Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Feb. 29-Mar. 6

Musos is back, and so are we!

March begins this week, which means that winter in the Lehigh Valley will soon come to an end! While you keep warm with that thought, make plans to enjoy these…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week

Mon., Feb. 29, 10 p.m.
Open Mic Jam
Venue: The Funhouse, 5 E. 4th St., Bethlehem
Description: Show your stuff at this bi-weekly jam at this iconic South Bethlehem music venue.

Thurs., Mar. 3, 7 p.m.
The Originals Music Series
Venue: Chicago Restaurant & Club Gravity, 1179 Airport Rd., Allentown
Description: Musos is back at the weekly showcase this week, presented by The Fyre & Ice Show. Check out these photos from their previous performance, and then come out for another great night of rock!

Sun., Mar. 6, 4 p.m.
The 17th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards
Venue: Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem
Tickets: $20
Description: Performances include Brosky & Meyer, Craig Thatcher Band, DJ Menace Collaboration, Erin Kelly, Fusion Jazz Trio, Larry Werner, MindMaze, Whiskeyhickon Boys, John Carelli, Rick Bouley & Lane Conklin, and a Student Showcase from The Lesson Center, School of Rock and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.

The Quinn Spinn: Feb. 29, 2016

It’s Leap Day, and an extra day means extra music! Enjoy tunes from Quinn Spinn artists old and new, and make the most of your extra day of 2016!

Track listing:
REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become (Opening theme)
REVEL 9 – The Good Fight
JingerKroa – Freedom
Second Player Score – Falling Forever
Julius – Sitting on a Ledge
AVYLON – Don’t Look Back
The Mink Stoles – Under the Sea
The Cassini Projekt – Neurotic Insomniac
Wind Cries Mary – The Journal
Brynn Stanley – Black and White
Ayoinmotion – She’s Leaving
Rod McCoy ft. Frank P – La$t Day

Sunday Thought Series: Need a vacation? Take one.

Sometimes, all you need is to take a step back and breathe.

Most who know me know that I’m not one to take too many breaks. However, recent events over the past several months of my life made me feel like taking a vacation was a necessary and positive step.

Over the past week or so, I’ve driven to Sarasota, Florida and back, making stops along the way on a solo adventure meant to clear my head and give me some distance from the grind of everyday life. The long road was grueling, but the sights I witnessed, people I met (or reconnected with), and times I experienced made every mile of the trek worthwhile.

It worked. I feel refreshed, refocused and excited to get back into the fold, both with Lehigh Valley Underground and life in general. I had the opportunity to get back to myself, and find true motivation and inspiration on the road to be the best version of myself as we head into spring. I hope and believe that inspiration will come through on LVU in the weeks and months ahead.

Why am I sharing this here? Because sometimes, we as independent creators become bogged down by the hustle. There are so many details and intricacies to what we must do to be successful, and at times, it can feel as if we’re not getting anywhere. However, it is in moments where we remove ourselves from the fray that we often see how far we’ve come – and how to get to where we wish to go next.

I encourage you to keep up the good – and hard – work, but remember this: if you feel the need to take a step back to see the forest for all of the trees once more, it will probably benefit your art and your life more than you even realize.

Plus, you could find yourself with a view that can’t be beat.

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Review: The Howling Tongues – Vivian (Single)

Artist: The Howling Tongues
Release: Vivian (Single)
Release date: Mar. 8, 2016
Genre: Rock & Roll

When The Howling Tongues’ new single, “Vivian,” hits music streaming and download services on March 8, listeners can expect anthemic, infectious blues-infused rock to triumph through their speakers.

The Atlanta-based quintet is fronted by lead vocalist Davey Rockett, whose powerful, distinctive voice and wide vocal range drives the bus on “Vivian.” Rockett combines with bandmates Nick Magliochetti (Guitar), Tylor James (Drums), Brandon Witcher (Bass) and Thomas Wainwright (Keys) to sound as tight as ever on this groovy, 3-minute track about the shady antics of a witchy woman.

Keep tabs on The Howling Tongues as they prepare to release “Vivian” and more at the band’s official website.

WATCH: John Scargall on PBS39 Steel Sessions

On Thursday’s edition of QSLehighValley, we talked to John Scargall about his local appearance on PBS39’s Steel Sessions.

PBS39, based in Bethlehem, hosted ten tapings of Steel Sessions last August. Each episode features a half-hour of local, original music performed by artists from the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.

