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Grateful Dead Meet-Up, Blue Oyster Cult concert

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The following events are planned for the week ahead throughout the region:

• The Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies, featuring a three-hour concert recorded June 22, 1991, at Soldier Field in Chicago, will be presented Thursday and Saturday in select theaters. The recording is taken from the original six-camera stadium video feed with pristine soundboard audio. A year after Brent Mydland’s passing, the Grateful Dead returned to the summer stadium circuit, with two keyboard players filling the seat Mydland left vacant. Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick’s presence and musical contributions reinvigorated and revitalized the Grateful Dead. On a Saturday night in front of 60,000 fans, the Dead played what is often considered one of the greatest shows of the Hornsby-Welnick era, filled with fan favorites including “Shakedown Street,” “Brown-Eyed Women,” “Playing in the Band,” “Terrapin Station” and “Dark Star.” Participating theaters include Movie Tavern Exton by Marcus, Penn Cinema Huntingdon Valley, Regal UA King Of Prussia IMAX & RPX, the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville and Fox Berkshire in Wyomissing. For show times and tickets, visit www.MeetUpAtTheMovies.com.

Blue Oyster Cult headlines Friday's opening of the Sounds of Summer Concert Series at the Univest Performance Center in Quakertown. (Courtesy of Mark Weiss)
Blue Oyster Cult headlines Friday’s opening of the Sounds of Summer Concert Series at the Univest Performance Center in Quakertown. (Courtesy of Mark Weiss)

• The Sounds of Summer Concert Series at Univest Performance Center, Quakertown, kicks off with headliner Blue Oyster Cult and opening act The Sedonas on Friday at 6:30 p.m. For over four decades, Blue Oyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock with songs like “Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll,” “Then Came the Last Days of May,” “I Love the Night” and “In Thee,” and the classic hits “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You.” The Univest Performance Center is an all-weather venue with outdoor seating. Tickets range from $35 to $120 at eventbrite.com.

• The Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance makes its return to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a celebration of the Porsche, which this year turns 75. Dubbed “Porsche-delphia,” this year’s event will honor Porsche’s Diamond Jubilee with an array of significant newer and collector cars, including historic and vintage Porsches in the Concours, on the pre-event rally, Car Corral, and in the Car Club gatherings. Iconic racing and corporate personalities from Porsche’s past will speak during a panel discussion as part of the day’s events. The event also will include an invitation-only assembly of American and European classic and historic automobiles and race cars and professional judging, and awards presented for historical accuracy, technical merit and style. There will also be family-friendly activities, Concours Youth Judging, a Car Corral open for local car enthusiasts to exhibit their classic cars, food and specialty vendors, as well as access to the Simeone Museum. For tickets, visit www.philadelphiaconcours.com.

• Berks Arts and the Reading Fightin Phils will present the Berks Summer Fest on Friday from 5 to 10:45 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 10:45 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium, Reading. The family-friendly weekend of music, food and family fun celebrates the arts and will feature three major concerts on the infield Supportive Concepts Main Stage, with additional performances by local and regional bands on the Commercial Roofing Stage in Tompkins Plaza. On opening night, Richie Cannata & The Billy Joel All-Star Band plays at 7 p.m. Cannata is a saxophonist and keyboardist who recorded and toured with Billy Joel from 1975 to 1981. On Saturday at 2 p.m., country singer-songwriter Timmy Brown will be the headliner, and that night at 7, The Royal Scam & TRS Horns will play the music of Steely Dan. For more information, see berksarts.org/SummerFest.

• The PA BBQ Fest will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jim Dietrich Park, Muhlenberg Township. Eighty-four vendors will be on hand, including nine award-winning pit masters, other food and beverage vendors, and craft vendors. Admission is free; parking is $5. Tasting cards are $15 per card per day and get you six 2-ounce Pit Master BBQ Samples. Music will be provided Saturday by Vince Rollins, The Downward Dogs, Jake Boys, Clayton Asher and Vince Rollins & Kris Kehr, and Sunday by Vinyl Rush, Doc Richards and Clayton Asher. There will be a beer tent, plus wine and spirits vendors. For more information, see pabbqfest.com.

• The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, West Chester, hosts its FamilyFest on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highlighting FamilyFest will be a presentation and demonstration by Torque, a Belgian Malinois who holds the world’s record as “The Dog with the Most Flights in a Huey Helicopter.” The hour-long talk by Torque’s personal assistant will begin at noon. FamilyFest will also feature food trucks and adult beverages. Music will be provided by Mark Shepperd Productions, and Kirk’s Martial Arts will demonstrate their skills at 1 p.m. AHMEC also will be holding its annual classic car and motorcycle show. Helicopter rides will be available from 12:30 to 3 and cost $100 per person. Admission is $20. Children under 5 and museum members are free.

