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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: June 11-17

This week, we dive deeper into local arts and culture than simply music. There’s a bit of comedy, satire, and even film to enjoy throughout the Lehigh Valley. So, we decided to be well-rounded and highlight it all.

Let’s do just that, then, with these…

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Best Hit TV Announces Debut Full-Length

New Jersey-based rock-trio Best Hit TV announced their debut full-length album titled Being Emotionally Manipulative isn’t Very Punk Rock of You, which is set for release on July 20. The announcement came on with the release of their song “Part of Me” as a preview single. Recorded in their Newark rehearsal space, the album will follow two previous EP releases and a string of shows across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

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‘Wings and Strings’ Benefit Coming to Hellertown’s Dimmick Park July 28

In the spirit of cancer awareness and making a difference in the community, Scott Marshall is keeping the momentum going from last week’s Concert for the Kids at Steel Pub.

This time, the singer-songwriter is teaming up with the American Cancer Society for a unique benefit at Hellertown’s Dimmick Park.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: June 4-10

All three of the Valley’s principal cities shine with local music this weekend, making for one Can’t-Miss weekend.

The entertainment options are varied, too, providing something for all tastes. Let’s explore!

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Lehigh Valley – Will Run for Beer

Runners, runners everywhere! The weather finally seems to have warmed up, and folks are hitting the pavement across the Lehigh Valley. Whether you are new to running or a seasoned veteran, it can be difficult to choose which races to attend. Allow me to offer a “solution” to get your schedule started off on the right foot – run for beer!

The Funk 5 Miler takes place in Emmaus on Saturday, June 9th at 11 a.m. The race starts in the triangle at the center of town, and runs through the residential area – a few hills, but nothing too steep. It concludes with an after-party – including two free beers for each runner from, you guessed it, Funk Brewing. The brewery itself is a few blocks away, and Yergey Brewing is also within walking/limping distance.

The Funk 5 Miler is hosted by Run Lehigh Valley, and is the third and final event in the annual Earn Your Beer series. The series starts in April with the Brew to Brew 10K+, where participants run a fast downhill-ish course between the Fegley’s Brew Works locations in Allentown and Bethlehem. The second race takes places in May at Weyerbacher Brewing – the 5K Hill Challenge. Aptly named, this event winds up and down the hills surrounding the brewery, including one gargantuan ascent in the final mile. Both events also feature post-race fun with free beer and music (Sunsets North brought the party to Weyerbacher last month). It’s never too early to start training for next year!

musikfest 5k

The Musikfest 5K was announced last week, and takes place on Saturday, August 4th in Bethlehem. Featuring a new course this year, the race starts and ends on the South Side at the SteelStacks, and runners receive their own Musikfest mug and food (*cough* beverage) tickets. As an added bonus, the race starts at 8 a.m. and includes a shuttle pass so you don’t have to fight for parking the rest of the day!

September features the Celtic Classic 5K, hosted by Morning Star Rotary during Bethlehem’s Celtic Classic weekend. While this race doesn’t explicitly provide beer at the end, if you run in a kilt you just might receive an extra “voucher” in your packet. Plus, kilts are actually ideal to race in – very breezy!

The Oktoberfest 5K is another great Bethlehem tradition, with this year’s even scheduled for Sunday, October 7th. Also taking place at the SteelStacks, this event occurs during ArtsQuest’s Oktoberfest celebration – complete with oompah bands, pretzels, dachshund races, and fun for all ages. Participants each receive an exclusive stein of Yuengling Oktoberfest beer upon race completion. This event is hosted by CK Running, which also curates the Jack Daniels Hot Toddy 5K in Philadelphia in December.

To close out the beer run year, RLV also hosts a Santa-themed “race” in December, where participants navigate between different bars for drink specials (and free beer if you’re fast enough), dressed in Santa costumes. A jolly way to socialize and keep warm!

As with any race, it’s important to train…

*raises glass*

Cheers and see you at the starting line!

GRAMMY Award Winning Guitarist Gary Clark Jr. & GROUPLOVE to Headline Musikfest 2018

GRAMMY-winning guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr. and indie-pop sweethearts GROUPLOVE will rock Musikfest when they perform at the Sands Steel Stage Wed., Aug. 8, 7 p.m. and Thurs., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., respectively. Tickets for the Gary Clark Jr. performance are $39-$59, and tickets for the GROUPLOVE concert are $25-$39. They go on sale starting today, May 29, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and Fri., June 1, 10 a.m., to the public at www.musikfest.org and 610-332-3378. 

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: May 28-June 3

Welcome to summertime!

The prime time of the year arrived in a big way this past weekend, with festivals, official openings, and more. Now, it continues with a particularly stacked weekend of programming that promises something for everybody.

Also, a new month begins on Friday. You know what that means!

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