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Matt Nakoa

“On the ivories, (think of) a hot-handed phenom who can go from Chopin to beer-drenched honky- tonk in one set …On guitar, a Jack Johnson-esque singer-songwriter… Nakoa does not disappoint. Actually, between his piano chops, charismatic stage presence, and heartfelt originals on guitar … he drops jaws.” The Boston Globe

“All I can say is wow! Phenomenal high tenor voice, outstanding musicianship and songs that grab the heart. He also knows how to work the audience. I predict Matt is going places.” – Rich Warren, WFMT Chicago

 

WFUV “Discovery of The Year”

“Most Wanted” Winner – Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

New Folk Winner – Kerrville Folk Festival

Sundilla Radio Hours’ “Albums of The Year” list

Selected to play at The White House

 

MATT NAKOA is an internationally touring singer/songwriter, recently appearing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk 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. Matt was ultimately accepted as a vocalist to Berklee College of Music where he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spalding among others.

After school, Matt landed in NYC’s vibrant piano bar scene. There he quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s famous Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines waiting outside the door each Saturday night. As if illustrating two sides of himself, Matt’s first album, Light in the Dark (2012), is a sweeping pop opus, while A Dozen Other Loves (2014) explores an intimate acoustic palette. Across the board his song craft has garnered awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition. Though not easily pinned down, “In sum,” as a recent review 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.”

http://www.mattnakoa.com

 

December 15 2016

Details

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: $15
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Brick15

915 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014 United States

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