Parkland Press

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

No reservations about fun for The National Reserve

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Sean Walsh was content being a solo musician, often preferring it over being a part of a band. So it surprised him when he became the front man for The National Reserve.

The National Reserve, as well as Tioga, opens for Low Cut Connie, 8 p.m. March 3, Musikfest Cafe, Bethlehem.

“I’ve been making songs since I was younger and always liked my solo projects, but it just kinda happened,” Walsh explains in a phone interview.

Movie Review: ‘Black Panther’ is no marvel

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Black Panther” has everything: great cast, fantastic computer-generated imagery, and distinctive and impressive production design.

“Black Panther” has everything, except one thing: a solid screenplay.

While the film has been hailed as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) feature film directed by an African-American and with an African-American cast in lead roles, “Black Panther” is just another comic-book, violence-laden, science fiction superhero action film. “Black Panther” is no marvel.

Two sides of Deer Tick on latest tour

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

To some, Deer Tick might sound like an odd name for a rock band.

According to Deer Tick guitarist Ian O’Neil, that was the point, to some degree.

“John [McCauley, lead singer] was hiking in Indiana and was bit by a deer tick,” O’Neil explains in a phone interview. “The story goes that it sounded off-putting enough to make for a great band name.”

Deer Tick is in concert, 8 p.m. March 6, Musikfest Cafe, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, to continue the second half of the “Twice is Nice” tour.

Blood is thicker than mud on ‘Monster Jam’ circuit

Saturday, February 24, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

James Brown proclaimed in his 1966 song that “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”

Until recently, it had been considered a “man’s man’s man’s world” in motorsports.

Monster truck competition had long been a playground for men. While largely considered to be a family-friendly sport, the monster truck audiences were heavily composed of fathers, sons and male buddies.

Fast-forward to the present day and a new crop of female competitors and fans have put the guys on alert with “Monster Jam,” 7 p.m. Feb. 23; 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 24, and 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at PPL Center, Allentown.


Thursday, February 22, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Singing with Force: The United States Air Force Singing Sergeants perform, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown. The event is part of the “The Arts at St. John’s” series, now in its 28th year. The chorus selected St. John’s as one of its stops in its annual tour which includes seven concerts in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The enlisted conductor is Technical Sgt. Taylor Armstrong, a Bethlehem native who began his career in the Air Force in 2005. The Singing Sergeants is the official chorus of the Air Force.

Moravian Academy: ‘Into The Woods’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Take a walk “Into The Woods” at Moravian Academy with fairy-tale characters from the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault as they journey into the dark and unpredictable forest in pursuit of their wishes.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the story of a childless baker and his wife whose quest to start a family ties the musical together with characters from “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” and others.


Thursday, February 22, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV Music teachers:

The Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association (LVMTA) holds its 36th annual “Hannah Young Play-A-Thon” fundraiser, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 25, Lehigh Valley Mall, Route 22 and MacArthur Road, Whitehall.

Hundreds of Lehigh Valley music students are expected to perform at three locations in the mall. There will be pianists and other instrumentalists, and vocalists performing classical and popular selections.

‘Bach Comes to Call’ on 10th anniversary

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Children and their families get a glimpse into composer J.S. Bach’s personal life in the 10th anniversary performance of “Mr. Bach Comes to Call,” 3 p.m. Feb. 25, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Bach Festival Orchestra and Touchstone Theatre are collaborating on a theatrical journey through more than 20 works by Bach in the annual “Family Concert” conducted by Bach Choir artistic director Greg Funfgeld