Rusted Root, Everyone Orchestra to Perform at Expanded SouthSide Arts & Music Festival

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ArtsQuest’s SouthSide Arts & Music Festival is getting a makeover.

The festival, a two-day celebration of visual, educational, and performing arts, will take place this year on April 28-29, and will welcome national touring artists Rusted Root, Everyone Orchestra, Steve Forbert, Coco Montoya and Pablo Batista to South Bethlehem. These acts will perform alongside locally popular performers from the world of music and comedy; including Sing, Bird of Prey; Hector Rosado; Blair Crimmins & The Hookers; The Associated Mess; and more.

Musical performances during the festival will be held on both Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 5 p.m. at five distinctive South Side venues: Musikfest Café, presented by Yuengling; National Museum of Industrial History; Touchstone Theatre; Godfrey Daniels; and Holy Infancy Catholic School.

Day passes for the music portion of the festival go on sale to the public this Tuesday at 10 a.m. for $30, with a two-day pass available for $50. ArtsQuest members receive discounted rates of $28 and $45, respectively.

Beginning at noon on Saturday, April 29, the festival will also feature an array of visual artists and hands-on art activities throughout the day. Patrons can participate in free programs, such as the Lehigh Valley Art Wars, where artists will have two hours to compete in a themed art competition; or paid workshops, like the Urban Photo Walk, an exploration of South Bethlehem with a professional photographer.

Dance aficionados can enjoy two sessions per night (7:30 and 9:30 p.m.) from B.S. Movement, an instructional dance troupe that teaches unity through movement, at the ArtsQuest Center’s Creativity Commons.

For updates and a full schedule of events at this year’s SouthSide Arts & Music Festival, visit The Banana Factory’s website.

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