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Ritz Barbecue, Found in the 60’s, Allentown Fair, & PAMPS present

We’re happy to announce another year of free Sunday car show concerts outside Ritz Barbecue at the Allentown Fairgrounds. Shows until Sept 8 are from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, while the concerts after that date are from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. We’re offering special concert seating free of charge for PAMPS members at each show. Please join us!

Crush is a PA/NJ-based band of talented musicians playing dance music of the 70’s, 80’s. 90’s & beyond: Pretenders, Sheryl Crow, The Cranberries, Alanis Morissette, Heart, Tom Petty, Bread, Blondie, REO Speedwagon, and more. For additional information about this band’s amazing credentials, find the “Crush band” page on Facebook (the one with the above logo) and select About / Details about Crush band.

2024 Concert ScheduleJuly 28th 4-7Flirtin with the Mob
April 28th 4-7Flirtin with the MobAug 11th 4-7Still Kick’n
May 19th 4-7The Large FlowerheadsSept 8th 4-7Project 9
June 9th 4-7The Benny BandSept 22nd 3-6The Castaway Band
June 23rd 4-7Crush Band (premiere)Oct 13th 3-6Still Kick’n
July 14th 4-7The Castaway BandOct 27th 3-6Flirtin with the Mob
These concerts benefit Canine Partners for Life and MountainView Horse Rescue

Recent Events

Plush at the Maingate Nightclub

Along with Tom Taylor, we co-sponsored a night of rock at the Maingate featuring Plush, along with PVB, Turning the Tide, and Crooked Ways on Thursday, June 6.

Great Beers for Great Causes

In November 2023, Two Rivers Brewing Company in Easton released Streets of Easton IPA, dedicated to and named in honor of Jeremy Joseph, founder and leader of the Big Easy Easton Brass band, Easton’s community-based New Orleans style brass band. The BEEB spreads joy and mirth throughout the city with their performances. The name of the beer is the title of one of their signature songs, written by Joseph.
Jeremy and the band held a fundraiser at Two Rivers on Wednesday, November 29, in which the brewery donated $1 for every beer sold on that day to the Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society, whose board Jeremy will soon be joining. Over $1000 was raised that evening!

Music Alive at the Ritz 2023

From April to October 2023, PAMPS provided exclusive VIP seating with tables and chairs under our tent for the “Music Alive” concert series and car shows at Ritz Barbecue. This seating was free for PAMPS members and $5 for non-members. Great food, great music, and great fun, which benefited Canine Partners for Life and MountainView Horse Rescue.

April 23rdFlirtin with the Mob  July 23rdThe SwingTime Dolls
May 7thCastaway Band  August 13thFlirtin with the Mob
May 21stLarge Flowerheads  Sept 10thGirl Crüe (rained out)
June 11thRelics Vintage Rock  Sept 24thCastaway Band (rained out)
June 25thJohnny’s Jukebox  Oct 8thJohnny’s Jukebox
July 9thCastaway Band  Oct 22ndDesire

Buy a year-long membership in the Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society and get discount prices for all our events, including free VIP seating for all the Ritz Barbecue Car Show Concerts for the next year! New memberships are available by clicking here.


2023 Fall at the Fairgrounds Series

In 2023 we enjoyed live music and food trucks from 5:00 to 7:00 every Wednesday night from September 13 until October 18 at the Farmerama Stage at the Allentown Fairgrounds! This weekly series was free and open to the public. https://web.lehighvalleychamber.org/events.

PAMPS sponsored four bands at the 2023 Allentown Fair

The Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society was proud to sponsor, as a gift to the 2023 Great Allentown Fair, four local marching bands over four consecutive days, as part of our Music Alive series.
We are grateful to our other sponsors:
Banko Beverage · B. F. Brown & Company Asphalt Paving · Susan & Joe Clark · Meis Road Solutions & Towing · Service Electric · Signal · WilliamSigns · Yuengling

