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Musikfest, Day 6: Big Stage Blues and a Singer-Songwriter Showcase

I was excited to go to the South Side of Musikfest on Wednesday night. Many of the performers that I’ve been looking forward to covering were making their ‘Fest debuts playing inside of the Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz. This came at a perfect time as, after five days of walking around the North Side of the festival, I was ready to give my legs a break.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Oct. 24-30

This might be the most stacked weekend lineup yet this fall. There are plenty of great musicians playing big shows around the Valley.

Whether we’re raising awareness for a cause or celebrating an anniversary, the Valley brings it for this week’s…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

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Fall Preview: Fests and Fundraisers Keep the Scene Moving

There is a myth that exists in the Lehigh Valley, and it goes a little something like this: the music scene dries up when summer ends. As the sun begins to set earlier in the day, so, too, does it set on the active season in our arts and culture community.

That notion could not be further from the truth.

Between festivals, showcases, and our typical haunts, our dance card is already filling up for the fall, and will likely keep us out of the pumpkin patches and absorbing the sights and sounds as the autumn chill permeates the air. Here’s what’s on our radar.

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Allentown ArtsFest is happening, like, right now.

Allentown ArtsFest
Dates:
Now through Oct. 2
Location: Cedar Beach Park, Allentown
Description: ArtsFest 2016 features more than 300 artists, vendors, musicians, buskers and performers. All admission and entertainment is FREE for all ages.

Oktoberfest
Dates:
Now through Oct. 2; Oct. 7-9
Location: SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Description: Music isn’t all Oktoberfest has to offer, with games, dachshund races, food and, of course, plenty of great beer. If you’re looking for tunes, though, Scott Marshall (10/1, 9 p.m.), The Moondogs (10/8, 4 p.m.), and Truth & Soul (10/9, 12 p.m.) are among the highlights that stand out to us.

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On Oct. 27, Alpha Zero Three returns to the scene of their live debut.

Alpha Zero Three and Rofo Audio at The Originals Music Series
Date: Thurs., Oct. 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Chicago Restaurant & Club Gravity, 1179 Airport Road, Allentown
Description: Both AZ3 and Rofo Audio, rising rock acts in the Valley, will be performing new tunes from their upcoming releases.

Thirteen Butterflies Productions’ Annual Anti-Bullying Show
Date:
Sat., Oct. 29
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Allentown Masonic Temple, 1524 W. Linden St., Allentown
Description: Craig Thatcher, Friar’s Point Band, Taylor Ash, and many more artists cap Anti-Bullying Awareness Month with an all-star jam.

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There’s a lot of bacon in this photo. The only thing missing… is you.

PA Bacon Fest 2016
Date: Nov. 5-6
Location: Center Square, Easton
Description: 100+ vendors, 10+ musical acts, and bacon. Lots and lots of bacon.

Third Annual Arts on the Move
Date: Sat., Nov. 12
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. 4th St, Bethlehem
Description: We went into this a bit on Thursday, but to re-iterate: four great performers and an art/instrument auction to support the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association’s scholarship program.

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.

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Sept. 12-18

The cameras are revved up – can you rev up a camera? – for another great week of shows here in the Lehigh Valley! A weekly showcase returns on Thursday, and the possibilities are limitless all weekend with these…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Thurs., Sept. 15 | 7 p.m.
Julius and Carefree Constant at the Originals Music Series
Venue:
Chicago Restaurant’s Club Gravity, 1179 Airport Road, Allentown
Admission: FREE
Description: Our bread-and-butter gig returns for the fall, presented by the Fyre & Ice Show.

Fri., Sept. 16 | 6 p.m.
We Have Ghosts, Kate Dressed Up & Kyle Gischel
Venue: Coffeehouse Without Limits, 707 N. 4th St., Allentown
Admission: $5
Description: Two Philly bands join a local singer-songwriter for a diverse night of live music.

Sat., Sept. 17 | 10 a.m.
Blue Jean

Venue: Easton Farmers Market, Center Sq., Easton
Admission: FREE
Description: Enjoy some fresh produce, as well as acoustic covers and originals with your morning coffee.

Sat., Sept. 17 | 3:30 p.m.
The Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman

Venue: Weyerbacher Brewing, 905 Line St., Easton
Admission: FREE
Description: Keep it in Easton as Mike Roi, Carter Lansing, Pentley Holmes, and Shane Reimer perform solo acoustic versions of their songs and tell the stories behind them.

Sun., Sept. 18 | 2 p.m.
Tribute to 50 Years: John Mayall & the Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
Venue:
Allentown Masonic Temple, 1524 W. Linden St., Allentown
Admission: $15
Description: Friar’s Point Band and special guests pay tribute to the British Blues Invasion of 1966.