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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The Mysterious Mr. Grimm Goes to One Centre Square

Photo credit: Andrew Zastko Photography

The following is an account of VICTIM and Another Day Dawns’ show at Easton’s One Centre Square on Friday, August 18, received in a mysterious email from someone who referred to himself only as “Mr. Grimm.” We enjoyed the mysterious Mr. Grimm’s account of the evening, so we decided to give it a whirl here on LVU. Let us know what you think!

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Musikfest Bonus Tracks: Del Water Gap and National Parks on the South Side

Just when you thought we were out of Musikfest content, it turns out that we have more photos for your viewing pleasure.

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Lisa’s Lens: Scott Marshall & Marshall’s Highway at Musikfest

A rainy Monday was no match for the mighty Scott Marshall & Marshall’s Highway, who kicked off the Americaplatz stage on Day 4 of Musikfest.

The local country rockstar and his band of brothers brought a soulful, spirited performance to Musikfest rooted in the band’s four tenets: faith, hope, music, and love. Ever the storyteller, Marshall shared the tales behind the tunes, drawing in and engaging the audience through popular originals like “‘Shine” and “Hope on the Cross.”

It was my pleasure to spend the evening on rain-soaked ground with the other people who braved the elements and capture the moments. Hope you enjoy!