Lackawanna steel mill inspires 'The Song of Bethlehem'

Jul 12, 2018

It was decades ago when Ken Goldstein first saw the Bethlehem Steel Plant in Lackawanna. The moment moved the young artist to write what he calls a "depressing" song about the crumbling facility and the struggling community. Many years later he was invited to Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley where the original Bethlehem Steel Plant had undergone a renaissance as a community arts center. The transformation inspired Goldstein to produce a film and revise "The Song of Bethlehem."


Ken Goldstein (left) and Ryan Straw of The LA Hustle appeared in the WBFO studio this morning to discuss "The Song of Bethlehem."
Credit Marian Hetherly

With proceeds benefiting  Art Services Initiative of Western New York, a screening of the the film will be held tonight at 7 at Sportsmen's Tavern in Buffalo. A question-and-answer session hosted by Scott Sackett of  WBFO/WNED will follow. The night will be capped off by a performance of Goldstein's band The LA Hustle.