Jan 19th, 2012Press Release from ArtsQuest, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks


DATE: Jan. 4, 2012

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


Café Also Adds Monthly Salsa Night to Programming for 2012

BETHLEHEM, PA—Americana/roots rock group the Ryan Montbleau Band, CSNY tribute Marrakesh Express, Kenny Vance & the Planotones, new monthly salsa shows with Hector Rosado y su Orchestra, and an acoustic concert featuring Grammy Award winners Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin are among the seven new concerts announced for the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, located at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets for the shows will go on sale starting Tues., Jan. 10, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and Fri., Jan. 13, 10 a.m., to the public. They will be available at and 610-332-3378.


Kenny Vance & the Planotones – March 1, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $35 Cabaret/$45 Balcony

A member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Kenny Vance was a founding member of Jay and The Americans, the 1960s pop group that produced hits such as “Cara Mia” and “Come a Little Bit Closer.” Vance went on to compose, supervise and produce a long list of scores and soundtracks for feature films and television. He gave musical life to American Hot Wax, the definitive big screen story of pioneering rock ‘n’ roll DJ Alan Freed, by recreating the groups of the ‘50s and early ‘60s for the film. The Planotones were formed as a fictional group specifically for the movie, and were reformed 14 years later, jumping from the movies to the world’s concert stages with an illustrious career that has been going strong since 1992.


Marrakesh Express – March 3, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $24 Cabaret/$32 Balcony

Marrakesh Express excels at reproducing Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s complex songs and cascading, layered harmonies, taking the audience back to the late 1960s with youthful musicians who bring an authentic hippie vibe and visual to the stage. The group upholds the integrity of CSNY’s music with its vivid and realistic performance of CSNY’s most recognizable songs. Featuring four harmonizing vocalists backed by a top-flight band, Marrakesh Express delivers a unique and energetic concert performing classic CSNY hits, deep cuts and fan favorites.


Salsa Night with Hector Rosado y su Orchestra

March 16, 10:30 p.m.

April 6, 10:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10

It’s a sizzling night of music and dancing as ArtsQuest kicks off its monthly Salsa Night series featuring Bethlehem’s very own Hector Rosado. With three vocalists, an expansive percussion section, bass, piano and a dominating horn section, Hector Rosado y su Orchestra produce a full sound. The orchestra specializes in rumba, merengue, Latin jazz and salsa and has shared the stage with a wide range of artists including David Byrne and the Talking Heads, Edgardo Cintron y Tiempo Noventa and Foto Rodriguez.


Ryan Montbleau Band with Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – April 14, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $18 Cabaret and Balcony

“Time hangs heavy on the vine/Let’s make wine,” Ryan Montbleau sings in the lulling, sensual verse that gives his group’s new album its title. The Ryan Montbleau Band has been tending its own musical vineyard for a few years, on the patient cusp of a breakthrough. Its distinctive, long-fermenting blend of neo-folk, classic soul and kick-out-the-jams Americana finally comes to full fruition in Heavy on the Vine, its 2010 release that represents the product of — and further promise of — a very good year.


Though he has long since embraced the full-band ethos, Montbleau spent a number of years as an acoustic solo artist at the beginning of his career, so it’s no wonder that he’s making up for lost time by fully embracing the range of stylistic possibilities fuller arrangements offer. Growing up in Peabody, Mass., Montbleau got his first guitar at age 9, but didn’t get the bug to become a serious player or writer until he was attending Villanova University. His first album, Begin, was released in 2002, followed by the live Stages — precursors to the first Montbleau Band recording, One Fine Color, in 2006.


Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is a nine-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe, whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of eight men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. The group has opened for the Black Keys, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, the Rebirth Brass Band and the Soul Rebels Brass Band, among others.



An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin On Stage Together – April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $49 Theater/$59 Balcony

Two of America’s most popular singer-songwriters come together for one amazing evening! By combining folk, country, acoustic, rock and blues, five-time Grammy Award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter has proven herself to be an artist for whom the conventional boundaries of the music business disappear. Born in Princeton, N.J., Carpenter got her start in the Washington, D.C. music scene and eventually signed with Columbia Records, where she spent nearly 20 years and sold more than 13 million albums. Her most recent release is 2010’s acclaimed The Age of Miracles, which earned Carpenter her 15th Grammy nomination, this time in the Best Contemporary Folk Album category.


In an era when female singer-songwriters have been ever-more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. The three-time Grammy Award winner has released ten albums to date, including the platinum-selling A Few Small Repairs, which featured the hit song “Sunny Came Home.” Colvin’s songs have been included on soundtracks such as Armageddon, Serendipity and Because of Winn Dixie, and she has also made appearances in films such as Grace Of My Heart, Heartbreakers and Crazy.


Here Come the Mummies – July 28, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $20 SRO/$25 Balcony

After electrifying the Musikfest Café in October, this Nashville-based ensemble is back for another evening of sensational sounds! Here Come the Mummies is a funk, R&B and soul band known for its awesome costumes (yes, they dress like mummies) and funky beats, delighting audiences from coast to coast. The group’s single, “Dirty Minds,” was featured in the Sony Pictures movie Fired Up.


For more information on ArtsQuest and the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, please visit or call 610-332-1300.




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