Charismatic Stage Presence of Matt Nakoa on Piano and Guitar January 25 at the Oswego Music Hall
OSWEGO COUNTY—Matt Nakoa takes to the National Stage at the Oswego Music Hall on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. The wheelchair accessible venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake Street in Oswego.
Nakoa grew up on a small goat farm in Smyrna, NY and began composing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a classical pianist, Matt won a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Matt has earned many songwriting awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition. Additionally, Matt’s piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured by Disney. Matt now tours internationally, recently performing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush.
“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.” Rich Warren ~WFMT Chicago
“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.” ~CoverLayDown.com
“Matt Nakoa left us breathless . . . The music was of symphonic scale and show-stopping, cosmic proportion.” ~Elmore Magazine
For more info, visit www.mattnakoa.com or view a video at https://mattnakoa.com/video/fool-of-a-knight/.
Concert tickets are $16 ($13 advance sale). Children 16 and under are half price, students are $10, and under 5 free. Purchase tickets at any Saturday concert, on the web or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego. Find more information online at https://www.oswegomusichall.org/ or email: [email protected]
The Season continues on February 8 with The Faux Paws (featuring the VanNorstrand Brothers); on February 22 with local favorites Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman. That same weekend the Open Mic series will resume with Cam Caruso as Guest Host.
On March 7, internationally acclaimed masters of music and storytelling, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason will perform followed by the wildly popular foursome, RPR on the 21st. The Cadleys lead off the spring season on April 4 followed by Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio on April 18 and the Ruddy Well Band on May 2. The program year wraps up on May 16th with a Finale featuring winner of the 8th season of The Voice, Sawyer Fredericks.
For a complete performance schedule visit the website or pick up an event calendar or poster from the lobby in the McCrobie Civic Center or from the river’s end bookstore.
The Music Hall is a non-profit organization that has been run entirely by volunteers from its inception in 1978. Volunteers can earn admission to shows through various tasks— from running the sound board to making popcorn. Students can also earn credit for community service.
Concerts are made possible in part with funding by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.