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Musikfest Opening Night: Where to Go, What to Do

With opening ceremonies and The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Americaplatz will be a good place to start your 'festing.

 

The Weather: The daytime high is expected to reach 91 and an Air Quality Action Day has been declared. The festival opens at 5 p.m. with a chance of thunderstorms before 8 p.m. -- a 30 percent chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

The Headliner: Young the Giant, alternative rockers from Irvine, Calif., with special guest Portugal and opening act White Rabbits. Tickets at $34 and $24 are still available. Gates to the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7.

The Highlight: Musikfest’s opening ceremonies will include the singing of the National Anthem by students from , an invocation and sacred performance by the and a special tribute to longtime festival and ArtsQuest benefactor . It all starts at 6 p.m. at Americaplatz – a.k.a. the Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks.

The Best of the Free Platzes: Easton singer-songwriter christens the new Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz in the Frank Banko Alehouse Theater at at 6 p.m.; local favorites Zen for Primates take the Liederplatz stage at 9 p.m.,and The Royal Southern Brotherhood (Americaplatz, 9:30 p.m.) features some honest-to-goodness southern rock n’ blues royalty, including Cyril Neville of The Neville Brothers and Devon Allman, son of Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers.

Musikfest After Hours: Late night comedy with stand up comic Jim Tews, 11 p.m. at the Musikfest Café. Tickets are $5; The Toga Party Band plays at the Mural Club in the from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.; the funk/jam band Pendulum Duo plays at The Wooden Match (the former Main Street Depot) at 61 W. Lehigh St., from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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