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23rd annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

April 5-14, 2013

E-Newsletter: Volume 10


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Exciting News Coming Soon! Stay Tuned!

Craig Thatcher Band set for Eric Clapton Retrospective
The Craig Thatcher Band will be performing "An Eric Clapton Retrospective," a show that traces the career of the legendary Clapton, beginning with the Yardbirds and continuing with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominos and the various solo periods, up to and including today.
The concert is set for Saturday, April 6, 9 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel ballroom. Tickets are $22 and they are going fast.
Based in the Lehigh Valley, the Craig Thatcher Band has been entertaining audiences with their exciting brand of blues/rock music since 1993.
The band has released two CDs – Because of You (1996) and Temptation (2000). Most of the recorded material is original, written by Craig.
This is a must-see-live performing band; their on-stage energy and confidence is explosive!
CLICK HERE to view video of the Eric Clapton Retrospective!

Check out 'Facebook' page to win FREE concert tickets
Social media is a great way to stay connected with Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest fans.
To stay up on the latest news and updates, you need to check out the festival's Facebook page.
The fest's social media staff posts news and updates on artists and concerts almost every day.
Also, to reward our loyal Facebook followers, the fest has decided to start a weekly contest where fans can win concert tickets by just clicking the "like" button and responding to a question.
Two weeks ago, a lucky fan won two tickets to the opening night concert featuring Dianne Reeves and the Reading Symphony Orchestra.
Last week, someone won two tickets to the Kim Waters featuring special guest Chante Moore concert.
It pays to stay connected to the Berks Jazz Fest!
Maysa & Her Jazz, Soul Funk Symphony to rock Crowne
Maysa Leak has been performing at the Berks Jazz Fest for many years -- and this year the dynamic singer will be performing twice.
Maysa and the legendary British band Incognito will share the stage and headline on Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m., at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center.
However, Maysa is really looking forward to her performance with her band -- the 11-piece Jazz, Soul Funk Symphony -- on Sunday, April 14, 2 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Reading ballroom.
The Crowne Plaza Reading Ballroom definitely will be rocking Sunday afternoon.
The band features Angela Phillips and Sol Edler, background vocals; Carl Cox, saxophone; Leon Jordan Jr., trumpet; Paul Aborgast, trombone; Richard Tucker, guitar; Charles Baldwin, bass guitar; Will Brock and Damon Bennett, keyboards; Kevin Prince, percussions; and Timothy Hutson, drums.
"I am so excited about having my own show at the Berks fest," said Maysa. "And I am really excited about bringing the 11-piece band. Fans are in for a real treat. You do not want to miss this concert."

      Videos of the Week
  (Click on artist's name to view video)

Cyrille Aimee & The Surreal Band

Norman Brown & Gerald Albright

Esperanza Spalding


  'Jazz Under The Stars'
      Thursday, Feb. 7

Mike Eben's From the HIP
headlines Museum series

The Reading Public Museum's "Jazz Under the Stars at the Neag Planetarium" series continues Thursday, February 7, at 7 p.m.
Mike Eben's dynamic group From the HIP will be the headliner.
Mike Eben's From the HIP plays classic soul jazz and hard bop, along with funk and fusion. Their inspiration comes --well -- from the "Hip" -- the great artists of the past like Trane, Miles, Cannonball, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobely and Lee Morgan.
They also perform music from Maceo Parker, Liquid Soul and others, as well as putting their own funky stamp on tunes ranging from the American Songbook to classic rock and pop.
This show features Eben, saxophone (pictured above); Bob Stoyko, trumpet and flugelhorn, Mike Byrne, guitar, trombone, vocals; Terry Bortman, bass; and Dave Santana, drums.
For more information on the "Jazz Under the Stars" series, CLICK HERE

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