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G-Child to appear at hardcore show at Mother’s in Easton Friday, April 13

G-Child fans rejoice. Allentown’s own little pint-sized rapper will be featured as part of a multi-act bill at Mother’s in downtown Easton. If you went to Secret Art Space a couple weeks you may have been disappointed when G-Child had to cancel her show there. Well G-Child wants to make it up to you on Friday at mother’s bar in Easton. G-Child has been rehearsing daily and refining her act which will include a new song called “Jilted” as well as her classic favorites such as, “Hell Yeah,” “Fed Up” and “Put the Bottle Down.”

Packing massive energy and attitude in her small frame, there’s nothing diminutive about G-Child. For full bodied entertainment be sure to head to downtown Easton on Friday evening and catch her live at one of Easton’s hottest venues.

On the bill will be: New Jersey’s Back and Forth, New York’s On the Offense and PA’s own Slums. The show is 21 and over and best of all there is no cover charge. No excuses; if you are available this Friday point your GPS in the direction of Mother’s Bar & Grille and check out this tri-state hardcore extravaganza.

G-Child fans, look for the upcoming release of her latest EP, Getting Down to Brass Tacks dropping Summer 2012!

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We Rock for Autism benefit concert Saturday, April 14 at Northampton’s Gin Mill

The 6th annual We Rock for Autism benefit concert is just days away. This year’s event will be held at the Gin Mill & Grille (formerly Garfield’s) in Northampton. Organized by local radio personality Matt Metal; We Rock holds two benefit concerts annually in support of autism and breast cancer.

This year’s We Rock for autism will feature a powerhouse line up of four well known local acts who have all generously agreed to donate their time to this worthy cause. Doors open at 5:15 and the music begins at 6pm. The line up and performance times are:

6pm – 6:50 James Supra Blues Band

7:10 – 8pm The Large Flowerheads

8:20 – 9:20 Dina Hall

9:45 – 11pm Jake Kaligas and the New Constitution

Donation is $5 at the door, which as I’ve stated in the past is a virtual steal to see these top acts individually, let alone on the same bill. All proceeds raised will benefit the Lehigh Valley chapter of Autism Speaks.

The Gin Mill features a large music hall to the rear of the establishment with a raised stage for perfect viewing from any spot, there is also ample room to boogie down and groove to the beat of your favorite band. The Large Flowerheads in particular are a band you just can’t stay in your seat for. The Gin Mill also has a menu of mouth watering pub grub to fuel your appetite and power your dancing feet.

Matt Metal does a bang up job each year in organizing this event. Well respected and adored in the local music community, top bands and performers eagerly sign on to support his events. All funds raised through We Rock remain in the local community and directly benefit area residents. With minimal overhead and no bloated salaries (Matt and his team are all volunteers), you can be sure your donation will have the most impact.

It is likely that someone you know or their family is struggling with autism. In the past it was said that 1 in approximately 150 children were being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, now those figures have increased significantly to more than 1 in 88 children. Autism is more commonly found in boys with the ratio for boys being 1 in 54 (source: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism). Autism is not just a childhood issue and does not disappear upon reaching adulthood; many adults are battling with autism, and often remain untreated and undiagnosed.

I attended We Rock last year and it was an outstanding and well run event. Unfortunately this year We Rock partially conflicts with the upcoming LVRG roller derby bout. If you are attending the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls vs. Garden State bout this Saturday, consider heading over to the Gin Mill immediately following the match. We Rock will be going strong until 11pm and you will be able to catch remaining two acts as well as support a wonderful effort.

For additional information about Autism click here.

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It’s a secret: G-Child to perform show at Bethlehem’s Secret Art Space Friday, March 30

Packing 6 feet of swagger and attitude in her compact 4′ 11″ frame, Allentown’s own G-Child is slated to perform at the Secret Art Space located in Bethlehem’s Southside Friday, March 30, 2012. This will be G-Child’s first performance since last October. G-Child is scheduled to close out a bill that will include; Slightly Askew, Sunsets North, and We Are In Envelopes.

You may recall G-Child from VH-1’s White Rapper reality show, but she’s much more than your typical hip hop artist. If your only exposure to G-Child has been “as seen on TV” or in local clubs from years past, get ready to be knocked out like a rollergirl on the receiving end of a brutal hit. G-Child’s music and performance style have evolved since the 2007 airing of the show and she currently prefers to share the stage with punk/hardcore acts rather than be known strictly as a hip hop performer.

