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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. 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 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.

Jacqui Naylor & Art Khu Wed. 6/21

Upstage and Studio Bob in Port Angeles present acclaimed jazz vocalist Jacqui Naylor, accompanied by pianist and composer Art Khu, on Wednesday, June 21st, 7pm. “Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around” -JazzTimes. Naylor’s recordings have made the top 10 albums of the season in USA Today, Jazziz Magazine and The Washington Post. She tours regularly at esteemed venues – Birdland New York, Yoshis Oakland, Snug Harbor New Orleans, all Blue Note Clubs in New York, Milan and Japan.

Jacqui Naylor has brought new twists to the notion of melding jazz and pop tunes – without high-tech assistance. National Public Radio (NPR)

“Jacqui has a sumptuous voice, knack for scratchiness, and an ability to sweeten those bluesy bent notes. -Village Voice

“Jacqui’s ‘acoustic smashing’ of the great American songbook with the classic rock and roll songbook brings both forms to life in a way never heard before. -Ken Dashow Q-104


Naylor and Art Khu are masters of bringing genres from different generations and mixing them in fascinating and delightful ways, drawing insight and emotion from fascinating arrangements. Their signature technique of arranging is “Acoustic Smashing.” She sings the melody and lyrics of a jazz standard while the band plays a pop classic or vice versa. In superb jazz style, you’ll listen to jazz standards masterfully synced with rock classics, or stunning pop lyrics over jazz standard arrangements.

“The words are to Gershwin’s “Summertime,” but the music is Gregg Allman’s Whipping Post. Naylor has the chops and sensitivity to pull it off.” -NY Magazine.

With a wide range, eclectic influences and a rich vocal style steeped in jazz and gospel, the artist has a dedicated, worldwide following and tours regularly.

Tickets are available online now for your convenience.  Beginning 6/16, tickets will also be available in Port Angeles at Harbor Arts Gallery on 110 E Railroad Av, across from ferry terminal during business hours from. Parking and Great Dining is available within a few minutes walk from Studio Bob. The Loom Bar at Studio Bob will be selling refreshments. Doors open at 6pm on concert night, Wednesday 6/21.