More than 900,000 people attended Musikfest 2012, according to ArtsQuest officials.
Musikfest, the United State's largest free music festival, took place Aug. 3 - 12, with 515 performances by 318 performers on 15 stages. This year's festival included free concerts on 14 of the 15 stages, the largest number of free stages in the event's 29-year history.
More than 48,000 people attended the 10 concerts at the Sands Steel Stage, Musikfest's only ticketed venue, where Boston, Daughtry, Jane's Addiction, Sheryl Crow, MGMT, Young the Giant and the Goo Goo Dolls performed.
The Joseph Plowman Trio, with vocalist Marlene Gilley, presents a free concert, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Aug. 30, PPL Plaza, Ninth and Hamilton streets, Allentown, as part of the "Summer in the City" series.
Music will be from the Great American Songbook, as well as contemporary songwriters.
Plowman, a jazz bassist, Emmaus native and Emmaus High School graduate, has returned from Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he toured with an international quartet from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Innovation Works (IW), the Ben Franklin Technology Partner of Southwestern Pennsylvania, will award up to $800,000 in technology commercialization funding to universities, early-stage and-or established companies based in Pennsylvania.
Funding will be awarded for projects up to $100,000 each that address engineering design challenges, show a high degree of innovation, and identify a clear path to commercialization with the potential to impact digital and-or robotics-related companies in Pennsylvania.
Deadline for final proposal submissions is Sept. 7.
The Summer Harmony concert, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Parkland High School Auditorium, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, will feature The Allentown Band performing "We Love Allentown," written by Robert Pearce, a 90-year-old Emmaus resident and retired Allen Organ employee, and his daughter, Joanne, a pianist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Allentown Band member Tom Heinze rewrote the arrangement for band and men's chorus. The song, which was written 30 years ago in response to Billy Joel's "Allentown" song, is to be performed to commemorate Allentown's 250th anniversary.
Two new "spectaculars," as the largest thrill rides are referred to, are coming to the Midway at the Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3.
Powers Great American Midways spokesman Marc Janas reported that the carnival will unveil a "beamed-out," spaceship-looking ride called "Alien Abduction" that spins passengers into such a whirl that gravity pins them against its walls.
The other new ride called "Genesis" takes a gondola full of thrill-seekers on a 360-degree spin as if they are on the end of some wild second hand on a clock.
7 p.m. Aug. 28, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Hits by The J. Geils Band, formed 1967, Worcester, Mass., are "First I Look at the Purse" (1971), "Looking for A Love" (1971), "Give It to Me" (1973), "(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party" (1973), "Did You No Wrong" (1973), "Must of Got Lost" (1974), "Love-itis" (1975), "Surrender" (1977), "Sanctuary" (1979), "Love Stinks" (1980), "Centerfold," a No. 1 from the album, "Freeze Frame" (1981), with the title cut going to No. 4.
The "Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Road Show," a 53-foot modified tractor-trailer transformed into a travelling museum, visits the Great Allentown Fair Aug. 28 - Sept. 3.
The museum will be manned and managed by staff and volunteers of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.
"We are excited to be a part of this extraordinary event. The Great Allentown Fair is one of the best and largest fairs in the country," Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, said.