Lisa’s Lens: Strolling Around Musikfest

I went down to Musikfest on Saturday, looking forward to seeing The Amish Outlaws in particular. There was much more in store, however — and, as you can see from the photos, I even ended up onstage by the end of the night.

I made my way through the ‘Fest’s North Side, first catching a handful of performances at various stages. I found Heath Green & The Makeshifters — coming all the way from Birmingham, Alabama — at the Red Stag Pub Liederplatz stage before making my way down Main Street for the old country/bluegrass stylings of The Tillers (from Cincinnati, OH).

I made my way a bit further down, where Catonsville, MD’s ilyAIMY was in the middle of a four-hour folk set at Hotel Bethlehem Platz. After enjoying what the trio had to offer, I made my way down toward the big tents — but not before stopping and listening to traditional Native American sounds, courtesy of Musikfest mainstay Wind Rhythms.

Soon, it came time for Lancaster’s favorite sons (and a Musikfest must-see, every year), The Amish Outlaws. As they usually do, they packed the Festplatz tent on a beautiful Saturday night and brought the party to everyone in attendance. The Amish Outlaws have a way of making every single person in that tent — and sometimes, there are easily thousands — feel like a part of the performance.

After partying with the Outlaws for a while, I felt my night coming to an end. Before it did, though, I stopped by Volksplatz on the way out to hear the Latin rhythms of the Gregorio Uribe Big Band from New York City, who made sure that all under the Volksplatz tent danced the night away and went home happy.

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