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Wilbert's Food & Music
812 Huron Avenue E.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
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
If you leave
a message make sure you leave your
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is greatly appreciated. Hopefully we can hold another event there soon.
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IPA - American style!
LazerSnake is a good old-fashioned Indiana Pale Ale. Special Bavarian hops and Indiana malt give LazerSnake its smooth non-filtered appeal to all craft beer and macro enthusiasts.
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6-Time Medal Winner Since 1999 (Gold, Silver)
Do not open ‘til Christmas? Whoever coined that phrase obviously hasn’t tasted Christmas Ale’s fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger flavors.
FLAVORA Yuletide’s worth of holiday spices and sweet honey to keep you a-wassailing all season long.
Nacho's w/ pulled pork, Awesome Ribs, and ugly Christmas sweaters
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.
Samuel Adams Winter Lager
"rich and hearty dark lager" and "one of the finer pleasures of a winter evening."
Sam Adams Winter Lager is dark copper/amber. The nose is malty and hints of spicy hops. Its head is slightly brown, weak, and brief. The flavor is rather bold. It has a maltiness to it and a full mouthfeel. It finishes nicely with a good spicy whack from the hops then lingering malt sweetness.
Overall, this is a nice beer. It should pair very well with the rich and spicy foods on the typical holiday menu.
Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale
This beer's name sums up the ideas of bringing the best together to celebrate. It is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. We feel it is the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.
A Rosé Ale made with apple, peach and cranberry, for additional pink hue, tartness and juicy fruitiness.
Shiner Wicked Ram IPA
HOPPY . CITRUSY . PINEY . SPICY . MEDIUM-BODIED
Texas- American India Pale Ale (IPA)- 6.0% ABV. 55 IBUs. The first IPA in Shiner's 106-year history, Wicked RAM IPA combines perfectly balanced floral and citrus flavors with a bold aroma and a crisp, refreshing finish. Brewed with Crystal, Bravo and Centennial Hops.
Stella Artois Cidre
Crisp and refreshing belgian cider made with hand-picked apples
Hazy golden orange with a rocky frothy white head that persists. Holy shit where did this beer come from? Tangerine passion fruit citrus and pine with a biscuity bready malt to balance. That's a pretty damn good beer right there!
Sibling Revelry Brewing
A Red Ale brewed in the Irish tradition with UK malts providing a light, toasted caramel profile and finished with a healthy amount of American hops for a fresh, moderately citrus aroma. Keep this one handy for the rowdiest family reunions and sports parties.
Platform BLACK SUEDE
This pitch black robust porter is smooth like suede. It was steeped on single origin, lightly kilned El Salvador coffee beans from our friends at Phoenix. These bright flavors pair perfectly with the chocolate, praline and aromatic roast. The approachable ABV presents a morning mocha that will start your day right
JAFB Wooster Brewery
A Cavalier of a
Hoppy beer with lots of orange peel and some pine notes with some bready malts underneath.
Rhinegeist Brewery Truth IPA
Rare are moments of truth, when you've struck the last match, belting out tunes with your friends, staring deep into the campfire-times when you feel infinite. Our truth is found in the scintillating brilliance of hops. Brewed with a nod to the pacific, hops sizzle with tropical fruit aroma, grapefruit & mango notes and a dry finish.
Old Speckled Hen
Old Speckled Hen is popular with ale drinkers up and down the country and renowned for its unique character and consistent quality.
The great British ale was first brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It was even named after the factory's old run around car which was often parked outside the paint shop. Spattered in paint, the car became known as the “Owld Speckl'd Un”. The eagle-eyed might even see the resemblance between MG's logo and the Old Speckled Hen label!
More than 35 years on, the great premium ale continues to be a finely balanced beer with a distinctive rich, malty taste and fruity aroma
Young's Double Chocolate Stout
The taste is a mix of Hershey/milk
grain, light bitter coffee roast, and vanilla
A classic. Mainly
roasted malt, with a
touch of cream and
milk to it
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
We have bigger
houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less
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.
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
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'.
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
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"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."
Wednesday December 12
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Friday December 14
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Saturday December 15
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Folk Rock to Hip Hop
Sunday December 16
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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
"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…"
Kickin up a cocktail of the wildly infused flavors of Jazz, Folk, and Punk, this raggedy crew of streetwise fashionistas is ready to serve up a poppin' groove for your shakin' and-a-movin'! Whether you catch us as a Cranky Couple or Sassy 7-Piece, our grooves are bound to leave you breathless.
Bassel & The Supernaturals combines neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel Almadani's family along with 10,000,000 others.
The soulful Syrian-American vocalist and his ensemble raised over $11,000 during the preorder campaign for their full-length album, Elements (2017), with over $3,000 in donations for humanitarian aid in Syria. Their album was premiered by Noisey (Vice) and led to their involvement in the nationally-acclaimed SXSW showcase ContraBanned: #MusicUnites featuring artists from the diaspora of the countries targeted by the travel ban. They've since been featured on PRI, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Paste Magazine, Huffington Post, NowThis, and many others. In addition to performing in clubs and festivals across the nation, Bassel partners with universities and charity organizations nationwide to host seminars, workshops, and benefit concerts drawing attention to the crisis in Syria.
