The Earlville Opera House is pleased to host an evening with rising folk star and Smyrna-native Matt Nakoa, October 7 at 8 PM.
Matt Nakoa is an internationally touring singer/songwriter, recently appearing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk icon Tom Rush. Growing up on a small goat farm in Smyrna, NY, Matt discovered music as a means of teenage escape and trained to be a concert pianist. Matt was ultimately accepted as a vocalist to Berklee College of Music where he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spalding among others. After school, Matt landed in NYC’s vibrant piano bar scene. There he quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s famous Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines waiting outside the door each Saturday night.
As if illustrating two sides of himself, Matt’s first album, Light in the Dark (2012), is a sweeping pop opus, while A Dozen Other Loves (2014) explores an intimate acoustic palette. Across the board his song craft has garnered awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition and as “Most Wanted” at The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
The Boston Globe described Nakoa as “a hot-handed phenom who can go from Chopin to beer-drenched honkytonk in one set …On guitar, [he is] a Jack Johnson-esque singer-songwriter… he drops jaws.”
Matt Nakoa performs Friday October 7. Doors open at 7:30, show begins at 8 PM. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 members, and $10 for students and children (under 18), with premiums applying in the first 4 rows of seating. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.
Earlville Opera House events are made possible in part thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.