First Friday and Musikfest

This time every year the city of Bethlehem comes alive to the sound of music. Musikfest takes over and provides a little something for everyone from August 2-11. But, what about First Friday on the Southside ? Can I still find live music there ? Are there any specials going on ? Can I get my mug filled at any of the bars/restaurants ? The answer to all of these questions is yes.

The live music schedule may be a little “watered down” for this edition of First Friday but, there’s still an opportunity to hear some really good music at some great locations. You’ll hear the Timoteo Blues Implosion at EZ Money (20 W.4th St) from 5-6:30pm. Enjoy free refreshments there from 5-6pm and 15% off laptops for back to school. Then swing on by Molly’s Irish Grille and Sports Pub (4th & New Sts) and enjoy live music by Brian Kibler starting at 6pm, free appetizers at the bar from 5-7pm and $4 Irish drafts. Get your mug filled while you are here and stop back later for DJ Chubby at 10. Fox Optical (28 E.3rd St) will feature live Hawiian-style gypsy jazz music from Sonanto from 6-9pm. You can grab a late bite to eat and enjoy a Grateful Dead tribute from Jon Fadam & Gonzo project at Southside 313 (313 E.3rd St) starting at 9pm and there’s always late-night fun at the Funhouse Southside with Trouble City All Stars capping off your evening starting at 10pm.

As you can see, there’s still a lot happening on the Southside. In addition to the live music, you’ll find special deals at A-List Salon (128 W.4th St), Bonn Place Brewing (310-14 Taylor St), Color Me Mine (25 E.3rd St), Eva’s Bargain Boutique (412 E. 4th St) and Molinari’s (322 E.3rd St). So, as you make your way to or from Musikfest, stop by and visit our merchants on the Southside that bring you First Friday every month. For more information, visit the Southside Arts District on Facebook or http://southsideartsdistrict.com. Of course, we couldn’t do all this without our sponsors, Arts Quest, Comfort Suites Bethlehem and Lehigh University.

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Farewell to Mason/Wilson Line

If you have never seen Mason/Wilson Line perform live, you may never get another chance. Don’t sleep on this opportunity to to enjoy their unique style of folk, funk and rock-n-roll one last time at the Funhouse Southside tonight at 10pm.

One of the premier bands here in the Lehigh Valley, Mason/Wilson Line has made the Funhouse their “home away from home”. Tonight, they bid farewell from arguably one of the best live music venues around. From their numerous appearances here to a recent First Friday appearance on the Southside and the many other venues they have performed at around the Valley, their high-energy style of music will surely be missed. So, whatever plans you had for tonight, make sure to stop by the Funhouse and enjoy their final show. You’ll be glad you did. And, don’t forget to check out their latest EP right here www.masonwilsonline.bandcamp.com

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Live Music “HOT SPOTS” July 25-28

Let’s get your weekend started with a chance to show off your skills at a couple open mic nights. First stop, Cave Brewing Company in the South Mall at 5:30pm where you’ll find excellent craft beers, a friendly atmosphere and tonight’s guest host, Ralph Pagano. At 7pm you can find host Chris Colaiaco at Blend’s brand new location in Bath. Not in the mood to do your own thing ? We have a few great shows for you to checkout tonight as well. Pentley Holmes will be at Two Rivers Brewing, Quakertown at 5pm, Carter Lansing is at the Springtown Inn at 6pm and Lost Tavern has live music at both locations. You can see Shane Reimer in Bethlehem at 5pm and The Billy Bauer Band in Hellertown at 7. And, we’re just getting started.

Friday – Get your day started at Molly’s Irish Grill with the Out to Lunch Concert Series at noon featuring James Whiteman. Bill McConney is at Black River Farms at 5pm. At 6pm you can choose between Mark Hannig at the Seipsville Inn or Bill Ihling at Mueller’s General Store. Shane Reimer is at Shawnee Craft Brewing at 7pm. At 8pm the DeChellis/Cummings Modern Jazz Group will be at Black & Blue while Thats What She Said is at Colonial Pizza. Acoustic Kitty Project takes over the Lakeside at 9pm and Pearly Baker’s is your late night spot with Mosey Beat at 10:30pm.

Saturday A Girl & A Guy will entertain you in the afternoon at Weyerbacher Brewing (1:30pm). Start your evening off with Andrew Moses at The Beef Baron or head over to the Alternative Gallery for Shane Reimer & Them Spicy Boize with Booze Radly, The Simmers and Armed for Flight. Both shows start at 7. Roi and the Secret People are at the Reigelsville Inn, Ralph Pagano is at Colonial Pizza and Mojo is at the Pub on Main at 8. Doyle and the Dudes will rock you at the Hanoverville Roadhouse and the Dave Goddess Group is at Steel Stacks at 9. Porter’s Pub has your late night covered with Joe Cirotti and Bob Noble at 10.

