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Musikfest 2021 Preview with ArtsQuest's Patrick Brogan | The Blend

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Carlos Benjamin (left) and Patrick Brogan (right) along with a photo bomb from WDIY's Stewart Brodian (back).

Musikfest is returning to Bethlehem on August 6-15, 2021, and we’ve got your official preview! Host Carlos Benjamin welcomes ArtsQuest's Chief Program Officer Patrick Brogan to tell us what’s in store for the festival’s 38th year.

The 2021 festival returns to areas throughout north and south Bethlehem after going virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic. Headliners on the Wind Creek Steel Stage this year are:

  • Darius Rucker  (Thursday, August 5th)
  • Phillip Phillips (Friday, August 6th)
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Saturday, August 7th)
  • Sam Hunt (Sunday, August 8th)
  • Shinedown (Monday, August 9th)
  • Jimmie Allen (Tuesday, August 10th)
  • Colin Hay Band (Wednesday, August 11th)
  • Hector Tricoche & Michael Stuart (Thursday, August 12th)
  • Zedd (Friday, August 13th)
  • The Wood Brothers (Saturday, August 14th)
  • Black Violin (Sunday, August 15th)

A full line-up including free shows is available at Musikfest's website.

(Original air-date: 7/30/2021)

Carlos Benjamin is the host of Rhythm and Roots on Sundays from 3 to 5 pm. Prior to this, he was a 20-year host of The Blend, where he focused on new adult alternative music, including a weekly Rockabilly Roundup feature for five years. Carlos has hosted numerous performers for interviews and live on-air performances. His radio experience pre-dates WDIY, covering the explosive 80s music scene. He created and produced WDIY’s Culture Calendar for 10 years and continues to be plugged into the regional live music scene, extending that experience beyond the Lehigh Valley, most recently in Austin, Texas.
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