Weekly Music Lineups – 1/21/21

It’s time, once again, to take a look at the music scene in and around the Lehigh Valley for the coming week. If you have upcoming shows – live, in person or on line – and would like to see them listed here it’s easy and it’s FREE. Send the information to me by using the “contact us” form on the website, Facebook messenger or email at lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com. Thank you to everyone who follows and/or contributes to this post each week. Don’t forget to “like” and share us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/lvvoicesofthevalley

A few reminders before I get in to the music. As of January 1, I am now listing the entire weeks’ events (Thur-Wed) as opposed to just the weekend and I will list on-line events as well. In recent weeks, I have not listed open mic nights. I will list them at the end of this post and will continue to do so if that’s what you, the readers, would like to see. Now, let’s take a look at the music.

THURSDAY5pmStef & Mike, The Shelby. 6pmTim Harakal, Steel Club, Clayton Reilly, Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar and Regina Sayles, Happy Hour Bar & Grill. 6:30pm, Backyard Cabaret, Porter’s Pub.

FRIDAY5pmSteve Johnson, The Shelby. 6pmKendal Conrad, Thunderhead Lodge, Tim Harakal, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works, Rob Ballonoff, Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar, All Things Brielle, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn, and Regina Sayles, Boulder View Tavern. 6:30pmCurious Dog, The Iron Mule and Cubbage, Weyerbacher Brewery. 7pmSteve Brosky Duo, The Shanty on 19th, Seth Witcher, The Wooden Match, Hot Toddy’s, Steel Pub, Jon Ballantyne, Bookstore Speakeasy, Sage, Derailed Taproom, Streetbox Strummer, Easton Wine Project, Nowhere Slow, Rival’s Sports Bar and Stray Seeds, Woodstone Country Club. 7:30pmSupra/Ayers Band, Musikfest Cafe (ticketed event). 8pm At the Apollo, The Funhouse Southside.

SATURDAY2pmCassandra Rose, Seven Sirens Brewing Co and Brian Lally, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co. 5pmSteve Johnson, The Shelby. 6pmGinger & Joe, Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar, Kendal Conrad, County Seat Spirits, Honey & Nutz, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co, The Doc (Layne “Doc” Roberts), Insurrection Distillery and Joe Lazorik, McCoole’s at the historic Red Lion Inn. 6:30pmScott Messina, The Iron Mule and Tim Harakal, Weyerbacher Brewery. 7pmNomadic Soulz, Jabber Jaws Bar & Grill, Bad Influence, Steel Pub, Snow Betz, Gin Mill & Grill, Isaiah Nygard, Bookstore Speakeasy, A Girl & A Guy, Easton Wine Project and Billy Rooth, Derailed Taproom. 8pmSunsets North, Seven Sirens Brewing Co, Baba, The Funhouse Southside and Vinyl Persuasion, The Shanty on 19th.

SUNDAY2pmYingling-Porter on Tap, Crooked Eye Brewery, Kendal Conrad, A’Dello Winery and Mike Pilgermayer, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co. 4pmChris Colaiaco, Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 7pmTim Harakal, Trails End Pub. 8pmHeart Headed, The Funhouse Southside.

WEDNESDAY7pmSons of Izzy, Steel Pub.

ON-LINE SHOWSBilly Bauer will be live on Facebook at 8pm Saturday. Rocking the Valley has weekly shows every Sunday-Friday, broadcast live in Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Band Lab and the Rocking the Valley website. For a complete listing of the shows visit https://www.rockingthevalley.com/. If you would like to appear as a guest on one of the weekly shows, you can contact them through the website or contact me at Voices of the Valley.

OPEN MICSThursday 6pmShanty on 19th and Renegade Winery. 7pmShawneeCraft Brewery and Bowers Hotel. Sunday3pmShanty on 19th. Monday6pmDown River Brewing Co. 8pmThe Funhouse Southside. Tuesday6pmSeven Sirens Brewing Co. 7pmOld Mill Pub. Wednesday7pmBlack & Blue and Desiderio’s Stone Tavern. If you plan on attending, it is highly recommended you bring your own microphone.

Under the current circumstances, if you are not comfortable attending live performances, please consider ordering take-out or delivery from one of the venues that provide a place for local musicians to perform each week. You can also support our musicians by tuning in to a virtual performance, streaming their music on line or buying their music and merchandise. Thanks for all you do to help keep the music scene in the Lehigh Valley alive and well.

#localmusic #localvenues #supportlocal #carryout #delivery #spotify #applemusic #VoV #voicesofthevalley

Weekly Music Lineups – Week of 1/14/21

Here we are, two weeks into 2021. Mid-January outdoor dining ? Yep, we have that. Outdoor live music ? Yep, we have that, too. While we continue to struggle with a global pandemic, many bars, restaurants and other live music venues struggle to keep their doors open. While many musicians have made the choice to stay home and “wait it out”, there are just as many who are struggling to keep their heads above water. There are fewer places to play so, fewer gigs to be had. Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, there are things you can do to help support both the venues and the musicians. Order take-out or delivery from your favorite restaurant, bar, brewery or wherever you would normally go to listen to live music. Listen to local musicians on line or, better yet, buy a single or an album to help show support. Tune in to a “live” broadcast and use the virtual tip jar. No one can blame you for feeling the need to stay home right now but, there are many other ways you can help.

Before I get to the rest of the business, I want to take a moment to express my deepest sympathy to the family, staff and many friends on the passing of Anthony Serafino, co-owner of the Insurrection Distillery in Lehighton. Tony was a great human being, one of the friendliest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and a huge supporter of live music. It will seem so much different setting up to perform there and not raising a glass with you but, we will certainly raise a glass to you. You will be sorely missed.

If you want your event listed here each week, it’s simple and it’s free. Whether it’s a live music event, a virtual performance or any other event, it can be included in the weekly music lineup. If you have new music coming out, a single or an album you would like reviewed or, if you have music you want included on a monthly playlist, let me know and we’ll get the message out there. You can use the “contact us” form on the website, Facebook messenger or email at lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com. All I ask in return is that you like, follow, share Voices of the Valley on Facebook. Now, let’s look at this weeks’ music.

THURSDAY – Not much going on for tonight but, we do have Two of a Kind at the Covered Bridge Inn at 6pm and The Thursday Backyard Cabaret at Porter’s Pub at 6:30pm.

FRIDAY6pmLonesome Found, ShawneeCraft Brewery, Barefoot Duo, Bishop Estates Winery, John Cannavo Duo, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn, Michael Patrick, Crossroads Tavern and Jake Kaligis, Woodstone Country Club. 6:30pmKendal Conrad, Weyerbacher Brewing Company and Allan Willcockson, The Iron Mule. 7pmStef & Mike, The House & Barn, Chelsea Lyn Meyer Band, The Steel Pub, Glen Roberts, Easton Wine Project, George Grillo, Derailed Taproom, Cecilia Coleman, The Bookstore Speakeasy and Lucky 7, Rivals Sports Bar. 8pmAiden Bloomfeld, Seven Sirens Brewing Co, Vango, The Funhouse Southside, Mark Cook & Brian Hall, Warrior Bar & Grill, Jimmy Leahey, The Shanty on 19th and Walter Lee, The Original Pocono Pub.

SATURDAY2pmNeil Grover, Seven Sirens Brewing Co and Jonny Cornelius, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co. 5pmBilly T Acoustically, Hijinx Brewery. 6pmTwo of a Kind, Insurrection Distillery, Glenwood, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co, Joe Lazorik, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn and Erin Kelly, County Seat Spirits. 6:30pmThe Castaway Band, Weyerbacher Brewing Co and Skylar Love, The Iron Mule. 7pm Jake Bracey, Easton Wine Project, Dynamic Duo, Rivals Sports Bar, Kendal Conrad, Quaker Steak & Lube (Bensalem), 90 Minute Drive, Derailed Taproom, Chelsea Lyn Meyer Duo, The Shanty on 19th and Ashley Marquez, Trails End Pub. 7:30pm, Vanessa Collier, Steel Stacks (ticketed event). 8pmSteve & Steve, Seven Sirens Brewing Co, Snow Betz, The Funhouse Southside, John Cannavo, Lakeside Bar and Jeff Crosson, 21 Crafthouse Kitchen.

SUNDAY2pmBrian St John, ShawneeCraft Brewery, The Jimmy Leahey Duo, Desiderio’s Stone Tavern and Island Time, Blue Mountain Vineyards. 3pmPayne Shelton, Thunderbird Lodge. 4pmBill Shannon, The Iron Mule and Joseph Acore & Jake, Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 6pmBeckwith Baker, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co. 8pmLorenzo, The Funhouse Southside.

WEDNESDAY8pmChristian Porter, The Original Pocono Pub.

ON LINE MUSICRocking the Valley has a complete lineup of on-line shows from Sunday through Friday each week. For a complete listing of show times and dates or, to be featured on one of their shows, visit https://www.rockingthevalley.com/.

Thank you to everyone who reads, shares and contributes to this post each week. Your support is greatly appreciated. Let’s do all we can to keep the music scene in and around the Lehigh Valley alive and well.

#localmusic #localvenues #supportlocal #takeout #delivery #streamonline #listentolocal #VoV #voicesofthevalley

Weekly Music Lineups – Week of 1/7/2021

We’ve made it through the holidays, 2020 is behind and the restrictions have been lifted – or have they ? Indoor dining is back but, still with limited seating capacities and social distancing guidelines in place. Several of the area’s bars and restaurants are attempting to return to “business as usual” while fighting to stay open financially. While many of us are reluctant to dine in or attend a live performance, the venues and the musicians can still use our support. Ordering take-out, delivery or curbside pick up is a great way to show support for the venues. While you are picking up your food, maybe even consider leaving a tip for the musician performing inside. At the very least, follow them on line, listen to their music on Spotify, Apple Music or other streaming services and buy their merchandise. Everything we do now will determine what our music scene will look like when we get back to “normal”.

If you want your events listed here, please feel free to send me your information by using the “contact us” form on the website, Facebook messenger at https://www.facebook.com/lvvoicesofthevalley or email me at lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com. Please consider “liking” and sharing Voices of the Valley on Facebook. If you are a venue owner or manager and have any “specials” going on throughout the weekend, I will be happy to share that information along with your events.

I don’t have a whole lot of virtual performances to share with you but, I will list what I have at the end. Let’s get to the live music first.

THURSDAY6pm Kendal Conrad, Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar and Alyssa Dodge, Tuned Up Brewing Company. 7pmTwo of a Kind, Covered Bridge Inn.

FRIDAY5pmKyle Yankowy, The Shanty on 19th. 6pmStef, Mike & Erin, Steel Club, Kendal Conrad, Bru Daddy’s, Michael Arenella Duo, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn and Heart of Stone, ShawneeCraft Brewing Company. 6:30pmMark & Ralph, The Iron Mule and Keeton, Renegade Winery (also streamed live on FB). 7pmEmily’s Toybox Duo, Rivals Sports Bar, Z Solo, Easton Wine Project, GT3, Bookstore Speakeasy, Time Whys, Steel Pub, Erin McClelland, Derailed Taproom and Ashley Marquez, The Wooden Match. 7:30pmGit Down Band, Liberty Tavern. 8pmOwen & the Alien, Seven Sirens Brewing Company and Taylor O’Conner, The Funhouse Southside.

SATURDAY2pmStarting Tomorrow, Seven Sirens Brewing Company. 6pmGreg Smith’s Off the Road, Overlook, Joe Lazorik, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn and The Secret Reasons, ShawneeCraft Brewery. 6:30pmMichael Patrick, The Iron Mule and Steve McDaniel, Weyerbacher Brewing Co. 7pmDeji & Derek Duo, Rival’s Sports Bar, Two of a Kind, The Shanty on 19th, Jean Navarr, Jabber Jaws Bar & Grill, Lovelace, Steel Pub, Stevie Vicks, Easton Wine Project and Sheila & Mark, Derailed Taproom. 7:30pmDirty Roxx, Diamond Fire Co. 8pm Snow Betz, Seven Sirens Brewing Co and Mike Pants, The Funhouse Southside.

SUNDAY2pmStef & Mike, Blue Mountain Vineyards, Kendal Conrad, Black River Farms and Susan Pulcer, ShawneeCraft Brewery. 4pmRush Hour, Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 5:30pmJonny Cornelius, The Iron Mule. 8pmUrban Achievers, Funhouse Southside.

WEDNESDAY7pm3D, Steel Pub.

LIVE STREAMRocking the Valley has a virtual live stream show every day but Saturday. Thursday – 7pm, Cyber Speakeasy with Not For Coltrane and 8pm, The Piano Pub. Friday – 5pm, Beach Bar with Jeffrey Ross and 7pm, Wild Bill’s Friday Night. Sunday – 7pm, Screaming Joe Hollar’s Kicking Country. Monday – 7pm, Songwriters Alive with Tom Cooney, 8pm, Alexis Steel and 9pm, Moonstruck Magic. Tuesday – 7pm, Dave Freeman live from Florida, 8pm, Rocking the Valley Showcase and 9pm, Rocking the Edge. Wednesday – 8pm, Artist Spotlight with Ralph and 9pm, Whip it out Wednesday. All shows are streamed live on the Rocking the Valley website, YouTube, Facebook, Bandlab and Twitch.tv/rockingthevalley. For more information or to be featured on one of their shows, visit https://www.rockingthevalley.com/

The information I share here each week is in support of the musicians and the live music venues in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. It is the reason I created Voices of the Valley and I will continue to do that in any way I can. Again, if you are not comfortable with indoor seating or attending live music performances at the moment, please consider alternative ways to help support the artists and the venues whenever you can. I am confident that you will return once this pandemic is under control and it is safe to get back to something resembling “normal”. What’s important now is doing what we can to ensure there are places to return to. Please help keep the music scene, in the Valley and beyond, alive and well.

#localmusic #localvenues #supportlocal #lehighvallymusicscene #VoV #voicesofthevalley

Weekly Music Lineup – 12/31/20

As we wave goodbye to 2020, there is very little to report in the way of live music. At the end of the day, that’s probably not a bad thing. While many of us struggle in one way or another with very few places to do what we do at the moment, others are much less fortunate. Yesterday, we said goodbye to Paul Greig and there are several other musicians in the area and beyond fighting the battle with the virus. When I established Voices of the Valley eighteen months ago, my goal was to support local music AND the venues that provide us with a place to play. That has not changed and it never will. I will continue to share the information given me and do my best to promote whatever it is you are doing. I will continue to ask you, as fellow musicians, to support each other in any way you can. I will also encourage you to support the many local venues that host live music on a regular basis. Many of them are struggling to stay open with carry-out and delivery their only way to generate income. They could all use our support right now.

As we flip the calendar to 2021, I will continue posting a weekly music lineup every Thursday. This is NOT limited to live performances. If you are performing virtually during the pandemic or appearing on an on-line show of any kind, feel free to let me know and I will share it. I will also continue my monthly Spotify playlist and, beginning in January, I will add a monthly YouTube playlist to my regular schedule. I am encouraging anyone with original music to send me links to either site to be included on a playlist. I will try to highlight new music first but, will gladly share anything you have, old or new. The playlists are open to anyone who has original music to share, regardless of genre. I have also written an occasional song and/or album review and would be happy to do that for you, if you would like. In fact, I would like to do more of that in 2021.

There are several ways to get your information to me. You can use the “contact us” form on the website, Facebook messenger – https://www.facebook.com/lvvoicesofthevalley – or email me at lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com. Many of you already do this on a weekly or monthly basis and, for that, I thank you. You do not have to be a musician to provide me with information. If you are a venue manager or owner, please share your schedule with me and I will publish it. Again, several of you already do and I thank you. One last thing before I get to the music.

You may notice the term “HOT SPOTS” is missing from the title and the cover photo. In June of 2019, with my first weekly post, the term seemed to fit. In light of the current situation, that term has taken on a whole new meaning and is no longer appropriate. As of this writing I will no longer use that term in any of my posts. I have also removed the word “live” as I will begin to promote virtual performances as well. There are many ways we can still support each other while the “live” music scene has come to a crawl. You can buy music or merchandise, stream your favorite artists on line, tune in to a virtual performance and use the virtual tip jar to show some support and follow them on social media. Hopefully, one day soon, we’ll get back to “normal”. Now, for the music.

THURSDAY7pmCatch 22 at Derailed Taproom. 8pmContact Collective, Seven Sirens Brewing Co and Vinyl Persuasion, The Shanty on 19th. Rocking the Valley is hosting a Farewell to 2020, on line, starting at 8pm with several musical guests including Acoustic Mayhem (9;30pm) and Frank Porter (10:30pm). You can tune in at https://www.twitch.tv/rockingthevalley.

SATURDAY6pmSmooth Retsina Glow, ShawneeCraft Brewery. 7pmMark Fahad, Derailed Taproom. 8pmAt the Apollo, Funhouse Southside and Jeff Crosson, Seven Sirens Brewing Co.

SUNDAY2pmSupernova, Desiderio’s Stone Tavern.

WEDNESDAY6pmGreg Smith’s Off the Road, Steel Pub.

Rocking the Valley has a regular weekly lineup of shows, broadcast live on line every Monday through Friday. They have taken this week off but, will return to their regular schedule beginning MONDAY, January 4. For the full lineup of shows and start times, visit https://www.rockingthevalley.com/.

I want to thank you all, once again, for your ongoing support throughout the year. Happy holidays !

#localmusic #weeklylineup #supportlocal #localvenues #byebye2020 #VoV #voicesofthevalley

VOV 2020 #11 – A Lehigh Valley Local Artist Playlist

Our final Spotify playlist for 2020 is here with new music from Neil Grover, Acoustic Mayhem, Smooth Retsina Glow, From the Dark River, Dan DeChellis, Scruft, Jetpack Hyenas, Mosey Beat, Ralph Pagano and The Crowning. Also included on the playlist are Michael Reisman, Rofo Audio, The Beautiful Distortion, The Dave Goddess Group and Erin Kelly.

If you have new music coming out in 2021 that you would like included on our monthly playlist, simply let me know by using the “contact us” form on the website, Facebook messenger or lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com. Starting in January, 2021 there will be two (2) monthly playlists – one on Spotify during the final week of the month and one on YouTube around mid-month. You will now have two ways to get your music heard so, let’s hear what you’ve got. Please don’t forget to “like” and share us on Facebook.

I would also like to take a moment to thank all of you who have followed and shared my posts throughout the year and wish you all the happiest of holidays. Let’s all hope for a better 2021 and the return of a “normal” live music scene to the Valley and beyond.

#localmusic #supportlocal #localonlyplaylist #spotify #VoV #new music #voicesofthevalley

Christmas in the Quarter – The Final Weekend

Christmas is just a few short days away and, if you haven’t been there yet, you still have three more days to enjoy Christmas in the Quarter. If you missed last weeks’ post, they have added an extra day to the schedule. Tomorrow, Wednesday December 23, they will be open from 1-6pm. Stacy Gabel will be there to entertain you starting at 2pm, Cousins Maine Lobster will be there to make sure you don’t go hungry and the outdoor bar will be open with Cave Brewing Company and Xplorer Spirits.

The final two days – Saturday and Sunday, December 26 and 27, will feature live music from Jack Pierone (2pm Saturday), Joanna Bea & Mike ET (4pm Saturday), Darin Jellison (1pm Sunday) and Julie Williams (3pm Sunday).

Looking for that last photo opportunity for the holidays ? You’ll find it here in the Christmas City. The Industrial Quarter will be all decked out holiday style and the lights will be on all of the buildings in the Industrial Quarter. The art exhibits, kids arts arts and crafts, pop-up shopping and Christmas Cottage rentals are there as well so, come out and enjoy the final weekend at Christmas in the Quarter.

#christmasinthequarter #christmascity #historicbethlehem #industrialquarter #livemusic #localmusic #supportlocal #foodtruck #cousinsmainelobster #cavebrewingcompany #xplorerspirits #VoV #voicesofthevalley

Weekly Live Music “HOT SPOTS” – 12/17/20

New government restrictions, business closures, December blizzards – it all seems so 2020, doesn’t it ? As a result, what we get is a very “watered-down” live music schedule for at least the next few weeks. There are several places that have cancelled live music for the remainder of the year but, continue to offer carry-out and/or delivery. If you are not planning on going out during this time, please consider supporting them whenever possible.

During the next few weeks, there will probably be an uptick in virtual performances. If you would like to be featured here, I will do my best to get the word out. As with the live events, let me know your schedule by Wednesday evening and I will be sure to promote your event here – live or virtual. Use the “contact us” form on the website, Facebook messenger or lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com. If your performance is virtual, please provide a link for viewers. And please, give our Facebook page a “like” and a share while you’re there.

OPEN MICSThe Shanty on 19th is closed today so, no open jam tonight, obviously. They will reopen tomorrow and John Cannavo’s Open Jam is every Sunday at 3pm. MONDAY – The Funhouse Southside, 8pm. TUESDAY – Seven Sirens Brewing Co, 6pm. WEDNESDAY – Desiderio’s Stone Tavern, 7pm. There are several others that take place on a regular basis but, I have no word at the moment on whether or not they are continuing during the latest shut down. If you would like to reach out to them for an update, they are: THURSDAY – The Bowers Hotel, ShawneeCraft Brewery and Renegade Winery. MONDAY – Down River Brewing. TUESDAY – Old Mill Pub. WEDNESDAY – Black & Blue.

THURSDAYChristmas in the Quarter is closed today and tomorrow. They will reopen Saturday at 2pm. Everything else I had for tonight has been cancelled.

FRIDAY6pm Ziggy, ShawneeCraft Brewing and Smooth Retsina Glow, The Bridge Inn. 7pmSteve Brosky Duo, The Shanty on 19th and Christian Porter, Derailed Taproom. 7:30pmThe Contact Collective, Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 8pmAdian Bloomfield Duo, The Funhouse Southside.

SATURDAY11:30amStreet Box Strummer and 6pmVanessa Marchiano, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co. 2pmGinger & Joe (2pm) and Michael Reisman (4pm), Luckenbach Mill (Christmas in the Quarter). 7pmPhat Crizzy, Jabber Jaws Bar & Grill, Gas Trio, Seven Sirens Brewing Co, Two Pints, The Shanty on 19th and Andrew Moses, Derailed Taproom. 8pmHeart Headed, The Funhouse Southside.

SUNDAY1pmMike Metzgar (1pm) and Rick Focht (3pm), Luckenbach Mill (Christmas in the Quarter). 2pmI’m with Carlos, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co. 4pmDoug Kaetz Duo, Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 8pmBraun Brothers, The Funhouse Southside.

WEDNESDAY2pmStacy Gabel, Luckenbach Mill (Christmas in the Quarter).

While there is not nearly the number of live music events in the area as there normally would be, there are some if you are looking to get out. There are a number of venues that host live music but, are unable to do so right now. Many of them remain open for carry-out and/or delivery so, please, help support them by ordering over the weekend and beyond. And, of course, help support local, live music.

#livemusic #localmusic #supportlocal #keepthescenealive #lehighvalleyandbeyond #VoV #voicesofthevalley

Christmas in the Quarter – Week 7

As we head into week 7 in the Industrial Quarter, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the schedule and some schedule changes that include added days. First, the added days. In addition to the normal weekend hours, they will now be open Monday through Wednesday, 12/21-23. With the threat of a major snow storm coming tonight, they have already announced they will be closed tomorrow and Friday is “up in the air”. If you were planning on coming out to see Frank Porter tomorrow evening, there is a possibility we may be able to reschedule him. With the remainder of the week 7 schedule, keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates https://www.facebook.com/lvvoicesofthevalley. Here’s what we know about the live music schedule so far.

THURSDAY – closed. FRIDAY – TBA. SATURDAY – 2pm, Ginger & Joe. 4pm – Michael Reisman. SUNDAY – 1pm, Mike Metzgar. 3pm – Rick Focht. MONDAY & TUESDAY – TBA. WEDNESDAY – 2pm, Stacy Gabel. Again, this is all subject to change and I will update the Facebook page if and when there are any adjustments to be made.

As long as they are open, all other activities will remain the same. If there is a silver lining to the incoming snow, it will provide a nice backdrop for your holiday pictures and there will be plenty of photo opportunities. The art exhibits, cabin rentals, pop-up shops and the outdoor bar with Cave Brewing Company and Xplorer Spirits will all be there for you to enjoy. At the very least, it will begin to look a lot like Christmas in the Christmas City.

New Restrictions Will Force Cancellations for Many

The unfortunate reality of our current situation is that many venues in the area that normally host live music will have to adjust to the new restrictions placed on them in an effort to slow the spread of the Corona Virus. As much as no one wants to hear “You’ve been cancelled” or “postponed”, it’s something that we all have to deal with. Whether you are a musician or planning on supporting someone who is, it means a change in plans and – in many cases – starting now.

I know there are many different sentiments regarding the situation and this post is not meant to take one side or the other. It is simply meant to keep everyone up to date on what is happening with the local music scene for this weekend and beyond. While the new mandate does not take effect until midnight, several places have already taken steps to cancel their events starting with tonights’ shows. I’m sure many will follow suit tomorrow and will continue to do so through at least the first week in January.

I’m not sure I will be able to see every cancellation or keep up with them as they happen. If your event was listed in the Weekly Live Music “HOT SPOTS” yesterday, I’ll ask you for a little help with this weekend. I will pin this post to the top of the page https://www.facebook.com/lvvoicesofthevalley. If your show(s) have been cancelled, add them to the comment thread there so people have one place to go for the info. I will do so with anything I get word on in an attempt to keep the public as informed as possible.

Something I hope everyone will make an effort to do is support these local business owners by ordering take-out, curbside pickup, delivery, etc. If you were planning on attending a show and having dinner there anyway, they can still use your support. Help them stay in business so we all have a place to go play once this is over.

#supportlocal #localbusinesses #takeout #curbsidepickup #delivery #temporarysetback #VoV #voicesofthevalley

Weekly Live Music “HOT SPOTS” – 12/10/20

It’s been a really tough year for the music and hospitality industries. With the ever-changing restrictions and the ongoing concerns with the pandemic, they need our support now more than ever. It’s important, at the same time, to make sure we are following the guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus. Let’s do our best to help support the places that have managed to keep the music scene in and around the Lehigh Valley going to this point. And, of course, the musicians who need the support as well. Here’s a look at the week ahead.

Are your events listed here ? If not, what are you waiting for ? It’s easy to be included and it’s FREE. Simply let me know by Wednesday what you have scheduled by using the “contact us” form on the website, Facebook messenger or lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com. And, please like and share Voices of the Valley on Facebook.

OPEN MICS: THURSDAY6pmRenegade Winery. 7pmBowers Hotel, The Shanty on 19th and ShawneeCraft Brewery. SUNDAY3pmThe Shanty on 19th. MONDAY6pmDown River Brewing Co. 8pmThe Funhouse Southside. TUESDAY 6pmSeven Sirens Brewing Co. 7pmOld Mill Pub. WEDNESDAY7pmBlack & Blue, Desiderio’s Stone Tavern and The Raven’s Nest.

THURSDAY5pmJoe Mixon, Artisan’s Wine & Cheese Cellar. 6pmMike Metzgar, Luckenbach Mill (Christmas in the Quarter).

FRIDAY5pmTwo of a Kind, Radical Wines. 5:30pmSeth Witcher, Black River Farms. 6pmMark & Ralph, Insurrection Distillery, Kendal Conrad, County Seat Spirits, Stef, Mike & Erin, Steel Club, Nikki Briar, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co, John Cannavo, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn, Dave Reber, Luckenbach Mill (Christmas in the Quarter and Clayton Reilly, Artisan’s Wine & Cheese Cellar. 6:30pmOwen & the Alien, Weyerbacher Brewing Co and Chris Giakas, The Iron Mule. 7pmITO & the Moonlight Hippies, Rivals Sports Bar, Skylar Love, House & Barn, George Grund, Bookstore Speakeasy, George Grillo, Derailed Taphouse, Crippled Moonshine, The Shanty on 19th, Tim Harakal, Easton Wine Project, The Smith Compound Band, Steel Pub and the Gabe Stillman Duo, Palette & Pour. 8pmStray Seeds, Seven Sirens Brewing Co and Snow Betz, The Funhouse Southside.

SATURDAY11:30amLonesome Found, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co. 2pmDave Reber (2pm) and Matt Dellecker (4pm), Luckenbach Mill (Christmas in the Quarter. 4pm Mark & Ralph, Eight Oaks Farm Distillery. 5pmStef & Mike, Artisan’s Wine & Cheese Cellar and Deal, Hijinx Brewery. 6pmLove & Duffy, ShawneeCraft Brewery, Leah Marie Fuls Duo, Washington House, Payton Renee, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works, Chelsea Lyn Meyer Duo, The Shanty on 19th, Joe Lazorik, McCoole’s at the Famous Red Lion Inn and Seth Witcher, County Seat Spirits. 6:30pmUltra Kings, Weyerbacher Brewing Co, John Cannavo, Five Points Bar & Grill and Brian Molnar, The Iron Mule. 7pmAvilion, Jabber Jaws Bar & Grill, Jeff Bellfy, Easton Wine Project, Jason Dumm Duo, Rivals Sports Bar, The Boondock Barons, Fossil’s Last Stand, Kyle Baker, Derailed Taphouse, ITO & the Moonlight Hippies, Black & Blue, Video Daze, Steel Pub, Homestead Collective, Palette & Pour and Victim of Vengeance, Artie’s Bar & Grill. 7:30pmLarge Flowerheads, Musikfest Cafe. 8pmPeter Johann, Seven Sirens Brewing Co and Mike Pants, The Funhouse Southside.

SUNDAY11amGinger & Joe, Artisan’s Wine & Cheese Cellar. 1pmChris Dryfoos (1pm) & Frank Porter (3pm), Luckenbach Mill (Christmas in the Quarter) and Ash & Snow, Folino Estate Vineyards. 2pmBrian Elliot, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co. 3pmThe Teacher & the Poet, Insurrection Distillery and Kate & Those Guys, Lost Tavern (Hellertown). 4pmSteve & Steve, Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 5:30pmMark & Ralph, The Iron Mule. 8pmLorenzo, The Funhouse Southside.

Thursday looks a little light but, Friday and Saturday are jam-packed. Christmas in the Quarter runs until 12/27/20 so, there’s only 3 weekends left to explore the Industrial Quarter at it’s holiday best. If you are a fan of ITO & the Moonlight Hippies, your last chance to see them live is this weekend as they teak a break from performing to pursue other goals. Insurrection Distillery in Lehighton will be drawing the winner of a Holiday Spirits Basket on Saturday evening. Proceeds go to the Trinity Food Pantry and entry tickets can be purchased for $2 each at the distillery or Radical Wines. Stop by Insurrection or Radical Wines for live music and to purchase your tickets on Friday. It’s also your last chance to catch Mark & Ralph at Insurrection until April, 2021. Whatever you do this weekend, make one of these venues a stop along the way to help support local businesses and keep the live music scene going strong.

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