PHOTOS: DIY Showcase at Color Me Mine Lehigh Valley

Saturday night at Color Me Mine Lehigh Valley (25 E. 3rd St., Bethlehem) was the first of its kind: a regional DIY showcase featuring five acts, each with its own distinct style, to make for a vibrant night painted in varying shades of rock and roll.

Local acts Service Dog, bloodmoon, and theLionhearted were joined by New York Staters Kyle & the Pity Party and Christian Evanko & The Stash. Combining their powers, the five acts filled the back gallery of Color Me Mine, lending their talents to a special night that promoted unity among independent musicians.

Sonically, the night offered much variety, starting off with the haunting, powerful sounds of theLionhearted, before moving onto the eclectic, post-hardcore-influenced material of bloodmoon. Christian Evanko & The Stash then switched things up, offering a polished rock and roll vibe that came through both in their musicianship and presentation.

From there, we took a trip to space, with the new wave-meets-psychedelic vibes of Kyle & the Pity Party, before closing the evening with the mellow, shoegaze sensibilities of Service Dog.

Another highlight worth mentioning: the space. We’ve hosted solo performers for First Friday at Color Me Mine’s back gallery several times before, but hosting a DIY, full-band showcase helped us see the space in a new light. The artsy, gritty feel of the room was enhanced by dimmed lights, creating a special atmosphere that we hope to experience again soon.

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