After months of anticipation, the 18th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards are today. Beginning at 3 p.m. with the Lehigh Valley Underground Preshow, the local music scene will be out in full force at South Bethlehem’s ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks to celebrate the accomplishments of all.
We’re just a little excited (in case you couldn’t tell), and we’re interested to see how things unfold this afternoon. Having said that, we’ll hold ourselves over until then by making our best guesses. Here’s what we think will happen!
Easton will rise
Our scene’s Easton subset has expanded its footprint over the past year. Between great festivals (Heritage Day, Bacon Fest) and a number of tremendous, Easton-area artists on the ballot (Roi and the Secret People, Shawn Cav Ensemble, Acoustic Kitty Project, Leah Marie Fuls, to name a few), it’s safe to say that the Northampton County seat is on the come-up.
We think that multiple Easton-area artists break through and take home some hardware this year. With everything we’ve observed within its city limits over the past year, the timing seems right.
Beyond the Discover Lehigh Valley Discover New Artist award, this year’s LVMA ballot has plenty of fresh names. The scene has become more diversified over the past year, as more opportunities and outlets have shone a light on the scope of the art being created in our region. Expect a few new names up in lights when all is said and done.
With all of the newcomers to this year’s LVMA ballot, there is still a strong presence of the Valley’s big names. Scott Marshall and Chelsea Lyn Meyer lead the pack in nominations with 14 and 13, respectively. We expect that they and other familiar faces will have a presence at the podium throughout the afternoon.
A.D.D. steals the show
Looking at this year’s performance lineup, we know that we can expect quality musicianship across the board. However, one band to watch on Sunday is Another Day Dawns. The Lehighton-based hard rockers are sounding tighter than ever recently, and seemed primed for big things in the Valley and beyond. Their performance is sure to leave a lot of people talking.