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…

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Oct. 23-29

As a chill creeps into the air this week and autumn finally takes hold, things take a charitable turn in the Valley this week. Perhaps it’s a preview of the holiday season to come, but it seems that many of our local musicians are in a giving mood.

We commend them, and can’t wait to contribute to the causes supported by some of these…

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

We’ve got one of those “any night of the week” type of weeks coming up. That is to say, the Valley’s music scene can blow you away on any given night.

That’s a testament to the talent we have all around us. For example, take these…

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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…

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Jan. 9-15

Have you ever seen a Tuesday so stacked?

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Dec. 26-Jan. 1

We hope you all had (or are having) a wonderful holiday! We took a couple days off ourselves, and now have the opportunity and feel refreshed as we ramp up for 2016’s final week.

Let’s close out the year in style with one last batch of…

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Dec. 19-25

We’re a bit heavy on events during the week, while not offering much this weekend. That’s because Christmas is Sunday, and people (including us) will be traveling and wanting to(?) spend time with their families this weekend.

Still, you can hit your scene on weeknights with these fine…

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Wed., Dec. 21 | 7:30 p.m.
December Improv Comedy Jam
Venue: Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th St., Bethlehem
Admission: FREE
Description: Step out of your shell and test your improv comedy chops with The Flighty Ducks and some of your neighbors.

Thurs., Dec. 22 | 8 p.m.
Chris Cummings Standards Trio
Venue: Porters’ Pub, 700 Northampton St., Easton
Admission: FREE
Description: Settle into your holiday weekend by enjoying Porters’ monthly jazz residency series.

Fri., Dec. 23 | 7 p.m.
Festivus with McGarnagle, Chelsea Smarr, and Nocht the Only Ghouls
Venue: Coffee House Without Limits, 707 N. 4th St., Allentown
Admission: $5 donation to The Human Fund
Description: Local anti-folk heroes McGarnagle lead the way for Friday’s holiday festivities.

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Nov. 14-20

We like to encourage participation in our music scene in a variety of ways. This week, two events at Allentown’s Coffee House Without Limits put the creative power in your hands!

Truthfully, you have options in all three of the Valley’s primary cities this week, as well as a special show to the south. Learn more below about our…

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Dinner with a Side of Jazz, Thursdays at Porters’ Pub

Pictured: Carter Lansing performing with Acoustic Kitty Trio at a visit to Porters’ in September.

Porters’ Pub, Eastonian purveyors of delicious food and drink and longtime supporters of local music, just stepped up to give jazz a home.

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A Night on Northampton Street

Oh, Easton. You always give me more than I bargain for.

My night began a hair after 8 p.m. when, after I found parking just off the circle, I walked over to Connexions Gallery to catch Shawn Cav Ensemble’s latest performance. I was surprised, then, when I walked into the gallery to find it empty, except for a couple of pets and, of course, the artwork hanging throughout the room.

As I wandered back, I noticed the sound of Dan DeChellis’ keyboard getting louder. I then stumbled upon a back room leading to an outside courtyard which, lo and behold, was the venue for this evening’s performances.

I have to say, I really dig this performance space. It has a summer night’s ambiance which was enhanced by the tunes being brought forth on this muggy night. I arrived for a few selections of DeChellis’ piano mastery to open the evening before things changed over to Shawn Cav Ensemble.

The Ensemble, as always, brought its best, performing a mix of selections off of its new album, “Glass Houses,” as well as some unreleased tunes. I always find myself blown away by saxophonist Matt Truscott in particular, whose improv ability is some of the best you’ll find in the Valley or elsewhere.

After a while, I looked at my phone to find that it was 9:30. Admittedly, the Bayou-style humidity had me feeling a bit sluggish, and my ill feeling was probably compounded by the fact that I hadn’t eaten anything since meeting my sister at Mesa for lunch earlier in the day. Realizing that my busy schedule had kept me from sustenance for much of the evening, I decided to address that, moving onto the next stop: Two Rivers Brewing Company, where LVU’s fellow Mega Power Dustin Schoof was playing with his acoustic duo, Blue Jean.

I walked uphill for a few blocks, deciding too late that driving would have been a better option, to join Blue Jean mid-set. Upon arriving, I found out two things:

  • Acoustic Kitty Project was playing just down the street at Porters’ Pub.
  • The kitchen at Two Rivers closes at 10 p.m., and it was 9:52.

Upon hearing that second point, I quickly grabbed a menu and ordered the first thing that caught my eye – a buffalo chicken flatbread that, as it turned out, was bangin’. I wolfed that down alongside glass after glass of water – yes, I went to a brewery, and all I drank was water – as I enjoyed a mix of covers and originals from Blue Jean. I also briefly caught up with Dustin for a few minutes, discussing things that only we Mega Powers would understand… for now. #foreshadowing

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After hanging out at Two Rivers for a while, I settled up and decided that I WASN’T. FINISHED. YET! (I love doing that…)

I embarked on the next phase of the evening’s journey, walking a few blocks down (and further away from my car) to Porters’, where AKP was in the midst of an intimate trio show.

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As always, the music – another healthy mix of covers and originals – was on-point, but what stuck out to me even more at this stop were the conversations I had while I was there.

Talking to those in attendance, I realized that there is a great hope for our music scene, and a gratitude for the fact that things really seem to be coming together for everyone involved. Folks seem appreciative of the fact that people like Dustin and I provide meaningful, hyper-local media coverage of the Lehigh Valley’s true music scene – that is to say, the artists and people who make it what it is every single day.

It made me even more grateful to do what I do through Lehigh Valley Underground. The thing I’ve come to understand is that this scene has, for quite a while, been in need of a unifying force to connect the dots and help place emphasis on the hidden talent that is rampant throughout our region. It is an honor and a privilege to be one of the people to facilitate that, while getting to meet great people and enjoy the varied and many talents of this area’s performers multiple times per week.

As I said, I got more than I thought I would out of this night in Easton at the outset. Of course, I was expecting a nice time and some great tunes. That’s par for the course. In addition, however, I had a spring in my step. As I walked back to the car just after midnight, I knew that I had received another inspiring reminder of why we do what we do at LVU.