Infamous Stringdusters Give Performance that Fires on All Cylinders

The Infamous Stringdusters are one of the best bluegrass acts around today. Hot off their Grammy win for their latest studio album, “Laws Of Gravity,” the band has been touring the country to support the album.

On Friday night, the quintet made their first stop in Bethlehem, headlining the Southside Arts & Music Festival wristband stages.

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Creators: Define Success First

tuk0005 copyRecently, I had the good fortune to speak to a room full of young, aspiring entrepreneurs about my professional journey. I hoped to draw some parallels for them to follow, to the extent that those parallels could aid them.

The first part of the session was a 60 minute prepared talk about the initial hurdles that young startups face from a legal standpoint. Following the discussion, there was a question and answer segment, and I was asked the following question by the host:

“How long did it take you to achieve your success?”

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Come Together 2018: A Lineup Change, and Reservations are Open!

Come Together 2018

Hey, everybody. My name is Michael Duck, I am Not For Coltrane, and I have some new information about our Come Together benefit show coming up on April 28. As we announced last month here on Lehigh Valley Underground, this is a show at Godfrey Daniels benefiting No Place for Hate — a program in schools across the region, the state, and the country that aims to help kids learn how to relate to each other.

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Lisa’s Lens: Uriah Heep at Musikfest Cafe

I didn’t know much about Uriah Heep heading into Tuesday night. All I knew is that I signed up for a concert photography class through ArtsQuest, and that the “final exam” was the chance to photograph the band during their Musikfest Café performance that night.

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Craig Thatcher Channels Hendrix at Musikfest Cafe

Editor’s note: Photo taken during Musikfest 2017.

On Friday evening, January 5, Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem had the opportunity to hear renowned guitarist Craig Thatcher perform the music of Jimi Hendrix along with bandmates Wayde Leonard and Don Plowman.

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Album Review: Melancholyfox – Emma’s Home !!

Artist: Melancholyfox
Album: Emma’s Home !!
Released: December 10, 2017
Genre: Electronic

Whether you’re new to the ambient electronic genre, or a veteran of synthesizer soundscapes, you’ll find a lot to like on “Emma’s Home !!”. In regards to the record’s meaning, Melancholyfox notes that the album is “a bunch of dance tracks for my love, Emma.” Despite the lack of lyrics, the New Jersey-based artist’s latest release is able to convey a sense of neon joy to the listener, and the six tracks on the album should be the soundtrack to your next party. Continue reading Album Review: Melancholyfox – Emma’s Home !!

Review: Andrew Huston’s “Going Away” Deserves Your Attention

Artist: Andrew Huston
Album: Going Away
Released: August 4, 2017
Genre: Alt Country

Going Away” is a “no-nonsense”, alt-country EP that warrants your time. Andrew Huston’s songwriting is purposefully ambiguous, but easily relatable. The Philadelphia-based artist’s inspiration from Wilco’s “A.M.”, can be felt on “Isn’t It Interesting”. This song displays Andrew’s unique talent of crafting upbeat melodies about negative experiences. Instead of wallowing in despair, Huston forms those memories into catchy sing-alongs that will improve the mood of any bar. Continue reading Review: Andrew Huston’s “Going Away” Deserves Your Attention

LVU Best of 2017: The Bands

Our Best of 2017 video series continues, this time shedding a spotlight on the bands that made their mark throughout the year.

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Jenni Lyn, Serene Green Prove Bluegrass is Alive and Well

Photo credit: Serene Green on Facebook

Bluegrass music has its pioneers: Monroe, Scruggs, Flatts, and many more. Fast forward to today, and the bluegrass genre has taken on a whole new light. On Sunday afternoon, young bluegrass pickers Serene Green joined the Jenni Lyn Band on the stage of the historic Godfrey Daniels.

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Lisa’s Lens: The Dull Blue Lights Shine

On Friday, I went to Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks with plans of seeing classical hip hop duo Black Violin, who have gained popularity as they periodically visit the Lehigh Valley with a live show that successfully merges just about every genre known to man.

Unfortunately, I would come to find out that the duo re-scheduled for Sunday, September 10. However, the people at SteelStacks still gave us a show.

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