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Memorial Day is known nationwide as the unofficial start of summer. At least, that might be the case everywhere except Bethlehem, where the start of the Levitt Pavilion season at SteelStacks got summer underway a week early with the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association’s Winners Preview Weekend.
It’s the start of the most wonderful time of the year! Of course, we mean summer, but we also mean the start of the Levitt Pavilion season at SteelStacks.
ArtsQuest recently announced the full 2017 Levitt Pavilion lineup to the world. This year’s lineup includes headline acts including Steve Kimock, The Coasters, and The Platters, among a host of other locally, regionally, and nationally-renowned musicians.
In looking at the full lineup, we went through and picked out five selections – Can’t-Miss Shows of the Season, perhaps? – that we’re excited about.
On May 19-20, The Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association will preview the upcoming Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks season – and will employ the talents of Lehigh Valley Music Award winners to do it.
Easton’s 40th Annual Heritage Day is in the books! Thousands of Valley residents came out on Saturday to hear great music from a variety of local artists, enjoy a taste of history with the re-enactment of the reading of the Declaration of Indpendence at Centre Square, and have some all-around summer fun.
As promised, we stuck around into the night and caught many more great musical performances before the evening was through. These included the Bank Street Band from Easton’s School of Rock, who performed a selection of stirring American standards and contemporary songs during the festival’s fireworks display.
Enjoy the photos below! Kudos to all those who put on a successful event, and thanks for having LVU out to capture it all!
Brian Dean Moore Band (Country rock)
Dana Gaynor Band (Blues)
School of Rock Easton (Rock/Alternative)
Since 1976, Easton has celebrated its lasting legacy with Heritage Day, a festival originally held to commemorate the reading of the Declaration of Independence in the city. On Sunday, Easton will celebrate the event’s 40th Anniversary.
A key highlight will take place at noon, when re-enactors will take to the steps of the Centre Square courthouse to read the Declaration of Independence once more. Easton was one of three cities – the others being Philadelphia and Trenton, NJ – where our nation’s founding document was read aloud in Colonial times.
“(Heritage Day) is a great time, and the history is very important to the festival,” said board member Dustin Schoof. “It’s a day of history, music, and it’s a nice cross-section of different things happening.”
In addition to period-appropriate re-enactors and crafters, Heritage Day will feature plenty of modern touches. These include live music from Easton natives Roi & the Secret People, Dan DeChellis, and students from the Easton School of Rock, as well as popular area performers like Dana Gaynor Band, Brian Dean Moore Band, Copperfields, Joyous, and more.
“We have four stages of music starting in the morning, going all the way up until the fireworks and a little bit afterward,” Schoof said. “There isn’t a whole lot of time when there isn’t going to be music, which is always a good thing.”
This year’s music lineup has been spearheaded by Carter Lansing, a well-known Easton musician and native.
“Carter is a man of many talents,” Schoof said. “The last two years, he has spearheaded the music. He’s really stepped up to the plate and done a terrific job.”
Heritage Day kicks off at 9:45 a.m. with a combined church service presented by Easton’s Historic Downtown Churches at Riverside Park. The festival itself begins at 11 a.m. on the Heritage Stage at Centre Square, with a re-enactment of town criers arguing independence.
Throughout the day, Heritage Day patrons can enjoy a sampling of food trucks, beer, and children’s activities. The festivities will continue into the evening, with fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on Larry Holmes Drive. Live music will continue until the festival’s conclusion at 10:30 p.m.
“We’re excited – it’s a lot of work to put this on, but at the end of the day, everyone’s excited and glad to be a part of it,” Schoof said. “We’re really glad to be doing it for 40 years. We hope to do it for 40 more.”
For more information and a full schedule of Easton Heritage Day events, visit HeritageDay.org.
Here at Lehigh Valley Underground, we want to make sure you’re catching the very best independent music eastern Pennsylvania has to offer. That’s why, every Monday, we’ll help you make plans by keeping you abreast of the…
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!
Thurs., Jan. 28 | 7 p.m.
The Originals Music Series
Venue: Chicago Restaurant, 1179 Airport Road, Allentown, PA
Description: The Fyre & Ice Show on Neue Regel Radio presents its weekly showcase. This week, the Series features hard rockers King Bison and JingerKroa.
Fri., Jan. 29 | 9 p.m.
Polytheist, Burn the Empire & Already Dead
Venue: The Rusty Nail, 2580 Haverford Road, Ardmore, PA
Description: Get ready for a night of metal in Ardmore when these three bands take the stage!
Fri., Jan. 29 | 9 p.m.
Venue: Beltzville Bar & Grill, 7435 Pohopoco Rd., Kunkletown, PA
Description: The modern rockers take the stage once more at BBG. 21+; $5 cover.
Sun., Jan. 31 | 8 p.m.
Brian Dean Moore Band
Venue: Molten Lounge at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, 77 Sands Blvd, Bethlehem, PA
Description: The band’s first gig of the New Year features brand new songs to conclude your weekend. 21+.