PHOTOS: Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series, October 2017

The First Friday of the month meant that it was once again time for South Bethlehem to be filled with the sounds of live, local music.

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PHOTOS: Alex Mery & The Townsmen at Sangria Sunday (Tolino Vineyards)

First and foremost, it’s important to point out how absolutely spectacular the weather was on Sunday. Pleasant temperatures and sunny skies were complemented by a gentle, yet glorious late summer breeze that made being outside the ideal activity for anyone with a pulse.

Add in various forms of Sangria and the folk-punk stylings of Alex Mery & The Townsmen, and you have yourself a perfect Sunday afternoon.

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Review: Alex Mery & The Townsmen – Folklore

Artist: Alex Mery & The Townsmen
Album: Folklore (LISTEN)
Released: June 2017
Genre: Folk/Punk

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Musikfest, Day 6: Big Stage Blues and a Singer-Songwriter Showcase

I was excited to go to the South Side of Musikfest on Wednesday night. Many of the performers that I’ve been looking forward to covering were making their ‘Fest debuts playing inside of the Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz. This came at a perfect time as, after five days of walking around the North Side of the festival, I was ready to give my legs a break.

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Musikfest Five-Point Preview: August 9, 2017

We have another beautiful day on tap as we creep slowly toward the second weekend of Musikfest. This was another day where it was hard to narrow our list down to five acts. Trust us when we tell you, there is a lot worth seeing and hearing tonight.

Musikfest Five Point Preview: Wednesday, August 9

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: July 31-August 6

Let’s address the elephant in the room: Musikfest begins Friday. Just like last year, you can be sure that Lehigh Valley Underground will have daily previews of the action as the days go by.

Until then, there are plenty of non-‘Fest related activities taking place throughout the area this week, and we’re here to tell you about ‘em!

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!
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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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Renewed Appreciation

Let me tell you about my night last night, and you’ll understand why I wake up this morning with a great sense of appreciation for this music community.

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An Afternoon at Easton Heritage Day 2017

 

Sunday was the perfect day to spend time with family and friends and take in the sights and sounds occurring around Centre Sq. in Easton, PA.  Having been a native of the area for 20+ years, I must admit that I never have attended this event, but am thankful that I did.

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PHOTOS: The Southern Exposure Tour Comes Home

After two weeks on the road together, hundreds of miles logged, and countless memories made, Alex Mery & The Townsmen and Zach Russack brought their Southern Exposure Tour home on Sunday.

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