An Allstar Tribute to Paul Simon's "Graceland"

A tribute set to Paul Simon’s "Graceland" featuring Bakithi Kumalo, the Soweto, South African bassist who played on the album.

In the summer of 2016, Bakithi Kumalo - the original bass player on the Graceland Album - was scheduled to perform his original music at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. From that booking the concept of a "Graceland 30th Anniversary Tribute" was born. Backed by an all-star band and featuring many of the best singers at the Festival, the tribute was a monster hit. Vocalist Ryan Tennis suggested keeping the project alive and assembled a touring version centered around Kumalo, whose iconic bass lines and bright smile bring authenticity to a show that's passion, energy, and pulsing South African rhythms go far beyond that of a standard "tribute band."

Featuring all of the Grammy-winning hits ("Call Me Al", "Graceland", "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes", etc) and performed by some of Philadelphia's finest musicians (with members of Amos Lee's band and other standouts), The Graceland project is the feel-good, sing-along night of the year.

Ryan Tennis

John Francis

John Francis is now wrapping up his third LP entitled ‘Maria, I Would Dance With You but My Hands Are On Fire’. The single, “Miracle” released in Europe, received widespread radio play, poising John Francis for his much anticipated forthcoming LP.
Produced in Nashville by Grammy Award winning producer, and original Wilco / Uncle Tupelo drummer, Ken Coomer. The forthcoming album features JF’s band ‘The Midnight Choir’: Kenny Vaughan (Lucinda Williams, Ray Lamontagne), Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakom), and Ken Coomer.

JF is the recipient of two national songwriting awards from the American Society of Composers, and he has performed upon invitation for the United Nations summit toward eradicating poverty, and he has toured extensively in the US and Europe, to sold-out listening rooms, music clubs, and theatres; has performed with Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Mavis Staples, Rufus Wainright, Wilco, Suzanne Vega, Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne, Sturgill Simpson, Josh Ritter, Rickie Lee Jones, Steve Earle, Indigo Girls, Sinead O’Connor, etc.

$15 Advance / $20 Day of Show / $25 Reserved

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