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Allentown JazzFest Night 1: As Diverse as Jazz Itself

The 2017 edition of Allentown JazzFest started off as only a festival befitting of this genre should: by offering a diverse programming lineup; one where the unexpected is the established norm.

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Help Allentown JazzFest ‘Be The Spark’ for Cultural Enrichment

Performing Arts Live!, Inc., the non-profit organization behind Allentown JazzFest, wants to inspire a richer and more inclusive appreciation for the arts in the Lehigh Valley. A grant from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation would go a long way — and so would your help!

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Hector Rosado y Orq HACHE at West Park (JazzFest at Noches de Ritmo)

Hector Rosado y Orq HACHE’s performance Saturday evening at Allentown’s West Park had it all: singing, dancing, and even an appearance by the ever-elusive sun.

The concert, sponsored by Ola Radio and Spark Orthodontics, was part of a larger event featuring XCAPE Hip Hop Dance Group, HALA, Puertorican Culture Preservation Organization, and the Dominican Folklore Group. As the weather turned more favorable, Rosado and his band took the stage in front of a growing crowd that was very much into the salsa rhythms.

Enjoy our photos of a show that brought people of different cultures together, young and old.

Sunday Thought Series (Saturday Edition): Totally Jazzed

Tomorrow is going to be busy, so I want to make sure I get this out of the way now.

008For more than a week, we’ve been dutifully bringing you the latest from Allentown JazzFest. We’ve seen some top-notch performances, re-connected with old friends, and met some great new people along the way.

I just wanted to take some time today to mention how grateful Lehigh Valley Underground is for the opportunity to participate in such a great, growing local festival. We’ve been welcomed with open arms into another very important, lively part of the Lehigh Valley’s music scene this week, and it has been a phenomenal experience from top to bottom.

003I also hope that the passion behind this blog’s mission has come through in a new way over the past week or so. We want to reach into every corner of our scene and support the many people – not just musicians, but volunteers and industry folks – who strive to make it a better place. It is my hope that our coverage of JazzFest this week opens new doors for all involved, and that we can all continue to work together to strengthen our offerings and make the Lehigh Valley a music destination, based foremost on the efforts of the people who call our region home.

It’s not over yet. Tonight at 5 p.m., we’ll be at West Park to catch Hector Rosado and Orq Hache. Tomorrow at 5 p.m., we’ll wrap things up with The Bryan Tuk Complex at Billy’s Downtown Diner on Hamilton St. Photos and reactions from those shows, of course, will be made available here.

PHOTOS: Lucy Woodward at the Renaissance Ballroom (AJF2016)

A powerful voice, commanding stage presence, and world-class supporting musicians helped Lucy Woodward wow the Allentown JazzFest crowd at the Renaissance Hotel ballroom on Thursday night.

Lucy was engaging from the start, introducing many of the evening’s selections with witty stories encompassing her career as a musician. The New York native’s set was equal parts high-tempo, funky pop and soulful balladry, allowing Lucy and her band to showcase their versatile skill sets throughout the course of the evening.

Lucy heads off to London to prepare for her upcoming tour with Rod Stewart. We wish her the best, and hope she’ll visit us again sometime!

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