Creating music with a purpose, Oregon-based musical collective Nahko & Medicine For The People are making their way to Australian soil for three headline shows ahead of the festival slot at Bluesfest 2019.
Lead by frontman Nahko Bear, the collective is best known for their real-talk lyrics, contagious and influential messages, as well as their catchy melodies. Nahko, who is of Puerto Rican, Apache, and Filipino descent, is greatly influenced by his mixed heritage and religious upbringing, with the bands primary goal being to bridge cultural gaps and unify diversity with their music.
Over the past five years, Nahko & Medicine for the People have continued to gather more and more dedicated members of their growing global Medicine Tribe of fans, as they continue to spread their powerful musical message. They manage to incorporate a variety of sounds that artfully merge rustic acoustic guitars, upbeat energy, tribal flavour and fiery percussion to match their ponderous lyrics that strongly encourage acceptance, sustainability, and healthy living through music.
Nahko and Medicine for the People really are the soundtrack of the movement for a better planet and their albums are a testament to this, especially their third album Hoka  which stood out as their most tribal album yet with a stronger voice and a stronger mission, and also debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Rock Albums Chart and #6 on the Alternative Albums Chart.
Most recently, Nahko released his debut solo album My Name Is Bear last year. The 16-track collection reflects the soul, authenticity, and spirit that Nahko’s fans have come to know. It features the single ‘Dragonfly’, and predates Nahko’s rise to mythos among diehard fans of his band, Medicine for the People. The album serves a “prequel,” artfully merging rustic acoustic guitars, upbeat energy, tribal flavours, fiery percussion, and ponderous lyrics.
With an aim is to create music with a purpose, music people can relate to, Nahko & Medicine for the People are creating social movement music, and we can’t get enough of it.
If you’re keen to head to the show, we recommend giving all albums a spin. The band are known for their high energy, powerful performances of conscious tribal anthems, and knowing some of the songs makes it that much better.
You don’t need to travel all the way to Byron Bay’s Bluesfest to see these guys. They’ll land at Brisbane’s The Triffid on April 17, The Metro Theatre in Sydney on April 20 and at 170 Russell in Melbourne on April 21.
Tickets can be purchased via www.bluesfesttouring.com.au
Written by Chloe Cicero