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Chainsmokers, Weezer, Incubus, Steve Miller, Godsmack, and more headline 2019 Musikfest in Bethlehem

Chainsmokers, Weezer, Incubus, Steve Miller, Godsmack, and more headline 2019 Musikfest in Bethlehem
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From a press release:

In an announcement today, it was confirmed that The Chainsmokers, Incubus, Weezer, Godsmack, Steve Miller Band, Brad Paisley, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Scythian, and Guster are among the nearly 400 performers taking part in the 36th edition of Musikfest in Bethlehem on Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 11.

The event, which includes a special preview night on Thursday, Aug. 1, will bring music to 16 of its 18 different Lehigh Valley venues, including more than 500 free music and art performances during its 10-day run, making it the nation’s largest free admission music festival.

Almost all the SteelStacks headliners performing on the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza (645 E. 1st St., Bethlehem) requiring paid tickets have been revealed. The main stage lineup includes:

Aug. 1: Earth, Wind & Fire (special preview night)
Aug. 2: The Chainsmokers
Aug. 3: Steve Miller Band with Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
Aug. 4: Lady Antebellum
Aug. 5: Weezer
Aug. 6: Train and Goo Goo Dolls
Aug. 7: Incubus
Aug. 8: TBA
Aug. 9: Godsmack
Aug. 10: TBA
Aug. 11: Brad Paisley

Highlighting the free performances at Musikfest are shows by Boston-based alt rockers Guster on Aug. 7 at Air Products Americaplatz at the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks (789 E. 1st St., Bethlehem), 16-year-old guitar virtuoso and “School of Rock” Broadway musical star Brandon “Taz” Niederauer on Aug. 4 at Americaplatz, 2019 Blues Music Awards nominee Nick Moss Band on Aug. 4 at Americaplatz, female rock and soul quartet The New Respects on Aug. 8 at Americaplatz, and dance punk band !!! (pronounced “Chk Chk Chk”) on Aug. 9 at IBEW Local 375 Volksplatz (101 S. 7th St., Allentown).

Other acts performing at the festival include world music sensations Red Baraat on Aug. 3 at Volksplatz, ska/soul act The Pietasters on Aug. 4 at Volksplatz, and the rollicking MarchFourth Marching Band on Aug. 5 at Volksplatz and Aug. 6 at Americaplatz. On Aug. 7, following the Incubus concert, fans are invited to join DJ Kilmore of Incubus for an 11 p.m. afterparty in the Musikfest Café (101 Founders Way, Bethlehem) as part of the festival’s PNC Series.

For fest fans looking for a uniquely interactive experience, Musikfest welcomes collective singing group Choir! Choir! Choir! on Aug. 8-10 in the Musikfest Café. Equal parts singing, comedy, and community-building, a Choir! Choir! Choir! gathering unfolds like a dream; the audience gets a lyric sheet when it arrives and founders Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman then teach the song’s vocal arrangements. At the conclusion, the audience sings the complete song, with the performance captured on video to be shared out to millions of social media and YouTube viewers.

Named the “Best Music Festival in North America” by USA Today’s, Musikfest was founded by the nonprofit ArtsQuest in 1984 and today offers more than 500 free music and art performances, making it one of the largest music festivals in the nation. It is made possible thanks in part to the support of 1,600 volunteers, 3,300 supporting ArtsQuest Members, and more than 150 corporate partners.

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+ food vendors, 45 artisans, engaging street performers, and unique art attractions from around the globe like the 2019 Prismatica art trail coming from Canada.

