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Friday, August 10, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Concluding concert: Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz performs the final Musikfest headliner concert, 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Since getting his start 15 years ago performing in coffeehouses in San Diego, Mraz has brought his positive message and soulful, folk-pop sound to audiences around the world. He has received two Grammy Awards and platinum and multi-platinum album sales certifications. He’s performed in The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena. His best-known songs include “Have It All,” “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” “I Won’t Give Up,” “Love Someone” and “I’m Yours.” Mraz had a role in “Waitress the Musical” on Broadway with Sara Bareilles. Opening for Mraz is singer-songwriter Brett Dennen. Tickets: Musikfest box office, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem; musikfest.org; 610-332-3378

Waldheim annual: The annual Allentown Band concert at Waldheim Park features guest singer-songwriter Anne Hills, 7 p.m. Aug. 14. Concert seating begins at 6:30 p.m. in the amphitheater just off Emmaus Avenue and South Hall Street in Salisbury Township. The concert theme is “America’s Folk Songs: Reflections Of A Nation.” Hills, a Bethlehem resident, was a member of Best Of Friends, a trio that included Tom Paxton and Bob Gibson. She has released two duo albums with Cindy Mangsen. Hills contributed to tribute albums for Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs. Her most recent album is “The Things I Notice Now: Anne Hills Sings the Songs Of Tom Paxton” (2012). The concert is free and open to the public.

“Night” moves: Chris Isaak performs in concert, 8 p.m. Aug. 16, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. “First Comes The Night” (2015) was Isaak’s first album of new material in six years, Isaak co-wrote and recorded the songs in Nashville. His release before that was “Beyond The Sun,” a tribute to Sun Records which included mostly cover songs. Isaak is best-known for his hit “Wicked Game,” as well as the popular songs “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.” Film director David Lynch used Isaak’s music in several of his films and gave him a role in the film, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” (1992). Tickets: Penn’s Peak box office, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe; pennspeak.com; ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000