Nahko and Medicine for the People
50 West Broadway
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 83001
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Xavier Rudd is back with his #2 ARIA debut album, Spirit Bird.
With an identifiable array of guitars, yidakis (didgeridoos), stomp box and percussion, Rudd's has reintroduced
Australians to the sounds and stories of the land's original owners, while introducing the rest of the
world to an entirely new sound altogether. Over the course of a decade, he has taken this sound to every
corner of the globe; producing seven studio albums, two live albums, multiple ARIA nominations and a global
fan-base of likeminded souls.
From 2002's To Let, his first studio album, through to 2007's White Moth, Rudd gradually refined his globallyinfluenced
collage of world music – a matchless mixture of reggae, funk, blues, folk, and nearly every other
sort of song with the ability to stimulate people's spirits.
With 2008's Dark Shades of Blue, the world was welcomed into a darker, more somber side of Rudd's music.
The album was indeed musically rich, with an international influence still inherent; however, the overall aura
carried a different tinge compared to that of his previous work.
"Dark Shades Of Blue was something that I didn't realize at the time. It was like I could feel the shudder of an
earthquake, but I didn't know it was coming" explains Rudd. That metaphorical earthquake manifested in the
form of the most tumultuous year in Rudd's personal history, and one he was more than happy to put behind
him when starting to pen 2010's Koonyum Sun.
This album was a new awakening for Rudd, perhaps because it was his first with bassist Tio Moloantoa and
percussionist Andile Nqubezelo under the unified banner of 'Xavier Rudd & Inzintaba'. Thanks to the input of
Inzintaba, Koonyum Sun presented a staggering amount of vigor to this release that Xavier Rudd fans hadn't
seen to date.
Which brings us to 2012's Spirit Bird. Already producing Rudd's highest-selling single and most played radio
single to date with Follow The Sun, 2012's Spirit Bird is Rudd's deepest and most explorative album. The
album saw the ever socially-conscience Rudd delve into his musical and spiritual ancestry and took him from
the threatened landscape of Western Australia's Kimberley region, to the hills and lakes of Canada.
The Spirit Bird sees Rudd to sell-out shows and festivals across Europe, UK, Australia, US and Canada.
Xavier Rudd is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, a surfer, environmental and cultural activist, and
one of Australian's most iconic voices.
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Oregon-native Nahko, born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. But the unifying power of music entered his life as a healing remedy, when he took up the piano at age six. Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche and began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and communal healing.
From his hometown of Portland to the shores of Hawaii or Bali, wherever he has traveled, Nahko is joined by a tribe of culturally alienated truth seekers for whom Nahko's story resonates with their own, and who find redemption in his voice, guitar, flute, and drum. Whether solo or with the dynamic group of musical troubadours known as "Medicine for the People," Nahko delivers a soulful dose of curative vibrations that moves audiences to dance, laugh, and cry. His 'spirited redemption music' lays bear the scars of cultural wounds, environmental wrongs, and social injustices. His lyrics bear the burden of heavy messages, but the load is lightened by agile melodies and driving rhythms that coerce all who bear witness into spirited, purifying, movement. His humor disarms, and his lyrical stories open listeners to the power of "Real Talk Music"—songs that reveal an honesty and depth so raw, it inspires an internal revival that echoes out into the world. Sometimes exuberant, sometimes savage, but always transformational, Nahko makes the movement move.