Musikfest hours are Aug. 2 from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and Aug. 3-11 from noon-11 p.m. See the full schedule and details at

2019 Musikfest free performers:

500 Miles to Memphis
70’s Flashback Band
Aaron Dussing & Polka Revolution
Acoustic Pursuit
Adam Web
Alex Meixner
All Types of Kinds
Allegro Dance Company
Altino Brothers
Amanda Rose Rylee
American Religion
Amy Faden
Amy Jay
Andrea Nardello
Andy Mowatt’s Frequency Movement
Aneudy Puello
Annie and the Fur Trappers
Aubrey Haddard
Barynya Balalaika Duo
Bastard Bearded Irishmen
Belle of the Fall
Ben Tyler
Benji & Rita
Big Boy Brass Band
Big Whiskey: Allman Brothers Tribute
Bil Krauss
Billy Bauer
Billy Bauer – A Tribute to the Dave Matthews Band
Billy Bauer Band
Billy Hector Band
Billy Walton Band
Black Tie Brass
Blackbird Society Orchestra
Blair Crimmins & the Hookers
Blue Jean
Blues Brotherhood
Boat House Row
Bobby Siegfried
Born into the Arts
Brain Damage: A Tribute to Pink Floyd
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer
British Invasion Day
Brother Jerome
Broughal Middle School
Bryan Tuk Complex
C.C. Coletti Band
Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs
Caribbean Steel Rhythms
Carly Moffa
Carn & Kostoff
Cartesion Dance Academy
Carver Commodore
Cass Noelle
Central City Orchestra
Ceramic Animal
Chamomile and Whiskey
Cherry Crush
Chestnut Grove
Choir! Choir! Choir!
Chris Thomas
Christine Martucci & the Band of Love
Cilantro Boombox
Cinnamon Jones & Eternal Soul
Class of ’84
Common Bond
Copper Fields
Corinne Mammana Quartet
Craig & Nyke
Craig Kastelnik & Friends
Craig Thatcher Band
Crimson Apple
Cunningham & Associates
Daisy Jug Band
Dallas Vietty Musette Project
Dancing Dream – ABBA Tribute
Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People
Dave Fry
Dave Wilson Quartet
David Wilcox
De Tierra Caliente
Deaf Poets
Dear Anna
DeMarina Trio
Devlin Miles
Dillon Carmichael
Dina Hall
Dirty Dollhouse
DJ Kilmore
Drew Nugent & Midnight Society Jazz
Dwight and Nicole
Dylan Michael
East Coast Salsa Scene
Electrik Company
Elegance Quartet
Elysium Quartet
Emily Hackett
Eric Mintel Quartet
Twin Ghost
Erin Harpe & the Messers
Experience Janis
Ferdinand The Bull
Fig for a Kiss
Flowers for Taco
Floxy Bee, the Hikkoso Queen
Friar’s Point
Fright Barker & Sons
Fritz’s Polka Band
Frog Holler
Funky Dawgz Brass Band
Fusion Jazz Trio
Gabriel Royal
Garden State Radio
Gene Perla Quartet
Get Trick’d
Gordon Thomas Ward
Grace Morrison
Graffiti Smile
Great White Caps
Groove Merchants
Grupo En Secuencia
Hawk Quartet
Heavenly Harps & Soprano
Hector Rosado Orchestra
Herencia Jibara
Holler and the Hand
Homegrown Godfrey Daniel’s
Hot Club of Philadelphia
Humming House
Igor and the Red Elvises
Indian Summer Jars
Into the Mystic: Van Morrison Tribute
Irish Stars Parker School of Irish Dance
Jac with No K
Jackson Pines
Jakopa’s Punch
James Arlowe and the Primal Daze
Jared & the Mill
Jeff Crosson
Jeremiah Tall
Jess Novak Band
Jimmy and the Parrots
Jimmy Farrell
Joe Grushecky and the House Rockers
Joe Stanky and the Cadets
Joe Wagner Jazz
John Byrne Band
John Fogerty Tribute Project
John Frinzi
John Hufford
John Stevens Polka Band
Johnny Fury
Johnny Hayes and the Love Seats
Jolly Joe Timmer Tribute Band
Jon Fadem
Jon Worthy & the Bends
Jordyn Kenzie
Josh Squared Band
JP Villamar
Julia Sommer
Justin Angelo
Justin Angelo Band
Kate Mills
Katie Ferrara
Kayla Avitabile
KC Makes Music & Jordan Meyer
Kelley, Ellis and Flynn
