The South Side of Bethlehem will host a third of the venues for the 2011 Musikfest. A new main stage and the move of Americaplatz to the south side of Bethlehem are the major changes to Musikfest in 2011. The new main stage at PNC Plaza will be able to seat 7,200 people. The city’s historic district on the north side will continue to have Musikfest shows at Banana Island, Central Moravian Church, Festplatz, Handwerkplatz, Liederplatz, Lyrikplatz, Main Street, Plaza Tropical and Volksplatz.

Americaplatz is moving to the new Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks. Approximately 2,500 people will be able to bring blankets or lawn chairs and sit on the grass for performances of local, regional and national rock, blues and Americana music. Three performers have been announced. Love in Stockholm will perform on Aug 5. Entrain will appear on Aug 6 and Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun will appear on Aug 14.

Another new venue on the south side will be the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Cafe stage which will show performances that were formerly held at Zoeller and Foy Hall. The Cafe stage has a capacity seating of 350 and about 900 for standing room.

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Musikfest 2011 Scheduled Performers and New South Side Venue Information


Bethlehem’s new south side restaurant and bar “The Bookstore” is located at 336 Adam’s Street. The restaurant setting is “retro” and lit with flickering votive lights and makes you feel like you are stepping back in time to a 1920’s speakeasy.
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The 14th annual “Spring on Fourth! What’s on Third? festival runs from 11:30 am to 4 pm. along 3rd & 4th streets in Bethlehem on Saturday April 25, 2009.

Free music, crafts, children’s activities, gallery browsing, food & chili-tasting contest. The chili contest runs from Noon to 2 pm. Performances by Jamani Drummers & Steve Brosky & Jimmy Meyer, BMX biking & skateboard demonstrations by Homebase.

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The Ultimate in “Traffic Calming” has arrived on Bethlehem’s south side. Not one but two main entrances to Bethlehem are being worked on at the same time. Great planning!

The Hill-to-Hill bridge along route 378 is being prepared for a $807,000 paint job. That must be some “good paint”. It will have restricted traffic during April and the beginning of May ( 24-7 ). Estimates of 36,000 vehicles a day pass over the bridge.

The work in front of the Casino near the Minsi Trail bridge is the other traffic bottleneck. Plus the intersection work on 3rd and 4th streets.
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