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“Lehigh Valley Style’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival” Sweepstakes Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. SWEEPSTAKES OPEN ONLY TO PERMANENT LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO ARE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

1. How to Enter. No purchase necessary. To enter the Sweepstakes complete the online form at http://fest.formstack.com/forms/lvstyle by 11:59AM on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Limit one (1) entry per person. All eligible entries have an equal chance of winning. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. No mechanically reproduced entries, alterations, facsimiles or forged entries. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of Lehigh Valley Style (“Sponsor”) and ArtsQuest, N.A. (“Promotional Partner”) and receipt of entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor and Promotional Partner are not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, postage due, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor or Promotional Partner.

2. Eligibility. Participation open only to permanent legal residents of the United States who are at least 21 years of age as of September 12, 2018. Officers, directors, and employees of Sponsor, members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses, parents, children, and siblings, and their spouses regardless of where they reside), and persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

3. Random Drawing/Odds. Three (3) winners will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible entries. The drawing will take place on or about September 12, 2018. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including the release and waiver of liability contained herein, and the decisions of the judges, and Sponsor, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes.

4. Prizes. Four (4) grand prizes (“Grand Prize”): Two (2) tickets to Lehigh Valley Style’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival on September 13, 2018. Total approximate retail value (ARV) of each prize package is $100. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions. In the case of unavailability of any prize, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or portion thereof of equal or greater value. All federal, state and local taxes, meals, gratuities, travel upgrades, incidentals, fees, service charges, surcharges, insurance costs or other unspecified costs or expenses associated with use of the prize are the sole responsibility of winner and/or his or her travel companion. Prize may be subject to restrictions imposed by prize sponsors.

5. Notification. Winners will be notified by phone and/or Email on September 12, 2018 and will be required to sign and return, where legal, an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within seven (7) days of prize notification. If winner cannot be contacted within one (1) calendar day of first notification attempt, if any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if any winner rejects his/her prize, or in the event of noncompliance with these Sweepstakes Official Rules, such prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected from all remaining eligible entries. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given. Limit one winner and one prize.

6. Conditions; Waiver and Release. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Participation in Sweepstakes and acceptance of prize constitutes winner’s acknowledgement and acceptance of the Official Rules and winner’s permission for Sponsor to use his/her name, address (city and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the Sweepstakes or Sponsor for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Prize awarded “as is” without any representation or warranty by Sponsor. Winner assumes all risks associated with use of the prize and participation in prize-related activities. Sponsor is not responsible if any scheduled event is delayed, postponed, or canceled for any reason. Accommodations subject to availability. Winner is solely responsible for observing and abiding by prize sponsors’ rules and regulations or terms and conditions for use of prize. By participating, entrants and winner agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors, from any and all liability, loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death arising from, relating to, or which may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel, or participation in the Sweepstakes, possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize, or preparation for, travel to or from, and participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity, and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. Each entrant hereby agrees to indemnify Sponsor against any claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses (including attorney fees) arising out of or resulting from and breach by entrant of these Official Rules. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or who attempt to interfere with this Sweepstakes in any way, shall be disqualified.

7. Additional Terms. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend this Sweepstakes should Sponsor determine, in its sole discretion, that fraud, mistake, or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. In such case, Sponsor will select the winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor representatives.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

The Sweepstakes and these Official Rules will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Pennsylvania. Unless expressly prohibited by governing law, entrants agree that any and all disputes, claims or causes of action in connection with this Sweepstakes shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action. Any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual, direct out-of-pocket expenses incurred, but in no event and under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to claim or obtain indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages or any other damages other than actual, direct out-of-pocket expenses.

Valid email address required in order to win. By completing the sweepstakes entry form, you are agreeing to the official sweepstakes rules and the terms of our privacy policy. You will also be registered to receive email notices from ArtsQuest and Lehigh Valley Style. Our goal is to provide you with important, valuable and timely updates about upcoming events and promotions. We will not sell your personal information. Also, you have the opportunity to unsubscribe at any time.

