Cotuit Center for the Arts presents internationally touring singer/songwriter Matt Nakoa on Saturday, November 2, at 7:30 PM.
Matt Nakoa is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. A modern troubadour, he makes his home on the highways and concert stages of America and appears regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. The Boston Globe wrote of Nakoa, “Between his piano chops and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws.”
Born on a small goat farm in New York State, Nakoa trained to be a concert pianist before accepting a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music as a vocalist. He developed his dramatic songwriting style with his college alt-rock band, The Fens. After the band dissolved, he landed in NYC.
It was in Manhattanʼs all-night piano bars that Nakoa developed an uncanny ability to command the attention of any audience. His first solo albums, released in 2012 and 2014, garnered multiple songwriting awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festivalʼs New Folk Competition.
Nakoaʼs newest album, “Casting Shadows,” is a spellbinding blend of pop, soul, and classical influences that tells a story of childhood dreams crashing headlong into grownup reality. The Ark of Music magazine wrote, “What we have here is a truly encouraging sign of what pop could once again become ...”
Nakoa, whose last appearance at Cotuit Center for the Arts sold out quickly, will be performing with a full band, including Mark Sidney Johnson on guitar, Craig Aiken on bass, and Jagoda on percussion.
Tickets are $30, $25 for balcony seating. There is a $5 discount for members and a $2 discount for seniors and veterans. Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit. For more information, visit artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669.
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Singer/songwriter Matt Nakoa
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit
Saturday, November 2, 7:30 PM
$30, $25 for balcony seating. $5 discount for members; $2 discount for seniors and veterans