In commemoration of its tenth anniversary and in partnership with non-profit organization A Spring of Hope and five-time Grammy-winning South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo, Village Music Wellington will host the Village Music Tenth Anniversary Benefit Music Festival, an all-day celebration and fundraising event on Saturday, February 4th, 2023 beginning at Noon and concluding at approximately 10:00 pm.
The goal of the event will be to raise funds for two ASoH projects: the drilling of a well in the Limpopo province of South Africa as well as the development of an After-school Music Center to support displaced children by providing them with after-school music lessons and exposing them to the transformative power of music.
The all-day celebration will include live music featuring ten local bands and culminate with Bakithi Kumalo’s Graceland Experience Band. Food will be available for purchase. In addition, there will be product demonstrations, free music lessons, a silent auction and more.
Outdoor Stage Performances
12:30 – 1:00 Student Showcase
1:15 – 2:00 Indecision
2:15 – 3:00: Remedy
3:15 – 4:00 The Q5 Band
4:15 – 5:00 Americana Jones
5:15 – 6:00: Steve Willey & The Village Music Allstars
6:15 – 7:00 Indigo Dreamers
7:15 – 8:00 Rogue Theory
8:00 – 8:15 Presentation by A Spring of Hope
8:30 – 10:00 Bakithi Kumalo & The Graceland Experience
- Ukulele Circle
- Songwriting Workshop
- Mini-Lessons on the Instrument of Your Choice
- Silent Auction
A Spring of Hope
Since 2006, A Spring of Hope has partnered with over forty-five schools in South Africa to provide clean water, gardens and sanitation projects. ASoH is a professional NGO with an ambitious and unique mission to combine clean water access with economic and social development programs, and also partners with community gardens and community centers that provide resources and support for impoverished communities in rural South Africa.
Ranked among the top 50 bass players in the world by Bass Player Magazine, Bakithi Kumalo is a five-time Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in Soweto, South Africa, he has spent a career touring the world and performing alongside artists including the Grateful Dead, Sting, and Stevie Wonder. From Paul Simon’s Graceland to Disney’s The Lion King, Bakithi’s bass playing can be found in
the heart and soul of the modern-day anthems that have shaped our sense of music and culture as we know it. Bakithi has spent the past several years supporting ASoH in improving the living conditions, particularly for children, in his native South Africa.
On Sunday, February 5th at 6:00 pm, Village Music will offer the opportunity to interact with Bakithi Kumalo in a more intimate setting at a Meet & Greet Storytelling Evening in the Village Music Café.
Village Music Wellington is located at 10410 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington, FL by the main entrance to The Mall at Wellington Green. Find them just beyond Walgreen’s and across from Barnes & Noble.
General Admission to February 4th Festival: $20 charitable donation/$25 at the door
VIP Table on February 4th for six people: $500 charitable donation including dedicated service and two bottles of wine.
Meet & Greet Event on February 5th: $50 charitable donation
Tickets can be purchased in advance via https://villagemusiccafe.com/tickets/