From the Poconos to Bucks County, from Phillipsburg to Reading and, everywhere in between, things are opening up more & more. That means more opportunities to find the live music you’re looking for at a venue we know you’ll love. It’s all right here and, the choices are all yours. If you haven’t taken a few minutes to read this weekly post, now is a great time to start – and share it with your friends. It’s a slightly longer read than normal but, that’s because it’s filled with music. There are carnivals, festivals and special events PLUS all the usual live music spots and some new ones.
I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who contributes to this post every week and keeps me up to date on what you have going on. I couldn’t do it without you ! And, of course, thank you to all the weekly readers and followers ! If you would like to see your events advertised here every week, simply let me know your schedule by Wednesday evening. Whether your event is live and in person or on-line, you can promote it here. Use the “contact us” form on the website, Facebook messenger or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please take a minute to like and share us on Facebook. Here’s this weeks’ lineup. As I have the past few weeks, I’ll list the festivals and special events first, then I’ll get to the daily lineups.
Every THURSDAY starts with Happy Hour on Hamilton in downtown Allentown. Rock the Walk starts out at 4pm with Toolshed Jack. Sunsets North is at the Hamilton Kitchen and Bar at 4:30pm. Look for pop-up artists like The Timoteo Blues Implosion along Hamilton Street from 4-6pm. Downtown Bethlehem hosts Tunes at Twilight every week at 6pm. You’ll find Billy & Chris at Urbano Mexican Kitchen & Bar, Christopher Dean Duo at Hotel Bethlehem, James Supra and Phil Pilorz at Edge Restaurant, Diarmuid McSweeney at McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Kozic & Bortz at the Twisted Olive.
This week also features two carnivals. THURSDAY, 6/10 through SATURDAY, 6/12. The Greater Nazareth Carnival (which actually started last night) features Uncle Smiley (Thur), Flirtin with the Mob (Fri) and Naked Jake (Sat) – all 6pm starts. The North Catty Small Town USA Carnival features Waitin on Sundown with Steve Ritter (Thu -6:30pm) and Flirtin with the Mob (Sat – 6pm).
The Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival runs THURSDAY, 6/10 through SUNDAY, 6/13. Here’s what the lineup looks like. THURSDAY – Tornado Rose Duo (5pm),, Texas Rose Duo (6pm), Stone Hearth (7pm), The Ruta Beggars (8pm), Serene Green (9pm). FRIDAY – Stone Hearth (12pm & 5:30pm), Texas Rose Band (1pm), River Bones Band Duo (1:45pm), Magnolia Street String Band (2:30pm & 7pm), The Ruta Beggars (3:15pm & 7:45pm), Danny Paisley & Southern Grass (4pm & 8:30pm), Colebrook Road (4:45pm & 9:15pm), Susie Q & the G Strings (6:15pm), River Bones Band (10pm). SATURDAY – Squirrel Stew (11am), Marteka & William (11:45am & 4pm), Mountain Highway (12:30pm & 4:45pm), The Ruta Beggars (1:15pm & 5:30pm), Serene Green (2pm & 6:15pm), Smokey Green & the Boys (2:45pm), Little Roy & Lizzie (7pm), Valerie Smith (8:15pm), Susie Q & the G Strings (9:30pm), The Grillbillie Project (10:15pm). SUNDAY – Bill & Maggie Anderson (12pm), Mountain Highway (1pm), The Ruta Beggars (2pm), Remington Ryde (3pm) and Stone Hearth (4pm).
SATURDAY, 6/12 – Pine Ridge Fest featuring Tommy Helmer (noon), Fella Smitbone (12:45pm), Jaycie & Michayla (1:30pm), Jeni Hackett Trio (2:15pm), Momma Stomp & the Flatfoots (3pm), Starboard Sparrows (4pm), Three the Hard Way (5pm), Sick Whiskey (6pm), Bandana Brothers (7pm), Tommy Helmer (8:30pm), LUCA (9pm), KC Raniero (10:15pm), BaBa (10:45pm), Nate Marks & Squirrel Trappers (12am), Rubix Pube (12:45am) and Daywand (1:30am).
SATURDAY, 6/12 and SUNDAY, 6/13 – Back to Life Music Festival, 3-9pm both days. SATURDAY – Beautiful Red Panda, Shots Called and Controlled Chaos. SUNDAY – MO7s, Jenifer Kinder, Controlled Chaos.
SATURDAY, 6/12 – Summer Spirits Cocktail Trail, Downtown Bethlehem – Frank Porter (11:30am), Jack Pierone (1:45pm) and Michael Patrick (4pm). Music will be at the Goundie House, 501 Main St.
