Recently, I had the good fortune to speak to a room full of young, aspiring entrepreneurs about my professional journey. I hoped to draw some parallels for them to follow, to the extent that those parallels could aid them.
The first part of the session was a 60 minute prepared talk about the initial hurdles that young startups face from a legal standpoint. Following the discussion, there was a question and answer segment, and I was asked the following question by the host:
“How long did it take you to achieve your success?”
It’s no secret that independent musicians are struggling out there. There are some out there you have heard of, and some you haven’t heard of, working incredibly hard to get their artistic expressions out in front of audiences. A lot of times, that grind can start to look pretty bleak and exhausting if you are moving through it without any plan or strategy.
As creatives and entrepreneurs, the reality we face is one of myriad challenges. Achieving our goals is no simple task, as each day is its own puzzle that we must solve in order to keep pressing ahead on our respective missions.
This week, we sit down with Bryan Tuk who, in addition to running law practices across Pennsylvania as the namesake behind Tuk Law Offices, is the founder of Performing Arts Live!, Inc., which produces Allentown JazzFest. Bryan shares what’s new and exciting about this year’s festival, taking place May 3-7 in downtown Allentown, PA, and how it all fits into his vision for a more vibrant Allentown.
Also, we have a couple more May-riffic Music Festival artists, a world premiere, and classic Stupid News and Somethin’ Good.
I recently had the honor and privilege of joining Bryan Tuk, CEO of Performing Arts Live, Inc. and founder of Allentown JazzFest, for the latest episode of his podcast, Creative Confidential. Creative Confidential features conversations with filmmakers, artists, musicians and non-profit CEOs about their professional and artistic journeys, their influences and the challenges they have faced along the way.
If you’ve hung around Lehigh Valley Underground long enough, you’re certainly familiar with our good friend Bryan Tuk. Bryan is the musician, social entrepreneur, and attorney behind Allentown JazzFest and the TLO Live webinar series.
Bryan also hosts Creative Confidential, a podcast for the arts which just wrapped up its first year in 2016. A few days ago, Bryan released a special episode, during which he offered some closing remarks from the old year, and some words to live by — especially if you’re a creative professional — about building your future, and time, and life.
With the New Year a popular time for self-reflection and hope for what’s ahead, we provide you, People of the Underground, with some wise words from someone fighting many of the same battles that we are, every single day. Enjoy!
Nestled in Allentown’s 10th Ward is a quaint, quirky space where art, music and community collide.
I’m talking about Coffee House Without Limits, a Queen City gem that has begun to make a name for itself in artistic circles. Located at 707 N. 4th St., Coffee House Without Limits serves up hot beverages and cool vibes with equal ease, sharing a conjoining door with the popular Alternative Gallery.
On a rainy Thursday night, I had the opportunity to visit Coffee House Without Limits for the first time, which was packed with patrons young and old to see The Bryan Tuk Complex. It was the perfect night for some intricate, experimental jazz from the always-on-point Tuk and his band, which consisted on this night of B.D. Lenz on guitar, Bill Warfield on trumpet, and Tony Marino on bass. The evening also served, to me, as a microcosm of what our scene can be, every night of the week: people of all ages, demographics, and backgrounds, coming together at a cool, upstart venue for the sake of enjoying some original tunes.
Perhaps this diversity is a byproduct of the many offerings Coffee House Without Limits gives to the community at any given moment. Artists can work with Coffee House Without Limits to schedule music, poetry, or other performances, or participate in open mic nights. Coffee House Without Limits also offers performers “CWOL Sessions;” opportunities to tape intimate, in-house performances, akin to NPR’s Tiny Desk sessions. A full schedule of events can be found on CWOL’s homepage.
Coffee House without limits is no longer a secret to me, and I look forward to heading back, sooner rather than later.
Art is all around us, and it comes in many forms. It can happen just about anywhere, and this week is no exception.
Don’t believe us? Well, then check out these…
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!
Thurs., Sept. 29 | 6 p.m. Abdu Ali and Joy Postell
Venue:Consolidated Cardboard Admission: $7-10 donation; 21+ BYOB Description: Really want to #GoUnderground? Start your weekend early with a house show featuring out-of-state artists!
Thurs., Sept. 29 | 7 p.m. Experimental Jazz with the Bryan Tuk Complex Venue: Coffeehouse Without Limits, 707 N. 4th St., Allentown Admission: FREE Description: Consider it a JazzFest preview as Bryan Tuk brings a four-piece to expand musical boundaries.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 Allentown ArtsFest Venue: Cedar Beach Park, Allentown Admission: FREE Description: Enjoy three stages of entertainment, vendors, artwork and more, all weekend long!
Sat., Oct. 1 | 2 p.m. Scott Marshall & Marshall’s Highway Venue: Pinnacle Ridge Winery, 407 Old Route 22, Kutztown Admission: FREE Description: Join our friends for some music that’s good for the soul. Speaking of soul…
Sat., Oct. 1 | 8 p.m. Not For Coltrane & Soul Folks Venue: Unicorn Theater, 417 Front St., Catasauqua Admission: $8 Description: Come enjoy the moving folk music of Not For Coltrane and the harmonic bliss of soul folks for a truly memorable listening room experience.