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International R&B Sensation Aloe Blacc Headlining Musikfest Aug. 8

Chart topping pop singer Aloe Blacc brings his R&B, hip-hop and soul sounds to Musikfest when he headlines the festival with a Sands Steel Stage performance Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $39-$49 and go on sale starting May 23, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and May 26, 10 a.m., to the public at www.musikfest.org and 610-332-3378.

Born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, Aloe Blacc launched his career as a solo artist in 2003 and in 2006 released his first full-length recording, Shine Through. With “Wake Me Up” – the mega-hit he sang and co-wrote for Swedish DJ Avicii and saw climb to No. 1 in more than 100 countries – the Grammy nominated artist proved himself a singer/songwriter with an irresistible power to capture the complexities of human emotion. Among Blacc’s other well-known hits are “I Need a Dollar,” the theme from HBO’s How to Make It in America; and “The Man,” from his most recent release, Lift Your Spirit, which hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

During his career, Blacc has performed at some of the most prestigious music festivals around the globe, including Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He has been nominated for several honors for his music, including Brit Awards and a Grammy in the “Best R&B Album” category for Lift Your Spirit.

The Aloe Blacc concert is supported by media partner B104. Other Sands Steel Stage headliners announced so far include Santana Aug. 4, Chicago Aug. 5, Father John Misty Aug. 6, 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.