Give her some funked up music, she treats you nice. Feed her some hungry reggae, she’ll love you twice. The girls don’t seem to care tonight, as long as the mood is right, and it sure was Wednesday night at Musikfest in Bethlehem. The Dukes of September, a.k.a. Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald (originals from Steely Dan) and Boz Scaggs (original from the Steve Miller Band), and nine others, took the main stage for a great performance.
The crowd was a little light with a little over 4,000 people, for these legends that played 25 hits including songs from James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Doobie Brothers and Sly and the Family Stone, amongst original hits from Steely Dan. Check out this short video clip I took for a sample of their harmonies.
It was the perfect night weather wise, and that’s a good thing being that the main stage is set outdoors against the blast furnace backdrop of the Bethlehem Steel property. Prior to the main stage show, my girlfriend, Jeanne, and I filled our mugs and headed to whatever sounds we could find on the southside of Bethlehem. We stopped to hear The Bstreet Band (the original Springsteen tribute band with claims of being the longest running tribute band in the world) who were playing out on the lawn. These guys were amazing. I highly recommend you check them out if you get a chance.
Next, we were on a food hunting mission. There are so many choices on this front ... Mexican, burgers, ice cream, popcorn, sandwiches, salads and more. We settled on the Mike & Ike Bistro located inside the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. I got a delightful Asian Noodle Salad ($7) and Jeanne went for a turkey sandwich with a cranberry dressing ($8), chips and a pickle. We enjoyed the music playing inside this new grand building … and the air conditioning.
Our travels then led us to check out the brand-new visitor center located in the oldest building of the Bethlehem Steel grounds. I must say that they did a fantastic job with the renovations. I understand that the interior aesthetics are not completed yet, but there are some really cool images and touch screen video monitors to check out … and LOTS of bathrooms. This is huge for those of us who aren’t too fond of the porta-potty scene at most fairs and festivals.
I know I’ll be doing a little more ‘festing before it ends on Sunday. Will you?