Collective Soul is an American rock band formed in the 1990s in the small town of Stockbridge, Ga. The band performs at 7 p.m. Aug. 13. Also on the bill is 3 Doors Down.
Collective Soul consists of Ed Roland, principal songwriter and front man on keyboard, guitar; Jesse Triplett, lead guitar; Dean Roland, rhythm guitar; Will Turpin, bass, and Johnny Rabb, drums.
Guster, an American alternative rock band, performs at 8 p.m. July 17, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
The band, formed at Tufts University in 1992, is known for its live performances and humorous onstage presence. The group includes Brian Rosenworcel, Ryan Miler, Adam Gardner and Luke Reynolds.
"We have a good time and don't take ourselves too seriously," says Brian Rosenworcel in a phone interview.
Artists Tom and Ellen Flynn of Fountain Hill have created a space where artists of all skill levels can hone their craft. The Art Establishment is at 945 Broadway, Fountain Hill.
"We understood the need for a space for people to go to create art. Something was missing in this not being offered. All skill levels should be able to experience art," said Ellen Flynn.
The concentration is on four genres of art.
Author Eileen Flanagan will read from and signs copies of her book, "Renewable: One Woman's Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope," 2 p.m. June 20, Barnes & Noble, Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 2845 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley.
"Renewable" has been described as an inspiring book about the challenging quest for change within society and ourselves and how people, as small and insignificant as they may think they are, really can make a difference.
The David Bromberg Quintet returns to the Lehigh Valley for a concert at 7:30 p.m. June 14, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. He has performed there previously, including in 2013
Joining him on stage will be Bob Taylor, bass; Mark Cosgrove, guitar and mandolin, Nate Grower, fiddle, and Josh Kanusky, drums.
In concert, Bromberg hopes to transport the audience to a different level of musical experience.
"I want to take them out of where they are and put them somewhere else," says Bromberg in a phone interview.
Grammy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band present "Beyond The Bog Road," celebrating the history of Irish immigrants in America through music, story, dance and film as part of the "Wine Down Series," 7 p.m. April 16, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar available.
The Allentown show incorporates 17 hours of high-definition scenes of Ireland and portrays immigrants and their work. Joining her on stage will be Irish dancers from the O'Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance.
George Winston, one of the most recognized pianists in the world, brings his tour to Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, 7:30 p.m. April 15.
"It's great to be back in the area and in Bethlehem," he says in a phone interview.
Winston is expected to play selections from his lastest CD, "Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2 -A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit."
Winston began playing the acoustic piano in 1971 after being inspired by Thomas "Fats" Waller and Teddy Wilson.
Kurt B. Dowdle is at the Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St, Bethlehem, at 1 p.m. April 19 for a book signing of his "Ax & Spade" novel, which is based on a factual story dating to the 19th century.
Dowdle's inspiration for writing this story came to him when he found an article in The New York Times about a double axe killing of a wife and husband and the hanging of the suspected murderer in December 1880.
The house where the alleged murders took place was about one mile from where Dowdle grew up in Bethlehem.
Drew Luan Matott and Margaret Elizabeth Mahan, founders of the "Peace Paper Project," Saranac Lake, N.Y., bring their program to Cedar Crest College, Allentown, for three days of talks and workshops that includes a display of examples of art from the workshops and a talk and reception at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.
The events are free and open to the public.
The concept of the "Peace Paper Project" is to use "the ancient tradition of hand papermaking as a vehicle for personal expression and cultural change."