SouthSide Arts and Music Festival Announces Lehigh Valley Underground Free Stage Lineup

An acclaimed singer-songwriter playing amid the pottery of Color Me Mine, and the alt-country sounds of Acoustic Kitty Project at the Comfort Suites are part of the diverse music experiences SouthSide Arts & Music Festival (SSAMF) attendees can enjoy for free, thanks to a new partnership between ArtsQuest and Lehigh Valley Underground.

During SSAMF, music lovers can purchase a ticket to see acts like 2018 GRAMMY winners The Infamous Stringdusters, indie rockers Delta Rae, singer-songwriter Dar Williams and Talking Heads Tribute “Start Making Sense” performing at five SouthSide music and arts venues. In addition, South Bethlehem will come alive with 10 additional free concerts at venues like Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub, Domaci and Sotto Santi. The partnership between Lehigh Valley Underground and the nonprofit ArtsQuest pushes the total number of musical acts at this year’s festival to more than 30 in all, with live music taking place in 10 different venues throughout the SouthSide during the two-day event.

“ArtsQuest is our region’s premier arts and culture organization, so partnering with them on the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival is a tremendous honor,” says Gerard Longo, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Lehigh Valley Underground. “This partnership will provide 10 local performing artists with a meaningful opportunity to share their passions with new audiences, while increasing the visibility of several South Bethlehem businesses throughout the weekend.”

Julia Sommer
Pictured: Julia Sommer performs during the October 2017 installment of the Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series in Bethlehem.

Among the artists attendees can enjoy for free are Julia Sommer, performing at Color Me Mine Lehigh Valley on Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. The winner of Discover Lehigh Valley’s “Discovered” New Artist Award at the 2017 Lehigh Valley Music Awards, Sommer is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter who has performed at Highline Ballroom in New York City, Hotel Bethlehem, The Sands Event Center, and Musikfest. In 2016, she auditioned for NBC’s “The Voice.” This year, she was selected to perform in the finals of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s High School Rock Off competition Feb. 17.

Roi and the Secret People, who perform at Comfort Suites’ Hill to Hill Grille Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m., are renowned for their exciting live shows, having played clubs like Rockwood Music Hall and Mercury Lounge in New York City, and World Live Cafe, North Star Bar and The Tin Angel in Philadelphia. In 2015, the quintet rocked Musikfest as one of the bands presented by Liberty High School as part of the “Marketing Musikfest” program.

Acoustic Kitty Project
Pictured: Acoustic Kitty Project performs during PA Bacon Fest in November 2017.

If alt-country sounds are your favorite, then check out Acoustic Kitty Project, which performs at Hill to Hill Grille on Saturday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Whether playing as a solo acoustic act, or as a five-piece band, the Acoustic Kitty Project delivers gutsy, passionate performances every time. This band’s sets feature original tunes covering heartbreak, redemption, love and loss, as well as a healthy dose of covers sprinkled in for fun.

ArtsQuest Chief Programming Officer Patrick Brogan, who books the acts for the SSAMF, says ArtsQuest is excited to partner with Lehigh Valley Underground to showcase so many area musicians.

“Gerard and Lehigh Valley Underground have done an excellent job highlighting the Lehigh Valley’s local musicians at events like First Fridays in South Bethlehem, as well as via the videos and articles on the Lehigh Valley Underground website,” Brogan says. “Showcasing and helping to promote the region’s growing music scene has long been a part of ArtsQuest mission, and when we sat down to talk with Gerard, his enthusiasm for local acts and artists was evident from the start.”

“This is a great partnership between two groups that have very similar goals, and we hope that working together allows results in a great experience for our local musicians, our festival guests, and especially the businesses that are hosting these performances.”

The complete lineup of free Lehigh Valley Underground performances is:

Friday, April 20
Color Me Mine (25 E. 3rd St.)
6:30-8 p.m.: Julia Sommer

Comfort Suites Hill to Hill Grille (120 W. 3rd St.)
6:30-8 p.m.: Roi and the Secret People

Domaci (21 E. 3rd St.)
7-8:30 p.m.: Kayla Avitabile

Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub (8 E. 4th St.)
6-7:30 p.m.: Chelsea Lyn Meyer

Sotto Santi (10 W. 4th St.)
8-9:30 p.m.: Rofo Audio

Saturday, April 21
Color Me Mine (25 E. 3rd St.)
5-6:30 p.m.: Jordyn Kenzie

Comfort Suites Hill to Hill Grille (120 W. 3rd St.)
6:30-8 p.m.: Acoustic Kitty Project

Domaci (21 E. 3rd St.)
7-8:30 p.m.: January Noon

Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub (8 E. 4th St.)
6-7:30 p.m.: Cass Noelle

Sotto Santi (10 W. 4th St.)
8-9:30 p.m.: theLionhearted

The SouthSide Arts & Music Festival features two days filled with visual arts experiences, live music and family programming, all designed to encourage guests to visit South Bethlehem’s shops, restaurants and arts venues. In addition to concerts, the festival includes an ArtsWalk featuring artisans and fine art vendors; art installations and sculpture throughout the SouthSide’s business district; a skateboarding competition by Homebase610 and more. For tickets to shows like Infamous Stringdusters and Delta Rae, as well as complete details on the festival, visit

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