Category Archives: Beyond the Valley

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

PHOTOS: Out to Lunch Concert Series: Pat Foran

We’ve had good luck with the weather so far in June. Not only did the threat of rain disappear on June 1 for both Out to Lunch and First Friday, but the weather for the past two weeks have been particularly spectacular when the weekend has rolled around!

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LVU, Color Me Mine to Host DIY Showcase Aug. 25

We’ve teamed up with South Bethlehem’s Color Me Mine Lehigh Valley on quite a few music events over the past year. Some have, of course, been a part of our First Friday Concert Series, while we’ve also worked together to host performances during SouthSide Arts & Music Festival and other independent ventures.

On Saturday, August 25, we’ll be back at it again!

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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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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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Heading to Philly on Saturday? ‘Rock the Troc’ for Music Education

Due to take a road trip to Philly this weekend? Naturally, you can find plenty of live music in the nation’s fifth largest city almost any night of the week.

However, if you’re going to go that far, you might as well rock for a cause.

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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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Ready for Adventure? Marc Ambrosia’s “World With You” Releases May 18

South Jersey-based singer-songwriter Marc Ambrosia has announced the May 18 global release of “World with You, his foot stomping pop jam single which follows up previous single releases, “Let Me Be Your Secret” and “One Step Back.”

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