As a nice way to close out your Friday, we’ve included John’s episode of Steel Sessions for you to enjoy. If you want more, you can catch an episode of of Steel Sessions every Saturday night at 11 p.m., only on PBS39.

QSLehighValley: Feb. 25, 2016

#GoodFriendoftheShow John Scargall joins us to talk about his album, “Breakthrough,” as well as his work with NASCAR and PBS39.

Track listing:
REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become (Opening theme)
uMan Era – Highlanders
Michael Meade – Relevant
John Scargall – Tearin’ Me U
John Scargall – Leave It on the Track
Audra McLaughlin – Tennessee Cowboy
Rofo Audio – Baggage
Reverse Order – Erase You

 

Review: John Scargall – Breakthrough

Catch John Scargall tomorrow when he joins The Quinn on QSLehighValley. Tune in on SoundCloud, iTunes and here on Lehigh Valley Underground!

Artist: John Scargall
Album: Breakthrough (LISTEN)
Release date: Oct. 6, 2015
Genre: Country rock

When John Scargall decided to leave the corporate world and pursue a career in music, he was defying the odds, as well as the seemingly-reasonable, yet all-too-often-heard advice of those around him to have a fallback.

After listening through his debut album, the appropriately-titled “Breakthrough,” it’s clear that he doesn’t need one.

By reacting to doubt on triumphant, “I-told-you-so” anthems like “Tearin’ Me Up” and “Live Out Loud,” John shows that he has the confidence and knowledge to achieve whatever dream he pleases. All the while, he imparts that wisdom to others looking to break from life’s doldrums on “Breakthrough,” the album’s title track and most tender, inspirational moment.

There’s plenty more rockin’ country fun to be had on “Breakthrough,” like the fast-moving, fiddle-driven “A Little Bit of Lovin’” and the groovy “Two Face Factory.” NASCAR ’15 staple “Leave It on the Track,” for being a bit closer to mid-tempo than the aforementioned, also has the rhythm and soul to make you dance.

It’s hard to believe that, not too long ago, John Scargall was giving presentations at his 9-to-5 like the rest of us. Just a couple of short years later, “Breakthrough” has deservedly taken John out of the boardroom and all over the country.

VIDEO: Music Can Happen Anywhere

Sometimes, it happens on a beach.

The scene is Siesta Key, Florida. This island off of Sarasota boasts a beach previously declared the #1 Beach in America. It also hosts the Siesta Key Drum Circle, every Sunday at sunset on the beach.

What you’re seeing here is people getting together just for the sake of making music. It’s completely improvisational; folks from the area — and visitors from beyond — simply bring their instruments to the beach every week and make music happen. It’s also a big deal around here, as you can see by all of the spectators.

We just thought this would be worth sharing to our local audience in the Lehigh Valley. Surely, a region with so much musical talent can find inspiration from this weekly institution more than 1,000 miles away.

Watch the video below.

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Feb. 22-28

I’m not even sorry about rubbing it in your face with that photo.

Hello from sunny Florida! I’m going to make this short and sweet, as I still have plenty of perfect weather to enjoy. While I’m enjoying that and the road back to PA, you can enjoy the…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week

Thurs., Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
The Originals Music Series
Venue: Chicago Restaurant & Club Gravity, 1179 Airport Rd., Allentown
Description: After a week off to take care of some very important business, The Originals Music Series returns. Stay tuned to the series’ Facebook page for updates.

Fri., Feb. 26, 8 p.m.
Steve Brosky & Li’l Big Band Reunion
Venue: Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th St., Bethlehem
Description: Steve and his musical pals will be singin’ and swingin’ some Blues, Dylan and, of course, Brosky originals (from Godfrey Daniels’ website).

Sat., Feb. 27, 10 p.m.
The Groove Merchants
Venue: The Funhouse, 5 E. 4th St., Bethlehem
Description: Hopefully, the winter weather stays away this time as Kutztown’s favorite funk rock band returns to South Bethlehem.

The Quinn Spinn: Feb. 22, 2016

Today, we learn all about Audible Hustle with Rod McCoy, who discusses his new EP, “Smoke & Murals.”

Track listing:
REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become (Opening theme)
Whitney Peyton ft. Sounds – It’s All Good
Cee-Rock “The Fury” – Linden Boulez
Rod McCoy ft. Abib Jahleel, No Suh Foster, Truez & Candace K – Souls 4 $ale
Rod McCoy – Conquer the World
Phoenixxx – Burns
MM3 – Standing By the Window
Narrow Plains – I Should’ve Known