What better way to wrap up the summer than with a free concert by Orleans?
The band will perform in a special concert Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks.
Orleans was originally scheduled to perform at the Levitt Pavilion July 28, but had to cancel after the sudden death of founding band member Larry Hoppen on July 24.
The group later decided to continue its eight-show summer/fall tour in Hoppen's honor. He'd been a member of Orleans for more than 40 years.
“We mourn the sudden loss of brother Larry,” said Lance Hoppen. “However, we are playing this show in his honor. Larry would have wanted that. Please come join us as we celebrate life's continuation. Let There Be Music!”
Formed in Woodstock, N.Y. in 1972 by brothers Lance and Larry Hoppen, the late Wells Kelly, and John Hall, former two-term U.S. Congressman from New York, Orleans’ name was inspired by the legendary city of New Orleans.
The group went on to release several hits including Dance With Me, Let There Be Music, Love Takes Time, Reach and their American standard, Still The One.
The Sept. 2 concert will feature Lance Hoppen and younger brother Lane Hoppen, Dennis 'Fly' Amero, Charlie Shew and Hall.
The Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks is located at 789 E. First St. in Bethlehem, in the shadow of the ArtQuest building.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the concert.