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Top 3 Lehigh Valley-area concerts: Andy Summers, Jefferson Starship and a Grateful Dead tribute

Guitarist Andy Summers, right, seen here in 2008 with Sting, brings his solo show to the Sellersville Theater this weekend. (Scott Fisher / Sun Sentinel)
Guitarist Andy Summers, right, seen here in 2008 with Sting, brings his solo show to the Sellersville Theater this weekend. (Scott Fisher / Sun Sentinel)
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The top 3 Lehigh Valley-area concerts this week include some legendary names you’re sure to know.

First, best known as the guitarist of The Police, Andy Summers takes his show to Sellersville Theater to exhibit not only his music, but also his photography, writing and a conversation with the crowd.

Next, Jefferson Starship makes their way to Penn’s Peak to perform the songs that catapulted eight of their records into gold/platinum status and made them a household name.

And last, Grateful Dead tribute Splintered Sunlight heads to Musikfest Café to play the songs of the Jerry Garcia Band.

Andy Summers

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville

How much: $49.50-$75

Tickets: www.st94.com/ 215-257-5808

Musical style: Rock, pop, jazz

Known for hits like: “Bring on the Night,” “Girl on a Swing,” “’Round Midnight,” “Image and Likeness” and “A Piece of Time.”

Meet the band: More than just a concert, guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Andy Summers (best known as a member of the band The Police) will be playing music, projecting photography sequences, reading excerpts from his books, and leading a conversation with the audience. An immersive experience, the show invites audiences to witness and participate in the many artistic projects Summers has worked on since the breakup of The Police in 1984.

Check him out if you like: The Police, Robert Fripp, Steve Howe, Weather Report, Steve Howe, Mike Oldfield, Santana

Jefferson Starship performs Saturday at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. (Kevin Baldes)
Jefferson Starship performs Saturday at Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. (Kevin Baldes)

Jefferson Starship

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Rd, Jim Thorpe

How much: $28-$33

Tickets: https://www.pennspeak.com/ 866-605-7325

Musical style: Rock and roll, psychedelic, arena rock

Known for hits like: “Jane,” “Miracles,” “Count on Me,” “Stranger” and “Find Your Way Back.”

Meet the band: Formed in 1974, and including musicians from Jefferson Airplane, in their first decade of existence they released eight gold/platinum selling albums and a gold compilation record. Their second album, “Red Octopus,” went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum in 1995. Throughout the years band members have come and gone but the group continues to tour and bring their legendary sounds to audiences across the globe.

Check them out if you like: Jefferson Airplane, Three Dog Night, The Guess Who, 38 Special, Peter Frampton, Seals and Croft, Starship

Splintered Sunlight performs Saturday at Musikfest Cafe, Bethlehem. (Raquel McGovern)
Splintered Sunlight performs Saturday at Musikfest Cafe, Bethlehem. (Raquel McGovern)

Splintered Sunlight: A Grateful Dead Experience

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Musikfest Cafe, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

How much: $20-$30

Tickets:  https://www.steelstacks.org/ 610-332-1300

Musical style: Rock, folk, psychedelic rock

Known for hits like: Covers of Grateful Dead songs like “Friend of the Devil,” “Casey Jones,” “Ripple,” “Touch of Grey” and “Truckin.”

Meet the band: For 25 years, Splintered Sunlight has been wowing audiences throughout the Delaware Valley and Mid-Atlantic region with a distinct take on the music of the legendary Grateful Dead. From deep cuts to the biggest hits, Splintered Sunlight takes on tracks spanning the entire career of the Dead. For this performance they’ll be performing the songs of the Jerry Garcia Band.

Check them out if you like: Grateful Dead, Phish, The String Cheese Incident, Allman Brothers Band, The Band, moe., Little Feat

Jay Honstetter is a freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter @jayhonstetter.

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