Here is another installment (Finally) into my extremely sporadic series on famous or historic buildings in the Easton, PA Area:
This is the State Theater in Easton, Pennsylvania. Built in 1926, it began by hosting vaudeville acts for many, many years and has run pretty much on a steady basis ever since with all sorts of entertainment including movies of course for a long period of time. The main theater has 1,000 seats on the main floor and 500 in the balcony. It has the accoustics and the history to survive and has become a very popular venue.
The "streetfront ambiance" is, to say the least, a bit dreary (no offense intended) as Easton has not exactly been a "ritzy, uptown" kind of place. But magnificent strides recently are being made in that regard, with museums and artist galleries around now (or being planned) and all sorts of historical features. In the city's defense, and by comparison, the outdoor ambiance at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall is smack in the middle of the Tenderloin District on O'Farrell Street, yet that fine venue has hosted it's own amazing share of stars down through the years. All of this simply proves the point that one can not (and should not) judge a theater by its streetside appearance.
Fans - and, more importantly, artists - seem to really love this place. And they love to return, as well.
A short list of performers whom The state Theater has hosted goes as follows:
The Moody Blues (I just heard they are coming back),
David Crosby and Graham Nash (they have been here a few times),
John Lee Hooker when he was alive, God Rest his wonderful Soul,
The Beach Boys,
comedians Lewis Black and Rodney Carrington (as you see here),
AND.....Coming June 26 will be Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band for a return visit.
And an extremely long list of other very recognizable names I assure you - So, Well, you get the idea.
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire