Top 3 Lehigh Valley area concerts this week: Jimmie Allen, Big Valley Bluegrass, and Thrice

The Top 3 Lehigh Valley area concerts this week have a dash of everything: A little bit country, a little bit bluegrass, and even some alt-rock and roll.

From an award-winning country artist doing collaborations with pop stars and rappers, to local bluegrass legends boasting eight awards under their collective belts, to a punk band that started in 1998 and has made it a habit to donate portions of their album sales to charities since the beginning … The Valley has the musical ground covered.

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When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Wind Creek Event Center, 77 Wind Creek Blvd, Bethlehem

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How much: $19.50-$49.50

Tickets: windcreekeventcenter.com/ 610-297-7414

Musical style: Country, Contemporary Country, Pop

Known for hits like: “Best Shot,” “Make Me Want To,” “This is Us,” “Freedom was a Highway,” and “Down Home.”

Honors: He was the winner of the Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year in 2021, making him only the second Black artist to win the award — the first was Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish. Allen was nominated for “Best New Artist” at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, “Male Artist of the Year” at the 57th ACM Awards (which he co-hosted with Dolly Parton and Gabby Barrett), and “Outstanding New Artist” at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards. His first two singles went to number one on the charts — the RIAA double-platinum “Best Shot,” and the platinum-certified, “Make Me Want To.” He’s done collaborations with Jennifer Lopez, Nelly, Pitbull, Brad Paisley, Noah Cyrus, Keith Urban and many more.

Check him out if you like: Brad Paisley, Cole Swindell, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th St., Bethlehem

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How much: $18.50-$23.50

Tickets: godfreydaniels.org/ 610-867-2390

Musical style: Bluegrass, Folk, Country

Known for hits like: “We’ve Got This Thing,” “Black Diamond,” “Jesus in My Soul,” “I’ll Just Stay Around,” and “Don’t Blame Me.”

Honors: The band is an eight-time Lehigh Valley Music Award winner. Guitarist Gina Ross co-wrote the song, “Jesus in My Soul,” which was recorded by Johnny Cash. They’ve collaborated and performed with Chubby Checker.

Check them out if you like: Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, The Stanley Brothers, Lester Flatt, Bill Monroe, Blackwater, Banna Lach

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When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

How much: $30-$35

Tickets: steelstacks.org/ 610-332-1300

Musical style: Alternative Rock, Pop Punk, Post-Hardcore

Known for hits like: “The Artists in the Ambulance,” “Deadbolt,” “Dead Wake,” “Black Honey,” and “Stare at the Sun.”

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Honors: The band is known for donating portions of their album proceeds to charities. Their song, “All the World is Mad,” was featured in the Vagrant Song Pack for Guitar Hero in 2009, and “Deadbolt” appeared in Guitar Hero 5. During a three-year hiatus, bassist Eddie Breckenridge joined Angels & Airwaves with former Blink-182 guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge.

Check them out if you like: Thursday, Glassjaw, My Chemical Romance, The Used, BoySetsFire, Bad Religion, Deftones, AFI

Jay Honstetter is a freelancer for The Morning Call. Follow him on Twitter @jayhonstetter

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