SouthSide Arts & Music Festival

April 28 & 29, 2017

Starts 5 p.m. Friday and Noon on Saturday
Throughout South Bethlehem


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Dynamic visual arts programming, comedy and dance performances, unique educational experiences and concerts by artists such as Rusted Root, Everyone Orchestra, Steve Forbert, Coco Montoya and Pablo Batista will fill south Bethlehem as the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival undergoes a major expansion for 2017. Set for April 28-29, the event includes a diverse array of free visual arts programming throughout the SouthSide on Saturday, as well great, live music at five venues on Friday and Saturday nights.

Festival passes, which provide access to all five music locations, are $30 per day or $50 for both days; they’ll go on sale Feb. 14, 10 a.m., at and 610-332-3378. ArtsQuest Members can take advantage of special pricing with $28 for a day pass and $45 for a two-day pass.

Highlighting south Bethlehem’s arts district, the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival features two days filled with visual arts experiences, live music and family programming, all designed to encourage guests to visit the SouthSide’s shops, restaurants and arts venues. By purchasing a pass to the festival, attendees enjoy access to 14-15 musical acts each night at the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH), Holy Infancy Catholic School, Touchstone Theater, Godfrey Daniels and the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café.

Both nights of the festival conclude with a headlining performance by a nationally-renowned act in the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling. On April 29, Pittsburgh’s acclaimed Rusted Root will perform a 10 p.m. show in the Café, while the April 28 headliner will be announced in mid-March. Other musical acts that will take the stage during the two-day event include The Ballroom Thieves at NMIH on April 28, Steve Forbert at Godfrey Daniels on April 29 and local indie rockers Ceramic Animal at the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling on the 29th.

On April 28, former Bethlehem resident Pablo Batista, who appeared live at the 2002 GRAMMYs with Alicia Keys and has performed or recorded with artists such as Bono and Jeffrey Osborne, will serve up a sizzling set of Latin sounds at Holy Infancy Catholic School’s auditorium. For Batista, the performance marks a return to the school he attended as a child and the community he grew up in. Father Andrew N. Gehringer of Holy Infancy says the church and school are thrilled to be part of the growing arts festival.

While live music fills the nights at the Southside Arts & Music Festival, engaging visual arts and education experiences take center stage during the day courtesy of a variety of free and ticketed programs throughout south Bethlehem. Included are nearly one dozen workshops at the Banana Factory ranging from fun-filled children’s experiences like rock cactus painting and steampunk-inspired jewelry making, to workshops on screen printing, creating hot glass paperweights and Flower Crowns inspired by artist Frida Kahlo. There’s even an urban photo walk, where participants can join a professional photographer, camera in hand, to explore the unique spaces and places of the SouthSide.

As attendees stroll from block to block during the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival, they’ll also be greeted by artisan popup shops on the sidewalks in front of local businesses or find themselves in the middle of the “Lehigh Valley Art Wars,” live art competitions that pit area artists in a battle for artistic victory.

Other highlights inlcude:

  • Traveling artist residency program Dripped on the Road creating a mural installation in the Arts District in partnership with Lehigh University (location TBD). All festival attendees are also invited to add their artistic touch to a collaborative work of art with Dripped on the Road at the Banana Factory. (FREE)
  • Artist Jay Walker creating a unique tape art installation, inspired by the history of Bethlehem Steel, at the ArtsQuest Center SteelStacks. (FREE)
  • Food trucks serving up creative cuisine for purchase at the Banana Factory.
  • Comedy performances at Touchstone Theatre including the Associated Mess April 29 (included in Saturday or all-festival ticket purchase)
  • Art exhibits highlighting the work of Bethlehem Area School District students taking part in ArtsQuest visual arts programs. (FREE)
    Included are:
    • Visiting Artist Residency Programwith Bethlehem’s Donegan Elementary School – Students working with art teacher Tiffany Anderson and Banana Factory Resident Artist Devyn Briggs to create a batik quilt
    • Faces of the SouthSide – Broughal Middle School students working with photographer Ryan Hulvat to learn photography and life skills while highlighting members of their community through photography.
SouthSide Arts & Music Festival Performer Lineup

Buy a day pass for $30, or a full festival pass for only $50

April 28
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling

6 p.m. Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles – Rock & Roll
8 p.m. Everyone Orchestra – Improv/Jam
10:15 p.m. TBA

National Museum of Industrial History
6:30 p.m. Prateek Kuhad – Folk Pop
8 p.m. The Ballroom Thieves – Folk Rock
9:30 Caleb Hawley – Soul

Touchstone Theatre
6 p.m. Students of the Lesson Center – Various
7 p.m. Jeremiah Tall – Folk Rock
9 p.m. TBA

Holy Infancy
6 p.m. Pablo Batista – Latin
8 p.m. Hector Rosado – Latin/Salsa

Godfrey Daniels
6 p.m. Caleb Hawley – Soul
7:30 p.m. Motherfolk – Indie Rock
9 p.m. Alexis P. Suter Band – Blues

