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The Tuk Ten: Day 5 — Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison (Live)(1968)

Johnny Cash is rightly credited with being the father of outlaw country music. This is not the country music of today, the one that has been taken over by the Carrie Underwoods and the other improbably telegenic performers that populate and dominate the genre. Cash’s music, and the style he created, was the one of Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and Willie Nelson. Cash exuded the idea that if you weren’t against the system, you were part of the system. 

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The June 2018 Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series Lineup (So Far!)

A quick note on what you are about to read: this isn’t the final version of our June 2018 Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series lineup, sponsored by SouthSide Arts District and Banko Beverage Co. and set for South Bethlehem on Friday, June 1. We’re still working on finalizing one or two more venues (and their associated acts). So, expect additions to this before too long.

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The Tuk Ten: Day 3 — District 97, In Vaults (2015)

Some of you reading this may have no idea who District 97 is.  So, for Day Three of The Tuk Ten (rock edition!), let me acquaint you with them. D97 hails from Chicago, Illinois, and have followed an indie rock pathway across the United States and throughout Europe, all on a DIY and crowdfunded model.  This is very much a rock band for modern times. For reasons explained below, In Vaults is definitely in my very own personal Top Ten. 

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The Tuk Ten: Day 2 – The Rollins Band, Weight (1995)

The second album in The Tuk Ten (the rock edition) is Weight by The Rollins Band.  Weight came out in the middle of that band’s career.  It doesn’t have as much of the exposed raw energy of the debut album, End of Silence.  What Weight does have is a mature and hard edge coupled with some fine engineering that runs through the entire album.  

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Musikfest Begins Rollout of 35th Anniversary Edition Lineup

Photo credit: Craig Roberts

Jason Mraz, Brantley Gilbert, Jim Gaffigan, Kesha, Marc Broussard, Colony House, Marshall Crenshaw, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Original Wailers, We are Scientists and !!! are among the nearly 400 performers taking the stage as part of the 35th edition of Musikfest, the nation’s largest free-admission music festival. The event, set for Aug. 3-12 in Bethlehem, Pa., will feature music at 16 of its 18 total venues, with more than 500 free music and art performances during its 10-day run.

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“Enter Your Initials” – PinFest 2018 is Largest Yet

On Friday morning in a light drizzle, nearly a hundred avid gamers waited outside the Allentown Agri-Plex for the start of PinFest 2018 – the Lehigh Valley’s annual pinball show. The expo featured over 300 pinball, arcade, and slot machines, as well as parts, accessories, and memorabilia. The early crowd had their pick of which machines to play first, as thousands more patrons would stream through the doors during the two-day event. Each machine was set to “free play,” so players simply paid one $20 admission price and had access to games and the on-site flea market.

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Jerrod Niemann’s Got This

Progressive country crooner Jerrod Niemann brought the party to One Centre Square in Easton last night. The Platinum-certified singer of radio hits “Lover, Lover,” “What Do You Want,” and “Drink to That All Night” played for a crowd of over 200. Niemann is currently on tour promoting his 4th album This Ride, featuring singles “I Got This” and “God Made a Woman.”

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