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BACK TO FUN WITH ARTSQUEST!

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By Jake Cohen, ArtsQuest Marketing Intern

Welcome back to fun, everybody! We know that this past year has been rough for all of you fun-lovers and we’re here to help. We have plenty of outdoor and socially-distanced events to ease you back into the habit of… well…doing things again! We have a variety of fun shows & activities coming soon, this spring & summer will get you smiling again.

Pro tip: keep regularly checking our social media, SteelStacks.org, Musikfest.org, LevittSteelStacks.org & BananaFactory.org, because we’ll be adding even more awesome events soon!


The health and safety of our patrons, vendors, volunteers, staff, and everyone attending our campus, buildings, and events is of the utmost importance to ArtsQuest and we have established a number of best practices and procedures based on guidelines from the CDC, City of Bethlehem and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please click here to read all of the safety guidelines and regulations in place for attendance at these events.


OUTDOORS AT STEELSTACKS

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – 4/30 – buy tickets

Come do the Time Warp on our Levitt Pavilion lawn! The Spaced Out Sensations shadowcast will lead the way for these outdoor screenings of the beloved 1975 cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. You just bring your chairs, blankets, and whatever else you need to make yourself comfortable.

Broken Arrow – A Tribute to Neil Young – 5/1 – buy tickets

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Broken Arrow performs the music of Neil Young, featuring both the rockin’ electric Crazy Horse tunes and the more acoustic, pedal steel driven country rock material. The band delivers these classic songs faithfully while taking them out on some jamming excursions and tastefully tweaking some of the arrangements. Joe Mass nails the Neil vocals perfectly and the harmonies are spot on.

Oro Solido – 5/8 – buy tickets

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Oro Solido was formed by Raul Acosta, who has received the nickname ‘El Presidente’. Acosta was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic into a musical family. At the age of seven, he and his older brothers started a pre-adolescent music group called “Los Sobrinos Del Rey,” a Dominican attempt version of the Jackson 5. The group went on to perform in two nationally televised shows.

Sensational Soul Cruisers – 5/14 – buy tickets

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They’re back! The Sensational Soul Cruisers are not just another 11-man vocal harmony group with horns. While it is still sometimes possible to find a band featuring a similar line up of instruments, it is unlikely that you will ever find another that performs with as much energy, passion, and talent as these guys. This band has come a long way from its “Eddie and the Cruisers” days to become one of Jersey’s best kept secrets.

Found Footage Festival: Vol. 9 – 5/15 – buy tickets

The Found Footage Festival is a hilarious collection of videos that are sure to make you giggle. Co-hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher discover and comment on home videos from various thrift shops, garage sales, warehouses and…dumpsters! Who knows? Maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two!

Tommy Emmanuel, CGP – 5/20 – buy tickets

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Anytime you talk to any of his fans,  they will speak of  two qualities that define his greatness. The first, predictably, is his extraordinary guitar playing, as it would take three musicians or more, to do what Tommy does solo. Which brings us to the other aspect of his music always mentioned: the joy. It’s one thing to play these multi-dimensional arrangements flawlessly on an acoustic guitar, but another to do it with that smile of the ages.

RUBIX KUBE: The Eighties Strike Back Show – 5/21 – buy tickets

For over a decade, RUBIX KUBE has taken the universe by storm as the most original ‘80s tribute band of all time! Its one-of-a-kind, ever-evolving and interactive show captivates audiences of all ages. More than just a cover band, “The EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK Show” is like the rad lovechild of a Rock concert and a Broadway musical – from a honeymoon down Electric Avenue!

 

Steal Your Peach – 5/27 – buy tickets

Steal Your Peach is a mixture of some of hardest working musicians in the Philadelphia area specializing in a mashup concept, fusing the music of The Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead. Each of the band members have multiple projects and have formed a bond with some of their favorite and most influential music. They add improvisation to the mix making each show exciting.

