The 15th Annual Native American Music Awards were held Friday November 14th at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca, NY and Indigenous is honored to have won the awards in both categories in which they were nominated:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR-Mato Nanji Vanishing Americans
BEST BLUES RECORDING-Indigenous Vanishing Americans

I would like to send a big THANK YOU out to all the fans for your votes and your support! It's an honor to be able to make music and share it with all of you! Again thank you so much and see @ the next show...

 All my best!

Mato Nanji

Mato Nanji and Indigenous are honored to be among the performers and nominees who will be on hand to celebrate the best in Native American music at the 15th Annual Native American Music Awards .

The awards ceremony will be held Friday November 14th at 7:00 at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca, NY.


Indigenous and Mato Nanji are nom
inated in 2 categories:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR-Mato Nanji (Lakota/Dakota)-Vanishing Americans
BEST BLUES RECORDING-Vanishing Americans

Voting is open to the general public, and if you are unable to attend the ceremony, it will be streamed live on First Nations Experience.

Best of luck to all of the nominees!

 Mato Nanji joins The Experience Hendrix Tour tonight in Austin, TX!!


Photo: Steven C. Pesant
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© Authentic Hendrix

The Experience Hendrix Tour has been paying homage to the musical genius of Jimi Hendrix for over a decade, bringing together a diverse, all-star cast of extraordinary guitarists including multiple Grammy-winning Kennedy Center honoree Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Johnson, Rich Robinson, Ana Popovic, Zakk Wylde and Mato Nanji to name but a few. 

As always, this critically acclaimed lineup will be anchored by the rhythm section of legendary bassist Billy Cox-the lone surviving member of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bands-and Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble.


For further information, including show rosters, ticketing links and more, please visit:

http://www.experiencehendrixtour.com/

EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR FALL 2014:
 9/28-Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater  Austin, TX
 9/29-Tobin Center for the Performing Arts  San Antonio, ,TX
 9/30-Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater  Austin, TX
 10/2-Bayou Music Center  Houston, TX
 10/3-Durant Choctaw Event Center  Durant, OK
 10/4-First Council Casino Hotel  Newkirk, OK
 10/5-Brady Theater  Tulsa, OK
 10/7-Mesa Arts Center  Mesa, AZ
 10/9-Harrah's Resort Southern California  Valley Center, CA
10/10-Greek Theater  Los Angeles, CA
10/11-Fantasy Springs Resort Casino  Indio, CA
10/12-Avila Beach Golf Resort  Avila Beach, CA
10/14-Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium  Santa Cruz, CA
10/15-Person Theater at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts  Santa Rosa, CA
10/16-Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Davis, CA
10/17-Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino  Lemoore, CA
10/18-The Fox Theater  Oakland, CA
   

 

The Plateros becoming Indigenous

By Jason M. Edwards
Special to the Times

ALBUQUERQUE, Sept. 25, 2014

Photo: J. Morgan Edwards Photography

T
he Plateros continue to wow crowds across the Southwest and beyond. The trio spent the summer touring with Indigenous and now they're back home "relaxing."

They don't get much of a break, though. After all, Douglas Platero (drummer) is a full-time husband and father. And Levi Platero (lead guitarist/vocalist) and Bronson Begay (bass/vocalist) are also full-time students at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.

Levi is pursuing a degree in business, while Begay is working towards his degree in liberal arts. They are no strangers when it comes to balancing a busy schedule. During one stretch to close out the end of last year, they performed as the opening act for the comedy duo James and Ernie.

BLUES BAND INDIGENOUS RETURNS TO ITS NATIVE ROOTS

IN 1998, A BAND OF YOUNG SIBLINGS FROM THE YANKTON SIOUX RESERVATION IN SOUTH DAKOTA BURST ONTO THE BLUES SCENE WITH THEIR FIRST COMMERCIAL RELEASE THINGS WE DO.

THEY WERE INDIGENOUS. 

