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Explosion 1: Pre-game  Special

$3 DOMESTICS

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Whiskey Island

"PEOPLE'S CHOICE"

AWARD WINNERS

@

Great Lakes Brew B-Q

with our

Thank You Thank YOU very much

WILBERTS IS OUTSTANDING!
Home of The
$3 DOMESTICS

$3 BOMBS
Labatts and Labatts Lite-the BIG BOYS - 16oz-Yea just 3 bucks too!
FireBalls are just $4  & so are  shots of Jameson.
Where everything is homemade Fresh and down right delicious!
1/2 Slab of Ribs with hand cut Fries and a Salad - JUST $9.99 (HH)
The BEST Homemade barbeque sauce- It's Sweet-Smokey-Spicy!!!
We pride ourselves on having the
Best Service
Best Food
at The Best Price in the neighborhood
+ Awesome Music! = Home of over 90-Grammy Winners!
So see us before during and after the tribe games.
In the Historic Caxton building just north of the stadium off Bolivar and east 9th;
WILBERTS-Bringing you over 120 years of Miller Hospitality to Cleveland!
OUTSTANDING!

 

Wilbert's Food & Music
812 Huron Avenue E.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(216)-
375-5966

 

All shows are all ages. Start @ 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted, with doors 2 hours before show time. Dinner reservations are suggested. You can make them by calling or texting me

@ Text> 2163755966

If you leave a message make sure you leave your phone #, and we'll call you back with a reservation conformation, or better yet,-you can e-mail

us at

wilberts812@sbcglobal.net

Dinner reservations must be made for at least an hour or more before show time. By 7pm week days and 8pm week ends

Thanks MM!

A website helping fans of concerts and events find hotels close to the
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ConcertHotels.com

 

EVAN (my oldest son) AND GATEMOUTH!

Great Place for

a Party!

We'll cater to all your wants & needs!

Special Menus,

Open Bar/Cash Bar

Holiday & Cocktail Parties,

Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners, Wakes & Weddings, Retirements, Farewells, Etc…… We've done themAll Such as...

(Jane Scott's 75 B-Party!)

Mike Millers

Cell / Text # 216.375.5966

e-mail wilberts812@sbcglobal.net

Delta Zeta Formal →

Thank you so much for all

of your services on

Saturday night. Everyone

had a blast and said the

food was amazing!! This

was the perfect place to

have our fall formal. Everything you have done

is greatly appreciated. Hopefully we can hold another event there soon.

I will definitely keep in

touch with you

ON TAP!

Founders

DIRTY BASTARD SCOTCH STYLE ALE

So good it's almost wrong. Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain't for the wee lads.

Great Lakes CLOUD CUTTER ALE

Bursts of juicy citrus zip across friendly, lightly filtered wheat skies in our high-flying tribute to the historic Cleveland Air Races..

 

BELL'S OBERON ALE

Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with our signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer. Made with only 4 ingredients, and without the use of any spices or fruit, Oberon is the color and scent of sunny afternoon.

Leinenkugel 
SUMMER SHANDY


Crisp weiss beer with natural lemonade flavor.

Leinenkugel own unique take on Franz Kugler’s original Munich tavern tradition. Leinenkugel’s® Summer Shandy® is our traditional weiss beer with refreshing natural lemonade flavor that makes it the perfect summer beer.

In 2012, Summer Shandy won a Silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival® in the Fruit Wheat Beer category.

Lagunitas Brown Shugga'

Some of the best things in life are the product of happy accidents. Such is the case with Lagunitas Brown Shugga’. This beloved holiday classic began as a botched batch of Olde GnarlyWine. The addition of brown sugar not only increased the ABV, but also amped up the rich malty sweetness. Toffee, caramel and big piney hops all rolled into one massive brew that's deceptively easy to drink

 

Rhinegeist Brewery

Bubbles

Rosé Ale


A Rosé Ale made with apple, peach and cranberry, for additional pink hue, tartness and juicy fruitiness.

