Free Music Festivals and Concerts this Weekend (and a few beyond)

Starting tomorrow, Friday, May 25th, 2018, check out two free music festivals in Allentown; Mayfair Festival of the Arts – a 30 year celebration that will be held in a new location this year at Cedar Crest College (100 College Drive Ave, Allentown, PA; noon to 10 p.m. Friday – Sunday), and the Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration – new this year, at the Allentown Fairgrounds (17th and Chew Streets, Allentown, PA – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday). Both events have outdoor and indoor live music featuring local and national groups and individual musicians, and artists’ markets, along with other activities, performances, and food.

Of special note, some Make Music Upper Perk musicians will be performing at the Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration:

Saturday night

  • Acoustic Blues Project (Earl Andrews)    5:00 pm – 5:45 pm


Monday night

  • Tom & Betty Druckenmiller w/ Norm Williams 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm


Commemorate Memorial Day with music by attending the Saturday evening concert, The Music of World War Iat 7 p.m. on May 26, 2018, in Harleysville at the Church of the Holy Spirit (2871 Barndt Road). Performing the music will be The BLT Trio; Keoni Bolding (violin), Peter Lockman (cello), and Seth Trumbore (piano). Free will offering and reception to follow concert.

Looking ahead, next Saturday on June 2nd, the annual Strawberry Festival at New Goshenhoppen Park (3rd Street, East Greenville, Pa) begins with craft tables, flea market, and breakfast at 8 a.m., continues with an auction at 10 a.m., followed by games and activities culminating with Red Hill Band concert from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. There is no admission charge to this event.

The acoustic band Lazy Sundays will be playing at the Church of the Holy Spirit (2871 Barndt Road, Harleysville, PA) on Saturday evening, June 2, 2018, beginning at 7 p.m.  Free will offering and “strawberry festival reception” to follow.

And Sunday night, June 3rd, the Pennsylvania Philharmonic classical concert begins at 6 p .m. and will be held at the Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA. Admission is free (though RSVP’s are requested as space is limited).

This public concert will feature members from the Philharmonic’s incredible Brass section and explore next season’s educational program. With music from John Williams, Holst, Gershwin, and Copland (and much more), there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Our 2018-2019 season, titled “Reach for the Stars,” offers an exciting space exploration theme, highlighting the history of American innovation, courage, and perseverance.

And everyone should have marked Thursday, June 21st for this year’s Make Music Upper Perk!

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Musical May Arts Week!

All the school music groups (bands, orchestras, and choirs) will be performing in concerts this week. Their concerts were scheduled for earlier this month – May Arts Week is generally the first week in May in the Upper Perkiomen School District – but due to the fire at the school they were not able to use the auditorium at that time. But starting on Wednesday, May 23rd, the concerts will be taking place in the auditorium at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA. Many of the displays of K-12 student artwork – paintings, sculptures, woodwork, drawings, etc. – will be on display this week as well.
But first, get out of the rain this weekend and check out one, or both, or the free concerts being held this weekend in the valley;
Saturday, May 19, 2018; 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, May 20, 2018; 4 p.m. – A Bernstein Celebration, Valley Choral Society Spring Concert;  Free will offering concert celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday! Saturday’s concert will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 19 S. 5th Street, Perkasie, PA.  Sunday afternoon’s concert will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 81 Main Street, Pennsburg, PA.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – Red Hill Band Concert; 2 p.m. Spring Concert; The Red Hill Band’s annual free spring band concert will be at a new location this year. This year’s May concert will be held inside the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Main Street (Route 63), Sumneytown, PA.

Wednesday, May 23 – Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – May Arts Week Student Concerts;

  • Wednesday, May 23 – All Bands

6 p.m. – High School Band and Jazz Band

7 p.m. – Elementary Band

8 p.m. –  Middle School Band

  • Thursday, May 24 – All Orchestras

6:30 p.m. – Elementary, 3rd and 4th grade orchestras

7:00  p.m. – Middle School Orchestra

7:30  p.m. – High School Orchestra

  • Tuesday, May 29 – All Choirs

6:30 p.m. – Elementary Choir

7:00 p.m. – Middle School Choir

7:30 p.m. – High School Choirs

Just a reminder; if you miss out on hearing the Valley Choral Society or Red Hill Band this weekend, they will both be performing on Thursday, June 21st as part of Make Music Upper Perk!

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Craft Fairs, Flea Markets, Live Music

Spend Saturday, May 12, 2018, going from flea markets and craft fairs all around the Upper Perk Valley (and beyond). Starting at 8 a.m.;

  • SPRING FLING:  Flea Market, Flower Sale, Food! (until 2 p.m.) at St. John’s Lutheran Church (Main Street, Sumneytown, PA)
  • Morgan’s Magical Ears Flea Market at New Goshenhoppen Church Parking Lot (Church Road and 3rd Street, East Greenville, PA)
  • Family Fun Festival; yard sale and used book sale starts at 8 a.m., bake sale begins at 9 a.m., and the live music, fire eating, juggling, crafts, family games, food, hay rides, and more, gets underway at 10 a.m. – all outside on the lawn at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 81 Main Street, Pennsburg, PA.

