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This Week on WLVU: Moments Highlights LVMA19 Nominees; The Balcony Show Welcomes Ghostly Beard

One thing that’s clear is that Lehigh Valley Music Awards season is definitely upon us. Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association President Ricardo Flores joined The Quinn Spinn on Monday night, and there’s more themed programming where that came from.

Plus, more music programming graces the airwaves. Tune in to hear what’s happening…

This Week on WLVU

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Sept. 5-11

Summer is unofficially over. The kids are back to school, the days are getting shorter, and our chances to get outside and enjoy music in 2016 are dwindling.

The good news? Indoors or outdoors, there’s plenty going on in and around our region, all year round! For example, behold these…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Tues., Sept. 6 | 5 p.m.
First Monday
Sugar Hill Jazz House, 39 S. 9th St., Allentown
Admission: FREE
Description: Due to Labor Day, first Monday happens on Tuesday this month. Either way, enjoy great tunes, delicious food, and a chance to network.

Thurs., Sept. 8 | 2 p.m.
Blacktop Mojo New York City Bus Trip, sponsored by WSCI Radio
Venue: Pickup at WSCI’s Studio 73, 1667 Woodfield Dr., Bethlehem
Admission: $40
Description: It’s the ultimate meet and greet experience! Hang with the band, visit the 9/11 Memorial, and catch Blacktop Mojo perform live!

Thurs., Sept. 8 | 5 p.m.
Not For Coltrane

Venue: Scratch, Easton Public Market, 327 Northampton St., Easton
Admission: FREE
Description: Staying local on Thursday? Sample great local food and beer as you enjoy the acoustic stylings of Michael Duck.

Sat., Sept. 10 | 7:30 p.m.
The Young Dubliners
Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem
Admission: FREE
Description: The Levitt season closes at SteelStacks with the hardest-working Celtic band in the business.

Sat., Sept. 10 | 8 p.m.
Shawn Cav Ensemble
Connexions Gallery, 213 Northampton St., Easton
Admission: $7
Description: What better on a beautiful September night than some original jazz fusion in Connexions Gallery’s outdoor courtyard?

Sat., Sept. 10 | 8:30 p.m.
BEATS by Blue Jean
Two Rivers Brewing Company, 542 Northampton St., Easton
Admission: FREE
Description: Originals, covers, and maybe a Lil Wayne or Trey Songz cover by the acoustic rock duo.

August 2016: The Best Month Ever?

Well… that was quite a month!

It started with the story of how we wound up here in the first place. Then, we announced a Mega Powerful partnership with our pal Dustin Schoof. That was reason to party, so we followed it up with a ten-day celebration of the grandest musical tradition in our Valley. We covered artists from our region and beyond, and even had the chance to get in on the action, thanks to a special assist from our friends at the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association and ArtsQuest.

The fun didn’t stop there. We hung out at an open jam featuring former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and a couple of the best and brightest young bands in our region. We enjoyed a diversified #SuperSaturday around our Valley that included a studio performance, a grand opening, and a night of hardcore. We reviewed albums, featured some great pieces from contributors, and had a wonderful time doing it all.

What did all of that mean for us? It meant shattering every meaningful record – Every. Single. Record. – when it comes to LVU’s site traffic. Here are a few of the milestones we reached this August.

  • Surpassed 50,000 all-time page views
  • Surpassed 10,000 all-time unique visitors
  • Surpassed 12,500 page views in a single month (previous record – 9,199)
  • Surpassed 2,300 unique visitors in a single month (previous record – 1,747)

The moral of the story is that Lehigh Valley Underground grew up this month, from a fledgling local music blog to a force to be reckoned with. Our platform has improved greatly over the past month, which bodes well for the many talented artists and music people on our local scene.

There’s no sense in stopping now. Tonight, we cap our amazing month at the Great Allentown Fair, supporting just a few of our favorite local artists as they compete to win WZZO’s 28th Annual Backyard Bands Competition.

So, that was August — a milestone month for LVU in every way. After all of that, only one question comes to mind…

How will we #GoUnderground to make September even better?

PHOTOS: Independence Drive at the WSCI Radio Summer Concert Series

With August drawing to a close, WSCI Radio hosted Independence Drive for the final show in its 2016 Summer Concert Series on Saturday afternoon.

The three-piece, who fuse styles like alternative, funk, and reggae, set the mood right for another beautiful Saturday afternoon in Bethlehem, creating a laid-back vibe by way of some summery tunes.

The show was also the second performance for Independence Drive’s new bassist, Art Rivell, who meshed well together with drummer Ryan Mangle and frontman/band founder Ian Althouse. Althouse, who handles the band’s guitar duties, showcased impressive technical skill throughout the set, which consisted of new, unreleased tracks and older selections.

Thanks to WSCI Radio for having us out once again. Don’t forget to check out the station’s New York City bus trip with Blacktop Mojo on Sept. 8.

WSCI Radio Sponsors Sept. 8 Blacktop Mojo Bus Trip to NYC

Up-and-coming Texas hard rockers Blacktop Mojo are playing in New York City on Thursday, September 8, and Bethlehem’s WSCI Star City Indie Rock Radio wants to make sure you can get there.

WSCI is sponsoring a bus trip to New York next Thursday, providing fans of Blacktop Mojo with the ultimate meet and greet experience in celebration of the band’s trip to the Northeast. Fans will get to hang out with Blacktop Mojo as they ride into the city with the band, starting with the trip’s departure from WSCI’s Studio 73 – 1667 Woodfield Dr. in Bethlehem – at 2 p.m. The bus will head to the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial, and will then make its way to The Red Lion, located at 151 Bleecker St. in Greenwich Village, to catch Blacktop Mojo’s 8 p.m. performance.

Tickets are $40 and include admission to the evening’s show. The bus will fill on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, check the event out on Facebook or call (484) 387-8191.

LVU Super Saturday: Acoustic Kitty Project and Sugar Hill Jazz House

Our Super Saturday at Lehigh Valley Underground has been eventful so far. It started (after retrieving my camera from my parents’ house) with Acoustic Kitty Project, the latest band to play as part of WSCI Radio’s Summer Concert Series. Carter Lansing and company performed for over an hour, playing songs from their current release, “‘Shine,” as well as yet-to-be-released material. Lansing also took some time out for a quick interview, soon to air on WSCIRadio.com.

A little while later, I sprinted — in my car, not on foot — over to Allentown for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Sugar Hill Jazz House. Located at 39 S. Ninth St., Sugar Hill Jazz House features staff and performers in authentic 1920s attire and a stellar barbecue menu from Chef Jay King, who owns the venue with wife Mary Shearin and Mark Smith. The grand opening received support from the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Hamilton District Main Street Program, and local politicians including Sen. Pat Browne, Rep. Peter Schweyer, and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

We’re not finished yet! In a little while, we’ll be at the Ice House in Bethlehem for Tape Swap Radio’s latest installment of the IceHouse Tonight series. Tonight’s show begins at 8, and of course, you can expect updates here and via Facebook Live.

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!

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: July 25-31

Not For Coltrane is the tip of the iceberg this week.

You might expect the week before the start of our nation’s largest free outdoor music festival to be the calm before the storm. That is not the case.

What a stacked lineup we have for you with this week’s…

Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week!

Mon., Jul. 25 | 10 p.m.
Not For Coltrane
The Funhouse, 5 E. 4th St., Bethlehem
Admission: FREE
Description: Michael Duck performs originals, covers, and surprises to start the week.

Tues., Jul. 26 | 6 p.m.
Burn Halo, Malicious Intent & Husk
Venue: The Gin Mill & Grille, 1750 Main St., Northampton
Admission: $10 advance/$12 door
Description: A triple threat of hard rock highlights your Tuesday night.

Thurs., Jul. 28 | 7 p.m.
September Silence and Deprived at The Originals Music Series
Chicago Restaurant, 1179 Airport Rd., Allentown
Admission: FREE
Description: The Originals returns to Chicago with another great night of rock.

Fri., Jul. 29 | 10 p.m.
VoirVoir with Jonathan Monument
The Funhouse, 5 E. 4th St., Bethlehem
Admission: $4
Description: Switch things up midweek with a double dose of indie rock.

Sat., Jul. 30 | 7 p.m.
Trapped in Static at the WSCI Radio Summer Concert Series
Tally Ho Tavern, 205 W. 4th St., Bethlehem
Admission: $5
Description: The New Yorkers add more interstate flavor to South Bethlehem.

Sat., Jul. 30 | 7 p.m.
Shawn Cav Ensemble Record Release Show
The California Drum Shop, 343 Rauch St., Bethlehem
Admission: FREE
Description: Shawn Cav and his eponymous group will be celebrating the release of “Glass Houses.

PHOTOS: MAYVE at the Tally Ho (WSCI Summer Concert Series)

MAYVE, a rising synth pop quintet, drove all the way from East Islip, Long Island to take part in the WSCI Radio Summer Concert Series at South Bethlehem’s Tally Ho Tavern.

For certain, we hope that they’ll join us again.

The young, energetic five-piece presented super-tight tunes that marry 80s New Wave and modern alternative rock, gaining themselves new fans and making a statement in the Lehigh Valley.

If you missed it, replays of the show will air on WSCI Radio. You can also enjoy our view from behind the lens below.

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