Tag Archives: Craig Thatcher

Craig Thatcher Channels Hendrix at Musikfest Cafe

Editor’s note: Photo taken during Musikfest 2017.

On Friday evening, January 5, Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem had the opportunity to hear renowned guitarist Craig Thatcher perform the music of Jimi Hendrix along with bandmates Wayde Leonard and Don Plowman.

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Musikfest, Day 3: Craig Thatcher, Cubbage, Summer Scouts and More!

I got down to Musikfest a hair later than each of the first two nights, rolling up (on foot) to Red Stag Pub Liederplatz as my entry point for the day around 6 p.m. That was where Atlanta, GA’s Caleb and the Gents had already hit full stride with their hybrid of jazz, blues and country. This quintessentially southern band kept things uptempo for the brief time I was able to check them out, with a sound that got members of the audience up on their feet.

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Musikfest Five-Point Preview: Sunday, August 6

Before the weekend ends and some of you go back to work – unless, like us, you’re taking a full and proper ten-day weekend – there’s still plenty of fun to be had today at Musikfest. It’s shaping up to be a beautiful Sunday and, true to Musikfest form, you have varied options to suit whatever you’re into. Here’s a small sample size of today’s action!

Musikfest Five Point Preview: Sunday, August 6

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Oct. 24-30

This might be the most stacked weekend lineup yet this fall. There are plenty of great musicians playing big shows around the Valley.

Whether we’re raising awareness for a cause or celebrating an anniversary, the Valley brings it for this week’s…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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A John Mayall Tribute 50 Years in the Making

Blues fans were treated to a matinee of epic proportions on Sunday afternoon when The Friar’s Point Band teamed with Thirteen Butterflies Productions to pay a 50th anniversary tribute to the John Mayall & the Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton album at Allentown Masonic Temple.

The afternoon was headlined by a full recreation of the album, and also featured The Friar’s Point Band joined onstage by a who’s who list of local blues and soul musicians throughout the day. These musicians included Craig Thatcher; Wade Leonard; Don Plowman; Dana Gaynor; Charlie Brown; Jenn McCracken; Mike Dugan; Mike Guldin; Johnny T; Karl Frick; Bob Hogan; Don Hoffman; The Beano Horns; and the Lesson Center Kids. The afternoon was hosted by Glenn “Mitch” Mitchell from 99.9 FM The Hawk and A.J. Fritz of 91.3 FM WLVR.

Each featured musician skillfully performed a few selections — covers or originals — with The Friar’s Point Band before switching things up for their contemporaries, giving the afternoon a true blues jam feel.

A couple videos of this terrific day exist on our Facebook page. Join us for a better (more hi-res) look at the photos below.

Musikfest Five-Point Preview: Day 9

Keeping cool?

The dog days of August are certainly living up to their name this weekend. First of all, make sure that you stay hydrated out there. Fill your ‘Fest mugs with some nice, cold water once in a while.

That should prepare you for the day ahead – and all of the great tunes you have to look forward to.

Musikfest Five-Point Preview
Day 9 – Aug. 13, 2016

La Overtoner | 3 p.m.
Stage: Provident Bank Main Street (North)
Description: Beat the heat with the Berks County natives’ brand of alt-rock.

Rusty and Justin of Flowers for Taco | 5 p.m.
Stage: Hotel Bethlehem Platz (North)
Description: Two members of the Allentown-based party band return for a stripped-down set.

John Hufford | 6 p.m.
Stage: Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas (South)
Description: John comes to us from nearby Hellertown with an intimate set of folk rock.

Scott Marshall & Marshall Scott | 8 p.m.
Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas (South)
Description: Scott Marshall and his only son perform an acoustic set together.

Craig Thatcher Band | 9 p.m.
Stage: Air Products Americaplatz (South)
Description: The local legend plays a headline set on South Side’s largest free stage.

There’s more where that came from! Check in with DustinSchoof.com every morning throughout Musikfest for a full free stage lineup!