Despite the recent appearance of Halloween candy in the stores, it is still August and still summer. Which means this is still a great time to attend a few outdoor concerts and a show.
The 2017 Musikfest in Bethlehem starts tomorrow, Friday, August 4th, 2017. 10 days of live music on 17 stages located downtown in historic Bethlehem and at the SteelStacks on the South Side of Bethlehem, along with 40 artisans’ crafts booths (glass blowing, jewelry, pottery, clothing, etc.), kid’s art activities, dance, and more. While there are a few ticketed performances, more than 500 performances will be free of cost and open to all. (Musikfest does bill itself as the country’s largest free music festival, after all). The website is wonderfully comprehensive – you can even search by musical genre (e.g. blues, hip hop, folk, classical, rock, world music….) And of course there is an app.
Drum Corp International (DCI) holds their Eastern Classic Drum and Bugle Corps Competition at Allentown’s J. Birney Crum Stadium on Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5, 2017. About 300 marchers under the age of 22 will take the field over the weekend, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night. Tickets available at the gate; 20th and Linden Streets, Allentown, PA.
Closer to home, this Sunday there is a concert at Green Lane Amphitheater, August 6, 2017. The Kategory 5 Band will be playing at the Amphitheater in Green Lane Park, PA is by the playground, tennis courts, and picnic tables, on 2298 Green Lane Road (just off Route 29), starting at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and find your spot on the lawn to watch the show as the sun goes down. Folks should feel free to bring their own picnic dinner, or snack and refreshments. There is no admission charge.
Kategory 5 are a classic rock band covering the best of rock, blues, R&B and pop music from the 1970s (give or take a decade). With female and male lead vocals, keyboards and dual lead guitarists, killer bass and drums, Kategory 5 are able to perform the most challenging music from the classic rock era.
Allentown Shakepeare in the Park is staging Richard III on August 11 -13, Friday through Sunday; each performance begins at 8 p.m. There will be live music performed in the park before each show from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. There is no admission charge, and folks are encouraged to picnic in the park at Joseph S. Daddona Lake and Terrace, Union and St. Elmo Streets, Allentown, PA, before and during the show.
The Philadelphia Folk Festival takes place just down the road in Schwenksville, PA on the Old Poole Farm from August 17-20, 2017; check out the fabulous lineup! In addition to multiple music stages, there is a space with artisan crafts for sale, as well as fabulous food stands, and a beer tent. 1323 SALFORD STATION ROAD, SCHWENKSVILLE, PA Tickets may be bought at the gate for the day or the weekend.
The Folk Fest is a perfect family event, with puppeteers, jugglers, aerialists, storytellers, hands-on crafts and of course, kid-oriented musicians gathering in Dulcimer Grove, the shady area that has become a haven for folk fans 12 and under. Children up to 5 years of age are admitted free in the campgrounds; children up to 11 years of age are admitted free to the concert area. Older kids, 12 to 17, are eligible for the special “youth ticket”, allowing them into the festival for half the regular gate price, when accompanied by an adult.
This cherished event is the longest continuously running outdoor musical festival of its kind in North America and will celebrate its 56th Anniversary August 17-20, 2017 at the Old Pool Farm. Known to present superstars and rising stars alike, plans for this year’s summertime extravaganza are well underway!
And mark your calendar now for Saturday, September 2nd, for the free concert, Piano in the Park, featuring students from Grace Notes Piano Studio, will be held at bandstand at New Goshenhoppen Park, 3rd Street, East Greenville, PA. The piano music begins at 3:15 p.m., followed by the Allentown Band at 5:15 p.m.