I told you there was a lot. And, we’re just getting started. Here’s the daily lineups:
THURSDAY, 6/10 – 3pm – Ziggy Isaacs, Black River Wine Bar. 4:30pm – Mark & Ralph, South Mall. 4:55pm – Jeni Hackett, Coca Cola Park. 5pm – DMC Duo, Folino Estate Vineyards and Pentley Holmes, Slopeside Pub. 5:30pm – Pilgy, Blue Ridge Estate Vineyards. 6pm – Off the Road Duo, Covered Bridge Inn, Frank Porter, Crooked Eye Brewery and Dan Mies, Steel Club. 6:30pm – Jim Gaudet, Scott Park, Band of Brothers, Penn’s Peak, Smooth Retsina Glow, Cinder Inn and Mosey Beat, Porter’s Pub. 7pm – Amos Duo, The View at Morgan Hill, Dave Johnsen, The Wooden Match and Jonny Cornelius, Stooges. 7:30pm – Zaire, Arts Quest Town Square Stage.
FRIDAY, 6/11 – 5pm – Erin McClelland, Tolino Vineyards. 5:30pm – Pilgy, Blue Ridge Estate Vineyards and Lauren Marsh, Easton Public Market. 6pm – Billy Bauer, Lost Tavern (Hellertown), Social Call, Moore Township Recreation Center, Gary Maiatico, Weathered Vineyards, Z Solo, Pocono Brewery & Winery, Alias, Coplay Saengerbund, Stef & Mike, Woodstone Country Club, Kennedy Bound, Insurrection Distillery, Red Angel Duo, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn, Cap Cee, Jack’s Slice, Smooth Retsina Glow, Mountain View Vineyards, BD Lenz & Jerris Cook, Hotel Bethlehem, Copper Fields, HiJinx Brewery and Two of a Kind, Hofford Mill/Gorge Eatery. 6:30pm – Mark & Ralph, The Iron Mule. 7pm – Michael Patrick, Tavern 519, Common Bond, Catty Amphitheater, Pandora’s Boxx, Steel Pub, Little Red Rooster, Crooked Eye Brewery, Large Flowerheads, Covered Bridge Park, Jon Stefon, Willow Creek Brewery, Bunchafunk, Chapel Hill Golf Club, Jordan White, Easton Wine Project and 90 Minute Drive, Derailed Taphouse. 7:30pm – Owen & the Alien, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co, Psychedelic Revival, The Shanty on 19th and Joe O’Malley, The Pour House Bar & Grill. 8pm – Fran Mayville, Triple Sun Spirits Co, Mosey Beat, Seven Sirens Brewing Company and Steve Brosky & John Cannavo, Two Rivers Brewing Co (Easton). 10pm – StillCraft, Funhouse Southside.
SATURDAY, 6/12 – Noon – Billy Bauer Band, Sts Philip & James Church Carnival. 1pm – George Baier, Tolino Vineyards, Levi Longacre & Jake Miller, Vyncrest Vineyards and Smooth Retsina Glow, Bell Hall. 2pm – The Knobby Whistlers, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co, Dirty Roxx, Diamond Fire Co (2nd set at 5pm), Adam McKinley, ShawneeCRaft Brewing Co, Ash & Snow, Black River Farms, Pilgy, Blue Ridge Estate Vineyards and Cassandra Rose, Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 3pm – Moondogs, Inn at Birch Wilds. 4pm – Girl Crue & PSYCH, Riverside Barr, Bill Ihling, Barley Creek Tasting Room, Frank Porter, Kemerer Museum and Red Angel Duo, Bishop Estate Vineyards. 5pm – Hypnotic Eye, The Loft at Sweetwater Golf Club. 5:30pm – Cnidarian. Ben Lovell, Oscar & Suka, Bangor Trust Brewing Co. 6pm – Mark & Ralph, Insurrection Distillery, Fraser Thomas, Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar, Large Flowerheads, Longswamp Community Park, RED Duo, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn, Scott Marshall & the Highway Souls, Weathered Vineyards, Electric Heart & Soul, Strawberry Family Restaurant, Little Red Rooster, Crossroads Tavern, Bathiki, Hotel Bethlehem, Honey & Nutz, Thunderhead Lodge, Dave Nonini, Trolly Barn Public Market and Powder Valley Bang & The Jaisen Taylor Band, Saucony Creek Kutztown Brewery. 6:30pm, Steve Brosky & John Cannavo, The Iron Mule and 2nd Street Players Band, The Flaming Crab. 7pm – Jeni Hackett Duo, Easton Wine Project, Common Bond, Steel Pub, Kevin & Dean, Jabber Jaws Bar & Grill, Nikki Briar, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co, The Boondock Barons, Half Time Bar & Grill, Kim & the Clairvoyants, Bru Daddy’s and Sue Pulcer, Derailed Taphouse. 7:30pm – A Girl & A Guy, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co, M80, Artie’s Bar & Grill and Brooklyn Charmers, Steel Stacks. 8pm – At the Apollo, Seven Sirens Brewing Co., Jimmy Leahy Band, Desiderio’s Stone Tavern and Acoustic Project, Emmaus Mercantile Club. 10pm – Mosey Beat, Funhouse Southside,