8. List of Winner. To obtain the name of the winning individual, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by September 12, 2018 to: ArtsQuest / “Lehigh Valley Style’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival” Sweepstakes Winner, ATTN: Marketing Manager: Ben Youngerman, 25 W Third St, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

9. Sponsor: Lehigh Valley Style

10. Promotional Partner: ArtsQuest

Highmark Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square: September Shows

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By Ben Youngerman, ArtsQuest Marketing Manager / Photo: Ted Colegrove

The Highmark Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square is the home to great live music at an affordable price: FREE! Grab a Yuengling and food from the bar and sit outside as you enjoy great singer-songwriters and bands from across the region. Start or end your night at SteelStacks with these upcoming performances…

Carroll – Friday, 9/7 (9 PM)

Philadelphia’s Carroll, one of the most colorful, carefully honed acts in indie rock, are many things: young, vibrant, contemplative.

Zaire – Saturday, 9/8 (5:30 PM)

3-piece acoustic trio, covering artists such as The Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Petty, Radiohead and more. Part of the SteelStacks Fun Un-Run.

Max Swan – Saturday, 9/8 (9 PM)

A saxophonist, vocalist, and producer from Philadelphia by way of Perkasie, PA, Max Swan channels influence from the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Blake, Donny Hathaway, Michael Brecker, and Lenny Pickett.

Vin Mott’s Rhythm & Blues Band – Tuesday, 9/11 (6:30 PM)

Vin Mott’s live band has included some of the areas most talented young Jazz, Blues, and Roots musicians.

Sea Rae – Friday, 9/14 (8 PM)

Sea Rae is an indie/alt-pop singer-songwriter from Pennsylvania whose evocative and gorgeous vocals float seamlessly atop a great electronic bass-driven beat with some in-your-face lyrics.

Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel – Friday, 9/21 (8 PM)

Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel is Julian Fulton and some combination of: Aidan Fulton [drums, vox], Victoria Romano [vox/violin], Matt Fernicola [bass], and Kristine Donovan [vox/percussion]

Kate Dressed Up – Saturday, 9/22 (9:30 PM)

With influences that range from Chuck Berry to Bright Eyes, Kate Dressed Up makes what she likes to call “folk(ish)” music.

LV Charter High School for the Arts Student Musicians – Sunday, 9/23 (2 PM)

The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts provides a unique environment that fosters a creative academic approach to learning and a development of talent in the arts.

Mason/Wixon Line – Friday, 9/28 (9:30 PM)

Mason/Wilson Line bringing an eclectic mix of folk/rock classics, funky standards, and original music out of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.

Rebels of Grundy City – Saturday, 9/29 (8 PM)

This acoustic rock band plays original music and cover music from artists Chris Cornell, Neil Young, Foo Fighters and other similar artists.

Free music continues at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks all year long! Click here for the full schedule!

COMEDY GOLD!

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Judy Gold Talks Comedy, Jewish Holidays and More

By Ben Youngerman, ArtsQuest Marketing Manager

Since the early ’90s, comedian Judy Gold has been paving a unique path to a golden comedy career. The two-time Emmy Award winner has found success in standup, television and theater, but has faced the stigma of coming out as a gay parent during her career.

Before we welcome back Gold to SteelStacks Oct. 21, ArtsQuest spoke to the hilarious comic about her career, her take on current events and her favorite Jewish holidays!

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ArtsQuest: We know you’re always busy with a billion projects. What are you up to now?

Judy Gold: Well, I have just recorded an album so now I have the daunting task of having to listen to my annoying voice. We did two shows and I think we are going to put out two albums maybe six months apart. So I have to go through all the material and pick what I’m using. You know how like you can’t stand the sound of your own voice? Take that and multiply it by five million, okay? That’s what I have to do.

AQ: Is it kind of like Johnny Depp has never seen any of the movies he performs in?

