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Flip Out at PinFest 2018

PinHeads unite! What better way to channel your inner wizard than a day at the Allentown PinFest – the Lehigh Valley’s premier pinball event. PinFest features over 200 pinball games, as well as various arcade favorites. Machines range from nostalgia-inducing to state-of-the-art, with graphics that are probably more sophisticated than your TV.

JPAll games are set to “free play,” so no need to scrounge up a fistful of quarters. Daily admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 5 (bring a stool for your wee one!). No animals or strollers, but if you have a pinball-playing, stroller-riding animal, please post it on the PinFest Facebook page so we can all enjoy it.

The expo is open to the public on Friday, May 4 from 12 p.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Pro tip: Get there early for shorter lines on popular games. For those looking to take their flipper skills to the next level, there also tournament options; details on signing up can be found here. If you’re in the market to purchase (and make your friends jealous), don’t hesitate to pull the trigger – many of the machines are available for sale or trade, and tend to get snatched up early.

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Founded in the 1990s, PinFest has grown exponentially each year, welcoming thousands of players and vendors over a multi-ball (er, I mean multi-day) stretch. In addition to the gaming area, there is also a flea market with various parts and modifications for games. For visitor Nic Shell, “It’s all about the projects, parts, and pals.”

For those new to the pinball community – don’t be shy! Jump in on a multiplayer game or offer to play “split flip” – where you and a partner each control one flipper throughout the game. For 18-time attendee Mike Frasca, there are always “lots of great friends made, and lots of great games played.”

The festival is located in the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds (302 N. 17th St). Parking is free, and the on-site snack bar will help fuel your new high scores. Happy flipping! For more information, visit pinfestival.com or the festival’s official Facebook event.

It’s an #LVUSuperSaturday at Allentown JazzFest

Today, Allentown JazzFest and the Allentown Art Museum team up on today’s programming to provide another diverse musical experience against a unique, visually engaging backdrop — and LVU will be there to capture the magic.

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You Could Be Applying to Play Musikfest 2017 Right Now…

Earlier, we named Musikfest as the best festival emerging from a tough, competitive field in 2016.

We didn’t even realize how timely that post would be, because, as it turns out, the good folks at ArtsQuest are considering talent for the 2017 Musikfest lineup right now.

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Ninjapedia: What Does ‘Support Your Local Music Scene’ Mean to You?

Welcome to the world of Ninja.

Being heavily involved in the local music scene for more 11 years in multiple capacities, I have always wanted to know what makes a musician “tick.”  I am always engaging musicians in conversations to get their feedback and thoughts on things important to them.

Because I always receive great feedback during these conversations, I decided to start posting questions on my Facebook page to engage musicians from all over the world, in addition to those at the local level. This has been a valuable tool for not just me, but for those musicians, as well.

This is why Ninjapedia was brought to Lehigh Valley Underground: to educate our music scene based on input from our peers. I hope you enjoy the answers to these questions as much as I do.

Today’s question is:

What does “support your local music scene” mean to you?

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Review: Husbandry – Nature vs. Nurture

Brooklyn post-hardcore darlings Husbandry are set to unleash their debut LP Fera this Friday (8/24), and are heading out on a weekend tour that includes — of all places — a stop in Easton on the eve of album’s release.

Husbandry — whose previous Valley appearance was an all-ages weekday show at The Slope in Nazareth in April — will be celebrating Fera‘s release at Mother’s Bar & Grille with support from other out-of-town hardcore acts Chaotic Meltdown and Faceplant. If the order of bands on the Facebook event page is to be believed, local metal act Buzzherd will be closing the show.

“Nature vs. Nurture” is the second single off of the new record, and prominently features the kind of shredding guitar licks and energetic vocal performance that you would hope for. The accompanying images are intentionally dream-like and surrealistic in a way that evokes those old weirdo short flicks Luis Buñuel and Dali used to make. Check out the video below, get hyped, and come party on Friday!

LVU Names The Valley Ledger as The Quinn Spinn’s Feature Sponsor

The Valley Ledger is joining The Quinn Spinn’s live party this fall.

The online news organization, which covers happenings throughout the Lehigh Valley, is joining forces once again with Lehigh Valley Underground as the feature sponsor of our Official Podcast. This isn’t The Valley Ledger’s first foray into Podcast Land with Lehigh Valley Underground and The Quinn Spinn; the Ledger was the official sponsor of QSLehighValley earlier this year, a local “Spinn” on the show, which has now been combined with its parent show into one, two-hour long Facebook Live broadcast every week.

“The Valley Ledger has been a valued partner of Lehigh Valley Underground from the very beginning,” said Gerard Longo, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lehigh Valley Underground. “Joe Thompson and his team are the first folks I thought of when looking for an organization to sponsor this new, live era of The Quinn Spinn.”

The Quinn Spinn, sponsored by The Valley Ledger, premieres live on the podcast’s official Facebook page on Mon., Sept. 19 from 6-8 p.m., with replays to be made available on SoundCloud, iTunes, and LehighValleyUnderground.com.

The Quinn Spinn is Going (Facebook) Live This Fall!

After exclusively pre-recording since the show’s launch in 2013, The Quinn Spinn, the Official Podcast of Lehigh Valley Underground, is going live this fall!

Starting with the season premiere on September 19, each new recording of The Quinn Spinn will be streamed via Facebook Live on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. For two hours, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the show as it happens, adding an interactive element that will allow for live feedback and requests from listeners.

As always, The Quinn Spinn will feature interviews, topical conversation and, of course, independent music from the Lehigh Valley and around the world. The two-hour time slot will allow The Quinn Spinn to house all of its music under one roof – the first hour of each new episode will be dedicated to local artists, while the second hour will feature those from anywhere in the world.

Upon completion of each new episode of The Quinn Spinn, replays will be made available on SoundCloud, iTunes, and LehighValleyUnderground.com.

For official updates on the coming season of The Quinn Spinn, and to catch the action as it happens this fall, “Like” The Quinn Spinn’s official Facebook page.

#GoUnderground With LVU for Easton Heritage Day

Photo credit: HeritageDay.org

I’m going to be in Easton all day, and you’re coming with me!

We’ll be capturing the essence of Easton Heritage Day 2016 here and on social media, and we don’t want you to miss a thing! So, check in with the site every so often throughout the day, and stay tuned to LVU on Facebook (live video, perhaps?), Twitter, and Instagram for updates, performances, and more.

And, if you happen to see a particularly buff gentleman walking around in a Quinn Spinn t-shirt with a camera, feel free to say hi!

Contributors Wanted!

Are you in tune with the original music scene? Do you like to write? Do you have opinions? Do you like to write about those opinions?

If you said “yes” to any of the above, you should become a contributor to Lehigh Valley Underground!

We are looking to assemble a team of contributors, and we would love to hear why you should be on it. You can contribute as much as you are able (at least once per month), and you’ll be a published author on an indie music blog that reaches hundreds of area music influencers per week.

All you have to do is meet the following requirements, and we’ll be in touch!

  • Ability to write in a clear, engaging and entertaining voice about the original music scene in eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Excellent written communication skills – correct spelling, grammar and punctuation are a must!
  • A working knowledge of the original music scene, here in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
  • Ability to share your work on social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Photography/videography/social marketing skills are a plus!

If you’re interested, please send a cover letter, resume, three writing samples and two story ideas to us at lehighvalleyunderground@gmail.com. This will be an unpaid gig at first – however, we are optimistic that it won’t be forever!

What are you waiting for? #GoUnderground with us!

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