Thursday August 3rd: The Andy T Band w/Alabama Mike & Anson Funderburgh

Upstage presents The Andy T. Band with Alabama Mike and Anson Funderburgh on Thursday August 3rd at Studio Bob in Port Angeles.  The six piece virtuoso all-star band is a “tour de force” musical event. It’s touted as one the great collaborations in Blues history and one of the best touring bands on today’s circuit. Andy T’s release, Numbers Man was nominated for a 2016 Blues Music Award as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year & Band of the Year by the Blues Foundation.

The Andy T Band, fronted by guitarist Andy T, began in 2011 as the Andy T – Nick Nixon Band. Upon Nick’s retirement, Andy T enlisted Alabama Mike Benjamin as lead singer. Mike is a dynamic, energetic vocalist who strongly connects with his audience – a titan on the microphone with his first rate, church house tenor. In the past, Mike was nominated by the Blues Foundation as Traditional Male Blues Artist of the Year. (Charlie Musselwhite won that year!)

10X Blues Foundation award winner, Anson Funderburgh has over 30 Blues Award nominations and won too many awards to detail. He’s regarded as one of the greatest blues/rock guitarists of all time. After producing Andy T’s 2016 award winning latest album, he joined the band!  Funderburgh led the renowned  Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets since 1977. Anson himself has played with Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Snooks Eaglin, Grady Gaines, Earl King, Jimmy Buffett, and Little Charlie Baty.

Tickets available at:

Tickets are also available at Harbor Art Gallery, 110 E Railroad Av, Port Angeles

The Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike has recently completed a new album, again produced by Anson Funderburgh. This band is a force to be reckoned with and will not disappoint.

Andy T Band Blues Music Award nominee for
2016  BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM
2016  BAND OF THE YEAR
2015 BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM
2013 BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM

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Friday July 14, 8pm: Indigenous -Award winning Blues/Rock


The blues/rock band Indigenous came to prominence in the late 1990s with music influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and Carlos Santana. Band leader Mato Nanji’s style and skill has drawn comparisons to each of these guitarists. This will be a spectacular Blues/Rock act presented by Upstage at Studio Bob in Port Angeles, Friday July 14th, 8pm. Doors open 6pm.

The band has shared the stage with artists of varying musical genres – B.B. King, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, the Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, Dave Matthews Band, and Los Lonely Boys – and headlines its own tours. In 1999, Indigenous won three Native American Music Awards for their debut record, including two top honors: Album of the Year and Group of the Year. The track “Now That You’re Gone” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, making Indigenous one of the first Native American bands to break into that realm. Indigenous recordings have peaked at #2 and #3 on Billboard Blues charts.

Amazon.com named the Indigenous Blues Artist of the Year. They’ve been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “CBS Saturday Morning,” and “Austin City Limits”. B.B. King became a self-proclaimed fan, and invited the band to join his Blues Festival Tour.

In addition to his Indigenous ‘day job’, Mato Nanji has been a member of the critically acclaimed Experience Hendrix Tour since 2002. Playing alongside original Jimi Hendrix band members Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell, the tour roster includes some of today’s blues greats including Buddy Guy, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon (Double Trouble), Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, and Robert Randolph. Once the 2012 Experience Hendrix Tour concluded, Mato and fellow EHT tour mates David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) would collaborate and release the hard-driving disc 3 Skulls and the Truth (Blues Bureau International). The album’s no-holds barred setting was the ideal foundation for the three veteran axemen to simply ‘let it fly’.

The family band originally consisted of two brothers, Mato Nanji (Maiari)(‘mah-TOE non-GEE’ vocals and guitar), Nanji Pte (‘peh-TAY’ bass guitar), their sister, Wanbdi (‘wan-ba-DEE’ drums, vocals), and cousin, Horse (percussion).The Nakota Nation members grew up on South Dakota’s Yankton Indian Reservation, where their father, Greg Zephier was a spokesperson for Native American rights. A musician in his own right during the 1960s and 1970s, Zephier provided his children with records from blues musicians(like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King) and taught them to play their respective instruments. The family toured together, the children soon performing on their own.

Mato has now joined forces with members of the Navajo Nation’s award winning Levi and The Plateros. Their meeting occurred at the largest Pow Wow in the world, The Gathering of Nations. The band lineup is Mato Nanji, Bronson Begay and Douglas Platero. Indigenous recordings continue winning Native American Music Awards and hitting Billboard’s Top Blues Albums Chart. Their last CD, Vanishing Americans, paid homage to Mato’s father, Greg Zephier, Sr. It is dedicated to indigenous youth and all young people on indigenous reservations.

Doors open 6pm.  Tickets are reserved seating. Seating is arranged in order of purchase. If you prefer to sit with another party who has purchased tickets separately, please email your request to upstage@olympus.net at least one day before show.  Stairs are required to access Studio Bob! Beer, wine and refreshments are available. Dining is available at several restaurants within very short walking distance.