Matt Nakoa with The Empty Pockets
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 says of Nakoa, “Between his piano chops and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws.” His stage presence is electrifying, bringing audiences to their feet at concerts and festivals throughout the country. If you’ve not seen him, this will be an unforgettable show.
(Note from Troubadour Chair, Mike Agranoff: This guy is the real deal. In all departments: songwriting, instrumental virtuosity, vocal chops, and stage charisma, Matt scores off the chart! You gotta see this man.)
The Empty Pockets is the high-powered high-energy duo of Josh Solomon & Erika Brett Solomon. With nifty guitar work and soaring harmonies, they fill the stage and fill the hall with enough music to be worthy of a 5-piece band. Chicago Tonight said, “They are the songs you blast with the windows down while cruising down Lake Shore on the first 70 degree spring day on your way to the Cubs game… Their catchy hooks may be mistaken for pop candy, but listen more closely and you’ll find there are equal parts of sweetness, wit and truth.”