Anderson Valley Brewing CERVEZA CREMA
NITRO

With hints of caramel in the nose and a touch of spice, this slightly sweet, malty session ale is conditioned with nitrogen to impart a smooth, creamy texture and the classic “cascading effect” leading to a silky finish. With its unique flavor profile, it has become affectionately known as the “cream soda for adults”.

Stella Artois Cidre

Crisp and refreshing belgian cider made with hand-picked apples

 

Market Garden Prosperity Wheat

Formerly known as Street Wheat! If you’ve ever spent time in a German Beer Garden, you know how much they love their wheat beer. Our Bavarian style Hefeweizen is a satisfying blend of sweet wheat and pale malts, clove and banana aromatics, and the zesty tang of wheat beer yeast.

Working Class Brewery Brick Layer Brown Ale

An ale like this will make
you lay bricks all the live long day

 

Platform Amarillo Fog DBL IPA


This is an outstanding beer that has just a bit of "east coast" yeasty kick, but is not nearly as juicy or biting as many. More like an Unfiltered Enjoy By than a Heady Topper.
It is a very hazy, vibrant burnt orange-gold. It has an egg shell white, massive pillowy head.
It smells fairly malty and musty with an almost pilsner like grain aroma. There is also some fruity esters, pine, and some noticeable yeast.
The flavors really pop compared to the aroma. It has a lot of musty/earhty grapefruit, pineapple, and a touch of peach. Not really sweet at all. There is a bit of a floral hop flavor, followed by a solid bitter pine. It finishes with a little bit of a yeast bite.
The body is definitely on the heavier side, but smooth with no real noticeable alcohol

Royal Docks Pendragon RareWit

According to legend, King Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon, was possessed of two magical ales. Pendragon RareWit is our homage to the first of those beers - magically ‘wrought in Avalon' to refresh knights after battle and imbue them with the ‘courage of the Red Dragon'. Rather than hops, Pendragon RareWit relies on a pantheon of herbs and spices - many native to the Welsh Countryside - to provide a refreshing citrusy floral balance to the sweetness of barley malt and unmalted wheat.

Uinta

Hop Nosh IPA

   Formerly known as Hop Notch. Wonderful complex flavos, like no other, simply a great tasting IPA. It's balanced, strong malt backbone, citrusy nose, with hints of pine and grass.

North High Brewing Honey Wheat Lager

Light body, orange hues and a smooth finish develop from brewing with a special honey malt and orange blossom honey.

Slightly hazy gold with
Sweet malt aroma, with clove and citrus. Smells remarkably like Blue Moon, but stronger.
Sweet, malty and honeyed arrival, followed by a citrusy tang and mild banana clove esters.
Heavier side of mid weight; little carbonation, slick and smooth. Appropriate for the style
Tastes pretty much like a sweeter, bolder, less carbonated Blue Moon. Surprised this is a lager; would almost think its a Hefeweizen!.

 

Young's Double Chocolate Stout

The taste is a mix of Hershey/milk

chocolate, roasted

grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla

 

Guinness

A classic. Mainly

roasted malt, with a

touch of cream and

milk to it

 

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The paradox of our

time in history is that

we have taller

buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways,but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less.

We buy more, but

enjoy less.

We have bigger

houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less

sense, more

knowledge, but

less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more

medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much,

spend too recklessly, laugh too little,drive

too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much,

and pray too seldom.

We

have multiplied our possessions, but

reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate

too often. We've

learned how to make a living, but not a life.

We've added years

to life not life to years.

We've been all the

way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

We conquered outer space but not inner space.

We've done larger

things, but not better things. We've cleaned

up the air, but polluted

the soul. We've conquered the atom,

but not our prejudice.

We write more, but

learn less. We plan

more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait.

We build more

computers to hold

more information, to produce more copies

than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These

are the days of two incomes but more

divorce, fancier

houses, but broken homes.

