Continuing the recent trend of early announcements of its headliner acts, Musikfest is set to reveal an act tomorrow on radio station WODE-FM, 99.9 The Hawk – a full six months before the Aug. 5-14 event.
The Hawk morning team of Michaels and Lane are scheduled to make the announcement at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Check back here at Lehigh Valley Music to find out who it is.
From the fact that the act is being announced on The Hawk, it’s a pretty sure bet that it will be – oh, surprise – a classic rock act.
Steve Miller — wouldn’t it be cool if he played the new Sands Steel Stage?
But it looks like I won’t be repeating the scoop that I pulled off last year when I announced Musikfest’s first act, Lynyrd Skynyrd, before Musikfest did.
I’ve already announced that John Oates of Hall and Oates will be playing the festival on Aug. 11 (which Musikfest hasn’t announced yet). But Oates is hardly headline material for Musikfest’s new 7,200-capacity Sands Steel Stage. He sold out Sellersville Theater 1894 in October, but more likely he’ll headline the new Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest Center stage, which holds up to 900 for a standing concert.
Speaking of the Musikfest Café, Musikfest has announced, of course, that veteran rocker Steve Miller will christen the venue with an invitation-only show for donors and supporters on April 30.
But wouldn’t it be cool if Miller also would open the new Sands Steel Stage?
Miller, whose songs “The Joker,” “Rock’n Me” and “Fly Like and Eagle” topped the charts in the 1970s, sort of has unfinished business with Musikfest. Miller, 67, festival in 2005 played Musikfest’s main stage in a sold-out, lightening-shortened show that finished in just less than an hour.
Miller in June, Miller released “Bingo!” — his first studio album in 17 years – which hit the top of the Billboard Blues Albums charts and No. 11 on the Rock Albums chart. And he’s touring again this summer, according to his Web site.
I’m just saying. it would be cool for everyone, not just donors, to get a chance to see Miller again, and a cool symmetry to have him play both new venues.
Whomever the announcement is, while it will come early, it won’t be anywhere near Musikfest’s earliest announcement ever. The Skynyrd announcement came last year on Jan. 21, followed by The Doobie Brothers.
Musikfest’s earliest-ever announcement was for country music stars Big and Rich on Dec. 15, 2006.
Most Musikfest acts have historically been announced in March or April.
But the Skynyrd tickets were the earliest Musikfest ever sold. They were available to ArtsQuest members March 15-16, and will go on sale to the public March 19.
The first tickets to the Musikfest Café shows go on sale 10 a.m. Feb. 16 to ArtsQuest members and 10 a.m. Feb. 18 to the public.
If tickets to the new show go on sale at the same time, they would be the earliest ever for a Musikfest show.
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