First Friday has a Festive Vibe

It’s a “Christmas in July” First Friday and it’s coming your way a week from today ! We’ll come bearing the gift of live music and a chance to get in on the Naughty and Nice Cocktail and Cookie Crawl before the passports get really hot. Stop by Domaci between 6:00 & 7:00pm for the Christmas passport pre-sale !!

As for the music, we’ll treat you to a rare Lehigh Valley appearance by Kayla Avitabile, along with first-timers Emily Noel and Rory D’Lasnow. Of course, there will be the return of Doyle and the Dudes to the Funhouse and Jordan White to Molly’s Irish Pub to mention a few. All-in-all, it’s another jam packed edition of the First Friday Concert Series you won’t want to miss. Your full line-up, presented by the Southside Arts District and Voices of the Valley, is below in order of appearance. And, don’t forget to thank our sponsors, Comfort Suites Bethlehem and Lehigh University.

5:00pm – EZ Money, 20W.4th St – James Whiteman. 5:30pm – Revel Social, 217 Broadway, Rory D’Lasnow and Hill-to-Hill Grill, 120 W.3rd St – Kayla Avitabile. Molly’s Irish Pub, 4th & New Sts – Jordan White. 6:15pm – Banana Factory, 25 W.3rd St – Emily Noel. 6:30pm – Funhouse Southside, 5 E.4th St, Doyle and the Dudes. 8:00pm – Godfrey Daniels, 7 E.4th St – Bonnie Wren and Nick Franclick (tickets available at and 10:30pm – FunhouseBear Sloth. And don’t forget to swing by Domaci between 6 & 7pm to get your Naughty and Nice passports. The first 25 people who buy one will get a free Naughty and Nice shot glass !!

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Voices of the Valley Weekly “HOT SPOTS”

The weather may be hot but, the music is even hotter. From the “bookend” open mics to the Out to Lunch Concert Series and everything in between, we have your music covered.

Thursday – Start your weekend early by coming out to the all-original open mic night at Cave Brewing Company, hosted by Nick Lindsay. Sign-ups start at 5:30pm and the fun begins at 6:00. Then, head on over to Easton where Nick Cerniglia will provide the sound at Pearly Baker’s, starting at 9:30pm.

Friday – We wrap up this months’ Out to Lunch Concert Series at Social Still with Doug Kaetz at noon. Next up, Roi and the Secret People at Two Rivers Brewing, Pentley Holmes at the Easton Public Market, Carter Lansing at Muellers General Store and Smooth Retsina Glow at Weathered Vineyards, all starting at 6:00pm. At 6:30pm you’ll find Jack Pierone at Cave Brewing Company and Nick Cerniglia will be at Woodstone Country Club starting at 7pm. Sandy and the Mix at Colonial Pizza, Dear Anna at Rivals, Beautiful Disaster at the Hill-to-Hill Grill and Anne Hills with Bill Jones at Godfrey Daniels all get started at 8:00pm. Shane Reimer kicks off his busy weekend with PDR at the boathouse Restaurant at 8:30pm. If it’s late-night you’re looking for, The Funhouse has Will Kiss and Dan Andree and Pearly Baker’s has Secret Sound at 10:30pm.

Saturday – Starting at 4:30pm at Weyebacher Brewery, Shane Reimer (solo) kicks off his busy day. He’ll then be joined by Them Spicy Boize at the Tamaqua Arts Center (7:00pm) and the Southside 313 Bar and Grill (9:00pm). Leah Fuls is at the Kutztown Folk Festival at 5:30pm. Nick Cerniglia is at Hi Jinx Brewery at 6:00pm and Ralph Pagano is at the Beef Baron at 7:00. You can Catch the Chelsea Lyn Meyer Band at Leather Corner Post, Mark Hannig at Colonial Pizza, El Groupo En Sequencia at the Hill-to-Hill Grill and the Karl Dietel Five at Godfrey Daniels, all starting at 8:00pm. Pearly Baker’s has you covered late night with Acoustic Kitty Project at 10:30.

