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Sat.9/16 Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band

One of a kind knock-out performer and a true American music treasure, Maria Muldaur appears at Studio Bob in Port Angeles Saturday night September 16th.  Known worldwide for her Grammy-nominated ’74 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria’s hits are enshrined forever in the hearts of American music lovers. Songs like “I’m A Woman (W-O-M-A-N)” and “Don’t You Touch my Leg” and “Midnight at the Oasis” are still hits and audience favorites.

On show night, tickets will be available at the door.  Before 6pm show night, tickets are available online.  From 11am to 4pm, tickets are also available at Harbor Art Gallery in Port Angeles at 110 Railroad Av, across from the ferry terminal.

But Maria is not a one hit phenomenon. Recent nominations for current recordings include Album of the Year, Blues Female Artist of the Year, and the Koko Taylor award. Upstage and Studio Bob invite you to an unforgettable evening. Her last show that combined her hits and stories sold out and this September 16th show is a straight ahead evening of music – roots, blues, and some of Maria’s pop/rock classics.

Maria consistently delivers great music and entertainment. Her career is prolific, filled with awards, journeying through American roots from blues/rock to jug band music and gospel, as well as cooperative projects with everyone from Bonny Raitt to Marcia Ball. Maria’s longtime friendships with Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, John Sebastian, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin and many of the greatest names in music and her dedication to American Roots music is renowned.

Some of Maria’s past fun! Maria Muldaur with Leon Russell, Willie Nelson and Bonniee Raitt

During the folk revival of the early ’60s, Muldaur began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band. She then joined the iconic Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the ’60s.

During the folk revival of the early ’60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band. She then joined iconic Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the ’60s.

In the 43 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band. She’s now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues – but her performances can go any and everywhere based on her vast experience with rock, gospel, jug band and more.

Often joining forces with some of the top names in the music , Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammies and countless other awards.

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.