Oregon-native Nahko, born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, says he suffered an identity crisis from an early age. The unifying power of music entered his life as a healing remedy when he took up the piano at age six. Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche and began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and communal healing.
Through his voice, guitar, flute, and drum, whether solo or with the dynamic group of musical troubadours known as Medicine for the People, Nahko delivers a soulful dose of curative vibrations that moves audiences to dance, laugh, and cry. His spirited redemption music lays bare the scars of cultural wounds, environmental wrongs, and social injustices and has an all-inclusive, healing vibration.
Nahko’s special guest Saritah also brings a global perspective in her music. Saritah was born in Seoul, South Korea, the country of her mother’s heritage, but grew up by the Indian Ocean in the most isolated city in the world, Perth, Australia.
Saritah’s inspiring, uplifting and playfully powerful live shows are described as colorful celebrations of life. Lyrical inspiration, affirmations, and observations weave with sounds inspired by dancehall, reggae, soul, world and pop music. _A festival favorite, Saritah loves to connect with the audience and her vocals are delivered with a captivating blend of attitude and grace.
Doors open at 8 p.m. There will be an opening band. Tickets are available at local outlets, and cost $15 in advanced and $18 at the door. For more information visit www.mateel.org.
PHOTO COURTESY OF VICKY PAPAS-FERGARA
Nahko and Medicine For The People