The Craig Thatcher Band  – 5/28 – buy tickets

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The Craig Thatcher Band has been entertaining audiences with their exciting brand of blues/rock music since 1993. Thatcher has worked with and/or opened for many great artists including: Simone, Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Jimmie Vaughan, Duke Robillard, John Hammond, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jonny Lang, Spencer Davis Group, Laurence Juber, John Mayer, David Bromberg, GE Smith and many others.

Mike Santoro of The Stranger: A Billy Joel Tribute  – 6/3 – buy tickets

He’s back! Reintroducing America’s most authentic tribute to the legendary BILLY JOEL… June 3’s performance will be an intimate solo show with Mike Santoro of The Stranger. The Stranger IS the most authentic tribute to this celebrated icon. Comprised of some of the best and most experienced musicians in the business, this band brings together an authentic replication of Billy’s timeless music, crowning it with soulful, spot on vocals that makes listening to a Billy Joel song so special.

Damn The Torpedoes – A Live Tom Petty Concert Experience   – 6/4 – buy tickets

Over the years Damn The Torpedoes has evolved with more committed members and a deep understanding of the Tom Petty catalog. The current lineup has been in place for several years and demonstrates the unspoken chemistry that makes a great band. The signature riffs, harmonies and underlying parts of the music are all there—along with some fresh twists that are often inspired in the moment. The resulting performances have audiences smiling, singing, dancing and mourning the loss of this great artist.

 

Dom Flemons  – 6/11 – buy tickets

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Grammy Award Winner, Two-Time Emmy Nominee, AND 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow, Dom Flemons is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, slam poet, music scholar, historian, and record collector. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife and rhythm bones.

Strawberry Fields – SONGS4SIGHT – 6/16 – buy tickets

The Center for Vision Loss delivers support, skills education, and rehabilitation services at little or no cost for people with vision loss; provides free vision screenings for children; and promotes eye health and safety. Impact on vision loss clients reflects in their abilities to live independently and improve their capabilities. Impact upon communities at large reflects in the children who receive free vision screenings and the people reached by agency’s education programs and outreach presentations.

The Lone Bellow – 6/18 – buy tickets

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It’s been six years since The Lone Bellow was first formed by Zach Williams, multi-instrumentalist Kanene Donehey Pipkin and guitarist Brian Elmquist. But one only needs to get the lead singer and guitarist speaking to their songwriting process to witness firsthand just how passionate he remains about its teeming creativity. The Lone Bellow, which also now includes Jason Pipkin on keys/bass, has long nurtured a deep and highly personal connection with their music.

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Stay tuned for more shows coming soon!

FRANK BANKO ALEHOUSE CINEMAS

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Popcorn just tastes better in a movie theater! Get back to fun on the big screen with limited-capacity, socially-distanced screenings of Oscar-nomintated films & more in the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema! Plus, you can even rent out the whole dang theater to hang with your buds in a safe environment.

For current listings, visit SteelStacks.org/Film.

THE BANANA FACTORY ARTS CENTER

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What’s more fun than flexing your creativity?! The Banana Factory Arts Center is buzzing again with a mix of in-person and online classes for different ages and experience levels!

For current class listings, visit BananaFactory.org/Classes!

LEVITT PAVILION STEELSTACKS PRES. BY COORDINATED HEALTH, NOW PART OF LEHIGH VALLEY HEALTH NETWORK

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FREE CONCERTS on the Levitt lawn return in 2021! Stay tuned for the full lineup coming soon…

MUSIKFEST 2021

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Yes, it’s happening.

In-person, not-virtual Musikfest is back (in some shape or form) August 6-15! We’re still in the planning stages, so full details coming soon…

YOU’VE REACHED THE END OF THE ARTICLE! HOW FUN!

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Well there you have it! A ton of reasons to give fun another chance with ArtsQuest! With all of this and more happening over the spring & summer, we guarantee that you find an event that you love!

For a full list of upcoming events, visit SteelStacks.org, Musikfest.org, LevittSteelStacks.org & BananaFactory.org!