In the late 1990s, South Dakota blues rock act Indigenous went from spending 2 years rehearsing in singer/guitarist Mato Nanji's living room on the Yankton Indian Reservation, to becoming one of the blues scene's brightest stars. Their song "Now That You're Gone" was one of first songs by a native american act to hit the Billboard charts, hitting #22 on the mainstream rock chart in 1999. That led to appearances on the chat circuit, including "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and NPR's "All Things Considered."
In 2006, Nanji's family, which filled out indigenous' lineup, split after the recording of their"Chasing The Sun" album. Nanji hired members of one of his opening acts, carried on with the name and has since released two albums, 2008's Broken Lands" and this year's "Acoustic Sessions" which Indigenous will be supporting at their appearance Saturday night at the Miccosukee Music & Crafts Festival on Tamiami Trail.
Here's a taste of Indigenous with Nanji playing a ripping guitar solo evocative of the late Steve Ray Vaughn:
Playing alongside Indigenous are 80s 2-hit wonders The Georgia Satellites and Broward rock act Ghost Of Gloria. Admission is $25. The festival runs from 9:30 AM - 5 PM - For more information call: 305 480 1924