BETHLEHEM - A local band, Marla and the Juniper Street Band, will take the stage at Musikfest from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Aetna Americaplatz Stage at the Steel Stacks, Levitt Pavilion, in Bethlehem.

Subscribers of Service Electric Cablevision on can also view the live performance on channel 50.

This is the second year the band has been selected to perform at this event. Band members said they are honored and thankful to ArtsQuest for the amazing opportunity."

According to the event website, Musikfest was founded in 1984 by ArtsQuest, a community-based nonprofit organization. The first Musikfest featured 295 performances on six stages, attracting more than 180,000 people to historic Bethlehem.

Over the past three decades, the event has grown, evolving into one of the largest and most diverse music festivals in the nation, with 500-plus shows on 14 stages over 10 days. Each year, more than 900,000 people make their way to the Lehigh Valley and the festival, with their sights set on experiencing all the music, food and fun of this musical extravaganza.

This year Musikfest runs from Saturday through Aug. 11, and will feature national acts, including The All American Rejects, Jason Derulo, Sheryl Crow, The Moody Blues, Steely Dan, The Avett Brothers, Alan Jackson, Weezer and Keith Urban. While the national acts require paid admission, the other 13 stages and areas are free to the public.