Mar 9th, 2012Press Release from ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, ArtsQuest

BETHLEHEM, PA—Soul/R&B singer Joan Osborne, guitarist Steve Kimock and his band, theater star Ramin Karimloo and the Dave Roper Trio are the latest acts announced for the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Osborne, Kimock and Karimloo will perform in the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, while the Dave Roper Trio will perform as part of the monthly cabaret series in the ArtsQuest Center’s Fowler Blast Furnace Room.  Tickets for the concerts will go on sale starting Tues., March 13, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and Fri., March 16, 10 a.m., to the public. They will be available at and 610-332-3378.

Dave Roper Trio – April 12, 7 p.m.
Performing in the Fowler Blast Furnace Room
Dave Roper is well known throughout the Lehigh Valley as a superb pianist. His ability to integrate jazz and classical music is always evident during the Dave Roper Trio concerts, as he matches up great melodies from both genres of music, and smoothly segues from one to the other. Born and raised in Bethlehem, Roper studied classical music for 10 years. At Liberty High School he picked up an interest in jazz and went on to perform Dixieland while majoring in government at Lafayette College. In 1961 the Dave Roper Trio was formed and began to attract an avid following in the Lehigh Valley. Many people remember the regular gigs at the King George Inn, where the trio played for 15 years.

Steve Kimock Band – May 9, 7:30 p.m.
Performing in the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
$25 Cabaret/$30 Balcony
Steve Kimock is perhaps the quintessential Bay Area guitarist, playing in a variety of groups ranging from the instrumental Zero to the post Grateful Dead configurations of The Other Ones and Phil Lesh & Friends. His band’s members are renowned artists with diverse musical influences and a shared love of stretching sonic boundaries. The group’s music is a kaleidoscope of innovative compositions and dazzling improvisations that range from the rush of exploratory fusion and funk, to the roar of psychedelic rock and the whisper of a ballad so haunting and sweet that audiences fall silent under its spell.

Joan Osborne Acoustic – Aug. 17, 8 p.m.
Performing in the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Tickets: $32 Cabaret/$42 Balcony
In a career that spans more than 15 years, Joan Osborne has proven to be an artistically restless and consistently enthralling performer. Osborne’s debut album, Relish, sold five million copies worldwide and yielded the smash hit “One Of Us,” garnering seven Grammy nominations. In 2002, she cemented her reputation as a top tier soul singer with an incredible turn in the acclaimed documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, followed by a tour with legendary Motown backing band The Funk Brothers. In 2003, Osborne toured with the Dixie Chicks and then surprised and wowed audiences touring throughout America for two years as a lead singer for The Dead. Her most recent recording is Bring It On Home, which will be released March 27.

“Show Me Light” – Ramin Karimloo – Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Performing in the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
$30 Cabaret/$35 Balcony
For someone who has starred in the West End as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and as the iconic Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, as well as created the role of the Phantom in Love Never Dies, Ramin Karimloo doesn’t look like your average Olivier-nominated musical theater superstar. With an arm full of tattoos – everything from trees to angels to poetry – he looks more like someone from Red Hot Chili Peppers that you never noticed before. And if he doesn’t look like a musical theater star then that’s just as it should be. Musical theater stars don’t usually have their own bluegrass bands, idolize ‘proper’ actors like Daniel Day Lewis and Robert DeNiro, write their own songs or play the guitar, something he learned between matinees and evening performances of Phantom of the Opera, when it wasn’t worth taking the make-up off only to put it on again.

One of the stars of the Great Performances special The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, which is featured on PBS this month (March 9, 7 p.m., on WLVT PBS 39), Karimloo will perform classics from Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies during his Musikfest Café show, as well as songs from his new album, Ramin, which will be released in April.

For more information on these concerts, please visit or call 610-332-1300.

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