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Welcome to the second half of 2018! It’s off to a hot start, and we don’t just mean the weather.
For instance, your holiday week is filled with the freedom to choose between any one (or all) of these…
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!
In our latest installment of the Lehigh Valley Underground Best of 2017 video series, LVU Founder Gerard Longo is joined by Jason Hedrington and Mike Roi of Roi and the Secret People.
The Lesson Center and Thirteen Butterflies Production are inviting some of the Valley’s brightest musical stars to shine at the Allentown Masonic Temple (1524 W. Linden St.) on Sunday, September 17 — all in the name of Hurricane Harvey relief.
By Saturday evening, the weather in Bethlehem had cooled off significantly from its July-esque levels on Friday. However, that didn’t stop the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association from hosting its second night of Lehigh Valley Music Awards Winners Preview Weekend on the Levitt Pavilion stage at SteelStacks.
In one fell swoop, it seems as though summer is going to come roaring back this week. Temps are expected to hit the upper 80s and low 90s during the middle of the week.
It’s fitting, then, that this weekend will be very summer-like in terms of activity on the music scene. Here are our picks for…
Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!
It’s the start of the most wonderful time of the year! Of course, we mean summer, but we also mean the start of the Levitt Pavilion season at SteelStacks.
ArtsQuest recently announced the full 2017 Levitt Pavilion lineup to the world. This year’s lineup includes headline acts including Steve Kimock, The Coasters, and The Platters, among a host of other locally, regionally, and nationally-renowned musicians.
In looking at the full lineup, we went through and picked out five selections – Can’t-Miss Shows of the Season, perhaps? – that we’re excited about.
On May 19-20, The Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association will preview the upcoming Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks season – and will employ the talents of Lehigh Valley Music Award winners to do it.
Dana Gaynor is one of our music scene’s true icons and veterans. She’s won awards, and has played and toured with world-renowned artists.
All of Dana’s influences and experiences seem to come together splendidly on her band’s latest release, “Power to the People,” a seamless 14-track journey through the lands of blues, funk, country, and rock and roll.
Dana’s guitar work on “Power to the People” is, as expected, magnificent. A particular highlight is “In the Land of Fool’s Gold,” which features two well-crafted solos. Things get grittier on “Road to Oblivion,” which is complemented nicely with a fun groove in the rhythm section.
One thing to note about “Power to the People” is versatility. “Frenchman’s Wife” draws its main influence from country, while “Ghost Train” showcases the band’s blues side. Meanwhile, the album’s title track brings out the funk as Gaynor cries out for mankind to stand together and find unity in the world’s madness.
By crossing so many different styles and appealing to so many different tastes, Dana Gaynor makes it possible to find that unity, not only through her lyrics, but through a thoughtful album that offers something for everyone.
Standout tracks: “In the Land of Fool’s Gold,” “Power to the People”
Easton’s 40th Annual Heritage Day is in the books! Thousands of Valley residents came out on Saturday to hear great music from a variety of local artists, enjoy a taste of history with the re-enactment of the reading of the Declaration of Indpendence at Centre Square, and have some all-around summer fun.
As promised, we stuck around into the night and caught many more great musical performances before the evening was through. These included the Bank Street Band from Easton’s School of Rock, who performed a selection of stirring American standards and contemporary songs during the festival’s fireworks display.
Enjoy the photos below! Kudos to all those who put on a successful event, and thanks for having LVU out to capture it all!
Brian Dean Moore Band (Country rock)
Dana Gaynor Band (Blues)
School of Rock Easton (Rock/Alternative)