Due to a scheduling conflict, Friday night’s IceHouse Tonight benefit for the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center was unexpectedly not at The Ice House.
Fortunately, the good folks at Allentown’s Alternative Gallery opened their doors to Summer Scouts, Hugs, and Georgia Foreman, insisting that the show must go on.
The last-minute change in location did not stop fans from turning out to support a night of indie rock and awareness for Bradbury-Sullivan, which provides arts, culture and health promotion programs and supportive services to strengthen the LGBT community across the Greater Lehigh Valley.
I arrived on the scene a little while before kickoff, so I had a chance to take in some art. I decided to get a few shots, to adjust my settings and set the tone for the night.
After a brief introduction from Tape Swap Radio’s Shamus McGroggan, Bradbury-Sullivan’s Oliver Reilly (pictured below) gave an explanation of the cause supported by the night’s benefit.
Then, it was time for Georgia Foreman, who opened the night with their first ever live gig. The Bethlehem shoegaze foursome has already released an EP called “i’m sorry,” and the material held up well in their debut.
Up next was Hugs, who, as you may remember, took our brains not too long ago. It was nice to see them in person, and, from my vantage point for most of the set, I was able to concentrate on the tight drumming of Matt Molchany that served as the backbone and offered a bit of jazz sensibility to the band’s noise rock jams.
Finally, it was Summer Scouts’ turn. The power pop band, now a four-piece, brought their usual high energy and all-black-everything attire to The Alternative Gallery as they performed fan favorites and debuted new material to be released soon.