THE CODY BLACKBIRD BAND Appearing Sun Jul 22nd 2018 at 7:30pm



Tickets:
$10 in advance
$12 at the door




"The Cody Blackbird Band is a big deal - they’ve shared the bill with big names like Michael Franti, Arlo Guthrie, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke, Buffy St. Marie, Peter Paul and Mary’s Peter Yarrow, Nahko Bear, Xavier Rudd, and Big Mountain, to name a few."
---- Anchorage Press


"No mere novelty act, this outfit fuses traditional Native-American flute music with blues, heartland rock, and a multi-culti jam-band sensibility, creating a wholly original and wholly American rock form." 
---Scruffy City Press


"Not only is Cody Blackbird an incredible Native Flute player, but I love how he blends the Native sound with blues and classic rock. He and his band definitely know how to bring the heart and soul.” 
Bibi McGill, Musical Director/Lead Guitarist for Beyonce 


“The Cody Blackbird Band is one of the most successful groups in native music today” 
Chicago Magazine



Raw, honest, organic, indigenous. The Cody Blackbird Band sets themselves apart from many of the pop-rock Indie bands that are in the musical marketplace today. Indigenous (Dakota, Cherokee, Romani gypsy) brothers Cody and Caleb Blackbird set out to form a group that honors the sacred music of their ancestors, while infusing the revolution of rock and R&B into their unique style. Utilizing the haunting sound of the traditional Native American wooden flute and hide skin drum, Cody has become the Pied Piper for a new generation of listeners, while his brother Caleb keeps the heartbeat of the pow-wow inside all of their songs. The 60s psychedelic guitar sounds of Will Benjamin add a throwback texture that brings to mind the groups of the late 60s playing at the Fillmore Auditorium. Bass player Adrian D Thomas (Akimel O’odham of Gila River Indian Community) adds the solid foundation that fills out the audio spectrum of this four-piece ensemble. 


Cody’s voice ranges from the subtle intimacies of soft heartfelt poetry, to the rough-edged sound of an experienced classic blues-rock powerhouse. The songwriting style of CBB is reminiscent of the early days of The Doors, The Animals, Canned Heat and Redbone, but also newer artists like Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews and even The Goo Goo Dolls come to mind while experiencing the music of CBB. Throw in the sound of a South American panpipe band that perform at fairs and abroad and you begin to wrap your arms and ears around this new style CBB has created. 


Pulling oneself up from the ashes, romantic poetry, overcoming depression, the positive calling for a universal tribe, realizing your dreams, cannabis awareness, all these subject matters are reflected in the lyrical writing of CBB. The band was awarded “Group of the Year” at the NAMMYS last year, which is a testament to where this band is heading. A special posthumous narration from world-renowned poet, actor and activist, John Trudell, is featured on the song “Kissing the Fire”, an unpublished poem that John wrote before his untimely death in 2015. Also featured on this album “Time” is MC Red Cloud who adds a few verses on the song “Earth Medicine Rap Version” extolling the origins of the CBB and the benefits of CBDs.



The Cody Blackbird Band has built a strong fan base over the years internationally and are a well seasoned touring act who have performed all over the world. The album is an accurate representation of what the band sounds like live and is not over-produced or slick. What you hear is what you get, and it’s all good. 


Produced by 36 year band veteran Kenny Lee Lewis of the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Steve Miller Band, this musical offering is the latest from CBB and will take you deep into the canyons and rivers of creativity this band lifts up. Get ready for a musical healing because their time has come today. Time!



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The Cody Blackbird Band is

Cody Blackbird (Lead Vocals, Native American Flute)
Caleb Blackbird (Native American Flute, Vocals, Percussion )
Will Benjamin (Guitar, Bass, Vocals)
Adrian D Thomas (Guitar, Bass, Vocals)

Cody Blackbird is of Eastern Band Cherokee, and Roma descent. Cody is the son of Thomas Blackbird, an accomplished American Indian Cowboy poet who traveled the country through the 80’s and 90’s. Cody often accompanied his father, laying the foundation for his love of music and the road. As a very hyper child, soothing sounds of traditional flute and ceremonial music helped calm Cody and allowed him to sleep at night. He fell in love with the sounds and eventually asked his father for a flute. The rest is history as Cody has been playing the flute since the age of 9. Starting as a traditional flutist and singer, Cody recorded the album Raven Speaks in late 2009. An album of traditional Native American flute compositions with traditional singing, it garnered Cody a nomination at the 2010 Native American Music Awards for “Best Debut Artist.”

In 2010 Cody released his album “The Journey” which included both Native Flute compositions and original and well known round dance songs. This album made Cody the youngest in the history of NAMA to be awarded the prestigious “Flutist of the Year” award at the 2011 Native American Music Awards.

Cody collaborated with emerging hip-hop artist and producer Frank Waln to co-write the song “Hear my Cry” a collaboration of Hip-hop traditional singing and flute that had never been done. The song called attention to the fight for independence and Native American rights, won a NAMMY for “Song of the Year,” and became the most played song on native radio in 2012. Later, Walk mixed and produced Cody’s next traditional flute album titled “Wicohan,” (life customs) an album dedicated to cultural preservation through language and music.

Wanting to explore different terrain, Cody collaborated in 2014 with Lakota Producer Terrance Jay to create the album Euphoria, an exploration of merging Native American flute with celestial synth key and drums to create an album that lives up to its name. Euphoria placed number 17 on the iTunes and Billboard New Age charts and was featured in Top 40. Euphoria was nominated at the 2016 NAMMY Awards.

As a traditional Flutist and singer Cody Blackbird has been recognized as one of the top Native American Flutist’s touring today, reaching over 120 communities annually. Among the many places Cody has performed are:Yamaha World Headquarters “Ginza Studio” Tokyo, Japan, Wall Street Closing Bell performance for Native One Trading Company, University of Illinois, West Virginia University, University of Alaska, UCLA, Washington DC HIS, Native American Heritage month kickoff , Aboriginal Cultural Center Melbourne Australia, University of Arizona, Alcatraz Island, Old Town School of Folk Chicago IL, US Dept. of Justice Conference on Native American Rights (4 times), IHS National and regional conferences





 


The Cody Blackbird Band


Cody has found his calling as a musician and has had worldwide success especially with his band the Cody Blackbird Band as they have recently received attention and praise from pop sensation Mike Posner and the Steve Miller Band’s Kenny Lee Lewis as well as Kris Kristofferson and others. Blending the old with the new, Cody merges the Native American flute with powerful vocals into contemporary blues rock sounds with The Cody Blackbird Band.

 The band has been compared to a hybrid Native version of the famous Blues rock band “Blues Traveler” Featured on NBC, PBS, WGN, MSNBC, CNN and The NY Times, Cody has performed over 1500 shows both nationally and internationally.

The Cody Blackbird Band has shared the bill with such artists as Arlo Guthrie, Michael Franti, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke, Buffy St Marie Peter, Paul and Mary’s Peter Yarrow, Nahko Bear, Xavier Rudd, and Reggae legends “Big Mountain" The Cody Blackbird Band carry a message of finding purpose and pursuing one’s life goals in a positive manner to reflect change in one’s self and thus their community and abroad, as well as stressing the importance of keeping culture alive in music The Cody Blackbird Band has been named the top Native American Band of 2016


"That's some serious flute" Mike Posner