Looking ahead…..

Join illumine this Friday, July 21, 2017, for a concert of the music they are about to record for their first CD. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Shenkel United Church of Christ, 1580 Shenkel Road, Pottstown, PA. This event is free and open to the public (there will be a free will offering during intermission).Flyer---You-heard-it-here-first


Enjoy music spanning 200 years and in 5 languages, a world premiere, and – once again – the talents of flutist, Carolyn Giardini.

This concert will feature compositions by Bellini, Brown, Falla, Saint-Saëns, and Spohr.





Next week, on Sunday, July 30, 2107,  is the Red Hill Band Pops Concert, beginning at 7 p.m. at New Goshenhoppen Park, 618 Third Street, East Greenville, PA. Admission is free. There is seating under cover by the bandshell, as well as areas to picnic.

Allentown Shakepeare in the Park is staging Richard III on August 11 -13, Friday through Sunday; each performance begins at 8 p.m. There will be live music performed in the park before each show from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. There is no admission charge, and folks are encouraged to picnic in the park at Joseph S. Daddona Lake and Terrace, Union and St. Elmo Streets, Allentown, PA,  before and during the show.

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Photos from MMUP 2017!

Thanks to our two outstanding roving photographers,  Kristi Morris of Littlewing Studio and Art Olsen, as well as the photographer from our local newspaper, The Town and Country, there are more photographs than we can possibly post on this blog or on Facebook from this year’s Make Music Upper Perk. (And this isn’t even counting the audience members who took photos and video and graciously shared them with us through social media!)

So, we are sharing the links to the photo galleries in order that they are available for everyone to see and enjoy them. If you are interested in copies, digital or print, of the photos, please contact the photographers directly.

MMUP 2017Littlewing Studio (Kristi Morris)

Make Music Upper Perk 2017 Art Olsen Photography

MMUP photos from 6/29/2017 edition of Town and Country Newspaper

We do plan on sharing some of these photos on this blog, and on other social media, throughout the year. And if you have any photos or video from the day that you’d like to share with us and the public, please send them to us or feel free to post on the Make Music Upper Perk Facebook page.




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Wednesday night in Bally – The Acoustic Blues Project!

You may have caught The Acoustic Blues Project performing at Make Music Upper Perk (MMUP) last month, and certainly must have heard Tom Cooney, one of the three members of Acoustic Blues, who’s been playing at MMUP, among many other venues, for quite a few years now. The other members of the group, also longstanding performers, are Earl Andrews and Leon Bonam. If you haven’t yet heard them play, here is your chance! And if you have, you know you don’t want to miss this local performance at Bally Hotel, Route 100, Barto, PA. They are playing on Wednesday, July 19, 2017; the featured act at Phil Stahl’s Open Mic and will be taking the stage from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Shakespeare in Green Lane Park

Shakespeare’s back in our own Green Lane Park, one night only, Sunday, July 9, 2017, The Commonwealth Classic Theater Company returns this summer with a new production of Romeo and Juliet. The play will be staged at the Amphitheater in Green Lane Park, 2298 Green Lane Road (just off Route 29), starting at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and find your spot on the lawn to watch the show as the sun goes down. Folks should feel free to bring their own picnic dinner, or snack and refreshments. There is no admission charge (although the Theater Company will pass the hat during intermission).

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Allentown’s Fireworks, and Street Fair, postponed to Sunday

Just FYI, all the fun events, bands, food trucks, kids activities, and fireworks, that were scheduled to take place in and around J Birney Crum Stadium, 20th and Linden Streets, Allentown, PA today, has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 2nd, 2017. The music and other activities start at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. The fireworks are scheduled to go off at 9:15 p.m

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“Let there be trumpets, and pomp, and parades”

The Fourth of July isn’t until Tuesday, but that isn’t stopping anyone from beginning the celebration this weekend. Trumpets will take to the field (along with drums and a few other instruments) tonight,, Friday, June 30, 2017, at J. Birney Crum Stadium, 20th and Linden, Allentown, PA when the DrumCorps: An American Tradition show begins at 7:30 p.m. The music and marching style of these six outstanding Drum Corps groups from all around the country will blow you away.

