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Instrumental World

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Canada's Sultans of String excited about Godfrey Daniels' performance

The Sultans of String are set to descend upon Bethlehem from the Great White North.

The Sultans of String, consisting of six-string violinist Chris McKhool and acoustic guitarist Kevin Laliberté, are hitting the road on a several month-long tour promoting their latest CD, "Move."

The Sultans begin their stop in Bethlehem Jan. 10 by performing a live radio session on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio station WDIY, 88.1 FM, at 3 p.m. followed by an 8 p.m. show at celebrated folk coffeehouse Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

Dana Gaynor Band 'End of World Gala' takes a page from the Mayan calendar

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

If the Mayan calendar is to be believed, the end of days will be Dec. 21.

The Dana Gaynor Band is commemorating the prediction with an "End of the World Gala," 8 p.m. Dec. 21, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Rd Bethlehem.

Dana Gaynor, a legendary guitar player is well-known throughout the Lehigh Valley, as well as on both coasts and internationally. Gaynor regularly performs as guitarist for the James Supra Blues Band, which recently swept the 14th annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards.

Rachel Marie's new CD goes organic

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Folksinger and songwriter Rachel Marie has enthralled music lovers locally and beyond. Her highly- anticipated CD, "There is Love," will be available at her CD release party concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem.

An early influence on Bethlehem native Rachel Marie was her father's love of music which filled the family home. Her father has been an amateur singer songwriter since his youth.

Tommy Zito receives honor at 14th LV Music Awards

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

The 14th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards (LVMA) Dec. 2 at Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, offered a rare opportunity for working musicians to get together under one roof.

The roughly three and one-half hour show consisted of live music performances interspersed with close to 100 award presentations. Nominees and winners were determined through online ballots cast by fans and those in the music business. Additional honorees were selected for outstanding achievement by the board of the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association (GLVMA).

Not just kids' stuff

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Harry Connick, Jr.'s 'The Happy Elf' in Pennsylvania Youth Theatre debut

Although the stage musical, "The Happy Elf," has been performed previously, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT), with the help of its creator, singer-songwriter-actor Harry Connick, Jr., has retooled the entire production, adapting it for a much larger cast and adding new musical numbers.

PYT launches its ambitious holiday production, "The Happy Elf," 7 p.m., Nov. 30, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 57 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem, where it continues through Dec. 16.

THEATER REVIEW Pines' 'Christmas' readies you for season

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

It seems too soon to be thinking of Christmas. Was it not only a few short weeks ago when weather was still balmy with the kiss of summer?

The Pines Dinner Theatre production of "The Miracle of Christmas" changes all that, swiftly transporting theater-goers to the rustic charms of wintery Vermont.

As the holiday season launches into full gear, theater companies are bringing out their winter extravaganzas. Amidst revivals of classic fare, "The Miracle of Christmas," though Dec. 30, is an original work which explores the classic question: What is the meaning of Christmas?

Project Child meeting to show film about 'Learning to Care'

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

A child doesn't arrive with an instruction manual. Parents can become overwhelmed with the responsibilities involved in caring for their children. Other factors such as separation or divorce in a family can cause additional parenting stress.

Child abuse can be physical, mental and verbal in addition to not meeting the basic needs of the child.

Jorgenson salutes Django Reinhardt

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Virtuoso guitarist John Jorgenson, co-founding member of the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters, takes the stage, 7 p.m. Oct, 18, Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

"I've been very lucky over my career," Jorgenson says. "I was named guitarist of the year three years in a row back in the '90s and I won a Grammy a few years ago [2008 Best Country Instrumental] for a collaboration with Brad Paisley."

Levy takes it to The Limits

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Veteran 1960's Lehigh Valley garage band, The Limits, reunites 7 p.m. Oct. 20, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center [formerly Illick's Mill], Bethlehem, as part of a double bill that includes The Old School Band, fronted by Steve Molchany and original members of his 60's area group, the Dooley Invention.

"Steve Molchany called me a few months ago and told me he had had a very successful event at Illick's Mill," says Levy, lead singer and guitarist for the Limits. "He said, 'Let's do a show together.'"

This year marks Levy's 50th year playing music professionally.