Nahko - My Name Is Bear


Nahko - My Name Is Bear

so many dear people helped me write and live these stories. the two summers i spent in alaska, half the winter in louisiana and the other half holed up in my van in portland, and then the first year in hawaii were transformational and pivotal to shaping me into who i am today. those 3 years before i met my mother would offer a reclaiming of my name, finding new faith and fever for my own spiritual connection to Creator, and discovering first love. these were just a few of the important discoveries for a young cub set on exploring the world and finding himself amongst the wild.


Be Here Now

i found Ram Dass's book Be Here Now in the extensive library at the farm. or was it in a box somewhere? i can’t seem to remember exactly where it found me. but, when it did it was exactly when i needed it. it quickly became my scripture. each page cradled my longing for a teaching that could ease me through the transformation i was experiencing. that old archetype dying. it wasn't long before I was able to begin applying the poetic mantras to my daily life.

of course, there's always some kind of muse whence the song came to me. there was a girl. she was a catalyst in the lessons of youthful, reckless love and the struggle of intimacy without expectation of commitment. be here now. enjoy the ride. don't tell anyone how to live their life, but know how you will live yours - with boundaries on an open road to courageous self-security.

the story in this song actually happened. when i listen to it now i grin. always trust the symphony in your head. love without limit, but when you find your edge - respect it.

i can still see that yellow school bus, the lettuce and basil, and that twinkle in my higher reflection as if to say ‘It's a long road ahead, kid. be present and kind. only good things can come of it.’


this song is a story about the right of passage from youth to adulthood. the feeling of carelessness and commitment. the energy of a first love. one could say this is an anthem for the young and reckless. we've all been there at some point... my wish is that you feel a side of me most people don't know. the person i was before i became nahko. i share these songs from the bottom of my bear heart and i hope you get to share them with your tribe.

2017 US + European Tour Dates

GENERAL SALES Available August 18th

10/18Boston, MA - Paradise
10/19Washington DC - The Hamilton
10/20Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
10/21NYC, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10/23Philly, PA - World Café
10/24Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's
10/25Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
10/27Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
10/28Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
10/29Madison, WI - Majestic Live
10/31St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
11/1Kansas City, MO - The Uptown
11/3Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
11/4Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
11/5Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
11/6Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/7Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11/9San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11/10Berkeley, CA - The Cornerstone
11/11Hollywood, CA - The Fonda Theater
11/12San Diego, CA - Belly Up
11/20Hamburg, GERMANY - Fabrik
11/21Cologne, GERMANY - Kulturkirche
11/22Berlin, GERMANY - Bi Nuu
11/23Munich, GERMANY - Technikum
11/25Amsterdam, HOLLAND - Melkweg
11/26Nijmegen, HOLLAND - Dornroosje
11/27Leuven, BELGIUM - Depot
11/29Paris, FRANCE - Petit Bain
11/30Manchester, UK - Academy 3
12/1London, UK - Assembly Hall
12/2Bristol, UK - The Fleece
12/8Kahuku, HI - Surfer [The Bar]
12/10Kahului, HI - Maui Arts & Cultural Center
12/14Hilo, HI - Palace Theater
12/15Kailua-Kona, HI – KBXtreme
12/16Honolulu, HI - Republik
12/29Denver, CO - The Ogden Theatre
12/30Denver, CO - The Ogden Theatre
12/31Denver, CO - The Ogden Theatre
2/28South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
3/1Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
3/2Portland, ME - State Theatre
3/3Providence, RI - The Strand
3/5Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
3/6New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
3/8Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
3/9Charlotte, NC - The Underground at The Fillmore
3/10Charleston, SC - Music Farm
3/12Birmingham, AL - Saturn
3/13New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's Uptown
3/15Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
3/16Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
3/17Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
3/18St. Petersburg, FL - Reggae Rise Up, Vinoy Park