The Memorial Day weekend will feature Hometown Heroes 2022 banner debut, remembrance ceremonies and live music
BETHLEHEM, Pa.— ArtsQuest is proud to announce the return of the 12th annual Memorial Day commemoration presented by Embassy Bank on Sat., May 28, to Mon., May 30, hosted with community partners, Blue Star Mothers, Gold Star Mothers, Tails of Valor, Lehigh Valley Health Network Veterans Health Program and Women’s Veterans Empowered and Thriving, at SteelStacks campus. This commemorative event will feature the Hometown Heroes 2022 photo-banner, live music and remembrance ceremonies including “A Time to Remember,” and “Remember Our Heroes” luminary display honoring those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
“The decade-long tradition of honoring those who have dedicated themselves to protecting and serving the United States has become an event at the SteelStacks campus that we look forward to every year,” said Embassy Bank CEO, President and Chairman Dave Lobach Jr. “We are excited to see the new additions to this year’s Hometown Heroes photo-banner debut during the Memorial Day commemoration.”
On Sat., May 28 at 3 p.m., Ed McKendry will open the weekend event on the Levitt stage. McKendry, the guitarist and vocalist from award-winning band “The Difference.” McKendry has played venues all over the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia region.
Hydraulic Lime featuring Todd Patnaude on bass, John Sekella on guitar, and Reed Thomson on drums, will follow at 5:30 p.m. The three-piece power rock trio brings the style of the Grand Funk Railroad and Budgie playing a mix of original and covers songs.
Closing Saturday night at 9 p.m., acoustic trio Rock Steady will bring their three-part vocal harmonies, covering The Little River Band, The Eagles, Boston, Gerry Rafferty and many more.
On Sun., May 29 at 3 p.m., the five-sibling group, Sing for America, will cover a variety of musical selections for audiences of all ages. Their mission to raise funds for families of active serving military through concert and theatrical performances has led them to produce full scale musical productions throughout the year. Sing for America has raised over $60,000 for military families since their inception. Visit www.SingforAmerica.com
At 5:30 p.m., Acoustic Kitty Project featuring singer-songwriter Carter Lansing will perform. Influenced by the classic Carter writes “real songs about real things for real people.”
Closing the evening at 9 p.m., Roi and the Secret People will take the stage. Renowned for their exhilarating live shows, featuring songwriter Mike Roi on lead vocals and guitar, Ed Golden on guitar, Glen Radomski on bass, Madelaine Elizabeth on vocals, violin and keys, and Pete Ciccone on drums. The group was founded by Roi to create the version of rock music he was raised with, a mix of sultry swamp, classic rock, and alternative music.
On Mon., May 30, The Swing Time Dolls will open the afternoon at 3:30 p.m., with their own takes on the classics of the Vietnam Era and modern hits. The all-female vocal group of three accomplished vocalists showcase tight and intricate harmonies that are sure to keep any listener engaged. The trio brings their theatrical flair to their performances with pin-up styled costumes and energetic choreography.
The Dolls will be followed by Stefanie Johnson at 5 p.m. The singer-songwriter’s style ranges from a soaring pop to rock with a little country timbre. In addition to the local scene, Stefanie has performed at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Cafe and 12th & Porter, as well as the Rock and Roll of Fame. Her song “In my Shoes” was featured in the 2018 film Affairs of State and “One Life” was featured 2021’s Red Rocket.
On Mon., May 30 at 3 p.m., the weekend will conclude with a memorial service featuring speakers Representative Steve Samuelson, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, Lehigh County Executive Philips Armstrong, and City of Bethlehem Mayor William Reynolds, on the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks stage with “A Time to Remember” in honor of the Lehigh Valley’s fallen soldiers from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The ceremony will be followed by a luminary display honoring those who served in the United States Armed Forces, “Remember Our Heroes” at 8 p.m.
ArtsQuest’s mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements of economic development for our urban communities. ArtsQuest™ supports this mission via the presentation of performing and visual arts, film, arts education classes and outreach, youth programming and cultural events.
Through festivals such as its flagship event, Musikfest; the Banana Factory Arts Center; and the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.9 million people annually. The organization’s programs and events, approximately 50 percent of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million annually in the region. ArtsQuest is a proud member of NIVA, the National Independent Venue Association and NATO, the National Association of Theatre Owners.
Information provided to TVL by:
Kelley Andrade, ArtsQuest
Public Relations Coordinator