Brief Interviews with Wonderful Men

Musikfest is a time of unique opportunities in the Valley. For music fans, it is a chance to see national touring acts – Run DMC or Don Henley, for example – whose appearances in the area would otherwise be few and far between. At the same time, we are exposed to a unique cross-section of local acts. For musicians, it is a chance to play to a more diverse selection of than they might be used to. In either case, Musikfest is a vehicle for exposure. I spoke to several local artists about this year’s experience, both on and off the stage.

009Matt, from VoirVoir

On the Bethlehem get-stoked-rock darlings’ Tuesday evening performance at the Provident Bank Main Street Stage: “It was the ideal set to me – I felt like we were one with the audience, not above or below them. We were communicating.”

On the band’s reception from the crowd: “It was the first time I ever heard people singing along as loud as I heard myself, which was amazing.”

“And there were so many new people we connected with; we almost sold out of merch after the first set.”

On familiar faces: “All the local support from friends and family made it magical.”

On the rest of the week: “I had to work pretty much every second up until our set, and after. I’m bummed I missed Slinghot Dakota and Summer Scouts.”

On the upcoming weekend: “Ape [April, who plays keys and sings in VoirVoir] and I are stoked to go see Kississippi this weekend – we played with them at Siren Records and they were great, and sweet people to boot.”

On tonight: “What I’m looking forward to is walking around and happening on something, like when I was a kid.”

On the overall experience: “Musikfest is a great opportunity for local musicians to connect with new people – from the area and beyond – and, like our Tuesday night set, play a lovely show for friends and family in the middle of the town we love.”

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trouble city all stars
Photo credit: Trouble City All-Stars Myspace

Todd, from Trouble City All-Stars/Goat Wizard

On his hectic week: “Six total sets for me and Trouble City at Volksplatz, and then bars and clubs around the vicinity of Musikfest like the Funhouse, the Wooden Match, and Steel Pub. We even played at a car show this weekend.”

On late night sets: “[They’re like] Musikfest after parties, for when the Fest night is over but people still want to party!”

On the best bands he saw this week: “Band from Mars [a Bowie tribute] or VoirVoir. It’s a toss up.”

On the evolution of Musikfest: “I was happy to see a lot more local bands this year, and I was happy to be in my band playing this year for the seventh time. There’s a very good feeling about the whole town coming together and having an awesome music festival.”

On next year: “I’m looking forward to doing it again, and I have to thank the people that bring us back each year and support us, and all the people that come out and support us every year. It means the world to us.”

“Also looking forward to more rad bands; every year the program for the festival gets better and better!”

On his Musikfest all-time favorites: “Every year they bring back Runa Pacca, the Peruvian flute players. Seriously, the best; they are the true essence of my Musikfest.”

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