Nahko - My Name Is Bear

Medicine Tribe & ManiFest Presents:

Nahko - My Name Is Bear

1000 Fuegos, Christina Holmes

Fri, October 27, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


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This event is 18 and over

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.
Christina Holmes
When Christina Holmes walks through the door, she fills the room with positive energy, like a sunbeam cutting through the fog of an overcast day. Her presence makes people smile and, when she strums a guitar chord and starts singing, the smiles break into grins, cheers and enthusiastic applause. If you've never met her, or seen her perform, the title of her album, Peace Love and C. Holmes, may seem precious, but she was raised in a family that believed peace and love could heal the world, and she's determined to do that with her music.

"Some people thought calling the album Peace Love and C. Holmes was out there, but every song has a little bit of peace, a little bit of love and a whole lot of Christina Holmes in it," Christina explains. "When I write, it comes from my heart and portrays how I feel about the situations I'm going through. I have seen horrible things in my life and my music is a way to shine some light into those negative spaces, for both my audience and me."

The Take a Chance Mixtape will give listeners a good example of the elegant song craft they'll discover on her debut, melodies full of buoyant emotion, tempered by a realistic approach to life's difficulties. "Give A Little Bit More," a lilting, openhearted song, opens quietly with Christina's sprightly acoustic guitar and effervescent vocals. The funky, gospel-tinged chorus underlines the song's positive suggestion to "Give a little bit more, take a little bit less." The bright "Summer Fun" lives up to its name with a joyous blend of funk and reggae, with subtle Latin accents. It celebrates the power of music and summer sunshine to warm the soul and make the heart sing. A delirious cascade of popping bass and polyrhythmic percussion, with echoes of hip-hop, funk and New Orleans second line strut drive "Bring the People Together." The song has a cheerful upbeat vibe, with Christina delivering a buoyant, exuberant vocal. "I Will Remember" is a smooth, soulful R&B ballad, full of fond yearning for a loved one that will never return, while "Ignite My Flame" is a mellow, jazzy plea for peace, love and affection that shows off Christina's inviting mid range.

The songs on Take a Chance resonate with the peace, love, heartache, faith, confusion, sadness and uncontained happiness that fill Christina's soul. "Sometimes negative things happen in life," she says, "but I've learned that the most negative situations can have some of the most positive outcomes. That's what I want to share with my music. I was born to spread a message of peace and love to help make this world a better place."

Christina never doubted her musical destiny. She grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ with parents who supported her musical ambitions. "When I was eight, my mom heard me singing in the shower and told me I had a good voice. My dad used to play his guitar and sing to me, so I started writing songs while I was still in grammar school. I asked for a guitar book and, when I found out my dad only knew two chords, I started teaching him new ones. It became a way to bond with him. I didn't know any songwriters, but when I learned about poetry in school, I'd come up with chords to go behind the poems I wrote. My family and friends were always supportive."

Christina's music was evolving quickly, but she was too self-conscious of herself to want to share it with anyone. She hid in her bedroom playing guitar and singing. "I would practice 24/7 and always dreamed of being a singer but I didn't have the confidence to share it with anyone, let alone the whole world. From middle school to the beginning of college, I struggled with my weight and body image. When I started performing, I finally realized nobody cared about my weight as much as I did."

After beginning college, Christina's dad began to suffer from many serious health issues. Watching him struggle made her realize the transitory nature of life. The songs she was writing began to take on deeper, more spiritual themes of redemption and deliverance. "My dad's illnesses made me value life even more. You never know what day will be your last."
Venue Information:
The Cabooze
917 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55404