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Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem host free summer concerts from May 22-Sept. 19

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem host free summer concerts from May 22-Sept. 19
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From a press release:

Starting Saturday, May 22, the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks will host a weekly series of outdoor concerts with 32 diverse artists spanning multiple genres. Live performances will happen every Saturday and Sunday night throughout the summer, including two Levitt fundraising concerts with Brooklyn Charmers and The Sofa Kings. The fundraising concert tickets will have a fee, while all other shows will be presented free of charge.

To ensure safe social distancing, advance registration is required for all concerts, which are presented by Coordinated Health, now part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

On Saturday, May 29, The Verve Pipe will rock the stage. With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the multi-platinum alternative rock band is recognized worldwide for their radio hits like “Photograph” and the smash single “The Freshmen.”

Stroudsburg rock fusion band The Contact Collective blends soul, gospel, jazz, funk, reggae, new-age, and even a little metal into a unique sound that can be heard echoing through the SteelStacks on May 31, the only Monday show in the lineup.

Allentown’s Space Kamp will bring their genre-bending talent to the stage on Sunday, July 11, seamlessly mixing hip-hop, reggae, and psychedelic rock. This performance is presented in partnership with Movement Moves Media and Solid Ground Entertainment.

On Saturday, July 17, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears return with their new album, “The Difference Between Me & You.” On Sunday, Aug. 1, watch award-winning singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster.

Mako Swing, an urban merengue band with specializations in bachata and salsa music, will perform on Saturday, Aug. 28. This performance is also in partnership with Movement Moves Media and Solid Ground Entertainment.

All free tickets, which will be released the Monday prior to the next weekend’s concerts, will be available online at the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks website, in person at the ArtsQuest Center Box Office (101 Founders Way, Bethlehem), and by phone by calling the box office at 610-332-3378. An individual may reserve up to two pods per Levitt season concert. One ticket for a Levitt lawn pod is good for up to four people. One ticket for a table located on the Air Products Town Square is also good for up to four people. A ticket for a pod on the Levitt lawn will be considered “unused” and will be released to the public for walk-ups if not scanned in by 15 minutes after the start of each show. Visit for more information about policies and procedures.

“We are so excited to be welcoming our community back on the lawn this year for free, live music,” said Anne Sturm, senior talent buyer and executive director of the Levitt Pavilion. “Our mission of bringing people together through music and arts remains our primary focus and is important now more than ever. Celebrating diversity, access, and inclusion are core to the mission of Levitt, and we are committed to remaining a welcoming open space for all people to unite through the universal language of music.”

“Levitt is more than a place to see great live music,” said Mario Galante, chair of the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks board of directors. “It is a diverse community of people from all around the Lehigh Valley who share a love of music, a passion for life, and a commitment to community.”

Following all CDC, state, and city health and safety guidelines, campus attendance is being limited to ensure proper social distancing, and the concert season will require advance registration. Masks – covering both the nose and mouth – are required at all times, aside from when attendees are seated in their designated square/table or actively eating and drinking. SteelStacks guidelines will continue to evolve to reflect CDC, state, and city health department standards.

“We are working to fulfill our mission, but we need our community’s support,” Galante continued. “Join us on the lawn and, if you’re able, please donate whatever amount you can to keep the fires of the Levitt Pavilion burning bright for many years to come. You can donate today by visiting”

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks summer concert lineup

Saturday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Shamarr Allen

Sunday, May 23 at 6 p.m.: Jeffrey Gaines

Saturday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m.: The Verve Pipe

Sunday, May 30 at 6 p.m.: Steel Blossoms

Monday, May 31 at 6 p.m.: The Contact Collective

Saturday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m.: The Slackers

Sunday, June 6 at 6 p.m.: Pentley Holmes

Saturday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.: Brooklyn Charmers

Sunday, June 13 at 6 p.m.: Caroline Rose

Saturday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m.: Henry and the Reggae Rockers featuring Conquering Rulers

Sunday, June 20 at 6 p.m.: Habibi

Saturday, June 26 at 8 p.m.: Luisito Rosario Orchestra

Sunday, June 27 at 6 p.m.: Project Grand Slam

Saturday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.: The Sofa Kings

Sunday, July 4 at 6 p.m.: Allentown Band

Saturday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Kashmir

Sunday, July 11 at 6 p.m.: Space Kamp

Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Sunday, July 18 at 6 p.m.: Alexis P. Suter Band

Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.: Danielle Ponder

Sunday, July 25 at 6 p.m.: Shayna Steele

Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.: The Big Takeover

Sunday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.: Ruthie Foster

Saturday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m.: Dana Fuchs

Sunday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m.: Aztec Sun

Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m.: Mako Swing

Sunday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.: Brianna Thomas

Saturday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Vox Sambou

Sunday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m.: Roanoke

Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Skerryvore

Sunday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.: The Graceland Experience featuring Bakithi Kumalo

Sunday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.: Kat Wright

The Levitt Pavilion (789 E. 1st St., Bethlehem) is part of a national network of outdoor Levitt music venues and Levitt AMP concert sites dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of communities in America through free, live music in public spaces. Presenting high-caliber talent and a broad array of music genres and cultural programming, Levitt venues are welcoming, inclusive destinations where families, friends, and neighbors of all ages and backgrounds come together.

The Levitt Pavilion sits at the base of the iconic, historical Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces, located on the SteelStacks campus next to the ArtsQuest Center. ArtsQuest’s mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural, and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements of economic development for our urban communities. ArtsQuest supports this mission via the presentation of performing and visual arts, film, arts education classes and outreach, youth programming, and cultural events.

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