Matt Nakoa at the One World Coffeehouse
  • 7246 Cradlerock Way
    Columbia, MD 21045

  • Owen Brown Interfaith Center – Sanctuary C

Matt Nakoa at the One World Coffeehouse

Matt Nakoa at the One World Coffeehouse
Saturday, January 21, 2023 | 7 to 9PM
doors open at 6:30PM

Click to purchase $25 tickets at Focus Music

Matt Nakoa playing an electric guitar

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.”

Born on a small goat farm in New York State, Nakoa trained to be a concert pianist before accepting scholarship to Berklee College of Music as a vocalist. He developed his dramatic songwriting style with his college art-rock band, The Fens, and when the band dissolved, he landed in NYC. It was in Manhattanʼs all-night piano bars that Matt developed an uncanny ability to command the attention of any audience.

2012 and 2014 saw the release of his first solo albums, garnering multiple songwriting awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festivalʼs new folk competition. Nakoaʼs newest album, Casting Shadows, is a spellbinding blend of pop, soul, and classical influences and tells a story of childhood dreams crashing headlong into a grownup reality. The Ark of Music magazine proclaims, “What we have here is a truly encouraging sign of what pop could once again become …”


  • “Most Wanted” Winner – Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
  • New Folk Winner – Kerrville Folk Festival|
  • Sundilla Radio Hours’ “Albums Of The Year” list|
  • Selected to play at The White House

Covid-related Details

***Subject to change per guidance from CDC, local officials, and venue management***

  • Event is open to fully vaccinated individuals only.
  • Performers and venue staff have been fully vaccinated.
  • Performers will not be required to wear masks while performing.

Additional details

All tickets for this show are $25 and may be purchased in advance online or at the door with cash, check, or credit card.

Ticketholders must present a printed ticket or a scan code via their smart phone on arrival at the venue.

Your ticket entitles you to view a live stream of the show should you be unable to attend in person. Your ticket confirmation information will include details about the live stream. Please do not share this information with anyone. On Zoom, only individuals whose names match the ticket purchaser will be admitted to the live stream.

After paying the artist, all profits benefit those in need through the charitable outreach of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (UUCC).

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About the One World Coffeehouse

The One World Coffeehouse started in 1999 with the goal to build a sense of community by presenting an array of artistic and musical talent in a comfortable, family-friendly setting. Evening performances happen most 3rd Saturdays in a grand listening room with candle-lit tables. Please support the Coffeehouse and this good cause by spreading the word and attending!

Proceeds help those in need through
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia’s charity outreach.
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