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Nahko and Medicine for the People headlines Rock the Boat concert

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What: Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Music Series presents Nahko and Medicine for the People

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14

Where: Steamboat Stage, Gondola Square

— For the group known as Nahko and Medicine for the People, music is more than just a categorization of technical or creative styles.

It’s a tool to create healing and activate change.

Apparent in the lyrics on the group’s two albums, “On the Verge” and the recently released “Dark as Night,” they embrace Bob Marley’s idea of bringing people together to resolve differences.



“The lyrics and the stories and our energy as a group break down people’s walls,” frontman Nahko Bear said on his website. “You’ll find us in the most unique places on earth because it’s real, raw, and honest storytelling about what we’ve been through and what we believe in.”

Nahko, an Oregon native with a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican and Filipino cultures, was adopted into an American family at an early age.



According to his bio, he suffered an identity crisis and turned to the piano at age 6. Developing his talent over the years, Nahko found music as a guiding force for his journey toward personal, spiritual and communal healing.

Bringing their uplifting melodies influenced by hip-hop, folk, jazz, tribal and spirit-inspired music, Nahko and Medicine for the People — comprised of Chase Makai, Dustin Thomas, Justin Chittams and Hope Medford— will be in Steamboat this Saturday for the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Music Series. The free concert will start at 3:30 p.m. on the Steamboat stage in Gondola Square.

“They are starting to blow up on the music scene and sell out across the country at shows and major festivals,” said John Waldman, local concert promoter with Great Knight Productions. “They send out a positive and uplifting message that’s enduring for their fans.”

The Huffington Post refers to Nahko’s music as “beautiful and stirring,” proclaiming him a “musical prophet.”

“This group adds another musical dimension to the series,” Waldman said. “I’m looking forward to see what all the buzz is about with this act.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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