Mar 16th, 2012Press Release from ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, ArtsQuest



Music Series Presented by Highmark Blue Shield Will Feature 50-plus Free Concerts This Summer


BETHLEHEM, PA—From performances by Grammy Award winning artists to the best in Latin, Celtic, blues and even Japanese rock, the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Summer Series presented by Highmark Blue Shield will showcase the world of music as it presents more than 50 free concerts for the community this summer.


From May 26-Sept. 1, the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Summer Concert Series will welcome 53 artists to the SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem. The series will kick off May 26 with a concert by renowned blues and rock act The Fabulous Thunderbirds, featuring Kim Wilson. For more than 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The thread throughout the group’s career has been the respect it commands for its peerless musicianship and devotion to the sounds of blues, R&B and rock ’n’ roll. In 1979, the group released its self-titled debut album, and in 1986 it reached widespread commercial success with the release of the album “Tuff Enuff,” which featured the singles “Tuff Enuff,” “Wrap It Up” and “Look At That,” all of which went Top 40.


On July 6, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks will take the audience on a trip back through time with The Masters of Motown, a celebration of the magical acts that came out of the Motor City in the early ’60s. The show features stylishly-costumed, fully-choreographed tributes to some of Motown’s biggest names.  Among the artist highlighted are The Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & the Supremes, The Jackson Five, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and more.


Two days later, on July 8, the Levitt stage will come alive with the sounds of the Soul Rebels, a contemporary brass ensemble that blends the traditional sounds of New Orleans jazz with R&B, funk and hip-hop, including half-sung, half-rapped lyrics. In addition to its own music, the group performs songs by artists ranging from Jay-Z and OutKast to the Eurythmics. It has shared the stage with Bootsy Collins, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Counting Crows, Green Day, Drive By Truckers, Allen Toussaint and many other well-known artists.


Other acts that will perform at Levitt Pavilion this summer include contemporary Cajun group Feufollet June 8; Grammy winner Tom Chapin and his band July 12; the Duke Ellington Legacy Band July 14; popular ‘70s groups Orleans July 28 and Firefall Aug. 18; and contemporary string group Classical Jam Aug. 30.


Throughout the summer, audiences can also enjoy a wide variety of music from other countries as the Levitt Pavilion brings the world of music to SteelStacks. On June 24, BELEZA! will perform its blend of samba, bossa nova and other Brazilian sounds, and on July 7 it’s a sizzling night of salsa as the high-energy Latin group Orquesta Rumba Con Son visits the venue.  The Tartan Terrors, which perform Celtic and bagpipe music; Junior Toots, a reggae artist and son of the legendary Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals; and Japan’s Shonen Knife, which blends pop, rock and punk into its own unique sound, are also on the Levitt lineup. Shonen Knife will take the stage July 29, while the Tartan Terrors will perform Aug. 23 and Junior Toots will stop by the venue Aug. 25.


“Last year more than 24,000 people enjoyed free concerts at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks,” says Jim Creedon, Chair of Friends of the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, the nonprofit that operates Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks. “Thanks to the support of the Mortimer Levitt Foundation, the community and corporate partners like Highmark Blue Shield and Good Shepherd Pediatrics, the inaugural season was an outstanding success. This year we look to build on that success by offering even more free performances for the community. Whether you’re into Celtic or classical music, rock or reggae, we guarantee you’ll find something that’s perfect for you during this year’s summer concert series.”


“Highmark Blue Shield is proud to be among the collaborators working with Levitt Pavilion to ensure another great season of music and arts entertainment,” says Susan Hubley, Director of Community Affairs for Highmark Blue Shield. “Among our efforts to enhance the health and well-being of all individuals, we also strive to support programs that help build strong communities and foster family-focused experiences.”



This summer, Saturday mornings at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks will be all about families as the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Family Series presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics welcomes some of the finest children’s performers in the nation to SteelStacks. Family concerts will take place Saturdays June 2-July 28 at 11 a.m. and are free to the public. In addition, two special Wednesday morning children’s performances will be offered on July 11 and 18, presenting summer camps and community groups with a great opportunity to embark on a free musical field trip during the week.


Kicking off the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Family Series presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics is the African Benga Stars, which will perform June 2.  This group of talented musicians showcases the rhythms of Benga, the musical style that originated in Kenya in the mid-20th century.


On June 9, families will enjoy a fun and educational experience as Bash the Trash combines science, music and environmental awareness into a unique performance and educational program. The group will perform on a variety of musical instruments made from trash, recycled and found objects, then lead kids on a parade through the SteelStacks grounds.


Other highlights of the family series include Big Bang Boom, the family-friendly power pop trio featuring Chuck Folds, younger brother of Ben Folds, which will perform July 11; Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band, the Grammy winning artist who will serve up her special blend of musical fitness July 14; and Moona Luna, which will present its English and Spanish music filled with joy, hope and discovery on July 18.


“Good Shepherd Pediatrics is proud to offer children’s entertainment at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks,” says Sally Gammon, President & CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “The sponsorship allows Good Shepherd to highlight our family-centered approach to pediatric rehabilitation, while offering the community a chance to come together for a morning of fun, education and entertainment.”


