Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Dec. 4-10

This past weekend was so big on our music scene that we still haven’t dug out of the pile of photos from the various shows we attended. We’ll be working on that today and tomorrow.

While we work on that, it’s never too early to look ahead to what’s next. You can do that now with these…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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PHOTOS: Kara Hartzell ‘When I’m Home’ EP Release Party

Thursday night presented a unique edition of SteelStacks Open Mic, presented by Billy Bauer. The weekly series served as the platform for the release of singer-songwriter Kara Hartzell’s debut EP, “When I’m Home.”

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Renewed Appreciation

Let me tell you about my night last night, and you’ll understand why I wake up this morning with a great sense of appreciation for this music community.

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PHOTOS: SteelStacks Open Mic Presented by Billy Bauer

Thursday night, participants in Billy Bauer’s SteelStacks Open Mic had quite an audience, as patrons of the night’s Levitt Pavilion show hung around outside the campus’ TD Bank stage to hear up-and-comers show what they were made of.

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PHOTOS: Alex Mery & The Townsmen at SteelStacks Open Mic w/ Billy Bauer

After gathering with Alex Mery & The Townsmen and our community partners at Fig Bethlehem Thursday night for mysterious activities…

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Feb. 13-19

We’re still coming down from the high of the First Annual Lehigh Valley Underground Winter Jamboree, and we can’t wait to follow it up by hitting the scene once again this week!

Fortunately, we have plenty of options in front of us, like these…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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PHOTOS: Alex Mery & The Townsmen Featured at SteelStacks Open Mic with Billy Bauer

If you didn’t get “Safely On Your Way” to the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks on Thursday night, you missed out.

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PHOTOS: Pearly Baker’s Open Mic, Hosted by Carter Lansing

I love open mics. I love the fact that they give you the opportunity to hear a small sample size of multiple artists in the same night. I also appreciate what the open mic represents: newcomers and music scene veterans, coming together to hone their craft.

Everyone out here on the music scene (and, well, any music scene ever) is a creator. We want to find ways to share our creations with the world around us, even if it’s just a few people at a time. Whether sharing originals or rather interesting covers, musicians need an audience. The open mic gives them that, often in an intimate setting.

This was the case at Pearly Baker’s in Easton on Thursday night, as a showcase hosted by Acoustic Kitty Project’s Carter Lansing yielded some relaxing acoustic tunes in a variety of styles to start the weekend early. Check out a few black-and-white shots (and forgive all the shadows — the dim lighting adds to the ambiance at Pearly’s).

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Oct. 3-9

Although October started as a cold, rainy mess, we hope that your weekend wasn’t a washout!

Either way, you can start anew with a fresh month’s first batch of…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Wed., Oct. 5 | 5:30 p.m.
uMan ERA’s Ace Frehley Pre-Party
Venue:
Sherman Theater’s Sherman Showcase Lounge, 522 Main St., Stroudsburg
Admission: FREE
Description: Visit our friends to the north, uMan ERA, and score some Ace Frehley tickets for that night’s main stage performance.

Thurs., Oct. 6 | 9 p.m.
Open Mic Night, Hosted by Carter Lansing
Venue: Pearly Baker’s Alehouse, 11 Center Sq., Easton
Admission: FREE
Description: You never know who  is going to show up to an open mic in the Valley. It could even be… you!

 Sat., Oct. 8 | 4 p.m.
The Moondogs Howl at Oktoberfest
Venue: 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem
Admission: FREE
Description: The Moondogs Rock-toberfest in their return to SteelStacks!

Sat., Oct. 8 | 7 p.m.
Romantic States, Billy Mack Collector & The Wildlings

Venue: Consolidated Cardboard, Allentown
Admission: $7-10 donation
Description: A DIY show for the indie rock enthusiast.

Sat., Oct. 8 | 10 p.m.
Shawn Cav Ensemble

Venue: Pearly Baker’s Alehouse, 11 Center Sq., Easton
Admission: FREE
Description: Have a Super Saturday of your own, and complete it with this nightcap of jazz fusion and instrumental grooves.

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Feb. 29-Mar. 6

Musos is back, and so are we!

March begins this week, which means that winter in the Lehigh Valley will soon come to an end! While you keep warm with that thought, make plans to enjoy these…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week

Mon., Feb. 29, 10 p.m.
Open Mic Jam
Venue: The Funhouse, 5 E. 4th St., Bethlehem
Description: Show your stuff at this bi-weekly jam at this iconic South Bethlehem music venue.

Thurs., Mar. 3, 7 p.m.
The Originals Music Series
Venue: Chicago Restaurant & Club Gravity, 1179 Airport Rd., Allentown
Description: Musos is back at the weekly showcase this week, presented by The Fyre & Ice Show. Check out these photos from their previous performance, and then come out for another great night of rock!

Sun., Mar. 6, 4 p.m.
The 17th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards
Venue: Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem
Tickets: $20
Description: Performances include Brosky & Meyer, Craig Thatcher Band, DJ Menace Collaboration, Erin Kelly, Fusion Jazz Trio, Larry Werner, MindMaze, Whiskeyhickon Boys, John Carelli, Rick Bouley & Lane Conklin, and a Student Showcase from The Lesson Center, School of Rock and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.