BY JAMIE LOVE
Nahko and Medicine for the People frontman, Nahko, released his first solo and very personal album, on October 20th, titled, My Name Is Bear. To support it, he announced an expansive United States and European tour. On October 24th, Nahko, backed by his Medicine Tribe and childhood teddy named Britches, graced the stage of Mr. Smalls Theater in Pittsburgh and sent the audience on a journey through the earlier years of his songwriting and self-discovery. “So many dear people helped me to write and live these stories…The two summers I spent in Alaska, half the winter in Louisiana and the other half holed in my van in Portland, and then the first year in Hawaii was transformational and pivotal to shaping me into who I am today. Those 3 years before I met my mother would offer a reclaiming of my name, finding a new faith and fever for my own spiritual connection to Creator, and discovering first love. These were just a few of the important discoveries for a young cub set on exploring the world and finding himself amongst the wild.”
Opening acts included songstress Christina Holmes and Spanish Soul Indie Rock group 1,000 Fuegos. My Name Is Bear is Nahko’s second major release only one year prior, in 2016, Nahko and Medicine for the People dropped their third studio album, HOKA via SideOneDummy Records. HOKA, hit number 72 on the Billboard 200 upon it’s released and was awarded “Record of the Year” by the Native American Music Association.