Vote for the 2015 Lehigh Valley Music Awards’ “Discover New Artist” Award

November 30th, 2014 posted by

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Discover Lehigh Valley is honored to not only be a partner of the 2015 Lehigh Valley Music Awards, but also to be providing the stage for the online voting for the “Discover New Artist” Award.

The 2015 Lehigh Valley Music Awards, run by the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association take place on March 8 at Musikfest Cafe on ArtsQuest’s Campus.

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Why You Should Go to the Christmas City Follies in Bethlehem this Holiday Season

November 14th, 2014 posted by

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Come to the Christmas City Follies!

Sure, we’ve all seen a performance of  “A Christmas Carol” and we’ve all seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” on TV and you bet someone in your house still owns a copy of “Jon Denver and The Muppets: A Christmas Together.” But, if you haven’t seen Touchstone Theatre’s “Christmas City Follies,” you haven’t seen it all.

The high-spirited, homegrown, vaudevillian variety show celebrates the Christmas season in the Christmas City in a way you probably haven’t seen before. Pirates have made an appearance, as have weird robot aliens, and a few elves that maybe have drank a few too many cups of eggnog. It’s a fun Christmas party and you and yours are more than welcome to come join in on the fun!

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It’s Time to Pig out at the 3rd Annual Bacon Fest 2014

October 31st, 2014 posted by

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How many ways can you eat a pig? You can find out at the 3rd annual Bacon Fest held November 8th & 9th in Downtown Easton, Centre Square. It’s the largest festival associated with Easton’s farmers market. In its 3rd year, the festival plans to have the biggest one yet, with an estimated attendance of over 50,000.

The festival originated from the highly successful VegFest held each year in Bethlehem. The idea was that if a Vegan festival can do so well, why can’t a “meat festival” or Bacon Festival do just as well for the non-vegan and meat lovers in this world. The idea became a huge success as PA Bacon fest is now also listed as one of the top 300 festivals in the world on fest300.com.

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Nine Reasons Why Lehigh Valley is a Great Place to Work, Live, and Visit

October 28th, 2014 posted by

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Lehigh Valley's right there!

The Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania is steeped in history yet has quickly become an area known for its nightlife, entertainment, arts, and outdoor activities.

Highlighted by its three cities, Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, Lehigh Valley is one of the fastest growing areas in the state and only 90 minutes from New York City and an hour from Philadelphia.

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Help Support Lehigh Valley’s Community NPR Station, WDIY 88.1 FM

October 8th, 2014 posted by

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Become a Member of WDIY!

Special giveaway: WDIY is also giving away $100 gift certificates to the Hamilton Kitchen & Bar in Allentown during the Pledge Drive.

Becoming a member of WDIY 88.1 FM not only helps support Lehigh Valley’s Community NPR Station, but it can also help you score tickets to local concerts.

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Why You Need to Check out The West End Oktoberfest

October 2nd, 2014 posted by

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Lehigh Valley's Biggest Street Fair

Fall’s a great season; the leaves changing on the trees, cooler weather, and, of course, the West End Oktoberfest. This will be its seventh year, and the West End Alliance is pulling all the stops. Here is why you need to swing by this year’s West End Oktoberfest — the Lehigh Valley’s biggest street fair — on Saturday October 4th from 11 am-10 pm.

As many of you may know, the West End Alliance has been working for a few years now on a massive streetscaping project to renew and revitalize the look of the West End Theatre District.

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RE: Allentown An Open Letter to Billy Joel

September 26th, 2014 posted by

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First off, I am aware, as many are, that “Allentown” was really written about Levittown. I am also aware it was more about Bethlehem than it was Allentown. But, let’s pretend the song is about Allentown, because for those that don’t know the back story, it may as well be.

It is clear that the Lehigh Valley that is sung of in “Allentown” circa 1982 is very different from the Lehigh Valley of today!

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Musikfest 2014 Attracts 1.15 Million Visitors

August 13th, 2014 posted by

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1.5 Million at Musikfest 2014

It may have been due to Keith Urban’s good looks and energetic performance. Maybe it was Aw Shucks great tasting corn on the cob. Maybe it was the Polynesian dance performances by Polynesian Dance Productions. Either way, Musikfest attracted a near-record crowd of 1.15 million for 2014, according to a news release.

“This year Mother Nature truly shined on us, as we had the best weather in many years,” says ArtsQuest President Jeff Parks. “The comfortable evenings and sunny skies on many days, coupled with the diverse festival lineup, led to excellent crowds on a number of days.  While the late cancellation at the Sands Steel Stage on Aug. 1 will have a slight impact on the overall financial numbers, it looks like revenues from the festival will definitely be up over 2013, helping to provide additional funding to support our free arts and cultural programming for the community throughout the year.”

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Keith Urban Proves He’s the Perfect Final Act at Musikfest 2014

August 11th, 2014 posted by

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Keith Urban packed the house

Keith Urban couldn’t have been more charming, charismatic, and entertaining during the final Sands Steel Stage performance at Muskiest 2014.

His energetic and perfect-for-summer music was almost overshadowed by the way in which he interacted with the audience, going as far as to bring fans onstage and go through the crowd to play at directly for those in the bleacher seats (something we’re pretty sure is a Sands Steel Stage first.)

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Alan Jackson Brings Country Fun to Musikfest

August 10th, 2014 posted by

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Where I Come From, there’s no corn bread & chicken, but, on a perfect Friday night Alan Jackson’s concert at Sands Steel Stage, had me “Gone Country.”

The song list was hard & soft, old and new, with a big screen behind the band showing the original song video recording which I thought was very special. Surrounded by an incredibly talented band, the crowd cheered extra loud, when he acknowledged his fiddle player, from Pittsburgh.

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