Category Archives: Press releases

New Glass Sculpture, Community Art Project & Fireworks Photography Workshop Highlight Musikfest Art Activities

From live demonstrations of hot glass blowing to the shady comfort of kids crafts at the Crayola Creativity Tent, this year’s Musikfest has something for art lovers of all ages.

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The Hook Announces Fall Pacific Northwest Tour

It’s been one year since Valley-based original rock band The Hook started their DIY journey. Since then Carlos, Chris, Youssef and Joe have performed 60 shows throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, wrote, recorded, produced and released a 15-track debut LP, “Moonshine & Honey,” raised hundreds of dollars in support of suicide awareness — and more is on the way.

This October, The Hook is taking their debut album to new heights with a trip across the country to the Pacific Northwest for their first-ever tour, A Taste of Moonshine & Honey. With seven dates on the books (and counting) in Washington and Oregon, from Vancouver to Bend, The Hook has their four-eyes set on introducing their sound to the Pacific Northwest and bringing this journey full circle to frontman Carlos Barata’s second home. This June, LVU and Fig Bethlehem shed some light on The Hook’s roots in the region. This summer, The Hook will officially roll out their complete tour schedule on Facebook, Instagram and readysetgethooked.com.

“We’re incredibly excited to share our music in Washington and Oregon,” Barata said. “As a new band, 3,000+ miles away, we’re just blown away, honored, and grateful for how receptive folks in the Pacific Northwest have been. We’re really excited to take “Moonshine & Honey” to new places, and make new friends and fans along the way.”

For tour, album, booking and general inquiries, please contact the band at readysetgethooked.com, readysetgethooked@gmail.com, or Facebook and Instagram @readysetgethooked

Best Hit TV Announces Debut Full-Length

New Jersey-based rock-trio Best Hit TV announced their debut full-length album titled Being Emotionally Manipulative isn’t Very Punk Rock of You, which is set for release on July 20. The announcement came on with the release of their song “Part of Me” as a preview single. Recorded in their Newark rehearsal space, the album will follow two previous EP releases and a string of shows across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

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The Beautiful Distortion Accepted into Music Under New York Program

Bethlehem-based rock band The Beautiful Distortion is one of 60 acts that received a call-back to audition for the “Music Under New York” (MTA MUSIC) program in May. MTA MUSIC provides more than 7,500 performances each year at approximately 30 locations throughout the New York City subway system. Every spring, MTA MUSIC presents a day of invite-only auditions in Manhattan to review and add new performers to their official roster.

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ArtsQuest Invites Community to Share Musikfest Photos for 35th Anniversary Exhibition

Photo credit: Hub Willson, 1984

The community is invited to submit their best photos of Musikfest over the years for the Musikfest 35th Anniversary Photography Exhibition, set for July 6-Sept. 2 at the Banana Factory.

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GRAMMY Award Winning Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. & GROUPLOVE to Headline Musikfest 2018

GRAMMY-winning guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr. and indie-pop sweethearts GROUPLOVE will rock Musikfest when they perform at the Sands Steel Stage Wed., Aug. 8, 7 p.m. and Thurs., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., respectively. Tickets for the Gary Clark Jr. performance are $39-$59, and tickets for the GROUPLOVE concert are $25-$39. They go on sale starting today, May 29, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and Fri., June 1, 10 a.m., to the public at www.musikfest.org and 610-332-3378. 

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SouthSide Arts District Official Ribbon Cutting Set for Wed., May 30

Join Mayor Bob Donchez Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. as we celebrate the New SouthSide Arts District. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the SouthSide Arts District main office at 324 S. New Street to celebrate the new SouthSide Arts District logo, light poll banners, website and artistic programming.

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Philly Artists Marcelyn and A Day Without Love Coming to Allentown June 29

What are most Philadelphia DIY shows like? They are a place for making friends. That is the story of Marcelyn and A Day Without Love (ADWL). Both Penn State Alumni with differing musical backgrounds, the stories of both of these Philadelphia based songwriters will be shared across the New England area.

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