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Dirty Bourbon River Show brings New Orleans to Bethlehem

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

The Dirty Bourbon River Show is a theatrical carnival of sound, encompassing smooth rhythmic lounge croons with fierce piano and saxophone solos. It is a band where horns, accordion and vocals meld in what has been called "a magical tour of whiskey-soaked French Quarter back alleys."

The band formed in 2008 in New Orleans and the goal was to release two albums every year for the first four years. Dirty Bourbon River Show achieved that. The band has also played more than 600 tight, high-energy live shows to date.

Dirty Bourbon River Show brings New Orleans to Bethehem

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

The Dirty Bourbon River Show is a theatrical carnival of sound, encompassing smooth rhythmic lounge croons with fierce piano and saxophone solos. It is a band where horns, accordion and vocals meld in what has been called "a magical tour of whiskey-soaked French Quarter back alleys."

The band formed in 2008 in New Orleans and the goal was to release two albums every year for the first four years. Dirty Bourbon River Show achieved that. The band has also played more than 600 tight, high-energy live shows to date.

Alternate Routes leads to Bethlehem

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

The Alternate Routes' strong lyrics and superb guitar work permeate the duo's music. Upbeat choruses and engaging rock ballads have been described as passionate, earnest and organic.

The Alternate Routes play 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Levitt Pavilion, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Tim Warren, vocalist, and Eric Donnelly, guitarist, met while studying at Fairfield University in 2002. They've played venues across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Hot Bijouxx's Josephine Baker tribute in 'Jazz Upstairs'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

Hot Bijouxx is an entertaining throwback to Prohibition-era jazz. This energetic band plays a blend of French-gypsy swing waltz with a saucy musette style and a cool bossa nova sound. The group was nominated for a 2014 Lehigh Valley Music Award for Best New Album.

The band's summer tour kicked off on Bastille Day (July 14) and they returned to Musikfest for the third year. Past performances include Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Riverside Festival of the Arts and the Doylestown Arts Festival.

Spotlight On: David P. Wilcox blazes his way to Musikfest

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

Folk musician David P. Wilcox is a celebrated musician with a baritone voice and impressive guitar virtuosity.

He has been featured in Performing Songwriter magazine on five occasions. He has been compared to James Taylor and Kenny Rankin. Wilcox has been covered by such artists as K.D. Lang. With 18 albums, his songs range in theme from automobiles to environmental neglect.

Wilcox plays at 6 and 9 p.m. Aug. 1, Liederplatz, Musikfest, Stage, Bethlehem.

Spotlight On: David P. Wilcox blazes his way to Musikfest

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

Folk musician David P. Wilcox is a celebrated musician with a baritone voice and impressive guitar virtuosity.

He has been featured in Performing Songwriter magazine on five occasions. He has been compared to James Taylor and Kenny Rankin. Wilcox has been covered by such artists as K.D. Lang. With 18 albums, his songs range in theme from automobiles to environmental neglect.

Wilcox plays at 6 and 9 p.m. Aug. 1, Liederplatz, Musikfest, Stage, Bethlehem.

Run River North plays immigrant songs

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

The six members of Los Angeles-based folk-rock band Run River North, whose families emigrated to southern California from Korea, share the perspective of "children of immigrants," which ebbs and flows through their music.

Run River North is in concert, 8 p.m.July 25, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Spotlight On: The Dustbowl Revival plays that old-time music

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

The Dustbowl Revival is an energetic collective that blends bluegrass, gospel, blues and swing to create a joyful Americana sound.

The eight members create high-energy shows that bring crowds to its feet. The band, voted "Best Live Band in L.A." by The LA Weekly, is a traveling mini-orchestra that includes fiddle, ukulele, mandolin, drums, trombone, clarinet, washboard and kazoo.

The Dustbowl Revival plays at 7:30 p.m. June 26, Levitt Pavilion, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The concert is free.

Ellis Paul 'Chasing' heroes in concert at Godfrey's

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

Ellis Paul, one of the most respected folk performers of our time, with a 20-year career and tours that have spanned the globe, has impressed fans not only with his music, but also with poetry, songwriting and children's records.

With 19 album releases and an unprecedented 15 Boston Music Awards to his name, Paul will be inducted into the Maine Music Hall of Fame next month.

Paul presents a concert, 8 p.m. June 20, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

Spotlight On: John Gorka returns to Godfrey Daniels' roots

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

Songwriter, guitarist and vocalist John Gorka performs at 7 p.m. June 8, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, the very place where as a Moravian College student, he watched in rapt awe the musicians who would inspire his own career.

Gorka, born in Colonia, N.J., settled in Minnesota with his wife in 1996.