Tape Swap Radio is excited to announce the next show in our concert series on Saturday, June 1, 2019, which we’ve dubbed Grill & Chill because…well…that’s exactly what we intend to do. This will be a fun laid back afternoon in the backyard of Eskandalo on Bethlehem’s southside that will feature some vegan food on the grill as well as Tape Swap’s Matt Molchany’s original vegan lunch meats, the recipe for which he’s been slowly perfecting over the last year. There will be beer for 21+ and BYOB is an option too. We’ll be eating and cooking from 1 to 3 pm, then live music will be from 3 to 6 pm. Perfoming will be Sarah from Alright, Sandy Beamer, and Food Truck. This is a free event but tipping is encouraged for food and drinks to benefit the touring bands.

Flier by Alison Leigh,

Flier by Alison Leigh,

You can find the Grill & Chill Facebook event page here. This will be the first event in the Eskandalo backyard and on the back patio.

Sarah Blumenthal (center)

Sarah Blumenthal (center)

Performing will be singer and guitarist Sarah Blumenthal from Charlotte, North Carolina’s finest purveyors of fuzz pop, Alright. Sarah will be performing a solo electric set. Alright features current and former members of Faye, Late Bloomer, and Earth Mover (just to name a few). All three members bring unique backgrounds to the table which helps to create a new approach to fuzzed out indie punk. They released thier first cassette EP in 2014 on Self Aware Records, a 7" EP in 2015 as a split release between Self Aware Records and Negative Fun Records, and their most recent EP came out on Black Numbers in December of 2018. The band has done quite a bit of touring everywhere east of the Mississippi, and have played multiple festivals including Florida’s THE FEST. This will be Sarah’s first time performing in the Lehigh Valley (that we know of).

Sam Swanson from Sandy Beamer may have left the Lehigh Valley but we convinced him to come back.

Sam Swanson from Sandy Beamer may have left the Lehigh Valley but we convinced him to come back.

Sandy Beamer is a three-piece Brooklyn-based psych rock band. Drummer Sam Swanson is an alumni of Lehigh Valley’s emo-tinged punks Corgi wth a K (who recorded one of Tape Swap’s first Shards Sessions in 2014). Since relocating to Brooklyn, Sam has embarked on this new musical project which has dabbled in experimentation that includes a self-described “25-minute drum space extravaganza.” The band has yet to release an album but has been cutting their teeth at places around Brooklyn like Hart Bar, Max Fish, El Cortez, and The Cat. Some of the bands they’ve played with include The Russels, Nowhere, Promise Nothing, Malaphor, and The Components.

Food Truck performing at Easton’s Live at 13.

Food Truck performing at Easton’s Live at 13.

Food Truck is a three-piece grunge-y alternative/indie rock band from Allentown. The band is made up of John Mackey (bass/vocals), Miles Hiebsch (guitar/vocals), and Ryan Flynn (drums). Food Truck only has a 3-song EP and single under their belts currently, but the band is finishing up their first proper album Dog, recorded by Matt Molchany at Shards. Dog is set to be released June 8th.

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