INDIGENOUS @ 2016 Portland Waterfront Blues Festival 8464 a
INDIGENOUS is a blues-inspired rock group that rose out of Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, led by front man, MATO NANJI. As one of today’s premier guitarists, INDIGENOUS front man Mato Nanji has captivated audiences with his Vaughan- and Hendrix-influenced prowess since coming on the scene with his family band’s award-winning debut album, THINGS WE DO, in 1998. The blues world immediately took notice of the young native musicians from the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota: a spot on the 1999 B.B. King Blues Tour; their 2000 sophomore release CIRCLE produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s co-songwriter Doyle Bramhall; a 2002 invitation from the Hendrix Estate to join the Experience Hendrix Tour—of which Nanji is still a roster member of guitar legends paying tribute to the legacy of Jimi Hendrix. In 2006, however, the INDIGENOUS siblings chose to head in different musical directions with Mato left to carry on the band’s name and music.