JG: I can’t look at myself. That’s how my kids torture me. They go on the computer and they look at videos and stuff just to torture me. If you’re a performer, you’re hypercritical of yourself. I don’t know how people [can] look at themselves. I have friends who are like, “I’m gonna be on this, let’s all come over and look!”

AQ: You work in all different types of media: you’re a standup comedian, you’re on TV, you write, you do theater, you host a podcast. What’s it like being able to flex your creative muscles in those ways?

JG: I think part of me feels lucky that there are so many outlets like that. I get to do my podcasts and I love the theater, I love doing TV and I love writing. But, I’m a standup first and foremost. So, If I think of life without standup I don’t know what I’d do. Just to be able to get on stage and especially in the climate that we’re living in now – it feels very cathartic.

AQ: Mentioning these tenser times, is comedy more important now? Or is that kind of an overstatement?

JG: Oh no! I think the fact that freedom of speech is being threatened and that the truth is being altered, it’s more important now than ever. It’s interesting because comics are now being vilified and being held to sort of a higher standard than these politicians that say whatever they feel like, you know? Then they spin it and it’s like the truth tellers are the ones who are taking a lot of crap and it’s ridiculous! It’s just so funny that they will defend [the president].

Freedom of speech is what makes this country great. We can criticize and we have outlets for opinions. And honestly the theater changes people’s lives, music changes people’s lives, art changes people’s lives. You know, it all tells stories from different perspectives and you can’t shut that down. That’s what makes America great. Because it was great before. It was great and now it’s not great because of him. It’s really just interesting because I feel like comedians are held to a higher standard and even jokes from 10 years ago are being resurrected just to look at this or look at that. His is locker room talk, yet ours is not? I don’t understand.

AQ: In your weekly podcast Kill Me Now, you interview celebrities about what makes them angry. What do you enjoy about hosting a podcast? Obviously, we know what makes you angry in the political world, but what else makes you angry?

JG: Oh my god, well I love hosting a podcast, I love my guests, I love doing research. I’m very curious about people and what makes them tick, but I’m curious when I think about things that they don’t normally talk about. The majority are comics and comics speak to one another differently than they speak to non-comics. So, I think it’s really a window inside of the mind of comedians and why we are the way we are and why we think the way we think.

What ****es me off? I think basic incompetence and….people who are dumb…just pay attention!

AQ: Comedy seems to be more welcoming to newer and different points of view. So you, as a woman who is also in the LGBTQ and Jewish communities, how have you seen this evolve since you started as a comedian?

JG: Thank God for the Jews because they love comedy, they love theater, they love the arts. So, it’s so great to be a part of that community – they love true entertainment. They just are a really supportive community. And then as far as LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ stuff is concerned I think it’s great that when I came out in the mid ‘90s – when I came out on stage – I came out basically as a gay parent. It was not easy. It definitely had an effect on my career. In fact, I didn’t come out prior to that because I didn’t have a lot of material about being gay. But, also it was an excuse to pigeon hole you that you were a gay comedian. All I ever wanted to be was a comedian. I happen to be gay. I am Jewish, you know, that’s so much of who I am. It’s pretty much all of who I am.

I think it’s really great now that being a part of the LGBT group is not a big deal – that’s where we want it to be. When I came out as a gay parent the material I was doing was about my kids and the fact that they had two moms. Everyone has a family or some kind of a family whether it’s biological or non-biological. We all have, hopefully, a group of people we consider our family. So I think talking about being a parent and also being gay, people realized, “Oh my god, their family’s just like mine.” There’s a lot you can do with a joke and a microphone.

AQ: What are your favorite and least favorite Jewish holidays and why?

JG: Okay, this is good. Um, the first two days of Passover are up there as my favorite. The last six days I could do without, for obvious reasons.

AQ: You miss bread at some point, right?

JG: Yeah, I miss bowel movements, bread…I love Rosh Hashana. Yom Kippur, I get really into it and then about 2-3 o’clock in the afternoon I’m just like, “alright.” I have often been stopped in the airport by security for having menorah in my suitcase, because I’ve lit Hanukkah candles in many hotels. What am I missing? There’s like a hundred of them.

