Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Spyro Gyra, Lisa Simone & More to Headline RiverJazz Presented by Concannon Miller


BETHLEHEM, PA—Iconic swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, GRAMMY winners Spyro Gyra, Broadway singer Lisa Simone and jazz trumpeter Bria Skonberg headline the 2018 RiverJazz series presented by Concannon Miller this spring at SteelStacks. Tickets for the series go on sale starting March 13, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and March 16, 10 a.m., to the public. They’ll be available at and 610-332-3378.

In a special Mother’s Day concert May 13, 7;30 p.m., at the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, GRAMMY nominated singer Lisa Simone, daughter of the legendary Nina Simone, celebrates the 10th anniversary of her album “Simone on Simone,” which honored her mother’s legacy. A decade later Simone reunites on stage with musicians from the original recording, including the Lehigh Valley’s Rob Stoneback Big Band, Craig Thatcher and Craig Kastelnik, to recreate the album. Best known for her work on Broadway originating the roles of Aida in Disney’s “Aida,” Nala in “The Lion King” and Mimi Marquez in “RENT,” Simone has also graced the stage of New York’s Carnegie Hall and Australia’s Sydney Opera House, as well as worldwide jazz festivals in Telluride, Montreaux, The Olympia in Paris and more. Tickets for her show are $34-$39.

On May 23, 7:30 p.m., GRAMMY award winning contemporary jazz icons Spyro Gyra take the stage at the Musikfest Café. Performing internationally for more than 40 years, Spyro Gyra has played more than 5,000 shows on five continents. Known for hits like “Morning Dance,” “Shaker Song” and “Catching the Sun,” in 2013 the group released its 30th album “The Rhinebeck Sessions,” which was hailed as Jazz Album of the Year by Travis Rogers of the Jazz Journalists’ Association. Tickets for the show are $49-$59.

On June 6, 7:30 p.m., RiverJazz welcomes jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg. Winner of the 2017 JUNO Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, Skonberg is co-founder of The New York Hot Jazz Camp and New York Hot Jazz Festival and has performed at more than 100 festivals worldwide. She’s also been recognized by Hot House Jazz Magazine as Best Vocalist in 2014 and Best Trumpeter in 2015, received the Outstanding Jazz Artist at the New York Bistro Awards in 2014, won a DownBeat Rising Star in 2013 and 2015, and was nominated by the Jazz Journalists’ Association as Up and Coming Artist in 2013. Tickets for her show are $20-$25.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary tour in 2018, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy closes out the RiverJazz series June 7, 8 p.m. Famously named after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, the band has appeared in concert venues across the world, sold millions of records and had its music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows. With sold out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, appearances with many of the country’s finest symphony orchestras and television appearances ranging from Dancing with the Stars to Superbowl XXXIII, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues its decades long mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music and bring joy to audiences around the world. Tickets for the concert are $39-$49.

“From the jazz fusion of GRAMMY winners Spyro Gyra and the swing sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, to Lisa Simone’s moving tribute to her mother, this year’s RiverJazz series showcases some of the best in jazz, blues and more,” says Concannon Miller Director of Business Development & Marketing Betsy Storey-Bono. “This is Concannon Miller’s seventh year as presenting sponsor of RiverJazz and the lineup keeps getting better and better. We’re honored to be part of this series showcasing great national acts, as well as some of the region’s most talented jazz performers. We can’t wait to see everyone at SteelStacks this spring.”

The complete list of RiverJazz headlining performances at the Musikfest Café is:

John Popper (previously announced; tickets on sale now)
May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Tickets: $36-$49

Simone on Simone: Lisa Simone with the Rob Stoneback Big Band
A Mother’s Day Tribute to the legendary Nina Simone
May 13, 7:30 p.m.
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Tickets: $34-$39

Spyro Gyra
May 23, 7:30 p.m.
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Tickets: $49-$59

Bria Skonberg
June 6, 7:30 p.m.
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Tickets: $20-$25

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
June 7, 8 p.m.
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
Tickets: $39-$49

In addition to the Musikfest Café performances, RiverJazz presented by Concannon Miller also showcases dynamic local and regional jazz acts on SteelStacks’ free stages. This year’s acts include Corinne Mammana, May 13, 5 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons and The Bryan Tuk Complex, June 7, 5 p.m. on the TD Bank Community Stage. Additional RiverJazz performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sponsors helping to make RiverJazz possible include Concannon Miller, along with 69-WFMZ-TV and WDIY Public Radio. For more information about series, visit


Information and images provided to TVL by:
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest