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 56; 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