Dierks Bentley, Jason Mraz, Jim Gaffigan, Kesha, Marc Broussard, Colony House, Marshall Crenshaw, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Original Wailers and We are Scientists are among the nearly 400 performers taking the stage as part of the 35th edition of Musikfest, the nation’s largest free-admission music festival.
The event, set for Aug. 3-12 in Bethlehem, Pa., features music on 16 stages, with more than 500 free music and art performances during its 10-day run. On Aug. 12, the festival concludes with a spectacular fireworks show adjacent to the iconic Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces.
Artists performing at Musikfest’s ticketed Sands Steel Stage main stage this year include Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown Aug. 2 (special preview night concert), STYX and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Aug. 3, Daughtry Aug. 4, Jim Gaffigan Aug. 5, Dierks Bentley Aug. 6, Kesha Aug. 7, Gary Clark Jr. Aug. 8, GROUPLOVE Aug. 9, Brantley Gilbert Aug. 10, All Time Low & Dashboard Confessional Aug. 11 and Jason Mraz Aug. 12. Tickets are on sale now for these shows at www.musikfest.org.
Highlighting the free performances at Musikfest are shows by Squirrel Nut Zippers Aug. 6 at the IBEW Local #375 Volksplatz stage, Marc Broussard Aug. 7 at the Air Products Americaplatz stage, The Original Wailers Aug. 11 at Volksplatz, Marshall Crenshaw Aug. 9 at Americaplatz and Colony House Aug. 11 at Americaplatz. Other acts confirmed to perform include electro-pop act GGOOLLDD Aug. 3, rising country artist Adam Doleac and country duo Walker McGuire Aug. 4, bluesman Eric Gales Aug. 8 and indie rockers We are Scientists on Aug. 11. On Aug. 4, New York City-based Public Access TV will rock the Plaza Tropical stage, while on Aug. 8 former ‘The Voice’ contestant and singer-songwriter Tony Lucca will perform at Americaplatz.
Musikfest takes place throughout Bethlehem’s Historic District, as well as the SteelStacks arts and cultural campus located on the site of the city’s former Bethlehem Steel plant. In addition to hundreds of free concerts, the event presents 40-plus food vendors, 45 artisans, engaging street performers and unique art attractions from around the globe like the United Kingdom-based Architects of Air inflatable luminarium, as well as an array of family friendly activities like glass blowing, arts and crafts at the Crayola Creativity Tent, hands-on history at the Colonial Industrial Quarter presented by Historical Bethlehem, plus rides and games.
Musikfest hours are Aug. 3, 5-11 p.m., and Aug. 4-12, noon-11 p.m. For more information and to see the complete list of performers, visit www.musikfest.org.
— Emily Cummins
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