The PLATEROS…. with Mato Nanji of Indigenous- they played with Mato here last year… Levi Platero got a lot of cheers…we are thrilled to have him and his band back
PLATEROS BIO Here August 31, 2018 Friday nite!!
PLATERO’S IS A THREE PIECE FAMILY BLUES ROCK POWER TRIO, FROM TOHAJIILEE NM, THE EASTERN AGENCY OF THE NAVAJO NATION WITHIN THE SOUTHWEST OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY FIRST CAME ON THE MUSIC SCENE IN DECEMBER 2004, AT A SMALL CHURCH IN BIRDSPRING AZ, THEN BY APRIL 2005 THEY WERE INVITED TO THE BIGGEST POW WOW IN THE WORLD, “THE GATHERING OF NATIONS” BY NATIVE RAPPER AND MOVIE STAR “LITEFOOT“ AND KNIFEWING SAGURA OF NATIVE STARS PRODUCTION FOR A 20-MIN SET ON THE “REACH THE REZ STAGE”. AT THE TIME THE LEAD GUITAR PLAYER WAS ONLY 12YRS OLD, LEVI, CAME OUT ON THE STAGE THAT NIGHT AND JUST AMAZED THE PACKED CROWD, THE YOUNG GUITARIST SLID ACROSS THE STAGE WITH POWER CHORDS, AND SCREAMING BLUES NOTES AS HIS DAD MURPHY BACKED HIS SON WITH BASS GUITAR, VOCALS. HIS OLDER COUSIN KEPT THE BEAT ON DRUMS, AS THIS FAMILY GAVE THEIR 1ST MAJOR PERFORMANCE. BY THE END OF THE SHOW THE CROWD HAD JUST SEEN THE ARRIVAL OF ANOTHER NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY BAND LIKE INDIGENOUS, REDBONE,… THEY GAVE THE YOUNG BOY AND HIS FAMILY BAND A HUGE WELCOME TO THE NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC SCENE. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THAT THIS WAS JUST THE BEGINNING OF A JOURNEY THAT WOULD TAKE THEM FROM A SMALL INDIAN RESERVATION ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY EVEN TO THE 2009 U.S. PRESIDENTAL BALL.
TODAY LEVI IS 18 YRS OLD, CONTINUES TO PERFORM WITH HIS FAMILY, THEY HAVE PERFORMED OVER 250 SHOWS SINCE 2005, THEY ARE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING BANDS TO WATCH LIVE, IN 2009 THEY WON BEST BLUES AT THE NEW MEXICO MUSIC AWARDS FROM THEIR 2ND ALBUM “HANG ON”, NOMINATED TWICE BY THE NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS IN 2006 AND 2008, THEIR FIRST MUSIC VIDEO “FOREVER I’M WITH YOU” WAS NOMINATED FOR BEST MUSIC VIDEO BY THE 2009 AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO CA, IN 2008 TO 2009 THEY WERE SELETED WITH OTHER WELL KNOWN NATIONAL NATIVE ACTS IN THE 1ST NATIVE MUSIC ROCK TOUR IN 15 SELETED CITIES AT HARD ROCK CAFE’S ACROSS THE U.S, SPONSORED BY THE SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FL IN CONJUCTION WITH HARD ROCK INTERNATIONAL, THESE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS THIS YOUNG BAND HAS ACHIEVED, THEIR PERFORMANCE IS FILLED WITH SOME AMAZING ENERGY WITH A MIXTURE OF BLUES, ROCK, FUNK AND GOSPEL. WITH HIS COUSIN DOUGLAS ON DRUMS WHO STARTED THE BAND WITH HIM, IN MARCH OF 2010 THEY RECRUITED LONG TIME FRIEND AND COUSIN, BRONSON BEGAY, ALL THREE BOYS FELL IN LOVE WITH MUSIC AT VERY YOUNG AGES, WATCHING AND LISTENING TO THEIR FAMILY’S PLAY MUSIC AND SING IN CHURCH. THEY DIDN’T GET FORMAL TRAINING OF ANYKIND WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC, JUST WHAT THEIR SCHOOL OFFERED. THEY LEARNED BY EAR, AND MOST OF ALL THEY HAVE PASSION.
