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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King Crimson is an enigma. Like many progressive rock bands, Crimson has had numerous lineup changes since its debut in 1968. The band continues to this day, having completed a tour in Fall 2017 that took it across the United States, coupled with an announcement that new music was on the way.
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.
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.
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.
As all things with Facebook, you periodically see these quick little challenges to list your favorite childhood memories, favorite movies, and so on. One of these challenges, the “List your top ten records” challenge caught my eye.
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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.
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.
A month full of big events — in South Bethlehem and throughout Pennsylvania — culminated with cool music, warm weather, and hot peppers.
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.”