The 3 Jakes to Retake the Stage

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The Folk & Roll group’s September 21 performance at Bethlehem’s Godfrey Daniels will be their first public appearance in 10 years

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There’s a lot of energy along with some outstanding folk rock…what most people talk about after a Jakes gig is how much fun everyone had.

The 3 Jakes, an eclectic folk rock band popular in the Lehigh Valley in the late 1990s, is slated to return to the local stage. The September 21 concert at Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, PA, will be the group’s first public appearance since 2003.

The performing trio will feature two of the group’s founders, Jim Gentile and Don Consul.

The 3 Jakes were a popular draw at Bethlehem Musikfest, where they played for three years starting in 1997. In 1999 they were honored as Artist of the Day, and selected to play in Musikfest’s All Star Band.

The group released their first CD, One Take Jake (Orange Hand Records) in 1998.

Through the late 1990s, they sold out venues around Southeastern Pennsylvania as well as the Virgin Islands. The 3 Jakes last appearance in the U.S. was in 2000, when they opened for Little Feat at Allentown’s Crocodile Rock Café. They reunited in 2003 for a second Caribbean tour.

Most of the Jakes, which at times numbered as many seven musicians with enigmatic stage monikers like The Fake Jake, T Jake and the Jake Mistake, were also well-known professionals in the Lehigh Valley business community.

Don Consul is president of ConRed Consulting, Inc. He also served as chairman of the elected auditors of Pike Township in Berks County for twelve years.

Jim Gentile is president of North Star Construction Management and Polaris Properties. He was founder and owner of StarCity Recording Company from 2005 to 2009. In 2011, he coauthored The Bit Ching Book of Change: Reinterpreting the Ancient Wisdom of the I Ching to Deal with Modern Day Morons and Confusion (Peripate Press).

Rounding out the trio will be Alan Landes on guitar and mandolin.

“I’m thrilled to see the Jakes back together,” says Moe Chabuz, co-owner of Skinny Legs in St. John, USVI, during the Jakes’ Caribbean tours. “There’s a lot of energy along with some outstanding folk rock…what most people talk about after a Jakes gig is how much fun everyone had.”

Founded in 1976, Godfrey Daniels is widely regarded as one of America’s leading folk music venues. The downtown Bethlehem coffee house has a seating capacity of 100. Tickets for The 3 Jakes performance are $16.50. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 610-867-2390.

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