The 2017 LVU Fan’s Choice Award Winners Are…

Earlier this fall, we had a fun idea that we’re now calling an annual tradition: to give the Lehigh Valley Underground audience a chance to make their year-end picks as part of the new LVU Fan’s Choice Awards.

We were amazed — and honestly, a bit pleasantly surprised — to see that nearly 1,000 people voted on their favorites from the year. Now, we announce the results…

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Acoustic Kitty Project’s ‘Saturday Night’ A Well-Crafted, Complete Album

Artist: Acoustic Kitty Project
Album: Saturday Night
Released: July 31, 2017
Genre: Country Rock

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So, You Weren’t Selected to Play Musikfest…

We are fewer than two weeks until Musikfest gets underway in Bethlehem on Friday, August 4. This is one of the more opinionated times of the year on our music scene; folks will take to social media to express their opinions on the matter in a polarizing manner that is second only, perhaps, to the period surrounding the Lehigh Valley Music Awards every March.

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Summer Scouts Conjure Musikfest Memories with “Give It Our All” Video

Before Summer Scouts hit the American Spirits Roadhouse stage as part of our May-riffic Music Festival on Saturday, May 27 (8:15 p.m.), we want to give you a preview of what’s to come with the video for the band’s newest single, “Give It Our All.”

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2017: A Five-Point Preview

Let’s start a new tradition around here on the first Monday of the year: In addition to providing you with the Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week, as we do every Monday, let’s take a longer look at our calendar to, perhaps, some Can’t-Miss Shows of the Year.

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LVU and DustinSchoof.com Present: Best Festivals of 2016

Coming to you from the minds of local music Mega Powers Lehigh Valley Underground and DustinSchoof.com: The Best of 2016 video series.

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Founder’s Picks: Musikfest was the Best Fest

I must say, it’s hard to pick “favorites” sometimes. This is one of those times, because there have been a ton of great festivals around the Valley this year.

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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?

I Want to See Your Belly Dance!

If you know that phrase,  you are familiar with Igor and the Red Elvises, a light-hearted, foot-stomping, hand-waiving, finger-pointing satirical band that started in Russia. This energetic and rebellious musical group combine a multitude of instruments at various performances including the clarinet, saxophone, flute, and banjo, just to name a few. According to the band’s website, their “unique brand of humor combined with guitar based rock’n’roll makes audiences want to sing, dance, scream and shout.”

What I saw on a hot and humid Friday evening at Musikfest was nothing short of incredible. Igor and the Red Elvises always deliver, no matter how much they evolve throughout their 20 plus years of touring. The photos and video give a little insight into this odd, fun, wacky, and talented band. Enjoy!

(By the way, forgive the quality of the photos; they were taken on my smartphone with little control of exposure, but you’ll get the vibe of the evening.)

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!