01/12/17 6:00am

For as long as he can remember, Bakithi Kumalo recalled during a recent interview, music has been the center of his life. The 60-year-old South Africa native, who grew up in a family of musicians and is a longtime bassist for Paul Simon, has made a living doing what he loves.

Now he’s sharing his passion with the 16 student musicians enrolled in East End Art’s Music Masters Mentorship Program, helping them hone their techniques for a free concert next month at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

“I’m so honored to come and work with these kids,” said Kumalo, whose concert will feature songs by Simon, whom he’s played alongside for the past three decades. (more…)

01/18/14 8:16am
GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | Lone Sharks frontman Gene Casey, left, performs with Mambo Loco and Bakithi Kumalo during an encore Friday night.

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | Lone Sharks frontman Gene Casey, left, performs with Mambo Loco and Bakithi Kumalo during an encore Friday night.

Friday night’s lineup for the Live on the Vine Long Island Winterfest kickoff event brought a top-notch collection of local musical talent to a jam-packed Suffolk Theater.  (more…)

12/20/13 11:30am
Photo by Daniel Gonzalez

Photo by Daniel Gonzalez | Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks will headline the Winterfest kickoff concert at The Suffolk Theater.

The premiere North Fork event of the winter season is changing its name and its tune in 2014. Formerly known as Jazz on the Vine, the newly christened Live on the Vine is an amped up version of the popular festival — literally.  (more…)