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‘Tis the Season: Let’s Get Festive with Dogwood Tales

Artwork credit: Stephen Omark

Festival season is here and it’s one of my favorite times of the year for a number of reasons. As a musician, it provides several opportunities to perform in front of and be heard by larger audiences. It also presents an opportunity to network with those audiences. As a music lover, it’s a chance to discover new music. For me, the latter is as appealing as the former and I rarely, if ever, walk away disappointed.

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Ralph’s Reviews: Anna Rose Reveals Gentler Side on ‘Nobody Knows I’m Here’

New York-based Anna Rose combines a powerful voice and a rock and roll attitude on stage. Her live performances call to mind the likes of Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, or Janis Joplin, and her stage presence screams of an independent woman who is going to play hard, sing hard, and rock hard.

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Back Home: First Friday ‘Springs’ into Action

By now, you might know that Underground Music Collective shows some love back home in Bethlehem, PA by presenting the Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series alongside SouthSide Arts District.

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Ralph’s Reviews: Julia Mark Tells Her Story on ‘Gemini’

Photo credit: Roger Metcalf

One of the more enjoyable things about reviewing music for UMC is discovering, listening to and, on occasion, meeting artists from many different walks of life. Everyone has a story to tell, and I’m intrigued by the stories told by Boston-based singer-songwriter Julia Mark on her latest release, “Gemini.”

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‘Better Late Than Never’: Shane Reimer and Them Spicy Boize EP Worth the Wait

One of the wonderful things about the internet is you can span the globe in your search for great new music and still keep your finger on the pulse of your roots. Lately, there has been some pretty special music coming right from home in eastern Pennsylvania.

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Hey Monea: Plenty in the Tank

Day two of Hey Monea’s “Nothing In The Tank” Tour brought the Canton, Ohio trio to New Hope, PA on Friday night. While New Hope is not exactly where UMC laid its roots, it was close enough to the Lehigh Valley to be on my own “Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week” list.

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February’s #LVUFirstFriday Lineup Set to Heat Up the Homeland!

Back home in PA, we have something to heat up the dead of winter: the February 2019 installment of the Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series, a joint production between Underground Music Collective and SouthSide Arts District, with support from Comfort Suites Hill to Hill Grille (Bethlehem, PA).

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