Monday, June 14, 2010

Allentown Freak Out opens Friday, features Chen Artist display

A first-ever “fringe” festival featuring avant-garde arts and entertainment comes to Allentown June 18 & 19 and all events are offered for FREE!

Allentown Freak Out
kicks off Friday, June 18 at the PPL Plaza Green Space at 9th and Hamilton Streets and continues Saturday, June 19 throughout the downtown from 9th to 5th streets. The event features nine live bands, fire performers and sideshow/burlesque acts, live theatre and comedy improv, art exhibits a film screening and fun for all!

Friday’s events include: Music by live DJ Unit 13, drum circle (open to public participation – bring a lawn chair!) at 8:30 p.m. at a fire performance by Red Hot Bananas at 9 p.m. featuring poi, staff, fans and hoop. After party to be held in Silk Lounge at BrewWorks at 10 p.m.

Saturday’s events include:
PPL Plaza Green: Noon to 11 pm - home to live bands: The Subtle Experience, Voodoo Automaton, Pleasant Corners, Eww Ya Boo and The Big Dirty. Happy Hooper Lehigh Valley hosts her Hoop Village all day. Tina Spinz and Red Hot Bananas perform with fire after dark.

Art-N-Soul Studios: 1 to 8 pm - The Great White Caps play surf punk music in the back lot. View an exhibit by all the artists to ever exhibit at Art-N-Soul's PushArt Gallery and watch a live graffiti mural in progress.

Allentown Arts Park: 1 to 5 pm - Allentown Chen Arts Group displays 13 cubes designed by 13 individual artists. Allentown Public Theatre performs family-friendly, interactive play El Coqui at 3 p.m. Bring the kids and get involved!

Allentown Brew Works: 7 to 10 pm - Come early to Silk Lounge to see Rock 'N Roll Circus, a 1968 BBC Production featuring live bands like the Stones and The Who, rocking out with a live audience under the big top. Film is followed by a live show by the Associated Mess comedy improv troupe. ABW is offering a Freak Out kamikaze cosmo for $5. Also enjoy tasty pub fare and microbrews.

House of Chen: Arrive at 8 pm for an evening of Free American Music, featuring Bob Lewis, The Locksmiths and Tavern Tan. See beautiful ladies (Bella Deluxe and The Darwin Sisters) perform sideshow and burlesque routines between the bands! House of Chen will feature a punch and a special kamikaze Freak Out shot at the bar.

Salemme Foundation: See a live performance of Edgar Allan Poe's The Telltale Heart by Allentown Public Theatre. This show will tickle your dark side.

Thank you to sponsors Pulse Weekly, Peter Lewnes, Post Sputnik and thanks for the assistance provided by Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown. Thank you to Easton-Express Times, Morning Call, WMUH and WDIY for publicity and the City of Allentown for printing.

Visit for complete schedule details, venue locations and information on free parking. Hope to see you downtown where we’ll be having fun and freaking out!
LED hooping, pictured above, is sure to take place at AFO.

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