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ARTSQUEST ANNOUNCES NEW MUSIKFEST CAFÉ SHOWS

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Tickets go on sale Jan. 28 for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Philadelphia Funk Authority, Craig Thatcher Band and Steve Vai

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – ArtsQuest is proud to announce four newly scheduled shows in the Musikfest Café, presented by Yuengling, for the upcoming months. Tickets to these shows will go on sale beginning Tues., Jan. 25 for ArtsQuest members and Fri., Jan. 28 for the general public at steelstacks.org. For more exclusive ticket access and advance purchase opportunities, become an ArtsQuest Circle donor today. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (BBVD) will perform on Tues., March 1 at the Musikfest Café. Since its formation in the early 90s in Ventura, Calif., the energetic-jazz and swing band has toured virtually nonstop, performing on average more than 150 shows a year. The group has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of more two million albums to date. The band was at the forefront of the swing revival in the age of flannel wrapped grunge, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing and Dixieland with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. BBVD’s core lineup includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger). Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's first large scale appearance in the 1996 indie film Swingers, and has appeared in countless films and television shows, including The Wild, Despicable Me, Friends and So You Think You Can Dance. They have appeared live on Dancing with The Stars, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. After 29 years, 11 records, thousands of live shows and countless appearances in film and television, BBVD is showing no signs of slowing down. Philadelphia Funk Authority will bring the party on Fri., Feb. 11. Created with one thing in mind, to provide the very best in high-energy dance and party entertainment, Philadelphia Funk Authority prove time and again the ability to deliver at parties, night clubs, festivals, weddings, concerts and corporate events. Philly Funk has a reputation for making the party happen. The talented musicians of Philly Funk Authority bring together the experience of literally thousands of performances to formulate the ultimate entertainment machine. Craig Thatcher Band will take the stage on Fri., April 22. A Lehigh Valley fan favorite, the Craig Thatcher Band has been entertaining audiences with their extensive and exciting brand of blues/rock music since 1993. Craig Thatcher is a band leader, an International Clinician/Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth, Pa, a guitar instructor and recording artist. He has worked with many great artists including Simone, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jonny Lang, Train, Savoy Brown, Jorma Kaukonen, Roseanne Cash, John Mayer and many other international artists. Steve Vai: Inviolate Tour will perform on Wed., Oct. 26. A virtuoso guitarist, visionary composer and consummate producer who sculpts musical sound with infinite creativity and technical mastery, Steve Vai has awed fans of all genres with his exceptional guitar skills and musicianship for decades. More than three decades, 15 million in album sales, and three GRAMMY Awards later, Vai has proven himself, in his own right, to be one of music’s true originals. His career accomplishments have earned him honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute. Vai was voted the 10th “Greatest Guitarist” by Guitar World magazine and consistently lands among the best in various lists of the top guitarists of all time. Vai has toured the world as a solo artist, as a member of G3, Generation-Axe and with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Alcatrazz and Whitesnake. Vai’s full discography encompasses more than 60 albums, including many with Zappa, others from stints with Roth and Whitesnake, as well as live releases, collaborations, compilation and orchestral works. ArtsQuest will continue to follow the latest CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines. Visit artsquest.org/safety for the latest updates.