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My Picks for Musikfest, August 2, 2014

Image Courtesy of Mucca Pazza
Image Courtesy of Mucca Pazza

Musikfest professes to have one of the most diverse genre venues around. It’s a claim many music festivals make, but IMHO, Musikfest meets the challenge. Where else can you find a music festival that features musicians playing everything from polkas to indie punk rock? The selections are so varied, it’s hard to choose who to see.

I’m always up for a new experience, so here are my two picks for tonight.

Mucca Pazza, 7:30 p.m. Volksplatz

This is a special shout out to all band geeks. Yes, I spent my time marching 8-to-5. We were bad; bad doesn’t even begin to describe it. There were no tryouts for our band, they were begging for warm bodies. For the first four or five home football games, I carried an instrument without a mouthpiece, just to help fill out the ranks. We did run-ons that were so chaotic the director told us “if you slip, bow. Make them think you meant it.” When the sousaphone player became enamored of one of the trumpet players, our director arranged Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia” with a sousaphone solo.

With that kind of background, I really need to see Mucca Pazza the rambunctious 20-piece circus-punk indie-rock marching band from Chicago that plays everything from Balkan brass to zombie mambo and demented arrangements of Dmitri Shostakovich. The group will lead a parade starting at 5 p.m. at Liederplatz and winding through the festival on the north side.

After that, I’ll go for King Paris and His Hypnotic Guitar, 9 p.m. Volksplatz. Rick Vito, who was lead guitarist for Fleetwood Mac and Bob Seger in the 1980s and ’90s (and is a Kutztown University grad), takes his new turban-wearing persona to the stage. I spent my formative years in the San Francisco Bay Area. What can I say? His videos look like a couple of parties I attended. Besides, I’m totally intrigued by someone who pairs “Ring of Fire” with belly dancers.

If neither of those float your boat, you can find something more to your taste here.
http://www.musikfest.org/lineup/daily-schedule/2014-08-02/

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Enter to Win Tickets to See Alan Jackson or The All-American Rejects at Musikfest

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If you win, you not only get to watch The All-American Rejects or Alan Jackson from the best seats in the house, but dinner and drinks too. Two lucky winners will get tickets to the show in the MINI of Allentown Steel Terrace, where they’ll enjoy the concert from two ridiculously comfy chairs, right up front, along with dinner, drinks and dessert.

When you submit the form, you’ll be redirected to the MINI of Allentown Facebook page. They’re the contest sponsor and will be posting the winners of the contest on their page.

Enter below for your chance to win the “Best Seats in the House” Musikfest!
http://www.artsquest.org/mini/?utm_content=buffer61dce&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer


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Get Ready for Musikfest, August 1 through 10, 2014 in Bethlehem, PA

Image Courtesy of ArtQuest

Image Courtesy of ArtQuest

Musikfest is reported to be the largest non-gated music festival in the U.S. Since 1984, thousands of music lovers have headed to Bethlehem, PA to listen to hundreds of free shows across the 10 day event. Each night, the Steel Stage features nationally-known recording artists.

For 2014, Musikfest has released performance information for first timers:

•There are 14 stages; 11 are completely free and require no ticket.
•Only the shows at Sands SteelStage and PNC Performing Arts Series require tickets.
•Almost every conceivable musical genre is represented.
•Stages are called “platzes,” a homage to the city’s Germanic heritage (platz being German for “place”).

Up-to-date performance information can be found here:
http://www.musikfest.org/lineup/schedules/

Headliners perform on the Sands SteelStage and PNC Performing Arts Series which require tickets.

2014 Headliners include:

ZZ Top: Friday 8/1 – $54/$44
The All-American Rejects: Saturday 8/2 – $39/$29
Jason Derulo: Sunday 8/3 – $54/$39
Sheryl Crow: Monday 8/4 – $40/$30
The Moody Blues: Tuesday 8/5 – $49/$39
Steely Dan: Wednesday 8/6 – $69/$49
The Avett Brothers: Thursday 8/7 – $50/$40
Alan Jackson: Friday 8/8 – $59/$49
Weezer: Saturday 8/9 – $59/$49
Keith Urban: Sunday 8/10 – $75/$65

For more information, visit:
http://www.musikfest.org/

See also: Win Tickets to See Sheryl Crow’s Sold-out Performance at Musikfest
https://midatlantictravel.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/win-tickets-to-see-sheryl-crows-sold-out-performance-at-musikfest/