Musikfest is back, live and in person, after a one year absence. Bethlehem will be rocking for the next 10 days and, to list all 500+ free acts along with the national acts would take more time and space than I have. I will give you tonights’ preview shows, which feature some great local artists. For a complete lineup of all Musikfest has to offer, visit https://www.musikfest.org/. I’ll focus on everything that is not Musikfest here.
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FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
There are three Bethlehem Venues that are not “official” Musikfest venues but, will be hosting live music every night, or nearly every night, during the festival. They are Seven Sirens Brewing Co, The Funhouse Southside and The Wooden Match. Here are their schedules for this week: Seven Sirens: Fri – 8pm, The Stray Seeds. Sat – 2pm, Shaun Lally & 8pm – Sunsets North. Sun – 1pm – Tim Harakal and 5pm, Joseph Acor. Mon – 7pm, The Seth Witcher Duo. Tue – 7pm, Cassandra Rose. Wed – 7pm, Tony Alosi. The Funhouse: all shows at 10pm. Thu, The Big Shaboozie. Fri, Ito & the Moonlight Hippies. Sat, The Unpronounceable Reunion Show. Sun, Mosey Beat. Mon, The Shaun Lally Band. Wed, K E F w/The Urban Achievers. The Wooden Match: Fri – 4pm, Last Night Out, 8pm, South Penn Dixie. Sat – noon, The Fight Back Home, 4pm, The Will Kiss Band, 8:30pm, The Contact Collective. Sun – all day, Jamal Knight. Mon – 4pm, At The Apollo, 8pm, Trouble City All Stars. Tue – 4pm, Steve McDaniel, 8pm – The Steve Johnson Band. Wed – 4pm, Walter Lee & the Social Sounds, 8pm, The Honey Buzzards.
Every THURSDAY through October 14 starts with Happy Hour on Hamilton in downtown Allentown and Rock the Walk at 4pm. This week’s featured performers in Pocket Park are The Castaway Band (4pm) and The Smith Compound Band (6pm). Look for pop-up artists along Hamilton Street from 4-6pm.
THURSDAY 8/5/21 – Musikfest Preview Night features local favorites Erin Kelly (5pm), The Cody Templeton Band (7pm) and the Leah Marie Fuls Band (6:30, 8:30 &11pm) along with National acts Darius Rucker (6pm) and Summer Son (9pm).
FRIDAY 8/6/21 – First Friday on the Southside. Free concert at Touchstone Theater featuring Acoustic Kitty Project, Roi & the Secret People, Big Easy Easton Brass and Headeye. Doors at 5:30pm. Presented by the Southside Arts District and Godfrey Daniels.
Friday 8/6 thru Sunday 8/8/21 – Das Awkscht Fescht, Macungie Memorial Park. Fri – 3pm, Craig Thatcher & Friends, 5pm, Real Country & Joe Holler feat Ann Brown, 7pm, Flamin’ Dick & the Hot Rods. Sat – 11am, Acoustic Kitty Project, 1pm, The BC Combo, 3pm, Wooden Ships, 5pm, The Dana Gaynor Band, 7pm, A Few Good Men. Sun – 11am, Macungie Band, 1:30pm, Supra/Ayers Band.
THURSDAY 8/5/21 – 11:30am – Not for Coltrane, Bethlehem Farmers Market. 3pm – Bill Ihling, Blue Ridge Estate Winery. 5pm – Chelsea Lyn Meyer Band, Coca Cola Park (pregame). 5:30pm – Pilgy – Blue Ridge Estate Winery. 6pm – Video Daze, Shappell Park and Dan Miles, Steel Club. 6:30pm – Reservoir Hill, Scott Park and Pentley Holmes, Farmhouse Bistro. 7pm – The Stray Seeds, 21 Craft House & Kitchen.
FRIDAY 8/6/21 – 5pm – The Moondogs, Tolino Vineyards and Dave Johnsen, Keystone Harley-Davidson. 5:30pm – Pilgy, Blue Ridge Estate Vineyards. 6pm – Uncle Smiley, Coplay Saengerbund, Fran Mayville, Copperhead Grille, Smokin’ Soles Dance Band, Jim Dietrich Park, Jeni Hackett, Foundation Tavern, EDDIE, Markley Grille, Tom Storm, Mansion House, Steve Brosky Band, Hamilton Kitchen & Bar, Smooth Retsina Glow, Bell Hall and Two of a Kind, Insurrection Distillery. 6:30pm – Whitey McVickers, The Iron Mule. 7pm – Alias, Catasauqua Park, Joanna Bea & Mike ET, Derailed Taphouse, Z Solo, Murph’s Hideaway, Zach Weagly, Dinky’s, Truth & Soul, The View at Morgan Hill, The Weekenders, Rivals Sports Bar, Justin Love, Easton Wine Project, Dustin Douglas, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co, Jonny Cornelius, Birthright Brewing Co, Payton Renee, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works and Radio One, Bru Daddy’s. 7:30pm – Ziggy, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co and Young Lion, The Sherman Theater. 8pm – Eliza Rush Band, Mike’s Tavern. 8:30pm – Mark & Ralph, 5 Points Grill & Pub.
