American Spirits Roadhouse was near capacity on Friday night as Lehigh Valley Underground put on its first-ever showcase: the First Annual Lehigh Valley Underground Winter Jamboree.
The excitement for local, original music was palpable all night long as six tremendous local acts took the stage at the buzzworthy Warren County venue. The crowd was one that appreciates artistry and musicianship, and the night’s lineup certainly did not disappoint.
Julia Sommer took the stage first, and the teenage singer-songwriter once again wowed the audience with her powerhouse voice and her technical ability. After a rousing cover of KT Tunstall’s “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” Julia invited her dad, Werner, to the stage to perform a few selections. The father-daughter duo’s powerful sound filled the room and captivated the audience.
Up next was Frycki, the eponymous solo project of Zed D’Lance bassist Chris Frycki. The performer has been on a prolific songwriting tear as of late, debuting a lot of his new, life-inspired alt-rock material in front of the American Spirits Roadhouse crowd.
After that, we were graced by the presence of Acoustic Kitty Project’s Carter Lansing, whose powerful outlaw country baritone was accompanied by the technical guitar work of Mike Carr. The duo performed songs from AKP’s 2013 album, “‘Shine,” as well as new selections from the band’s upcoming 2017 release.
From there, we moved into the “full band” portion of the evening with the soulful Americana of Copper Fields. The trio was as crisp as ever as they delivered their highly-accessible, bluegrass-infused originals.
Speaking of soul, Pentley & The Lucid Dreamers were up next. The smooth vocals of frontman and band namesake Pentley Holmes carried well into the night, as the band jammed on selections from its album, “Rip Out My Heart” alongside some favorite covers, including the notable Hozier cover, “Someone New.”
Finally, Dear Anna closed the night with a set full of their powerful, passionate alt-rock originals (although, they threw in an amazing over of Nirvana’s “Breed” for good measure. The intense stage presence of frontman Lorenzo Bubba was the driving force to the band’s performance, with his vocal range and abilities serving as the icing on the cake.
Overall, a great night was had by the performers and fans in attendance — and there’s more where that came from. LVU will be back at American Spirits Roadhouse on Saturday, May 13 to present the May-riffic Music Festival. Be sure to check back with us for updates!