SouthSide Arts and Music Festival’s LVU Free Stages, Apr. 20-21

Experience the diverse music experiences SouthSide Arts & Music Festival (SSAMF) attendees can enjoy for free, thanks to a new partnership between ArtsQuest and Lehigh Valley Underground.

South Bethlehem will come alive with 10 additional free concerts at venues like Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub, Domaci and Sotto Santi. The partnership between Lehigh Valley Underground and the nonprofit ArtsQuest pushes the total number of musical acts at this year’s festival to more than 30 in all, with live music taking place in 10 different venues throughout the SouthSide during the two-day event.

“ArtsQuest is our region’s premier arts and culture organization, so partnering with them on the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival is a tremendous honor,” says Gerard Longo, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Lehigh Valley Underground. “This partnership will provide 10 local performing artists with a meaningful opportunity to share their passions with new audiences, while increasing the visibility of several South Bethlehem businesses throughout the weekend.”

Julia Sommer

Pictured: Julia Sommer performs during the October 2017 installment of the Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series in Bethlehem.

 

ArtsQuest Chief Programming Officer Patrick Brogan, who books the acts for the SSAMF, says ArtsQuest is excited to partner with Lehigh Valley Underground to showcase so many area musicians.

“Gerard and Lehigh Valley Underground have done an excellent job highlighting the Lehigh Valley’s local musicians at events like First Fridays in South Bethlehem, as well as via the videos and articles on the Lehigh Valley Underground website,” Brogan says. “Showcasing and helping to promote the region’s growing music scene has long been a part of ArtsQuest mission, and when we sat down to talk with Gerard, his enthusiasm for local acts and artists was evident from the start.”

“This is a great partnership between two groups that have very similar goals, and we hope that working together allows results in a great experience for our local musicians, our festival guests, and especially the businesses that are hosting these performances.”

The complete lineup of free Lehigh Valley Underground performances is:

Friday, April 20
Color Me Mine (25 E. 3rd St.)
6:30-8 p.m.: Julia Sommer

Comfort Suites Hill to Hill Grille (120 W. 3rd St.)
6:30-8 p.m.: Roi and the Secret People

Domaci (21 E. 3rd St.)
7-8:30 p.m.: Leah Marie Fuls

Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub (8 E. 4th St.)
6-7:30 p.m.: Chelsea Lyn Meyer

Sotto Santi (10 W. 4th St.)
8-9:30 p.m.: Rofo Audio

Saturday, April 21
Color Me Mine (25 E. 3rd St.)
5-6:30 p.m.: Jordyn Kenzie

Comfort Suites Hill to Hill Grille (120 W. 3rd St.)
6:30-8 p.m.: Acoustic Kitty Project

Domaci (21 E. 3rd St.)
7-8:30 p.m.: January Noon

Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub (8 E. 4th St.)
6-7:30 p.m.: Cass Noelle

Sotto Santi (10 W. 4th St.)
8-9:30 p.m.: theLionhearted

The SouthSide Arts & Music Festival features two days filled with visual arts experiences, live music and family programming, all designed to encourage guests to visit South Bethlehem’s shops, restaurants and arts venues. In addition to concerts, the festival includes an ArtsWalk featuring artisans and fine art vendors; art installations and sculpture throughout the SouthSide’s business district; a skateboarding competition by Homebase610 and more. For tickets to shows like Infamous Stringdusters and Delta Rae, as well as complete details on the festival, visit steelstacks.org.