Largely known for their frequent live music, Harvelle's low-lit interior is an intimate setting for enjoying drinks, gourmet food, and live entertainment, six days a week. Huddled over candle-lit tables, couples can enjoy craft cocktails from the bar or edibles from the kitchen such as the brandy pulled-pork and brie sandwich with caramelized onions or the roasted tomato and garlic flatbread.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
About 26 miles off the Southern California coastline in the island village of Avalon, the JazzTrax Festival corrals more than 30 smooth jazz artists for three consecutive weekends of live music performances. Each day brings a new series of performances to the Casino Ballroom, a venue that overlooks the sparkling harbor and ocean waters as waves gently lap against the shore like a soft saxophone note knocking on your ear door. Friday sessions include two nightly acts at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday sessions offer two afternoon sessions at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in addition to evening sessions at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. An eclectic artist lineup features such diverse performers as sax maven Mindi Abair, Swiss keyboardist Alex Bugnon, legendary flutist Tim Weisberg, and supergroup Fourplay. The majority of artists will be available for CD- and broken-limb-cast signings following each performance, and CDs from artists will be available for purchase at the festival.