Family Band Indigenous Take To The Road

Blues-rocking outfit plans dozens of dates to support Circle, their fifth album.

The blues-rocking family band Indigenous, from the Nakota Nation in South Dakota, are planning on giving fans in the U.S. plenty of opportunities to check them out this summer.

A North American tour of more than 30 dates kicks off April 7 in Laramie, Wyo. The band also can be seen on the PBS network show "Austin City Limits," in a program scheduled to air the weekend of May 13.

The band's appearances include an in-store debut of its new album, Circle (Pachyderm), on its release date (May 9) at a Wal-Mart Super Store in Austin, Texas.

Indigenous include brothers Mato Nanji (guitar, vocals) and Pte (bass) and sister Wanbdi (drums). They're but three of the 17 children of Greg Zephier, a musician (1960s-vintage Native rockers Vanishing Americans), American Indian Movement activist and artist. Their cousin Horse (percussion), completes the quartet.

Zephier, who died nearly a year ago, insisted that his children, who had never seen a live band when they picked up their instruments as teens, practice for years before playing their first gig.

That diligence paid off. Guitarist Nanji has inspired comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Indigenous' previous album, Things We Do (RealAudio excerpt of title track), which was their fourth but the first to receive widespread distribution, was dubbed "the most brilliant blues album of the year (1998)," by one critic.

Indigenous tour dates:

April 7; Laramie, Wyo.; Arts & Science Auditorium, University of Wyoming

April 8; Mission, S.D.; Ben Reifel Auditorium

April 9; Chadron, Neb.; Chadron State College, Nelson Center

April 12; Red Lake, Minn.; Red Lake Casino

April 13; Morris, Minn.; Edson Auditorium Student Center

April 14; Bowler, Wis.; Mohican North Star Casino

April 15; Kenosha, Wis.; The Brat Stop

April 22; Washington, D.C.; Earth Day 2000

May 3; Boulder, Colo.; Fox Theatre

May 5–6; Tulsa, Okla.; Tulsa Blues Festival, Cain's Ballroom

May 7; Dallas, Texas; Canyon Club

May 9; Austin, Texas; Wal-Mart Super Store (in-store)

May 9; Austin, Texas; La Zona Rosa

May 10; Lubbock, Texas; Liquid 2000

May 11; Albuquerque, N.M.; Sunshine Theatre

May 12; Phoenix, Ariz.; Alice Cooper's Town

May 14; Catalina Island, Calif.; Fender Blues Festival, Descanso Beach Club

May 15; W. Hollywood, Calif.; House of Blues

May 18; Milwaukee, Wis.; Pabst Theatre

May 19; Mille Lacs, Minn.; Grand Casino Mille Lacs

May 20; Minneapolis, Minn.; Heart & Soul

May 21; Madison, Wis.; Barrymore Theatre

May 24; New York, N.Y.; Shine

May 25; Boston, Mass.; Karma Lounge

May 26; New Haven Conn.; Toad's Place

May 28; Columbus, Ohio; Music in the Air, Bicentennial Park Stage

May 31; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Metropol

June 3; Omaha, Neb.; Mato's Birthday Jam

July 8; Toronto, Ontario; Harbourfront

July 9; Ottawa, Ontario; Blues Festival