AQ: There’s like three every day…

JG: Yeah. I enjoy Sukkot. Purim makes me think about winning a Goldfish at the Purim carnival and then having it die and flushing it down the toilet while I sing Mourner’s Kaddish.

AQ: Thanks, Judy. We’re so excited to welcome you back on Oct. 21!

JG: I’m excited! I had such a good time there so I’m excited to come back. Great audience and, you know what, we need to laugh. Every day you wake up like, “Oh my god, what now?” so [it’s nice] just to be able to forget for an hour.

Comedian Judy Gold

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21

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Your Favorite Songs LIVE! Tribute & Party Bands at SteelStacks!

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By Ben Youngerman, ArtsQuest Marketing Manager

You’ve worn out the vinyl records. You’ve broken pencils trying to rewind the cassettes. You’ve never taken the CDs out of your car. Now, you can hear your favorite songs live at SteelStacks!

The best tribute and party bands in the country are coming to Bethlehem to recreate the songs note-by-note and, perhaps, throw in a unique twist to keep the classics fresh! Some of the bands even look like the real deal! Hear, see and feel these songs that made your life awesome when they’re played live

Classic Stones Live– 9/7 – buy tickets

Classic Stones Live™ captures the raw energy of the most electrifying performances throughout The Rolling Stones career, and recreates The Stones in their legendary prime. This is what makes Classic Stones Live™ THE number one Stones tribute in the world.

The Stranger: A Tribute to Billy Joel– 9/8 – buy tickets

Comprised of some of the best and most experienced musicians in the business, this 6 piece 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.

Boyce Avenue: Yuengling Summer Concert Series– 9/22 – buy tickets

Boyce Avenue’s covers go viral on a regular basis, resulting in more than 11 million subscribers and 4 billion views on YouTube! See them off of your computer and in-person at the Yuengling Summer Concert Series!

The Englishtown Project– 9/27 – buy tickets

On September 3rd, 1977, the Grateful Dead headlined one of the largest and most musically successful concerts of all time at Raceway Park in Englishtown N.J. This tribute extravaganza will feature healthy “doses” of selections from each band’s sets that day with a relaxed, festival style program.

Bruce in the USA– 10/6 – buy tickets

This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show.

The Music of Simon and Garfunkel Performed by Swearingen and Kelli– 10/17 – buy tickets

The Music of Simon and Garfunkel Performed by Swearingen and Kelli will serve as a special benefit for Turning Point of Lehigh Valley as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary.

Splintered Sunlight– 10/31 – buy tickets

C’mon out and dance on Halloween night with Splintered Sunlight! For the past twenty-five years Splintered Sunlight has been sharing their unique take on the music of the Grateful Dead.

The Everly Brothers Experience Featuring The Zmed Brothers– 11/9 – buy tickets

The Zmed Brothers have celebrated the pivotal sounds and history of The Everly Brothers legacy with enthusiastic crowds all across the US and over seas in prestigious venues.

Billy Bauer Band Tribute to Dave Matthews Band– 11/16 – buy tickets

The band has opened for Grammy winners and top billboard artists: Third Eye Blind, OAR, Blues Traveler, Tim Reynolds (of Dave Matthews Band), Pete Francis (of Dispatch), the Gin Blossoms, and more.

The Aardvarks & The Sofa Kings– 11/17 – buy tickets

A high-energy night of partying with a variety of your all-time favorite hits performed by a pair of Musikfest favorites: The Aardvarks and The Sofa Kings!

Philadelphia Funk Authority– 11/21 – buy tickets

The talented musicians of Philly Funk Authority bring together the experience of literally thousands of performances to formulate the ultimate entertainment machine!

TUSK: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute– 11/23 & 11/24 – buy tickets

TUSK, The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, is the #1 Tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world, bar none. No wigs, no backing tracks, no gimmicks, just five musicians recreating the music of Fleetwood Mac to perfection. Their show sells out every year, so we added a 2nd performance to our lineup in 2018!

