Free Live Music! Enjoy Virtual Musikfest
Created by Yvonne Selander, collection development librarian
If this was a “normal” year, I’d have stacks of schedules printed out and I’d be finalizing my game plan. I’d double circle the MUST SEE bands and single circle the ones I might want to stop by and take a listen to. I would have my back up schedule loaded on the app on my phone. I’d have all my food options scoped out in advance. I’d have my mug washed and ready to go, my fanny pack assembled, and a gallon of sunscreen in my car all to get ready to hang out with hundreds of thousands (not an exaggeration) of people in downtown Bethlehem, Pa. Sadly, this year is not a “normal” year, but the festing at Musikfest continues. No clue what I’m talking about? This year Musikfest is going virtual so you can see some of the great local and not-so-local musical talent this popular music festival has to offer.
I have been told that my musical taste is interesting. That is usually said with a grimace and a wince by the person saying it. I am a huge country fan (new county, not classic country) but I also really like Latin, reggaeton, classical, pop, and rock. Four of the bands I’m most excited to see at Virtual Musikfest are The Amish Outlaws (they went on Rumspringa and never went back — a mix of EVERYTHING from the 50s to today); Igor and the Red Elvises (surf-rock with a distinctly Russian flair); Garden State Radio (an amazingly fun cover band performing throwback and modern hits) and Rubix Kube (the ultimate 80s tribute band.)
Okay, I fibbed a little, five. There are five bands, and the fifth is Boat House Row. They are the quintessential yacht rock band. What’s yacht rock? Think the bygone classics with synthesizers and saxophones. We happen to have “Now That’s What I Call Yacht Rock” available to put on hold at the library. And you have to put it on hold because all four copies are checked out — I have one I’m listening to right now. Who can resist these classic tunes? “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes; “How Long” by Ace; “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass; and the ultimate yacht rock song “Africa” by Toto.