The Bethlehem Fine Art & Craft Show fills Main Street in Historic Bethlehem on Saturday (10 a.m. – 5  p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.), May 12 and 13, 2018. Over 80 juried artists and crafters are expected to participate in this, the 53rd, annual event. There will also be opportunities for kids to make art projects and live music performers, including classical guitarist Thomas Shugar and pianist and accordionist Garyy Lader.

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Tonight’s Bryan Sirchio Concert Cancelled

This evening’s scheduled concert by Bryan Sirchio at New Goshenhoppen UCC sanctuary (East Greenville) has been cancelled, due to illness.

Bryan Sirchio is a “progressive Christian singer-songwriter.”

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In case of rain….

While it is hard to resist going outside now that the weather has finally gotten warmer, rumor has it that there might be rain this weekend, in which case here are some ideas to get you out of the house after our long bleak winter and grey wet (short) spring…

However, if the sun stays out a little longer today, celebrate May the Fourth First Friday in Lansdale, PA. Entertainment includes; Dj Chris Evans playing on-and-off theme music at Railroad Plaza beginning at 6 p.m.  Additionally, the band River of Dreams, a seven-piece Billy Joel cover band, will be performing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wood Street in front of Round Guys, a costume contest (for light and dark side costumes), there will be a free photo booth at Railroad Plaza with Star Wars props (and a few professionals attending, who will be around for photo ops).

Discover Lansdale’s First Friday season will kick off in a big way in 2018, as we celebrate and honor those who have learned the ways of the force!

This year, we’re launching our theme-driven First Friday season with a Star Wars event, as it falls on May 4 and wordplay is fun. The event will occur throughout the downtown area of Lansdale from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at which point the event will give way to the After Dark portion of the evening, where area businesses and night life will feature additional activities, contests, drink specials and more.

This event is free to attend, and will feature activities and displays suitable for all ages. Additionally, there will be an outdoor beer and wine garden (age 21+) as well as a section purely for children.

Civic Theater’s spring production opens this weekend onstage at Cedar Crest College Alumnae Hall Auditorium (100 College Drive, Allentown, PA – their stage home while 19th Street theater is undergoing major renovation this year) – Tuesdays with Morrie. The play opens tonight, Friday, May 4th and runs through May 20, 2018. Tickets may be purchased online or call 610-432-8943.

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

Children of Eden, musical by composer Stephen Schwartz, who also wrote Godspell, Wicked, and Pippin, goes on stage in Quakertown this weekend at McCoole’s (4 S Main Street, Quakertown, PA). – through May 20, 2018;

From musical theatre greats, Stephen Schwartz and John Caird, comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith… not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! An expansive and ambitious musical, the original production used a cast of sixty.

Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet. but inspiring. message: that “the hardest part of love… is letting go.”

This is the final weekend to see the Sondheim musical Into the Woods on the main stage at DeSales University, 2755 Station Ave, Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Performances may be sold out, so it might be worth buying tickets online.

Two free local concerts are on for Sunday, May 7, 2018; one in the afternoon, one in the evening. The Boyertown Area Choral Society presents Movie Tunes, featuring songs made famous through film from the 1930s to the present at 3 p.m. at Good Shepherd UCC, 35 W. Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, PA.

Sunday evening, head over to New Goshenhoppen UCC Church for Bryan Sirchio, “progressive Christian singer-songwriter” who will be performing from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.- New Goshenhoppen UCC Sanctuary, 1070 Church Road, East Greenville, PA.


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Calling All Volunteers!!!!!

Calling all volunteers! This Saturday, May 5th, come one, come all, to the newly reopened Java Bake and Company (new location – 254 Main Street, East Greenville, next to the Grand Theater) at 9:30 a.m. Not only will you learn how you can be a part of this world wide celebration of music, but you can be the first to see this year’s schedule of musicians (and then pick up any MMUP t-shirt for just $10). Remember, the first cup of coffee (or tea) will be on us!

Since we will be at 17 locations, and several pop-up performances, across 5 towns, this is an all-hands-on-deck sort of event, and we welcome as many people as possible.

Read more about the day, volunteers needed, and MMUP Code of Conduct.

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UPHS May Arts Week Cancelled

For those who may not yet have heard, this week’s May Arts Week – a week showcasing the artwork and musical abilities of students from kindergarten through high school, a week when the Upper Perkiomen High School opens its doors to the community each evening of the week for free concerts by the different band, orchestra, and chorale groups from all four schools in the district, along with wonderful displays of paintings, woodwork, sculpture in the gymnasium, hallways, and auditorium lobby – has been cancelled, due to Saturday’s fire at the high school in Pennsburg, PA.

Administrators and faculty are working together to try and reschedule, or at least allow for some public performance time and space, for the student musical groups that have been practicing and rehearsing for so many months leading up to this week.

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