Harvest Moon Festival - Serenade

Fri. Oct 18, 2019 at 5:30pm CDT
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Join the Harvest Moon Festival for Serenade!

Matt Alber and Nakia live in concert

The Kleberg at ZACH Theatre - Austin, TX

Friday, October 18

5:30 PM Doors open for cocktails

7:00 PM Opening performance by Austin based R&B singer Nakia

8:30 PM Headlining performance by multiple Grammy winning artist Matt Alber and his band

VIP Tickets include 1 free cocktail and preferred seating

Full Moon VIP+ Tickets include

  • Free parking at ZACH Theatre

  • 1 free cocktail

  • Preferred seating

  • Invitation to a private cocktail party meet and greet with our artists!  The meet and greet is on Sat 10/19 from 1:00 to 4:00 at a private home in Bouldin Creek will feature free cocktails, wine and beer, hors d'oeuvres and time with Matt Alber and Nakia! 

Proceeds benefit Equality Texas and the Hill Country Ride for AIDS

Matt Alber

Two-time Grammy® Award-winning, out singer/songwriter Matt Alber has released four self-produced albums reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright, John Legend & K.D. Lang. His 1960’s Mad Men-inspired music video for End Of The World has garnered over a million views since debuting on MTV’s Logo Channel and sparked a touring career that has spanned nearly 10 years.

Matt’s songs have been featured on the ABC Television series The Fosters and Bones. Notable live appearances include sold out concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, and a featured stadium performance for 30,000 at Chicago’s Soldier Field during the opening ceremonies of the 7th Gay Olympic Games.

 Matt also works as a youth mentor and has toured as an artist diplomat of the US State Department in 6 countries including Sudan, Russia & Kosovo.

As a filmmaker, Matt focuses on the stories of LGBTQ+ youth & elders. His current film & docu-series, Room To Grow, chronicles the lives of 12 LGBTQ+ teens and families. To learn more and help fund the series, visit: www.moreroomtogrow.org


On season one of NBC's ‘The Voice,' Nakia quickly became a fan favorite using his big grizzly voice to transform pop songs into his own unique style. While producers focused on his relationship with his husband and his struggle to make ends meet as a blues singer, what they didn't show you on TV was just how much Nakia accomplished on his own prior to show. Long before Nakia was a semifinalist on CeeLo Green's team, he was a beloved member of the Austin music community, fronting bands, performing solo, and working with some music's biggest names.

Nakia moved from Chicago to Austin in 2002 and began performing solo original material with his piano before forming the electrifying southern soul rock band, Nakia & His Southern Cousins. This band shared stages with B.B. King and Willie Nelson, and performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival where Nakia wound up dancing and singing with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Jones took a liking Nakia and called him “the real deal,” inviting him back to sing with her many times before her passing.  Alt-country rocker Alejandro Escovedo heard him sing at a Rolling Stones tribute and invited him to join his band singing backing vocals alongside

Bruce Springsteen and Ian Hunter on Escovedo’s Street Songs of Love. As the album cycle ended, producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie/Mott The Hoople) suggested Nakia to front his own blues band as a way to find the roots of the music he had been singing. Following his advice he formed Nakia and the Blues Grifters. Almost immediately the band was a hit in Austin, playing

big shows to larger and larger crowds. In fact, it was Nakia's full-throated, soulful performance at one of those shows, which had been uploaded to YouTube, that subsequently found its way to television producer Mark Burnett. Burnett insisted on recruiting him for a brand new show no one had heard of yet scheduled to begin filming in February of 2011.  Reluctant but hopeful, Nakia put everything on pause while he went out to Hollywood where each week he wowed the show's four celebrity coaches and its weekly audience of 14 million worldwide viewers.

As the whirlwind of reality television started to wind down, Nakia placed his focus on writing songs for his 6 song EP, "Drown In The Crimson Tide" and the tour that followed. Four years later he recorded and released his acclaimed album, “Blues Grifter.” Most recently, Nakia has begun writing new original songs and performing solo shows.  Nakia is an active member of the Austin music community. He is an outspoken advocate for organizations such as HAAM, and The SIMS Foundation. He has served as the Chair of the Austin Music Commission and as a member of the Board of Governors for the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy. Nakia is a two-time Black Fret artist grant recipient. He lives in Austin, Texas with his husband Robert and their Bouvier des Flandres, Baker.

Please visit www.nakia.net for photos, videos, booking info & more.

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Kleberg at ZACH Theatre 1421 West Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704
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