Blues-rock band Indigenous at Thursdays on First opening day

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Mato Nanji and the band Indigenous will peform at the opening Thursdays on First & Third.

The hard-hitting, guitar-driven blues-rock of Indigenous kicks off Thursdays on First & Third .

Fronted by Mato Nanji, a member of the Nakota Nation, Indigenous recently released its ninth CD.

"Vanishing Americans" pays tribute to Nanji's father, who also gets credit for laying the groundwork for the band. Indigenous formed in 1998 after Nanji and his siblings discovered their father's instruments in the basement.

Nanji --who channels Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Carlos Santana in his guitar work -- is also a member of the Jimi Hendrix tribute show, Experience Hendrix, which recently appeared on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.

This week's music:


-- Terramara , a Twin Cities piano-based pop band, 4 p.m. Peace Plaza stage

-- Kevin Bowe + The Okemah Prophets , an Americana band that's played with a who's-who list of Minneapolis and nationally known musicians, including Paul Westerberg, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James and others, 4 p.m. First Avenue stage

-- Greg Herriges and Telluric Currents , a Twin Cities-based new-world music artist, 6:30 p.m. Peace Plaza stage

-- Indigenous , blues rock, 6:30 p.m. First Avenue stage

Street market: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. First Avenue Southwest from the Peace Plaza to Third Street Southwest, downtown Rochester

Admission: Free

Music programmed in partnership with Rochester Downtown Alliance and Riverside Concerts.

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