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The Hit Men concert postponed until Feb. 5 at State Theatre

Friday, January 29, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The Hit Men concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, is postponed until 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, because of the snowstorm.

The Hit Men are composed of former members of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, including drummer Gerry Polci, who sang on The Four Seasons’ hit, “Oh What a Night,” and keyboard player Lee Shapiro.

Musikfest: Doors Down is the rock band next door

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

3 Doors Down, a multi-platinum American rock bank from Mississippi, performs at Musikfest, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Sands Steel Stage, PNC Plaza, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

Collective Soul performs at 7 p.m. Eighteenth Hour performs at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

3 Doors Down is: Brad Arnold, lead singer; Chris Henderson, guitar; Chet Roberts, guitar; Justin Biltonen, bass, and Greg Upchurch, drums.

Musikfest: There's more Soul on tap

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Collective Soul is an American rock band formed in the 1990s in the small town of Stockbridge, Ga. The band performs at 7 p.m. Aug. 13. Also on the bill is 3 Doors Down.

Collective Soul consists of Ed Roland, principal songwriter and front man on keyboard, guitar; Jesse Triplett, lead guitar; Dean Roland, rhythm guitar; Will Turpin, bass, and Johnny Rabb, drums.

Guster got live if you want it

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Guster, an American alternative rock band, performs at 8 p.m. July 17, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

The band, formed at Tufts University in 1992, is known for its live performances and humorous onstage presence. The group includes Brian Rosenworcel, Ryan Miler, Adam Gardner and Luke Reynolds.

"We have a good time and don't take ourselves too seriously," says Brian Rosenworcel in a phone interview.

Fountain Hill couple opens facility for artists to establish themselves

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Artists Tom and Ellen Flynn of Fountain Hill have created a space where artists of all skill levels can hone their craft. The Art Establishment is at 945 Broadway, Fountain Hill.

"We understood the need for a space for people to go to create art. Something was missing in this not being offered. All skill levels should be able to experience art," said Ellen Flynn.

The concentration is on four genres of art.

Literary Scene: Book details effective strategy for life

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Social News

Author Eileen Flanagan will read from and signs copies of her book, "Renewable: One Woman's Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope," 2 p.m. June 20, Barnes & Noble, Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 2845 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley.

"Renewable" has been described as an inspiring book about the challenging quest for change within society and ourselves and how people, as small and insignificant as they may think they are, really can make a difference.

David Bromberg Quintet in Bethlehem concert

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The David Bromberg Quintet returns to the Lehigh Valley for a concert at 7:30 p.m. June 14, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. He has performed there previously, including in 2013

Joining him on stage will be Bob Taylor, bass; Mark Cosgrove, guitar and mandolin, Nate Grower, fiddle, and Josh Kanusky, drums.

In concert, Bromberg hopes to transport the audience to a different level of musical experience.

"I want to take them out of where they are and put them somewhere else," says Bromberg in a phone interview.

On 'The Bog Road' with Eileen Ivers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Grammy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band present "Beyond The Bog Road," celebrating the history of Irish immigrants in America through music, story, dance and film as part of the "Wine Down Series," 7 p.m. April 16, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar available.

The Allentown show incorporates 17 hours of high-definition scenes of Ireland and portrays immigrants and their work. Joining her on stage will be Irish dancers from the O'Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance.

George Winston to benefit charity in Bethlehem concert

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

George Winston, one of the most recognized pianists in the world, brings his tour to Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, 7:30 p.m. April 15.

"It's great to be back in the area and in Bethlehem," he says in a phone interview.

Winston is expected to play selections from his lastest CD, "Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2 -A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit."

Winston began playing the acoustic piano in 1971 after being inspired by Thomas "Fats" Waller and Teddy Wilson.

Gruesome Bethlehem killings inspire novel by city native

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Kurt B. Dowdle is at the Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St, Bethlehem, at 1 p.m. April 19 for a book signing of his "Ax & Spade" novel, which is based on a factual story dating to the 19th century.

Dowdle's inspiration for writing this story came to him when he found an article in The New York Times about a double axe killing of a wife and husband and the hanging of the suspected murderer in December 1880.

The house where the alleged murders took place was about one mile from where Dowdle grew up in Bethlehem.