Virtual Musikfest Stream Underway, Runs through August 9
Musikfest, the nation’s largest free-admission music festival, typically attracts one million people from 40-plus states to the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Of course, COVID-19 had other plans for Musikfest and all the other major festivals in its wake. KT Tunstall, Robert Randolph, Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki, Reverend Horton Heat, and Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner are just a few of the nearly 100 artists offering all-new sets as part of Virtual Musikfest, which began July 31 and will conclude August 9.
The nonprofit festival’s 37th year features 10 days of streaming and televised concerts as well as five live performances and a food vendor experience at the SteelStacks arts and entertainment campus in Bethlehem.
The Virtual Musikfest stream starts 7 p.m. EDT at www.musikfest.org every night. Video eCommerce leader DÜZY is partnering with the festival to help it raise $1 million during the 10-day event by allowing music fans to make donations during the streams.
ArtsQuest, the nonprofit behind Musikfest, typically presents 11 festivals and 1,000 concerts annually, with 50 percent of them free to attend. The organization, however, has been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 crisis, losing nearly $20 million in revenue.
Find daily updates on the festival website and Facebook page.