Marvelous Music Outdoors

Now that the weather is a little bit cooler (by a few degrees, at least), and better in the evening, it might be worth heading outside for some wonderful music playing in our area this week and weekend – most of it free!

The Philadelphia Folk Festival starts today, Thursday, August 18th, and continues day and night through Sunday, August 21st – day passes as well as weekend passes may be bought at the gate in Schwenksville at the Old Poole Farm, 1323 Salford Station Road. Wonderful artisan crafts, foods, and instruments are also for sale at the event.

Each year, we transform an 80-acre working farm located a mere 35 miles outside of Philadelphia into a magical, musical sound park. For 4 days, we present superstars and rising stars on 8 stages and invite you, our musical family, to join us. We are so proud to be the longest continuously running outdoor musical festival in North America. No other event has captivated the hearts of their volunteers, where three and four generations work side by side to create what is arguably the best summer festival ever! Here, you will never meet a stranger and our hearts are always open.

Check out the four day schedule on their recently redesigned website (the new timeline looks pretty cool, too). Tickets can be bought at the gate or online.

The High and Mighty Brass Band takes the stage at the outdoor Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks, 645 E. First Street, Bethlehem, PA. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m., Thursday night, August 18, 2016. Air Traffic Controller (indie pop duo) plays at the Levitt Pavilion on Friday night, and the Paul Thorn Band (“roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly southern”) takes over on Saturday night – all concerts are free (as is parking) and begin at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments are available for sale, or you can bring your own. There is some seating but you might also consider bringing a lawn chair.

There will be plenty of music, along with peaches and ice cream, at the annual Pennsburg UCC Peach Festival this Saturday, August 20, 2016, from 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Gene Galligan’s Musical Puppet Show will perform from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., followed by Patrick McGovern playing from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., with The Red Hill Band closing out the night from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. All outside on the lawn next to the Pennsburg UCC, 775 Main Street, Pennsburg, PA.

Sunday night, August 21st, Philly Rock and Soul plays Motown, oldies and R&B at Green Lane Park Amphitheater, 2298 Green Lane Road (off of Route 29) beginning at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and some goodies to eat and drink, and enjoy this free concert under the setting sun and stars.


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