Announcing the Lineup for ‘Come Together 2018’ on Saturday, April 28.

Hey, everybody! My name is Michael Duck; I am Not For Coltrane. And at 7 p.m. on April 28, I’ll get to join some amazing performers onstage at Godfrey Daniels for “Come Together 2018,” a show benefiting “No Place for Hate.”

This is our second annual show supporting “No Place for Hate,” a program that’s in schools across the Lehigh Valley — along with 46 school districts across Pennsylvania, and many more across the U.S. It aims to help kids figure out how to get along with each other: Reducing bullying, increasing respect for each other, and challenging anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry in all its forms.

We had a lot of fun at last year’s show, but this year we’re partnering with Lehigh Valley Underground and SouthSide Arts District to pull together a much bigger event! And for the performance itself, we’re going to have seven (seven!) performers onstage at once, swapping songs and playing together. I’m thrilled that I’ll get to share a stage with these six other performers:

Pentley Holmes is a songwriter and powerful singer, who’s been doing amazing stuff on Lehigh Valley stages for years and is currently on a tour across the country. This is him singing his song “Shape Up,” one of my all-time favorites:

You may know Alyssa Allen from her band Soul Folks, which she infuses with drop-you-in-your-tracks vocals and a magnetic stage presence. Listen to her take the classic “Fever” and make it entirely her own:

John Huie is not only a performer but also the director of the World Percussion Ensemble at Northeast Middle School. Here’s his great arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” as performed by the World Percussion Ensemble at SteelStacks this summer:

Dina Hall is a powerhouse singer and songwriter who’s picked up a loyal following and an armload of Lehigh Valley Music Awards for her performances and writing. This is one of her prizewinning songs:

Dave Fry is a brilliant musician, a captivating stage presence, and the founder of Godfrey Daniels. And if I understand correctly, I think he’s won two Lifetime Achievement Awards at the LVMAs, which is pretty cool if you think about it. Here he is at the Musikfest Cafe:

And finally: Bakithi Kumalo is probably best known for playing bass on a little song you might have heard of called “You Can Call Me Al.” Literally the day after our performance in April, he’s headed out of town to go rehearse with Paul Simon for his upcoming tour. Here he is jamming with Paul in front of a seemingly endless crowd in London’s Hyde Park:

Tickets for the big show will go on sale soon through the Godfrey Daniels website, and we’ll be working with Lehigh Valley Underground to get out lots more information about this event over the coming weeks. We hope you’ll come together with us at Godfrey Daniels in April, and help us show that the Lehigh Valley is No Place for Hate!

UPDATE (March 30, 2018): Unfortunately, Bakithi Kumalo has had to withdraw from the show due to a scheduling conflict. Read more in our latest post about Come Together 2018.

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