SUNDAY, 6/13 – 8am – Alyssa Dodge, Jake’s Flea Market. 9:30am – Bill Ihling, Saucon Valley Farmer’s Market. 11am – Owen & the Alien, Pocono Mountain Harley-Davidson. 11:30am – Mark & Ralph, Hidden Spring Lavender. Noon – John Derosa, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co. 1pm – Maddie Pearl Band, Black River Farms, Kate & Those Guys, Vynecrest Vineyards, Ash & Snow, Bishop Estate Vineyards, Glenwood, Tolino Vineyards, The Harmony Garage Band, Riverside Barr and Two of a Kind, Folino Estate Vineyards. 2pm – Pilgy, Blue Ridge Estate Vineyards and Vinyl Persuasion, Weathered Vineyards. 3pm – Mike Stanley, Insurrection Distillery and Brian Lally, Great Barn Taproom. 4pm – Mike Greer & Co, Strawberry Family Restaurant, Nick Cerniglia, Seven Sirens Brewing Co and Z Solo, Cinder Inn. 5pm – Serene Green, Porter’s Pub and Shaun Lally, Fogelsville Hotel. 5:30pm – Jonny Cornelius, The Iron Mule. 6pm – Steel Creek, Wind Gap Park and Caroline Rose, Steel Stacks. 10pm – Stray Seeds, Funhouse Southside.
MONDAY, 6/14 – 8:30pm – Adam Niewood Trio, Porter’s Pub.
WEDNESDAY, 6/16 – 5pm – Jeni Hackett, Promenade Shops. 7pm – Greg Smith’s Off the Road, Steel Pub.
OPEN MIC NIGHTS –THURSDAY – 6pm – Renegade Winery, My Tequila House and Jack’s Slice, 7pm – Bowers Hotel, Cinder Inn, Blend (Final Thursday every month) and ShawneeCraft Brewery. 9pm -. Rathskeller in the National Hotel. 10pm – The Bath Exchange, inside the Historic Slate Exchange Hotel in Bath. FRIDAY – 6pm – Hope & Coffee, Tamaqua. SATURDAY – 6pm – Bally Hotel (First Saturday Every Month). SUNDAY – 3pm,- Shanty on 19th and Camels Hump Farm. . 7pm – The Wooden Match. MONDAY – 6:30pm – Crooked Eye Brewery (1st, 3rd & 5th Monday every month). 10pm – The Funhouse Southside. TUESDAY – 5pm – Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 6pm – Iron Lakes Country Club. 7pm – Old Mill Pub and Change on 3rd (First Tuesday each month) 8pm – Descendants Brewing Co (Ship Inn). WEDNESDAY – 5pm – Insurrection Distillery. 6pm – Bally Hotel and Jabber Jaws Bar & Gill. 7pm – Black & Blue and Desiderio’s Stone Tavern. If you plan on attending an open mic, you are encouraged to bring your own instrument and microphone. Remember to follow all health and safety guidelines. Let’s keep the venues open !
WEEKLY ON-LINE SHOWS – Thursday – 8pm – Godfrey Daniels Concert Highlights on Folk Music Notebook. Friday – 7:30pm – Sippin with Shawn (Shawn Cavanaugh). Headeye (Jason Hedrington) – Saturday Shenanigans, 9pm and Tuesday & Wednesday, Afternoon Delight, 1:11pm all on Facebook & Instagram. Not For Coltrane (Michael Duck) Stump the Band, Tuesday –12:30pm on YouTube. Rocking the Valley – Sunday –7pm – Red Barn Music Series (Bill Medei), Monday – 7pm -Stories & Song with Mike & Tom (Michael Duck & Tom Cooney), 8pm – Alexxis Steele. Tuesday – 7pm – Canadian Sessions (Samara Johnson) – this show is currently on hold but, will be returning soon. Stay tuned. 8pm – Showcase with Steve Jones. Wednesday – 8pm – Artist Spotlight with Ralph (Ralph Pagano) will return September, 2021. . All Rocking the Valley shows on Facebook and YouTube.
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