Saturday, June 3rd • Doors @ 6:30PM • Show @ 8:00PM
Advance: $30.00 - Door Price: $35.00
Beer, wine and lite fare available for purchase.
Guthrie Center members receive 10% off on up to 2 tickets. Use your promo code at checkout!
Matt Nakoa is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. A
modern troubadour, he makes his home on the highways and concert stages of America
and appears regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. Growing up on a small goat farm
in rural NY State, Matt discovered music as a means of teenage escape and trained to be
a concert pianist, before accepting a scholarship to Berklee College of Music as a
vocalist. He developed his dramatic songwriting style with his college art-rock band, The
Fens, and when the band dissolved, he landed in NYC. It was in Manhattanʼs famous
Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines waiting outside the door each Saturday night, that Matt
developed an uncanny ability to command the attention of any audience.
2012 and 2014 saw the release of his first solo albums, garnering multiple songwriting
awards. Nakoaʼs newest album, Casting Shadows, is a spellbinding blend of pop, soul,
and classical influences and tells a story of childhood dreams crashing headlong into a
grownup reality. The Ark of Music Magazine proclaims, “What we have here is a truly
encouraging sign of what pop could once again become ...”
Whether solo for an intimate evening or with The Matt Nakoa Band, Matt is
contemporary pop at its’ very best. As a recent reviewer put it, "Matt Nakoa is a musical
adept, one of those well kept secrets you just can’t help but celebrate: intimate and
genuine, soulful and bittersweet, a rich poetic songbook sung in praise to a complicated,
emotionally present world."
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