Mar 26th, 2012Press Release from ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, ArtsQuest


DATE: March 21, 2012
CONTACT: Mark Demko, 610-332-1342 or gro.tseuqstranull@okmedm


BETHLEHEM, PA—Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, singer-songwriter Edwin McCain and popular Grateful Dead tribute act Splintered Sunlight are the latest performers announced for the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, located at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.  Tickets for the concerts will go on sale starting Tues., March 27, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and Fri., March 30, 10 a.m., to the public. They will be available at and 610-332-3378.

Splintered Sunlight – June 1, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $12 Cabaret & SRO/$15 Balcony

After forming in 1992, Splintered Sunlight quickly became the most popular Grateful Dead tribute band in the Philadelphia area, gaining praise from Dead Heads and non Dead Heads alike. Since that time, the group has become a permanent music fixture in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  The band plays a repertoire of well over 200 songs spanning the 30-year career of the Grateful Dead, skillfully crafting each show’s set list so as to not repeat songs – let alone set lists – in the same or even nearby venues.  Splintered Sunlight and its members have performed with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, as well as former Grateful Dead members Donna Jean Godchaux and pianist Tom Constanten. They have also performed with longtime Grateful Dead collaborator Merle Saunders and Jimmy Herring, guitarist for the “The Dead.”


Tommy Emmanuel – June 6, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $30 Theater/$40 Balcony

Two-time Grammy Award nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians.  Best known for his complex finger-picking style, this legendary guitarist has performed for more than three decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. Emmanuel was named “Best Acoustic Guitarist” by Guitar Player magazine in 2008 and 2010, and in 2001 he received the CMA Global Country Artist of the Year Award. Emmanuel is also featured in the special, Tommy Emmanuel: Center Stage, which is currently airing on PBS.
Edwin McCain – June 8, 8 p.m.
$32 Cabaret/$42 Balcony
A native of Greenville, S.C., Edwin McCain got his start as a touring partner of Hootie and the Blowfish, playing smaller clubs and bars. After being signed by Atlantic Records, he hit the big time with the 1997 release of his second album, “Misguided Roses,” which featured the hit “I’ll Be,” a tune that viewers of Dr. Phil later voted the best wedding song ever written. McCain followed up the success of “Misguided Roses” with the 1999 album “Messenger,” which introduced another huge hit, “I Could Not Ask for More,” solidifying his reputation as a soulful rock artist. Today, the performer who The New York Times called the “great American romantic” continues to record and perform, entertaining audiences from coast to coast.

For more information on these concerts, please visit or call 610-332-3378.


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