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Counting Crows and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty perform at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Aug. 18

Counting Crows and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty perform at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Aug. 18
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From a press release:

The Sands Bethlehem Event Center has just announced that the Counting Crows and Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty will be returning to Bethlehem on Thursday, Aug. 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets, which range from $60.50-$100.50, go on sale this Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem),, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

The Counting Crows are following up their critically-acclaimed seventh album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” with the U.S. leg of their 2016 tour making a stop in Bethlehem. Recognized as one of the most dynamic live bands performing today, they’ve sold more than 20 million albums worldwide after exploding onto the music scene with their multi-platinum breakout album “August and Everything After” in 1993. The album produced a handful of Modern Rock hit singles – “Mr. Jones” (No. 2, 1993) and “Round Here” (No. 7, 1994) – climbed to No. 4, and went on to sell seven million copies as the band seemed to connect with fans of both alternative and classic rock.

The group will be performing songs from the 2014 Top 10 album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” which critics have been praising as the “band’s best,” as well as hits from their extensive catalog.

Joining the Counting Crows will be Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas, one of the most distinctive artists of this or any other era – a gifted vocalist, spellbinding performer, and accomplished songwriter known worldwide as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty, as well as for his multi-platinum certified solo work and chart-topping collaborations with other artists.

Among his countless hits are solo classics like “Lonely No More,” “This Is How A Heart Breaks,” and “Streetcorner Symphony,” Matchbox Twenty favorites including “Push,” “3 AM,” “If You’re Gone,” and “Bent” and, of course, “Smooth,” his 3x RIAA platinum-certified worldwide hit collaboration with Santana.

Thomas’ 2009 album “Cradlesong” marked still another milestone, generating two No. 1 singles in “Her Diamonds” and “Someday.” He made Billboard chart history once again as the only male artist with multiple No. 1 hits at Adult Top 40.