RECAP: MUSIKFEST

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WRITTEN BY: Lily Sanders

The phrase “the new normal” has begrudgingly become a huge part of the American lexicon with the current Coronavirus pandemic. With social distancing being a necessary evil to thwart rising cases, events like concerts and other performances have been put on hold indefinitely. Despite the total cancellation of many music festivals this summer, Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA has found a way to adapt to the new climate. 

The festival, spanning July 31st through August 9th has taken to live streaming to broadcast its lineup. Musikfest annually features local bands and artists from the surrounding area and largely markets itself as the nation’s largest free music festival. Musikfest is hosting a few live socially distanced shows, but the bulk of its content is virtual. Wednesday’s performance featured Lehigh Valley Urban Latin Orquesta, Kiran Ahluwalia & Rez Abbasi, The Moon City Masters, and Igor & The Red Elvises. Accompanied by twinkling lights and a clear multi-view camera, the event was captured as good as one could have hoped given the current circumstances. The bands still performed with the save ferver and excitement as if accompanied by a whole crowd. 

The virtual content continues Saturday and Sunday with content available to stream on the Musikfest website from 6-8:45 PM and 6:30-8:50 PM respectively. 

Other helpful links:

How to watch Musikfest stream: https://www.musikfest.org/watch/

Musikfest Schedule: https://www.musikfest.org/lineup/schedule/

1 Million ‘festers Matching Gift Campaign: https://www.artsquest.org/donate/

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