BY KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS
Special to The Press
Audience favorite bands, along with several new performers, highlight Mayfair Festival of the Arts, May 26-28, Cedar Crest College, Allentown.
The free festival, which serves as the unofficial kickoff for summer, is featuring 20 performers and bands on its two stages during the three-day event.
Opening the festival May 26 on the Main Stage are the Rogue Diplomats with traditional Irish music infused with contemporary American folk, and headliner GoGo Gadjet, which combines traditional instruments with modern synths and controllers.
At the Bandstand Stage May 26 is Mark DeRose & The Dreadnoughts with a soulful roots rock sound, followed by newcomer and award-winning singer-songwriter Renee Audrey, who is a Cedar Crest College graduate.
A new band to Mayfair is Philadelphia indie rock and alt-pop band Moonroof, which will perform on the Main Stage May 27, and are joined by country-rock band Reservoir Hill, fan favorite The Large Flowerheads and headliner rock band Fuzzy Bunny Slippers.
Also on May 27, Lehigh Valley belly-dancing troupe Banat Al Sahra will debut at the Bandstand Stage, followed by rock band Castaway Band, power-pop trio Strange Neighbors and singer-songwriter Stacy Gabel.
Anchoring the Main Stage May 28 is party band UUU and new wave rock band The Buzz.
Kendal Conrad will play acoustic originals and Billy Bauer Band will bring contemporary jams to close out the Bandstand Stage May 28.
4 - 6 p.m., Rogue Diplomats
7 - 10 p.m., Go Go Gadjet
4 - 5:30 p.m., Mark DeRose & The Dreadnoughts
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Renee Audrey
Noon - 2 p.m., The Large Flowerheads
2:30 - 4:45 p.m., Reservoir Hill
5:15 - 6:15 p.m., Moonroof
7 - 10 p.m., Fuzzy Bunny Slippers
Noon - 1 p.m., Banat Al Sahra
2 - 4 p.m., Castaway Band
5 - 6 p.m., Strange Neighbors
7 - 8 p.m., Stacy Gabel
Noon - 1:30 p.m., The Buzz
2:15 - 3:45 p.m., The Stefanie Johnson Band
4:30 - 6 p.m., The Wonton Soups
7 - 10:30 p.m., UUU
Noon - 1 p.m., DMC Duo
1:30 - 3 p.m., Supersonic Godfathers
4 - 5 p.m., Kendal Conrad
6 - 7:30 p.m., Billy Bauer Band
Mayfair, 4 - 10 p.m. May 26; noon - 10 p.m. May 27, 28, Cedar Crest College, Allentown. Free parking on Cedar Crest College campus. Information and to register for workshops: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/mayfair/