Nahko Plays for Justice

12/05/2016

 

Nahko Bear is what I imagine every parent hopes their son becomes (I wish he was my son and he’s older than me). Impassioned, Nahko’s ethos seems to be speaking truths, inspiring brotherhood and community and justice for all. He’s also a character.

Nahko and the Medicine for the People LIVE Green Generation at Bali Spirit Festival

This past Friday at the Regency Ballroom, Nahko and Medicine for the People played their first ever “major” headlining show for a crowd eager for a better world. The constant theme was a message of social justice and peace. The Native American/ Puerto Rican/ Filipino from Hilo songwriter left a wake of elated and fired up affected fans ready to be right and do good to the world, with breaks to make out by bodies of water, as Nahko said, it is where his greatest make outs have ever been.

Nahko and the Medicine for the People LIVE Green Generation at Bali Spirit Festival

Nahko’s performance started when he and a friend slinked up into the venue straight thru the front doors, passing fans handing in their tickets, equipped with only a megaphone singing “Water is Life”, referring to the much protested Dakota Access Pipeline, penetrating the surprised audience to the core of the ballroom. Chanting, chanting and eventually making his way on stage.

Nahko and the Medicine for the People LIVE Green Generation at Bali Spirit Festival

On tour in support of their most recent effort “Hoka”, the band of seven was reciprocating the audiences energy, playing songs like the new favorite “San Quinten” (Nahko’s account of meeting the man who killed his father), and classics like “Black as Night”.

Nahko and the Medicine for the People LIVE Green Generation at Bali Spirit Festival

Expect big things from this group, they are on a mission with the energy, stamina and right attitude to get it done.

words by Emmanuel Castro
photos by Victoria Smith