Thursday, Aug 31: MacKay Pipe Band
The MacKay Pipe Band of South Bethlehem, PA was originally founded in the early 1980s in Lansdowne, PA by piper Lee Lightle. The first Pipe Major, Ritch Lipsky, and first Drum Major, Tommy Moore, championed a unique military-style pipe band for civilians. Over 40 years later, MacKay continues to proudly serve as one of the oldest continuously operating military-style bands in eastern Pennsylvania. Under the direction of current Pipe Major Kent Wires and Drum Major Lee Evett, MacKay has performed up and down the East Coast including Washington, DC and Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Friday, Sept 1: Kingdom Warrior Band
Kingdom Warrior Band was founded on April 2022. The directors are Joselly Vidal-Toro and his wife Yasmin Cruz, who received support and guidance to establish the band from Norman Torres and Brenda Ithier, members of the Apostolic House of Worship and Restoration. Kingdom Warrior Band has taken two workshops given by Pastor Eddie Rojas and his wife Pastor Giselle, and from Pastor Jose Miguel Perez of “Guerreros de Fe” from Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Jansel Espinal is the captain of the Kingdom Warrior Band, which now has a total of 17 members. Its mission is to bring joy to its listeners, and to help the youth who are in need or facing personal challenges to find their purpose.
Saturday, Sept 2: Allentown Hobo Band
The Hobo Band, a popular fixture at Halloween parades in the Lehigh Valley region, has been making merry and mayhem for nearly a quarter century. Little is taken seriously by the 30 members, who range in age from 11 to senior citizens. The members come from all walks of life, and anyone who plays or wants to play an instrument is welcome to join, according to leader and ”grand poobah” Allan Trump. The band began as an offshoot of the Original Hobo Philharmonic Precision Marching Band formed by students at Dieruff High School in 1974 to raise money to buy drums. ”We have a great time,” says flutist Wendy Siegfried, who has played in the band since the seventh grade.
Sunday, Sept 3: The Big Easy Easton Brass
The Big Easy Easton Brass is a community band, open to all ages and skill levels, who bring a New Orleans tradition to the streets of the Lehigh Valley. Anyone can walk along, dance along, sing along, shake a tambourine, blow bubbles, or learn to play an instrument and jump in! Free to join, the band rehearses at the Easton Area Community Center.

Saying goodbye

Jeff Tapler, Holly Faris (as Marilyn Monroe), Bill Johnson (as Bob Hope), Michelle DellaFave, Carole Gorney, and Dave Follweiler, just after the USO tribute show at the Agri-Plex in May 2019.

Our former board president, Jeffrey J. “Uncle Jeffrey” Tapler, passed away on October 3, 2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Sharon A. Fair-Tapler, with whom he shared nearly 35 years of marriage. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late William F. and Marie S. (Diehl) Tapler. He was a member of Upper Milford Mennonite Church, Zionsville. Formerly, he was Chief of Police for L. Milford Twp. as well as working prior as a law enforcement officer for years with various local departments including Macungie, Emmaus, Salisbury Township, and Coopersburg. Also in Salisbury Township, he worked as an EMA Director. Jeffrey worked as a county radio dispatcher and owned Dispatch Answering Service. “Uncle Jeffrey” will always be remembered for his weekend polka music and Pennsylvania Dutch shows on the local cable TV station, cwtap.tv. 

We were likewise deeply saddened when our executive director Carole Gorney Bryant passed away in June 2021 from MDS, a bone cancer pre-leukemia condition, at the Anderson Campus of St. Luke’s Hospital near Easton, PA. She is survived by her husband Michael Bryant, a step-daughter Deborah, and her brother Ken Gorney of Tempe, Arizona. Carole, a retired professor, created the public relations course and taught for 25 years at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. As a crisis communication expert, Carole wrote crisis manuals for Lockheed Martin and the EPA. Receiving two Fulbright Scholar awards, Carole taught journalism and public relations at a Shanghai, China university in 1991-92 and 1997-98. After retiring, Carole wrote a weekly column in addition to local theater reviews for the Bethlehem Press. Carole attended Trinity Church of Bethlehem and sang in the choir. As PAMPS executive director since 2019, Carole’s biggest goal and dream was for PAMPS events to be successful. Donations in memoriam may be given to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

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