These are days of

quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway orality, one night

stands, overweight bodies, and pills that

do everything from

cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there

is much in the

showroom window and nothing in the

stockroom. A time

when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you

can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit 'delete'.

Remember, spend

some time with your

loved ones, because

they are not going to

be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone, who looks up to you in awe, because that little

person soon will grow

up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one

next to you, because

that is the only

treasure you can give

with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say,

"I love you" to your

partner and your loved ones, but most of all

mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from

deep inside of you.Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday

that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak and give time to share the

precious thoughts in

your mind.

A Message by

George Carlin

Reminder

We're always  open

before all Indians/Cav's home Monsters, Gladiators  Games or ALL Gateway Events..........with

$2-Domestics

-Labatt blue,Budweise, .Bud

Light, Coors light MGD, Miller Lite,

Miller high life,Rolling

Rock, PBR

$3- Microbrews-

Michelob Ultra,

Bud Lime, Great Lakes

Dortmunder,

Blue Moon,

Samuel Adams

Cherry, Grape, Jagger, Orange Bombs $3

$6 Irish

Car

Bombs!

Right On!

-Tell your Friends!

 

Get It ToGo!!!

 

"When I went to school, they askedme what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."
John Lennon

 

Thursday Rocktober 18

PHIL COLLINS

Not Dead Yet

HapPy HoUr PaRtY!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Friday Roctober 19

AFTON SHOWCASE

Folk Rock to Hip Hop

Saturday Rocktober 20

an Eagles Phenomenal

HapPy HoUr PaRtY!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Live On Our Stage

Singer/Songwriter from Willoughby OH

Nick Walker

My name is Nick Walker and I am a singer/songwriter born in Perry Ohio. I have been playing guitar for about 3 years now and writing for about 1 year. I am a graduate of Cleveland State University and I play on the east side of Cleveland but am excited to start playing downtown where I know and love. I started playing gigs regularly in June but have played at festivals such as Painseville Party in the Park, No Name Town Music Festival in Coshocton Ohio and the Geneva Grape Jamboree.Things are taking off quickly and I'm excited for what's to come next. I recently released my debut single "If You See Kay" which is available on Spotify, iTunes, or anywhere else you get music.

Sunday Rocktober 2

Cav's Home Opener Party

Opening at 12:30!

Watch the Browns Game

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Tuesday Rocktober 23

TWENTY ØNE PILØTS Phenomenal

Happy Hour PaRtY

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Wednesday Rocktober 24

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Friday Rocktober 26

Fleetwood Mac

On With The PaRtY!

WITH ALL THE GREAT SPECIALS!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Live Our Stage at 9pm

New York Reggae

PREDATOR DUB ASSASSINS

P-DUB

is a New York City based artist who, together with his band Predator Dub Assassins, has developed a unique brand of contemporary music fusing Hip Hop and RnB with Pop and Reggae elements.
Since 2005, P-Dub and Predator Dub Assassins have released 5 full length albums: "Predator Dub Assassins" (2005), “The Hardest” (2007), “East Coast Dub Cartel Volume One” (2008), ”Fully Qualified” (2009), and P-Dub's solo debut “Frontline” (2010). The group made an appearance on the hit TV series “American Chopper” in 2009, and supplied music for other popular TV programs on the Food and Fuel TV networks.
As a singer/songwriter and producer, P-Dub has worked with a diverse range of artists including: Akon, Britney Spears, Twista, Trina, Sean Kingston, FloRida, Collie Buddz, Dipset/The Diplomats, Pharoahe Monch, French Montana, Jadakiss, Three 6 Mafia, Paul Wall, Buju Banton, Maxi Priest, Wayne Wonder, Billy Blue (Def Jam), Ace Hood and others. He has also appeared on some of the same albums as pop luminaries like Lady Gaga, P-Diddy, Trey Songs, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Lil' Wayne, seeing a #1 Independent (Billboard), #2 Rap (Billboard), #4 Hip Hop/RnB (Billboard), and two top 10 albums on iTunes (reggae) in the process.

