As September approaches, another Southside Arts District First Friday Celebration is on the horizon. Our focus, as it should be, is on the music the Southside has to offer. After all, we are all about the local music scene and the First Friday Concert Series is a huge part of that. But, there is so much more going on each month and it seems to be growing all the time.
For starters, let’s welcome the Grand opening of CBD American Shaman at 9 E.3rd St. where they will be offering free samples throughout the evening. There’s the all-new scavenger hunt where participants will be offered a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Southside Arts District. Stop by the Southside Arts District office (located next to the New St parking garage) and pick up your scavenger hunt map. Stop by any five (5) locations, collect free goodies, have your map marked and enter to win ! The Banana Factory, the Charter Arts School and Fox Optical will all have art exhibit openings. You can even catch a sneak peak at Touchstone Theater’s Festival Unbound Umbrella Brigade parading up and down 3rd & 4th Sts. For all of the details on these events and more, visit https://www.southsideartsdistrict.com.
And now, for the music. Entering it’s third year, the First Friday Concert Series has grown in size and our goal is to continue to attract more people to the Southside by offering a wide variety of live music throughtout the evening. We’ll get things started with Bill McConney at EZ Money (20 W.4th St) at 5pm. At 5:30pm the Hill-to-Hil Grille (120 W.3rd St) will feature Ash and Snow while Not For Coltrane will entertain you at Revel Social (213 Broadway). Brian Kibler will be at his usual spot at Molly’s Irish Grille (4th & New Sts) at 6pm while Matt Juknevic has the early slot across the street at the Funhouse (5 E.4th St). Dina Hall will be in the Crayola Gallery inside the Banana Factory (25 W.3rd St) starting at 6:30pm. Domaci (21 E.3rd St) will be offering free beer, wine and snacks along with live music from Julie Williams from 7-9pm. At 7:30pm Wind Creek Molten Lounge (77 Wind Creek Blvd) will feature M80 with DJ MC Tom Taylor while the Vulcans take the stage at Godfrey Daniels (7 E.4th St). Stop by Southside 313 (313 E.3rd St) at 9pm to hear Keystone perform live. As always, the Funhouse has you covered late night with Banchi starting at 10:30pm and, if you’re into the late, late night scene, head back to the Molten Lounge for Ritchie Ramone of the Ramones at midnight.
So, there you have it. Music, art, new store, new activities and another amazing night of fum on the Southside. Don’t be left out. Come early, stay late and support local, live music and all the Southside Arts District has to offer. A special thanks goes out to our sponsors, Arts Quest, The Comfort Suites Bethlehem and Lehigh University. We’ll see you Friday on the Southside.
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