Sunday Shane Reimer is solo at the Slopeside Pub at 2:00pm. You have two chances to see Leah Fuls – 3:00pm at the Woodloch Pool and 6:00pm at the Boathouse. Nick Cerniglia is at the Paddock at 5:00pm and the Godfrey Daniels Open Mic, Hosted by Dave Fry, gets started at 7:00.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of live music here in the Lehigh Valley. All you have to do is decide who you want to see, then make plans to go see them. Keep live music alive in the Valley. Get out and support your local musicians and the venues that make it happen. Are you a local musician or live music venue ? Want to see your shows listed in the weekly “Hot Spots” ? Send us a message or an email by Wednesday evening and we’ll mention you, too. It’s that easy.

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Celebrating Music Worldwide

World Music Day is upon us and, in over 1000 locations worldwide, people will be celebrating. Closer to home, Make Music Upper Perk knows how to make the most of this special day. With 82 musical acts performing over 130 sets at 20 different locations throughout the Upper Perkiomen Valley, they have something for every musical taste. From the first strum at 9am to two separate campfire sing-alongs at 9:30pm, there will be music all day long.

The Lehigh Valley is well represented with folks like Steve Walker, Bill McConney, Mark Hannig, Tom Cooney Music and many others. In fact, you would be hard-pressed not to find a Valley musician at some spot throughout the course of the entire day. So, make plans to come out and celebrate the art of making music with us today. For a full lineup and schedule of events, visit .

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Live Music “Hot Spots”

The weekend is almost here and we’ve got your live music covered. From Portuguese Breakfast at the Bethlehem Farmers Market at noon today, to Pentley Holmes at Lost Tavern on Sunday, there’s a whole lot of music to choose from. So, pick your spots and get out and support live, local music. Here’s your weekend at a glance.

Thursday, 6/20Portuguese Breakfast – Bethlehem Farmers Market – noon. Shane Reimer – Lost Tavern on Main – 5pm. Chelsea Lyn Meyer Band – Schnecksville Community Fair – 7pm. Bastard Sons presents: Lucas Sutphen – Two Rivers Brewing – 8pm. Colaiaco & Henry – Pearly Baker’s Ale House – 9:30pm.

Friday – 6/21Make Music Upper Perk – 9am to 10pm. Out to Lunch with Mike DeCrosta at Social Still – noon. Shane Reimer – Wooden Match and Jon Doyle – Oink & Moo BBQ both at 6pm. Chris Eichlin – Cave Brewing Company and Smooth Retsina Glow – Bowman’s North – both at 6:30pm. At 8pm you will find the Billy Bauer Band at Tapas on Main, Michael Reisman at Colonial Pizza and Wooden Ships at Godfrey Daniels. Chelsea Lyn Meyer will be at the Lakeside Tavern at 9pm and at 10:30pm you can catch Duster V at Peary Baker’s or Shane Reimer & Them Spicy Boize with the Trouble City All-Stars at the Funhouse Southside.

Saturday – 6/22 – 10am to 4pm – Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center Open House, Day 1. Small Axe, Moondogs and PDR – College Hill Tavern Clam Bake, 2pm. Pentley Holmes – Sorrenti Vineyards. 6pm – Smooth Retsina Glow at West Park. 7pm – Brian Kibler at the Beef Baron. 8pm – Bad Company Experience at the Pattenburg House and Front Porch Visit with the Druckenmillers and Norm at Godfrey Daniels. 9pm – She Said Sunday at the Shanty on 19th. 10:30pm – Doyle and the Dudes at Pearly Baker’s.

Sunday – 6/23 – 10am to 4pm – Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center Open House, Day 2. Pentley Holmes at Lost Tavern.

At Make Music Upper Perk you will find at least 14 Lehigh Valley musicians among the 82 musical acts performing throughout the day at 20 different venues. For a full lineup and schedule visit . The Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center’s Open House is a 2-day event with live music provided by Carter Lansing of Acoustic Kitty Project and several other local musicians. For more information visit them on Facebook . Events at Godfrey Daniels require tickets. For more information Get out this weekend – and every weekend – and support local, live music !

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Cave Brewing and Original Music – a Perfect Fit ?

The First Songwriters’ Showcase at Cave Brewing Company was a successful first step.

Despite a very slow start, the first installment of the Songwriters’ Showcase at Cave Brewing Company has to be considered a success. Scheduled for a 1pm start, the room was empty – literally. There were some concerns that this could be a total bust. After all, it was Fathers’ Day and a mid-afternoon show. Was there enough promotion ? Was all-original music an attraction ? Would people come to a mall to have a beer and listen to music ? All legitimate questions waiting to be answered on this Sunday afternoon.

As 1:30pm approached, two people – yes, two – came in and sat down at the bar. We were there to play music and entertain so, it was time to start. In a very short period of time the room began to fill up. Some said they learned about the event on Facebook, others by word of mouth. Others saw the signs throughout the mall during the week and made plans to come out. Perhaps one of the most encouraging signs was that shoppers heard the music from the corridors of the mall, stopped in to see what was going on and, stayed for the afternoon. The word we got from many was, now that they know about the music, they will be back.

From a musical standpoint, it was a real treat to co-host this event with Nick Lindsay. We couldn’t have asked for two more enjoyable guests than Bill McConney and Joe Janci. From the story-telling to the antics and the music itself, it was definitely a memorable afternoon. And, it was a pleasure to perform for an attentive and appreciative audience. If you missed out on the first Showcase, there will be plenty other opportunities to enjoy live music at The Cave. For starters, the Songwriters’ Showcase will take place every month on the third Sunday and there will be new guests to share their songs and stories with you each month. For more information about this and other live music events at Cave Brewing, visit their Facebook page or their website

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Valley Musicians Band Together For A Cause

This weekend the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will hold their annual open house at 1161 Cherry Drive, Stroudsburg, PA. This is their largest fund raiser each year and it goes a long way in helping to keep the doors open. There will be food, vendors, tricky tray, a bake sale and much more to help fund this non-profit organization for another year. The event takes place on both Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, from 10am-4pm. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children 5 and over.

If you are starting to think “Voices of the Valley is supposed to be about local music”, you are correct – it is. So, what does this have to do with music ? Well, music is that universal language that everyone understands. Nothing seems to bring people together the way music does. And, no one seems to organize and bring musicians together better than Carter Lansing of Acoustic Kitty Project. Carter will be there again this year providing the entertainment both days. He will be joined by a long list of friends to help keep the music going all day long. Some will be there Saturday, some on Sunday and a few may even make it a point to be there both days. Either way, you can’t go wrong with the music he has lined up for the weekend.

Don’t just come for the music, though. Come to see what the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center is all about. Come to help out a great cause and keep the center alive for another year. Learn about what they do and why they do it. The music is just a bonus to a great weekend. For more information about the event visit them on Facebook at and check out their website at .

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Make Music Day – A Worldwide Celebration

Fete de la Musique, also known as World Music Day or Make Music Day, began in France in 1982. Celebrated on June 21 each year, the event has now spread to 120 countries and over 1000 cities and towns throughout the world. People are encouraged to bring music out into the streets where it is free and open to the public. It is a unique, all-day festival and it is just around the corner.

The Valley Arts Scene, together with Grace Notes Piano, has hosted this event for several years now and will, once again, present Make Music Upper Perk on Friday, June 21. From 10am to 10pm you will find over 80 musical acts performing over 130 sets at 19 different locations throughout the Upper Perkiomen Valley. There are quite a few Lehigh Valley musicians participating in this years’ event – too many to list them all here. You can find a complete listing of all the events and locations for the day at or on their Facebook page.

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