Let’s Send Payton Renee to L.A.

Payton Renee is a young, extremely talented singer from right here in the Lehigh Valley. A student at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Payton has displayed her talents at many live performances throughout the Valley, including the First Friday Concert Series in Bethlehem. She has wowed audiences with her vocal abilities here at home and now, she has a chance to do it on an even larger stage. To do that, she needs our help.

As part of the Celebration of Music Contest, Payton needs your vote to have the opportunity to perform in Los Angeles along with several other worthy contestants. Simply go to https://celebrationofmusic.com/payton-renee to cast your vote. You can also see Payton perform live at the Celebration of Music Contest Sunday, October 27 at the ArtsQuest Center at Steel Stacks. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are available through Eventbrite.

To learn more about Payton Renee, visit her Facebook page or follow this link to her video featuring her original song “3 O’clock” here https://www.facebook.com/100021593235924/posts/475581019838335?sfns=mo or check out her live performance of “Piece of my Heart” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKgeOuQ2-Pk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0Fykbxp3OPW1UjGb5NwbOoHGV8beJnt2tqQLn9y9H9TaDTdJ2cYEZDRp4 .

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Are You Ready to “Fall for the Southside”?

Fall for the Southside is just around the corner and there’s plenty to do for the whole family. Before you know it, Saturday, October 26 will be here. From pumpkin chucking contests to live entertainment, we’ll keep you busy all day long. Your passport gets you 10 tastings of your choice with 26 participating merchants. Passports are available now but, you had better hurry, they won’t last long. For more information, and a list of all of the days’ activities, visit http://www.southsideartsdistrict.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/2762676020412661/ .

As a proud partner of the Southside Arts District, Voices of the Valley has another afternoon of live music to entertain you along the way. You will find some great local talent throughout the Southside from 11:30am to 4:00pm and your full line up is listed below.

11:30am – 1:00pm : Cafe the Lodge, 427 E. 4th St – Tom Cooney Music. Molly’s Irish Pub, 4th & New Sts – Stacy Gabel. Tally Ho, 205 W. 4th St – Chris Colaiaco.

1:00pm – 2:30pm : Outside on the 500 block of E. 3rd StMatt Dellecker. Southside 313, 313 E. 3rd St – Alyssa Dodge. Roasted, 22 W. 4th St – Jack Pierone.

2:30 – 4:00pm : Playa Bowls, 310 E. 3rd St – Acoustic Blues Project. Molly’s Irish Pub, 4th & New Sts – Michael Reisman. Revel Social, 217 Broadway – Mark Hannig.

Pick up your passport and a map to guide you through the day on Saturday morning at the Southside Arts District office next to the New St parking garage. Come out and enjoy the day with us and, don’t forget to stop by the Comfort Suites Hill-to-Hill Grill for the after party.

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Weekly Music “HOT SPOTS” – 10/18-20

I’m a day late this week. Yesterday was a travel day for me and I spent most of it in my car. I apologize to anyone who had something going on yesterday but, I’ll be back on schedule next week. Here’s what the rest of weekend looks like.

You can get your Friday started in Bethlehem at Lost Tavern Brewing with the Acoustic Kitty Project Duo at 6pm. The Chelsea Lyn Meyer Band is at Foundation Tavern at 7. At 8pm you can choose from Kyle and Claudio at Colonial Pizza, Doug Kaetz at Tacos y or Tequilla or Mark Stewart and Sam Steffen at Godfrey Daniels. Doyle and the Dudes are back at the Strange Brew Tavern at 9:30. Pentley Holmes is at Sarah Street Grill while Funk Norris is at Pearly Baker’s Ale house – both shows at 10. The Funhouse Southside has a double bill tonight with Matt Juknevic at Happy Hour (6pm) and the Trouble City All Stars at 10:30.

On Saturday you can get things going early with a bottle of wine and Doug Kaetz at Blue Mountain Vineyards. Yingling-Porter on Tap will be at Revel Social at 6. The 8pm shiwas are Pentley Holmes at the Downtown Allentown Market and Rachel Marie & the Promise is Hope at Godfrey Daniels. Late night has Gemini Reign at Pearly Baker’s Ale House (10pm) and Ditch the Rain at the Funhouse (10:30).

If you are looking for early entertainment on Sunday, Bill Ihling and Michael Carr are at the Saucon Valley Farmers Market at 9:30am. Later on, Joe Janci will host the open mic at Godfrey Daniels and then you can walk next door and hang out with Lorenzo Bubba at the Funhouse (10:30).

If you are heading to Godfrey Daniels on Friday or Saturday, you’ll need tickets and you can purchase them on line at http://www.godfreydaniels.org or at the door. The open mic on Sunday has a $3.50 cover charge. That’s what I have for you for this weekend. Get out and support local music and the venues that make it happen.

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Live Music “HOT SPOTS” 10/10-10-13

The weekend is here again and it’s time to check out the local music scene. Festival Unbound wraps up a week-long celebration on the south side of Bethlehem tomorrow evening. To see what’s in store for the final two nights, visit http://www.festivalunbound.com. Today is the second Thursday of the month and that means it’s open mic night at Cave Brewing Company in the South Mall. All performers enjoy 50% drinks and there are 8-10 food trucks outside the main entrance. Sign-ups start at 5:30pm. Godfrey Daniels has the Charter Arts Songwriters’ Cafe’ starting at 7pm. Later on tonight you can catch Nick Cerniglia at Pearly Baker’s Ale House at 10 or stop by the Funhouse Southside for Mosey Beat at 10:30

On Friday, Pentley Holmes has your lunch break covered at Pocket Park at 11:30am and then he’ll be at Lost Tavern, Bethlehem starting at 6. Doug Kaetz is “double-dipping” tomorrow as well. You can find him at Bishop Estates Vineyards at 6 and the Wooden Match at 10. at 7pm, you can choose from Smooth Retsina Glow at Divots, Chelsea Meyer at Foundation Tavern, The Tim Harakal Duo at Yergey Brewing or Stacy Gabel at Gallows Hill Spirits. Schubert & Binder will entertain you at Colonial Pizza and Godfery Daniels has The Poets, Troubadours and Troublemakers Songwriters’ Showcase at 8. At 9pm you can see Bad Company Experience at the Lakeside or the Acoustic Kitty Project Duo at Southside 313. The Dan Dechellis Trio is at Pearly Baker’s at 10 and Dear Anna closes out the night at the Funhouse at 10:30.

Saturday finds Pentley Holmes with another double header. He’ll be at Ironbound Hard Cider at 3pm and Porter’s Pub at 10. Doug Kaetz stays busy with a 6pm start at the Slopeside Pub. Andrew Moses will make an appearance at the Beef Baron at 7pm. The 8pm hour has several choices with the Acoustic Kitty Duo at Two Rivers Quakertown, Chelsea Meyer at Leather Corner Post, Scott Harrington at Colonial Pizza, Roy Book Binder at Godfrey Daniels and Smooth Retsina Glow at the Bridge Inn. Blue Hearts Revelry will be at Pearly Baker’s at 10pm while Armed For Flight is with Powder Valley Bang at the Funhouse at 10:30.

If you need more music – and who doesn’t – on Sunday, you can see Piper’s Request at Godfrey Daniels at 7 then walk next door to the Funhouse for the Stray Seeds at 10:30. For tickets and more information about Godfrey Daniels events, visit http://www.godfreydaniels.org. No matter where you go or who you choose to see, get out and support local music and the venues that make it possible. There’s always something happening in the Lehigh Valley so, be a part of the local music scene.

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Live Music “HOT SPOTS” 10/3-10/6

It’s another busy weekend in the Lehigh Valley for live music. The October edition of the First Friday Concert Series kicks of tomorrow at 5pm on Bethlehem’s South Side with another solid lineup. For a full list of performers, visit http://www.southsideartsdistrict.com or see “First Friday on the Southside” here or on our Facebook page. The opening ceremony for Festival Unbound is also taking place tomorrow at 5:30pm and begins at the intersection of New St and the Greenway in Bethlehem. Learn more at http://www.festivalunbound.com. Meanwhile, on Saturday and Sunday, the Easton Garlic Festival kicks off at 10am each day and you can find the full lineup at http://www.eastongarlicfestival.com.

Getting the weekend started early is never a bad thing and, we have a few spots for you to check out tonight. If you’re on the Jersey side, go see Joe Janci at Moe’s Bistro at 6pm. Godfrey Daniels has Tom Paxton & The Don Juans at 7pm. Ticket info for all Godfrey’s shows can be found at http://www.godfreydaniels.org. You can make your own music at Peary Baker’s Ale House starting at 9pm with host Carter Lansing and enjoy some late night entertainment with The Dregs at the Funhouse Southside at 10:30pm.

In addition to the First Friday Concert Series and the opening ceremony for Festival Unbound, here’s a few more suggestions to keep you busy. Chelsea Meyer will be at the Foundation Tavern at 7pm, and the Dave Goddess Group will take the stage at the State Theater at 7:30. At 8pm, you can stop by Colonial Pizza and listen to the classic rock sounds of Mark Hannig. Doug Kaetz will be at Liberty Union at 8:30pm and the HeadEye Trio will be at Touchstone Theater as part of Festival Unbound starting at 9pm. You will need to get your tickets if you want to see Hipster Assassins at Godfrey Daniels (8pm) and the Funhouse always has two shows on First Friday at 6pm (Ditch the Rain) and 10:30pm (Redwood Reggae). There is also one late change to the First Friday lineup where Nick Lindsay will be filling in at Revel Social starting at 5:30pm.

Saturday marks the start of the Easton Garlic Festival as well as Oktoberfest at Steel Stacks where Smooth Retsina Glow will take the stage at 12:30pm. Doug Kaetz will entertain you at Mountain View Vineyards starting at 1:00pm. The Draught House in New Jersey has it’s own version of Oktoberfest and will feature local favorite Mosey Beat starting at 3. The evening gets started at 7:00pm with Brian Kibler at the Beef Baron, Nick Lindsay at Gallows Hill Spirits and Joe Argese at Faraco’s Pizza. Silk City will be at Godfrey Daniels, Neil Grover at Boser Geist Brewing and Ralph Pagano at Colonial Pizza all get started at 8:00pm. Wonderground will finish off the night at the Funhouse at 10:30.

Sunday has the Godfrey Daniels open mic night with featured artists Paul & Derek Berger. Sign-ups start at 7pm and there is a $3.50 cover charge. You can always count on the Funhouse to keep things going late and, Sunday is no exception. Finish off your weekend with Public Displays of Rejection starting at 10:30. If you are looking to start the day early, Doug Kaetz would love to have you join him at Blue Ridge Vineyards at 2pm. If you are a Flyers fan and you plan on attending their home opener on Wednesday, 10/9, get down to Philly early and join Doug Kaetz at Xfinity Live for a pre-game concert.

If you are a fan of festivals, you have two days of great music at the Easton Garlic Festival on Saturday & Sunday and Festival Unbound runs from 10/4/19 through 10/11/19. If you are a fan of Doug Kaetz, there’s no shortage of opportunities to see him this week. If you are a fan of live music, find your favorite band or artist and get out and support live, local music. If you are a band, an artist or a venue that features live music and you want to be featured with our weekly “HOT SPOTS”, send us your schedule with the “contact us” form on our website, via email at lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com or message us on Facebook.

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First Friday on the Southside

The October edition of First Friday on the Southside is loaded with things to do and see. From family-friendly arts and crafts to late-night live music, there is something for everyone. In addition to the normal First Friday happenings, October marks the beginning of Touchstone Theater’s Festival Unbound – a 10-day celebration of art, music, dance, history and original theater.

Let’s get you started with the brand new Scavenger Hunt. The first running of this event in September was so popular it’s back for October and is likely to be a permanent First Friday fixture going forward. To obtain your map, stop by the Southside Arts District Office at 324 S. New St. starting at 11am Friday. Visit 5 locations to take advantage of your special offer, have your map stamped and turn it in at the office for a chance to win a $100 gift card. The map will lead you right to many of the musicians we have lined up for you. For details on the Scavenger Hunt, visit the Southside Arts District Facebook page or http://www.southsideartsdistrict.com.

On the Arts scene, there will be a kids scavenger hunt and crafts at the Banana Factory from 6-8pm and art exhibits at Fox Optical, the Charter Arts School and the Banana Factory. There is also the opening ceremony for Festival Unbound which begins at the intersection of New St and the Greenway.

While you may just be coming to the Southside for the music, please be sure to visit one or more of the many participating merchants. In addition to live music, there are many merchants who offer discounts or food and drink specials throughout the district. You can find participating merchants by visiting the Southside Arts District website or simply look for the First Friday flag or banner hanging at their location.

Of course, we’re all about the music here at Voices of the Valley and there is another great lineup in store for you this month. Here’s who you can look forward to seeing as you make your way around town: Mitchell Kresge of Plum at EZ Money, 20 W.4th St (5pm), Doug Kaetz at Revel Social, 213 Broadway (5:30), Jeremiah Williams at Hill-to-Hill Grill (5:30), Brian Kibler at Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub, 4th & New Sts (6pm), Jeni Englund at the Banana Factory, 25 W. 3rd St (6:15), Glenwood – Formerly Kara Hartzell at Domaci, 21 E. 3rd St (7pm), Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns w/DJ MC Tom Taylor at Wind Creek Molten Lounge (7pm) and Golden Twine at Southside 313 Bar & Grill, 313 E 3rd st (9pm). The Funhouse Southside, 5 E. 4th St, features a “double header” each First Friday and they will have Ditch the Rain Duo at 6pm and Redwood Reggea at 10:30. Godfrey Daniels has a ticketed event, hosting the Hipster Assassins at 8pm. For details and tickets visit http://www.godfreydaniels.org.

Of course, so much of this event is made possible with the help of our sponsors, Comfort Suites Hill-to-Hill Grill, Arts Quest and Lehigh University. Come visit the Southside for the great food and amazing deals and stick around for the music. Or, come for the music and visit some of our many fine restaurants, bars and merchants. Either way, we’ll see on the Southside this First Friday.

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Live Music “HOT SPOTS” 9/26-9/29

Summer has come to an end and, as September winds down, so does the local festival season. We’re not quite finished yet, though. The final weekend of September brings us two more great festivals where you can enjoy live, local music and so much more. The Allentown Arts Festival kicks off Friday evening at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. You can enjoy live music all weekend from local artists like Shane Reimer and Them Spicy Boize, Brandon Bors, Darin Jellison and many others, too numerous to mention. The festival will also feature the Martin Guitars Songwriter’s Showcase on Saturday at 4pm on the main stage. One lucky songwriter will walk away with a brand new Martin Guitar. for all of the details and a full lineup, visit http://www.AllentownArtsFest.com.

On Sunday afternoon you will find more live music in Easton as the second annual College Hill Porchfest takes place from 2-6pm. Come out and see 40 different artists on 20 porches throughout College Hill at this totally free, family friendly event. There will be live music from Acoustic Kitty Project, Blue Hearts Revelry, Matt Dellecker, Mark Hannig and many more. For full details, a site map and a full lineup, visit http://www.collegehillporchfest.org.

As always, if festivals aren’t your thing, there’s plenty more live music to keep you going. Tonight has a few shows to get your weekend started early. Cave Brewing Company has live music from 6-9pm featuring Nick Lindsay and Ralph Pagano. Godfrey Daniels will be hosting the Glengarry Bhoys at 7pm, Seth Witcher will be appearing at Steel Stacks while the Stray Seeds will be at Southside 313 at 9pm and the late night has Taylor O’conner at Pearly Baker’s Ale House and Banchi at the Funhouse Southside, both starting at 10pm.

Friday, get out and visit the brand new Allentown Public Market and enjoy the sounds of Seth Witcher starting at 5pm. Matt Dellecker will “take the stage” at Colonial Pizza at 8, Shane Reimer will be at Southside 313 at 9pm and the night wraps up with Redwood Reggae at Pearly Baker’s and Dead & Beyond at the Funhouse at 10pm.

Start your day early with Billy Bauer on Saturday at 10am at the Easton Public Market. Looking for something to do in the afternoon ? The Castaway Band has you covered at Weyerbacher Brewery at 1:30pm. The evening gets started at 8pm with Jonny Cornelius at Colonial Pizza and Smooth Retsina Glow making their first appearance at the Bally Hotel. Mosey Beat will be at Jack’s Tavern and Will Kiss You will be at Southside 313 at 9pm while The Imposters are at Pearly Baker’s and Gigantic brings their Pixies Tribute Show to the Funhouse, both at 10pm.

You can finish off your weekend with the Godfrey Daniels open mic night at 7pm on Sunday, then walk next door to catch the Stray Seeds in action at the Funhouse. If that’s not enough for you, head down to Pocket Park on Monday at 11:30am where Seth Witcher will spice up your lunch break with some more great music.

It’s always a good time and a good idea to get out and support live, local music. Without it there would be no music at all because everyone started out local somewhere. The venues that host live music deserve your support as well. They give the musicians a place to perform and you the opportunity to enjoy them. While you’re at it, take some music home with you. Many of the artists have CDs and other merchandise for sale and would love your support.

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