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Matt Nakoa and Girl Blue
January 29, 2022 at 8:00 pm
MATT NAKOA is an internationally touring singer/songwriter, recently appearing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk icon Tom Rush. Growing up on a small goat farm in rural NY State, Matt discovered music as a means of teenage escape and trained to be a concert pianist. Matt was ultimately accepted as a vocalist to Berklee College of Music where he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spalding among others. After school, Matt landed in NYC’s vibrant piano bar scene. There he quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s famous Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines waiting outside the door each Saturday night.
GIRL BLUE is the moniker of singer-songwriter/producer Arielle O’Keefe. Compared often to the likes of Alanis Morissette, Laura Marling, Joni Mitchell, and Jeff Buckley, she is a powerhouse vocalist with a highly sophisticated ability to write songs that both catch the ear and deeply touch the heart. Girl Blue’s first single, “Fire Under Water” was released completely independently, and was immediately recognized by Spotify, placed in the top 10 of their “New Music Friday” playlist. It has since been placed in Las Vegas TV’s viral commercial “Now and Then”, and sits comfortably at over 3 million streams. O’Keefe is a rare and masterful talent, most especially shining as a live performer, where she has become known for silencing rooms with her incredibly authentic voice and songs. She has been the recipient of five Thomas Edison Awards (Capital District Music Awards) over the last three years, including Solo Performer of the year, Record of the Year, Music Video of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year. She continues to tour regularly and record her own music independently.
For this show, Girl Blue will be joined on stage by fellow singer-songwriter/producer and guitar extraordinaire Jimi W., who will accompany with guitar, percussion, and backing vocals. The night is certain to be intimate and richly emotional, featuring many of Girl Blue’s ‘classics’ along with material from her new album “Heavy Heart”, which was released on December 15th, 2021.