Philadelphia Funk Authority– 11/21 – buy tickets

The talented musicians of Philly Funk Authority bring together the experience of literally thousands of performances to formulate the ultimate entertainment machine!

The Large Flowerheads– 11/30 – buy tickets

Take a Groovy Trip back to the ‘60s with Large Flowerheads!

Twelve Twenty-Four– 12/14 – buy tickets

Twelve Twenty-Four presents a high energy, full-scale, holiday rock orchestra concert featuring everyone’s favorite rock-edge holiday music as well as their own holiday creations!

Jimmy & The Parrots– 12/21 – buy tickets

Jimmy and The Parrots are returning for their annual Parrot Holiday Party full of your favorite Jimmy Buffet songs!

The Lou Franco Project– 12/29 – buy tickets

This power trio of extremely talented musicians performs a searing and wide ranging repertoire of musical favorites from Zep to Floyd to King Crimson!

The Lou Franco Project– 12/27 – buy tickets

Musikfest legend Craig Thatcher, a Martin Guitar Ambassador, is able to “channel” the guitar style of Jimi Hendrix so eerily accurately, it’s almost as if he is possessed by the Voodoo Child’s soulful, psychedelic spirit.

The Sofa Kings’ New Year’s Eve Party!– 12/31 – buy tickets

Ring in the New Year with one of SteelStacks’ favorite party bands! The Sofa Kings cover all genres including all forms of dance music, Motown, RB, Classic Rock, and the current hot tunes on the Billboard charts.

There’s even more coming in 2019! Check out the full list of events coming to the Musikfest Cafe presented by Yuengling

, including tributes to The Beatles, Neil Young, RUSH, Tom Petty, John Denver & MORE!

Prost! Lehigh Valley International Airport Named Presenting Sponsor of Oktoberfest

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Airport’s Support Helps Nonprofit ArtsQuest Expand Programming at Festival, Set for Oct. 5-7 and 12-14

BETHLEHEM, PA—When Oktoberfest at SteelStacks returns next month for its eighth fun-filled year, patrons will find more Oktober-festivities than ever before thanks in large part to the support of Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), the new presenting sponsor of the annual event.

One of ArtsQuest’s largest and most popular festivals outside of Musikfest, Oktoberfest set a record attendance of 29,500 in 2017, with the event’s crowds growing steadily since 2015. This year’s Oktoberfest presented by Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), set for Oct. 5-7 and 12-14, will feature several new attractions and family activities, as the festival adds bratwurst eating contests, a Wiener Dog Parade Oct. 6, fire dance cabaret Oct. 13 and more. Complete details on the festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Lehigh Valley International Airport has developed a strong partnership with ArtsQuest in recent years through support of popular events such as Christkindlmarkt and Musikfest. We both share a vision of promoting the Lehigh Valley as the community of choice for people and an exciting place to call ‘home.’ This year, the Airport is extremely proud to expand our outreach efforts by sponsoring Oktoberfest, a fun-filled festival packed with entertainment that is free for the community,” says Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

Oktoberfest presented by Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) is a free festival that features authentic German food and beer, live music, schuhplattlers and kids’ activities, as well as attractions like the Beer-Lympics competition, popular dachshund races, Oktoberfest 5k and more. Festival hours are Fridays, 5-10 p.m.; Saturdays, noon-10 p.m.; and Sundays, noon-8 p.m.

“Over the past three years, we’ve really focused on making Oktoberfest accessible to as many people as possible, expanding our programming for all ages by incorporating dog agility demonstrations, doubling the number of dachshund races and adding in new programming like the Hasselhoff-off, stein hoisting championships and the Oktoberfest Biergartens,” says ArtsQuest Chief Operating Officer Curt Mosel. “Thanks to the support of Lehigh Valley International Airport, we are not only able to keep this festival free for attendees, we’ll be expanding our programming, helping to draw even more guests in and around the Valley. We thank Lehigh Valley International Airport for its investment in our arts and cultural programming, which ultimately benefits our entire region.”

