First Ever Nowadays Indie Music Festival Announced!!!
DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR., RJD2 & MORE HEADLINE 1ST NOWADAYS MARCH 30-31
New indie rock event in Bethlehem, PA features some of the hottest indie acts in the nation
BETHLEHEM, PA—Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. RJD2, Jukebox the Ghost and We Are Scientists headline the first-ever Nowadays, the new indie rock event making its debut at the ArtsQuest Center at the SteelStacks arts and cultural campus in Bethlehem, Pa. March 30-31.
PURCHASE EVENT PASSES: Two-day event passes for Nowadays go on sale starting this Friday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. and will be available at www.artsquest.org and 610-332-3378. From Feb. 3-March 1, event passes are specially priced at $39 for ArtsQuest Members, $49 for the public and $10 for ages 5 and under. Starting March 2 event pass prices increase to $45 for ArtsQuest Members and $55 for the public. Information on single-day tickets, if available, will be announced at a later date.
Prior to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s performance, the Nowadays audience will be treated to a set by Philly-based trio Jukebox the Ghost. With its relentless touring schedule and catchy songs, this group has developed a devoted and wide-ranging fan base. The band is currently touring with Jack’s Mannequin, and its March tour through the southern U.S. is highlighted by a stop at South by Southwest.
Headlining Nowadays March 31 is the artist, DJ and music producer known as RJD2. Born Ramble John “RJ” Krohn in Eugene Ore., RJD2 grew up in Ohio, getting his start with the Columbus-based Hip-Hop and rap group MHz. After releasing his first solo album, “Dead Ringer,” in 2002, he embarked on his first world tour. Over the years, RJD2 has worked with a diverse range of artists including Mos Def, The Polyphonic Spree, Tweet, Fallout Boy and more. He also created the theme for the television show Mad Men, earning him a coveted ASCAP Award for Best TV Theme, and his music was featured in a 2002 Saturn commercial. RJD2’s most recent recording, 2010’s “The Colossus,” was released on RJ’s Electrical Connections, the record label he founded in 2009.
Indie rockers We Are Scientists (W.A.S.), which also performs March 31, features Keith Murray on guitar and lead vocals and Chris Cain on bass guitar and backup vocals. W.A.S. was initially established in a California college dorm in 1997 and relocated from Los Angeles to New York in the summer of 2001. It sold more than 100,000 copies of its debut album, “With Love and Squalor,” in the United Kingdom, and it snagged the No. 11 spot on the UK charts with its album, “Brain Thrust Mastery,” which featured the top 40 singles “After Hours” and “Chick Lit.”
Other acts performing at Nowadays include California’s HoneyHoney, which was recently highlighted as one of NPR’s “Next Favorite Bands;” Strands of Oaks, recently featured by WXPN as the “next big band to break out of Philly;” and Bleeding Rainbow, the Philadelphia-based act formerly known as Reading Rainbow. The local Lehigh Valley region is also well represented at the festival, with performances by artists like surf rockers Great White Caps, Scott Pine & the Conifers, and Exter vs. Kimock, whose music skirts the edges of indie rock, Americana, roots rock and improvisation.
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