THEIR STYLE IS A MIX OF TEXAS BLUES, WITH A TOUCH OF 70’S ROCK AND ROLL. THOUGH YOUNG THEY HAVE GAINED A STRONG STAGE PRESENCE, WITH LEVI’S STRONG BLUESY VOCALS, AND AMAZING GUITAR RIFFS THAT HAVE BEEN CAMPARED TO STEVIE RAY, HENRY GARZA OF LOS LONELY BOYS, AND MATO OF INDIGENOUS. WITH THEIR OWN LYRICS AND MUSIC FROM THEIR FIRST AWARD WINNING ALBUM “HANG ON”, THEY HAVE GAINED A REPUTATION AS BEING A SOLID BLUES ROCK BAND.
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Harold Aldridge with Harry Williams, and Cowboy and Bronko Carr Pack Porch Stage
Kari Barber Photos of the Struggle and Hope Project. She is documenting the Historic Oklahoma Black Towns…. check out Struggle and Hope.com
RENTIESVILLE — One of Oklahoma’s best kept secrets celebrated its 25th year as the Dusk Til Dawn blues festival kicked off Friday night.
Tucked away in the town of Rentiesville, a few miles north of Checotah in McIntosh County, the festival has been held each Labor Day weekend at the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame since 1991.
The festival’s name comes from the fact the music doesn’t begin until 5 p.m. and lasts late into the morning, finishing up about 5 a.m.
Without a cloud in the sky Friday afternoon, the repressive Oklahoma heat kept most visitors away early on. Word to the wise, although there’s free camping across from the venue, come early because the hardcore and those in the know will stake claim to the best sites.
Just after 5 p.m., the booming sound of bass drums could be heard off in the distance as the first performers got ready to kick things into gear. Soon after, a mix of R&B, classic delta blues, and covers of 1960s blues-inspired psychedelic songs flooded the air of the small outdoor venue.
By 6:30 p.m., cars would trickle in every so often, but once the moon was shining bright, people came in droves — some from nearby, others from other states and a few coming from as far away as South America.
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Danny Angela, originally from New Zealand but currently living in for Brazil for nearly three decades, said it was his first time to come to Rentiesville.
“I found it on the Internet a year ago, and me and my wife were coming to the states for a road trip in our camper, so I said ‘let’s go!’ ”
Angela came days before the festival started, helping the organizers set things up.
“I volunteered, and now I’ve got my shirt and my tickets, so now it’s time to have some fun,” he said.
While for many it was their first time coming to Rentiesville, others have been coming off and on for years.
Charles McIntyre, of Yukon, came with his girlfriend, Marna Altstatt.
“I first came 15 years ago when I was actually moving out of Oklahoma and a friend invited me, I didn’t know what was going on,” McIntyre said.
Describing it as a blast, he said he remembered dancing with friends for hours next to the indoor stage.
Altstatt said it was her first time coming, but said she’s sold on the festival, and will be coming back for years.
“Good music, good food, definitely a lot of fun,” she said.
Local, regional, and national bands all headlined the first night, playing on three different stages.
Mike Winebrenner, of Tulsa, said he’s been running the sound board during shows for years. When asked if there was any difference from years back to this year’s festival he simply said, “no, not really, it just keeps getting better every year.”
While most came for the food and music that lasted until midnight, a sizable group stuck around for the after-hours jam sessions inside the hall of fame. The small club soon turned to standing room only as they gathered to watch musicians who had played earlier in the day cut loose.
Bluesman Johnny Rawls had played a set on the main stage earlier in the night, but once inside, he declared, “it’s after midnight, so I think I’m going to get a little bit nasty.”
Launching into “Hoochie Coochie,” Rawls got the crowd dancing throughout his extra set, smiling and telling the women to “wiggle.”
Outside the building, people drank and puffed on cigars and cigarettes. Perhaps inspired by the music, stories from the brokenhearted could be heard, as one man said “yeah, I had two wives that left me, now all I’ve got is two dogs.”
The festival continues through early Monday morning. Admission is $18 for adults and free for children under 12. For more information, go online to http://dcminnerblues.com/
Tee Dee Young
Thanks to Krystal Lacey – Johnny Rawls doing his thing
and James ‘the old man’ graced our stage for ten years or more always giving his best, always bringing people to their feet… James Peterson