Earth link: Nahko and Medicine for the Peo­ple

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

“I be­lieve in the good things comin’, comin’, comin’, comin’,” Nahko Bear sings in “Black as Night.” The charis­matic song­writer’s op­ti­mism de­vel­oped de­spite a child­hood marked by dis­cord. Of Apache, Puerto Ri­can, and Filipino her­itage, Nahko was adopted as a baby by a con­ser­va­tive Chris­tian fam­ily and set about re­trac­ing his roots through mu­sic later in life, dis­cov­er­ing along the way that his bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther had been mur­dered. Now based in Hawaii, Nahko writes songs that are in­flu­enced by world, folk, and reg­gae mu­sic and that cel­e­brate the Earth and all spir­i­tu­al­ity. With the sup­port of back­ing band Medicine for the Peo­ple, Nahko plays at Sky­light (139 W. San Fran­cisco St., 505-982-0775) at 7 p.m., Fri­day, March 20. Tick­ets, $18 and $27, are avail­able from www.hold­myt­ and at the door. Reg­gae group Jon Wayne and the Pain opens the show. — L.B.

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