Lehigh Valley Music Awards Performers Announced

Last week, we announced that Serene Green would be joining us for the Lehigh Valley Music Awards Preshow, to be presented by Lehigh Valley Underground at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks on Sunday, March 5.

Now, we know the performers for the ceremony itself.

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Spend New Year’s Eve in Allentown

Still in need of plans to ring in 2017? Allentown’s Hamilton District wants you to join its New Year’s Eve festivities – a proposition made even more tempting by the musical options available that night.

First, the City of Allentown will be hosting its official New Year’s Eve celebration at the corner of 7th and Hamilton Streets. Beginning at 10 p.m., the evening’s festivities include a fireworks display and an always-entertaining performance by Charlie Brown’s Notorious Groove.

Speaking of Groove, plenty of downtown restaurants will also be hosting New Year’s Eve festivities, such The Hamilton Kitchen, which will play host to The Groove Merchants beginning at 9 p.m. The five-piece from Kutztown will be playing tunes from its new album, “Take It” (which was included in LVU Founder Gerard Longo’s Best of 2016 picks), in addition to covers and other originals. It’s a Can’t-Miss Show of the Week for a reason!

The fun doesn’t stop there. Another LVU favorite, Copper Fields, will be right down the street at Bell Hall at the same time to deliver their unique brand of Americana. The trio has played all over the Valley in 2016, and has gained a reputation for their great musicianship and enjoyable tunes.

If jazz is more your speed, Allentown has something for you on New Year’s Eve, as well. Our friends at Sugar Hill Jazz House will welcome Nancy Coletti, who will provide smooth sounds to add to the evening’s ambiance beginning at 9 p.m.

There, now you have plans for New Year’s Eve! For information on these events and many more, visit The Hamilton District Main Street Program online.

PHOTOS: Miracle at the Mill at Hellertown Historical Society

Christmas spirit was in full abundance on Saturday night at Hellertown Historical Society, as some of the Valley’s best and brightest musicians came together for the first annual Miracle at the Mill holiday show.

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A John Mayall Tribute 50 Years in the Making

Blues fans were treated to a matinee of epic proportions on Sunday afternoon when The Friar’s Point Band teamed with Thirteen Butterflies Productions to pay a 50th anniversary tribute to the John Mayall & the Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton album at Allentown Masonic Temple.

The afternoon was headlined by a full recreation of the album, and also featured The Friar’s Point Band joined onstage by a who’s who list of local blues and soul musicians throughout the day. These musicians included Craig Thatcher; Wade Leonard; Don Plowman; Dana Gaynor; Charlie Brown; Jenn McCracken; Mike Dugan; Mike Guldin; Johnny T; Karl Frick; Bob Hogan; Don Hoffman; The Beano Horns; and the Lesson Center Kids. The afternoon was hosted by Glenn “Mitch” Mitchell from 99.9 FM The Hawk and A.J. Fritz of 91.3 FM WLVR.

Each featured musician skillfully performed a few selections — covers or originals — with The Friar’s Point Band before switching things up for their contemporaries, giving the afternoon a true blues jam feel.

A couple videos of this terrific day exist on our Facebook page. Join us for a better (more hi-res) look at the photos below.