Levi Platero is a three piece family blues rock power trio, from Tohajiilee, NM of the eastern agency of the Navajo nation within the southwest of the U.S.A. They first came on the music scene in 12/04 at a music fest in Birdspring, AZ. By April 2005, they were invited to the biggest Pow Wow in the world, “The Gathering of Nations” for a 20-minute set on the “Reach the Rez Stage.” At the time the lead guitar player was only 12 years 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 this son with bass guitar, vocals, and his older cousin kept the beat on drums. This was their first major performance. By the end of the show the crowd had just seen the arrival of another Native American family band like Indigenous and Redbone. The crowd gave the young boy and this 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. Presidential Inaugural Ball.
Today Levi continues to perform with his family. They have performed over 280 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 for 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. They won best music video at the 2010 Dreamspeaker Film Fest in Alberta, Canada. In 2009, they were selected with other well-known national native acts in the first ever Native music rock tour in 15 selected cites at Hard Rock Cafés across the U.S. These are just a few things this young band has achieved.