The first Friday in the month means Open Mic at Java Good Day Cafe in East Greenville, from 7 pm. – 11 p.m. Bring your instrument or just yourself, and step up to play or sing or both. Feel free to just order a cappuccino, iced tea, bowl of gazpacho or fancy cupcake and sit back and enjoy the music.
And August means the DCI Eastern Classic Drum and Bugle Corps Championship at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown; two nights, Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd, beginning at 6:30 each night – but you can show up at any time that evening and see and hear fantastic performances at the stadium at 20th and Linden Streets. Ten groups perform tonight, thirteen groups are on the schedule for Sunday night and Sunday night, August 4th you can watch seven groups in The Tour of Champions beginning at 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $30 and can be bought at the gate.
And I have to mention the 30th annual Musikfest in Bethlehem which starts tonight and runs through Sunday, August 11th. Regarded as the largest free music festival in the country and featuring music ranging from Trout Fishing in America (perfect for young kids, families, and the young at heart – I still play their cd’s sometimes) to the Red Elvises (mix of surf rock, rockabilly, punk, funk, reggae and traditional Russian music) to Bethlehem Baroque to the South Side Brass, and so much more (have you seen the Chicken Lady?) If the Musikfest website fails to load, as it did for me tonight, check out the Lehigh Valley Live Musikfest site for schedule information, as well as tips on food, traffic, parking, maps, “Ten Free Performances Not to Miss,” glass art and photography exhibits, live updates, and more.