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Nahko and Medicine for the People Concert Photos


Nahko Bear playing acoustic guitar at the Spanish Ballroom in Tacoma Washington. By music photographer Bret Stein.

Several weeks ago I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take photos of Nahko and Medicine for the People for Troika Media.


I was familiar with a few of Nahko Bear's songs and before the concert I had even watched part of a live show to become familiar with the band's live performances.


Joe Hall of Nahko and Medicine for the people playing guitar with dramatic lighting at the Spanish Ballroom. By Bret Stein.

None of this, however, could have prepared me for the amazing experience of seeing Nahko and MFTP live in a smaller venue.


The concert was one of the most good-vibe concerts I have ever been to, and the crowd participation was electric. Concerts are always made better by dedicated fans and Nahko's fans really showed up for this show.


Violinist Tim Snider playing with Nahko and Medicine for the People at the Elks Temple Tacoma, WA. Photo by Bret Stein.

The concert was also full of some outstanding surprises that I hadn't expected. Nahko's brass section was impressive and including an outstanding trombone player that was often in the spotlight. Tim Snider, the band's violin player played a solo that was so intense it had the crowd in a frenzy and at times sounded more like an electric guitar than it did a violin. I had never heard anything like it.


Nahko Bear singing into a mic with eyes closed looking calm. By music photographer Bret Stein.

I also have to give a shoutout to their great light show. It's can be hard to get good lighting on the road but Nahko and Medicine for the People definitely made it happen.


I have never experienced anything like this concert. And while I left before the end, Nahko was set on the night's schedule to play for a marathon two hours.


Nahko Bear singing and playing guitar with a colorful background at the Spanish Ballroom. By music photographer Bret Stein.

I would happily see Nahko Bear and his crew play again, and definitely hope to have the opportunity to photograph them another time.

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