In between appearing at shows both locally and nationwide (she recently appeared at last year’s Gathering of the Juggalos), she is busy putting the final touches on her highly anticipated new album. Fans can anticipate seeing and hearing a lot more from G-Child in the near future.

Secret Art Space is located on Rink St between New and Vine. It’s so secret they don’t even have an address. Rumor has it you need to look for a green door.

Doors open at 7pm, the first band comes on at 7:30. G-Child will be hitting the stage at approximately 8:45pm.

It’s an alcohol free all ages show. There is a suggested donation at the door of $6-$8.

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Deborah Naugle cancer benefit to be held at Fairview Fire Co. February 4th

A benefit concert is slated for Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Allentown’s Fairview Fire Co.  The proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward assisting Deborah Naugle, sister of local music photographer John Bedics.

Deb has been battling stage four cancer which started in her kidneys and has since spread to various parts of her body. Several well known area bands have donated their time to this cause. The bands that are currently slated to perform are:

 

Beyond Eden

Social Call

Charlie Brown & The Notorious Groove

The Birds Of Prey

In addition to live music there will also be food, raffles and a 50/50 drawing. A donation of $5 is requested at the door (that’s only $1 a band).  To learn more about Deb’s story please read the following which was written by her brother John:

Deb Naugle’s Story

Debbie is a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother. She is a beautiful person with a beautiful soul who has been fighting her battle with cancer and this is some of what she has been through since she was diagnosed with cancer.

Deb’s story started in March of 2009 with a cold and abdominal pain. She went to the hospital and after several tests that is when they found a mass on her right kidney.

April of that same year surgeons performed a nephrectomy (kidney removal) and Deb was told that they had gotten everything and she would need no further treatments.

Two weeks later Deb developed a pulmonary embolism and had to be placed on anticoagulant therapy.

August 2010 she developed a cold and pain in her remaining kidney. Doctors performed a series of tests and discovered she had a shadow on her lung.

They recommended she have a biopsy and she discovered she had cancer in her lymphoids.

She received different courses of treatment; the first of which was Interleukin 2 (IL-2) therapy. It is an aggressive form of chemo that requires you to be in the hospital for five days. This treatment is administered every eight hours through a picc line which is inserted through the arm.

Side Effects of this treatment are; weight gain and Reiter’s Syndrome (chills, shakes, nausea dry skin). Treatment was originally supposed to continue for four weeks, but after two weeks Deb was told it was having no effect. The doctors discussed other options.

Deb began taking the chemotherapy drugs Sutent for a year followed by Afinitor which caused severe mouth sores. She later developed a swollen eye and doctors then decided to perform a brain scan. The results of the brain scan showed that the cancer had now metastasized to the brain.  The Oncologist described it as akin to seeds spreading from dandelions.  

Deb is currently receiving radiation treatments that run from Monday to Friday, this course of action will run for three weeks and will conclude on February 6. Then the doctors will evaluate her condition and make a decision on how to proceed.

Several bands are on board for the February 4th benefit as well as many caring individuals who plan on making donations of gift baskets, gift certificates, food and more.

A donation of any kind from your organization will do a world of good for someone who has suffered so greatly for so long. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for anything you can give. Thank you and God bless.

–John Bedics

Donations can be made to Deborah Naugle

PO BOX 4246

Bethlehem, PA 18018

The Fairview Fire Co. is located at 927 S. Seventh St, Allentown, PA18103

John Bedics – Showgun Photography

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Lehigh Valley Music Awards to be held Sunday at Bethlehem’s ArtsQuest Center

(graphic: LVMA)The 13th annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards (LVMA) is scheduled to be held this Sunday, December 4 at the ArtsQuest MusikFest Café located on the SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem. This annual ceremony seeks to honor and showcase the wealth of musical talent found within the region. Ballots were cast by industry professionals as well as fans in a diverse field of categories covering a variety of performance genres. Voting also recognized businesses that serve the local music community.

Run by a dedicated group of board members and volunteers, the awards are an end of the year celebration of the region’s vibrant music community. Throughout the year the LVMA participate in fundraising efforts that benefit the area’s charitable and arts related organizations. LVMA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization who rely on donations, corporate sponsors and fundraising in order to promote and recognize Lehigh Valley performers.

