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An Afternoon at Easton Heritage Day 2017


Sunday was the perfect day to spend time with family and friends and take in the sights and sounds occurring around Centre Sq. in Easton, PA.  Having been a native of the area for 20+ years, I must admit that I never have attended this event, but am thankful that I did.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Jul. 3-9

We hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July weekend, and that it was filled with memorable experiences and, of course, great tunes!

This week is a short one, but a stacked one full of festivals, big opening gigs, and guaranteed great performances. Learn more by browsing our…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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Easton Heritage Day #3: Easton Rocks into the Night

Easton’s 40th Annual Heritage Day is in the books! Thousands of Valley residents came out on Saturday to hear great music from a variety of local artists, enjoy a taste of history with the re-enactment of the reading of the Declaration of Indpendence at Centre Square, and have some all-around summer fun.

As promised, we stuck around into the night and caught many more great musical performances before the evening was through. These included the Bank Street Band from Easton’s School of Rock, who performed a selection of stirring American standards and contemporary songs during the festival’s fireworks display.

Enjoy the photos below! Kudos to all those who put on a successful event, and thanks for having LVU out to capture it all!

Brian Dean Moore Band (Country rock)

Dana Gaynor Band (Blues)

Joyous (Soul/Motown)

School of Rock Easton (Rock/Alternative)

Easton Heritage Day #2: So. Much. Music.

The past few hours have been a wild time, as I’ve raced from one side of Easton’s Centre Square to the other to capture all of the great music happening downtown (with the occasional refreshment or restroom break in between).

I’ve come a long way, and by no means am I finished yet. Heritage Day is in the process of proceeding down to the riverfront for tonight’s shows and fireworks. Of course, you can be sure that I’ll be sticking around until things are finished going boom.

In the meantime, here’s what’s captured of the great performers I’ve seen so far, in order of appearance. I’ll be back with more after the conclusion of Heritage Day.

Dan DeChellis Trio (Jazz)

Swing Time Dolls (Vintage 1940s Pop)

Copper Fields (Acoustic Rock/Bluegrass)

The Jolly Tars (Traditional Irish Folk)

Roi & the Secret People (Rock)

#GoUnderground With LVU for Easton Heritage Day

Photo credit: HeritageDay.org

I’m going to be in Easton all day, and you’re coming with me!

We’ll be capturing the essence of Easton Heritage Day 2016 here and on social media, and we don’t want you to miss a thing! So, check in with the site every so often throughout the day, and stay tuned to LVU on Facebook (live video, perhaps?), Twitter, and Instagram for updates, performances, and more.

And, if you happen to see a particularly buff gentleman walking around in a Quinn Spinn t-shirt with a camera, feel free to say hi!

Easton Heritage Day Celebrates 40th Anniversary on Sunday

Since 1976, Easton has celebrated its lasting legacy with Heritage Day, a festival originally held to commemorate the reading of the Declaration of Independence in the city. On Sunday, Easton will celebrate the event’s 40th Anniversary.

A key highlight will take place at noon, when re-enactors will take to the steps of the Centre Square courthouse to read the Declaration of Independence once more. Easton was one of three cities – the others being Philadelphia and Trenton, NJ – where our nation’s founding document was read aloud in Colonial times.

“(Heritage Day) is a great time, and the history is very important to the festival,” said board member Dustin Schoof. “It’s a day of history, music, and it’s a nice cross-section of different things happening.”


Easton native Dan DeChellis is one of many performers for Heritage Day 2016.

In addition to period-appropriate re-enactors and crafters, Heritage Day will feature plenty of modern touches. These include live music from Easton natives Roi & the Secret People, Dan DeChellis, and students from the Easton School of Rock, as well as popular area performers like Dana Gaynor Band, Brian Dean Moore Band, Copperfields, Joyous, and more.

“We have four stages of music starting in the morning, going all the way up until the fireworks and a little bit afterward,” Schoof said. “There isn’t a whole lot of time when there isn’t going to be music, which is always a good thing.”