On Sunday you can find the Jealous Monks at the Holy Family Carnival starting at 7pm. As you can see, there’s plenty opportunities to get out and enjoy some live music this weekend. So, where will you be and who will you see ? Go out and support one (or more) of these great venues and talented artists that make live music in the Lehigh Valley possible. We hope to see you somewhere this weekend !!!

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Spot Light On: Cave Brewing Company

Tucked inside the South Mall on Lehigh Street in Allentown, Cave Brewing Company features a nice selection of craft beers, local wines, a family and dog-friendly atmosphere and a great line-up of live, local music. With a mall location there is ample parking available and plenty of options for food so, go ahead, grab a bite to eat and bring it in with you.

So, what sets Cave Brewing Company apart from your typical live music venue ? They are one of the few venues in the area that support and promote all original music. From the open mic nights and the monthly Songwriters’ Showcase to the weekly entertainment, you will hear only the original creations of some of the Valley’s finest musicians. The Songwriters’ Showcase provides a unique opportunity to not only hear the music they have created, but what went in to creating it. In a Nashville-style “in the round” the host and the featured artists will tell their stories with their words and their songs.

You can find more information about Cave Brewing Company by visiting their website at http://www.cavebrewing.com or https://www.facebook.com/cavebrewing/ . In the meantime, come visit them in the mall, take in some live music and remeber “There’s always something brewing in the Cave”.

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Live Music “HOT SPOTS” – July 18-21

The Blueberry Festival takes Center Stage this weekend with two full days of family fun and entertainment. There will be live music throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday, pony rides & a petting zoo, a blueberry brewery tent and much more. For complete details visit https://www.facebook.com/HistoricBethlehem/ .

Get your weekend started tonight with another edition of The Bastard Sons Presents with your hosts Carter Lansing and Mike Roi at Two Rivers Brewing Company at 8pm. For some late night entertainment, swing on by the Funhouse Southside for the sounds of Hexting at 10:30pm.

FridayThe Out to Lunch Concert Series continues at Molly’s Irish Pub with Carter Lansing at noon. At 6pm you can catch Brian Kibler at Seipsville Inn or follow Carter Lansing to Mueller’s General Store. Bill McConney will be at Easton Wine Project starting at 7pm. Redwood Reggae will finish out the night at The Funhouse at 10:30pm.

Saturday – The Blueberry Festival kicks off at 11am with the Temple Ave Jazz Band followed by Acoustic Kitty Project (1pm), Cassidy Rain (3pm), Cubbage (4pm) and the Blueberry Jam (5pm). At 4pm The Castaway Band will provide the sound for “Cruise Night” at Macungie Park. “Pubapalooza” takes place at the Original Pocono Pub with 4 live bands starting at 5pm. StillCraft Band will hit the stage there around 6:30pm. 6:00pmJon Doyle solo at Revel Social. 6:30pmJeni Englund at Cave Brewing. 7:00pmKyle Yankowy at The Beef Baron, Jeremiah Williams at Taylor House Brewing and Smooth Retsina Glow at Indian Fort Inn. Public Displays of Rejection will be at Pearly Baker’s Alehouse and This Way to the Egress is at The Funhouse, both at 10:30pm.

SundaySmooth Retsina Glow will get the music started at the Blueberry Festival at 10:30am and Lorenzo Bubba will finish off your night at The Funhouse at 10:00pm. If you just want to listen to live local music but, don’t want to leave the house, you can tune in to Hamilton Radio at 5pm for Peaschee and Price2. You can find those details here https://www.facebook.com/events/2431879917093703/ .

Every weekend there are many local bars, restaurants, breweries and other venues that host live music. They not only provide an opportunity for you to get out and enjoy live music, they provide an opportunity for so many talented area musicians to share their music with you. Whether you are looking for cover bands, original music or a little of both there is always a chance for you to support both the venues and the artists. Get out and enjoy some music this weekend.

If you are a venue or a musician who would like to have your events included in the weekly “HOT SPOTS” simply email your information to lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com or use the contact form at our website.

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Live Music “HOT SPOTS” – 7/11-14

Another weekend is almost here and, we’ve got your live music covered. You can get an early start tonight with a couple chances to show your skills at one of two great open mic nights. Step in to the cave – Cave Brewing Company in Allentown, that is – where you’ll find Ralph Pagano filling in for host Nick Lindsay starting at 5:30pm. At the other end of the Valley, Shane Reimer will be hosting the monthly open mic at Weyerbacher Brewing in Easton from 6-8pm. Just want to listen ? The Chris Cummings Trio will be at The Hotel Bethlehem at 6:30pm and you can finish the night at the Funhouse Southside to sound of Mosey Beat starting at 10. And we’re just getting started.