The awards ceremony will feature live performances and an array of presenters. Scheduled to appear at this year’s installment are (performance order to be determined):

  • Ceremony co-hosted by Grover Silcox & A.J. Fritz
  • JAMES RUHF & CITY OF BETH. BAGPIPE BAND & DRUM CORP
  • LANE CONKLIN
  • ELLA CANTA w/ EAST COAST DANCE CONNECTION
  • ALONZO GROSS ‘ZO’
  • SCOTT MARSHALL with a tribute to ADAM RECKE
  • TOMMY ZITO w/ THE LOU FRANCO PROJECT
  • FUSION JAZZ TRIO , LILI ANEL AND ROBBI HALL KUMALO
  • THE LESSON CENTER BAND
  • HIPNOSIS TRIBAL GROUP
  • CRAZYHEART
  • HIC CUP HELEN
  • SOUL RAGGA
  • WHITNEY PEYTON and NIECY ROB
  • MAD DOG AND BLUES NIGHT OUT
  • M80
  • JUNIOR GRADES BAND
  • SPECIAL GUEST BAND
  • THE STEEL MILL BAND w/VINI LOPEZ (Founding member of the E Street Band)

(photo: LVMA)As noted above, this year’s awards will feature a special performance by Scott Marshall honoring Adam Recke. He will be performing his song “With Every New Day” a tribute inspired by Adam who will be this year’s guest of honor. Adam is a young boy living with a rare disease called Niemann-Pick Type C. In addition, a live auction will be conducted to raise funds for the Race For Adam Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding research projects to find a treatment and cure for Niemann-Pick Type C disease (NP-C) and related neurodegenerative disorders. For more information on Adam and the Race For Adam foundation please visit the links section following this article.

Tickets are still available for the Lehigh Valley Music Awards but are selling at a brisk pace. Tickets are $13 in advance and $18 at the door. All seating is general admission. The LVMA is collecting canned goods for Second Harvest and the Moravian Food Bank, so be sure to pick something up to donate to these worthwhile organizations that help so many in need locally. Doors open at 3pm and the program will commence at 4pm. Tickets may be ordered here: LVMA Tickets

The ArtsQuest MusikFest Café at SteelStacks is located at: 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Click for Directions

Links for Additional Information

ArtsQuest

Lehigh Valley Music Awards

Race For Adam

Second Harvest Lehigh Valley


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ArtsQuest’s Oktoberfest at SteelStacks in pictures

The first annual Arts Quest Oktoberfest has wrapped up for this year. Held at the new SteelStacks campus on the Southside of Bethlehem, this event ran from Sept 29 – Oct. 2 and Oct. 6-9, 2011 and featured a variety of German themed activities, music and of course beer.

Our photographer Joe Robinson did a wonderful job capturing the spirit of the festivities. Enjoy the slideshow and we’ll see you next year at Oktoberfest.

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ArtsQuest: http://www.artsquest.org/

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Tune into the Matt Metal show tonight for Lehigh Valley Rollergirls and The Corner Seat

Set your radio dials to the Matt Metal show on WXLV 90.3 between 6-9pm where Loogie Vuitton and Level’in Levi from the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls will be on the air to promote Saturday’s double header bout. I will be joining them to talk roller derby and to give away another pair of tickets.

(Photo: Deb Boylan)

Put on your thinking caps as tomorrow’s give away will be a trivia question. First caller in to the show with the correct answer will score these sweet tickets to this sure to sell out event. The girls and I should be on the air sometime around 7pm, but be sure to set your radios (also available streaming live on iphones, android devices and computers) at 6pm to hear the best mix of metal music and talk in the valley.

I will also be talking about the new CD release, We Have Issues, from the band Every Friday, and where you can catch them performing live. Every Friday is a hot new band on the scene made up entirely of Parkland HS juniors. Lifelong friends, these guys can really rock with their original brand of alt/rock/punk.

They are regular performers at venues such as the Velodrome (Valley Preferred Cycling Center) and Brenda and Jerry’s. Check out the song Drop Dead from their new CD by clicking here: http://soundcloud.com/jonneikam/drop-dead

Hope you will tune in tonight and remember; you heard it on the “X”

Matt Metal’s blog: http://mattmetal1.wordpress.com/

Every Friday: http://www.everyfriday.webs.com/

Lehigh Valley Rollergirls: http://www.lehighvalleyrollergirls.com/

Brenda and Jerry’s (all ages venue): www.brendajerry.com

WXLV: http://www.wxlvradio.com/station/

The WXLV live streaming app is free and available in the iTunes app store and the android marketplace.

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