Saturday March 2 "Jason Ricci has taken the harmonica to a new place. It's like listening to John Coltrane or something, he's really pushing the boundaries to an incredible degree. He really pisses off the blues purists even more than I do and we sort of became friends over that (laughs)He does jazz and funk and all kinds of stuff, almost like Sonny Rollins. ... You should see this guy live! He's an astounding live performer and he's unique, nobody plays like this guy. I mean technically - and I'm a harp player too - I know what he's pulling off on that instrument; he's really great." – Walter Trout
Awards -2014 Grammy Award for contribution/featured performer Johnny Winter's "Step Back"
-2010 Blues Music Award (Best Instrument Harmonica),
-2000 Mars Music National Harmonica Contest (1st place), -2009 Blues Wax Magazine (Band of the Year) ......Many many more.
Jason Ricci is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today. His music is listed in almost every top ten play-lists on college, blues and Internet radio. Jason is a ‘players player.' His biggest fans are other musicians, from all genres. Jason Ricci is the spot light and on the lips of critics, artists and fans everywhere. Through two plus decades of endless touring, TV appearances, recording and social media, Jason's style of playing is so revolutionary and influential that there exists an entire new generation of players imitating his music, clothes, gear and even stage presence. Jason has been an almost constant force for decades in the studio, festivals, club dates and press. Through performing, song writing, teaching, harmonica prowess and activist in the fields of mental health and addiction, it is not an overstatement that this young man is currently changing the world his music and education. His over blowing harmonica technics are second to none and his song writing, while based in deep blues, is contemporary, relevant and boundless. With his personal demons well in check and a killer new band, The Bad Kind, Jason is back with a vengeance and taking no prisoners, from low down in the alley to out of this world! The new recording, well that's Jason, the moon cat.
RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS: *Featured TV performer at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction in 2015 *Featured performer on Johnny Winter's Grammy winning Cd ‘Step Back' (2014) *Multiple Blues Music Award Nominations: 2009-2017. *Blues Blast Award Winner, 2010.
Born in Chicago in 1952, Dave was first influenced as a child when he found an old Victrola in the basement and wore out the blues 78's. In high school the Stones, Clapton and Mayall first came out but Dave traded those records for Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin Hopkins, and BB King. After high school Weld moved to New Mexico, and studied guitar under Kurt Black, a jazz player who worked with Benny Carter, Grant Green and others in the New York jazz scene. Also he drove to Nevada and met and jammed with Gatemouth Brown.
Weld bought Hound Dog Taylor's first Alligator album, heard Howlin Wolf over the radio in the desert one night, packed up and drove back home in his 67' Ford, and made it with $10 to spare.
Dave found out the West side of Chicago in the black hood was friendlier than the North side, and started sitting in at clubs, and landed a gig with Hound Dog Taylor's band, Brewer Phillips, Ted Harvey, at Sweet Peas on 43rd St. While there a year, there were shake dancers and fistfights. The gig ended when Brewer was stabbed in the throat by his wife, but they reconciled.
Weld then moved to the 1815 Club on W. Roosevelt, owned and operated by Eddie Shaw who had Howlin Wolfs band, the Wolf Pack. Dave stayed there and played in the band with Chico Chism, Lafayette Gilbert, Hubert Sumlin, Detroit Junior, and Eddie Shaw. The going rate was $15 per night, but Dave played there with Otis Rush, Maxwell St. Jimmy, Guitar Junior, Jew Town Burks, Doug Macdonald, Boston Blackie, Tail Dragger, Little Wolf, Big Bad Ben, Little Aurthur, Johnny Littlejohn and more. The gig ended when the band was taken to the Maxwell St. lockup because of the nude dancers. Shaw bailed them out.
During this time Weld was under tutelage from JB Hutto, a Grammy awarded Blues Hall of Fame slide man from Georgia. He studied at JB's house for three years until JB introduced Dave to his nephews, Little Ed and James Young. They started the band "Little Ed and the Blues Imperials" and played every joint in the West side for ten years. About $15 a night, until Bruce Igauer from Alligator recorded them in a historic session "Roughousin'" and they started world tours.
Dave started "Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames" in 1988 with Little Ed's Blessing and they came out with their first CD "Roughrockin' in Chicago", on Parsifal Records in Belgium, and Dave toured Europe, Canada and Japan with his own band.
Little Ed joined Dave's band twice for two years each time and the second time they recorded for Earwig Music, "Keep on Walkin'", and this brought them overseas again, as well as local, regional, and national gigs. When Ed went back to his band he was replaced by the great Abb Locke, legndary sax man who is in the band today with Jeff Taylor and Herman Applewhite. They continue working every week since the band was formed in 1988, and Dave made his first UK tour in 2005, with the second to closing slot at the Maryport Blues Festival, going full circle by opening up for Hubert Sumlin and the Legendary Blues Band!
Saturday April 20
"Brandon Santini displays the harp ability of a Hummel, the soul of a Salgado, and the pizzazz of a Piazza." - Mary4Music.com
"...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.
Wednesday May 29 2019
Blues Rock from Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota
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.
FYI-All shows are all ages and the kitchen is open until I go home!
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