Saturday Rocktober 27

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Tuesday Rocktober 30

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Thursday November 1

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Friday November 2

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Saturday November 3

ELTON JOHN HaPpY HoUr!

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Sunday November 4

opening at 9:30am

BROWNS BRUNCH

with The Best DAM Specials DOWNTOWN!

$4 Bloody Marys / $4 Mimosa

Breakfast Quesadilla

Breakfast Burrito

Creme Brûlée French Toast

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Wednesday November 7

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

AT 8pm

bluesy indie  rock sounds  from THE VOICE ~ byway of Wyckoff, New Jersey

The DYLAN HARTIGAN Project

Hartigan is a renowned artist who has been professionally working in the arts industry for over 18 years. He is rightfully know for his performance as a finalist on NBC's Season 14 of The Voice. Both Kelly Clarkson and Blake Sheldon valued his talent to have him on their teams. He has performed in NYC bands since he was the age of 15 and worked with big names like Kelly Clarkson, Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Sheldon, Bette Midler, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix, Olivia Wilde and more. Dylan’s artistry stems from years on set as a child actor beginning at the age of 3. His credits include commercials, leading roles in feature films, a recurring role on NBC's The Black Donnellys, multiple appearances in TV shows like Law and Order, Law and Order Criminal Intent and Unforgettable.
Dylan then found his voice at 14 and has since developed his unique tone emanating from his favorite form of music, The Blues. His sound is the essence of The Blues and Folk music; the realest form of musical art coming from a place of deep sadness and conquest. He loves to share his poetry with the world. What is most important to him is that people not just hear his music but FEEL his music.
The bulk of his time is spent in his home recording studio, where he writes and produces his own music, rehearses and jams with his band mates from The Dylan Hartigan Project. He has performed multiple times in the famous Bitter End NYC, Rockwood Music Hall, The Cutting Room, Ridgefield Playhouse, Universal Studios, MetLife and the NJ shore’s legendary Stone Pony.

Friday November 9

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Saturday November 10

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

LIVE on Our Stage @8:30pm

(of Trampled Under Foot) won "Best Contemporary Blues Album" at the Blues Music Awards

NICK SCHNEBELEN BAND

"Like early Jeff Healey Nick sets the frets on fire in a tough display of how blues guitar should be played." ?                                  -John Kereiff, The Rock Doctor Full...

Nick Schnebelen has quickly built a reputation as killer lead guitar player and impassioned vocalist.As founding member of the award winning popular family band Trampled Under Foot ( TUF), Nick has traveled the world playing festivals such as Notodden, Montreal, and as fan favorites on theannual Legendary Blues Cruise. Today Nick performs with his own band, as does his sister Daniele and brother Chris. The siblings still perform a few re-union shows as

Trampled Under Foot.

Now,
Nick Schnebelen continues to tour world-wide, bringing his raw blues energy guitar and vocals, backed by a hot rock n blues band.

Sunday November 11

opening at 9:30am

BROWNS BRUNCH

with The Best DAM Specials DOWNTOWN!

$4 Bloody Marys / $4 Mimosa

Breakfast Quesadilla

Breakfast Burrito

$3 DOMESTICS ~ $3 BOMBS

$4 FireBalls & shots of Jameson

PLUS

1/2 Slab of Ribs & Fries + Salad = $9.99

Friday November 30

"Brandon Santini displays the harp ability of a Hummel, the soul of a Salgado, and the pizzazz of a Piazza." - Mary4Music.com

Brandon Santini

8:30pm

testimonials

"...expertly evoking the sounds of his forefathers, hypnotising the crowd." ~ National Geographic Traveler

"...the sound is simply unforgettable." ~ Bluesonline.pl

"A likely successor to Road Piazza, with a uniquely Memphis-by-the-way-of-New-Orleans bump." ~ Living Blues


Multi-BMA and Blues Blast Award nominee, Memphis vocalist and har- monica player Brandon Santini is worthy of conversations that include James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players. 
Brandon combines his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield.  
Founding the Blues Music Award-nominated band Delta Highway in 2003, Brandon relocated to Memphis, absorbing the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country. With two acclaimed albums under his belt, Brandon released “Live & Extended!” in January 2015. Featuring his tight touring band, it's been nominated for a 2015 Blues Blast Award. 

