May 22--THE MONKEES
he chance for all four Monkees to reunite passed with the 2012 death of Davy Jones, meaning the group's last full U.S. tour was in 1970.
The return of guitarist Michael Nesmith to the fold gives the group, the 1960s TV-created hit pop band, an element its live tours have missed since then. Nesmith (along with Peter Tork) always was one of the real musicians in the group. Co-vocalist Micky Dolenz handles Jones' vocals well.
So if you want to see The Monkees, this is the best configuration you'll get. Jones' death is a reminder the chances to see them are dwindling.
-- 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sands Bethlehem Event Center. Tickets: $45-$75. http://www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
New Jersey-based garage band The Smithereens is a genuine 1980s gem, with its driving, guitar-driven rock. It's landed Top 40 songs in "Too Much Passion" and "A Girl Like You," and its song "Blood and Roses" was used as the theme of the 1986 movie "Dangerously Close."
As late as last summer, the band toured as a support act for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and has played paid-ticket shows recently at Musikfest Cafe at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem and Sellersville Theater 1894.
On Saturday, the band officially kicks off the fourth season of Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, the free outdoor summer venue at the foot of the old Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces.
-- 8 p.m. Saturday, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Free. http://www.levittesteelstacks.org, 610-332-3600.
After nearly 20 years of not having a hit record since her 1994 No. 1 blockbuster "Stay (I Missed You)," Lisa Loeb tried her hand at children's music, releasing the folksy album "Catch the Moon" with Elizabeth Mitchell that came in a children's cardboard storybook.
She followed that up with "Camp Lisa," a 2008 children's disc, and released a children's book, "Lisa Loeb's Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs," in 2011, then followed with another book, "Lisa Loeb's Songs for Movin' and Shakin': The Air Band Song and Other Toe-Tapping Tunes."
Her most recent CD, released last year, returns her to the Lisa Loeb we know best: biting folk/pop-rock songs. It's appropriately titled "No Fairy Tale."
-- 8 p.m. Friday, Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Tickets: $29.50 (cabaret section sold out). http://www.st94.com, 215-257-5808.
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