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Since January 2016, Lehigh Valley Underground has been proud to serve the local music scene in eastern Pennsylvania, western New Jersey, and beyond. We’ll be turning 2 this January, and we want to do something special to celebrate how far we’ve all come together as a community.

So, we’re doing it in style!

We are teaming up with ArtsQuest to host the Lehigh Valley Underground 2nd Birthday Spectacular, a one-of-a-kind celebration for all members of our local music scene. A fun retrospective with an eye to the future, our 2nd Birthday Spectacular will shine a light on the talented musicians and community partners who are a constant source of inspiration for Lehigh Valley Underground’s work within our community.

The Details

Date: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: Doors 7 p.m. | Show 7:30 p.m.
Where: ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks Blast Furnace Room, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
Tickets: Available at steelstacks.org!
Price: $10 adv. / $12 door

The Performers (in order of appearance)

Kara Hartzell

23158347_10100351965555724_506691827_oAfter performing in a variety of bands over the past 15+ years, and as a freelance bassist, Kara Hartzell has established her footprint throughout the Lehigh Valley, PA and beyond, and continues to inspire with her self-titled solo acoustic act. Versed in a variety of music styles, Kara has made her mark performing in concert halls, performance venues, music festivals, coffee shops, breweries, and more – continually seeking new ventures and challenges. She truly is a force to be reckoned with in the contemporary music scene.
Kara started playing piano, flute, and bass at a young age in her public school music programs. Her success there inspired her to pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education as well as Instrumental Conducting. She currently teaches middle school instrumental and general music in Newton, NJ. In addition to her self-titled solo acoustic act, Kara also plays the upright bass professionally in the Allentown Band and with the Lehigh University Wind Ensemble. Past projects include blues band Bottle of Blues out of Corning, NY, cover band under.escape out of Mansfield, PA, Lehigh Valley indie pop rock band A Golden Era, and most recently Lehigh Valley folk rock group Alex Mery & The Townsmen. She has been featured on PBS39 and Service Electric Cable TV, in publications by Lehigh Valley Underground and Fig Bethlehem, and has performed at Musikfest, PennLive, Launch Music Conference, Christkindlmarkt, and more.

Kill the Broadcast

KTB-photoMusic is all about connection.  And, when you corral four guys together in a band aimed at creating a lyrical sound that inspires and moves listeners, you’re bound to secure that connection that music breeds.

Formed in the fall of 2009, Kill the Broadcast has been gaining on the regional scene, racking up live gigs that span the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia areas, performing as four-time favorites at Musikfest, and knocking out killer shows at Philly mainstays like The Legendary Dobbs, North Star Bar and The Grape Room.

The band’s unique sound and lyrical depth stems from the diverse musical interests of its members, whose stylistic influences include the post punk sounds of Richard Hell and the Voidoids, the raw genius of Led Zeppelin, the manic energy of At The Drive In, the elegant and progressive nature of Radiohead, and the pop sensibilities of R.E.M.

Music fans looking to connect with an original act from the area will enjoy the band’s first EP, “16 Hours”, which garnered attention from local rock radio station, WZZO, which selected Kill the Broadcast as its winning band for its 24th annual Backyard Bands competition.

With its unique blend of lyric poetry and catchy alt-pop sensibilities, Kill the Broadcast debuted its new lineup and sound to the world in October 2017. Together, the foursome looks to pick up where it left off — and then some.

Dear Anna

Dear Anna full bandFormed in 2010, Dear Anna is a band who’s performances resonate with people of all generations, and who’s music blurs the lines of many genres.

The star of the show is Easton’s own Lorenzo Bubba. He is more than just a lead singer, guitarist, or songwriter. Lorenzo is an entertainer. Those who have witnessed can profess to his vocal ability, range, and charisma. His wild stage antics evoke the bravado of Roger Daltry ,while his voice ranges from MJ to Cobain, in the span of a few moments. 

The foundation of any great band is a great drummer. In that capacity, Dear Anna is fortunate to have Troy Ritter not only on the drum kit, but also as a founding member. Always one to keep an ear on up and coming music and artists, it was Troy who scouted Lorenzo and sensed the potential success for their collaborations. 

That initial spark led to the band’s self-titled 2010 EP, which included scorching indie rock in songs such as “Ready” and “Taste It,” as well as more cerebral tunes, such as “Leaving” and “Dancing.” While performing up and down the East Coast in support of that release, Dear Anna sold approximately 3500 CDs. 

After returning to their native Lehigh Valley, the band continued to maintain a rigorous schedule, playing the area’s hottest venues as fans came to see the band’s energetic, in-your-face shows. Lorenzo’s acrobatic antics and brutally committed performances kept audiences transfixed, as the band shifted gears like a finely-tuned racing machine.

2016 brought in some old friends as new members to the band. First to be recruited is James “Creature” Frank on the electric bass, who’s soulful ear and smooth lines make up the glue of the band. Guitarist Ben Lang rounds out the group, as his stage presence and seasoned playing make a perfect folly for Lorenzo.

Get Involved

Lehigh Valley Underground is working in tandem with community partners to make the Lehigh Valley Underground 2nd Birthday Spectacular a celebration unlike any our music community has ever seen! Find out how your organization can partner with us on this one-of-a-kind event, and email us with any further questions.

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