Northampton Press

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ziggy Marley brings voice of love to Penn’s Peak

Friday, September 14, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

As a son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley’s concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 16, is set to bring his message of love to the stage with songs about social, political and personal topics.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and the eldest son of Bob Marley, Ziggy and his siblings, Stephen, Cedella and Sharon, formed Ziggy and the Melody Makers in 1981 after their father died.

The first song the siblings recorded, “Children Playing In The Streets,” was written by their father. Their 1988 album, “Conscious Party,” received a Grammy.

What’s in a name? For 311, the story is true

Friday, August 24, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

It’s been 27 years since the Omaha, Neb., quintet, 311, brought its unique sound of reggae, hip-hop, funk and heavy metal to the ears of fans throughout the world.

“All of the styles mentioned are accurate ingredients. Personally, jazz has been a big influence. With jazz, you don’t let things get too obvious. 311 used to be more hip-hop but we’ve moved into more reggae, always with rock as the largest ingredient,” says Nick Hexum, says 311 front-man and lead guitarist in a phone interview.

Zero degree of separation with the Bacon Brothers

Friday, August 3, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

With more than 20 years and eight albums under their belt, The Bacon Brothers blend rock, soul, folk and Americana.

“For one thing, we have two writers, and for another thing, we don’t really say, ’This is the kind of music that we play or the instrumentation we use,’” says Kevin Bacon in a phone interview.

“There are certain bands that don’t use certain things, like the banjo. It just wouldn’t work for them. But for us, it does. We write the song and see where the arrangement takes us. Once you do that, it gets pretty diverse in the sound,” says Kevin Bacon.

Giving the hits Creedence

Friday, July 27, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Creedence Clearwater Revisited, with founding members Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and Stu Cook, brings the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, an American rock band from the 1960s and 70s, to Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. Aug. 1.

The Hall of Famers formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995 after the original group split up in 1972. Performing live once again in concert the hit songs that have touched generations for decades has generated world-wide tours and a platinum-selling album, “Recollection.”

‘Abba Mania’ back at State

Friday, February 2, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Grab your platform shoes and head to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, for “Abba Mania,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

“We have a real authenticity and a real love for the original music so there is real energy,” says Tamsin Stewart in a phone interview.

“Some people just go through the motions, but we pride ourselves in constantly trying to make it better and keeping it fresh. It may be the 757th time I’ve sang a song, but for each audience it could be their first so it’s important to make it special. We are really proud of our success.”

Puttin’ on the dance: ASO Pops concert brings ‘Ritz’ to stage

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Dancing and Romancing,” a celebration of many timeless classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Broadway, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Allentown Symphony Pops Orchestra, conducted by ASO Associate Conductor Ronald Demkee, will perform a romantic and entertaining evening of song and dance with two veterans of the Broadway stage, Joan Hess and Kirby Ward, performing routines inspired by Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers and Eleanor Powell, including “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and “Cheek to Cheek.”

She creates ‘Christmas Portrait’ of Karen Carpenter

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas” brings holiday hits of the season to the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Vocalist Michelle Berting Brett and her seven-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe, perform songs from Karen and Richard Carpenters’ two Christmas albums and some of their iconic hit singles.

Karen Carpenter (1950 - 1983) died more than three decades ago, but the pop music she made with her brother is still popular.

The Tenors of the season

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The Ten Tenors is back in the United States for its December holiday tour, which includes a concert, “The Ten Tenors: Home For The Holidays,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The Meistersingers of Southern Lehigh High School open the concert.

Following 20 years of sold-out performances across the globe, the vocal group’s 18-date tour of the East and Midwest has “pure electricity and undeniable drama,” according to the Los Angeles Times. With more than 2,000 headliner concerts, The Ten Tenors is Australia’s premier classical-crossover vocalists.