With several festivals and special events plus, over 125 more live performances on the schedule, there is plenty of music to go around. Someone told me several weeks ago, “I can never find who is playing where anymore”. I told him “Just read this every Thursday”. I don’t claim to have every live music event listed here but, there’s certainly a lot to choose from. Keep sending me your schedules and I’ll keep posting them.
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.
FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Every THURSDAY starts with Happy Hour on Hamilton in downtown Allentown. Rock the Walk starts out at 4pm with The Groove Merchants and The Castaway Band in Pocket Park. Look for pop-up artists along Hamilton Street from 4-6pm. Downtown Bethlehem hosts Tunes at Twilight every week at 6pm. You’ll find Rebecca Connelly & Clayton Reilly (5:30pm start) at Corked 2.0, Pentley Holmes at the Goundie House Garden, Ron & Michael Goosely at Hotel Bethlehem, Island Time at Edge Restaurant, Tim Harakal at McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Wayward Buds at the Twisted Olive.
FRIDAY, 6/18 & SATURDAY, 6/19 – Phillipsburg Olde Towne Festival – 5pm Friday at Shappell Park, The Dr Dick Show. Saturday at Walters Park, beginning at noon, Jack & the Echos, TimeWhys, The Bobby Clark Band and The Large Flowerheads.
FRIDAY, 6/18 – SUNDAY, 6/20 – Beer Fest Weekend at Sunny Rest Resort. Live music: Saturday, A Pair of Nuts (1pm) and Social Call (10pm). Sunday, 5pm – Damian.
SATURDAY, 6/19 – Nazareth Food Truck Festival – 3pm – Live music from Keith Quelet (3pm), Fab 5 Revue (4pm), 60 Something (5pm) and New Day Rising (6pm).
SATURDAY, 6/19 – West Reading Art on the Avenues. Music lineups: Main Stage (6th Ave) starting at noon, Egon & the Slimers, Mr Nice Guy, Non Zero Sum Jazz Guitar Trio, Cloud Party, The Chairman Dances, The Quiet Campaign and The Nielsen Trust (Rick & Daxx Nielsen of Cheap Trick). 7th Avenue Stage starting at 12:30pm – Allison Favila, Horns of Pan, Aaron Parker, Beautiful Red Panda, Kick Out Before 3 and Milou Sky.
SUNDAY, 6/20 – Strawberry Festival and Car Show, St Matthews UCC Church, Kunkletown. 11am – Scott Reppert. 3pm – Cramer Brothers Band.
SUNDAY, 6/20 – The Father’s Day Memorial Ride begins at Steel Stacks at 11am and ends at Fossil’s Last Stand with live music from Scott Marshall, Chelsea Lyn Meyer and The Boondock Barons.
MONDAY, 6/21 – Make Music Upper Perk. This all day music festival is part of the world-wide celebration of Make Music Day (annually on June 21). There will be live performances from 46 different local musicians at 13 different venues throughout Green Lane, East Greenville and Pennsburg. Music begins at 10am and continues until approximately 10pm. A complete listing of all musicians, locations and times can be found at https://valleyartscene.wordpress.com/mmup-2021-schedule/.
THURSDAY, 6/17 – 4:30pm – Fran Mayville, South Mall. 5:30pm – Pilgy, Blue Ridge Estate Winery and Starting Tomorrow, Sun Inn Courtyard. 6pm – Two of a Kind, Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar, Paul Knakk, Steel Club, The Dana Gaynor Band, Scott Park and Mark Cook & Brian Hall, Stroudsburg Courthouse Square. 6:30pm – Grateful Duo, Porter’s Pub. 7pm – Quick Draw, Iron Mule and Zaire, The View at Morgan Hill. 7:30pm – The Hillbenders, Steel Stacks.
FRIDAY, 6/18 – 4pm – Joanna Bea & Mike ET, Split Rock Resort. 5:30pm – Pilgy, Blue Ridge Estate Winery, Blaming Amy, Olde Homestead Golf Club and Chasing Daylight, Easton Public Market. 6pm – Kendal Conrad, Hotel Bethlehem, Stef & Mike, Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar, Billy Bauer Trio, Bell Hall, Bank Street Band, Center Square – Easton, James Supra, Foundation Tavern, DMC Duo, Hardball Cider, Lorenzo, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn, Ryan Mayersky, Copperhead Grille, Stranger Things Rock, Strawberry Family Restaurant, Vital Link, Weathered Vineyards, Smooth Retsina Glow, Mountain View Vineyards, Bobby Newton & Three the Hard Way, Roselawn Bistro and Derek Jones, Insurrection Distillery. 6:30pm – Chris Giakas, Iron Mule, Melanie Ilana Duo, Saucony Creek Kutztown Brewery and Bark at the Moon, Penn’s Peak. 7pm – Two of a Kind, Halftime Bar & Grill, Payton Renee, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works, Lovelace, Steel Pub, Secret Reasons, ShawneeCraft Brewery, She Said Sunday, Cattasaqua Park, Jonny Cornelius, Stooges, Acoustic Kitty Project (solo), Easton Wine Project, Heart Headed, Blended by Bru Daddy’s and Nick Cerniglia, House & Barn. 7:30pm – John Rodden, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co and Almost Queen, Sherman Theater. 8pm – Mark & Ralph, 21 Taphouse, Swamp Guard, Seven Sirens Brewing Co, Billy Rooth, Derailed Taphouse, Rock Trax, American Spirits Roadhouse and Eaglemania, Mauch Chunk Opera House. 10pm – The Wallace Brothers, Funhouse Southside and Sugadont, Pearly Baker’s Ale House.