• Manticore will present its tribute to Emerson, Lake & Palmer on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville. The band recreates the original bombastic sound of ELP live on stage. This year is the 50th anniversary of ELP’s “Brain Salad Surgery” album, and Manticore will be performing hits from this album, as well as traditional favorites like “Lucky Man,” “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Tarkus.” Tickets cost $25 at thecolonialtheatre.com.

Pennypacker Mills historic site, Schwenksville, will host a vintage base ball game on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. (Courtesy of Pennypacker Mills)
Pennypacker Mills historic site, Schwenksville, will host a vintage base ball game on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. (Courtesy of Pennypacker Mills)

• Pennypacker Mills historic site, Schwenksville, will host a vintage base ball game on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. The Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia will be playing against Brandywine at this free event. The players will wear authentic-style  uniforms, abide by 1860s rules and field layout, and use handmade balls and bats. Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the game. The Pennypacker Mills mansion will be open for tours during this event. For more information, see www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills.

• The 17th annual Berks Celtic Fest will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Reading Liederkranz. The celebration of Irish culture features musicians, traditional Irish foods and liquid refreshments. Vendors will be selling clothing, jewelry, and related items from Ireland. Tickets are $8 in advance at eventbrite.com, or $12 at the gate.

• TooManyGames, a convention for anyone interested in video games, board games, CCG’s and tabletop gaming, comes to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks from Friday through Sunday. TooManyGames is known for its marketplace with more than 100 vendors selling retro games, new games, board games, crafts, art and more, plus voice actors from some of the best franchises in the industry, YouTube personalities, huge free play arcade, video game and board game tournaments, esports tournaments and gaming industry guests and panels. Hours are 2 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $40 at phillyexpocenter.com.

• The Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, presents the Tom Keifer Band with Winger and John Corabi on Friday at 8 p.m. and Brothers Osborne on Saturday at 8 p.m. Keifer was the singer-songwriter and guitarist for the hard-charging rock band Cinderella before transitioning to a solo career over the past decade. Brothers Osborne’s mix of southern twang and groove and guitar-driven rock ‘n’ roll has resulted in six Grammy nominations, four CMA awards, five ACM trophies and more than a half-dozen hits. For tickets and more information, see santander-arena.com.

• Green River, a nationally touring Creedence Clearwater Revival/John Fogerty tribute band, will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, West Chester. The show is faithful to a live CCR performance and includes CCR classics like “Bad Moon Rising,” “Proud Mary” and “Up Around the Bend,” plus songs that Creedence would turn into live jams, such as “Born on the Bayou” and “Susie Q.” The band also mixes in John Fogerty classics including “The Old Man Down the Road” and “Centerfield.”  Tickets are $40 in advance at uptownwestchester.org or $45 at the door.

• The 34th annual Manayunk Arts Fest, the tri-state’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival featuring nearly 300 artists, crafters and other vendors, will be held Saturday and Sunday along Main Street in Manayunk. Artists will exhibit in fiber, ceramics, photography, glass, painting and drawing, mixed media, wood and sculpture, and jewelry The festival is free to attend with pay-as-you-go food, drink and shopping. For more information including parking and shuttle options, see manayunk.com.

• The Concerts Under the Stars series at Upper Merion Township Building Park continues this week with performances by Madison Cunningham with Shannen Moser on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram with King Solomon Hicks on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Cunningham is set to release her highly anticipated sophomore album, “Revealer,” on Sept. 9 on Verve Forecast. The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter-guitarist recently received her second Grammy nomination for “Wednesday (Extended Edition)” in the Best Folk Album category. Since the release of his Grammy-nominated 2019 Alligator Records debut, “Kingfish,” Ingram has quickly become the defining blues voice of his generation. The 22-year-old has headlined two national tours and performed with friends including Vampire Weekend, Jason Isbell and Buddy Guy, with whom he appeared on “Austin City Limits.” For tickets and more information, see concertsunderthestarskop.com.

• The Artimus Pyle Band will perform the hits of Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Pat Garrett Amphitheater, Strausstown. The Pat Garrett Band featuring Suzy Dalton will open the show. ABP offers an authentic, “true-to-the music” tribute to the best of Skynyrd, from “Freebird” to “Sweet Home Alabama.” Pyle was the drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd at the height of its career. He has expressed his gratitude, saying, “If it wasn’t for Ronnie (Van Zant), no one would know my name.” He was aboard the ill-fated plane that crashed in 1977, claiming the lives of fellow Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines. For tickets, visit www.pgamp.com.

• The Berks County Parrothead Club’s annual Summer Parrot Daze will be held Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. at Chapel Hill GolfCourse, Spring Township, Berks County. Profits from the event will support Reading Public Library’s STEM education programming. The club has raised over $800,000 for Berks County charities over the years. Tickets are available at readingpubliclibrary.org. The $40 ticket includes an Italian buffet, beer, soda and music by the Caribbean Sunset Band and the Plenty Pepper Steel Drum Band. The evening’s theme is inspired by the style of musician Jimmy Buffet whose followers pay tribute to him by holding “Parties with a Purpose” for community causes.

 

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