Earth link: Nahko and Medicine for the People
“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.holdmyticket.com and at the door. Reggae group Jon Wayne and the Pain opens the show. — L.B.