SATURDAY 8/7/21 – 1pm – The Moondogs, Sorrenti Family Estate Winery, Seth Witcher, Tolino Vineyards and Payton Renee, Bell Hall. 2pm – Ava Hoffman, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co, Sam Schmidthuber, Black River Farms and The Secret Reasons, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co. 3pm – Band of Brothers, Lehighton Orioles. 4pm – Lounge Fly, The Inn at Birch Wilds and Time Whys, Hardball Cider. 5pm – Smith Compound Band, Macungie VFW Tiki Bar, The Castaway Band, Coca Cola Park (pregame), Pilgy, Cherry Valley Vineyards, Jeni Hackett, Rogue Tacos & Catering and Pentley Holmes, Hop Hill Brewing Co. 5:30pm – Jawn of the Dead, HiJinx Brewing Co and the Chelsea Lyn Meyer Duo, Weis Pub (Macungie). 6pm – The Boondock Barons, Jabber Jaws Bar & Grill, Jonny Cornelius, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn, Pandora’s Boxx, Reading Booster’s Club and Damian Walck, Insurrection Distillery. 6:15pm – Michael Patrick & Michael Carr, Red Mill. 6:30pm – Flirtin with the Mob, Quakertown Memorial Park and Bill Shannon, The Iron Mule. 7pm – Joanna Bea & Mike ET, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co, Vinyl Persuasion, Taylor House Brewing Co, Good Times Duo, Derailed Taphouse, Kendal Conrad, Easton Wine Project and The Jason Dumm Band, Rivals Sports Bar. 7:30pm – Two Rocks Rye, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co. 8pm – A.J.Croce, New Hope Winery, Romeo Delight, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Splitting the Atom, The Shanty on 19th and Matt Dellecker, Palm Tavern. 9pm – Shaun Lally, McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub. 10pm – Smooth Retsina Glow, Pearly Baker’s Ale House.
SUNDAY 8/8/21 – 8am – Alyssa Dodge, Jake’s Flea Market. 10am – Social Call, The Infamous Sports Zoo. Noon – Carly Moffa, The Taproom at Weyerbacher Brewing Co. 1pm – Radio One, Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works and Kristen Morgenstern, Weis Pub (Macungie). 2pm – Autumn Falls, Wine & More on 1st, Ash & Snow, Black River Farms, Pilgy, Blue Ridge Estate Vineyards, Ziggy, ShawneeCraft Brewing Co and Pentley Holmes, Slopeside Pub. 3pm – Fran Mayville, Insurrection Distillery, The Moondogs, The Sand Bar and Kendal Conrad, Ringer’s Roost. 4pm – Casey Walton, The Inn at Birch Wilds. 5pm – Owen & the Alien, Hops at the Paddock. 5:30pm – HInder, Small Town Titand and Sister Salvation, Artie’s Bar & Grill. 6pm – Z Solo, Trails End Pub, Vuja De, Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Smooth Retsina Glow, Lost Tavern – Bethlehem and The Swingtime Dolls, Emmaus Community Park.
TUESDAY 8/10/21 – The Sidewinder Blues Band, White’s Road Park.
WEDNESDAY 8/11/21 – 11:30am & 5pm – Steve Johnson, Pocket Park. 6pm – Z Solo, Trails End Pub and Eliza Rush, Slatington Trail Head.
OPEN MIC NIGHTS – THURSDAY – 6pm – Renegade Winery, My Tequila House and Jack’s Slice, 7pm – Bowers Hotel, Cinder Inn, The Stanhope House, Blend (Final Thursday every month) and ShawneeCraft Brewery. 9pm -. Rathskeller in the National Hotel. 10pm – The Bath Exchange, inside the Historic Slate Exchange Hotel in Bath. FRIDAY – 6pm – Hope & Coffee, Tamaqua. SATURDAY – 6pm – Bally Hotel (First Saturday Every Month). SUNDAY – 3pm,- Shanty on 19th and Camels Hump Farm. . 7pm – The Wooden Match. MONDAY – 6:30pm – Crooked Eye Brewery (1st, 3rd & 5th Monday every month). 10pm – The Funhouse Southside. TUESDAY – 5pm – Seven Sirens Brewing Co. 6pm – Iron Lakes Country Club. 7pm – Old Mill Pub and Change on 3rd (First Tuesday each month) 8pm – Descendants Brewing Co (Ship Inn). WEDNESDAY – 5pm – Insurrection Distillery. 6pm – Bally Hotel, Josie Porter Farm and Jabber Jaws Bar & Grill. 7pm – Black & Blue and Desiderio’s Stone Tavern. If you plan on attending an open mic, you are encouraged to bring your own instrument and microphone. Remember to follow all health and safety guidelines. Let’s keep the venues open !
ON-LINE, SATURDAY 8/7/21 – 2pm – Punk & Preppy with Peter Johnson on Facebook Live. WEEKLY ON-LINE SHOWS – Thursday – 8pm – Godfrey Daniels Concert Highlights on Folk Music Notebook. Friday – 7:30pm – Sippin with Shawn (Shawn Cavanaugh). Headeye (Jason Hedrington) – Saturday Shenanigans, 9pm and Tuesday & Wednesday, Afternoon Delight, 1:11pm all on Facebook & Instagram. Not For Coltrane (Michael Duck) Stump the Band, Tuesday -12:30pm on YouTube. Rocking the Valley – Sunday -7pm – Red Barn Music Series (Bill Medei), Monday – 7pm -Stories & Song with Mike & Tom (Michael Duck & Tom Cooney), 8pm – Alexxis Steele. Tuesday – 7pm – Canadian Sessions (Samara Johnson) – this show is currently on hold but, will be returning soon. Stay tuned. 8pm – Showcase with Steve Jones. Wednesday – 8pm – Artist Spotlight with Ralph (Ralph Pagano) will return September, 2021. . All Rocking the Valley shows on Facebook and YouTube.
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