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BETHLEHEM, PA—Collective Soul and Better Than Ezra with special guest Tonic will rock the Levitt Pavilion as part of the SteelStacks Summer Concert Series June 15, 7 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $39 in advance and $45 day of show. They will go on sale March 19, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and March 20, 10 a.m., to the public at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.
Beloved alt-rock band Collective Soul has released 10 albums since their debut in 1992. The song “Shine” from their debut album, Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, garnered the band international popularity as an underground hit through radio play. The 1995 self-titled album Collective Soul spent 76 weeks on the Billboard 200 charts and went triple platinum making it the band’s top-selling album. With the group’s newest release, 2019’s Blood, fans can expect a fresh new setlist and invigorating beats.
Post-grunge icons Better Than Ezra have released eight albums. Vocalist/guitarist Kevin Griffin, bassist Tom Drummond, drummer Michael Jerome and guitarist/keyboardist James Arthur Payne Jr. make up the band currently and released their last album, All Together Now, in 2014. They are well known for their 1993 album Deluxe and their epic 1995 single “Good,” which reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Tonic is comprised of founding members Emerson Hart and Jeff Russo on lead vocals and lead guitar, as well as Dan Lavery on bass. Since their platinum debut album Lemon Parade released in 1996, they have released several other albums including Sugar, Head on Straight, Tonic and Lemon Parade Revisited. Their well-known single “If You Could Only See” reached number 11 on the Billboard Airplay Hot 100 in 1997.
Media partner for the Collective Soul and Better Than Ezra show is 95.1 WZZO. For more information on this concert at the Levitt Pavilion, located at 789 First St., Bethlehem, please visit www.steelstacks.org.
Los Lobos, MAGNUM and More Coming to Musikfest Café
BETHLEHEM, PA—The Songwriter Circle featuring Joshua Radin, Son Little and Nicki Bluhm, as well as Mexican-American rock-band Los Lobos and local rock legends MAGNUM are the latest acts coming to the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling. Tickets for the Los Lobos and MAGNUM shows go on sale starting March 17, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and March 20, 10 a.m., to the public at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378. Tickets for the Songwriter Circle are on sale now.
On May 27, 7 p.m., the Musikfest Café welcomes the Songwriter Circle featuring Joshua Radin, Son Little and Nicki Bluhm, for an evening of acoustic songs and stories. Radin, renowned for his heartfelt songs and soothing vocals, has more than half a billion streams. His songs have topped charts and been featured in more than 150 films, commercials and TV shows. A former Los Angeles preacher and teacher, Little gained popularity with his self-titled debut in 2015. Bluhm’s first solo album, To Rise You Gotta Fall, examines her state of mind through deep and fundamental life changes. She has toured with her Nashville-based band and has also done solo performances with several artists including John Craigie, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Widespread Panic.
Mexican-American band Los Lobos celebrated their 45th anniversary in 2018 and released their latest album, Llego Navidad, in 2019. Their first major label breakthrough, How Will the Wolf Survive?, released in 1984, still ranks number 30 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest albums of the 1980s. The band will perform at the Musikfest Café on June 21, 7 p.m.
On July 24, 8 p.m., legendary Pennsylvania-based rock band MAGNUM will play a rare reunion show including original founding members. MAGNUM has performed more than 3,500 shows over the span of four decades. The band has gained a huge, loyal following and has been honored as number one on several local radio stations’ rock polls.
The complete list of newly announced Musikfest Café shows is:
Songwriter Circle featuring Joshua Radin, Son Little and Nicki Bluhm
May 27, 7 p.m.
June 21, 7 p.m.
July 24, 8 p.m.
The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is located at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. For more information on these and all ArtsQuest Center shows, visit www.steelstacks.org or follow SteelStacks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SteelStacks
Information provided to TVL by:
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest