES, ROCK, FUNK AND GOSPEL, WITH HIS COUSIN DOUGLAS ON DRUMS WHO STARTED THE BAND WITH HIM, IN MARCH OF 2010 THEY RECRUITED LONG TIME FRIEND AND COUSIN, BRONSON BEGAY, ALL THREE BOYS FELL IN LOVE WITH MUSIC AT VERY YOUNG AGES, WATCHING AND LISTENING TO THEIR FAMILY'S PLAY MUSIC AND SING IN CHURCH, THEY DIDN'T GET NO FORMAL TRAINING OF ANYKIND WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC, JUST WHAT THEIR SCHOOL OFFERED, THEY LEARN BY EAR, AND MOST OF ALL THEY HAVE PASSION.

THEIR STYLE IS A MIXS OF TEXAS BLUES, WITH A TOUCH OF 70'S ROCK AND ROLL, THOUGH YOUNG THEY HAVE GAIN A STRONG STAGE PRESENT, WITH LEVI'S STRONG BLUESY VOCALS, AND AMAZING GUITAR RIFFS THAT HAS BEEN CAMPARED TO STEVIE RAY, HENRY GARZA OF LOS LONELY BOYS, AND MATO OF INDIGENOUS, WITH THEIR OWN LYRICS AND MUSIC FROM THEIR FIRST AWARD WINNING ALBUM "HANG ON", THEY HAVE GAIN A REPUTATION AS BEING A SOLID BLUES ROCK BAND.

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INDIGENOUS with PLATEROS

Wednesday, June 19 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Rhythm Room