Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: June 18-24

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!

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The Hook Announces Fall Pacific Northwest Tour

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.”

For tour, album, booking and general inquiries, please contact the band at readysetgethooked.com, readysetgethooked@gmail.com, or Facebook and Instagram @readysetgethooked

PHOTOS: Out to Lunch Concert Series: Pat Foran

We’ve had good luck with the weather so far in June. Not only did the threat of rain disappear on June 1 for both Out to Lunch and First Friday, but the weather for the past two weeks have been particularly spectacular when the weekend has rolled around!

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LVU, Color Me Mine to Host DIY Showcase Aug. 25

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!

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Here’s to Your Mental Health

Hi everyone. I’m Gerard. Some of you might know me as a friend or relative. Others might know me as a guy who started a local music blog that seems to be doing well these days. Or, I might be a former teammate, some random person from high school or college, or someone you’ve otherwise encountered in your travels once or twice. Some of you reading this might not know me at all. In that case, it’s nice to meet you.

If you know me, you probably know that I’ve always been a person with a lot to say. You can credit it partially to my natural love of expressing words, as a former English major and someone who has always enjoyed writing. It can be credited more recently, though, to the fact that life has taken some rather interesting turns over the past three years.

That is to say, it entirely fell apart between 2015 and 2017.

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