PHOTOS: 2nd Annual Miracle at the Mill

Thirteen Butterflies Productions hosted its second annual Miracle at the Mill this past Saturday at the Hellertown Historical Society, which once again proved to be a pleasant evening of holiday cheer for a good cause.

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Hurricane Harvey Benefit Postponed to Date TBD

The Valley’s star-studded Hurricane Harvey Relief Concert, originally slated for this Sunday at The Lesson Center’s Temple Theatre, has been postponed.

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Local Musicians Joining Together for Harvey Relief

The Lesson Center and Thirteen Butterflies Production are inviting some of the Valley’s brightest musical stars to shine at the Allentown Masonic Temple (1524 W. Linden St.) on Sunday, September 17 — all in the name of Hurricane Harvey relief.

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Musicians, Locals Strike Back Against Bullying

This past Saturday, Thirteen Butterflies Productions and MECA joined forces at Allentown Masonic Temple to battle against bullying and child abuse — and they had the help of an arsenal of willing musicians.

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Fall Preview: Fests and Fundraisers Keep the Scene Moving

There is a myth that exists in the Lehigh Valley, and it goes a little something like this: the music scene dries up when summer ends. As the sun begins to set earlier in the day, so, too, does it set on the active season in our arts and culture community.

That notion could not be further from the truth.

Between festivals, showcases, and our typical haunts, our dance card is already filling up for the fall, and will likely keep us out of the pumpkin patches and absorbing the sights and sounds as the autumn chill permeates the air. Here’s what’s on our radar.

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Allentown ArtsFest is happening, like, right now.

Allentown ArtsFest
Dates:
Now through Oct. 2
Location: Cedar Beach Park, Allentown
Description: ArtsFest 2016 features more than 300 artists, vendors, musicians, buskers and performers. All admission and entertainment is FREE for all ages.

Oktoberfest
Dates:
Now through Oct. 2; Oct. 7-9
Location: SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Description: Music isn’t all Oktoberfest has to offer, with games, dachshund races, food and, of course, plenty of great beer. If you’re looking for tunes, though, Scott Marshall (10/1, 9 p.m.), The Moondogs (10/8, 4 p.m.), and Truth & Soul (10/9, 12 p.m.) are among the highlights that stand out to us.

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On Oct. 27, Alpha Zero Three returns to the scene of their live debut.

Alpha Zero Three and Rofo Audio at The Originals Music Series
Date: Thurs., Oct. 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Chicago Restaurant & Club Gravity, 1179 Airport Road, Allentown
Description: Both AZ3 and Rofo Audio, rising rock acts in the Valley, will be performing new tunes from their upcoming releases.

Thirteen Butterflies Productions’ Annual Anti-Bullying Show
Date:
Sat., Oct. 29
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Allentown Masonic Temple, 1524 W. Linden St., Allentown
Description: Craig Thatcher, Friar’s Point Band, Taylor Ash, and many more artists cap Anti-Bullying Awareness Month with an all-star jam.

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There’s a lot of bacon in this photo. The only thing missing… is you.

PA Bacon Fest 2016
Date: Nov. 5-6
Location: Center Square, Easton
Description: 100+ vendors, 10+ musical acts, and bacon. Lots and lots of bacon.

Third Annual Arts on the Move
Date: Sat., Nov. 12
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. 4th St, Bethlehem
Description: We went into this a bit on Thursday, but to re-iterate: four great performers and an art/instrument auction to support the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association’s scholarship program.

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.