Thirty years ago, as a student at Syracuse University, Chicago native and aspiring musician Ken Goldstein visited the Buffalo area and got a glimpse of how the closing of the local steel mill in Lackawanna, N.Y. put thousands out of work and gutted a community. In the ensuing days, he penned a song, “Bethlehem Steel,” that he’s carried with him throughout his career.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Mar. 5, 2018 –Lehigh Valley Underground, the premier community resource for local music and entertainment news in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, captured three total awards at the 19th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards in a ceremony Sunday night inside of the Musikfest Café at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.
The accolades are the first in Lehigh Valley Underground’s history, dating back to the organization’s official launch in January 2016. Lehigh Valley Underground won an award on each the Fan and Industry ballots, with the organization received a nod for Outstanding Music Website on the Fan ballot, breaking a long-running winning streak previously held by popular local 1960s tribute band, The Large Flowerheads. On the Industry ballot, LVU captured the award for Outstanding Music Supporter (Organization).
LVU Founder/Editor-in-Chief Gerard Longo also scored his first individual honor at the ceremony, coming out of a deep and talented field of nominees to capture the Outstanding Music Supporter (Individual) award on the Industry ballot.
“Lehigh Valley Underground has put in countless hours toward building a stronger community around local music, and we are incredibly honored to have our efforts recognized by the community in the form of three Lehigh Valley Music Awards,” said Gerard Longo, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Lehigh Valley Underground. “I would like to thank the team at LVU and WLVU: The Sound of The Underground for their passion and tireless efforts, as well as our community of musicians and local supporters, who believe in and trust Lehigh Valley Underground as a community resource.”
According to the Lehigh Valley Music Awards’ official website, the event “is a prestigious annual extravaganza that honors, rewards and celebrates the music industry of the greater Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.” The ceremony is produced by the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association, an official non-profit volunteer organization designed to produce music related events throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley.
To learn more about Lehigh Valley Underground’s work in the community, including diverse community programming and daily web content, please visit LehighValleyUnderground.com. To learn more about the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association, please visit glvma.org.
In addition to music, an integral part of the 2018 Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration (PennMArt) on Memorial Day Weekend will be three days of extensive programming to recognize the contributions of U.S. veterans, and to showcase Pennsylvania’s deeply-rooted role in the country’s military history. Appropriately, the inaugural event falls on the 100th anniversary year of the end of WWI, and the 150th anniversary of the first official Memorial Day.
Lehigh Valley Underground is excited to partner with the Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society (PAMPS) on this year’s Great Pennsylvania Music and Arts Celebration (PennMArt), set to take place Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-28) at the Allentown Fairgrounds.
An acclaimed singer-songwriter playing amid the pottery of Color Me Mine, and the alt-country sounds of Acoustic Kitty Project at the Comfort Suites are part of the diverse music experiences SouthSide Arts & Music Festival (SSAMF) attendees can enjoy for free, thanks to a new partnership between ArtsQuest and Lehigh Valley Underground.
As a new full member of the WFTDA, Two Rivers Roller Derby joins the ranks of over 400 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the sport of women’s flat track roller derby. After successfully completing the WFTDA Apprentice Program, 2RRD will now enjoy the benefits of full WFTDA membership, including the ability to compete in sanctioned games that qualify for WFTDA ranking.
Two Rivers Roller Derby 2018 Home Bouting Schedule
Saturday, June 16 vs. Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby Saturday, July 7 vs. Central Jersey Roller Vixens Saturday, Sept. 15 vs. Jersey Shore Roller Girls
More dates to be announced.
Two Rivers Roller Derby is an all-women’s flat track roller derby league serving Eastern Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey. 2RRD was launched in 2013 to provide a positive environment for members to achieve their full potential in the sport of roller derby through good sportsmanship and athleticism. 2RRD strives to positively promote the sport of roller derby through teamwork and respect for one another, our fellow derby leagues, our community, and ourselves.
2RRD’s mission is to provide a haven of athleticism, sportsmanship, and fun in which to play the best possible roller derby.
Pat Foran, a singer-songwriter from Lambertville, NJ, has announced the February guest lineup for his weekly Pat Foran Showcase.
Local music fans are invited to join Pat Foran and friends as they welcome a new musical guest to Havana New Hope every Wednesday night. Located at 105 S. Main St., New Hope, PA, Havana New Hope is renowned regionally for hosting live entertainment, ranging from local performers to national touring acts, several nights per week.
The Pat Foran Showcase will host the following performers throughout the month. All events begin at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 7:
New Jersey-based indie folk singer-songwriter Corey R-J, whose full-length record “The Long Way Home” is available now and Carlsea (formely Chelsea Carlson), an award-winning pop singer-songwriter from Morris County, NJ.
Wednesday, Feb. 14: Amy Dee, a genre-jumpin’ veteran Americana musician, will host a special release party for her upcoming album, “Southern Routes.”
Entering its tenth year, LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival is set to return to Lancaster, PA on April 12-15, 2018. The event is full of panels, seminars, parties, events, and performances, as well as music executives to speak and perform to a crowd of artists and industry go-getters.