Since 2016, we’ve teamed up with the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association (GLVMA) to present a local talent showcase during Musikfest. We’ll do it again, presenting a pair of full bands and shining a light on local music at the nation’s largest free outdoor music festival!
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In case you missed the memo, it’s summer. In fact, we’re calling it now that it’s going to be a Magic Summer for Lehigh Valley Underground and our music community as a whole.
We plan to have ourselves a time, and we want you to be a part of it.
The first Friday of July is right around the corner, which means it’s time for South Bethlehem to be overtaken with local, independent music of many varieties.
In Easton, the local artist community has responded to help a friend in his time of need.
Last week, we announced an eclectic and explosive night of rock that we’ll be putting on at The Gallery at Color Me Mine (25 E. Third St.) on Saturday, August 25.
As you might expect, that’s not all we collectively have in store for this summer.
This week, welcome the official start of summer and enjoy the long days with even longer nights. Three of our picks for the week start at 9 p.m. or later, sure to keep you partying into the wee hours.
And, of course, Friday is going to be beautiful for Out to Lunch on the South Bethlehem Greenway… but you already knew that.
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!
Every epic tale has an origin story.
For Lehigh Valley Underground, it begins in rural New Jersey in August 2013.
It’s been one year since Valley-based original rock band The Hook started their DIY journey. Since then Carlos, Chris, Youssef and Joe have performed 60 shows throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, wrote, recorded, produced and released a 15-track debut LP, “Moonshine & Honey,” raised hundreds of dollars in support of suicide awareness — and more is on the way.
This October, The Hook is taking their debut album to new heights with a trip across the country to the Pacific Northwest for their first-ever tour, A Taste of Moonshine & Honey. With seven dates on the books (and counting) in Washington and Oregon, from Vancouver to Bend, The Hook has their four-eyes set on introducing their sound to the Pacific Northwest and bringing this journey full circle to frontman Carlos Barata’s second home. This June, LVU and Fig Bethlehem shed some light on The Hook’s roots in the region. This summer, The Hook will officially roll out their complete tour schedule on Facebook, Instagram and readysetgethooked.com.
“We’re incredibly excited to share our music in Washington and Oregon,” Barata said. “As a new band, 3,000+ miles away, we’re just blown away, honored, and grateful for how receptive folks in the Pacific Northwest have been. We’re really excited to take “Moonshine & Honey” to new places, and make new friends and fans along the way.”
We’ve teamed up with South Bethlehem’s Color Me Mine Lehigh Valley on quite a few music events over the past year. Some have, of course, been a part of our First Friday Concert Series, while we’ve also worked together to host performances during SouthSide Arts & Music Festival and other independent ventures.
On Saturday, August 25, we’ll be back at it again!
Musikfest favorites Jutaun, whose soulful blend of R&B, rock, and pop makes for one of the region’s unique sounds, will come to SteelStacks this Saturday night.