Mato Nanji’s always provided the heartbeat of the band Indigenous with his warm dusty voice and soaring, spirited guitar fireworks that have earned the group a place among roots rock’s elite. The band, from South Dakota’s Nakota Nation, will soon release its ninth recording featuring its current line-up of American Horse, Bronson Begay, and Doug Platero alongside Nanji. Their sound can be a tapestry of sounds from blues, rock, soul, R&B, and even country. Nanji’s guitar work was heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and BB King, and he has evolved over time to become considered one of the modern masters of blues-rock playing. He recently toured as part of the 2017 Experience Hendrix concert tour with fellow guitar aces Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Jonny Lang among several others.
Mato Nanji and Indigenous will be returning to Portland following a memorable electric set at last year’s Waterfront Blues Festival on Saturday, July 15 at The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street. Tickets are $22.00 in dvance at TicketBiscuit.com or $28.00 at the door day of show. Show time begins at 8:00 pm and minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian.