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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: July 16-22

The magic in the #LVUMagicSummer continues this week, with an open opportunity to “Jam” at a festival after hearing two of the region’s brightest young pop acts.

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PHOTOS: Night 2 of GLVMA Winners Preview Weekend

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.

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Dana Gaynor Band Stands Up to Give ‘Power to the People’

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”

A John Mayall Tribute 50 Years in the Making

Blues fans were treated to a matinee of epic proportions on Sunday afternoon when The Friar’s Point Band teamed with Thirteen Butterflies Productions to pay a 50th anniversary tribute to the John Mayall & the Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton album at Allentown Masonic Temple.

The afternoon was headlined by a full recreation of the album, and also featured The Friar’s Point Band joined onstage by a who’s who list of local blues and soul musicians throughout the day. These musicians included Craig Thatcher; Wade Leonard; Don Plowman; Dana Gaynor; Charlie Brown; Jenn McCracken; Mike Dugan; Mike Guldin; Johnny T; Karl Frick; Bob Hogan; Don Hoffman; The Beano Horns; and the Lesson Center Kids. The afternoon was hosted by Glenn “Mitch” Mitchell from 99.9 FM The Hawk and A.J. Fritz of 91.3 FM WLVR.

Each featured musician skillfully performed a few selections — covers or originals — with The Friar’s Point Band before switching things up for their contemporaries, giving the afternoon a true blues jam feel.

A couple videos of this terrific day exist on our Facebook page. Join us for a better (more hi-res) look at the photos below.

Easton Heritage Day #3: Easton Rocks into the Night

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)

Joyous (Soul/Motown)

School of Rock Easton (Rock/Alternative)

Easton Heritage Day Celebrates 40th Anniversary on Sunday

Since 1976, Easton has celebrated its lasting legacy with Heritage Day, a festival originally held to commemorate the reading of the Declaration of Independence in the city. On Sunday, Easton will celebrate the event’s 40th Anniversary.

A key highlight will take place at noon, when re-enactors will take to the steps of the Centre Square courthouse to read the Declaration of Independence once more. Easton was one of three cities – the others being Philadelphia and Trenton, NJ – where our nation’s founding document was read aloud in Colonial times.

“(Heritage Day) is a great time, and the history is very important to the festival,” said board member Dustin Schoof. “It’s a day of history, music, and it’s a nice cross-section of different things happening.”

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Easton native Dan DeChellis is one of many performers for Heritage Day 2016.

In addition to period-appropriate re-enactors and crafters, Heritage Day will feature plenty of modern touches. These include live music from Easton natives Roi & the Secret People, Dan DeChellis, and students from the Easton School of Rock, as well as popular area performers like Dana Gaynor Band, Brian Dean Moore Band, Copperfields, Joyous, and more.

“We have four stages of music starting in the morning, going all the way up until the fireworks and a little bit afterward,” Schoof said. “There isn’t a whole lot of time when there isn’t going to be music, which is always a good thing.”

This year’s music lineup has been spearheaded by Carter Lansing, a well-known Easton musician and native.

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The Man Behind the Music: Carter Lansing spearheaded this year’s Heritage Day lineup.

“Carter is a man of many talents,” Schoof said. “The last two years, he has spearheaded the music. He’s really stepped up to the plate and done a terrific job.”

Heritage Day kicks off at 9:45 a.m. with a combined church service presented by Easton’s Historic Downtown Churches at Riverside Park. The festival itself begins at 11 a.m. on the Heritage Stage at Centre Square, with a re-enactment of town criers arguing independence.

Throughout the day, Heritage Day patrons can enjoy a sampling of food trucks, beer, and children’s activities. The festivities will continue into the evening, with fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on Larry Holmes Drive. Live music will continue until the festival’s conclusion at 10:30 p.m.

“We’re excited – it’s a lot of work to put this on, but at the end of the day, everyone’s excited and glad to be a part of it,” Schoof said. “We’re really glad to be doing it for 40 years. We hope to do it for 40 more.”

For more information and a full schedule of Easton Heritage Day events, visit HeritageDay.org.

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