Meet the ‘Fest Vets: Dina Hall

Singer-songwriter, radio host, and Godfrey Daniels Board of Directors President Dina Hall wears many hats in the Valley’s music scene. Here’s another one: multi-time Musikfest performer.

Dina has nearly a decade of performing experience at the nation’s largest free outdoor music festival under her belt. With that, she offered her profound experience and sage advice on the matter to conclude this year’s inaugural “Meet the ‘Fest Vets” series.

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Meet the ‘Fest Vets: Matt Molchany

Matt Molchany, co-founder of Tape Swap Radio and guitarist/vocalist of Bethlehem indie rock band, VoirVoir, is a long-time resident of Bethelhem. Matt has attended Musikfest for many years as a patron and performer, making him the perfect candidate to take a few minutes to tell us about his journey through the festival over the years.

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This Saturday, Say ‘Good Evening’ to Evening Darling

New York City alt-Americana band Evening Darling has a unique sound that has gained a lot of steam beyond the confines of the Big Apple. Their debut, self-titled album (which you can hear at the bottom of this article) is an exciting blend of influences that range from new wave to the folk and Americana of their previous incarnation, The Hunting Party.

We checked in with the band in advance of its performance this Saturday, August 5 at the Red Stag Pub Liederplatz stage at Musikfest to hear all about what makes them tick, and what we have to look forward to when they come to town this weekend.

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Meet the ‘Fest Vets: Nick Capozzolo

In addition to chatting with Musikfest rookies to get their thoughts on performing for the first time at the nation’s largest free outdoor music festival, we also wanted to catch up with those who have been there — whether as attendees, performers, or both.

Nick Capozzolo, bassist for Nazareth-based harmonic soul band, The Moondogs, has performed three times at previous Musikfests, and was one of the first to offer his thoughts on what the experience means to him.

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Musikfest Preview: Meet Some ‘Fest Rookies

In addition to old favorites who perform at Musikfest every year, the festival boasts a healthy offering of first-time performers each year. Whether they are local, or they come to us from afar, ‘Festgoers have a guaranteed opportunity to discover something new for ten days in August in downtown Bethlehem.

We reached out to a few ‘Fest rookies to get their thoughts on their upcoming debut at the nation’s largest free outdoor music festival. They are…

008Neil Grover, local singer-songwriter, performing Wednesday, August 9 at 7 p.m. at Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz, and Thursday, August 10 at 8 p.m. at Yuengling Lagerplatz (amid the Festplatz site).

007Kara Hartzell, singer-songwriter and bassist for Alex Mery & The Townsmen, performing at Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works on Friday, August 4 at 9 p.m. (unofficial Musikfest performance); Wednesday, August 9 at 9 p.m. at Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz (w/ Alex Mery & The Townsmen); and Thursday, August 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the Provident Bank Main Street Stage.

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Jim Rea of Springfield, MO-based bluegrass quintet, The HillBenders, performing Monday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Americaplatz, and Tuesday, August 8 at 7 p.m. at Volksplatz.

 

029Zach Russack, Hackettstown, NJ-based singer-songwriter, performing a full-band set Thursday, August 10 at 3:30 p.m. on the Provident Bank Main Street Stage, and a solo set at Red Stag Pub Liederplatz on Sunday, August 13 at 2 p.m.

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An Interview with Luke Ferracone

Christopher Snyder returns to LVU. This time, he sits down with guitarist Luke Ferracone of The Groove Merchants. Luke tells us everything about the band, and extensively discusses the music that has influenced him. It’s a great read — we hope you enjoy it!

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Catching Up with Slingshot Dakota

On Saturday night, indie pop duo and hometown favorites Slingshot Dakota return to Bethlehem for a special night of music at SteelStacks. The bill also features Chicago’s Ratboys and the Valley’s own Sing, Bird of Prey. Tickets can be found here.

Carly Comando, who comprises the band alongside husband Tom Patterson, chatted with us to talk about the band’s busy 2017, which has so far included an international tour that went all the way to the UK, and their post-summer plans.

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PHOTOS: WLVU Summer Concert Series ft. Maverick da Roninn

Saturday afternoon, WLVU: The Sound of The Underground opened its inaugural Summer Concert Series with Maverick da Roninn.

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The Quinn Spinn on WLVU: June 12, 2017

As Acoustic Kitty Project puts the finishing touches on the band’s forthcoming album, The Quinn Spinn welcomed AKP frontman Carter Lansing to tell us about the record and play us a couple of tunes, live on WLVU: The Sound of The Underground!

Plus, we previewed Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites and Lehigh Valley Underground’s joint presentation, Single Sisters Series: Songs For Sisters, and we welcomed local visual artist Bobby Zeik for an impromptu interview.

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A May-riffic Conversation with Chelsea Lyn Meyer

Chelsea Lyn Meyer has established herself as one of our region’s most prominent singer-songwriters and music volunteers. Chelsea has topped independent music charts with her original tunes, and was nominated for 13 Lehigh Valley Music Awards this past year alone.

This Saturday at 4:30 p.m., we are honored to have Chelsea join us as one of 15 acts at our May-riffic Music Festival at American Spirits Roadhouse. Before the big weekend, we took a few minutes to chat with Chelsea about her music and overall body of work.

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