Also in August…peaches, ice cream, Patrick McGovern, and the Red Hill Band.

The Red Hill Band will once again be playing at Pennsburg UCC (775 Main Street, Pennsburg, PA) as part of their Annual Peach and Ice Cream Festival on Saturday, August 19, 2017.  Enjoy a late lunch or dinner (Manhattan clam chowder, turkey bbq, hot dogs, home baked goods, and more), along with fresh sliced peaches and ice cream. There will also be kids’ game and a basket raffle.

Patrick McGovern will be performing from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the event. Patrick has played at the last two Make Music Upper Perk and we’re so happy that he’ll be back in town to share his musical gifts with us once more. The Red Hill Band plays from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. All free, outside on the side lawn, beside the church building. I suggest that you bring a lawn chair of blanket, as seating is limited to the eating area.

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Summer’s Not Over Yet!

Despite the recent appearance of Halloween candy in the stores, it is still August and still summer. Which means this is still a great time to attend a few outdoor concerts and a show.

The 2017 Musikfest in Bethlehem starts tomorrow, Friday, August 4th, 2017. 10 days of live music on 17 stages located downtown in historic Bethlehem and at the SteelStacks on the South Side of Bethlehem, along with 40 artisans’ crafts booths (glass blowing, jewelry, pottery, clothing, etc.), kid’s art activities, dance, and more. While there are a few ticketed performances, more than 500 performances will be free of cost and open to all. (Musikfest does bill itself as the country’s largest free music festival, after all). The website is wonderfully comprehensive – you can even search by musical genre (e.g. blues, hip hop, folk, classical, rock, world music….) And of course there is an app.

Drum Corp International (DCI) holds their Eastern Classic Drum and Bugle Corps Competition at Allentown’s J. Birney Crum Stadium on Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5, 2017. About 300 marchers under the age of 22 will take the field over the weekend, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night. Tickets available at the gate; 20th and Linden Streets, Allentown, PA.

Closer to home, this Sunday there is a concert at Green Lane Amphitheater, August 6, 2017. The Kategory 5 Band will be playing at the Amphitheater in Green Lane Park, PA is by the playground, tennis courts, and picnic tables, on 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.

Kategory 5 are a classic rock band covering the best of rock, blues, R&B and pop music from the 1970s (give or take a decade).   With female and male lead vocals, keyboards and dual lead guitarists, killer bass and drums, Kategory 5 are able to perform the most challenging music from the classic rock era.

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.

The Philadelphia Folk Festival takes place just down the road in Schwenksville, PA on the Old Poole Farm from August 17-20, 2017; check out the fabulous lineup! In addition to multiple music stages, there is a space with artisan crafts for sale, as well as fabulous food stands, and a beer tent. 1323 SALFORD STATION ROAD, SCHWENKSVILLE, PA Tickets may be bought at the gate for the day or the weekend.

The Folk Fest is a perfect family event, with puppeteers, jugglers, aerialists, storytellers, hands-on crafts and of course, kid-oriented musicians gathering in Dulcimer Grove, the shady area that has become a haven for folk fans 12 and under. Children up to 5 years of age are admitted free in the campgrounds; children up to 11 years of age are admitted free to the concert area. Older kids, 12 to 17, are eligible for the special “youth ticket”, allowing them into the festival for half the regular gate price, when accompanied by an adult.

This cherished event is the longest continuously running outdoor musical festival of its kind in North America and will celebrate its 56th Anniversary August 17-20, 2017 at the Old Pool Farm. Known to present superstars and rising stars alike, plans for this year’s summertime extravaganza are well underway!

And mark your calendar now for Saturday, September 2nd, for the free concert, Piano in the Park, featuring students from Grace Notes Piano Studio, will be held at bandstand at New Goshenhoppen Park, 3rd Street, East Greenville, PA. The piano music begins at 3:15 p.m., followed by the Allentown Band at 5:15 p.m.

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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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