Nahko Bear plans move to the Bay

Knight-Smith

NAHKO BEAR likes the Northern Rivers so much he is planning to move to Byron Bay later this year and share his time between Los Angeles and our shores.

"I want to live in Byron Bay for a while, I love it here. In this place I feel the creative juices all around me," he said.

An Oregon-native, Nahko (pictured) was born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family.

Raised in Hawaii, Nahko said the area feels to him very similar to the Pacific island state.

"I just moved from the Big Island to Los Angeles recently. It makes sense for me to live there, but I would like to spend at least a couple of months here every year," he said.

"As far as the land goes, different places have a diverse energy. I can feel this is a place that offers the right energy for me.

"Also, the musicians and artists that live here, the fact that I can have access to horses which I love, and the sea. I can get everything I want here."

Nahko Bear and Medicine for the People was one of the hit shows at Bluesfest 2014, starting their performance at Mojo stage last Sunday evening with about 500 people.

By the end of their hour-long gig, the Mojo tent was full with an estimated crowd of more than 4000 dancing away.

Bluesfest organisers took a big bet by scheduling the band in such a stellar location and timeslot, but it paid off.

Nahko is no stranger to Australia and the Northern Rivers.

He was in Byron performing at a Sea Shepherd fundraiser in Byron Bay late last year.

He also toured the country with Xavier Rudd recently, including gigs in Margaret River, Yallingup and Perth in WA.

Nahko will be performing at a music festival at Ayers Rock (Uluru) next week.