Musikfest 2015: The Flaming Lips, Culture Club, O.A.R. and More Kick Off Opening Weekend!

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Wallis

…or “Do You Realize?” That There’s a “Karma Chameleon” in “This Town“…

Opening weekend of Musikfest was an explosion of good music, good food, and fun times. After Duran Duran gave everyone a taste of what to come during Thursday night’s pre-show, Friday marked the first full day of Bethlehem’s annual festival. Throughout the weekend, the evening headliners included The Flaming Lips (shown below courtesy of PorkChopMurphy’s Tube), Culture Club, and O.A.R.. Besides these main stage acts, another 50+ bands played free shows at the festival’s other assorted stages. Area bars and clubs also joined in the action with local bands like Secret Cutter tearing up the stage.

From kids music (like Rolie Polie Guacamole, whom we previously highlighted) to local polka legend Jolly Joe Timmer to Philly’s own Twin Ghost to Georgia dixieland jazz band Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, there were tunes for everyone. But don’t feel like you missed out… there’s a ton more to come!

On Tuesday, NYC’s TriBeCaStan shares with the Lehigh Valley what the Washington Post calls “an international jazz and folk festival unto itself, fusing Balkan, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin American, and African musical elements to bold and dazzling effect.” The 10 member collective feature a variety of multi-instrumentalists playing music that is uncategorizable.

TriBeCaStan-2015-Press-Photo-3-Full-ResPhoto courtesy of Lulieta Rizaj

A few other notable acts that are playing for free in the next few days: Los Straitjackets, Philadelphia Funk Authority, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Down North (featured on The Farsighted Podcast), and incredible local indie rockers Summer Scouts.

Whether for a few hours or a few days, if you are nearby to Bethlehem, you would be foolish not to partake in some of the incredible tunes you can catch at Musikfest.

Stay tuned for more updates and a few more artist profiles as the festival continues to rage on.

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Photo courtesy of Benjamin Wallis

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