Monday, August 08, 2011

Musikfest 2011... better than ever, and it's not even over yet

It's been a busy few days, full of music, walking, friends and beverages in a plastic mug.

Friday night, FH and I met up with R&L at their place on Main Street. They are prisoners to Musikfest and are pretty good sports about it. They did leave for vacation yesterday. (I might need a vacation, too, if I could never go to sleep before 1 a.m. or find a place to park near my house.) We saw Diego's Umbrella at Volksplatz and strolled around, taking in the sights and sounds of Musikfest. We visited the Sun Inn Courtyard for a bit but didn't hang around for the music at Liederplatz (just Gale's brownies). The boys had a taste for gyros. We noticed the Michael Adams menu at the Sun Inn and will be back for a meal sometime this week.

On Saturday it rained quite a bit, and though I'm not afraid to get wet, Maroon 5 sounded pretty good from the kitchen window. We hit up a Musikfest after party at The Mint and got to bed at a decent hour.

After a day of yard work and errands, we were looking forward to a relaxing Sunday night at Musikfest. So last night we met up with FH's mama, and our friends Elena and Beth at Volksplatz for an encore of Diego's Umbrella (Mexi-cali-gypsy-polka did not disappoint). We saw Freak Owls at Lyrikplatz, as the sun set behind the stage. Then it was off to the Bethlehem Dairy Store tent (chocolate almond for me), which we ate while watching the venerable Red Elvises back at Volksplatz "out" the 'Fest's closet disco dancers. After we parted ways with our friends, the two of us took in the last set of Cabinet at Liederplatz, not far from where our city's mayor and his first lady were sitting. Some enthusiastic fans and hoopers danced animatedly, and the laid back music lovers like us reclined in their folding chairs to listen to the show. Thank you, Downtown Bethlehem Association, for sponsoring Liederplatz. It is shows like last night's that make Musikfest history in my mind. What a talented group of young bluegrass rockers! I hope we see them on regional stages again soon. It was a quiet walk home, full of anticipation for seven more days of 'Fest fun.


  1. I was at the Cabinet show, sitting in the front row behind the dancers... it was a really fun show, wasn't it?

    Tonight is the Steve Miller Band at Steel Stacks! Yay!

  2. When we were listening to The Low Anthem we heard Steve Miller demanding a cheeseburger! I hope someone got him one.

  3. Anonymous9/05/2011

    Anyone catch the name of the indepentent cigar guy, he was setup on main street across from the Kenyan restaurant?

  4. I really love music and one of my inspirations is Maroon 5. It's been a while. I miss them