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.
First and foremost, Happy Memorial Day, and thank you to all of those who have served, and especially those who have lost their lives for protecting what they held dear.
On our end, we certainly have one May-riffic hangover! Photos and recaps of each individual day of our epic festival will be making their way onto the site over the next 24 hours. Lots of photos equals lots of editing, so bear with us!
In the meantime, jump right back in with a fresh batch of…
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!
We capped another successful Saturday on the scene by taking a trip to Steel Pub to visit our friend, local singer-songwriter Billy Bauer. Billy tweeted at us a few hours prior to let us know he’d be playing that night. We decided, after an action-packed Record Store Day at Spin Me Round in Phillipsburg (photos to come), that we still weren’t done!
It was my first time hearing Billy’s tunes in trio form, and it gave me the opportunity to hear them in a new, dynamic light. Bauer’s vocal and guitar talents were on-point as usual, and the element of Chris Lorenzetti’s electric violin — truly electrifying, if you ask me — helped create a big sound and energy that made the people dance.
Like all amazing talents, the trio took a break between sets. Instead of letting dead air take over, however, Bauer invited his good friend Cubbage to the stage to play a short, impromptu set, which included an acoustic rendition of “Here & Now” EP closer “Beautiful Night,” which is 100 percent, absolutely my jam. Cubbage played five tunes, and proved within that timeframe why he is an artist on the rise here in the Lehigh Valley.
In case you missed the show last night, don’t worry: You’ll have the opportunity to check out both Billy Bauer Band and Cubbage alongside Andrew Mark Schaffer and Copper Fields this Saturday when they head to Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg for a Dave Matthews Tribute show. Information can be found here.