LED BY GUITARIST/VOCALIST MATO NANJI, AND BACKED BY HIS BROTHER PTE ON BASS, SISTER WANBDI ON DRUMS, AND PERCUSSIONIST AMERICAN HORSE, THE BAND QUICKLY CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE BLUES WORLD: B.B. KING WOULD BOOK THEM ON HIS 1999 BLUES TOUR; STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN FRIEND AND COLLABORATOR DOYLE BRAMHALL WOULD PRODUCE THEIR 2000 SOPHOMORE RELEASE CIRCLE; AN INVITE FROM THE JIMI HENDRIX ESTATE TO JOIN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR WOULD COME IN 2002…

INDIGENOUS TOURED RELENTLESSLY AND PRODUCED SEVERAL MORE CDS BEFORE A 2006 DECISION LED THE FAMILY TO CHOOSE DIFFERENT MUSICAL PATHS.

AS FRONT MAN OF THE GROUP, MATO NANJI CARRIED ON WITH THE MUSIC AND THE BAND’S NAME.  ON SUBSEQUENT INDIGENOUS RELEASES; 2010’S BROKEN LANDS, 2012’S VANSIHING AMERICANS, AND 2014’S TIME IS COMING, NANJI WOULD DESCRIBE THE HARDSHIP AND STRUGGLE OFTENTIMES FOUND IN LIFE ON THE INDIGENOUS RESERVATION, ALL WHILE HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW.  

IN 2005, A FAMILY BLUES BAND FROM THE NAVAJO NATION IN TOHAJIILEE, NM PERFORMED AT THE LARGEST POWWOW IN THE WORLD, “THE GATHERING OF NATIONS”.

THEY WERE LEVI & THE PLATEROS.

LED BY LEVI PLATERO, THE 13 YEAR OLD GUITARIST SLID ACROSS THE STAGE WITH POWER CHORDS AND SCREAMING BLUES THAT AMAZED THE PACKED CROWD.  MANY NOMINATIONS FOR NATIVE MUSIC AND VIDEO AWARDS WOULD FOLLOW, INCLUDING A WIN FOR BEST BLUES ALBUM FOR HANG ON AT THE 2009 NEW MEXICO MUSIC AWARDS.  THEIR STYLE REMINISCENT OF LOS LONELY BOYS AND INDIGENOUS, THE PLATEROS-LEVI AND HIS COUSINS DOUGLAS PLATERO (DRUMS) AND BRONSON BEGAY (BASS AND BACKING VOCALS) WOULD SOON FIND THEMSELVES SHARING BILLS WITH THEIR MUSICAL INFLUENCES.

IN 2012, INDIGENOUS AND THE PLATEROS EMBARKED ON THE KINSHIP TOUR THAT TOOK THEM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.  THE PLATEROS OPENED THE DOUBLE BILL AND WOULD THEN JOIN INDIGENOUS FOR BLISTERING ENCORES THAT PROCEEDED TO BRING THE PROVERBIAL HOUSE DOWN. 

TOURING IN SUPPORT OF TIME IS COMING IN THE SUMMER OF 2014, MATO NANJI AGAIN CALLED UPON LEVI, BRONSON AND DOUGLAS TO HIT THE ROAD WITH HIM.  THIS TIME, THOUGH, WOULD BE DIFFERENT.  THEY WOULD BE THE INDIGENOUS RHYTHM SECTION. MATO AND LEVI WOULD TRADE OFF LEADS AND SOLOS, WITH BRONSON AND DOUGLAS PROVIDING A STRONG, STABLE FOUNDATION THAT ALLOWED THE TWO GUITARISTS TO ‘TEAR IT UP’. 

AS THEY MADE THEIR WAY ACROSS THE EAST COAST, THE AFTER SHOW AUDIENCE ‘BUZZ’ WAS AUDIBLE. THE INCENDIARY CHEMISTRY OF MATO NANJI, LEVI PLATERO, BRONSON BEGAY AND DOUGLAS PLATERO INNATE…     

THEY ARE INDIGENOUS  

Photo by: Whittling Fog Photography 8-16-14


Mato Nanji joins the Fall 2014 Experience Hendrix Tour




In the wake of a wildly successful twenty-five show national tour in March and April, the Experience Hendrix Tour will kick off its fall run on September 19th in Hollywood, FL.

