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23rd annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

April 5-14, 2013

E-Newsletter: Volume 6

    Happy Holidays to all Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest fans!

CLICK HERE for the complete schedule of major Berks Jazz Fest concerts.
CLICK HERE for complete information on how to purchase fest tickets.

CLICK HERE for printable PDF copy of official fest brochure.

Berks Jazz Fest, Musikfest Cafe joining forces to present
Rick Braun 'Homecoming Concert' on Saturday, March 30
It's hard to believe, but Rick Braun has never performed in his hometown of Allentown -- or the surrounding Lehigh Valley.
Well, that's going to change thanks to the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest and Musikfest Café in Bethlehem.
The two groups are teaming up to present a special "Homecoming Concert" for Rick Braun on Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., at the Musikfest Café located on the SteelStacks complex.
The concert is being billed as a special "Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest Preview Concert." Stay tuned for more news on this event, including the addition of some very special guests who will join Rick for this show.
Tickets are on sale now!
Kim Waters, Chante Moore added to festival lineup
Saxophonist Kim Waters and vocalist Chante Moore have been added to the lineup for the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest.
The "Kim Waters featuring special guest Chante Moore" concert is set for Saturday, April 6, 10 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Reading ballroom.
Waters and Moore replace Will Downing, who had to cancel his performance due to an unexpected conflict with his schedule.
Tickets for the Waters-Moore concert are on sale NOW!
If you purchased tickets for the Will Downing concert online, Ticketmaster will notify you regarding refunds. If you purchased tickets at the box office, you must go to the box office to get a refund.
Kim Waters is no stranger to Berks Jazz Fest fans, having performed several times with his own band and as a member of The Sax Pack.
Kim Waters has been heralded as “simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists” by JazzTimes and touted as a “romantic pied piper” by The Washington Post. Waters has built an impressive and enviable career giving his fans what they want, along the way garnering praise from critics and fans.
Since the release of her 1992 debut CD -- Precious -- Chante Moore has been a mainstay R&B diva, her popularity spreading around the world. She has outlasted lesser female artists with her own mix of soul and jazz, and has the ability to set your heart racing with her looks and lyrics.
Moore continues to enjoy success, winning Soul Train Music, American Music and NAACP Image awards.
Berks Jazz Fest Radio available free for mobile phones
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest Radio is back!
You can enjoy some great music 24/7 by simply going to
And now,
it also is available free for smart phones -- iPhone and Android.
Fest fans can enjoy the music of their favorite artists who will be performing during the 10-day festival -- at any time of the day.
The Berks Jazz Fest Radio APP can be downloaded FREE at the iTunes App Store and Android Market.
Get ready for the fest by enjoying the music of Dianne Reeves, Najee, Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Brian Culbertson, Incognito, Nick Colionne, Lee Ritenour and many more!
The festival is working on another major, multimedia offering that will be announced soon!

      Video of the Week:
 Lee Ritenour, The Village

Legendary jazz guitarist
performs track from CD

In a career that spans five decades and more than 40 albums, guitarist Lee Ritenour has developed a keen understanding of the symbiotic balance between the leader and the supporting players, between the wisdom of experience and the enthusiasm of youth.
On Rhythm Sessions, Ritenour's latest CD, he surrounds himself with a cadre of high-profile veterans and some young guns.
CLICK HERE to view a great video of Lee Ritenour discussing and performing The Village, the CD's opening track.
Ritenour, along with special guest Michael Lington, will be performing at the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest on Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Reading Ballroom.
Joey Sommerville will open the show.
CLICK HERE for a chance to win a Yamaha AC3R guitar autographed by Ritenour.


          Bobby Caldwell
         ready to swing

Vocalist, Andrew Neu guests
with Dave Stahl Big Band

Legendary singer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell is set to headline a special, swinging night of big band during the festival.
Bobby Caldwell will perform with the popular and dynamic Dave Stahl Big Band on Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Reading ballroom.
Caldwell and band leader/trumpeter Stahl will be joined by another special guest, saxophonist Andrew Neu.
From blue-eyed soul to pop, R&B and standards, singer/songwriter Caldwell is one of the most respected artists in the music industry.
Caldwell's live performances are always electrifying. Drawing from his vast repertoire of rousing R&B, intimate jazz stylings and big band songs, Bobby has the ability to entertain at any venue, for fans of all ages.

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