‘Close to Home’ to Present Songs and Stories of Hope for Cancer Survivors

A Lehigh Valley Health Network oncologist is using his musical talents and experience treating cancer patients to offer a hopeful evening of songs and stories at Miller Symphony Hall.

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PHOTOS: Steve Coleman and Five Elements at Miller Symphony Hall (AJF2016)

Wednesday night of Allentown JazzFest was a night not to be missed.

Saxophone legend Steve Coleman brought his band to the Lehigh Valley for the first time ever, and it was a show that proved to be well worth the wait. Coleman and his band put on an unforgettable performance before a sold-out crowd in Miller Symphony Hall’s Rodale Room — one with masterful improvisation and frantic, yet structured, rhythms that kept the audience engaged for the duration of the band’s hour-and-35-minute set. At the end, Coleman and company received a standing ovation from the folks in attendance, who hung onto every lively note that they played.

Words are failing to describe this awesome night of music… so here are some photos instead!

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: May 2-8

JazzFest continues, while local favorites make their presence felt.

Allentown JazzFest is just getting warmed up! Expect plenty more coverage here on Lehigh Valley Underground throughout the week as we take you to different venues with an array of different artists.

Naturally, a few of those shows are listed below. We also have others for folks of different tastes. To us, they’re all, without a doubt, the…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Mon., May 2 | 7:30 p.m.
Adam Niewood Quartet (AJF 2016)
Venue: Allentown BrewWorks, 812 W. Hamilton St., Allentown
Admission: $20
Description: Niewood and his band will play selections from his latest effort, “Homage: Niewood Plays Niewood,” in honor of his late father, Gerry.

Wed., May 4 | 7:30 p.m.
Steve Coleman and Five Elements (AJF 2016)
Venue: Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. 6th St., Allentown
Admission: $30 general; $50 VIP
Description: World-renowned saxophonist and MacArthur Fellow Steve Coleman performs at JazzFest.

Thurs., May 5 | 8 p.m.
Lucy Woodward (AJF 2016)
Venue: The Renaissance Ballroom, 12 N. 7th St., Allentown
Admission: $30 general; $47 VIP
Description: Acclaimed London-born singer-songwriter Lucy Woodward makes her Lehigh Valley debut.

Fri., May 6 | 5:30 p.m.
The Bastard Sons Ride Again
Venue: Weyerbacher Brewery, 905 Line St., Easton
Admission: FREE
Description: Come to Easton after work for songs and musings from Carter Lansing, Bryson Kay, Werner Sommer, and Mike Roi.

Fri., May 6 | 9 p.m.
The Groove Merchants
Venue: The Hamilton Kitchen, 645 W. Hamilton St., Allentown
Admission: FREE
Description: Shoot over to Allentown later on for a great night of excellent food, drinks, and Groove.

Sat., May 7 | 5 p.m.
JazzFest at Noches de Ritmo (AJF 2016)
Venue: West Park, 15th and Linden Sts., Allentown
Admission: FREE
Description: Hector Rosado’s Orq HACHE kicks things off, and the Jeff “Tain” Watts Quartet keeps it going.

Sat., May 8 | 5 p.m.
Jazz at Billy’s: The Bryan Tuk Complex (AJF 2016)
Venue: Billy’s Downtown Diner, 840 W. Hamilton St., Allentown
Admission: FREE
Description: Allentown JazzFest 2016 concludes with a show from the festival’s Executive Director and his ensemble, plus special guests.