Friday – The Out to Lunch Concert Series continues at Molly’s Irish Grille with Julie Williams at noon. 6pmJulia & Werner Sommer at the Promenade Shops, Mark Hannig – Seipsville Pub. 6:30pmKyle Yankowy – Union and Finch. 7:00pmBill Ihling – Faraco’s Pizza, Steve Brosky & Kenny Siftar – Woodstone C.C. 8:00pm – The Billy Bauer Band with Cubbage and Tyler Rothrock – Musikfest Cafe, Schubert and Binder – Colonial Pizza and the Songs & Spirit of Bruce Cockburn – Godfrey Daniels. 9:00pm The Moondogs – Lakeside Bar. 9:30pmBrian Kibler – Willow St Pub. 10:00pm High Note – Funhouse Southside.

Saturday10:00amJoe Argese – Nazareth Farmer’s Market. 1:00pm Brian Kibler – Bishop Estates Vineyards. 5:30pmShane Reimer – Weyerbacher Brewery. 6:00pmMoJo – Saucony Creek. 6:30pmMatt Dellecker – Cave Brewing. 7:00pmDave Johnsen – Easton Wine Project, Steve Brosky – Taylor House Brewing, Ralph Pagano – The Beef Baron. 8:00pmBill Ihling – Colonial Pizza, Tom Walz – Godfrey Daniels. 9:30pm The Moondogs – Lynnville Hotel. 10:00pmEJ & Jo – Porter’s Pub, Rumplestiltskinz with Purrvert – Funhouse Southside. 10:30pmRoi and the Secret People with Bohemian Mule – Pearly Baker’s.

SundayEaston Heritage Day kicks off at 11:00am, Steve Brosky is at the Broadway Grill at 3:00pm and you can finish off the weekend at the Funhouse Southside with Public Displays of Rejection at 10:00pm. For more information on Easton Heritage Day, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/587045158428037/ . For information and tickets for events at Godfrey Daniels http://godfreydaniels.org/ . Get out and support local live music and the venues that bring it to you. And tell them Voices of the Valley sent you.

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Live Music “HOT SPOTS” – July 4-7

It’s a holiday weekend so, things are a little “light”. That doesn’t mean there’s no music out there and we have some “HOT SPOTS” for your Fourth of July Weekend. Remember, if you are a musician, a band or a venue that hosts live music and you want to be featured in our weekend “HOT SPOTS” all you have to do is get your information to us by Wednesday. Simply email us at lvvoicesofthevalley@gmail.com or use the contact us form on our website.

If your are looking for something to so tonight, we have the perfect spot for you. Head to J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown for some of the best live music the Valley has to offer. There will be food vendors, craft beers, dance performers and live music followed by a fireworks display over Cedar Beach Park starting at 5:30pm. You’ll hear a “star-studded” lineup with the Billy Bauer Band, James Supra Band and Scott Marshall Band. It doesn’t get any better than that for your 4th of July.

Friday – Get things started on Bethlehem’s Southside with Out to Lunch at Molly’s Irish Pub featuring Leah Fuls. Then come back for the July edition of the First Friday Concert Series at 5pm. Both events are presented by the Southside Arts District and Voices of the Valley. You can find the full lineup at https://voicesofthevalley.net. Also at 5pm – The Moondogs at Tolino Vineyards. 5:30pm – Smooth Retsina Glow at Setter Ridge Vineyards. 6pm – Chelsea Lyn Meyer Band at Coplay Saengerbund. 8pm – Nick Levinos at Colonial Pizza. 10:30pm – That’s What She Said at Pearly Baker’s.

Saturday – 2pm – Smooth Retsina Glow at Kospia Farms. 6pm – Public Displays of Rejection at Lost Tavern and Mojo at Marianna’s. 6:30pm – Rory D’Lasnow at Cave Brewing Company. 7pm – Jordan White at the Beef Baron and Ralph Pagano at Mueller’s General Store. 8pm – Jonny Cornelius at Colonial Pizza and the Dutchman’s Basement Blues Band at Godfrey Daniels. 9:30pm – Chelsea Lyn Meyer band at Sam Adams Brewhouse. 10pm – Jack Pierone at Porter’s Pub and 10:30pm – Lunch Trucks, Suffacox and Brother JT at the Funhouse Southside.

Sunday – 3pm – Moondogs at the Sand Bar and 4pm – Chelsea Lyn Meyer Band at Fossil’s Last Stand.

There you have it – your local live music for the weekend. Get out and support the artists and the venues that make live music in the Lehigh Valley possible.

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