After dealing with the labor day weekend traffic the 1 hr. 20min ride turned into a dreaded 3 hour ride to Bethlehem Pa. for day 1 of the 4 day Steeljam Festival. The Artsquest center sits on 4.5 acres of land that was home to Bethhleham Steel. With the blast furnace as a backdrop it makes for one of a kind venue. This will help bring music year round to the grounds up from the 10 days of music that Musikfest has brought sense 1984. Coming into the show too see The Pat Wilder Band on stage and in control. Stepping off the stage walking towards the crowd she shows no fear. Bringing her gospel and blues sound no one was disappointed.
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra from Victoria British Columbia played their 2nd show with in weeks at Levitt Pavilion. Last week they played indoors after the threat of rain from hurricane Irene. T.M.O. brings a gypsy-folkgrass, old European type sound that had many dancing and smiling. Playing original songs such as “All Aboard, Deje, Nose Hill, Mountains on Fire and Home on the Water”. KEF the local band of the lot formed in Bethlehem in 2000. A Bluesy funk that gets their influence from a wide range such as Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Al Green and Bob Marley. Playing their own songs Jalopy and King Kings as well.
Railroad Earth ends day one of the four day musicfest on the outdoor stage. Almost a local band from New Jersey they started things off with a blazing “420 – Everything Comes Together”. They covered a little bit of their history by playing songs off all 5 of their studio albums from the last 10 years they have been together. Some of the other songs they played ” Goat, Been down this Road Before and Mighty River”. “Spring Heeled Jack” was well drawn out and real spacey. What better way to end the night with other than “Neath the Stars”.