For more information on Oktoberfest presented by Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), visit www.steelstacks.org/oktoberfest.

Sample 35 Beers & Ciders at SteelStacks’ Brewers’ Village Presented by Weis Markets Oct. 12-13

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Tickets for tasting sessions, which help to support programming at Oktoberfest at SteelStacks, on sale now

From German-style Märzens to autumn-inspired pumpkin ales, the hand-crafted beers of the Keystone State’s award-winning craft breweries take center stage as the Oktoberfest Brewers’ Village presented by Weis Markets returns for its fifth year Oct. 12-13. Tickets for the two-hour tasting sessions, where attendees can sample more than 35 different beers, are $20 for ArtsQuest Members and $25 for the public in advance and are $25 for ArtsQuest Members and $30 for the public day of. They go on sale today at noon at www.steelstacks/oktoberfest and 610-332-3378.

At the Brewers Village, which takes place inside the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, guests sample a diverse array of local favorites, as well as Oktoberfests, limited-edition and seasonal beers from brewers throughout the commonwealth. This year’s event features the highly anticipated Salmon Pants Brewery and Seven Sirens Brewing Company ahead of each brewery’s grand opening in SouthSide Allentown and SouthSide Bethlehem respectively.

Brewers Village tasting sessions take place Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. All attendees receive a commemorative sampling mug and can meet the breweries’ staff and brewers, as well as enjoy the delicious food, fun and games of Oktoberfest, now in its eighth year. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10.

Participants confirmed so far for the 2018 Brewers’ Village include:

Angry Orchard, Breinigsville
D.G. Yuengling & Son, Pottsville
Hardball Cider, Bethlehem – New for 2018
Hop Hill Brewing Company, Bethlehem
Hijinx Brewing Company, Allentown
North Country Brewing, Slippery Rock
Rusty Rail Brewing Company, Mifflinburg – New for 2018
Salmon Pants Brewery, Allentown – New for 2018
Samuel Adams, Breinigsville
Seven Sirens Brewing Company, Bethlehem – New for 2018
Susquehanna Brewing Company, Pittston
The Colony Meadery, Allentown
The Lion Brewery, Wilkes-Barre
Tröegs Independent Brewing, Hershey
Wallenpaupack Brewing Company, Hawley – New for 2018
Weyerbacher Brewing, Easton
Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia

Oktoberfest, presented by Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), is a free-admission festival that features German food, beer and live music, as well as attractions such as the popular dachshund races, stein hoisting competitions and more. Festival dates are Oct. 5–7 & 12-14. Hours are Fridays, 5-10 p.m.; Saturdays, noon-10 p.m.; and Sundays, noon-8 p.m. Proceeds from the Brewers’ Village go to support the free programming at the event. For more information, visit www.steelstacks.org/oktoberfest.

Brewers’ Village Presented by Weis Market
Oct. 12-13
Friday | 7 pm
Saturday | 1, 4 and 7 pm
Musikfest Cafe presented by Yuengling

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Ceremony Honoring First Responders Highlights Patriot Day Activities at SteelStacks Sept. 11

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Underwater Rescue and Recovery Squad Volunteer Jonelle Heany to be honored with 2018 ArtsQuest First Responder Valor Award

BETHLEHEM, PA—The public is invited to join ArtsQuest in honoring our region’s first responders, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel during Patriot Day presented by Embassy Bank Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m., at SteelStacks.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center in New York City and Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., as well as the crew and passengers aboard Flight 93, which crashed in a western Pennsylvania field. As we remember those lost on that day, SteelStacks will also honor the men and women who stepped up to help amid the devastation, as well as those individuals who continue to put themselves in harm’s way in our communities every day.

