New ArtsQuest shows include return of Better Than Ezra front-man Kevin Griffin

 Better Than Ezra front-man Kevin Griffin will return Oct. 29 to Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem.  (LehighValleyLive.com File Photo)

Better Than Ezra front-man Kevin Griffin will return Oct. 29 to Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem. (LehighValleyLive.com File Photo)

Before he joins The Band of Merrymakers later in the fall, Better Than Ezra front-man Kevin Griffin this fall will embark on a solo acoustic tour, which will stop at Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem.

Griffin's Oct. 29 concert is among a handful of new shows announced Wednesday by ArtsQuest. The calendar additions include Tapestry: A Carol King Tribute, Jimmy & the Parrots, Celtic band Scythian, The Beatles' tribute Strawberry Fields, Lou Franco Project, The Large Flowerheads, The Sofa Kings and Igor & the Red Elvises' New Year's Eve bash.

Griffin -- whose voice can be heard on such Better Than Ezra hits as "Good," "Juicy," "Extra Ordinary" and "Desperately Wanting" -- previously visited Musikfest Cafe in 2011 as part of the Southern Gentlemen Tour with Collective Soul front-man Ed Roland. In August 2015, the Under the Sun Tour brought Better Than Ezra to neighboring Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

Griffin will be joined by Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb and Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn for the The Band of Merrymakers holiday tour, which is scheduled to stop Nov. 25 at Sands.

Here are the dates and ticket prices for the announced shows:

  • 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16: Tapestry: A Carol King Tribute; $20-$25
  • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29: Kevin Griffin; $17-$22 in advance, $20-$25 at the door
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25: The Large Flowerheads; $12 in advance, $17 at the door
  • 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15: "Take Dance Somewhere Familiar Melodies"; $20
  • 8 p.m. Dec. 17: Scythian; $15-$25
  • 8 p.m. Dec. 26: The Lou Franco Project; $10 in advance, $12 at the door
  • 8 p.m. Dec. 27: Jimmy & the Parrots; $10-$12 in advance, $12-$15 at the door
  • 8 p.m. Dec. 28: The Sofa Kings; $8-$10 in advance, $10-$15 at the door
  • 9 p.m. Dec. 31: Igor & the Red Elvises; $15-$89 in advance, $20-$99 at the door
  • 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24: Strawberry Fields; $19-$24

Tickets for all of the announced shows go on sale 10 a.m. July 26 to ArtsQuest members and 10 a.m. July 29 to the public through steelstacks.org and by calling 610-332-3378.