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Rusted Root, Everyone Orchestra, and 27 other acts play SouthSide Arts & Music Festival in Bethlehem April 28-29

Rusted Root, Everyone Orchestra, and 27 other acts play SouthSide Arts & Music Festival in Bethlehem April 28-29
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From a press release:

Performances by jam and world music acts Rusted Root and Everyone Orchestra, folk singer Steve Forbert, and blues artists Coco Montoya and Alexis P. Suter will highlight the newly-expanded SouthSide Arts & Music Festival in Bethlehem on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29.

Festival passes, which provide access to live music in five different venues, are $30 per day or $50 for both days and go on sale this Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at and 610-332-3378.

Designed to highlight south Bethlehem’s arts district, the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival features two days packed with live music, visual arts programming, gallery exhibits, comedy and dance performances, and family programming. By purchasing a ticket to the festival, attendees enjoy access to 14-15 musical acts each night at five venues – the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling, National Museum of Industrial History, Holy Infancy Catholic School, Touchstone Theater, and the revered Godfrey Daniels listening room.

Both nights of the festival conclude with a headlining performance by a nationally-renowned act in the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling. On April 29, Pittsburgh’s acclaimed Rusted Root will perform a 10 p.m. show in the Café, while the April 28 headliner will be announced in mid-March. Other acts that will take the stage during the two-day event include The Ballroom Thieves at NMIH on April 28, Steve Forbert at Godfrey Daniels on April 29, and local indie rockers Ceramic Animal at the Musikfest Café on April 29.

While live music fills the nights at the Southside Arts & Music Festival, engaging visual arts and education experiences take center stage during the day courtesy of a variety of free and ticketed programs throughout South Bethlehem. Included are nearly one dozen workshops at the Banana Factory ranging from fun-filled children’s experiences like rock cactus painting and steampunk-inspired jewelry making to workshops on screen printing, creating hot glass paperweights, and flower crowns inspired by artist Frida Kahlo. There’s even an urban photo walk, where participants can join a professional photographer, camera in hand, to explore the unique spaces and places of the SouthSide.

As attendees stroll from block to block during the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival, they’ll also be greeted by artisan pop-up shops on the sidewalks in front of local businesses or find themselves in the middle of the “Lehigh Valley Art Wars,” live art competitions that pit area artists in a battle for artistic victory.

SouthSide Arts & Music Festival lineup:

Friday, April 28

Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
6 p.m.: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles – rock ‘n’ roll
8 p.m.: Everyone Orchestra – improv/jam
10:15 p.m.: TBA

National Museum of Industrial History
6:30 p.m.: Prateek Kuhad – folk pop
8 p.m.: The Ballroom Thieves – folk rock
9:30 p.m.: Caleb Hawley – soul

Touchstone Theatre
6 p.m.: Students of the Lesson Center – various
7 p.m.: Jeremiah Tall – folk rock
9 p.m.: TBA

Holy Infancy
6 p.m.: Pablo Batista – Latin
8 p.m.: Hector Rosado – Latin/salsa

Godfrey Daniels
6 p.m.: Caleb Hawley – soul
7:30 p.m.: Motherfolk – indie rock
9 p.m.: Alexis P. Suter Band – blues

Saturday, April 29

Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
5 p.m.: Lesson Center – various
6 p.m.: Ceramic Animal – indie rock
8 p.m.: Coco Montoya – blues
10 p.m.: Rusted Root – rock

National Museum of Industrial History
5:30 p.m.: Blair Crimmins and the Hookers – ragtime jazz
7 p.m.: Hannah Gill and the Hours – pop/rock
9 p.m.: Sun Parade – pop/rock

Touchstone Theatre
5 p.m.: TBA
6 p.m.: Sing, Bird of Prey – rock ‘n’ roll
7:30 p.m.: Gracie and Rachel – indie
9:30 p.m.: The Associated Mess – improv comedy

Holy Infancy Catholic School Auditorium
5:30 p.m.: Anthony Gomes – blues rock
8 p.m.: The Mighty Manatees – party/covers

Godfrey Daniels
5 p.m.: April Mae and the Junebugs – swing/rockabilly
7 p.m.: Steve Forbert – pop
9 p.m.: Blair Crimmins and the Hookers – ragtime jazz