There are concerts for nearly every taste and budget to choose from this weekend (and a few to mark on your calendar for future reference).
Tonight, Friday, May 15th, is the last night of May Arts Week at the Upper Perkiomen High School. The art exhibits in the school gym and lobby will be open to the public from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. tonight. A student music recital will be held in the Audio (across from the auditorium) at 6 p.m., before the UPHS Band and UPHS Orchestra concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Live music can be heard at Quakertown’s outdoor festival, Arts Alive , which takes place on Saturday, May 16th, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (rain date Sunday, May 17th, 2015).
Arts Alive! will bring Broad Street alive Saturday, May 16 (raindate: May 17), 10am – 4pm. Broad Street in downtown Quakertown will be transformed into a festival of artists, crafters, jewelers, musicians, food vendors, activities, and so much more. This free, annual festival, now in its 15th year, features over 100 juried exhibitors and has something for everyone of every age.
Saturday evening you’ll have to make a choice between the Celtic band, Burning Bridget Cleary taking the stage on Saturday, May 16, 2015 (where they will be debuting their fifth CD) at Landhaven (1194 Huff’s Church Road, Village of Huff’s Church, Barto, PA), the The Poetry of Song – Words of famous poets set to music, sung by the Valley Choral Society at First United Church of Christ (151 S. 4th Street, Quakertown, PA) on Saturday, May 16th, beginning at 7 p.m., and From Star Wars to Harry Potter: Off to the Movies with John Williams performed by the Pennsylvania Philharmonic Pops at 7 pm at The Stanley I. Davenport Performing Arts Center, Pottstown Senior High School (750 N. Washington Street, Pottstown, PA). All three events require tickets.
(If you truly can’t decide, and have a flexible schedule, the Valley Choral Society will be holding a second concert on Sunday, May 17th at 4.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 19 S. 5th Street, Perkasie, PA. Off to the Movies with John Williams can also be heard on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2 pm in Baker Hall at Zoellner Arts Center on the campus of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.)
The Red Hill Band performs their 115th Spring Concert Sunday afternoon, May 17th, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA. Their first outdoor concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 23rd at at the Green Lane Park amphitheater (Green Lane Park, 2144 Snyder Road, Perkiomenville, PA.), 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Both concerts are free.
Free Summer Concert Series at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks (ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks · 101 Founders Way · Bethlehem, PA 18015) begins on May 22nd through September 12, 2015. 52 shows are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, with music ranging from gospel, to rock, to country, to mambo, to kids music, to big band, to a hip-hop violin/viola duo The concerts take place at the Levitt Pavilion nestled at the base of the iconic Bethlehem blast furnaces on the SteelStacks arts and culture campus.
Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend, and once more Allentown is holding their annual Mayfair Festival of the Arts, Allentown Fairgrounds (17th and Chew Streets) – May 22 – 25, 2015. This gated festival features music (jazz, bluegrass, country, Celtic, rock, blues, and folk) and performances on stages inside and outdoors, as well as an Artist Market (glass, painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, pottery and so much more) and juried fine arts show. There will also be dancing, theater, hands-on crafts and activities for children, food and drink, and probably a few surprises.Tickets are just $5 for one day or the entire long weekend, while there is no charge for children 10 and under.