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The Hook Announces Fall Pacific Northwest Tour

It’s been one year since Valley-based original rock band The Hook started their DIY journey. Since then Carlos, Chris, Youssef and Joe have performed 60 shows throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, wrote, recorded, produced and released a 15-track debut LP, “Moonshine & Honey,” raised hundreds of dollars in support of suicide awareness — and more is on the way.

This October, The Hook is taking their debut album to new heights with a trip across the country to the Pacific Northwest for their first-ever tour, A Taste of Moonshine & Honey. With seven dates on the books (and counting) in Washington and Oregon, from Vancouver to Bend, The Hook has their four-eyes set on introducing their sound to the Pacific Northwest and bringing this journey full circle to frontman Carlos Barata’s second home. This June, LVU and Fig Bethlehem shed some light on The Hook’s roots in the region. This summer, The Hook will officially roll out their complete tour schedule on Facebook, Instagram and readysetgethooked.com.

“We’re incredibly excited to share our music in Washington and Oregon,” Barata said. “As a new band, 3,000+ miles away, we’re just blown away, honored, and grateful for how receptive folks in the Pacific Northwest have been. We’re really excited to take “Moonshine & Honey” to new places, and make new friends and fans along the way.”

For tour, album, booking and general inquiries, please contact the band at readysetgethooked.com, readysetgethooked@gmail.com, or Facebook and Instagram @readysetgethooked

Best Hit TV Announces Debut Full-Length

New Jersey-based rock-trio Best Hit TV announced their debut full-length album titled Being Emotionally Manipulative isn’t Very Punk Rock of You, which is set for release on July 20. The announcement came on with the release of their song “Part of Me” as a preview single. Recorded in their Newark rehearsal space, the album will follow two previous EP releases and a string of shows across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

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MORE PHOTOS: Scott Marshall’s Concert for the Kids

So… it turns out that LVU Contributor Lisa Robinson took so many photos at Saturday night’s Concert for the Kids benefit for Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley and Lehigh Valley Health Network Children’s Hospital that we missed an entire folder’s worth on the SD card for the first post…

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The Beautiful Distortion Accepted into Music Under New York Program

Bethlehem-based rock band The Beautiful Distortion is one of 60 acts that received a call-back to audition for the “Music Under New York” (MTA MUSIC) program in May. MTA MUSIC provides more than 7,500 performances each year at approximately 30 locations throughout the New York City subway system. Every spring, MTA MUSIC presents a day of invite-only auditions in Manhattan to review and add new performers to their official roster.

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ArtsQuest Invites Community to Share Musikfest Photos for 35th Anniversary Exhibition

Photo credit: Hub Willson, 1984

The community is invited to submit their best photos of Musikfest over the years for the Musikfest 35th Anniversary Photography Exhibition, set for July 6-Sept. 2 at the Banana Factory.

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GRAMMY Award Winning Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. & GROUPLOVE to Headline Musikfest 2018

GRAMMY-winning guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr. and indie-pop sweethearts GROUPLOVE will rock Musikfest when they perform at the Sands Steel Stage Wed., Aug. 8, 7 p.m. and Thurs., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., respectively. Tickets for the Gary Clark Jr. performance are $39-$59, and tickets for the GROUPLOVE concert are $25-$39. They go on sale starting today, May 29, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and Fri., June 1, 10 a.m., to the public at www.musikfest.org and 610-332-3378. 

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Moonshine & Honey: A Tribute to Living, Loving, Losing & Learning

The following is a piece by Carlos Barata, guitarist/vocalist for The Hook. The Hook will perform an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention fundraiser alongside Dogwood Last and Terez this Friday, June 1 at Godfrey Daniels as part of the Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series.

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SouthSide Arts District Official Ribbon Cutting Set for Wed., May 30

Join Mayor Bob Donchez Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. as we celebrate the New SouthSide Arts District. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the SouthSide Arts District main office at 324 S. New Street to celebrate the new SouthSide Arts District logo, light poll banners, website and artistic programming.

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Philly Artists Marcelyn and A Day Without Love Coming to Allentown June 29

What are most Philadelphia DIY shows like? They are a place for making friends. That is the story of Marcelyn and A Day Without Love (ADWL). Both Penn State Alumni with differing musical backgrounds, the stories of both of these Philadelphia based songwriters will be shared across the New England area.

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WXPN Presents ‘Thank You’ to Listeners with Free Lake Street Dive Show June 19

Philadelphia public radio station WXPN, heard at 91.9 FM in Northwestern New Jersey and the Poconos and on 104.9 in the Lehigh Valley, is bringing Lake Street Dive to the Sherman Theater (524 Main Street) in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania for a special free concert on Tuesday, June 19. Admission is free with advance RSVP.
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