The Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association (GLVMA) announced this afternoons that nominations for the 19th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards will begin this Friday, November 17 at lehighvalleymusicawards.org.
We had some intriguing nominations come through in the preliminary period of the first-ever Lehigh Valley Underground Fan’s Choice Awards. We appreciate everyone who has participated so far, and we thank you for your input.
But now, it gets real.
We stand here, in slight disbelief that we’ve already reached the middle of October. 2017 has been quite an eventful year, here at Lehigh Valley Underground and across our community in general. And, while the year is certainly still far from over, it’s not too early to reflect on all we’ve seen and heard.
After months of anticipation, the 18th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards are today. Beginning at 3 p.m. with the Lehigh Valley Underground Preshow, the local music scene will be out in full force at South Bethlehem’s ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks to celebrate the accomplishments of all.
We’re just a little excited (in case you couldn’t tell), and we’re interested to see how things unfold this afternoon. Having said that, we’ll hold ourselves over until then by making our best guesses. Here’s what we think will happen!
Now, one of them will go home from the Lehigh Valley Music Awards with a bit of extra hardware.
Now that we’re (slowly, but surely) getting back from the holiday weekend, we thought it would be a good time to remind you: voting for the 18th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards ends Wednesday.
Lehigh Valley Underground is excited to announce that it has received a total of eight Lehigh Valley Music Awards nominations in recognition of its work to raise awareness of the local music scene in eastern Pennsylvania, western New Jersey, and beyond.
If you have participated in the Lehigh Valley Music Awards nomination process in the past, you might notice some changes when making your picks for this year, whether you’ll cast your ballot in Fan or Industry categories.
The Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association has added or made changes to several categories, to continually present a more accurate, modern reflection of the Lehigh Valley’s music scene in 2016.
The updates are listed below. Both Fan and Industry nominations will be accepted through this Tuesday, November 15. For more information or to nominate your favorites, please visit lehighvalleymusicawards.org.
On Sunday, the 17th annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards emanated from the Musikfest Café, located on the third floor of the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Of the many winners on Sunday afternoon, local mainstay Scott Marshall received top honors with a record-breaking nine LVMAs.
Naturally, many people feel good for Marshall. He’s assembled a band of talented musicians who play seamlessly across genres. They’re good, and you’d have a difficult time honestly denying that. Moreover, Marshall appears by all accounts to have remained hard-working and humble throughout his ascent to the top of the scene.
Others, however, decry Marshall’s nine awards as a perceived flaw in the system – one alleged in certain circles to play favorites and select the same artists, year after year.
While cruising social media Sunday night into Monday, I saw my fair share of both opinions. I know and respect numerous people who believe different things across the board. With that, I feel compelled to say…
Congratulations are in order for Scott Marshall and all of the event’s winners. You all work hard to perfect and present your talents, and you deserve recognition for that. My hat’s off to you and your continued success.
As for those who came up empty-handed – including those who weren’t nominated – you deserve recognition as well. I know for a fact that many of you work every bit as hard as Sunday’s winners, and none of you should feel like your efforts are in vain.
Most importantly, remember this: No matter where you find yourself in the wake of the LVMAs, you’re now on a clean slate.
The LVMAs come but once a year. It is one day out of 365 – or, in 2016’s case, 366. This is not to downplay the event’s significance or popularity, but to point out that there are more opportunities than ever to make your musical voice heard in the Lehigh Valley throughout the year.
New opportunities for Lehigh Valley musicians to perform and network are popping up all the time. For the vast majority of the year, it doesn’t take a large festival or awards gala to make waves. Small venues, as well as musicians and fans on the scene, expand these possibilities every day. Folks who work full-time “day jobs,” and who work on music as a passion project, are transforming the scene into one that is increasingly focused on the artist with open mic nights, weekly showcases, radio shows, blogs and more. These people and their ideas are the gears that make the Valley’s music scene turn on a daily basis. Without them, there would be nobody and nothing to recognize at larger-scale events.
It is your responsibility as a musical citizen to find opportunities, learn from the folks around you, and add your own ideas to the musical landscape. Perhaps your efforts will find you accepting the LVMA you covet in 2017. If not, or if you aren’t the “awards show” type, maybe it will gain you more respect and admiration from your musical peers. For some of you, perhaps the self-satisfaction derived from doing what you love is enough.
No matter what, your pure efforts are contributing greatly to the musical landscape in the Lehigh Valley. Whether you realize it or not, your unique voice is making this scene better, stronger, and more diversified as time marches forward – and that, my friend, is what we need around here.
If you won on Sunday, congratulations, but now is not the time to get complacent. Keep up the good, hard work.
If not, don’t let it get you down. It doesn’t mean that what you’re doing isn’t deserving of recognition.
Nine awards or zero, you have talent and a voice. The Valley needs those voices working together to thrive, and everybody knows it.
Musos is back, and so are we!
March begins this week, which means that winter in the Lehigh Valley will soon come to an end! While you keep warm with that thought, make plans to enjoy these…
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week
Mon., Feb. 29, 10 p.m.
Open Mic Jam
Venue: The Funhouse, 5 E. 4th St., Bethlehem
Description: Show your stuff at this bi-weekly jam at this iconic South Bethlehem music venue.
Thurs., Mar. 3, 7 p.m.
The Originals Music Series
Venue: Chicago Restaurant & Club Gravity, 1179 Airport Rd., Allentown
Description: Musos is back at the weekly showcase this week, presented by The Fyre & Ice Show. Check out these photos from their previous performance, and then come out for another great night of rock!
Sun., Mar. 6, 4 p.m.
The 17th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards
Venue: Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem
Description: Performances include Brosky & Meyer, Craig Thatcher Band, DJ Menace Collaboration, Erin Kelly, Fusion Jazz Trio, Larry Werner, MindMaze, Whiskeyhickon Boys, John Carelli, Rick Bouley & Lane Conklin, and a Student Showcase from The Lesson Center, School of Rock and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.