Saturday December 1

Wednesday December 19

“Castiglia combines solid Blues with Soul, Rock, and Country-Blues tones that should appeal to both Blues purists and Rockers”~ Blues Blast Magazine

ALBERT CASTIGLIA

"Up All Night." It's an apt title for Albert Castiglia's seventh album: nobody sleeps when this man is in town. After 27 years of house-rocking studio albums an d smack-in-the-mouth live shows, the Florida bandleader is the acknowledged master of red-raw, sweat-and-hair blues that gives it to you straight. Now, the visceral riffs and bruised soul of Up All Night make everything else sound like a lullaby. "I'd describe the musical vibe of this new album," says Castiglia simply, "as heavy."
Being released October 6, 2017 on Ruf Records, Up All Night finds Castiglia in a creative swagger after last year's acclaimed Big Dog. What wasn't broke then hasn't been fixed now, with the bluesman once again recording at Dockside Studios, Louisiana, and capturing a warts-and-all mix alongside producer Mike Zito. "I figured since the Big Dog session went so well there, why change studios?" he reasons. "I'll probably record there for the rest of my life."
Dockside might be home-turf, but any notion of a comfort zone was dispelled by an edgy new lineup who pushed their bandleader to the wire. "Putting my new band together was a pivotal moment and this recent incarnation has really upped my game," says Castiglia. "My drummer, Brian Menendez, is very dynamic and gives me that extra spark. He's along the lines of a Ginger Baker or Mitch Mitchell. Jimmy Pritchard is my bass player and he's solid as a rock. His tone is fat and he's right on time. When I hear him, I think of Bill Wyman or Calvin 'Fuzz' Jones. It's a power trio with no boundaries or restrictions. It's a pretty amazing sound to me and it's reflective in Up All Night."
Up All Night is what happens when fist-tight chemistry meets a songwriter firing on all cylinders. Flying out of the blocks and bottling ten songs on the first day, Castiglia shook the Dockside walls with the most powerful songs of his career. There's the stinging "Hoodoo On Me." The strutting garage-band vibe and scream-it-back chorus of "Three Legged Dog." The punchy call-and-response bar-room brawler that is "Knocked Down Loaded." "That song was written with my frequent collaborator, Graham Wood Drout," says Castiglia, "and it brings me back to when I was a young musician and felt like I was ten feet tall and bulletproof."
Other high-velocity cuts include "95 South"'s travelogue, decorated by the inimitable slide-guitar fairydust of Sonny Landreth ("That's about having to drive from Washington D.C. to my home in South Florida in the middle of a tropical storm"), while "Chase Her Around The House" splices an early rock 'n' roll vibe with an age-old male need ("It's about coming home and wanting to devour your significant other after being on the road for a long time").
He'll pummel you with the rough stuff, but Castiglia can also shift gears to more contemplative moments, whether that's the rolling and contented acoustic blues of "You Got Me To That Place," or its thematic opposite-man, "Unhappy House Of Blues." "That song was co-written with Cyril Neville," he explains. "Cyril wrote the lyrics but I completely relate to them, because they bring me back to unhappier times when I was a struggling musician and I had no support from who I was with. I think anyone can relate to these tunes."
This isn't Castiglia's first time around. Born on August 12th, 1969, in New York – before moving to Florida aged five – he made his professional debut in 1990 with Miami Blues Authority, but truly hit the international radar when Junior Wells invited him into his solo band for several world tours. "It was an incredible adventure," recalls Castiglia. "Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a Chicago bluesman. Junior opened the door for me to do that. He recorded his last studio album, Come On In This House, at Dockside. What a sign!"
The gig was a shop-window, and though Wells died in 1998, there was no stopping Castiglia, whether he was joining the great Atlanta vocalist Sandra Hall for national tours in the late-'90s, or holding his own in onstage jams with everyone from Pinetop Perkins to John Primer. Nobody's sideman, his own burgeoning solo career began with 2002's Burn, followed up by 2006's A Stone's Throw, 2010's Keepin On and 2012's Living The Dream. In 2014, Ruf debut Solid Ground was declared "smouldering and intense" by The Blues Magazine, while last year's Big Dog was the thrilling culmination of a lifetime's craft, championed by Blues Blast's Kim Derr as "the best album I've listened to this year".
That back catalogue is a high bar, but Up All Night raises it, defying you to sleep until you've worn out its 11 magnetic tracks. "You'll rock out and dance like nobody's watching," concludes Albert. "If you're sad, this record will lift you up. If you're already happy, this album will make you happier. You can listen to this album anywhere, anytime…"

