Infinity Music Hall & Bistro
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Sat, September 17, 2016
Hartford, CT
Show: 8 PM

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Price: $19 - $34

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Blues / Roots Rock

The name “Indigenous” is more than appropriate for this band, as their members are true American Indians. Often compared to their Latino counterparts (Los Lonely Boys) they’ve gathered a loyal following around the world by presenting their blues tinged rock and spiritual vibe at numerous festivals and intimate venues as well. We are honored to bring them back to the Infinity Hall stage and believe you’ll truly enjoy the show. Check out the video above, it should confirm all that the critics have raved about.


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Artist Bio

Bio: Indigenous front man, Mato Nanji (Ma-TOE NON-gee), was born and raised on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Mato’s father, the late Greg Zephier, Sr., was a well-known and highly respected spiritual advisor and spokesperson for the International Indian Treaty Council. In addition to this leadership role, he was an accomplished musician and a member of the musical group, The Vanishing Americans. Formed by Greg and his brothers in the ‘60’s, The Vanishing Americans toured nationally and shared bills with such legends as Bonnie Raitt. Besides being heavily influenced by the music his father and uncles were making, Mato was exposed to Greg’s vast collection of blues records by legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King. Consequently, Mato embraced and began utilizing his own musical talent at a young age. With the experience, love and wisdom of their father to guide them, Mato, his brother, sister and cousin formed the band Indigenous while in their late teens.

After much time invested in practicing and building a following, they began touring extensively across the country. In 1998, they released their award winning debut album Things We Do. The title track’s video, directed by Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals), won the American Indian Film Festival Award and was shown at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Indigenous’ music caught the attention of blues icon B.B. King and the young band was invited to play on his annual B.B. King’s Blues Tour in 1999. Sadly, Mr. Zephier would pass away before seeing his children receive this great honor.

With momentum gaining, Indigenous’ 2000 sophomore release, Circle, was produced and arranged by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s longtime friend and collaborator, the late Doyle Bramhall, Sr. Three more cds; Fistful of Dirt (2002), Indigenous (2003) and Long Way Home (EP, 2005) would follow before the 2006 decision by the siblings to ‘disband’ and pursue their own musical paths. Mato carried on with the Indigenous name. “Playing with my family for 10 years was a lot of fun, but it was time to grow and keep moving forward.”

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