Nothing is musically more elegant than the Simon Mulligan Trio.
On Valentine’s Day night, in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, Mulligan, piano; Gene Perla, upright bass, and Dave Willard, drums, did a show of romantic standards from the Great American Songbook.
The members of the trio were stylishly-attired in black for their seventh appearance in the room. Mulligan noted that for the Feb. 14 concert, red might have been more appropriate.
Jake Shimabukuro will change your mind about the ukulele, with his dramatic and lively mix of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, flamenco, and traditional Hawaiian music. Shimabukuro, 43, has developed a sound filled with music improvisation.
The Jake Shimabukuro Trio performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Musikfest Cafe, ArttsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, with Dave Preston, guitar, and Jackson Waldhoff, bass.
Shimabukuro is releasing a new album, “Trio,” a few days before the Bethlehem concert.
A visit by Simon Mulligan has become a tradition this time of year at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall.
The Simon Mulligan Trio will appear for the seventh time in Miller Symphony Hall, for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, on Valentine’s Day.
Appearing with Mulligan is Gene Perla, upright bass, and Dave Willard, drums.
Last year, English pianist Mulligan played two sold-out concerts with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO), performing George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm Variations” and “Rhapsody in Blue.”
“The Humans” premieres in the Lehigh Valley at Civic Theatre of Allentown, opening Feb. 7 and continuing through Feb. 23.
You may not have heard of the play, but you will probably find that the characters in the play are very familiar.
“You feel that they could be your friends,” says director Will Morris, Civic Theatre Associate Artistic Director-Production Manager, who’s directing the show at Civic.
“You can watch a character and say, ‘You know that person.’ You might even think that one of them is just like you,” observes Morris.
Greensky Bluegrass is described as a rock band, jam band and bluegrass band.
“We are happy just to be ourselves,” says Anders Beck, who plays Dobro and lap steel in Greensky Bluegrass, in concert, 8 p.m., Jan. 30, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Opening the concert is Ghost Light.
Greensky Bluegrass combines elements of all three genres of rock, jam and bluegrass, The band uses traditional acoustic instruments of guitar, mandolin, banjo, Dobro and acoustic bass. Many of the group’s songs lead into long instrumental jams.
Theatergoers never seem to get enough of Neil Simon plays.
Simon’s combination of humor and humanity might be best represented by his semi-autobiographical “Eugene Trilogy.” The second of the series, “Biloxi Blues,” opens Jan. 31 and continues weekends through Feb. 16 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.
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.
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.
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.
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.