Musikfest, Day 10: An Easy Sunday Afternoon
My schedule on Sunday was different from the rest of Musikfest, in that I was able to make it out during the early portion of the day. This was a good thing, as there were quite a few artists I wanted to check out during that part of the festivities.
So, I parked in overflow on top of the entryway to the Hill to Hill Bridge and walked up to Main St., where I happened upon Bedford Hills, NY jazz pop act Danny & Caroline. The duo set the tone for what would be an afternoon of laid back tunes, singing original, gentle love songs perfect for an easy summer afternoon.
From there, I continued up Main and made brief visit at Historic Bethlehem’s 1810 Goundie House, where the organization is currently featuring its “Mugshots” exhibit, where ‘Festgoers shared oral histories of their Musikfest stories and memories. The exhibit is on display until September 1, and the recorded stories will be preserved for years to come in the Library of Congress.
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After that, I continued up for one last visit to the Provident Bank Main Street stage, where local jazz quartet Butterjive was, true to their name, continuing the smooth, easy listening on a spectacular Sunday afternoon.
Then, over at Red Stag Pub Liederplatz, a Musikfest tradition was taking place: the annual Godfrey Daniels Day, which features another annual tradition, the Best of Godfrey Daniels Open Mic showcase. Performers auditioned for three slots that would span over the course of an hour, giving each one a few songs to showcase their best material.
The Best of Godfrey Daniels Open Mic was hosted by Michael Duck (Not For Coltrane) and featured the acoustic stylings of singer-songwriter Zach Russack, the old time folk of Michael Spear Duo, and the rich Americana soundscapes of Philly’s Katherine Rondeau and the Show.
I had time to make one more stop before heading off to work for the night. So, I decided to make that stop at the new Yuengling Lagerplatz, where Julia Sommer was getting ready to begin a half hour acoustic set. The 17-year old singer-songwriter was her usual powerhouse self, showcasing great range and emotion behind her voice, well beyond her years.
With that, my experience covering Musikfest 2017 came to a close. I headed back off to my car, but not before looking back one last time at the North Side of the festival, remembering all of the unforgettable memories from the past 10 days, and content with a job well done.