The Experience Hendrix Tour has been paying homage to the musical genius of Jimi Hendrix for over a decade, bringing together a diverse, all-star aggregation of extraordinary guitarists including multiple Grammy-winning  Kennedy Center honoree Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Johnson, Rich Robinson, Zakk Wylde and Mato Nanji to name but a few. 

As always, this critically acclaimed lineup will  be anchored by the rhythm section of legendary bassist Billy Cox-the lone surviving member of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bands-and Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble.


NOTE: MATO NANJI JOINS THE TOUR ON SEPTEMBER 28th IN AUSTIN, TX

For further information, including show rosters, ticketing links and more, please visit:

http://www.experiencehendrixtour.com/


EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR FALL 2014:

 9/19-Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino  Hollywood, FL
 9/20-Ruth Eckerd Hall  Clearwater, FL
 9/21-Florida Theatre  Jacksonville, FL
 9/23-Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts  Melbourne, FL
 9/24-Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center  Atlanta, GA
 9/25-Alys R. Stephens Performing Arts Center  Birmingham, AL
 9/26-Schermerhorn Symphony Center   Nashville TN
 9/28-Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater  Austin, TX (MATO JOINS TOUR)
 9/29-Tobin Center for the Performing Arts  San Antonio, ,TX
 9/30-Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater  Austin, TX
 10/2-Bayou Music Center  Houston, TX
 10/3-Durant Choctaw Event Center  Durant, OK
 10/4-First Council Casino Hotel  Newkirk, OK
 10/5-Brady Theater  Tulsa, OK
 10/7-Mesa Arts Center  Mesa, AZ
 10/9-Harrah's Resort Southern California  Valley Center, CA
10/10-Greek Theater  Los Angeles, CA
10/11-Fantasy Springs Resort Casino  Indio, CA
10/12-Avila Beach Golf Resort  Avila Beach, CA
10/14-Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium  Santa Cruz, CA
10/15-Person Theater at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts  Santa Rosa, CA
10/16-Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts  Davis, CA
10/17-Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino  Lemoore, CA
10/18-The Fox Theater  Oakland, CA
           



NEW Indigenous Featuring Mato Nanji cd Time Is Coming now available on Blues Bureau International Records.
https://missinginkshop.com/indigenous/store
  

Mato Nanji will once again be on the roster for the eighth edition of the celebrated Experience Hendrix Tour that begins March 8th in Shawnee, OK.  (Note: Mato will be at all shows with the exception of March 27th-29th as he will be in Alaska)

The 2014 Experience Hendrix Tour represents an ongoing tribute to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix.  Among this year's performers; Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Doyle Bramhall II, David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas, Eric Gales, Zakk Wylde, Dweezil Zappa and Ana Popovic.  They will be joined by the legendary rhythm section of bassist Billy Cox, who was a member of both the Band of Gypsys and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and drummer Chris Layton founder of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble.

For more information on performance rosters and ticketing links, please visit: experiencehendrixtour.com

2014 Experience Hendrix Tour:
March 8-Grand Event Center, Shawnee, OK
March 9-Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, Midland, TX
March 11-Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX
March 13-Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO
March 14-The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
March 15-Stephens Auditorium, Ames, IA
March 16-The Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI
March 18-Whitney Hall/The Kentucky Center, Louisville, KY
March 19-Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia, Charleston, WV
March 20-Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA
March 21-Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
March 22-Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City, NJ
March 23-The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
March 25-Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
March 27-Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, NH (Mato not on roster for this show)
March 28-Palace Theatre, Albany, NY (Mato not on roster for this show)
March 29-Palace Theater, Waterbury, CT (Mato not on roster for this show)
March 30-Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
April 1-The Center For Arts at University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
April 2-Hard Rock Live at the Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield, OH
April 3- Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
April 4-The Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI
April 5-Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, IN
April 6-Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL
April 8-State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

Hi Everybody.  We've been working on some new music and have just uploaded 'Getting Good At Doing Nothing' for your listening pleasure. 

As always thanks for your continued support and we'll see you on the road soon! 

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