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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Blues-Rock Band Indigenous Takes the Bankhead Theater Stage with Guitarist Chris Duarte

Aug 10, 2018
Blues-rock band Indigenous, featuring second generation bluesman Mato Nanji, will take the Bankhead stage (2400 First Street) in Livermore on Friday, August 17, 2018. With a rich and distinctive guitar-heavy blues sound that pays tribute to Nanji’s Native American heritage, Indigenous will be joined by guitarist Chris Duarte and his “ferocious blues” style.

Mato Nanji was born on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. His father, a highly respected spiritual advisor and spokesperson for the International Indian Treaty Council, was an accomplished musician and a member of the musical group The Vanishing Americans. Nanji grew up listening to his father’s band and took to the guitar early, equally inspired by the music of such legends as B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. In their late teens, he and his siblings started Indigenous with a cousin and began touring the country. They released their award-winning debut album Things We Do in 1998. The title track’s video won the American Indian Film Festival Award and was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. The attention earned them an invitation to play on the annual B.B. King Blues Tour the following year.

Since then, the band and band members have evolved, but Nanji continues to deliver his distinctive blues-rock sound, honoring his heritage through the storytelling of his songs. Among his albums are “Vanishing Americans,” featuring the music of his father, and “Time is Coming,” dedicated to young people on indigenous reservations. Of that album’s title song, Nanji has said, “Growing up on the reservation I’ve seen a lot of broken families…broken homes. I feel our families’ “Tiospaye” are the core of what makes us who we are. Family and its meaning is not as strong as it used to be for our people…I send my heart and soul out to the indigenous children having a tough time in their lives and in their homes.” Nanji has also been a member of the critically acclaimed Experience Hendrix Tour since 2002.

Chris Duarte has been described by Blues Rock Guitarist magazine as “a living legend.” Known for his ferocious blues style, Duarte is a road warrior playing more than 150 dates a year and headlining major festivals and clubs throughout the US, Canada and Europe. A sorcerer of tone, his music is a constant evolution of sound and tempo. With his large catalog of songs and wide ranging set list, no two of his shows are alike and Duarte’s performance at the Bankhead is sure to satisfy fans old and new.

Attendees at the August 18th concert can also enjoy works on display in the Bankhead Gallery by two artists honoring their Native American roots. “Seen/Hear: A Multicultural Exhibit Celebrating Heritage” runs through the end of the month and features several pieces by John Balloue and Harry Fonseca, as well as other works honoring African and Latino cultures.

Tickets for the concert range from $40-$70 each with discounted tickets for students and active military personnel still available. For more information please visit lvpac.org or phone (925) 373-6800.


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