Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Drummers Corky Laing, Kofi Baker Rock Bay Street Theater February 26

Two masters of the drum kit, Corky Laing and Kofi Baker, will take to the Bay Street Theater stage in Sag Harbor on Friday for an evening billed as “The Ultimate Classic Rock Experience.”

Mr. Laing is a member of rock band Mountain, and Mr. Baker is the son of Cream drummer Ginger Baker. Both men promise to play Mountain and Cream songs the way they were played in the ’60s and ’70s—the way they were meant to be played.

The concert is the first in what Bay Street Theater managing director Gary Hygom hopes will become an ongoing series focused on drumming, featuring Mr. Laing and guests, that blends music and interviews with audience Q&A.

Since relocating from Toronto to Greenport a few years ago, Mr. Laing has played several shows at Bay Street Theater, in various formats. He envisions The Ultimate Class Rock Experience as a drum seminar. But rather than a technical seminar on how to play drums, the subject will be the mind of the drummer, and the seminar will answer the question “Why do we play drums?”

“Every drummer has his own reason—there is a causality,” he said. “In my case, it’s because I am a showoff.” He grew up in a family with five kids; he had one sister and triplet brothers. He played drums to get attention.

He said he told his father, “When I grow up, I want to play drums.” His father told him, “You’re going to have to choose—one or the other.”

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