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Cooks In the Kitchen
FRIDAY JULY 26, 2019
Brad and Phil Cook sprang from the Chippewa Valley in northwestern Wisconsin, where it is cold most of the year and they played music to pass the time. Raised by a social worker and a nurse, they were instilled with servant leadership values and community building passion, which they have used to build their own constellational music family over the last twenty plus years. While they both love the thrill and connection of performance, their skills have been increasingly used in both session work and production in the last few years.
They've been honored to become a recurring part of the Newport Folk Family. Cooks In The Kitchen will bring together several of the festival performers and additional special guests onto one stage for a set of "You Had To Be There" moments.
Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of the Cook brothers to BUMP: The Triangle. When BUMP: The Triangle held a pilot program for Ubuntu Music Academy last spring, the twenty-five musical instruments donated by generous community members desperately needed cleaning and repair. Damon “Dr. Bass” Walker, owner of Dr. Bass String Instruments, graciously donated the repair of the string instruments. Even though funding had not yet been identified, Dr. Bass arranged for the brass and woodwind repairs and discounted the room rental rates at his studio for the pilot program. The Newport Festivals Foundation’s generous donation enabled BUMP to pay Dr. Bass in full and close out the invoice.
Quote from Georgiary Bledsoe, Ph.D., Executive Director
Thank you, Newport Festivals Foundation, for helping us to serve our community well and empower our youth through music of the African Diaspora. Phil Cook, thank you so much for adopting BUMP as your cause and for recommending us to the Newport Festivals Foundation! We couldn’t be more grateful for your support and your dedication to recognizing and affirming the cultural assets of our youth.