Keystone Project
Kübler and Ross
La MEGA Radio Showcase
Laundry Day
Lauren Marsh
Laura Purfield
Lauren Davidson
Lehigh Valley Cloggers
Lelica Trio
Light My Fire: The Doors Tribute
Little Buddy
Little Stranger
Los Pleneros de USA
Lou Franco Project
Luke McManus
LV Charter HS for the Arts
LV Community Music School
LV Music Teachers
LVMA Showcase: MindMaze
LVMA Showcase: The Beautiful Distortion
Major Kit & the Bionic Defection
MarchFourth Marching Band
Maria Rosé
Marielle Kraft
Matt Dellecker
Matt Wheeler
Max Swan
Maya Wagner
Medusa’s Disco
Midnight Shift with Rockin D
Mike Lorenz & the Witherbees
Mike MiZ
Minos the Saint
Miss Karen’s Dance Studio
Moravian College Jazz Faculty Ensemble
Mosey Beat
Mountain Xpress
Music from China
Najwa Parkins and the Resolute Sound
Nalani & Sarina
Nicholas Goluses
Nick Moss Band
Nik Greely & the Operators
October Rose
O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance
Old Salt Union
Oliver Bates Craven
Orbital Drumline
PA Mambo Orquesta
Pat Foran
People’s Blues of Richmond
Philadelphia Funk Authority
Pool Radio
Precision Dance Studios
Red Baraat
Red Hot Ramblers
River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs
Robbie Lawrence and the Steelworkers
Rock Steady
Rogue Diplomats
Roi & the Secret People
Romeo Delight – The Ultimate Van Halen Tribute Band
Roopa in Flux
Rose Salamone
Rubix Kube
Ruby Dear
Salt Petal
Sara Ontaneda
Sarah Ayers / James Supra
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles
Sarah Winston
School of Rock
Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall’s Highway
Screaming Broccoli
Seamus Kennedy
Sean McConnell
Secret American
Serene Green
Seth Witcher
Shane Reimer and Them Spicy Boize
Sharon Plessl School of Dance
Shilpa Anath Trio
Silver and Brass
Skrizzly Adams
Slingshot Dakota
Slippery When Wet: The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
Smith Compound Band
Smoky Knights
Sound Birds
Spiders Dressed in Red
Stacy Gabel
Starting Tomorrow
Steal Your Face: Grateful Dead Tribute
Steal Your Peach
Steel Blossoms
SteelStacks HS All Star Band
Stefanie Johnson
Stefanie Johnson Band
Stefanie Johnson duo
Stephanie Chou
Stephen Babcock
Steppin’ Out!
Steve Brosky
Stolen Rhodes
Strawberry Fields
Summer Scouts
Sunshine Symphony
Tameca Jones
The Aardvarks
The Academy Blues Project
The Amish Outlaws
The BC Combo
The Big Takeover
The Bitters
The Bratwurst Boys
The British Invasion Experience
The Bruce Show
The Brummies
The Dirty Streets
The Dude Ranch (Blink 182 Tribute)
The Easy Leaves
The Electric Farm
The Flamin’ Caucasians
The Great Djembe Jam
The Honey Badgers
The Jazz Thieves
The Ladies of Sweet Little Bloodhound
The Large Flowerheads
The Lesson Center
The Lightweight Champs
The Moon City Masters
The Muckers
The Nerds
The New Respects
The Paul Giess Group Ft. V. Shayne Fredrick
The Pietasters
The Renaissance Orchestra
The River Drivers
The Slicked Up Nine’s
The Sofa Kings
The Stray Seeds
The SwingTime Dolls
The Tequila Rose Band
The Truants
The Ultra Kings
The Uptown Band
The Verdict
The Wallace Brothers
The Wild Hymns
This Way to the Egress
Thoreau Piano Trio
Tim Harakal
TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb
Tommy Zito
Trouble City All Stars
Troy Engle & Southern Skies
Vin Mott’s Rhythm and Blues Band
Viva Vallenato
We Banjo 3
We May Be Right: Billy Joel Tribute
Weakened Friends
Who’s Next: The Ultimate Tribute to The Who
William Wild
Zach Matari and the After Parti
Zach Russack
Zaire Acoustic Trio