SATURDAY, 6/19 – 9:30am – Mark & Ralph, Trexlertown Farmer’s Market. 11am – Third Degree, Keystone Harley-Davidson. Noon – The Boondock Barons, Slatington Market Place, The Castaway Band, Tri-Boro Sportsman’s Club and Uncle Smiley, Pocono Mountain Harley-Davidson. 1pm – Now Serving, Maggie’s Tavern, Smooth Retsina Glow, Renegade Winery, RED Duo, Vynecrest Vineyards and Yingling-Porter On Tap, Promenade Shops. 2pm – Pilgy, Tolino Vineyards, Skylar Love, Seven Sirens Brewing Co, A Girl & A Guy, ShawneeCraft Brewery, Nick Cerniglia, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co, Windy City, Country Creek Winery and Third Degree, Stoney Run Winery. 4pm – Triple Dog Dare, Leaf Cigar Bar. 5pm – Stef & Mike, Hop Hill Brewing Co, Sons of Izzy, Macungie VFW Tiki Bar and Laurie Vosburg w/Mike Wojik & Louis Fox, Pour House Bar & Grill. 5:30pm – Z Solo, Blue Ridge Estate Winery and Freedom in Christ Band, Universal Performance Center. 6pm – Shaun Lally, Hotel Bethlehem, Clayton Reilly, Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar, Joe Lazorik, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn, Blue Moxie, Insurrection Distillery, Island Time, HiJinx Brewery, Mostly Grateful, Forksville Inn & Tavern, Jonny Cornelius, Big Woody’s (Forks), Payne Shelton, Thunderhead Lodge, Brian Drux Project, Jack’s Slice and Cody Tyler & Gypsy Convoy, Saucony Creek Franklin Station Brew Pub. 7pm – PSYCH –Steel Pub, DMC Duo, Easton Wine Project, The Contact Collective, Iron Mule, Kendal Conrad, Taylor House Brewing Co, Joanna Bea & Mike ET, Black & Blue, Tim Harakal, The Wooden Match, Lo & Behold, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co, Michael Patrick, Crossroads Tavern and Jessica Hoch, House & Barn. 7:30pm – Jeni Hackett Duo, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co., Psychedelic Revival, Best Station Hotel and Henry & the Reggae Rockers feat. Conquering Rulers, Steel Stacks. 8pm – Chelsea Lyn Meyer Duo, The Shanty on 19th, Vinyl Persuasion, Gin Mill & Grill and The Wonton Soups, Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 9pm – Seamus Kelleher, McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub. 9:30pm – Mississippi Pig Farmers, Grumpy’s BBQ. 10pm – Cody Templeton Band, 1836 Saloon, Smooth Retsina Glow, Pearly Baker’s Ale House and Dear Anna, Funhouse Southside.
SUNDAY, 6/20 – 8am – Mark & Ralph, Jake’s Flea Market. 9:30am – Frank Porter, Emmaus Farmer’s Market. 11am – Ash & Devan, Artisan Wine & Cheese Cellar, Smooth Retsina Glow, Hamilton Kitchen and Jimmy Farrell, McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub. Noon – Dom Palombi Project, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co. and Catch 22 Duo, Pocono Mountain Harley-Davidson. 12:30pm – Bill Ihling, Four Sisters Winery. 1pm – Kerry Blue Band, Villa Milagro Vineyards. 2pm – Band of Brothers, Macungie VFW Tiki Bar, Pilgy, Blue Ridge Estate Winery, Ziggy, ShawneeCraft Brewery, Girl Crue, Ritz BBQ, Steven Wales, Stoney Run Winery, Royal Picks, Blue Mountain Vineyards, John Rodden, Black River Farms and Johnny D, Slopeside Pub. 3pm – Matt Miskie, Insurrection Distillery, Brit & Kenny, Broadway Grill, Vinyl Persuasion, The Wabash (Tamaqua Summerfest) and Steve Brosky & John Cannavo, Thunderhead Lodge. 4pm – Beach Lovin’ Man/Caribbean Jeff, Covered Bridge Inn and Colour Sound, Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 5pm – Owen & the Alien, Fogelsville Hotel. 6pm – Z Solo, Trails End Pub, Habibi, Steel Stacks, Frog Holler, Bear Creek Mountain Resort and The Large Flowerheads, Weona Park. 7pm – Kinda Sorta Maybe, Topton Park. 10pm – Lorenzo, Funhouse Southside.
MONDAY, 6/21 – 8:30pm – Adam Niewood Trio, Porter’s Pub.
WEDNESDAY, 6/23 – 6pm – Jeni Hackett, D&L Trail – Slatington Trailhead. 6:30pm – Traditional Irish Jam, Porter’s Pub. 7pm – Stefanie Johnson Band w/Erin Kelly, Cattasaqua Park, Billy Bauer Band, Forks Twp Commerce Center and Social Call, 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, Josie Porter Farm and Jabber Jaws Bar & Grill. 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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