The Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series concluded for 2017 with a healthy dose of holiday cheer which included, among other things, charitable work, a fun new pub crawl and — of course — a healthy smattering of live, local music throughout South Bethlehem.
This is the first weekend in three weekends that there’s not a festival happening right in our backyard.
Spin Radio, the Lehigh Valley’s alternative station at 107.1 FM (94.7 FM in Allentown), has announced that it is now accepting submissions from local artists as part of its new Homegrown Spin campaign.
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.
The Fyre & Ice Show, which airs every Tuesday night from 8-10 p.m. on Neue Regel Radio, will be hosting another special “Locals Only” edition of the program on Tuesday, March 7.
December starts strong with an edition of The Quinn Spinn (sponsored by The Valley Ledger) that gives more new artists an opportunity, while digging out some tracks from the vault that we know and love. No genre is off-limits on The Quinn Spinn, and today’s show is a good representation of that.
Lehigh Valley Underground has been at this thing for almost a year. In that time, we have met so many talented artists, we’re positive that there will never be a shortage of great music to cover.
That includes the live scene, which, as we’ve found, is active year-round around these parts. While we certainly have plenty of artists that we like to catch whenever possible, we’re not going to give away who our favorites are juuuuuust yet. (Spoilers: Perhaps we will toward the end of the year…)
While we’re not showing our hand until it’s time to review this wild and wonderful year, we got to thinking that you, our loyal readers, probably have plenty of good suggestions for us to check out right now.
Whether you’ve seen them covered on LVU before, or they’re new music to our ears, we want to know: Who are your favorite local acts to see live?
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May has been so busy and exciting that it’s hard to believe that we were in the middle of our first media partnership with Allentown JazzFest only a few weeks ago. We started the month with Scott Tixier in Emmaus, and the festival would continue during the month’s opening week with performances from Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Lucy Woodward and many more.
The fun continued all month long. We’ve seen debuts, international rising stars, industry veterans, and long-time local favorites. We successfully closed the return season – and first on LVU – of our official podcast, The Quinn Spinn, with great hope for the future. And, of course, we met more great people and had insightful conversations that will surely help us all work toward the betterment of our original music community in the months and years ahead.
Through it all, there’s a sense of satisfaction in knowing that so many people in our music community have been positively impacted by Lehigh Valley Underground, both throughout this month and dating back to January. The fact that people are hearing about us on their own – and not just from my incessant, daily social media posts – means that we’ve strengthened the music scene, and that we can only get better from here together.
It should be an amazing summer. A lot of big things are beginning to take shape. Although I can’t talk about them yet, please know that May was just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a lot more #BuildingBetter where this came from.
I promise that the headline is the only point today where I’ll talk in the third-person. Just had to present things professionally…
Anyway, I’m super excited to be joining The Fyre & Ice Show this Tuesday for their fourth Locals Only broadcast on Neue Regel Radio. You can expect two hours of the best in local music and fun times, and perhaps a little bit of chatter about our local music scene here in eastern PA.
For me, it will be the first time I’ve gone live in nearly six years. I hope I’m not too rusty, but I trust that doing this for the better part of the past three years has prepared me well.
Want a shoutout? Have a question? Let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to get it on the air!
What are your plans for Record Store Day this Saturday?
If you’re near Phillipsburg – and let’s be honest: if you’re reading this, you’re probably not far – Spin Me Round is hosting an in-store show Saturday night, April 16 beginning at 5 p.m.
It’s a pretty stacked lineup, featuring artists such as Wyatt Davidick, Oscillating Eye, World Poison, Sing, Bird of Prey (whom, you might remember, we’ve seen before), Cedar Green, Refuse the Conformity, and Know Your Enemy. Yep, that’s seven – count ‘em, seven – live performers and additional reasons to head out to Spin Me Round and come across something that could change your life.
Planning to go? Let the good folks at Spin Me Round know via their official Facebook event.