Indigenous is a blues rock band that came out in the late 1990s. They had a sound similar to Stevie Ray Vaughan. The band consisted of several family members. On guitar, vocals and the leader of the band is Mato Nanji. His brother Pte played bass, sister Wanbdi was on drums and cousin Horse played percussion. They are members of the Nakota Nation and grew up on South Dakota’s Yankton Indian Reservation.
The band’s first release came out in 1996 and was called “Love in a Mist”. It’s a very hard to find disc. It’s hard to find information on it also. Subsequent releases came out and did fairly well. Their first official release “Things We Do” came out in 1998 and the song “Now That You’re Gone” hit #22 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
The exposure got them appearances on TV shows such as Conan O’Brien, CBS Saturday Morning, and Austin City Limits. They even gained B.B. King as a fan, who invited them to tour with the Blues Festival Tour.
Today Mato Nanji is the sole surviving member of the original group. After their 2006 record “Chasing the Sun”, the band split up. Mato has carried on with the Indigenous name and has toured with a new lineup. Mato released “Broken Lands” which was released in 2008. “The Acoustic Sessions” came out in 2010. The new CD is called “Vanishing Americans” which was released earlier this year.
Mato will be performing tonight at the Mayne Stage in Rogers Park on Chicago’s North side. General admission Tickets are $15.00, preferred $20.00. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show time is 8:00. Mayne Stage’s phone number is (773) 381-4554.
Opening for Indigenous will be the Lucky 3 Blues Band and Rob Blaine’s Big Otis Blues Band.