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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Apr. 17-23

Well, that was fun!

Hopefully, you enjoyed following along on our Launch Music Conference adventure this past weekend. We know we had a blast and learned a ton! As mentioned, we’ll be sharing some takeaways with you shortly.

We’re back in the Valley, though, and it’s a good thing, because this week holds many…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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Tonight, We Begin Again

On January 7, 2016, first impressions and fresh starts hung in the cold winter air as I packed my car. I didn’t have a whole lot to bring with me – just some Quinn Spinn shirts from our previous run, a laptop, and my brand new, never-before-publicly-unveiled Lehigh Valley Underground banner. Launch Day was still a week and a half away, but that didn’t matter. I was excited. This time was different.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Jan. 2-8

We’ve made it to a new year full of fresh possibilities. No matter your opinion of 2016, one thing is for certain: 2017 promises to hold just as many, if not more, musical treasures for us between now and December 31.

This week, we start it off with some selections that certainly deserve to be called…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Tues., Jan. 3 | 8 p.m.
The Slicked Up 9s Open for The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Venue: Sellersville Theatre, 136 N. Main St., Sellersville
Admission: $33
Description: Swing all night with jump blues and more as the eastern PA natives start the night for the platinum-selling “Zoot Suit Riot” legends.

Thurs., Jan. 5 | 8 p.m.
The Band of Rivals, Ben O’Neill, Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart
Venue: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia
Admission: $10 (21+)
Description: Take a field trip to Philly to watch LVU’s Doug Keller do his thing, slappin’ the bass for The Band of Rivals.

Fri., Jan. 6 | 7 p.m.
The Originals Music Series’ Two-Year Anniversary Bash
Venue:
Chicago Restaurant, 1179 Airport Road, Allentown
Admission:
FREE
Description:
Dead:Stop, REVEL 9, and Autoerotica rock The Originals into Year 3. LVU Founder Gerard Longo is the guest emcee.

Fri., Jan. 6 | 8 p.m.
The Balcony Showcase Presents: The Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman
Venue: Broadway Pub, 62 Broadway, Bangor
Admission: FREE
Description: Mike Roi, Carter Lansing, and Werner Sommer trade songs and stories to kick off the inaugural Balcony showcase.

REVEL 9, Autoerotica, and Dead:Stop Ready to Rock The Originals Music Series Two-Year Anniversary Bash Jan. 6

For nearly two years, Allentown’s Chicago Restaurant has been home to weekly original music as part of The Originals Music Series, presented by The Fyre & Ice Show.

On Friday, January 6, The Originals Music Series will celebrate this milestone in style – and will call on the help of good, reliable friends to rock the joint.

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PHOTOS: Dead:Stop, Next to None, and Another Day Dawns at The Originals Music Series (with special guest Mike Portnoy)

Some nights on the music scene make us realize why we do what we do.

OK, to be fair, we’ve had quite a few of those lately. However, tonight reinforced for us that there’s much to look forward to around our Valley, year-round, and that any night can be amazing.

Let’s start with Dead:Stop. The heavy rock/hardcore band started the evening with a dash of punk edge and infectious energy that got the folks in attendance — many of them among our music scene’s younger demographic — up and moving.

After that came Next to None, another young, but wickedly talented band whose progressive metal flair is perhaps only rivaled by its stage presence. Their genre, of course, is not a surprise — the band’s backline includes Max Portnoy on drums, whose father, Mike, is the former drummer for Dream Theater.

Speaking of Mike Portnoy, he was in the house, and would join in on a special treat after his son’s band finished its official set. Portnoy, as well as members of Next to None and local hard rock band Another Day Dawns (who we’ve recently seem somewhere… can’t put our finger on it, though…) participated in an open jam. Musicians rotated in and out for about 45 minutes, playing a jukebox worth of hard rock and metal hits and ending with a full company version of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”

Through it all, the packed house and sense of enthusiasm at Chicago Restaurant’s Club Gravity also provided good vibes. With so much youth in the room and onstage, it was easy to dispel the notion that the younger generation doesn’t “get it.” Not only do they get it — but they are just as good at making music as folks twice their age.

The future is bright for our Valley’s music scene, and for every artist who took the stage on Thursday night.

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Aug. 15-21

Well, wasn’t that fun?

You might think we’d take a break after covering the nation’s largest free, outdoor music festival right in our backyard over the past couple of weeks. But that, my friends, is just not how we roll.

There’s music year-round in our fair Valley, and we’re going to make it known again with these…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Thurs., Aug. 18 | 7 p.m.
Next to None and Dead:Stop at The Originals Music Series
Venue:
Chicago Restaurant and Club Gravity, 1179 Airport Road, Allentown
Admission: FREE
Description: Rumor has it that Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy may be sitting in on a couple of songs…

Fri., Aug. 19 | 9 p.m.
Owls and Lions
Venue: TD Community Stage on the Air Products Townsquare, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem
Admission: FREE
Description: Enjoy a mix of covers and originals from the North Jersey acoustic duo.

Sat., Aug. 20 | 5 p.m.
Sugar Hill Jazz House Grand Opening
Venue:
39 S. 9th St., Allentown
Admission: FREE
Description: Celebrate the official launch of Allentown’s newest live music venue!