Atlanta Rhythm Section, Low Cut Connie, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds & More Highlight Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series Presented by Coordinated Health


Series features over 50 free concerts for the community at SteelStacks from May to September

BETHLEHEM, PA—Atlanta Rhythm Section, Low Cut Connie, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Choir! Choir! Choir! and GRAMMY winners Blind Boys of Alabama & Paul Thorn are among the many artists performing this summer at the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Summer Concert Series Presented by Coordinated Health. The series, which kicks off with a preview weekend May 18-19 and runs through Sept. 8, features more than 50 free shows at the Levitt Pavilion, located at the base of the iconic Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces on the city’s SouthSide. 

On May 26, the Levitt Pavilion welcomes the one and only Atlanta Rhythm Section. A part of the southern rock scene for more than 30 years, this band is known for hits like “So Into You,” “Champagne Jam,” “Imaginary Lover” and “Spooky.” During its career, it has recorded 15 albums of original material, delighting audiences from coast to coast with its unique sound.

A favorite on the festival circuit, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds has averaged more than 150 shows annually since forming in 2011. The band, which performs Aug. 31 at the Levitt, boasts an impressive list of festival appearances including Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Telluride Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits and more.

“Coordinated Health has been a strong advocate for bringing arts, culture and music to the Lehigh Valley over the years,” says Coordinated Health Chief Executive Officer Dr. Emil DiIorio. “This year, we’re introducing a series of physician talks before select shows to bring healthcare topics even closer to the community. We are very proud to partner with ArtsQuest to attract such a diverse array of talent to our region, which in turn enhances the quality of life for everyone who lives, works and plays in the Lehigh Valley.”

Other Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series highlights include five-time GRAMMY winners Blind Boys of Alabama with Paul Thorn June 1 (part of national Levitt tour); Tom Petty tribute Damn the Torpedoes June 8; Ken Goldstein and the LA Hustle, ArtsQuest’s 2018 Artist in Residence, on July 5; Classical/hip-hop stars Black Violin Aug. 23 and popular indie rock act Low Cut Connie Sept. 2. 

On June 15, the Levitt will feature Choir! Choir! Choir!, the dynamic musical choir that’s equal parts singing, comedy and community-building. Started as a weekly drop-in singing event by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (AKA “DaBu”), this Canadian duo teaches audience members vocal arrangements and records the ensuing performance. In 2016, the group gained widespread media attention and acclaim when its video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from the Art Gallery of Ontario went viral only days after Bowie’s passing.

“Since its opening in 2011, more than 433,000 people have enjoyed 325 free concerts at the Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks,” says Levitt Pavilion Executive Director Julie Benjamin. “This is a community music venue in every sense, from the support of Coordinated Health and local sponsors and donors, to the many volunteers who donate time and talent so others have a great experience at these shows.

“We thank all of our donors, sponsors and partners, including the City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, Bethlehem Area School District and County of Northampton, for helping to make this community music venue possible.”

In addition to Coordinated Health, the region’s only specialized hospital and health network, sponsors at the Levitt Pavilion include PPL Corporation, Beck Packaging, Provident Bank, People First Federal Credit Union, Aesthetic Surgery Associates, PSECU, Embassy Bank, QNB Bank, Fellowship Community, Christmas City Veterinary Hospital, BB&T Bank, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, Gross McGinley, LLP and Chevy 21, the official auto partner of the Levitt Pavilion. Funding for the series is also provided by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation.

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2018 Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series Lineup
Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Levitt Preview Weekend

May 18                        Sarah Ayers & Friends with Stacy Gabel (Blues Rock)

May 19                        Alpha Zero Three with Cubbage (Rock)



May 25                        Motherfolk (Folk, Rock & Americana)

May 26                        Atlanta Rhythm Section (Rock)

May 27                        Slam Allen Band (Blues)

May 28                        Still Surfin’ – A Tribute to The Beach Boys (Surf Pop)

May 31                        Funky Dawgz Brass Band (R&B & Funk)



June 1                         Paul Thorn and The Blind Boys of Alabama (Blues)

June 2                         Mile Twelve (Bluegrass)

June 7                         Caleb Hawley (Soul & Rock)

June 8                         Damn the Torpedoes: Tribute to Tom Petty (Rock)

June 9                         Hannah Gill & the Hours (Indie, Pop & Rock)

June 10                       David Wax Museum (Roots & Folk)

June 14                       The Brevet (Americana, Rock)

June 15                       Choir! Choir! Choir! (Musical Choir)

June 16                       Parsonsfield (Folk)

June 17                       Southern Avenue (Blues & Soul)

June 21                       The Iguanas (Roots Rock)

June 22, 8 p.m.           Domenic Marte (Bachata) – part of SABOR Latin Festival 

June 23, 8 p.m.           Jose “El Canario” Alberto (Salsa) – part of SABOR

June 24                       Sun Parade (Indie Pop & Rock)

June 28                       Karikatura (Transglobal Soul)

June 29                       The Aardvarks (Pop & Rock)

June 30                       Pokey LaFarge (Country, Jazz & Blues)



July 1                          Devon Gilfillian (Blues & Soul)

July 4                          The Allentown Band (Patriotic)

July 5                          Ken Goldstein and the L.A. Hustle (Rock)

July 6                          Magnum (Rock)

July 7                          The Nightowls (Funk & Soul)

July 12                        Royal Jelly Jive (Rock & Soul)

July 13                        Thornetta Davis (Blues)

July 14                        Cicada Rhythm (Folk & Americana)

July 19                        Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society (Vintage Jazz) – part of SouthSide Swing

July 20                        David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (Jazz/Swing) – part of SouthSide Swing

July 21                        The New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings (New Orleans Jazz) – part of SouthSide Swing

July 26                        Madaila (Indie Pop)

July 27                        Filmore (Country)

July 28                        Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes (Indie Rock)



August 16                    Walden (Indie Rock)

August 18                    The Drifters (Motown & Doo Wop)

August 19                    KICK – The INXS Experience (New Wave)

August 23                    Black Violin (Classical & Hip-Hop)

August 24                    House of Hamill (Celtic)

August 25                    The Duke Robillard Band (Blues)

August 30                    Bonerama (Brass, Funk & Rock)

August 31                    Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds (Rock, Soul & Funk)



September 1               Bakithi Kumalo & the All Star Graceland Band: Paul Simon’s Graceland Album Tribute (Pop & World Music)

September 2               Low Cut Connie (Rock)

September 3               Vanessa Collier (Blues)

September 6               Amasa Hines (Rock)

September 7               Oliver Hazard (Indie Rock, Folk & Jam)

September 8               Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute (New Wave, Rock & Post Punk)

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