25th Bluesfest – Nahko Bear – Nahko & Medicine For the People in conversation with Last Hippie In Byron Bay 99.9 BayFM.
You may have caught Nahko and Medicine For The People on Xavier Rudd’s last tour, delivering his message with a powerful set, ably assisted by the tribal percussionist Hope Medford and guitarist Chase Makai. Oregon-native Nahko, born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures’ adopted into an American family and now living in Hawaii, brings his own unique meld of World, Folk and Urban Roots to Bluesfest for the very first time.
He leads Medicine For The People by example – on a musical mission to ‘create healing and activate people to change things’. His latest CD, reflecting his growing influence, debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top Alternative New Artist chart – and at #6 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.
He’s toured with SOJA, Xavier Rudd, and played festivals like Electric Forest and Wakarusa in the US and The Bali Spirit in Indonesia, and The Byron Spirit Festival. Most recently Nahko and Medicine For The People shared the stage with Michael Franti at the Soulshine Festival at Christmas in Bali.