And consider returning to the J. Birney Crum Stadium on Saturday, July 1st, for more live entertainment (including Hip Hop, Blues Band, Pioneer Band, dance perfomances, and more), kids activities, a petting zoo, and food trucks to keep you entertained before the night’s fireworks display! The gates open at 5:30 p.m. – free admission. The fireworks are scheduled to go off at 9:15 p.m. Events will be happening inside and outside of the Stadium. 

The Kutztown Folk Festival begins on Saturday, July 1st, and runs through Sunday, July 9, 2017 (check out the discount ticket on their website). With live entertainment on six stages, the work of over 200 craftsmen and folk artists on display and on sale, over 2500 quilts on display (24 of which will be auctioned off on July 8th), children’s activities (including puppet shows, pony rides, and hands on craft areas), and delicious food, the 68th Annual Festival has something for everyone!

Pottstown Go Fourth Celebration will be held over two days, July 3 and July 4, 2017, The Arts and Crafts Vendors , kids’ activities, Pottstown Community Arts activity,beer and wine garden and food tent will all be up and running on Monday, July 3rd from 11 a.m. until about 10 p.m. All this, plus live music all day (beginning at 11:30 a.m. will be taking place on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, ending with a laser light show at 9:15 p.m.! Full schedule of events. at Pottstown Memorial Park, 75 West King Street, Pottstown, Pa.

While Quakertown will also be hosting a Fourth of July Community Day, with  a car show and pancake breakfast starting at 8 a.m., followed by kids’ activities, and entertainment throughout the day, the place to be Tuesday night is New Goshenhoppen Park, 3rd Street, East Greenville, PA! Because let’s not forget our home town Upper Perkiomen Valley’s Fourth of July Celebration! According to the Town and Country:

The Hometown Celebration will kickoff around 5 p.m. with various activities happening in and around New Goshenhoppen Park (3rd Street) in East Greenville. The highlight of the evening is a performance by the Red Hill Band from 7 to 9 p.m. in the park, with the community’s traditional firework display scheduled for 9 p.m.

Food and drinks at the concession stand, which opens at 5 p.m., will be provided by the Perkiomenville Mennonite Church and Indians Flag Football team. Food availability includes hot dogs, funnel cake, ice cream and more.

Although events and entertainment will be available, unlike previous years, there will be no water battle between local fire companies on the morning of the Fourth.


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Start your Summer with Music, Arts, and Theater


Rain or shine, Joyful Noise 7 Music Festival is happening in Quakertown, PA 837 Old Bethlehem Road) today, Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. This free festival benefits local food pantries and features some fantastic local musicians, crafts, classic cars, kids activities, food, and more!

Manayunk’s Annual Arts Festival takes over Main Steeet, Manayunk, PA all weekend; Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 25 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Nearly 300 amazing artists will be showcasing and selling their work. This is a rain or shine event.  (I always take one of the shuttle buses which run from two different parking lots down to the Manayunk Arts Festival. My favorite spot to pick up the shuttles is at 555 City Avenue. You can also pick one up at the Ivy Ridge Train Station (4910 Umbria Street. The usual fare for a round trip is a $3 donation to North Light Community Center.)

The Sabor Latin Festival continues through Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, PA;

Experience three days of music, food and family fun including free concerts, arts and crafts, children’s activities, Latin dance presentations, and a Mariachi Mass.

This is the final weekend to see The Dixie Swim Club at DCP Theater in Telford, PA (795 Ridge Road);

Five Southern women, whose friendships began years ago on their college swim team, set aside a weekend every August to recharge. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage in the Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. This story focuses on four of those weekends over a span of thirty-three years. When fate throws a wrench into one of their lives, these friends, proving the enduring power of teamwork, rally around their own with strength and love.

This is the only weekend to take the family to see Once on This Island, Jr, staged by Star of the Day Productions’ youth performers at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place, 10 Main Street, Quakertown, PA;

Once on this Island, JR. is an adaptation of the celebrated Broadway musical. This rousing Calypso-flavored tale follows one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice. Once on This Island is an engaging, Caribbean-flavored musical set on an unnamed island in the French Antilles. The story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love above her class, is told around a fire by a group of Caribbean peasants as they wait out a terrible storm.​
With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored musical score, Once on This Island JR. is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens and Flaherty.
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