Sunday, August 12, 2012
On Musikfest's final night: it's Boston at the Sands Steel Stage and a fireworks extravaganza.
The Weather: Musikfest ends on a high-note, with mostly sunny skies and a high of 84 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature is expected to drop to 60 degrees at night. The Headliner: Boston’s 36-year-old eponymous debut album is a non-negotiable requirement of every classic rock radio station’s playlist. Most of the band’s best-known hits – More Than a Feeling, Long Time and Peace of Mind – are contained within that one LP. With 17 million copies sold, it is still the second best selling debut album in U.S. history. Tom Scholz and the boys hit the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza at 8 p.m. Tickets at $47 and $37 are still available. Gates open at 6. The Highlight: Fireworks, 9:45 p.m. You can see some pretty …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Former American Idol finalist Daughtry jams at the Sands Steel Stage; enjoy a Celtic music feast at Volksplatz, or salsa the night away at Festplatz.
The Weather: It will be cloudy and rainy in the morning, but conditions should improve into the afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service forecast. There will be a chance of isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon with a high of 83 degrees. The Headliner: Rock band Daughtry is fronted by Chris Daughtry, who was an American Idol finalist in season 5 in 2006. The band, which plays tonight at the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza, has released three albums since its formation, the most recent Break the Spell in November. Tickets at $49 and $34 are still available. Gates open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7:30. The Highlight: Project M, a party for teens, returns for its second night at Payrow Plaza, next to City Hall, …
Friday, August 10, 2012
There is rain in the forecast, but Sheryl Crow is playing the Sands Steel Stage and a 67-year-old polka band returns to Festplatz.
The Weather: Showers and thunderstorms are likely – with some heavy downpours, according to the National Weather Service. It will be cloudy with a high of 85 degrees and a low of 68. The Headliner and The Highlight: The great Sheryl Crow exploded on the pop charts when All I Wanna Do from her year-old debut album “Tuesday Night Music Club” became a smash hit in 1994. She has won nine Grammy Awards and sold 35 million albums worldwide. Tickets at $40 and $30 are still available. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30. For the Little Ones: It’s Superhero Day at the Peeps & Company Banana Island Craft Tent. Also, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania set up shop to provide information about their programs. Live music by Rolie Polie …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Jane's Addiction plays the Sands Steel Stage; hear some authentic Polish polka at Festplatz, and it's Beach Day at Plaza Tropical.
The Weather: Partly sunny, with scattered thunderstorms and a high of 89 degrees. The National Weather Service says there is a 40 percent chance of rain, increasing to 50 percent in the evening. The Headliner: Jane’s Addiction, on-again, off-again, hard/alternative rock band from Los Angeles – featuring singer Perry Farrell and guitarist Dave Navarro – that formed in 1985. The band stops at the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza for its “Theatre of the Escapists” tour. Band of Skulls is the opening act. Tickets at $49 and $34 are still available. Gates open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 8. The Highlight: Beach Day at Plaza Tropical will feature some sounds we typically associate with summer. The Great White Caps play surf rock at 1:30 p.m. The …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Dukes of September Rhythm Review will play the Sands Steel Stage; it's country music day at Plaza Tropical, and the roots of rock 'n' roll are recalled at SteelStacks.
The Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 91 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. There is a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms between 3 and 9 p.m. Forecast nighttime low is 66. The Headliner: The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue is a supergroup featuring Donald Fagen of Steely Dan; Michael McDonald, formerly of the Doobie Brothers, and Boz Scaggs. It figures to be an auditory feast for those who love the soft rock sounds of the 1970s. Tickets at $43 and $33 are still available. Gates open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 8. The Highlight: Country music is not typically a big part of the Musikfest repertoire. Today that changes at Plaza Tropical with a whole day of live country, starting at noon and culminating with Allentown’s own…
Aw Shucks, Take-A-Taco, Bethlehem Dairy Store and so many more. What's your favorite food to get at Musikfest?
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Sure, Musikfest is about music and beer and meeting old friends. But it’s also about the food. There is often something new and tempting to try. But for a lot of people, the festival is also about the old well-loved festival stand-bys – Karl Ehmer sausages at Festplatz, Aw Shucks roasted corn on the cob and Take-A-Taco, just to name a few. Some folks have been known to come to Musikfest just to get a Take-A-Taco fix because stand owner George Pitsilos only opens up shop for Musikfest and the Great Allentown Fair. What’s your favorite food at Musikfest? Tell us in the comments. For 16 years, Morning Call columnist Bill White has taken one day of the festival and spent it “eating his way through Musikfest.” Each year, the resulting column …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Goo Goo Dolls play the Sands Steel Stage; a punk rock marching band parades through the Historic District, and New Orleans jazz royalty stops at Volksplatz.
The Weather: This might turn out to be the best weather day of the festival. The National Weather Service says it will be sunny, with a high temperature of 88 degrees. It will be clear at night with a low of 66. The Headliner: Starting out in the underground punk rock scene of Buffalo, N.Y., in the 1980s the Goo Goo Dolls catapulted to superstardom in 1998 with the single Iris. That was the first of the band’s 14 Top Ten singles. Tickets at $49 and $34 are still available. The gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. The opening act is armless guitar player George Dennehy, a man with an inspirational story who will also join the Goo Goo Dolls on stage for their big hit. The Highlight: The March Fourth Marching Band turned Musikfest…
George Dennehy gained wide attention for a You Tube video of him playing guitar with his feet. Tonight, he will join Goo Goo Dolls on the Sands Steel Stage.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
George Dennehy may be just one of the more than 500 performers appearing at Musikfest this week, but the guitarist is far from just another performer. Born without arms, the Virginia resident gained worldwide attention recently after posting an online video of himself covering the Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris while playing the guitar with his feet. The Goo Goo Dolls then invited Dennehy to open for them during their show at Musikfest’s Sands Steel Stage, as well as join them onstage for Iris. In addition to the Goo Goo Dolls show, Dennehy will perform a short set at Musikfest’s TD Bank Community Stage at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. The performance will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 7. Tickets for the Goo Goo Dolls show are still available at…
Monday, August 6, 2012
Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis & The News at the Sands Steel Stage; a dance expo at Plaza Tropical, and classical music returns to the Central Moravian Church and Old Chapel.
The Weather: A 30 percent chance of thundershowers before 10 a.m. It is then expected to become sunny, with a high temperature of 88 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Partly cloudy at night with a forecast low of a cool 58 degrees. The Headliners: A pairing of classic rock acts from two different eras. Woodstock veteran Joe Cocker, 68, is best known for his gritty voice, his idiosyncratic arm movements while performing and his covers of Beatles tunes. Huey Lewis & The News was one of the new wave of bands that dominated the pop scene in the 1980s, hitting their peak with “The Power of Love,” the theme song from Back to the Future. Tickets at $47 and $35 are still available. Show starts at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6. The …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Food, street entertainers and music draw thousands despite heat and humidity.
Saturday evening was steamy, but so was the delicious food and exciting live street acts as music echoed throughout the north and south sides of Bethlehem. Musikfest 2012 is in full swing!