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The Quinn Spinn: Live & Local Edition

Before we move forward, take a look (and a listen) back at the season so far. This week, we re-visit the great live, in-studio performances we’ve hosted so far this spring on The Quinn Spinn. Enjoy the talents of our local music scene, and treat yourself to some international Stupid News with The Quinn as a bonus feature!

Sponsored by The Valley Ledger and Tuk Law Offices.

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The Quinn Spinn, Sponsored by The Valley Ledger:

Local singer-songwriter John Hufford joins today’s episode of The Quinn Spinn, sponsored by The Valley Ledger. John tells us about his musical beginnings, how he became a songwriter, and his aspirations in this exclusive interview which also features a pair of live, in-studio performances.

Plus, we have some TRULY Stupid News, Somethin’ Good (and adorable), and plenty of variety in our musical selections!

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The Quinn Spinn Returns (a week earlier) with Steve Brosky

Photo credit: Steve Brosky the Singer-Songwriter on Facebook

On Monday, we recorded the first batch of interviews for The Quinn Spinn‘s upcoming spring season… and we’re so excited, that we’ve decided to bring the show back a week early with a very special guest!

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August 2016: The Best Month Ever?

Well… that was quite a month!

It started with the story of how we wound up here in the first place. Then, we announced a Mega Powerful partnership with our pal Dustin Schoof. That was reason to party, so we followed it up with a ten-day celebration of the grandest musical tradition in our Valley. We covered artists from our region and beyond, and even had the chance to get in on the action, thanks to a special assist from our friends at the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association and ArtsQuest.

The fun didn’t stop there. We hung out at an open jam featuring former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and a couple of the best and brightest young bands in our region. We enjoyed a diversified #SuperSaturday around our Valley that included a studio performance, a grand opening, and a night of hardcore. We reviewed albums, featured some great pieces from contributors, and had a wonderful time doing it all.

What did all of that mean for us? It meant shattering every meaningful record – Every. Single. Record. – when it comes to LVU’s site traffic. Here are a few of the milestones we reached this August.

  • Surpassed 50,000 all-time page views
  • Surpassed 10,000 all-time unique visitors
  • Surpassed 12,500 page views in a single month (previous record – 9,199)
  • Surpassed 2,300 unique visitors in a single month (previous record – 1,747)

The moral of the story is that Lehigh Valley Underground grew up this month, from a fledgling local music blog to a force to be reckoned with. Our platform has improved greatly over the past month, which bodes well for the many talented artists and music people on our local scene.

There’s no sense in stopping now. Tonight, we cap our amazing month at the Great Allentown Fair, supporting just a few of our favorite local artists as they compete to win WZZO’s 28th Annual Backyard Bands Competition.

So, that was August — a milestone month for LVU in every way. After all of that, only one question comes to mind…

How will we #GoUnderground to make September even better?

Review: John Hufford – Person

Artist: John Hufford
Album: Person (LISTEN)
Released: 2014
Genre: Indie/Folk Rock

John Hufford is the quintessential indie folk artist: just a guy and his guitar, telling stories of love and life. This is reflected brilliantly on Hufford’s 2014 release, “Person.”

Hufford’s guitar work is mostly minimalist on the five-track effort, opting instead to place emphasis on the stories and imagery brought forth in his lyrics. A song like “This Lethal Edge” is a perfect example, as its picking intro leads the listener to focus on the dangerous love Hufford speaks. “To Know the Deeper You” drives this style home further, as it presents Hufford’s longing curiosity to learn about and relate to the object of his affection.

Another bright spot – in a literal and figurative sense – is album closer “Your Hand is in Mine (Freedom).” This is a distinctly more upbeat tune, perhaps with the intent of capturing the wonderment and liberation of being alongside the one you love.

Track listing:
Hideaway
Fire
This Lethal Edge
To Know the Deeper You
Your Hand is in Mine (Freedom)

Musikfest Five-Point Preview: Day 9

Keeping cool?

The dog days of August are certainly living up to their name this weekend. First of all, make sure that you stay hydrated out there. Fill your ‘Fest mugs with some nice, cold water once in a while.

That should prepare you for the day ahead – and all of the great tunes you have to look forward to.

Musikfest Five-Point Preview
Day 9 – Aug. 13, 2016

La Overtoner | 3 p.m.
Stage: Provident Bank Main Street (North)
Description: Beat the heat with the Berks County natives’ brand of alt-rock.

Rusty and Justin of Flowers for Taco | 5 p.m.
Stage: Hotel Bethlehem Platz (North)
Description: Two members of the Allentown-based party band return for a stripped-down set.

John Hufford | 6 p.m.
Stage: Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas (South)
Description: John comes to us from nearby Hellertown with an intimate set of folk rock.

Scott Marshall & Marshall Scott | 8 p.m.
Stage:
Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas (South)
Description: Scott Marshall and his only son perform an acoustic set together.

Craig Thatcher Band | 9 p.m.
Stage: Air Products Americaplatz (South)
Description: The local legend plays a headline set on South Side’s largest free stage.

There’s more where that came from! Check in with DustinSchoof.com every morning throughout Musikfest for a full free stage lineup!