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Acoustic Kitty Project: Live at City View Sound

Carter Lansing’s gritty vocals have been compared to John Hiatt, Steve Earle, and Warren Haynes. Backed by veteran drummer Bill Matlack Jr., bassist Mary Chamberlain, Dan DeChellis on keyboards, and Mike Carr on lead guitar, Acoustic Kitty Project continues to impress every crowd for whom they have the privilege of playing.

Carter’s songs expose the raw, common threads that run through all of our lives. We all get hurt, we all break down, and sometimes, things are good. No matter what, the important lesson is to keep moving forward.

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The Tuk Ten: Day 5 — Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison (Live)(1968)

Johnny Cash is rightly credited with being the father of outlaw country music. This is not the country music of today, the one that has been taken over by the Carrie Underwoods and the other improbably telegenic performers that populate and dominate the genre. Cash’s music, and the style he created, was the one of Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and Willie Nelson. Cash exuded the idea that if you weren’t against the system, you were part of the system. 

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The Quinn Spinn: Allentown JazzFest Preview Edition

This week, we sit down with Bryan Tuk who, in addition to running law practices across Pennsylvania as the namesake behind Tuk Law Offices, is the founder of Performing Arts Live!, Inc., which produces Allentown JazzFest. Bryan shares what’s new and exciting about this year’s festival, taking place May 3-7 in downtown Allentown, PA, and how it all fits into his vision for a more vibrant Allentown.

Also, we have a couple more May-riffic Music Festival artists, a world premiere, and classic Stupid News and Somethin’ Good.

Thanks to The Valley Ledger and Tuk Law Offices for their ongoing support.

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Scott Marshall and Rocking the Valley Team Up on May 9 Cancer Benefit

Recently, we told you about an all-day event Scott Marshall is hosting at Bethlehem’s Steel Pub on Saturday, June 3 for the sake of pediatric cancer awareness.

Now, Allentown will get a taste of the action, courtesy of Rocking the Valley.

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It’s Not a Jamboree Without Carter Lansing

Carter Lansing’s contributions to the Valley’s music scene are plentiful. In addition to his role as singer-songwriter of country rock outfit Acoustic Kitty Project, Carter is one of the region’s most prominent music volunteers and minds. We are honored to have him join us for the First Annual Lehigh Valley Underground Winter Jamboree, taking place Friday, February 10 at American Spirits Roadhouse.

Before that all goes down, Carter was kind enough to answer a few questions.

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Five ‘Backyard’ Bands to Take the Stage at the Great Allentown Fair

This coming Wednesday, August 31, WZZO will return to the Great Allentown Fair for its 28th Annual Backyard Bands Competition… and the Valley’s Rock Station has selected quite a lineup!

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Danielle DuBois, bassist for Another Day Dawns, who will perform at WZZO’s Backyard Bands Competition on Wed., Aug. 31.

Local acts Acoustic Kitty Project, Another Day Dawns, The Beautiful Distortion, Monoceros, and September Silence will take the RCN Farmerama Theater stage at the Allentown Fairgrounds beginning at 8 p.m. that night for a chance to win more than $6,500 in prizes. Music industry professionals will also be on-hand, making this a huge opportunity for five local bands looking to take their careers to the next level.

When reached for comment, Acoustic Kitty Project frontman Carter Lansing explained to LVU that he has long coveted the opportunity to showcase his and his band’s abilities on the Backyard Bands stage.

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Acoustic Kitty Project frontman Carter Lansing.

“I spend a lot of time trying to avoid judges. This time, they’re alright with me,” Lansing said. “I’ve wanted to play this gig for probably 23 years, and I’m thrilled that they like my music enough to put me in the running with these other great bands!”

Stay tuned to LVU on Facebook for live video from the event, and be sure to check in with LehighValleyUnderground.com for photos and a full recap next Thursday!

It’s Another LVU Super Saturday!

To prove that I wasn’t kidding about keeping this post-Musikfest party going, my day is about to get completely out of hand.

First, I have to go to Jersey this morning to get my camera back. My brother borrowed it from me with the intention of covering Musikfest last Sunday, but then he got food poisoning, so… yeah.

After that, here’s where I’ll be all day…

12 p.m.: Acoustic Kitty Project at the WSCI Summer Concert Series in Bethlehem (private recording party)

4:30 p.m.: Sugar Hill Jazz House Grand Opening, 39 S. 9th St., Allentown

8 p.m.: Tape Swap Radio Presents: Couch Slut, TILE, Manbeast, and Swimmers Lungs at the Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem

I welcome you to join me at the public events, and I also encourage you to check in with Lehigh Valley Underground on Facebook Live throughout the day for updates from this wild, Super Saturday. Photos and recaps will also be made available here throughout the weekend. See you on the road!