Performers and honorees announced for 2019 Lehigh Valley Music Awards


Wayne Smith, Hector Rosado, Shane Stoneback and Vini Mad Dog Lopez are among the artists who will be honored for their contributions to the region's music scene during the Lehigh Valley Music Awards.

The awards will be presented by Martin Guitar and media partner Tri Outdoor Advertising Mar. 3 at 4 p.m. at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, an ArtsQuest release said Wednesday.

Tickets for the 2019 LVMAs are $20 and on sale now at the Steelstacks website and 610-332-3378.

Taking the stage to perform during the event are The Legends with Vini Lopez, Bakithi Kumalo, Andrew Kanas, Lilliana & Connie Edinger, 18th Hour, Cunningham & Associates, Tim Harakal & Rebecca Connelly, Deji, Jake Kaligis & Julia Sommers, Jakopa's Punch, Jillian Rossi, The Lesson Center Band with Jordyn Kenzie and Roi & The Secret People.

Actor and director Daniel Roebuck and DJ Freddie Frederick Jr. will host the awards.

Recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award, Wayne Smith's music career began in 1967 as part of Jay and the Techniques.

With the Techniques, he also backed up other artists such as Tommy Roe, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Outsiders, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave and The Miracles, among many others.

Following a long solo career, Smith has served as the singer, songwriter, producer and arranger for BC & The Blues Crew since 1994. Today, he performs with The BC Combo. Smith has previously been recognized with Lehigh Valley Music Awards for Best Guitarist and Best Keyboardist.

In addition to Smith, several other notable musicians and artists will be honored. They include:


Dr. Jeff Zlotnick, blues guitarist

Hector Rosado, Latin percussionist

Shane Stoneback, rock musician

Lori Roberts, music educator

Jim Carolan, singer-songwriter and music educator


Dr. Rick Boulay, singer

Josie Janci, radio host

Ree Harrington, costume designer


George Wacker, local personality and owner of Lehigh Valley with Love Vini Mad Dog Lopez, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of The E Street Band Bakithi Kumalo, bassist who has performed globally with Paul Simon

Lehigh Valley Music Awards to Honor Wyatt Newhard

The Lehigh Valley Music Awards will also honor Wyatt Newhard, of New Tripoli, in memoriam through the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley by presenting a gift in his name to the Foundation.

Newhard, who was known in the local music community as a powerful source of brightness and hope passed away Nov. 3, 2018 at the age of 14 after an 11-year battle with neuroblastoma cancer.

A warrior and advocate in his own right, Newhard raised money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of Lehigh Valley and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He was honored at 16th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards as Community Youth Award Recipient, was previously honored by the Lehigh County Sheriff Department as a Junior Deputy and appeared on NBC-TV's "Today" show during a story on singers Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles recording a new version of "True Colors" to help battle pediatric cancer.

Started in 1999 by the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association (GLVMA), the Lehigh Valley Music Awards are designed to honor and celebrate the musicians and music related businesses of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

The LVMAs, now in their 20th year, are a partnership between the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association and ArtsQuest.