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Musician, actor, and TV host Chris Isaak plays at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on May 21

Musician, actor, and TV host Chris Isaak plays at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on May 21
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From a press release:

In the course of Chris Isaak‘s career, he has released 10 extraordinary albums, including the critically acclaimed new album “First Comes the Night,” 12 singles, been nominated for two Grammy awards, acted in several motion pictures, and starred in his own critically acclaimed TV series. His haunting voice, fierce guitar, glittered outfits, and legendary shows with his stellar bandmates Silvertone have entertained tens of thousands of people for over two decades.

Now he’ll be performing at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which range from $30-$50, go on sale this Friday, April 8 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.

It is hard to classify Isaak with one genre of music since he displays many different musical personas: the rockabilly rebel (“Dancin’,” “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing,” and “Speak of the Devil”), the brokenhearted crooner (“Wicked Game” and “Somebody’s Crying”), and the breezy acoustic storyteller (“San Francisco Days” and “Two Hearts”).

“First Comes the Night” on Vanguard Records is Isaak’s first recording of original songs in six years. It was recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell), Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), and longtime collaborator Mark Needham. “First Comes the Night” is the follow-up to Isaak’s 2011 “Beyond the Sun,” a breathtaking tribute album to Sun Records, Sam Phillips, and the visionary artists who continue to inspire him and helped shape the early sounds of rock ‘n’ roll.

Known as a supreme showman and one of the funniest live performers today, Isaak is a non-stop touring Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, actor, and talk show host. He has appeared on many TV shows, acted in several films, such as “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,” and starred in Showtime’s “The Chris Isaak Show” and “The Chris Isaak Hour” on the Biography Channel. He was a recent judge on “The X Factor” in Australia, performed at the opening of the Super Bowl festivities in San Francisco, and was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning.