FATHER JOHN MISTY HEADLINES MUSIKFEST AUGUST 6
Chart-topping singer-songwriter Father John Misty, along with indie rock band San Fermin, will headline Musikfest when they perform Aug. 6, 7 p.m., at the festival’s Sands Steel Stage. Tickets for the concert are $34-$44 and go on sale starting May 3, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and May 5, 10 a.m., to the public at www.musikfest.org and 610-332-3378.
After launching his career in the early 2000s, Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, joined the Seattle-based Fleet Foxes, serving as their drummer from 2008-2012. Since 2012, when he released the album Fear Fun as Father John Misty, he has unexpectedly emerged as a singular voice.
In April, Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy debuted at the top of Billboard’s Rock, Americana/Folk Album and Alternative Album charts. He’s touring this spring and summer in support of the recording, performing at venues and festivals across the globe including Coachella Music Festival in California, Fuji Rocks in Japan, Osheaga in Quebec and the End of the Road Festival in England. On March 4, he also performed on the iconic Saturday Night Live.
Led by Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin released its self-titled debut album on Downtown Records in 2013. The band’s sophomore album Jackrabbit arrived in April 2015, debuting at No. 8 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and solidifying the band’s spellbinding live show. Lauded as “explosive” by The New York Times and “exceptional” by The Wall Street Journal, the group has sold out shows worldwide, while appearing at such festivals as Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
The Father John Misty concert is supported by media partner 107.1 SPIN Radio. Other Sands Steel Stage headliners announced so far include Santana Aug. 4, Chicago Aug. 5, Toby Keith Aug. 10, The Band Perry Aug. 11, Lee Brice and Justin Moore Aug. 12 and Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson on Aug. 13.
One of the largest music festivals in the nation, Musikfest features more than 500 performances on 15 stages throughout Bethlehem over 10 days. Dates for the 34th edition of the festival are Aug. 4-13.