LVU Best of 2017: The Albums

We’re coming up on the end of 2017, which can only mean one thing: it’s Year in Review time!

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PHOTOS: Roi and the Secret People (Acoustic) and Mavis at The Jetport

This week, I’m on a week-long “staycation” from the day job, which has presented me with an opportunity to catch up on sleep and get all of LVU’s pre-Musikfest ducks in a row before things get extra wacky around here.

It also made Tuesday night as good a night as any to hit the scene… so, that’s what I did.

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PHOTOS: Roi and the Secret People’s ‘Truck Stop Sushi’ EP Release Party

A little less than a year ago, we were invited to attend a live recording session of Roi and the Secret People as part of the WSCI Star City Indie Rock Radio Summer Concert Series. It was our introduction to Studio 73, and a fun and unique experience as the newcomers to the scene that we were at the time.

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Roi, Lansing, and Marshall to Ride as The Bastard Sons on Saturday

Three songwriting superpowers will join forces, hitting the Sam Adams Brewhouse at 7735 Adrienne Drive in Breinigsville this Saturday night.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Mar. 27-Apr. 2

Winter appears to have finally left us! Spring is in the air, and there’s a buzz about all that is to come in the warmer months ahead.

And, true to form, we head into April with another thrilling slate of…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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PHOTOS: Jakopa’s Punch Bowl at The Ice House (Touchstone Theatre Fundraiser)

On Saturday night, Mardi Gras came to Bethlehem.

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Roi and the Secret People Prepare a Taste of Truck Stop Sushi

While fans of Easton’s Roi and the Secret People anxiously anticipate the band’s forthcoming (and surely delicious) “Truck Stop Sushi” EP, the boys dropped an appetizer to keep people satisfied while they wait.

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PHOTOS: The Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman at Broadway Pub (The Balcony Showcase)

The Balcony, a locally-based, widely-featured internet radio show hosted by local music enthusiasts Ann Thatcher and Andrew Chervak, kicked off its Showcase series at Bangor’s Broadway Pub on Friday night with well-crafted songs and the stories behind them.

Indeed, the Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman did ride again.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Jan. 2-8

We’ve made it to a new year full of fresh possibilities. No matter your opinion of 2016, one thing is for certain: 2017 promises to hold just as many, if not more, musical treasures for us between now and December 31.

This week, we start it off with some selections that certainly deserve to be called…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Tues., Jan. 3 | 8 p.m.
The Slicked Up 9s Open for The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Venue: Sellersville Theatre, 136 N. Main St., Sellersville
Admission: $33
Description: Swing all night with jump blues and more as the eastern PA natives start the night for the platinum-selling “Zoot Suit Riot” legends.

Thurs., Jan. 5 | 8 p.m.
The Band of Rivals, Ben O’Neill, Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart
Venue: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia
Admission: $10 (21+)
Description: Take a field trip to Philly to watch LVU’s Doug Keller do his thing, slappin’ the bass for The Band of Rivals.

Fri., Jan. 6 | 7 p.m.
The Originals Music Series’ Two-Year Anniversary Bash
Venue:
Chicago Restaurant, 1179 Airport Road, Allentown
Admission:
FREE
Description:
Dead:Stop, REVEL 9, and Autoerotica rock The Originals into Year 3. LVU Founder Gerard Longo is the guest emcee.

Fri., Jan. 6 | 8 p.m.
The Balcony Showcase Presents: The Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman
Venue: Broadway Pub, 62 Broadway, Bangor
Admission: FREE
Description: Mike Roi, Carter Lansing, and Werner Sommer trade songs and stories to kick off the inaugural Balcony showcase.

PHOTOS: Roi and the Secret People and The Roux at The Funhouse

Roi and the Secret People have had a big 2016, marked by high-energy performances throughout the Lehigh Valley. Saturday night at The Funhouse in South Bethlehem was no exception, as the Easton-based quintet ended its year on a positive, once again proving why they are one of the region’s most exciting rock acts.

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