Medicinal music

Nahko and Medicine for the People bring the medicine of music back to Kauai March 1.

Kauai concert promoter Dove Liddle, owner of Dove Presents, promises a fantastic show.

“(Nahko) is becoming world famous so quickly, you better catch him now because I won’t be able to afford him next year,” Liddle laughed.  

Kicking off a three-island, four-date “Water is Life Tour,” the performance begins at 8 p.m. at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Puhi. Special guest Dustin Thomas opens the show.

Liddle has brought Medicine for the People to Kauai twice before for his annual Homegrown Music Festival.

“Their performances are so powerful and captivating to witness live,” he said. “I am really excited to have them perform in an intimate, great-sounding theater this time. Nahko is quickly becoming one of the biggest, most relevant artists of our time. His lyrics are inspiring and life changing.”

Nahko Bear, a Portland, Oregon-native born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. When he took up the piano at age six, the unifying power of music entered his life and brought him harmony. Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. 

In 2007, Medicine for the People was born. 

“I think our music promotes the bridging of all tribes,” Nahko says on his website. 

Nahko has toured alongside high profile acts including Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd, SOJA and Trevor Hall, as well as performed at large festivals including All Good Music Festival, Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Floydfest, Symbiosis Gathering and Common Ground.

Liddle called Nahko one of his favorite musical artists on the planet. 

“I am so excited to present him with his full band Medicine for The People on March 1 so they can give you their powerful revolutionary art in a great venue,” he said. 

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets for $35 online at and $40 at island retailers including Papaya’s (Kapaa), Healthy Hut (Kilauea), Harvest Market (Hanalei) and Progressive Expressions (Koloa).


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