About the LVBN
The LVBN is an affiliate of The Blues Foundation, a larger national organization that sets up by-laws and rules that we must adhere to. Our organization is made up of a Board of Directors and many volunteers to do the work so that our organization can fulfill it's mission, to preserve and promote the blues as a musical art form.
To promote the blues, we sponsor and support many events throughout the year. For example, we run an open jam every Sunday where musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and play. We provide the room, PA, drum kit and all amplifiers. Musicians need only to bring their instrument and sign up to play. Most Sunday's there is usually some food or munchies provided by one of our members making it a real home-like atmosphere.
In addition to the jam, we promote concerts that are usually multi-band events and may even contain a national headliner that we book and pay for. These concert events are wonderful vehicles to expose members and guests to great music.
Another popular event is the annual talent competition where several local bands compete for a spot at a national competition held in Memphis, TN. The winning local band is then sponsored by us financially to represent our local blues chapter in the national event in Memphis. We are proud to say that our bands have placed in the top 10 providing a great source of pride for the Lehigh Valley and our association chapter.
To fund our efforts, we generate revenue in several different ways including: memberships, our jam, concert events and merchandize sales. Therefore it is important for us to get the support of our members so that we may grow and flourish as an organization. Therefore, your membership and support is very important to us, if you are not yet a member, please consider joining our organization and help us out by volunteering and getting involved.
Please feel free to browse our website and contact one of our board members if you have any comments, questions or just want to get involved. At the very least, we invite you to come and attend our Sunday jam, have a beer or soda and listen to some great music. After all, Blues is for the people, for all to enjoy ... help us keep the Blues Alive !!!
‘The LVBN is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation & promotion of "The Blues" in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania.’
It's Our Birthday, Come Celebrate 25 Years
Lehigh Valley Blues Network
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Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. His ability to win over an audience – any audience – is proven night after night on the bandstand. With his warm, magnetic personality, Birchwood is as down-to-earth as his music is fun, thought-provoking and vital. His mission is to spread his music far and wide, to share his joy, to play his heart out, and to push the blues into the future. “There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than playing the blues,” he says. “And I try to convey that with every song and with every performance.”
Inspired by the late Jimi Hendrix, Selwyn Birchwood is described as a "born guitarist." Selwyn’s style is a cool mix of raucous romps and professional jams. Accompanied by their nonstop riffs, the Selwyn Birchwood band brings the blues to the Levitt stage.
- Thursday, June 11, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
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Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
645 E. First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
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