Musikfest Announces Lineup for 33rd Edition of Festival Aug. 5-14
BETHLHEM, PA—Lady Antebellum, RUN-DMC, Aretha Franklin, X-Ambassadors, Sabrina Carpenter, Don Henley, Dierks Bentley and Monsieur Periné are among the 350-plus artists who will perform when Musikfest, the nation’s largest free music festival, celebrates its 33rd year Aug. 5-14 in Bethlehem, Pa. The festival will offer free music on 14 of its 15 stages, with more than 550 music and art performances during its 10-day run.
Headlining performances at the festival’s Sands Steel Stage include X-Ambassadors with Rachel Platten Aug. 5, RUN-DMC Aug. 6, Dierks Bentley Aug. 7, Aretha Franklin Aug. 8, BOSTON Aug. 9, Don Henley Aug. 10, BUSH & Chevelle Aug. 11, Sabrina Carpenter Aug. 12, Lady Antebellum Aug. 13 and The Avett Brothers Aug. 14.
On Aug. 12 at the Volksplatz stage, Musikfest welcomes Internet sensations Lucky Chops. This dynamic brass ensemble, which serves up a blend of its own originals and covers from artists like Sam Smith and Adele, has toured Europe and performed at sold-out venues throughout New York City. It has also appeared as the in-house band for the hit MTV show Girl Code Live.
For more than 30 years, Joe Grushecky has been hailed by publications such as Billboard and Rolling Stone as one of rock’s most talented singer-songwriters. The Pittsburgh-based artist has produced 19 studio albums since the 1970s and is known for collaborating frequently with Bruce Springsteen, who produced and performed on Grushecky’s 1995 album American Babylon. On Aug. 5, he’ll rock the crowd during a free performance at Air Products Americaplatz.
Hailing from Colombia, Monsieur Periné earned a 2015 Latin GRAMMY for Best New Artist for its album Caja De Música. On Aug. 14, the swing and jazz sensations, whose music celebrates the legacy of Django Reinhardt, will delight the crowds at Musikfest when they perform at FLYLVIA Plaza Tropical.
Among the many other artists taking the stage during Musikfest are Philadelphia’s Low Cut Connie, whom The New York Times calls “a phenomenon” and “pathologically fun;” Billboard’s 2015 SXSW Breakout Band of the Year, The Accidentals, Aug. 13; dynamic French-American pop duo Ginkgoa Aug. 13; rising country act Jameson Rodgers Aug. 11; four-time GRAMMY nominated Cajun group The Pine Leaf Boys Aug. 12; Indonesian pop-punk band Rocket Rockers Aug. 13 and Mexico City-based funk sensations, Los Musicos de José, on Aug. 6 and 7. The critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated Mariachi flor de Toloache, New York City’s first all-female Mariachi band, will also visit the festival, performing Aug. 9 at Volksplatz.
Admission to all Musikfest stages is free with the exception of the Sands Steel Stage. Tickets for all Sands Steel Stage concerts are on sale now at www.musikfest.org and 610-332-3378. The list of the more than 350 performers coming to this year’s festival is available at musikfest.org/lineup.
In addition to hundreds of free music performances, Musikfest features 60 food vendors, 45 artisans and a diverse array of family programming. To stay up to date on all of the festival news and announcements, follow Musikfest at facebook.com/musikfest or twitter.com/musikfest.
Musikfest, presented by the nonprofit ArtsQuest, is made possible thanks in part to the support of more than 150 corporate partners, 1,800 volunteers and 2,500 supporting ArtsQuest Members. The festival 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.
Through a unique public-private partnership, this industrial site, one of the largest Brownfields under redevelopment in the nation, has been transformed into a dynamic destination for music, art, festivals and cultural events throughout the year. Public and nonprofit partners working together to bring new life to the former steel mill include the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Area School District, Northampton County, ArtsQuest and PBS39. For more information on SteelStacks, visit www.steelstacks.org.