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Rock Icons Godsmack Headline Musikfest Aug. 9

Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum rock band Godsmack headlines one of the largest music festivals in the nation when it performs at Musikfest on Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance at the festival’s Sands Steel Stage are $49-$79 and go on sale starting tomorrow, 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.

Formed in 1995, the Boston-based Godsmack paved the way for a generation of rock bands with early hits like “Keep Away,” “Whatever,” “Voodoo” and “Spiral,” as well as “I Stand Alone” off “The Scorpion King” soundtrack. Named Billboard’s Rock Artist of the Year in 2001, the group has produced a collection of high-octane tunes for more than 20 years including its 2010 album The Oracle, which rounded out a streak of three consecutive number-one debuts on the Billboard Top 200.

The Godsmack concert is supported by media partner WZZO. Other Sands Steel Stage headliners announced so far include Santana Aug. 4, Chicago Aug. 5, Father John Misty Aug. 6, Aloe Blacc Aug. 8, 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.