Keyboardist and singer Tim Kraft, 55, who was born in Corvallis, Ore., but has lived in Bellingham since he was about 1 year old is the latest addition to the Naughty Blokes band, which won KISM’s “Road to Rockstar” competition in 2014. He’s looking forward to some fun gigs this summer, including some outdoor festivals.
One event coming up is a benefit for Relay to Life on Saturday, May 30, at Northwood Hall. Here’s more about Kraft.
I love my job. I admit that some of the bands that I’ve played in probably played a little too loud at times, so it’s fitting that I now work in a clinic where we try to help prevent and treat hearing loss.
I’m really enjoying working with some icons of the old-school Bellingham music scene. All of us have logged some serious years in the trenches of live music in the Northwest. It is an honor to play with these seasoned players: Warren Meier, vocals and acoustic guitar; Johnny Brewer, guitar and vocals; Denny Segel, bass and vocals; and Tim Maloy, drums.
I’ve played in a few other bands over the years, notably: The Ducks/Redux/Offshoots, Skamania. I’ve also sat in with Patrick McFarland, The Chryslers, and The Jasmine Greene Band.
I know that during the most difficult times of my life, I’ve always been able to say, “At the very least, I still have music.”
The Stars and Stripes Relay for life “Beat Cancer” benefit happens at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. This is a benefit in conjunction with The American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life.” Details: www.facebook.com/events/846875348705790/
This will be my 2015 debut with The Naughty Blokes. I’d love to see Bellingham help fund cancer research by attending this event and seeing me and the other Blokes pour it out on stage. The Blokes are walking the Relay for Life walk. This goes right along with our support for arts in our community, particularly for young people, which I discuss above:
“Music Moves Me” instrument drive featuring Black Beast Revival, The Naughty Blokes and Sweet Invicta. Details: www.facebook.com/events/1436935176617319. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6 at Boundary Bay Brewery we will be collecting instruments for young musicians in Bellingham Public Schools. People are encouraged to bring instruments and we will ensure they get the repair and love they need to be ready for a new life in a band or orchestra.