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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Ke$ha, 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Sands Steel Stage, Musikfest CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Ke$ha, 7 p.m. Aug. 10, Sands Steel Stage, Musikfest
KC and the Sunshine Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Sands Steel Stage, Musikfest KC and the Sunshine Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Sands Steel Stage, Musikfest

Those '70s bands

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

KC, Foreigner, Styx rock ArtsQuest SteelStacks; Ke$ha, Avenged Sevenfold close out 30th year

From KC to Ke$ha, the second week of Musikfest's 30th anniversary on the Sands Steel Stage at SteelStacks on Bethlehem's south side has an amazing variety of music.

There's the double bill of classic rockers Styx and Foreigner, 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

Also on the Steel Stage, Darius Rucker, country rocker and former Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer, 7 p.m. Aug. 9, with Chase Rice; and, on closing night, the heavy metal band, Avenged Sevenfold, 7 p.m. Aug. 11, with Mindset Evolution and Fight or Flight.

That '70s band, KC and the Sunshine Band, spins the retro disco ball at 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

KC and the Sunshine Band, founded in 1973 by Harry Wayne Casey, is known for the No. 1 '70s hits "Get Down Tonight," That's the Way (I Like It)" and "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty." KC received two Grammys (album, producer) in 1978 for his work on the soundtrack for the movie "Saturday Night Fever."

Opening for KC is The Family Stone, sans Sly Stone, who founded the group in 1967 and wrote and produced the hits "I Want to Take You Higher," "Everyday People," "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin" and "Dance To The Music."

Ke$ha headlines at 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

Ke$ha has had pop and dance hits with "TiK ToK," "Take It Off," "Blow," "Your Love Is My Drug" and "We R Who We R" from her debut album, "Animal" (2010). Ke$ha's "Warrior" (2012) had the hits "Die Young" and "C'Mon."

Opening for Ke$ha is Semi Precious Weapons.

Styx got its start in Chicago in the early 1970s and had its first hit single with "Lady," and "Come Sail Away," "Renegade" and "Fooling Yourself."

Foreigner landed on the charts in 1976 and continued with the hits "Cold As Ice," "Feels Like the First Time," "Hot Blooded," "Double Vision," "Dirty White Boy," "Head Games," "Urgent," "Juke Box Hero," "Waiting For a Girl Like You," "I Want to Know What Love Is" and "I Don't Want to Live Without You."

The Bangor High School Select Choir won a concert to sing backup vocals on Foreigner's 1984 hit, "I Want to Know What Love Is." The Bangor choir's version of "Whatever Happened to a Saturday Night" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" won after receiving the most votes during an online voting contest.

While the Sands Steel Stage concerts require a ticket, Musikfest has a dazzling array of music, with more than 500 performances on 14 stages; 60 food vendors, and 45 artisans are part of the milestone year.

Downtown Bethlehem and 18th Century Industrial Quarter venues include Main Street, Leiderplatz (Sun Inn courtyard), Vesper Series (Central Moravian Church), Chamber Series (Central Moravian Old Chapel), Plaza Tropical, Handwerkplatz, Festplatz and Volksplatz.

South side Bethlehem venues include Americaplatz (Levitt Pavilion), Town Square, Lyrikplatz and Jazz Cabaret (ArtsQuest Cinemas) and Musikfest Cafe.

As part of Musikfest's 30th anniversary, Liberty and Freedom High School "Marketing Musikfest 30" class students helped ArtsQuest book and promote eight bands at Plaza Tropical, including Ballroom Thieves, 2:30 p.m.; Fox-Street Allstars, 3:30 p.m.; Dana Twigg, 4:30 p.m.; and Mad Rapture, 5:30 p.m., all Aug. 10.