The final weekend in February is here and, dare I say, there’s no snow in the forecast. There is, however, some great music to take in, both in person and on-line. So, this week, instead of digging out, dig in to that calendar and fill up that free time with some music. There’s plenty to choose from and the artists – as well as the venues – can use your support. Not ready to go out just yet ? Order carry-out or delivery from your favorite bar or restaurant and take in a live performance from the comfort of your home. Many of these venues have an amazing outdoor seating area and the warmer weather will be here soon enough. Let’s all do our part to keep them going until then.
If you are a band, duo, solo artist or a music venue and you would like your events promoted each week, let me know by Wednesday and I’ll do the rest. Use the “contact us” form on the website, Facebook messenger or email at email@example.com. If you are going to be live-streaming on Facebook, Instagram or any other source, let me know and I’ll get the word out. Whether you are streaming from a venue, a studio or your living room, just send me the date and time, I’ll make sure it’s included in the weekly lineup. Let’s take a look at what this week has to offer.
THURSDAY – 5pm – Owen & the Alien, Folino Estate Vineyards. 6pm – Paul Knakk, Steel Club, Steve McDaniel, Happy Hour Bar & Grill, Strawberry Jam, Boulder View Tavern, and Joe Mixon, Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar. 6:30pm – Z Solo, Blue Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery and Backyard Cabaret, Porter’s Pub. 7pm – Shaun Lally, Stooges.
FRIDAY – 6pm – Kendal Conrad, Thunderhead Lodge, DMC Duo, Insurrection Distillery and Ultra King Deluxe, Steel Club. 6:15pm – Pentley Holmes, Palette & Pour. 6:30pm – Royal Picks, The Iron Mule and Jeff Crosson, The Taproom at Weyerbacher. 7pm – Jonny Cornelius, Birthrite Brewing Co, Shaun Lally, Tacos y Tequila (Allentown), Nowhere Slow, Rivals Sports Bar, The Weekenders, Steel Pub, Two of a Kind, Woodstone Country Club, Heart Headed, Black & Blue, Kyle Yankowy, Easton Wine Project, Adam McKinley, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co, Skylar Love, Blueprint Brewing Co and GT3, Bookstore Speakeasy. 7:30pm – Jen Kinder, Liberty Taproom and The Stranger: Billy Joel Tribute, Musikfest Cafe. 8pm – Cody Wiley, Seven Sirens Brewing Co, Gary Higgens, One Ten Tavern, Brosky & Cannavo, Shanty on 19th, Ashley Marquez, Original Pocono Pub and Dear Anna, The Funhouse Southside.
SATURDAY – 2pm – John Rodden, Seven Sirens Brewing Co and Enjinz Fire, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co. 4pm – Yingling-Porter on Tap, Cardinal Hollow Winery. 5pm – Andrew Moses, Sorrenti Family Estate Winery. 6pm – Z Solo, Pocono Brewery, Kendal Conrad, Saucony Creek Kutztown Brewery, Fraser Thomas, Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar, Brian Lally, HiJinx Brewery, Matt Filer, Insurrection Distillery, Nick Cerniglia, Saucony Creek Franklin Station Brew Pub, Ed McKendry, Steel Club and Joe Lazorik, McCooles at the Historic Red Lion Inn. 6:15pm – A Girl & A Guy, Palette & Pour. 6:30pm – Contact Collective, The Iron Mule and Kickbacks, The Taproom at Weyerbacher. 7pm – Tim Harakal, Gin Mill & Grille, Ruffian, Jabber Jaws Bar & Grill, Dynamic Duo, Rivals Sports Bar, Paul Knakk, The Wooden Match, Psych, Steel Pub, DMC Duo, Easton Wine Project, Skylar Love, Well Crafted Brewery, Stef & Mike, House & Barn, Honey & Nutz, ShawneeCraft Brewery, Eliza & Mike, Black & Blue, Heart Headed, Tacos y Tequila (Allentown) and Cannavo & Franco, 5 Points Bar & Grill. 7:30pm – Jaime La Spina, Liberty Taproom. 8pm – The Moondogs, Seven Sirens Brewing Co, Mark Fahad, Original Pocono Pub, Nomadic Soulz, Shanty on 19th, The Big Shaboozie, Funhouse Southside and Dogs Playing Cards, The West End.
SUNDAY – 11am – Jimmy Farrell, McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub. 2pm – Two of a Kind, Blue Mountain Vineyards, Mid Life Crisis, Desiderio’s Stone Tavern and Glenn Roberts, ShawneeCraft Brewery. 4pm – Mark Prestifilippo, Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 5:30pm – Bill Shannon, The Iron Mule. 6pm – Z Solo, Trails End Pub..
OPEN MIC NIGHTS – There are some really great open mic spots in the area. If you are into the open mic scene and you are comfortable attending one at this point, there are a few I highly recommend. If you haven’t heard yet, the Wooden Match has resumed their open mic night on SUNDAYS at 7pm with host Tim Harakal. This is a great venue with excellent food and a friendly atmosphere. They are currently hosting solo and duo acoustic acts only. Make plans to get out to Bethlehem and support Tim and The Match. The Shanty on 19th is another great place to go display your talents. Host John Cannavo provides a full backline and all are welcome to perform on THURSDAY nights at 8pm or SUNDAY afternoons at 3pm. Phil Stahl has been hosting open mics in the area forever and he hosts one at the Bowers Hotel every THURSDAY at 7pm. On MONDAY Nights at 8pm, you’ll find host Shaun Lally at the Funhouse Southside and, staying in Bethlehem, Seven Sirens Brewing Co is the place to be on TUESDAY evening with a 5pm start. Other open mics that may interest you: THURSDAY – 6PM – ShawneeCraft Brewery. 7pm – Renegade Winery. MONDAY – 6pm – Down River Brewing Co. TUESDAY – 7pm – Old Mill Pub. WEDNESDAY – 7pm – Black & Blue and Desiderio’s Stone Pub. If you plan on attending an open mic, please bring your own microphone and instrument whenever possible and follow all health and safety guidelines.
ON LINE EVENTS – THURSDAY – 4pm – Kendal Conrad, virtual single release party from the Bookstore Speakeasy. SATURDAY – 10:30am – Stacy Gabel on the Break Free International Summit and Launch (for more info see https://www.facebook.com/StacyGabel.Music). Rocking the Valley Shows of note: MONDAY – 8pm – Moonlight Magic with Angie Morey. TUESDAY – 7pm – Canadian Sessions with Samara Johnson, 8pm – Artist Showcase – this week is Angie’s Birthday Bash, 9pm – Steve Jones Live. WEDNESDAY – 8pm – Artist Spotlight with Ralph, host Ralph Pagano, this weeks’ guest – Cassidy Rain. 9pm – Whip it Out Wednesday with Angie Morey, this weeks’ guest –Brian Emmerton. There are shows on Rocking the Valley every night except Saturday. For a complete listing of shows and times visit http://www.rockingthevalley.com. You can view all Rocking the Valley shows on twitch.tv/rockingthevalley.
There’s your lineup for the week. Let’s all try our best to help the venues stay open, the artists keep playing and the musi scene in and around the Valley continue to grow. If you can’t go out or are not comfortable going out at this time, please consider ordering food to go or delivery from your favorite bar or restaurant. Support the musicians on line by liking and following them on social media. A “click” costs nothing but, goes a long way towards helping them build a fan base. Listen to them on on line on Spotify, Apple music, YouTube or anywhere you stream your music and share with your friends.
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