Scott Kucharski

SteelStacks in Bethlehem kick off spring concert series outdoors on April 15

SteelStacks in Bethlehem kick off spring concert series outdoors on April 15

While 2020 was, for the most part, the year that wasn’t in terms of traditional shows and events, most folks on all sides of the entertainment industry seem ready to attempt to get back to some level of normalcy in 2021. Northeastern Pennsylvania was fortunate last year to still get live, in-person concerts at venues […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA music venues still await federal relief funds from Save Our Stages legislation

NEPA music venues still await federal relief funds from Save Our Stages legislation

As part of the $900 billion pandemic relief package that Congress passed at the end of 2020, “$15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions,” according to a Dec. 20 statement from Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. However, as February comes to a close, those businesses have […]

 Rich Howells

Save Our Stages Act benefiting NEPA music venues included in COVID-19 relief bill

Save Our Stages Act benefiting NEPA music venues included in COVID-19 relief bill

After stalling for months, Democrats and Republicans in Congress finally agreed on a $900 billion pandemic relief package on Sunday that incorporates the Save Our Stages Act, setting aside “$15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions,” according to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Independent music venues form new foundation led by Pennsylvania owner as federal relief stalls

Independent music venues form new foundation led by Pennsylvania owner as federal relief stalls

From a press release: As its nearly 3,000 members anxiously await the passage of the Save Our Stages Act in Congress, the National Independent Venue Association has announced the formation of the National Independent Venue Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to partner and fundraise through individual, corporate, and foundation donations to expand upon […]

 Rich Howells

Save Our Stages legislation moves forward as NEPA music venues await federal aid, among other small businesses

Save Our Stages legislation moves forward as NEPA music venues await federal aid, among other small businesses

Since COVID-19 shut down music venues across the country, the National Independent Venue Association has been pushing legislation that will help those businesses stay afloat, including several venues and festivals in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Half a year later, it is finally starting to pick up steam in the state and federal government. The Save Our Stages […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Musikfest in Bethlehem goes virtual in 2020 with 80 online and TV performances July 31-Aug. 9

Musikfest in Bethlehem goes virtual in 2020 with 80 online and TV performances July 31-Aug. 9

From a press release: More than 80 performers and 30 partners are joining with ArtsQuest to keep the music alive and free for the community during a very different Musikfest on Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 9. The 2020 Musikfest will include 40 all-new exclusive concerts shown via musikfest.org as part of Virtual Musikfest, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem presents free live streaming concert series starting May 28

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem presents free live streaming concert series starting May 28

From a press release: Free live streams by artists like The Slackers, Kat Wright Acoustic Trio, American Dinosaur, and Yam Haus, as well as a glimpse of the virtual programming being offered by all eight Levitt Pavilions across the country, highlight the start of the 10th year of the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem as […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Indie rock trio Bright Eyes reunites at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem on June 16

Indie rock trio Bright Eyes reunites at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks in Bethlehem on June 16

From a press release: Today, indie sensations Bright Eyes announced the details of a forthcoming world tour, which includes an extensive run across North America. After a nine-year hiatus, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nathaniel Walcott have regrouped to record and tour in 2020. The beloved band, whose previous nine albums are some of the […]

 Scott Kucharski

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Bob Mould rips through Hüsker Dü and solo songs in passionate Bethlehem set

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Bob Mould rips through Hüsker Dü and solo songs in passionate Bethlehem set

A packed room at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem was treated to a unique performance from one of alternative music’s most widely acclaimed influences on Sunday, Jan. 26. Bob Mould, who is best known for his work as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for ’80s and ’90s punk/alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar, played […]

 Jason Riedmiller

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Weezer + Musikfest = ‘Happy Together’ in Bethlehem

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Weezer + Musikfest = ‘Happy Together’ in Bethlehem

No matter which side of the old versus new Weezer divide fans fall on (hi, Matt Damon), they all agree that live Weezer is the best Weezer, and fans attending the 36th annual Musikfest at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem Monday evening were treated with an especially epic performance. Following garage punks White Reaper, the Wind […]

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