Bring Polka back to Musikfest

Bring Polka back to Musikfest

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Cliff Salvemini started this petition to ArtsQuest

Musikfest is a music festival held annually in Bethlehem, PA for the past 35 years.  This sprawling outdoor event has multiple venues each referred to as a "platz".  This unique moniker lead to playful nicknames to help navigate the festival.  For instance, "Festplatz" was referred to as "Polkaplatz" for obvious reasons.  Jolly Joe Timmer and other well known polka bands from up and down the East Coast called this venue home every year.  Even bands from Europe would venture across the Atlantic to perform on this stage.

Unfortunately this has long since died away.  Every year less and less polka bands appear at the tent.  ArtQuest has tried to "accommodate" the polka crowd by scheduling pseudo-polka bands which spend more time playing pop music rather than traditional polka standards.  This is an insult more than anything else.

For thirty years my family and I have been attending Musikfest without fail.  Obviously we love the event.  It continues to grow and evolve but in the process it has forgotten its roots.  The term "platz" is German, even the name of the festival has German lineage.  Let's not ignore this.  It's time to bring a flavor of Germany back to the festival.

What I am asking is that Musikfest return the Festplatz venue to what it had traditionally been, a home for Polka.  Beginning next year I would ask that traditional Polka bands be scheduled from noon to 6pm every week day of the festival.  This is just one of 17 stages and even then less than a third of the scheduled time at that single stage.  Considering the amount of time dedicated to certain genres at the festival, this is a small request.  Please sign my petition so that we may encourage ArtsQuest to remember where Musikfest started and to bring a portion of that past back to those who attend his event.

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