April 29
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling

5 p.m. Lesson Center – Various
6 p.m. Ceramic Animal – Indie Rock
8 p.m. Coco Montoya – Blues
10 p.m. Rusted Root – Rock

National Museum of Industrial History
5:30 p.m. Blair Crimmins and the Hookers – Ragtime Jazz
7 p.m. Hannah Gill and the Hours – Pop/Rock
9 p.m. Sun Parade – Pop/Rock

Touchstone Theatre
5 p.m. TBA
6 p.m. Sing, Bird of Prey – Rock & Roll
7:30 p.m. Gracie and Rachel – Indie
9:30 p.m. The Associated Mess – Improv

Holy Infancy Catholic School Auditorium
5:30 p.m. Anthony Gomes – Blues Rock
8 p.m. The Mighty Manatees – Party/Covers

Godfrey Daniels
5 p.m. April Mae and the Junebugs – Swing/Rockabilly
7 p.m. Steve Forbert – Pop
9 p.m. Blair Crimmins and the Hookers – Ragtime Jazz


All activities take place on Saturday, with the exception of the Hot Glass Experience at the Banana Factory, which takes place both Friday and Saturday.

Free Programs & Activities

Calder Mobile Creations (Banana Factory)

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Make a beautiful, kinetic sculpture out of colorful shapes, string and metal. Children learn about balance and movement as well as try out a new art form.
1:30-3 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.

Mural Design Workshop with Dripped on the Road

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Join the Dripped on the Road artists as they talk about their traveling artist residency program and how to design and paint a mural from start to finish. After the workshop, check out their new mural in SouthSide Bethlehem.
3-5 p.m.

Steampunk Inspired Jewelry Making (Banana Factory)

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Make a bracelet or pin using hardware, beads and more.
1-5 p.m.

Lehigh Valley Art Wars (Throughout Bethlehem)
Lehigh Valley Art Wars are live events where artists create a competitive environment presenting the creative process as a form of entertainment. The artists gain exposure, earn income and connect with admirers. At each battle artists have two hours to create their piece of work based on a theme provided. The artwork is then voted on by a combination of the audience and jury. Admission for the event is free, and patrons can purchase votes for $5 each, proceeds of which go to pay for prizes in the competition.
12-5 p.m.

Artist Demonstration Tent (Banana Factory)
Watch Banana Factory resident artists in action as they design and create artwork live.
12-6 p.m.

Game of S.K.A.T.E Tricks Tournament (Banana Factory)
Watch or take part in this skateboarding tournament presented by Homebase & Element Skateboard. Participants will perform in two categories: 14 years old and under and 15 years old and up.
12-5 p.m.

Fee-based Workshops

Hot Glass Experience: Millefiori Paperweight (Banana Factory)

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Work with the artists of ArtsQuest’s Glass Studio at the Banana Factory to create your very own Millefiori paperweight. Millefiori is a glasswork technique that produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware. By the end of your session, you’ll have a beautiful work of art you display proudly at home or in your office. 20-minute time slots are offered during the below times. Advance signup is highly recommended as the Hot Glass Experiences often sell out in advance.
April 28, 6-8 p.m.
April 29, noon-4 p.m.
Tickets: $50

Painted Rock Cactus (Banana Factory)

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Create a cute and vividly painted cactus on rock for your home! They’re certainly easy to care for and a perfect craft for adults and kids of all ages!
12-1:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5

Graffiti Tape Art Workshop with Jay Walker (Banana Factory)

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Create your own street art-inspired panel out of colorful tape with artist Jay Walker. This art form is accessible and impermanent, while still a powerful way to make a statement. Learn tips and techniques for working in this unique medium.
1-3 p.m.
Tickets: $30

Frida Kahlo Flower Crowns (ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks)

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Ladies and gentleman alike will love making these Frida Kahlo inspired flower crowns while they enjoy the music throughout the festival. Unibrows will not be included.
6-9 p.m.
Tickets: $12

Urban Photo Walk (Throughout Bethlehem)

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Join a professional photographer on an exploration of SouthSide Bethlehem’s urban landscape.
4-7 p.m.
Tickets: $30

Screen-printing Demo and Make Your Own (Banana Factory)

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Learn from Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations how your favorite graphic apparel is made and screen print a tote bag with the SSAMF logo! Participants are welcome to bring a clean t-shirt or bag from home to print on.
12-5 p.m.
Tickets: $10

Face Painting by Peanutbutter (Banana Factory)

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Transform yourself with an air-brushed face painting by Peanutbutter! Each work of art takes between 5 and 10 minutes. Peanutbutter and his artists have been painting people since 1978, and the company travels all around the country performing at art museums, corporate functions and private parties.
12-5 p.m.
Tickets: $5


B.S. Movement (Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons)
B.S. Movement is a body of people researching the function of physical design and its relationship to the human empathetic response. Through teaching and performance, the collective shares and probes further into their philosophy: No matter our differences we all move, so we are all the same.
April 28 & 29 | 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

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