On Tuesday, September 15, glittered faces and dreadlocked heads filled SOhO for Nahko and Medicine for the People’s sold out show. This was a serious party; fans were even waiting outside the door hoping to scalp tickets. The show opened with a performance from The Miners, an L.A.-based folk rock group. The band was tight and the harmonies were pitch perfect. The lead singer had a down home warmth to his voice that was accompanied by crisp back ups from the female keyboard player.
Nahko and his four-member band Medicine for the People took the stage and the frontman immediately went into his social message: “We’ve gone through some heavy stuff this year haven’t we? How about that oil spill right? Let’s send our prays to mother ocean and our bodies for those of you that surf.” At the first strains of the band’s signature island groove style the crowd was immediately dancing. Hippies do seem to be freer spirits in that way — they seem to be more comfortable having a lot of fun. But it wasn’t only flower children and surfers moving to the music, people of all walks of life were jumping, spinning, frolicking, and singing. Nahko played his hit “Great Spirit” half way through the show and the energy continually heightened, barely anyone walked outside to cool off on the patio. The sound at SOhO is crystal clear and the place was packed and moving with good vibes about saving the earth, respect, and spirit.