At 6 p.m., at the ArtsQuest Center, ArtsQuest will honor area first responders with a special ceremony that includes the presentation of the 2018 ArtsQuest First Responder Valor Award to Douglassville resident Jonelle Heany. A scuba diver since 1987, Heany volunteered with Reading’s Underwater Rescue and Recovery Squad from 2000-’16 and now volunteers for the Keystone Water Rescue out of Boyertown. She also served as a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary from 2005-’17 and has volunteered with ArtsQuest and Musikfest for 13 years. In recognition of her efforts and dedication to her community, ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert and Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez will present Heany with a glass sculpture hand-blown by the artists at the ArtsQuest Glass Studio at the Banana Factory.

“I love the water, and I love helping people,” Heany says of her volunteer work. “It’s an honor to be recognized on Patriot Day. The celebration is a great way to recognize and honor those who volunteer or work in the field of emergency response. By coming together on this day, we prove that no matter how badly someone tries to destroy and weaken our spirit, they fail. We are a country of the most determined and loving people in the world, and we come together to help our fellow man when needed!”

Other activities during the ceremony include the singing of the National Anthem by Alexis Connelly of Freedom High School and a color guard presentation. Following the event, attendees can enjoy live music by Vin Mott’s Rhythm & Blues Band on the Highmark Health Community Stage at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, all first responders in attendance will receive a 20-percent discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages at the Mike & Ike Bistro in the ArtsQuest Center from 5-9 p.m.; identification must be provided to receive the discount.

For more information on Patriot Day presented by Embassy Bank, visit www.steelstacks.org.

SteelStacks Hosts Inaugural Fun Un-Run Sept. 8

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In Lehigh Valley’s first .1K running is not allowed, and participants can buy first place

BETHLEHEM, PA—On your mark! Get set! No running! Join ArtsQuest as it hosts the inaugural SteelStacks Fun Un-Run Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m. For those who hate running, but love drinking in athletic wear, the Un-Run is a .1K race that takes participants on a 100-yard course from the Air Products Town Square to the corner of First Street and Founders Way. Registration is limited to 100 people who are looking to do something objectively silly.

The event, supported by Media Partner 100.7 WLEV, features a pre-game party with live music by rock bang Zaire, food specials, guided pre-race “stretching,” course marshals and a “hydration station” just like a real race but without any of the pretense or frills of an actual athletic event.

Registration is $15 and includes one Yuengling beer at the completion of the race and one official SteelStacks Fun Un-Run sticker. Want to take home the gold? For $100, the Fun Un-Run’s “You Can Pay Us to Win a Trophy” level registration includes one trophy commemorating triumphant “victory.”

Following the race and race after party at 7:30 p.m., participants are invited to attend the free Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute concert at the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, presented by Coordinated Health.

Proceeds from the SteelStacks Fun Un-Run support ArtsQuest’s art and education programs for area students. For registration and more information, visit www.steelstacks.org.

Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty Tributes, The Lou Franco Project, RUBIX KUBE & More Coming to SteelStacks

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Popular Vegas Springsteen tribute Bruce in the USA, The Lou Franco Project, Tom Petty tribute Damn the Torpedoes and RUBIX KUBE are among the five new performances announced for the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Tickets for the performances go on sale Tues., Aug. 28, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and Fri., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., to the public at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.

On Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m., the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling welcomes Bruce in the USA, a rockin’ tribute to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of the legendary concerts by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band show. Matt Ryan, of the “Legends In Concert” cast, began playing the Springsteen character in 2000, in Legends’ “full scale” Las Vegas show. Now touring around the world, The Bruce in the USA band consists of seasoned world class professional musicians who have been met with critical acclaim from The Stone Pony and more. Tickets for the show are $25-$30.

The Lou Franco Project takes the stage at the Musikfest Café Dec. 27, 7:30 p.m. This group is a dynamic, creative, exciting power trio that has been wowing audiences in and around the Lehigh Valley for decades. From Van Halen to Van Morrison, this power trio of extremely talented musicians perform a searing and wide-ranging repertoire of musical favorites. Tickets are $10-$12.

On Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., Musikfest favorite RUBIX KUBE will rock the Musikfest Café with “THE EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK SHOW.” RUBIX KUBE has taken the universe by storm as the most excellent ‘80s tribute band. The KUBE is led by a male and female dynamic duo of karma chameleons, able to transform in the-blink-of-an-eye into the voice and character of any ’80s icon. It’s like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cher, Prince, Devo, Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses and more are teleported right before your eyes on the same stage, in one concert cranking out pop, rock, new wave, dance and hair metal hits. Tickets for the one-of-a-kind “THE EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK SHOW” are $15-$25.

Bruce In The USA – The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$30

The Lou Franco Project
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Dec. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$12

RUBIX KUBE: THE EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK SHOW
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$25

The Revelers
Fowler Blast Furnace Room
April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 advance, $23 day of show

Damn The Torpedoes – A Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
June 1, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25

The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is located at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. For more information on these and all ArtsQuest Center shows, visit www.steelstacks.org.

Aaron Neville, Josh Ritter, John Denver Tribute & More Coming to SteelStacks

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BETHLEHEM, PA—Soul and R&B icon Aaron Neville, John Denver tribute artist Ted Vigil and singer-songwriter Josh Ritter are among the nine new performances announced for the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Tickets for the performances go on sale Tues., Aug. 21, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and Fri., Aug. 24, 10 a.m., to the public at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.

On Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m., Aaron Neville takes the stage at the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling. Starting his career in the 1960s, Neville had his first hit in 1967 with “Tell It Like It Is,” which reached No. 2 on the pop charts and became a No. 1 R&B smash. In the late ’70s, he and his brothers – Cyril, Charles and Art – came together as a backing unit for their uncle’s Wild Tchoupitoulas before striking out on their own as The Neville Brothers. The sibling group found success on the touring circuit, but also garnered attention for albums like their 1989 debut for A&M Records, “Yellow Moon,” one of the most critically acclaimed albums of that era. In 1989, Neville had his first major hit in 23 years with “Don’t Know Much,” a No. 2 pop smash that was one of several duets with Linda Ronstadt that Ronstadt included on her album “Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind.” Tickets are $49-$59.

Celebrate Halloween as Splintered Sunlight presents a spooky evening of psychedelic tunes Oct. 31, 8 p.m., in the Musikfest Café. Formed in 1992, Splintered Sunlight quickly became the most popular Grateful Dead tribute band in the Philadelphia region, gaining praise from Dead Heads and others alike. Following a series of successful shows at SteelStacks, the group was honored as the Musikfest Café’s first-ever Artist in Residence in 2016. Tickets are $10-$15 advance and $12-$17 day of show.

On Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling welcomes singer-songwriter Josh Ritter of The Royal City Band. Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums including, 2013’s “The Beast in Its Tracks,” which debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 and No. 8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. His latest album, “Gathering,” continues to receive critical praise, with NPR proclaiming, “Josh Ritter remains at the top of his game two decades into a highlight-strewn career. He’d be forgiven for loosening his grip, but his hand has never felt surer.”

Rolling Stone describes the recording as “midway between the country, gospel and soul camps, with thickly stacked harmonies that evoke the Dead’s own folk-rock classic American Beauty.” Returning to the northeast for a select number of solo acoustic shows, Ritter will showcase new works, as well as songs from his extensive, critically acclaimed catalog. Tickets are $29-$35.

The complete list of newly announced shows is:

Fruition (tickets on sale now)
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Oct. 3, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$18

Wild Adriatic
Fowler Blast Furnace Room
Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show

Splintered Sunlight
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$15 advance, $12-$17 day of show

Josh Ritter
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$35

Richard Thompson Electric Trio (tickets on sale now)
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$49

Philadelphia Funk Authority
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$20 advance, $18-$25 day of show

Swingin’ The Holidays with Rob Stoneback Big Band
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$20- advance, $20-$25 day of show

Aaron Neville
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $49-$59

Ted Vigil’s John Denver Tribute
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25

The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is located at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. For more information on these and all ArtsQuest Center shows, visit www.steelstacks.org.