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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

26th Celtic Classic: The 2013 Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival, presented by the Celtic Cultural Alliance is Sept. 27 - 29 in downtown Bethlehem. The festival includes the United States National Highland Game Championships, Pipe Band Competitions, Irish Comedy Tour and a new stage, Celtic River Stage. "We are very excited to be adding a new stage and continue to grow our event," said Jayne Ann Recker, Executive Director of Celtic Cultural Alliance. The music lineup includes the Lehigh Valley's Blackwater, above, 6:15 p.m. Sept. 27, Tavern in the Glen; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Celtic River Stage, and 5 p.m. Sept. 29, Charles A. Brown Ice House. Haggis Bowl 2013 kicks off the festival at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 27. The Tartan Parade is at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 from Main Street to the Highland Field near the Hill-to-Hill Bridge for opening ceremonies. Schedule:celticfest.org

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Friend of the Dead: Robert Hunter, lyricist for The Grateful Dead rock band, performs in concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Miller Symphony Hall. Hunter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 as a member of the Grateful Dead. The Allentown concert is part of Hunter's first tour in 10 years. According to the Grateful Dead website, "It was Hunter's work that would elevate their [the Grateful Dead's] songs from ditties to rich, complete stories set to song." Hunter met the Dead's lead singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1961 in Palo Alto, Calif., played in his bluegrass bands and began writing lyrics in 1967 for the band's songs. Hunter has written several books of poetry and is working on a novel. Hunter's tour includes stops in Red Bank, N.J. (Count Basie Theatre), Boston, and New York City (Town Hall). Tickets: allentownsymphony.org, 610-432-6715

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Dead again: The Mickey Hart Band performs in concert, at 8 p.m. Sept. 26, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Hart is best-known as one of two drummers (with Bill Kreutzmann) in the Grateful Dead (1967 - 1971, 1974 - 1995). Hart's latest album is "Superorganism" (released in August). Hart's some 15 albums include "Mysterium Tremendum" (2012), "Global Drum Project" (2007), "Planet Drum" (1991) and "Rolling Thunder" (1972). The band includes Grammy-winning percussionist Sikiru Adepoju, Tony Award-winning vocalist Crystal Monee Hall, singer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Bagale, drummer Greg Schutte, guitarist Gawain Matthews, bassist Reed Mathis, and keyboardist-sound engineer Jonah Sharp. On tour, Hart performs with an EEG cap on his head while he plays the sounds of his brain. The tour includes stops in St. Louis, Baltimore and Columbus, Oh. Expected to open the show is Tea Leaf Trio (Trevor Garrod, Reed Mathis and Scott Rager of Tea Leaf Green). Tickets: artsquest.org, 610-332-3378

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