This year’s music lineup has been spearheaded by Carter Lansing, a well-known Easton musician and native.


The Man Behind the Music: Carter Lansing spearheaded this year’s Heritage Day lineup.

“Carter is a man of many talents,” Schoof said. “The last two years, he has spearheaded the music. He’s really stepped up to the plate and done a terrific job.”

Heritage Day kicks off at 9:45 a.m. with a combined church service presented by Easton’s Historic Downtown Churches at Riverside Park. The festival itself begins at 11 a.m. on the Heritage Stage at Centre Square, with a re-enactment of town criers arguing independence.

Throughout the day, Heritage Day patrons can enjoy a sampling of food trucks, beer, and children’s activities. The festivities will continue into the evening, with fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on Larry Holmes Drive. Live music will continue until the festival’s conclusion at 10:30 p.m.

“We’re excited – it’s a lot of work to put this on, but at the end of the day, everyone’s excited and glad to be a part of it,” Schoof said. “We’re really glad to be doing it for 40 years. We hope to do it for 40 more.”

For more information and a full schedule of Easton Heritage Day events, visit HeritageDay.org.

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: July 4-10

There’s more than music in store on Sunday!

Hopefully, you’re all back from your holiday weekend getaways. Whether you were at a barbecue or the beach, we welcome you back with a fresh slate of…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Thurs., Jul. 7 | 7:30 p.m.
Nikki Hill
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, 645 E. First St., Bethlehem
Admission: FREE
Description: Nikki Hill’s high-energy show has graced blues festivals around the world. She comes to your backyard this Thursday.

Fri., Jul. 8 | 6:30 p.m.
Rofo Audio
Royersford VFW, 730 S. 4th Ave., Royersford
Admission: FREE
Description: Rofo Audio has been working on all-new material. Perhaps you’ll hear some of it alongside “Now Broadcasting” favorites.

Sat., Jul. 9 | 8 p.m.
Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show
Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th St, Bethlehem
Admission: $24.50 advance; $29.50 day of show
Description: See Fred Eaglesmith, a songwriter’s songwriter, in one of the last full-time traveling shows today.

 Sun., Jul. 10 | All Day Long
Easton Heritage Day
Downtown Easton
Admission: FREE
Description: Dana Gaynor, Roi & the Secret People, Dan DeChellis and more highlight this day to celebrate Easton’s historic significance.

Sunday Thought Series: Take a Deep Breath

We’re in the middle of a transformative summer for Lehigh Valley Underground, and believe me when I say this: we’re just getting warmed up.

However, everyone needs a weekend to catch a breath once in a while. With fired-up grills and cold drinks in my future over the next couple days, this is that weekend.

In a recent conversation with dear friend and nationally-touring country artist John Scargall, we talked about the value of downtime. Time with friends and family gives you balance and perspective, as it reminds you why you work so hard. Many of us are trying to create a better life so we can enjoy more of it. That isn’t to say that we don’t enjoy what we do – for the record, I freakin’ love LVU – but success gives us more time to be present in our personal lives, which is always a good thing.

Traveling from place to place, like I’ll be doing throughout New Jersey today and tomorrow, also gives us time to think. We are able to take a step back, clear our thoughts, and come up with the next piece of the puzzle. It allows us to give a little more thought to what’s coming up, and how we can keep #BuildingBetter through it all.

Needless to say, there’s much on the horizon for us this summer. Of course, we have Musikfest around the corner next month. Before that, though, we have Easton Heritage Day just next weekend. In between, there will be plenty of shows, songs, reviews, and maybe even an announcement or two that I’m having a hard time keeping to myself… J

But… I’ll #GoUnderground again on Tuesday. For now, some yard games, barbecue, and fireworks are going to take me back to a simpler time, and give me the deep breath I need before I charge full steam ahead into the rest of this amazing summer.

Take some time out for yourself this weekend, too. Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

P.S.: This one reminds me of back in the day. Don’t judge me. More importantly, share a song that reminds you of the golden summers of your youth.