Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites (HBMS) invites you to celebrate the creative women of the Lehigh Valley with Songs for Sisters, a one night only, coffeehouse-style concert on Thursday, June 15 from 6-8 p.m. on the second floor of the Single Sisters’ House (50 W. Church St., Bethlehem).
Paying tribute to the artistic Single Sisters of the 18th and 19th centuries, this event will get feet tapping and hands clapping with catchy, acoustic originals from three local, female performers. Attendees can also explore two pop-up exhibitions curated by women: A page-turning collection of self-published zines, and a photo collection of earth mandalas — ephemeral circular designs made from pieces of nature.
The night’s acoustic lineup includes original singer-songwriters Tara Walsh, Julia Sommer, and Chelsea Lyn Meyer, coordinated through Gerard Longo, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Lehigh Valley Underground and host of The Quinn Spinn, and Walsh, who also manages Philadelphia-based artist Hy Deff and radio personality Phoenix the Oracle.
Walsh will kick off the show at 6 p.m., bringing emotion and passion to her original songs to “allow listeners to feel like they have been transported into a film of life.” A freelance writer for artist The Young King, Tara is currently working on her own album, “Silver Linings: A New Day.”
Julia Sommer, who recently opened for Dana Gaynor Band during the Lehigh Valley Music Awards’ Winners Preview Weekend at Levitt Pavilion, hits the stage next at 6:45pm with a selection of originals and rock covers. The Discover Lehigh Valley Discover New Artist Award winner, Sommer has performed at such venues as the Highline Ballroom in New York City, Hotel Bethlehem, The Sands Event Center, Musikfest, an audition for NBC’s The Voice, and New York’s Rock of 80s Band.
The evening concludes with Chelsea Lyn Meyer at 7:30 p.m., who will dazzle guests with her captivating originals, unique take on cover songs, and energetic performances just as she did this past weekend at our May-riffic Music Festival. Beginning as the lead singer and guitarist for local pop-punk band 2AM, Chelsea now enjoys a solo career and has released such notable singles as “Between the Lies,” “Remember,” featured on Factory Fast Records new compilation CD with world-wide distribution, and “This One’s On You” which went to #1 on VRadio Nashville’s Top 40 chart within two weeks of being released
Songs for Sisters will also feature a pop-up exhibition of women’s regional zines curated by Pocono-based artist Lauren Beauchner. Beauchner began making zines in 2015, and found the self-publishing culture of the region to be rich and diverse. Lauren is part of a creative collective called Many Mothers, a collaboration with Corrin Magditch and Meg Yoder. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak to the artists, learn more about their work and processes, and peruse zines that are diverse in form and topic, ranging from illustrations to photography books, from light-hearted to serious.
Also on display will be ethereal photographs of earth mandalas from artist, art therapist, and curator Moriah M. Mylod. Mylod has a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Cedar Crest College and primarily paints at her home studio, Birds in the Attics in North West, New Jersey – where she continues to explore painting and mixed-media as both an artist and art psychotherapist.
Refreshments will be on-hand in the form of exceptional, high-quality coffee from around the world, provided by micro-roasters Electric City Roasters.