Excitement and anticipation lit up the air on the opening night of Musikfest. Opening the show were piano rockers Jukebox the Ghost, who played a free concert at the Levitt Pavilion at Steelstacks earlier in the summer months. Rachel Platten performed a heartfelt performance talking about the struggles of show business in her own life. The crowd was invigorated by her popular songs  "Fight Song" and "Stand by You."

Nighttime fell and X Ambassadors took the stage with an incendiary presence. The soul funk band hailing from Ithaca, NY provided the perfect set to kick off ten days of Musikfest fun. Multi-talented lead singer Sam Harris kept the audience engaged from start to finish. IMG_20160805_213810074The most commanding moment may have been before the hit song "Renegades." Harris provoked the audience to think about unity and making a positive change in the world.

Musikfest continues through Sunday, August 14 throughout the city of Bethlehem. Over the course of this 10-day festival, more than 500 performances take place on 14 stages. Other headlining acts include Don Henley, the Avett Brothers, Dierks Bentley, Boston, Lady Antebellum, and more. For details on the lineup, including tickets for headline acts, visit musikfest.org