Thursday night presented a unique edition of SteelStacks Open Mic, presented by Billy Bauer. The weekly series served as the platform for the release of singer-songwriter Kara Hartzell’s debut EP, “When I’m Home.”
The Lesson Center and Thirteen Butterflies Production are inviting some of the Valley’s brightest musical stars to shine at the Allentown Masonic Temple (1524 W. Linden St.) on Sunday, September 17 — all in the name of Hurricane Harvey relief.
On Saturday night, the excitement of those inside of a packed Musikfest Cafe was unmistakable, as the sold-out crowd came through to hear Billy Bauer Band pay tribute to one of its biggest influences — and one of the most successful touring artists of all time — Dave Matthews Band.
In my first venture back out onto the scene since Sunday’s Musikfest finale, I found myself back on familiar ground, as I headed down to SteelStacks for Billy Bauer’s weekly open mic on Thursday night.
When you hear the sounds of Billy Bauer Band nearby, it’s hard not to stick around a while and enjoy the quartet’s bright brand of acoustic rock. That’s what I did on Thursday night — during a festival with so many stages running at any given time, I dedicated a full set to enjoying this Bethlehem-based band.
We hope you had a great time last night to kick off Musikfest! Hopefully, you didn’t go too hard. After all, that was only the beginning!
Today, on the first Saturday of the festival, the lineup is so stacked that we’re having trouble narrowing it down to five performances. That’s a good problem to have, if it can be called a “problem” at all!
Musikfest Five Point Preview: Saturday, August 5
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.
Billy Bauer graciously invited Lehigh Valley Underground to make the trip up to Stroudsburg’s Sherman Theater on Friday night to catch his eponymous band’s opening gig in support of Gin Blossoms.
We happily obliged.
Thursday night, participants in Billy Bauer’s SteelStacks Open Mic had quite an audience, as patrons of the night’s Levitt Pavilion show hung around outside the campus’ TD Bank stage to hear up-and-comers show what they were made of.
Photo credit: John Millington
EDIT: Moved to July 2 raindate.
Allentown will once again hold its Fourth of July Weekend celebration at J. Birney Crum Stadium, and will enlist the help of some of the region’s most popular artists for the festivities.