Ambrosia, Shirley Alston Reeves, Glen David Andrews & More Announced for Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Summer Concert Series
BETHLEHEM, PA—The Shirelles’ Shirley Alston Reeves, popular ‘70s rock act Ambrosia and the “Crown-prince of Tremé,” trumpet player Glen David Andrews, are among the acts announced for the 2016 Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Summer Concert Series. The series’ 6th season, which kicks off Memorial Day Weekend with shows by the Blind Boys of Alabama and American Idol’s Crystal Bowersox, features 50 free concerts for the region Thursdays-Saturdays through Sept. 10.
On June 10, the Levitt Pavilion welcomes Shirley Alston Reeves, lead member of The Shirelles, which produced numerous hits in the 1960s including “Soldier Boy” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” In 1975, Reeves launched a solo career and recorded With A Little Help From My Friends, featuring members of the Flamingos, Drifters, the Five Satins, the Belmonts, Danny & the Juniors, Herman’s Hermits and more. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 as a member of The Shirelles.
Southern California rock band Ambrosia, which has been delighting audiences for more than 45 years, will take to the Levitt Pavilion stage July 10. Between 1975 and ’80 Ambrosia had five Top 40 singles including the Top 5 hits “How Much I Feel” and “Biggest Part of Me.” Over the years, the group has worked with artists as diverse as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Alan Parsons, Bruce Hornsby and Michael McDonald.
On Sept. 9, during the Levitt Pavilion’s final weekend, New Orleans comes to the Lehigh Valley as SteelStacks welcomes trumpet player Glen David Andrews. In recent years, Andrews has been making waves as a headliner at the world’s biggest block party, the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and this past summer he delighted the crowds at Musikfest. The Wall Street Journal has praised Andrews, saying, “Onstage and off, electrifying club audiences and street scenes, speaking his mind at civic allies, Glen David Andrews perhaps embodies what David Simon, creator of the HBO series Treme, meant when he said, ‘culture is what brought New Orleans back.’”
“From Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to GRAMMY Award winners, the 2016 Levitt Pavilion lineup is shaping up to be our most dynamic ever,” says Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Executive Director Julie Benjamin. “In 2015, we had a record 85,000 people attend the summer concert series, but what’s even more impressive is the fact that approximately 80 percent of our funding for this free series is raised locally thanks to the support of area corporations, community grants and donations from individuals. This amazing music venue is truly a community resource in every sense of the word!”
Other highlights of the Levitt Pavilion summer concert series include performances by popular indie rock acts Bronze Radio Return June 9 and Son Little July 21; acclaimed bluesman Davy Knowles July 29; and concerts by dynamic tribute acts like Tusk (Fleetwood Mac) June 3, Lotus Land (Rush) June 16, The Band Who Fell to Earth (David Bowie) July 1, The B Street Band: Tribute to the Boss (Bruce Springsteen) Sept. 1 and Live at the Fillmore (Allman Brothers Band) Sept. 8.
On July 2, the Levitt Pavilion will celebrate its 5th birthday with a performance by The Box Tops, complete with cake for guests in attendance, and on July 22-23 the venue will host its first SouthSide Swing event, featuring a dance floor installed on the Levitt lawn. Performers for SouthSide Swing include New Orleans swing sensations Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses on July 22 and the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, a regular at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, on July 23.
Performers previously announced for the Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series include The Railsplitters May 26, Crystal Bowersox May 27, Blind Boys of Alabama May 28, Jukebox the Ghost May 29 and Lost Bayou Ramblers May 30.
Partners helping to make the free programming at the venue possible include PPL; The Bayou; Beck Packaging; Boyle Construction; Chevy 21; Chick-fil-A Trexlertown; Christmas Veterinary Hospital; Embassy Bank; Joshua Tree; Kevitch, Chung & Jan Aesthetic Surgery Associates; People First Federal Credit Union; QNB Bank; South Italy Imports; Wegmans Bethlehem; Service Electric Cable TV & Communications and WDIY Public Radio. Funding for the series is also provided by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation.
2016 Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series performers (*previously announced)
Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted
May 26 The Railsplitters (Americana/Bluegrass)*
May 27 Crystal Bowersox (Pop)*
May 28 Blind Boys of Alabama (Gospel/Blues)*
May 29 Jukebox the Ghost (Indie Rock)*
May 30 Lost Bayou Ramblers (Cajun)*
June 2 The Whiskeyhickon Boys (Gangsta Folk/Funk)
June 3 Tusk (Fleetwood Mac Tribute)
June 4 Ryan Hurd (Country)
June 9 Bronze Radio Return (Indie Rock)
June 10 Shirley Alston Reeves (Oldies/Doo-wop/Soul)
June 11 Cedric Burnside Project (Blues), 5 p.m.
June 16 Lotus Land (Rush Tribute)
June 17 Kevin Ceballo, 8 p.m. (part of Sabor Latin Festival)
June 18 Alex Bueno (Merengue & Bachata), 8 p.m. (part of Sabor Latin Festival)
June 19 Allentown Symphony Orchestra (Symphony Salsa), 7 p.m. (part of Sabor Latin Festival)
June 23 Barleyjuice (Celtic Rock)
June 24 The Mulligan Brothers (Folk/Americana)
June 25 Major and the Monbacks (Retro Rock ‘n’ Roll/Psychedelic Soul)
June 26 Wild Adriatic (Rock ‘n’ Roll)
June 30 The Dang-It Bobbys (Bluegrass)
July 1 The Band Who Fell to Earth (David Bowie Tribute)
July 2 The Box Tops (Rock/Oldies)
July 3 Drew Baldridge (Country)
July 4 The Allentown Band (Patriotic)
July 7 Nikki Hill (Blues Rock)
July 8 Jah People (Reggae)
July 9 Banditos (Roots Rock)
July 10 Ambrosia (Classic Rock)
July 15 The Dovells (Oldies/Doo-wop)
July 16 Craig Thatcher Band (Blues)
July 21 Son Little (Indie)
July 22 Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses (Swing)
July 23 Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (Big Band)
July 28 Polyrhythmics (Funk)
July 29 Davy Knowles (Blues Rock)
July 30 The Large Flowerheads (1960s covers)
Aug. 18 High and Mighty Brass Band (Brass Band)
Aug. 19 Air Traffic Controller (Indie/Alternative)
Aug. 20 Paul Thorn Band (Blues/Rock)
Aug. 25 Caravan of Thieves (Roots/Jazz/Folk)
Aug. 26 Geoff Achison and the Souldiggers (Blues/Funk)
Aug. 27 Rafiya (World/Afro Pop)
Sept. 1 The B Street Band: Tribute to the Boss (Bruce Springsteen Tribute)
Sept. 2 Jamie Kent and the Options (Folk/Rock)
Sept. 3 Magnum (Rock ‘n’ Roll)
Sept. 4 Big Atomic (Jam Band)
Sept. 5 The Blue Notes (Soul/R&B/Oldies)
Sept. 8 Live at the Fillmore (Allman Brothers Tribute)
Sept. 9 Glen David Andrews (Funk/R&B)
Sept. 10 The Young Dubliners (Celtic)