Cody Simpson performing free concert at Musikfest Café July 31

CODY SIMPSON Photo Credit Harper Smith

BETHLEHEM — The public is invited to enjoy a free acoustic concert by chart-topper Cody Simpson July 31 at the Musikfest Café at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The show, which is presented by B104, ArtsQuest & Atlantic Records, will take place at 11 a.m.

The Cody Simpson concert is open to the first 1,000 people in line that day — no tickets are needed. Both B104 and ArtsQuest will also be giving away a limited number of VIP tickets for the performance. In addition, a limited number of meet-and-greet passes will be distributed by B104 and ArtsQuest via contests on B104, as well as online at www.B104.com and www.artsquest.org.

“B104 is extremely excited to continue to get our listeners up close and personal with the biggest artists in pop culture today, and we are very thankful to have this amazing free concert opportunity just days before the kick-off of Musikfest 2013,” said Kyle Due, B104 Program Director.

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After debuting with the single “iYiYi” (featuring Flo Rida), Simpson released his first EP, 2010’s “4 U,” which spawned the No. 1 Radio Disney hit “All Day.” In 2011, he made his chart debut with “Coast to Coast,” which entered Billboard’s album chart at No. 12 and earned him his second Radio Disney No. 1 hit, “On My Mind.”

Simpson has appeared on numerous television programs including “The Today Show,” “Live! with Kelly,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures,” “So Random,” “The Early Show” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” as well as been featured on Radio Disney and the Disney Channel’s “N.B.T. (Next Big Thing)” talent contest. He was among the top stars featured at Nickelodeon’s 2012 Kids Choice Awards, where he presented and took home the award for “Favorite Aussie Star,” and at Australian Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids Choice Awards, where he won “Awesome Aussie,” “Aussie Muso,” and the prestigious “Super Fresh.”

Simpson has co-headlined tours with Big Time Rush, as well as headlined on his sold-out “Welcome to Paradise” tour. In 2012, he launched his first European headlining tour and also hit the road as support for Justin Bieber, playing to crowds of 20,000.

“We’re excited to join with longtime ArtsQuest and Musikfest partner B104 to make this intimate experience possible for the residents of the Lehigh Valley,” said ArtsQuest Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Curt Mosel. “Presenting quality music and arts programming is a huge part of what we do, so this is definitely a win-win for everyone. Plus, with Musikfest’s 30th anniversary right around the corner, it’s a great way to get everyone psyched about all of the concerts that will be taking place in just a few weeks.”