Rocking with ZZ Top, Collective Soul, 3 Doors Down and More at Musikfest

August 14th, 2015 posted by

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Ready, Set, Rock

There’s a reason I had a second cup of coffee today. I’m exhausted after two nights in a row enjoying the performances of five different bands on the Sands Steel Stage at Musikfest.

Lehigh Valley has no shortage of year round music venues but August is our time to show the world just how to throw a party! Thanks, ArtsQuest!

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Reba Brings Infectious Energy to Musikfest’s Main Stage

August 12th, 2015 posted by

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Reba covers the hits and more in her main stage performance.

Even the weather smiled on Tuesday night’s headline Musikfest concert. You didn’t have to be a devoted country music fan to thoroughly enjoy Reba’s performance at the Sands Steel Stage. Reba sang beautifully from her wide portfolio of songs spanning several decades, including country and rock-and-roll selections composed by her and others. Her strong, melodic voice has done nothing but improve over the years. She had abundant and infectious positive energy; she really seemed to be having fun on stage.

Reba’s songs tell stories of love and heartbreak, of celebration and life. Selections included, “Whoever’s in New England,” “Going Out Like That,” “Because of You,” (composed by now-daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson),” “Is There Life Out There,” “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” (1973 #1 hit composed by Vicki Lawrence), and “I’m a Survivor.” Her conversations with the audience were genuine and endearing; she came across as a sweet southern friend who just happened to have a spectacular voice.

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Things Will Never Be the Same! Jerry Seinfeld Provides a Hilarious Show at Musikfest

August 11th, 2015 posted by

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Musikfest's first non-musical headliner was a hit!

Buying a coffee will never be the same again. Using public restrooms has suddenly taken on a humbling sense of dread and paranoia. Lying down and taking a nap is not only enjoyable, but also necessary. Awakening to the fact that your life sucks and that it is actually way too long was only slightly tempered by the realization that everyone else’s life sucks too.

Where did these revelations take place and hit me square in the face? By not judging a book by its cover, did I purchase the wrong book? Did a friend sign us up for a self-help motivational be all you can be seminar you might ask?

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Coming to Musikfest? Add Even More Fun to Your Plans

August 7th, 2015 posted by

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Da Vinci Science Center Allentown

Musikfest is packed with fun, but that only scratches the surface of all there is do enjoy in Lehigh Valley. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite events to tack on to your visit- no matter which days you’re in town.

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Preview Night at Musikfest With Duran Duran, And More

August 7th, 2015 posted by

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"Dancing on the Valentine"

For the first time in its more than 30 year history, ArtsQuest added an eleventh “preview” night to its typical ten-day event, Musikfest; known as the largest music festival in the nation. Each year attendance exceeds 900,000 people who are treated to more than 500 performances, most of them being free.

Those that attended Preview Night at Musikfest were not left “Hungry Like The Wolf” by any stretch of the imagination as Duran Duran lit up the Sands Steel Stage.

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Tips & Tricks for a Successful Musikfest

August 7th, 2015 posted by

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Get ready for Musikfest 2015!

Today marks the official kick-off of Musikfest 2015. Over the next ten days, nearly a million people will head to Bethlehem for fun, food, and plenty of music.

But if it’s your first visit to the ‘Fest, it can be a little overwhelming. We’ve got some tips to help ensure that your experience is a successful one.

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The Road to Musikfest with The Phillip Fox Band

August 3rd, 2015 posted by

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See the Phillip Fox Band on August 12

I’ve always wondered why Robbie Robertson started that famous tune by The Band with the line “I pulled into Nazareth…” Was it an artistic twist on the old Christmas story? Perhaps they ran out of gas 20 minutes outside of their destination, or maybe he already had the plans for his signature series Martin Guitar floating around in his head?

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Get Ready Das Awkscht Fescht is Coming to Lehigh Valley this Weekend

July 29th, 2015 posted by

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Motors in Macungie

One of America’s classic love affairs is with the road. And even if that romance dims in the future, they’ll always be a reminder of that time as long as the cars of yesteryear continue to be maintained and driven. In fact, in Lehigh Valley you can see them year round on the roads, but on one weekend in Macungie, there is a gathering that can take you back in history.

Das Awkscht Fescht is time travel without going 88!

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Pericles cast “wings it” at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

July 24th, 2015 posted by

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No Prep Time, No Problem

In the past decade I’ve seen several plays and musicals at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University. So I’m familiar with the high caliber of performances by professional actors that these shows exhibit.

But I’d never witnessed a play where all of the actors had next to no rehearsal time together in preparation for the show.

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Keep Calm and Drink Wine: Wine on the Mountain is Here!

July 21st, 2015 posted by

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Wine on the Mountain is here!

Keep Calm and Drink Wine! I’m sure we have all seen this saying before? Well what better place to drink wine than at Wine on the Mountain. This weekend, Penn’s Peak will be transformed into a wine lover’s paradise as the nine wineries that make up the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail and a variety of vendors welcome everyone.

We reached out to our frequent guest blogger and owner of Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Kari Skrip Gavenus, for a sneak peak at what one can expect. So without further ado, here’s Kari.

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