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ArtsQuest announces second SouthSide Arts & Music Festival

By , - Last modified: January 10, 2018 at 10:21 AM
The Infamous Stringdusters, who is slated to perform at the Musikfest Cafe on April 20.
The Infamous Stringdusters, who is slated to perform at the Musikfest Cafe on April 20. - (Photo / )

Returning for its second year, the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival presented by ArtsQuest will feature two days filled with visual arts experiences, live music and family programming.

The festival, which is April 20-21 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, brings to town The Infamous Stringdusters, Delta Rae, Dar Williams and more.

The festival is designed to encourage guests to visit South Bethlehem shops, restaurants and arts venues.

By buying a ticket to the festival, attendees will have access to 10-plus musical acts each night at Godfrey Daniels, the National Museum of Industrial History, Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts, the Banana Factory Arts Center and the Musikfest Café at SteelStacks.

This year, ArtsQuest is partnering with Lehigh Valley Underground to offer five free performances each night at other South Side venues such as Color Me Mine, Domaci, Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub and Sotto Santi, pushing the total number of musical acts at the festival to more than 30.

On April 20, 2018 Grammy nominees, The Infamous Stringdusters, will take the stage at 10 p.m. at Musikfest Café. Hailing from Charlottesville, Va., this five-piece band is a favorite at bluegrass and jam band festivals nationwide.

This year’s Infamous Stringdusters tour has the group performing at events ranging from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado and FloydFest in Virginia to the Pot of Gold Music Festival in Arizona and Dark Star Jubilee in Ohio.

Delta Rae, which performs April 21 at Musikfest Café, was formed in North Carolina in 2009 and has gained a widespread following, performing at festivals ranging from Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo to the Austin City Limits and Hangout festivals.

Now signed to Big Machine Label Group’s “The Valory Music Co.,” the popular folk-rock band will bring its intriguing sound and larger-than-life performance style to SteelStacks for an 8 p.m. headlining show.

On Friday night and Saturday during the day, attendees can stroll the ArtsWalk, featuring artisans and fine art vendors, check out art installations and sculpture throughout the South Side’s business district, sample eats from food trucks and more.

Tickets, $30 per day or $50 for both days, are on sale at www.steelstacks.org or 610-332-3378.

More information about the festival, including a full band schedule, also can be found on SteelStack’s website.

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Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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