10 Bands of Note this Levitt Season
By Meg Kelly, Public Relations Intern
From May to September, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks has something for everyone so get your blankets and chairs ready for a summer concert series like any other! Offering performers ranging from established and well-known names to emerging artists, this year’s lineup, presented by Coordinated Health, will be the best yet.
Black Tie Brass – June 1
New York, NY
• This jazz/funk band recently performed on a Mardi Gras-themed episode of Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America.”
• It’s known for its New Orleans jazz-inspired covers of popular songs, like “Hotline Bling” by Drake.
Sara Watkins – June 3
• Won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 2002 as a member of Nickel Creek.
• She was home schooled as a girl and said one of her oddest memories was doing the biology dissections in a neighbor’s garage.
The Allentown Band – June 4
• This 60-person group is the oldest civilian band in America, performing consistently since 1828.
• It’s heavily influenced by composer and conductor John Philip Sousa, who even recruited Lehigh Valley musicians to play in his group.
Sweet Little Bloodhound – June 11
• This 7-piece band is driven by three “Superhero Females.”
• Critically acclaimed, the group has won Akademia Music’s Best Album award, the Bon Jovi Circle Tour Band Contest, the Billboard World Song Contest and were named Subway Fresh Artist in 2012.
Melodime – June 16
• When fans purchase Melodime’s “Where the Sinners & the Saints Collide,” the band donates 100 percent of the profits to their foundation Now I Play Along Too
• The foundation provides musical instruments and education for disaster victims and underprivileged kids.
River Whyless – June 22
• Named one of the Top 100 artists to watch by NPR.
• This group features a dizzying array of instruments including violin, guitar, drums, harmonium, cello, banjo and toy piano.
Nalani & Sarina – July 3
• Audiences will be seeing double with these identical twins sisters.
• Their video for the single “Get Away” won MTV’s online competition “The Freshman.”
Incendio – July 29
Los Angeles, CA
• The group averages 150 performances a year.
• Its “instrumental world” music is influenced by the classical, jazz, rock, flamenco, Celtic and bluegrass genres.
The Suffers – August 19
• A favorite of late-night legend David Letterman.
• They’ve performed at Newport Folk Festival and Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Rockin Jake – August 31
New Orleans, LA
• Five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine’s “Best of the Beat” award for best harmonica player.
• Serves up a mix of blues, “swamp-funk” and zydeco.