Wednesday May 29 2019

Blues Rock from Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota South Dakota-

(and current Experience Hendrix touring member)

INDIGENOUS

Born and raised on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Indigenous front man Mato Nanji (Ma-TOE NON-gee) dedicates his latest release Time Is Coming (on Blues Bureau International) to the indigenous youth and all young people on the indigenous reservations.

Mato Nanji’s father, the late Greg Zephier, Sr., was a well-known and highly respected spiritual advisor and spokesperson for the International Indian Treaty Council. In addition to this leadership role, he was an accomplished musician and a member of the musical group, The Vanishing Americans. Formed by Greg and his brothers in the ‘60’s, The Vanishing Americans toured nationally and shared bills with such legends as Bonnie Raitt. Besides being heavily influenced by the music his father and uncles were making, Mato was exposed to Greg’s vast collection of blues records by legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King. Consequently, Mato embraced and began utilizing his own musical talent at a young age. With the experience, love and wisdom of their father to guide them, Mato, his brother, sister and cousin formed the band Indigenous while in their late teens.

After much time invested in practicing and building a following, they began touring extensively across the country. In 1998, they released their award winning debut album Things We Do. The title track’s video, directed by Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals), won the American Indian Film Festival Award and was shown at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Indigenous’ music caught the attention of blues icon B.B. King and the young band was invited to play on his annual B.B. King’s Blues Tour in 1999. Sadly, Mr. Zephier would pass away before seeing his children receive this great honor.
With momentum gaining, Indigenous’ 2000 sophomore release, Circle, was produced and arranged by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s longtime friend and collaborator, the late Doyle Bramhall, Sr. Three more cds; Fistful of Dirt (2002), Indigenous (2003) and Long Way Home (2005) would follow before the 2006 decision by the siblings to ‘disband’ and pursue their own musical paths but Mato carried on with the Indigenous band name. “Playing with my family for 10 years was a lot of fun, but it was time to grow and keep moving forward.”

Mato continued touring and in 2006 released Chasing The Sun. Two of the cd’s songs, “Come On Home” and “Leaving”, were featured on the hit Discovery Channel show The Deadliest Catch. “Come on Home” was also featured on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

On 2008’s Broken Lands, an intensely personal record, Mato and Leah, his lyricist and wife, pay tribute to his Native heritage. The album decries the poverty, isolation and reality of life on the reservation with “Place I Know.” The album gains its title from the line, “all is lost in these broken lands.”

Of The Acoustic Sessions (released in 2010), Mato commented, “It’s a collection of some of my favorite songs that celebrate 10 years of releasing albums. Every song that I have ever written began with the acoustic guitar, so it only felt natural to create an acoustic album.”

Indigenous featuring Mato Nanji (2012) would mark Nanji’s debut on the Blues Bureau International label and the beginning of his collaboration with noted producer, Mike Varney. Joining Mato on the disc’s opening track “Free Yourself, Free Your Mind” is the soulful Jonny Lang. On it, the two guitar-masters trade vocals and guitar solos. It’s truly a blues lover’s ‘match made in heaven’.

