BETHLEHEM, PA –The Record Company, “Daily Show” comedian Roy Wood Jr. and The James Hunter Six are among the four new performances announced for the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, located at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets for the shows go on sale Tues., Oct. 17, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and Friday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m., to the public at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.
On Jan. 12, 8 p.m., the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling welcomes Philadelphia Funk Authority. A Musikfest crowd favorite, Philadelphia Funk Authority specializes in a rich mix of funk, soul, R&B and ultimate party music and authentically recreates the undeniable grooves and tunes of artists ranging from Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind & Fire, to Bruno Mars and beyond. Combining excellent musicianship with an infectious sense of fun, this band is not to be missed! Tickets are $8-$10 advance and $10-$15 day of show.
On. Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., L.A.-based contemporary blues trio The Record Company takes the stage at the Musikfest Café. Following the release of its GRAMMY nominated debut album in 2016, this group received critical acclaim for hits like “Rita Mae Young,” “Off the Ground” and “Never Gonna Cry for Me.” After touring with John Mayer, it followed its early success with the single “Baby, I’m Broken.” Known for incendiary live sets, Rolling Stone Magazine hailed the band as “caught halfway between the stomp of mid-century rock & roll and the soulful kick of Delta blues, the Record Company kick up a raw, rootsy racket.” Tickets for this show are $20-$30 advance and $25-$35 day of show.
It’s been 10 years since Englishman James Hunter burst onto the scene with his U.S. debut “People Gonna Talk,” which topped the Billboard Blues chart, earning a Grammy-nomination and attracting universal acclaim from critics and his fans—including Van Morrison, Sharon Jones and Allen Toussaint. Over the last decade, he has toured extensively around the world on the club, theater and festival circuits, steadily growing a dedicated audience comprised of hardened gig-goers, old-school baby boomers and young hipsters alike. His follow-ups, “The Hard Way” and “Minute By Minute,” further cemented Hunter’s reputation as a soul powerhouse. The James Hunter Six will perform at the Musikfest Café Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $22-$27.
Comedian Roy Wood Jr. brings his “charismatic crankiness” to the Musikfest Café March 31, 8 p.m. Currently a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Wood is described by the Hollywood Reporter as “a standout” upcoming comedian. Prior to “The Daily Show,” he spent three years on the TBS sitcom “Sullivan and Son,” and he is also a featured comedian on “Conan,” ESPN’s “SportsNation” and Comedy Central’s “@Midnight.” After numerous standup and prank call albums, Wood recently released his first Comedy Central stand-up special “Father Figure.” Tickets for his show are $25-$29.
Colin Quinn Musikfest Café Show Rescheduled to Jan. 6
The Musikfest Café show with comedian Colin Quinn, originally scheduled for Oct. 29, has been rescheduled for Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Oct. 29 date will be honored at the Jan. 6 performance. Tickets are $35-$40 and on sale now at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.
For more information on these and all Musikfest Café shows, visit www.steelstacks.org.
Information and images provided to TVL by:
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest