Valley Spotlight: Resting Punk Face

Resting Punk Face made their Lehigh Valley debut less than a year ago, in April 2019. It didn’t take them long to make their mark on the local music scene, winning Outstanding Punk Band earlier this month at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards. This is no small accomplishment considering there are a number of very good punk bands in the area. Of course, Resting Punk Face is not your typical “old school” punk rock band. They have their own unique style which really comes through on a couple of their original songs and they deliver a dynamic sound on many popular covers.

Being a member of a band has really been a lifelong dream of drummer and vocalist Dorothy Henderson. It wasn’t until she met bassist/vocalist Kizzy that her dream began to take shape. There was an immediate connection and, while learning to play the drums, they began to put the pieces together in 2018. Lead vocalist Cheryl joined guitarists/vocalists Chris and Tim and that dream would soon become a reality. But, there was more to it. It wasn’t just about covering The Dead Kennedys and The Ramones. Dorothy wanted to write and perform her own music as well.

As far as original music goes, theirs is definitely worth a listen. Zoociety and Johnny Ramone deliver that high-energy, get off your seat and on your feet style that you would expect from a punk band. Zoociety features a rock-solid guitar lick about 1:45 into the song that made it a personal favorite for me. But, there’s a unique style in two other originals that stand out. Manboy has a subtle Greenday influence while Maga Swamp has kind of a “reggae meets punk” feel to it. All four tracks have something different to offer, whether you’re a fan of punk or not.

There are several cover songs to listen to on Soundcloud or YouTube as well. They are all good but, their cover of Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill really stands out. Holiday in Cambodia by the Dead Kennedys is another excellent example of what the band can do. If you want a good feel for what they can do live, check out the YouTube video titled “Resting Punk Face 2.0 Clips”. Like the rest of us, they are in a “wait and see” mode and it’s anyone’s guess when we’ll be able to get out and support them at a live performance. In the meantime, let’s give them a little support on the internet. Listening to something new is a great way to fill the void that no live music has left. You can check them out at any and all of the links below. And, while you’re there, give their Facebook page a “like” and a share.

#localmusic #supportlocal #restingpunkface #punkrock #soundcloud #youtube #VoV #voicesofthevalley #valleyspotlight

http://www.resting-punk-face.epk.fm/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGFZneyPEsmmvGNm6AIV2gg

https://www.facebook.com/restingpunkface/

Week 2 – No Live Music. What Can We Do ?

This is an incredibly difficult time for all of us. If you’re a working musician, you’ve had countless number of gigs canceled and lost income you will probably never recover. This is just the reality of the situation we’re in right now. We can’t even begin to guess when it will all end or, what it will be like once it does. So, what do we do in the meantime ?

I’ve seen a growing number of us “going live” on Facebook or Instagram over the past week or so. That’s one way we can keep busy and continue to engage with our audience without leaving our home. There’s no time restrictions and, with so many of us out of work at the moment, you can have a captive audience any time of the day or night. There’s a strong possibility you may reach people who have never seen or heard you perform before and establish an entirely new fan base. Some of us post links to PayPal, Venmo and other sites to generate tips. Some do it just to stay busy and share their music. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Just keep in mind that many of the people tuning in are experiencing financial hardship just like you.

Let’s talk about tips for a moment. If you are generating income from your live performances, maybe you’ll consider paying some of it forward to help others in need. One idea is to share a portion of your tips with your favorite bartender or server at a venue that you perform at on a regular basis. They may have had their hours drastically reduced or, may be out of work until this all blows over. They can’t generate income on line the way we can. I even saw a post from one musician saying he will donate 50% of his tips to any full time musician from his area who has no other income. He’s not from the Lehigh Valley but, I thought the gesture was worth noting. Whatever you do, try to remember those who can’t do anything at the moment.

Virtual open mic nights are becoming “a thing”. The first one I noticed was Chelsea Meyer’s virtual open mic last Wednesday evening. For those of you who are not familiar, Chelsea hosts an open mic night at the Leather Corner Post in Orefield every Wednesday evening from 7-10pm. She has a group page on Facebook (Open Mic Night at Leather Corner Post) dedicated to the open mic. You can ask to join the group through the Facebook page and participate from home until we get “back to normal”. There were several participants last night and, we all got 25-30 minutes to perform live. Time slots were assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Chelsea will host this event every week in it’s normal time slot and anyone is welcome. I’ve seen, and been invited to join, several others in the past week and I’m sure many more will pop up as the quarantine continues. If you are planning on hosting one, or know of someone who is, I’ll be happy to share it here.

Starting next week, the Weekly Live Music “HOT SPOTS” will be made up of scheduled live performances on Facebook or Instagram. If you have a schedule, share it with me at lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com and you will be listed. I usually list Thurs-Sun live music schedules but, during the quarantine, I’ll list the entire week, Thur-Wed. If there are an overwhelming number of performances, I’ll do two separate posts on Thursday and Monday. On the “off” days, I’ll be doing a short article featuring the music of one local artist or band. I’ll do it on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like your music featured here, let me know through the email address above. My first feature will be the music of Resting Punk Face so, keep an eye out for that tomorrow or Saturday. Your music does not have to be original. If you are a cover band and have music on YouTube or some other on line source, I’ll share that as well. Remember, we could all use a little help from our friends so, support the local music scene in any way you can right now. Thank you for your continued support. Let’s keep the Lehigh Valley music scene alive and well.

#livemusic #localmusic #supportlocal #facebooklive #instagramtv #virtualopenmic #VoV #voicesofthevalley

Support Local Music – Even if it Isn’t Live

This is a very difficult time for many of us who make our living – in whole or in part – through our music. While the bulk of our income is through live performances, there are other ways we can support each other. It may not replace what we lose through shut downs and cancellations but, it can help ease the burden of those losses. I know many of us are in the same boat and, supporting ourselves – at least financially – will be difficult enough. There are ways we can help each other without spending a dime and, I’m urging all of you to come together as a community and lend that support.

For starters, I’m inviting you all to post links to your music and/or social media in the comment thread on Facebook. Share this post with ALL of your friends, not just fellow musicians. The more people who lay eyes on this information, the more support we can generate for each other. If you can afford to help financially, do it by purchasing some merchandise. Many of us have music for sale on line, on CD or on vinyl. Quite a few others have t-shirts, mugs, etc that can be purchased on line so there is no “social interaction”. If you have merchandise to sell, consider offering free shipping with a minimum purchase to encourage on-line sales.

Use social media to encourage support for your fellow musicians. While it’s not much, we all earn royalties to some extent through streaming on sites like Spotify. Listen to local music as much as you can to build those numbers. Follow and share everyone who has music on line. Some may just be a few clicks away from reaching a target number of “likes”, or streams. Others may be just a few subscribers away from being able to monetize their YouTube channel. Search for local music on Itunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, CD Baby, Amazon, etc. and pick up a single. The 99 cents you spend may not seem like a lot but, when 100 people spend that 99 cents, it adds up. Many of us will be doing Facebook Live “concerts” from home and setting up virtual tip jars. While we may not be in a position to contribute in that way, many of our friends can. The more we do with a click or a share, the more we help each other get through this.

Live music will return to the Lehigh Valley eventually. Some places will pick up right where they left off when restrictions are lifted. Others may take some time to try to recover lost revenue before hosting live music again. Others may decide they can no longer afford live music or may be out of business altogether because the losses sustained were too great. All any of us can do is wait and see. When live music returns, the Weekly Live Music “HOT SPOTS” will return to it’s normal spot on Thursdays. If you decide to schedule and promote on-line live shows, let me know and I’ll promote them here. In the meantime, let’s do what we can to help each other and keep the Lehigh Valley music scene alive.

Between now and next Thursday, I ask any of you who have music to share and/or merchandise to sell to feed me your information. Please use lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com to do so. This will keep everything organized in one place and, for next Thursday’s post, I will share your information here. Thank you to everyone who reads and shares this and I appreciate your continued support. Let’s do this together.

#localmusic #supportlocal #letsallhelp #share #lehighvalleymusicscene #buylocal #VoV #voicesofthevalley

COVID-19 and it’s effects on Live Music

We are obviously in uncharted waters with the uncertainty of the long-term effects of the Corona Virus on the live music scene. What we do know is business closures and show cancellations or postponements are inevitable. They are, in fact, already happening. There were a few over the weekend and I expect there will be even more as the situation gets worse. I will continue to post the Weekly “HOT SPOTS” as long as there are any, however watered down they may be. Unfortunately, I found out about several cancellations last weekend after the fact so, staying on top of them may be difficult. I suggest checking the Facebook page or website of your favorite venue or band before venturing out to a show that may or may not be happening. Here’s what I know so far.

Cave Brewing Company – The open mic night (2nd & 4th Thursday of every month) is being suspended temporarily. Having performers come in and share microphones and equipment puts everyone involved at risk and they will resume once we get through this difficult period. There is a strong possibility that the taproom will be open for carry-out only forcing them to postpone live music as well. They will keep their website and social media up to date. Any cancelled shows will be rescheduled at a later date.

Godfrey Daniels – They have postponed operations for at least the next few weeks. They are working on rescheduling shows and will share the information as it becomes available. All open mic nights have been cancelled until further notice.

Eight Oaks Farm Distillery – Their tasting room will be open for carry-out only for the foreseeable future. As a result, there will be no live music until further notice. They may also be making phone-ahead pickup and delivery services available. Check their Facebook page or website for details.

Southside Arts District, Bethlehem – Spring on the Southside has officially been postponed until September. For details as well as announcements on other Southside events, please visit their Facebook page or website.

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning and, in many cases, will effect the livelihood of not only the venue owners but, many musicians as well. Many of them will need your continued support to get through this period in time and, there are things you can do to help. Take a look at their social media or website. Many of them have merchandise that you can purchase on line. Buy a t-shirt or their music – or both. If they perform live on Facebook or YouTube, make a contribution through the virtual tip jar. Every little bit counts. Help keep the live music scene alive, even if you can’t see them in person.

#livemusic #localmusic #supportlocal #lehighvalleymusicscene #VoV #voicesofthevalley

Weekly Live Music “HOT SPOTS” – 3/12-3/15/20

Let’s start with tonight’s open mics. Cave Brewing Company, Ralph Pagano, 5:30pm. ShawneeCraft Brewing, Jeremiah Williams, 6:30pm. The Wooden Match, John Cannavo, 8pm. Tonight’s live music has Kendal Conrad at The Farm and Fisherman at 6pm, Darin Jellison at Easton Wine Project’s singer/songwriter series at 7:30pm and the Stray Seeds at the Funhouse Southside at 10:30pm

Friday: Farmhouse Restaurant (Skippack), Kendal Conrad and Blue Ridge Winery, Mike Pilgermayer – both at 6pm. Cave Brewing Company, Michael Reisman and Weyerbacher Brewing, Mark Hannig – both at 6:30pm. County Seat Distillery, Doug Kaetz, Last Run Lounge, The Billy Bauer Band, Boser Geist Brewing, Stephanie Johnson Trio and Blend, Buskill Drive – all at 7pm. Seven Sirens Brewing, Doyle and the Dudes and Godfrey Daniels, Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Bridge Inn, Steve Brosky – all at 8pm. The Shanty on 19th, The Weekenders and 5 Points Bar & Grill, The Moondogs, both at 9pm. Pearly Baker’s Ale House, Mosey Beat and the Funhouse Southside, Last Night Out – both at 10:30pm

Saturday: Fegleys’ Bethlehem Brew Works, Public Displays of Rejection, 9am (yes, 9am). New Hope Winery, Doug Kaetz, 1pm. Blue Ridge Winery, Mike Pilgermayer, 2pm. Black River Farms, Payne Shelton, 3pm. Lost Tavern/Hellertown, Billy and Chris (Billy Bauer Band) and Lit Roastery, Chris Eichlin – both at 6pm. The Iron Mule, Bill Ihling, 6:30pm. Hardball Cider, Doyle and the Dudes, Easton Wine Project, Seth Witcher, Boser Geist, MoJo and Alice’s Restaurant, Shane Reimer – all at 7pm. Ship Inn, Michael Reisman and Godfrey Daniels, Frog Holler – both at 8pm. Seven Sirens Brewing, Drew and the Blue, 8:30pm. Hammerhead Lounge, Another Day Dawns with Crooked Ways and The Simmers ($10 cover), 9:30pm. . Foundation Tavern, Kendal Conrad, 9pm. Porter’s Pub, Mark & Ralph Acoustic Duo, 10pm. Funhouse, Dear Anna, and Pearly Baker’s, Redwood Reggae – both at 10:30pm.

Sunday: Blue Ridge Winery, Mike Pilgermayer, 2pm. Lost Tavern/Hellertown, Kendal Conrad and Black River Farms, John Rodden – both at 3pm. National Sokols, Shane Reimer & Them Spicy Boize with Well Wisher and Ghost Lily, 7:30pm. Funhouse, Ditch the Rain, 10:30pm.

I guess, in light of the current situation, I should mention that I will post on the Facebook should any of the above events be cancelled. In the meantime, it’s business as usual and it’s still a good time to get out and support your local music scene. If you want to be included in the Weekly “Hot Spots”, all you have to do is send me a message by Wednesday with your weekend show details. you can email lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com, send the info through Facebook messenger or use the “Contact us” form on the website. Most Godfrey Daniels shows are ticketed events. For more information go to http://www.godfreydaniels.org. Let’s keep the live music scene growing.

#livemusic #localmusic #localvenues #supportlocal #hotspots #VoV #voicesofthevalley

VoV 2020 #3 – A Local Spotify Playlist

Your monthly, all local, all Lehigh Valley playlist is here. Listen to brand new music from Them Spicy Boize, Kendal Conrad, Neil Grover, Matt Dellecker and Stacy Gabel along with releases from several other local artists. This months’ playlist includes The Cody Templeton Band, Steve Brosky, Mike Pilgermayer, Ben Tyler, Darin Jellison, Joe Janci, Mosey Beat, Nick Cerniglia, and Michael Reisman/Acoustic Mayhem.

Add this playlist to your favorites and share it with your friends. Don’t forget to go back and do the same with #1 & #2 as well. This is just one more way you can support local music so, listen and enjoy. Do you have a new release or music you would like featured on our monthly playlist ? Is there someone you would like to see featured here ? Drop us a line at lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com, through Facebook messenger or use the “contact us” form on the website. You can listen to this month’s playlist at the link below.

#localmusic #supportlocal #spotify #playlist3 #newmusic #VoV #voicesofthevalley

Live Music Returns to “The Cave”

If you haven’t found a reason to visit Cave Brewing Company in the South Mall, now would be the perfect time. After taking a short break from the live music scene, “The Cave” is back with a full schedule of Friday evening events. Some of the area’s finest solo and duo acts are lined up to make this the place to be on a Friday night. While they started out as an “original music only” venue, you will now hear a variety of cover artists along with many of the Valley’s singer/songwriters. All shows start at 6:30pm and there is no cover charge.

Cave Brewing Company is located inside the South Mall at 3300 Lehigh Street, Allentown – just 3 blocks off the Lehigh Street exit on I-78. They have 16 craft beers on tap and, for those who aren’t into the craft beer scene, they offer a selection of local wines, meads and cocktails. This is a family and dog friendly venue so, you don’t have to leave the kids or your dog at home. While they do not currently serve food, you are welcome to bring your own with you or order from one of the many restaurants nearby. Dino’s Pizza (inside the mall) will deliver right to your table as will Grub Hub. There will also be food trucks on site from time-to-time. Happy Hour (4-7pm on Fridays) features $1 off pints.

The March lineup kicks off tonight with Jim Steager and special guest Rich Frikkers. They will be followed by Michael Reisman (3/13), Jaisen Taylor (3/20) and Jack Pierone (3/27). For scheduling updates and all information you can visit http://www.cavebrewing.com or follow them on Facebook. You can also check the event schedule on Voices of the Valley’s Facebook page. Come join us for an evening of live music tonight and every Friday night. Remember, “There’s Always Something Brewing in The Cave”.

#livemusic #localmusic #craftbeer #supportlocal #cavebrewing #southmall #happyhour #VoV #voicesofthevalley