Out in support of both frontman Nahko Bear’s personal, transcendent “prequel” work, 2017’s My Name Is Bear, as well as their last “current,” full band-geared effort, 2016’s HOKA, Portland folk and world music outfit Nahko and Medicine for the People will return to Nashville tonight, Aug. 4 for their largest Music City headliner to date, at Marathon Music Works. With support from socially-charged LA folk singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza, this promises to be a heady, transcendent, and worldly affair, and tickets are available here while they last. Read on for more about the show!
NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE
Born to a teenage mother and of Puerto Rican, Native American, and Filipino heritage, and raised by an adoptive white family in Portland, Oregon, musician Nahko Bear forged his artistic identity by leaving home at 18 and embarking on a personal journey, shaped by love, heartbreak, travel, psychedelic experiences, spiritual and mystical revelations, and, ultimately, meeting his birthmother for the first time at 21. While, last year, Nahko chronicled much of this period of his life and the songs written during it with personal, rocking effort My Name Is Bear, a self-described prequel of sorts, he found much of his musical success after this period of time, embarking on public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and social healing with his band Nahko and Medicine for the People. Since their 2013 full-length debut, Dark As Night, and two excellent subsequent followups, the talented group have been honing their fusion of folk rock, hip hop, and alternative world music, striving to aim their message and mindset at a global audience. They’ve quickly forged a cult following over the last few years, and, through constant touring, have honed a buzzed-about live show, so it’s no surprise that the band’s return to Nashville is their biggest headliner yet- don’t miss out!
Like Nahko, New York bred, LA based singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza is shaped by her multicultural heritage which, too, includes Native American. She also harbors a strong affinity for impassioned, socially charged, and globally conscious folk rock, and has attracted attention for her themes and ideals of protest, cultural identity, feminism, preservation, anti-establishment, and activism. Her debut album, last year’s Fight For You, is a wonderful and socially urgent work of modern folk, and her style and sensibilities are a natural fit for this show. Be sure to show up early!
Nahko and Medicine for the People and Raye Zaragoza will perform tonight, Aug. 4 at Marathon Music Works. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $25.