Top 3 Concerts of the coming week:
1. JON ANDERSON
Jon Anderson was the founding lead vocalist and creative force behind Yes, perhaps the greatest progressive rock group of all time, and was the author of and a major creative influence behind the series of epics it produced
In two stints totaling 33 years, he co-authored the group’s biggest hits, including “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Roundabout” and the No. 1 song “Owner Of A Lonely Heart.”
Now he’ll help kick off another music institution: He’s the first national act to play a public concert at the new Musikfest Cafe at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, after a private concert by Steve Miller and a public debut with regional blues guitar favorite Craig Thatcher.
7:30 p.m. May 2, Musikfest Café in the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 1 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets: $39 cabaret, $49 VIP, www.artsquest.org, 610-332-1300.
2. TAKING BACK SUNDAY
By the time Long Island, N.Y., rock band Taking Back Sunday hit with its major label debut “Tell All Your Friends” in 2002, guitarist/songwriter John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper already had left to start Straylight Run.
With replacement guitarist Fred Mascherino of Philadelphia, the band remained at top form, but then Mascherino left to form The Color Fred and later Terrible Things.
A year ago, Taking Back Sunday announced Nolan and Cooper were rejoining the lineup, and on June 28, the original band is set to release its first album together since “Tell All Your Friends” — the group’s eponymous album fifth studio album.
Bonus: they’ll play with Doylestown progressive alt-rock favorite Circa Survive.
8 p.m. April 28, Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Tickets: $30, www.shermantheater.com, 570-420-2808.
3. GAS EXPLOSION VICTIMS FUND-RAISER
The final two of six planned fundraising Hope for Allentown concerts to benefit the victims of the fatal Feb. 9 gas line explosion in Allentown are set for the next four days. Organizers Lehigh Valley Music Awards and Women in Art in Pennsylvania hope to raise $10,000 — 100 percent of which they say will go directly to families affected by the blast.
Hope for Allentown V on April 28 will feature Dina Hall and the Back Beat, Scott Marshall, Tyler Grady and Travis and Becca and Jake. And the Hope for Allentown finale May 1 at The Pig Pen in Allentown will feature KineticBlu, Bonehead, She Said Sunday and Tim & Jules.
Each show is $10 at the door; additional donations encouraged.
7-11 p.m. April 28, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, www.godfreydaniels.org, 610-867-2390.
2-8 p.m. May 1, The Pig Pen Sports Bar, 702 Union Blvd., Allentown, www.thepigpensportsbar.com, 610-435-7451.
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