War Bonnet reverentially explores and reinterprets the darker, more recessed ancestral music created by North America's indigenous people.
In early 2017, Chaz Wagner, (Bois Forte Ojibwe) and Tony Parson (Leech Lake Ojibwe) formed the band War Bonnet. War Bonnet is a legendary Native American rock band. War Bonnet brings awareness to Native American rock music as a genre as well as historical events, and current events in Indian Country. War Bonnet released the single, War Horse—following with their first full album, The Ghost Dance (February 2019). On May 2, the Native Report featured War Bonnet and their song, “Ikwe” which brings awareness to the #MMIW movement — Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (children and peoples). Ikwe will appear on their next album coming out in the Spring of 2020. Their full live band consists of seven talented professional musicians.
The band is Nominated for 2 Native American Music awards in 2019 - Best Rock Recording for “The Ghost Dance” album and Group Of The Year.
They are currently in the studio recording their follow up album, due in early 2020.
War Bonnet live:
Chaz Wagner - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals, Samples
Tony Parson - Keyboards
Alex Mehne - Percussion, Horns, whistles
Tom Fricheck - Drums
Eric Krenz - Lead Guitar
Becky Fricheck - Vocalist
Sean Zarn - Bass Guitar