Friday night was an experience more than five years in the making.
We had the honor of teaming with our friends at ArtsQuest and the Your Next Favorite Band podcast to return to Bethlehem, PA for our first hometown event in a half-decade. Titled Nashville Meets Bethlehem, this songwriter showcase featured a mostly-local lineup, featured in a traditional Nashville writers round format. This empowered our eight performers to share their original songs — and the stories behind them — in an intimate setting.
Round 1 featured the high-energy rock and roll of Roi and the Secret People; the velvet-voiced alt-rock stylings of TIOGA’s Greg Adams; the heavy, emotive pop of Slingshot Dakota’s Carly Comando; and the phenomenal Americana storytelling of Dirty Dollhouse’s Chelsea Mitchell.
As for Round 2, we were treated to the intricate, melodic work of Bethlehem-based hard rockers The Beautiful Distortion; the indie folk-pop of Nashville’s own Bronte Fall; the ever-soulful R&B of Chasing Daylight’s Bobby Siegfried; and the poignant jam-rock of Billy Bauer.
This diverse lineup — presented to a room filled with upwards of 130 people — delighted the crowd with every lyric and chord, while creating an engaging atmosphere in the shadow of the iconic Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces.
On behalf of UMC, a huge thank you goes out to everyone who made this event a team effort worth remembering. We can’t wait to see you again, Bethlehem — and it certainly won’t take us another five years!
On Friday, November 17, ECM Collective will return home to Bethlehem, PA to present Nashville Meets Bethlehem: An All-Local, Nashville-Style Songwriter Night at SteelStacks.
This first-of-its-kind experience, presented in conjunction with the Your Next Favorite Band podcast and ArtsQuest, will feature two Nashville-style songwriter’s rounds featuring four acts apiece. Each artist will take turns performing acoustic versions of their original songs (and sharing the stories behind them). This intimate setting allows for interaction between the artists themselves, as well as the audience, creating an experience rooted in connection and community.
Our lineup features (in alphabetical order):
The Beautiful Distortion
Billy Bauer and Chris Lorenzetti
Bobby Siegfried of Chasing Daylight
Carly Comando of Slingshot Dakota
Chelsea Mitchell of Dirty Dollhouse
Roi and the Secret People
Tickets are available now for $20 at SteelStacks.org!
What happens when two Pennsylvanians with bucketloads of soul get together and write a song?
Hear ‘One of These Days’
At the moment, maybe we can’t all be together face-to-face. Even so, technology can help us share the music with one another.
Watch The Round
Last week, we let the cat out of the bag that we’re going forward with a virtual version of our Underground Writers Round this month!
The online event will take place over on Facebook Live on Friday, April 17 from 5-7 p.m. CDT. The beautiful thing about this, of course, is that we can invite folks from anywhere to join in. So, that’s what we’ve done.
With that, we’re excited to share the lineup with you. Catch it after the jump!
While Musikfest was raging on in South Bethlehem, LVU’s Out to Lunch Concert Series continued on Fridays at noon on the South Bethlehem Greenway.
Hey, in case you haven’t heard… there’s a lot going on around here over the next couple weeks. However, even with Musikfest taking its 35th trip around the sun, it’s fair to mention that there’s plenty happening outside the festival grounds.
A little (or a lot) of rain couldn’t stop our train on Saturday afternoon.
A hot and humid evening in Bethlehem was the scene of the biggest, longest, and most eventful installment of the Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series to date.
re it is: the completion of the June 2018 #LVUFirstFriday lineup!
And, as far as announcements go, we’re going out with a bang — and a two-fer!