Part of the national Levitt Pavilions network of free outdoor music venues, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks is made possible through the support of the Mortimer Levitt Foundation and numerous community-focused partners. The venue, located at 789 E. First St. in Bethlehem, is operated by Friends of Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, a nonprofit whose mission is to build community through music by presenting 50 high-quality free concerts and performances to the diverse Lehigh Valley community. In addition to Highmark Blue Shield and Good Shepherd Pediatrics, other corporate partners helping to make the free programming at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks possible include Mack Trucks Inc., as well as media partners LehighValleyLive.com, Nassau Broadcasting, Word FM, HOLA! Radio and Baby J Productions/Sabroso Video. Public partners that have helped make the Levitt Pavilion possible are the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Area School District and County of Northampton.

For more information on Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks and its 2012 summer concert series, please visit www.levittsteelstacks.org.

2012 Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Summer Concert Series

Presented by Highmark Blue Shield


May 26, 7 p.m.- The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson (Blues/Rock)

May 27, 7 p.m.- Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica (Orchestra, Polynesian)



June 1, 7 p.m.- Boris Garcia (Jam)

June 2, 11 a.m.- African Benga Stars (Children’s) – presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics

June 2, 7 p.m.- Flowdown (Funk/R&B)

June 8, 7 p.m.- Feufollet (World/Cajun)

June 9, 11 a.m.- Bash The Trash (Children’s) – presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics

June 9, 7 p.m.- The Bobby Kyle Band with the Hot Horns (R&B)

June 15, 7 p.m.- Miracles of Modern Science (Indie Rock)

June 16, 11 a.m.- The Deedle Deedle Dees (Children’s) – presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics

June 16, 7 p.m.- Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project (R&B)

June 17, 7 p.m.- Tartanic (Celtic Rock)

June 22, 8:30 p.m.- Luisito Rosario & Orchestra (Latin)

June 23, 11 a.m.- Hector Rosado Latin and Caribbean Drum Workshop (Children’s) – presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics

June 23, 8:30 p.m.- Santa Mamba (Latin)

June 24, 7 p.m.- BELEZA! (Latin/Brazilian)

June 29, 7 p.m.- Avi Wisnia (Contemporary Jazz)

June 30, 11 a.m.- Stacey Peasley Band (Children’s) – presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics

June 30, 7 p.m.- Craig Thatcher Band (Blues/Rock)



July 1, 7 p.m.- Comas (Irish)

July 5, 7 p.m.- Hollywood Nights (Classic Rock)

July 6, 7 p.m.- Masters of Motown (Revue)

July 7, 11 a.m.- Seona McDowell (Children’s) – presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics

July 7, 7 p.m.- Orquesta Rumba Con Son (Latin)

July 8, 7 p.m.- Soul Rebels (Blues/R&B)

July 11, 11 a.m.- Big Bang Room (Children’s) – presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics

July 12, 7 p.m.- Tom Chapin Band (Light Adult Contemporary)

July 13, 7 p.m.- Keys N Krates (Indie Rock)

July 14, 11 a.m.- Miss Amy & her Big Kids Band (Children’s) – presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics

July 14, 7 p.m.- Duke Ellington Legacy Band (Big Band)

July 15, 7 p.m.- Steel Wheels (Americana)

July 18, 11 a.m.- Moona Luna (Children’s) – presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics

July 19, 7 p.m.- Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem (Bluegrass/Roots)

July 20, 7 p.m.- Sprag Session (World/Celtic)

July 21, 11 a.m.- Princess Katie and Racer Steve (Children’s) – presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics

July 21, 7 p.m.- Holy Ghost Tent Revival (Rockabilly)

July 22, 7 p.m.- Please Please Me (Indie Rock)

July 26, 7 p.m.- Incendio (Rock)

July 27, 7 p.m.- Karen Lovely (Blues)

July 28, 11 a.m.- The Anna Banana Band (Children’s) – presented by Good Shepherd Pediatrics

July 28, 7 p.m.- Orleans (Adult Contemporary)

July 29, 7 p.m.- Shonen Knife (Pop/Punk/Rock)



Aug. 16, 7 p.m.- The Doo Wop Project featuring members of “The Jersey Boys” (Doo Wop/A cappella)

Aug. 17, 7 p.m.- Dirty Dozen Brass Band (New Orleans/R&B)

Aug. 18, 7 p.m.- Firefall (Adult Contemporary)

Aug. 19, 7 p.m.- HuDost (World)

Aug. 23, 7 p.m.- Tartan Terrors (Celtic/Scottish/Bag Pipes)

Aug. 24, 7 p.m.- The Prodigals (Celtic)

Aug. 25, 7 p.m.- Junior Toots (Reggae)

Aug. 26, 7 p.m.- Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (Zydeco/Cajun)

Aug. 30, 7 p.m.- Classical Jam (Contemporary Strings)

Aug. 31, 7 p.m.- Jazz City Jump Orchestra (Swing, R&B, Dance)


Sept. 1, 7 p.m.- String Fever (Contemporary Strings)

Editor’s Note: Attached are images of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Soul Rebels.

Mark Demko, ArtsQuest, 610-332-1342 or gro.tseuqstranull@okmedm

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