“Nakoa does not disappoint. In fact, between his piano chops, charismatic stage presence, and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws.”The Boston Globe
“Matt Nakoa left us breathless . . . The music was of symphonic scale and show-stopping, cosmic proportion.”Elmore Magazine
“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 is definitely on his way up. I’m hoping he’ll let me open for him when he’s doing stadiums.”Tom Rush - Folk Music Icon
“Discovery of the Year: Matt Nakoa, a supremely gifted singer-songwriter-guitarist- pianist … “John Platt, WFUV New York
“All I can say is ‘Wow’! Phenomenal high tenor voice, outstanding musicianship . . . and songs that grab the heart.”Rich Warren – WFMT Chicago
“Matt Nakoa brings a certain joyful fire to performing and songwriting. Completely at ease in his own skin, Nakoa’s on-stage persona appears exactly as he is: ready to take on the world.”FOUND Magazine - Winter 2014 Issue
 

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26 Jan 2018 Clearwater, FL — Capital Theatre (w/ Tom Rush)
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27 Jan 2018 Stuart, FL — Lyric Theatre (w/ Tom Rush)
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30 Jan 2018 Key West, FL — The Studios of Key West (w/ Tom Rush)
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31 Jan 2018 Decatur, GA — Eddie's Attic (w/ Tom Rush)
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10 Feb 2018 Jersey City, NJ — Fox & Crow (w/ Cole, Nakoa & Treacher)
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11 Feb 2018 Hastings-On-Hudson, NY — River Spirit Music (w/ Cole, Nakoa & Treacher)
23 Feb 2018 Randolph, VT — Chandler Music Hall (w/ Tom Rush)
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02 Mar 2018 Garden City, NY — Garden Stage (w/ Cole, Nakoa & Treacher)
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03 Mar 2018 Rockport, MA — Old Sloop Coffeehouse (w/ Cole, Nakoa & Treacher)
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16 Mar 2018 Newark, OH — Midland Theatre
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23 Mar 2018 Easton, MD — Avalon Theatre (w/ Tom Rush)
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24 Mar 2018 Alexandria, VA — The Birchmere (w/ Tom Rush)
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25 Mar 2018 Philadelphia, PA — World Cafe Live (w/ Tom Rush)
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26 Mar 2018 w/ Tom Rush - West Chester, PA — Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
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30 Mar 2018 Natick, MA — TCAN (w/ Seth Glier)
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07 Apr 2018 Oswego, NY — Oswego Music Hall (w/ Tom Rush)
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08 Apr 2018 Toronto, Ontario — Hugh's Room (w/ Tom Rush)
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21 Apr 2018 Teaneck, NJ — Ethical Brew (w/ Kirsten Maxwell)
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04 May 2018 Kent, OH — Kent Stage (w/ Tom Rush)
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05 May 2018 Lewis Center, OH — Central Ohio Folk Festival (w/ Tom Rush)
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06 May 2018 Pomeroy, OH — Fur Peace Ranch (w/ Tom Rush)
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18 May 2018 Northport, NY — Starlight Coffeehouse (w/ Tim Grimm Family Band)
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20 May 2018 Concord, NH — Capital Center for the Arts (w/ Tom Rush)
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07 Jul 2018 New Bedford, MA — Zeiterion Theatre (w/ Tom Rush)
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About

MATT 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 scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spaulding among others. After college, Matt toured with his band, The Fens, and eventually landed in New York City’s vibrant piano bar scene. Matt quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines outside the door each Saturday night.

Matt’s first solo album, Light In The Dark (2012), is an eclectic pop opus. In contrast, A Dozen Other Loves (2014), explores a simple acoustic palette. This intimate collection 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.

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