It was 30 years ago this year
Ke$ha, Styx and Foreigner, OneRepublic, Darius Rucker, Carly Rae Jepsen, Peter Frampton and B.B. King, Buckwheat Zydeco, Southern Culture on the Skids, Trout Fishing in America, Holly Williams and Here Come the Mummies are among the 300-plus music acts that will take the stage when Musikfest celebrates its 30th year Aug. 2 - 11.
The largest free music festival in the United States showcases more than 500 performances during its 10-day run, with free concerts on 13 of 14 stages.
The festival kicks off with an Aug. 2 performance by folksinger John Gorka, the very first act to perform at the inaugural Musikfest in 1984.
Musikfest 2013 headlining performances at the Sands Steel Stage include Carly Rae Jepsen, Aug. 2; OneRepublic with Mayer Hawthorne and Churchill, Aug. 3; "Frampton's Guitar Circus" with Peter Frampton, B.B. King and Sonny Landreth, Aug. 5; Styx & Foreigner, Aug. 7; Darius Rucker, Aug. 9, and Ke$ha, Aug. 10.
Zydeco legend Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. performs at 9:30 p.m., Aug. 7, Pennsylvania Lottery Volksplatz stage.
Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Jr., performs at 5 p.m. Aug. 7, Aetna Americaplatz stage.
Also performing are North Carolina rockers Southern Culture on the Skids, Aug. 4; bluegrass and hip-hop fusion sensation Gangstagrass, Aug. 7, 8; country roots act The Abrams Brothers, Aug. 7, 8; funk and R&B ensemble Here Come the Mummies, Aug. 9, and Virginia-based Americana group The Steel Wheels, Aug. 9 and 10.
Also taking the stage are Siberian surf rockers Igor & The Red Elvises, Aug. 3 - 5; Canadian folk duo Dala, Aug. 3; the genre-bending Pearl & the Beard, Aug. 4; electric blues and jazz quartet Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Aug. 8; four-time Grammy nominated Trout Fishing in America, Aug. 10, and gypsy swing band Caravan of Thieves, Aug. 10, 11.
Admission to Musikfest stages is free with the exception of Sands Steel Stage performances.
Tickets for Sands Steel Stage: musikfest.org, 610-332-3378