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Hannah Violet Trio

hannah-violet-trioHannah Violet is a singer-songwriter who performs acoustically for weddings to boutiques to bars and festivals. She spent several years playing with country-rock bands but also really enjoys being in the studio, performing acoustically and playing music in the comfort of a living room.
She is a board-certified Music Therapist for Seasons Hospice and is extremely blessed to witness the miracles that happen with a little sound of music.
Hannah grew up playing fiddle and piano with her father, was always singing, and in later years started guitar and separated into her own style and extended her creativity to songwriting.
She has recently released her new CD and music video “Violet Sky.”


Frog Holler

Originally formed as a bluegrass trio, Frog Holler has evolved into a genre-defying, mostly
electric sextet, releasing six full-length recordings and an EP since 1996.
They have built their reputation on marathon live shows, loose but honest, emotional investments that have paid off with an intensely loyal fan base that far outreaches its Berks County, Pennsylvania home.
Pretty amazing considering the band has toured cautiously throughout it’s career, preferring the quality over quantity route in an effort to stay sane, intact and solvent. They remain independent serving as their own manager, booking their own shows and releasing their own records (ZoBird Records), sacrificing a wider appeal to remain in control enabling them to continue making music and functioning as a band in the truest sense of the word. Every Tuesday night, Frog Holler convenes at a local Berks County musical enclave known as the
Moonlight Forest to hang out, have a meal, and play some music.
Holler drummer, Daniel Bower, lives at the house and with the help of Ben Longenecker built a pro tools studio in 2007, opening the door for Frog Holler to do something it had always wanted, make a recording in the comforts of its home surroundings. With Longenecker co-producing, the band spent most of 2008 fleshing out the songs upstairs in the rehearsal space and then walking down to the basement to put them to tape. The result is “Believe It Or Not”, 10 songs from Frog Holler.

Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods

Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods is a ’50s and ’60s rock & roll party band, playing a variety of music from the years of 1955 to 1968, the “golden years of rock & roll.” The classic songs played by Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods have the soulful sound and feel of the original artists; Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Bill Haley, Elvis, The Righteous Brothers, Gene Vincent, Dion and more.
Entertaining crowds from the resorts in New York’s Catskill Mountains and the Meadowlands of New Jersey to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania, Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods have played many national events.

Know Return

“Know Return,” a Philadelphia-based Kansas tribute band, recreates the music of Kansas as faithfully as possible to their original recordings. With decades of professional experience among its members, the band hopes to entertain Kansas fans and introduce new fans to the music of one of the most legendary progressive rock bands of the ’70s – Kansas.
Know Return has a few ties to the Reading area. Drummer Bob Eben is a Muhlenberg High School grad, and violinist Charles Kadyk is a music teacher in the Twin Valley School District. The band has performed at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Havana in New Hope, the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, and Building 24 Live in Wyomissing. Other members of the band include Patrick Igoe (lead vocals, guitar, and keyboard), Dave Boardman (guitar and vocals), Chuck Whitmore (keyboard), Matt Cobb (guitar, keyboard, and vocals) and Bob Berry (bass and vocals).

Tickets: $12

David Cullen

David Cullen is a Grammy Award winner for Best Pop Instrumental Recording. He has performed with Will Ackerman, Samite, Tracy Silverman, Darol Anger, The DePue Brothers Band and Michael Manring. David also has played with The Jaco Big Band and with the Philly Pops.
Cullen has performed in a dazzling wide range of styles including classical, jazz and world Music. David has performed throughout North America for Classical Guitar Societies, Jazz Festivals, and Performing Arts Series. He has released 10 CDs for the acoustic guitar label Solid Air Records. David Cullen’s recordings have been featured on NPR stations across America.


Celtic Woman

In the decade since its 2005 debut, global musical sensation Celtic Woman has emerged as both a formidable multimedia presence and a genuine cultural phenomenon.  The group’s albums and DVD releases have been consistent multi-platinum best-sellers, and its concert tours have touched the hearts of a devoted audience that spans the globe.

Both an accomplished recording ensemble and a one-of-a-kind performing collective, Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage, utilizing the country’s finest musical talents and epic stage production to present a uniquely inspiring experience.

Celtic Woman’s fresh fusion of traditional Irish music and modern songcraft celebrates Ireland’s past while reflecting the vibrant spirit of modern Ireland.  The group’s repertoire encompasses Irish classics, contemporary songs, classical favorites and stirring originals.  The lineup of performers has evolved in the years since the group’s inception, but the signature sound of Celtic Woman has remained consistent, showcasing the members’ individual and collaborative talents.

Special Package for Celtic Woman fans:

DoubleTree by Hilton Reading overnight package for two includes:

  • 2 tickets to Celtic Woman at the Santander Performing Arts Center
  • Overnight accommodations (one king bed or two queen beds) for two at the brand-new Double Tree Hotel
  • Complimentary Parking at the DoubleTree Hotel
  • Complimentary Shuttle to and from the Santander Performing Arts Center
  • Hot Breakfast Buffet the morning following the show

**Valid on and at the Santander Box Office only.

Please note:  Prior to event date, a venue representative will contact you to confirm your hotel reservations. Additional questions regarding this offer can be addressed by calling 610-898-7204.