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, psychedelic blues-infused 3 Skulls and the Truth (Blues Bureau International) disc. The album’s no-holds barred setting is the ideal foundation for the three veteran axemen to simply ‘let it fly’.

February 2013 would bring the Mato Nanji-inspired release from trance-blues artist Otis Taylor, My World Is Gone (Telarc). Mato and Otis explore the plight of the American Indian people in a lightning bolt of musical creativity and social commentary. "Mato inspired the entire direction of this album," says Taylor. "We were talking about history backstage at a Jimi Hendrix tribute concert he had just played, and, in reference to his people, the Native American Nakota Nation, he said 'My world is gone.' The simplicity and honesty of those four words was so heavy, I know what I had to write about."

"My dad was my favorite musician so he really influenced me a lot with everything. I just felt it was time to pay tribute to him and his band," says Nanji. That tribute, Vanishing Americans, was released on May 21, 2013 and promptly found its place on iTunes Top 10 Blues Chart. Blues Rock Review (6/5/13) said: “each song is brought together with heavy and powerful guitar riffs akin to those of Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix, while bellowing, raspy vocals turn a talented guitarist’s vision into a relatable song for many, just as any praiseworthy blues album should.”

“Mato continues to refine his guitar and vocal vocabularies with each new release and is also expanding his songwriting skills with his wife Leah,” said producer Mike Varney of Time Is Coming (May 2014). From the infectious opening track of “Grey Skies”; the Soundgarden/Rage Against the Machine influenced “Won’t Be Around No More”; and the gut-wrenching blues of “Don’t Know What To Do”, and at all points in between, Mato Nanji “tears at his guitar strings, bending and shaking them to within an inch of their life, it is clear that he is no mere copyist. He is a genuine virtuoso…” (Rhys Williams, bluesblastmagazine.com 5/14).

Ultimately, Mato dedicates Time Is Coming, to the Indigenous youth and all young people on the Indigenous reservations. Of the song says Nanji; “still to this day, the struggle continues to just live in peace. Growing up here on the reservation I’ve seen a lot of broken families…broken homes. I feel our families’ “Tiospaye” are the core of what makes us who we are. Now family and its meaning is not as strong as it used to be for our people…almost non-existent. So I send my heart and soul out to the indigenous children having a tough time in their lives and in their homes. This record is inspired by them and made in their honor. I hope for the best for all. Tomorrow is another day.”

The Plateros, a three piece award winning family band from the Navajo Nation in Tohajiilee, New Mexico consider Mato Nanji and Indigenous one of their greatest musical influences.

Levi and The Plateros played their first show, a festival in Bird Springs, AZ in December 2004, and by April 2005, they would find themselves onstage performing at the largest PowWow in the world, The Gathering of Nations. Lead guitarist Levi, with his natural born talent, slid across the stage with power chords and screaming blues that amazed the packed crowd. He was just 13 years old.

In the years to follow, Levi, along with his cousins Douglas Platero on drums and Bronson Begay on bass would receive numerous nominations for native music and video awards, and their cd Hang On would take home a win for Best Blues Album at the 2009 New Mexico Music Awards.

In 2012, they joined Indigenous for The Kinship Tour, with The Plateros opening the double bill. They would join Mato for blistering encores that would bring the proverbial house down.

Touring in support of Time Is Coming in the summer of 2014, Mato Nanji would once again call on Levi, Douglas and Bronson to hit the road with him. This time, though, would be different. They would be onstage as Indigenous' rhythm section; Mato and Levi trading leads and solos while Bronson and Douglas provided the strong, stable rhythmic foundation that allowed the two guitarists to 'tear it up'.

As the band made its way across the east coast, the after show buzz was audible. The incendiary chemistry of Mato Nanji, Levi Platero, Bronson Begay and Douglas Platero innate.

They are Indigenous.

 

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