Last night, Kate and I went to see Incubus for the first-ever concert at the new Sands Bethlehem Event Center. (Kim was there too, but she was with the other big cheeses up in the VIP suites.) We stopped by McGrady’s beforehand to get dinner, fuel up and grab a few pints, then made the short trek over to the Sands property. We found it easiest to park in the deck and venture through the casino and the Shoppes to get in line for the show, along with hundreds of other fans.

Some of us from work got the chance to tour the venue a few weeks ago so we were already familiar with the layout and space. This came in handy when we were ducking and weaving through the massive crowd in order to get to a good spot. I hadn’t listened to Incubus much in the last few years, but I used to be a huge fan so I knew most of the songs they played last night. Here's a short clip from when they performed "Pardon Me," my all-time favorite Incubus song. It's not the best quality, but you get the idea.

Everything went pretty smoothly for a first night event, all things considered. Incubus played a great set and everyone had a really good time rocking out. The event center has billed other world-class performers at their new spot in Bethlehem, including Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Beach Boys, Flogging Molly and Michael Bolton. They’re bringing in some great comedy acts as well, adding to the variety of performers in Bethlehem’s already thriving arts scene.

By the way, we happen to have a pair of tickets that we’re giving away to the Flogging Molly show on May 24, and you can enter here for free. What bands would you like to see at Lehigh Valley's newest performing arts venue?