Bethlehem Press

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Bakithi Kumalo returns to ‘Graceland’ at Zoellner

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

It seems that Bakithi Kumalo will always be best known for playing bass on Paul Simon’s 1986 album “Graceland,” despite the fact that he has recorded and performed with many other well-known artists, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and Mickey Hart. And he is known for being one of the best electric bass players in the world.

Bakithi Kumalo and the Graceland Tribute Band perform, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Kumalo launches mentorship program

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Bakithi Kumalo is grateful for his success in music, and wants to share his knowledge.

Kumalo was talking to the staff at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center about his Jan. 24 concert in Baker Hall. The concert is billed as Bakithi Kumalo and the Graceland Tribute Band.

Kumalo spoke about wanting to teach younger musicians, which led to the start of Zoellner’s Music Master Mentor Program.

‘Stomp’ letting it all out at State Theatre, Easton

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

It’s a show with no dialogue and music with no instruments. It’s described as a combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. It has been seen all over the world, changing itself little by little since it was first staged nearly 30 years ago.

It’s “Stomp,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.

Junior Watson at Godfrey’s: married to the blues

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

He may not be a household name, but he is revered by blues guitarists.

He recently received his fourth Blues Award nomination for Guitar Instrumentalist.

He has recorded with a long list of blues greats, and was a member of the iconic group Canned Heat for 10 years.

And he is fun to watch and listen to.

He is Junior Watson, in concert, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, where he appeared one year ago.

Watson plays effortlessly, without high volume or flash, with talent born from an encyclopedic knowledge of the blues.