For Dani Doll, one-half of the duo known as the Miracle Dolls, music is a form of therapy. “It’s a place to create beauty that always pushed us through tough times, and we know it can do the same for the kids on the reservation,” she says.
Striking out on the road next month, Dani and her twin sister Dezy (Hidatsa), will be touring throughout the west coast to promote their Native American Youth Music Program, in which they will be donating 10 percent of their merchandise sales to purchase musical instruments for children living on reservations.
Ultimately, their goal is to be able to donate musical instruments to all Indian reservations, as well as lend their knowledge and experience to provide a musical education for children with the help of proceeds from the upcoming tour. Starting this summer, the musicians will be launching the instrument donation program at reservations like Ute Mountain, Colorado; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; and Fort Berthold, North Dakota, as well as select Indian schools across the nation.
With years of experience on the road, the Miracle Dolls have been making music together since their early teens. “Our mother got us our first guitar when we were 13, and she came up with the name. We picked up the guitar, and taught ourselves how to play out of an old chord book,” says Dani, whose wide-ranging musical influences include John Lennon, the Pixies and The Cure.
The Miracle Dolls are known for a grunge-pop sound that is unique, but draws influences from their Native roots. “A lot of our music is influenced by the Hidatsa pow wow drummers and singers who we grew up with, and it’s an honor to come back and give the gift of music to the same communities that we were raised in.”
Recently, the sisters have collaborated with director Arturo Zúñiga and their cousins (who have a background in pow wow drumming and singing) to produce two new music videos in support of their 2013 album Kiss Me Auras.
Once their charity tour is concluded, the indie group will begin recording a third album with long-time friend Mike Herrera, the lead singer of MxPx.
The group also plans to produce a documentary that will capture their life on the road.
The Miracle Dolls will be in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington (for tour details, see below), and will also be participating in the Vans Warped Tour on August 7, in Los Angeles.
“We’ve always wanted to represent our people in a positive light,” says Dani. “And I think our work does just that.”
For more information visit the official Miracle Dolls website.
FIRE AURAS TOUR DATES:
07/06 The Mint Los Angeles, CA
07/07 Clash City Station Riverside, CA
07/08 Cheers Bar & Grill San Diego, CA
07/09 San Carlos Cafe San Carlos, AZ
07/10 Double Down Saloon Las Vegas, NV
07/12 Amnesia Bar San Francisco, CA
07/14 The Sweetspot Redding, CA
07/15 Johnny B’s Medford, OR
07/17 Ash St. Saloon Portland, OR
07/20 Kraken Bar & Lounge Seattle, WA
07/21 Manette Saloon Bremerton, WA