Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest
March 28-April 6, 2014
Newsletter: Volume 10
Andrew Lepley's photo from last
year's 'Gospel According to Jazz
Whalum's 'Gospel Celebration' to
end fest on high note
Last year, the
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest finale
featured Kirk Whalum's Gospel
According to Jazz Celebration.
concert was amazing -- one of
special moments in festival
This year, the fest
finale once again will be Kirk
According to Jazz celebration,
featuring special guests
Whalum, and the DOXA Gospel
The concert is set for Sunday, April 6, 7 p.m., at the
Scottish Rite Cathedral.
"It's going to be another special night," said
year's concert was an amazing
night of music, a great way to
end the Berks fest."
An ordained minister, Kirk has earned his Masters of Art in
Religion. It’s in this spirit
that he serves his community,
performing at nursing homes,
schools and missions.
In addition to music and ministry, Kirk has a passion to
educate young, aspiring
musicians and as such he
currently serves as Chief
Creative Officer of the STAX
Music Academy and the STAX
Museum of American Soul Music in
his hometown of Memphis.
Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements
for his musical excellence
including three Dove Award
nominations, an NAACP Image
Award nomination and has won two
Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s
highest honor. An 11-time Grammy
nominee, Kirk won his first
Grammy for Best Gospel Song
(“It’s What I Do” featuring
to view video of Kirk Whalum
Preview series: Frank Bey at
Building 24 Live on Feb. 7
While waiting for the Boscov's
Berks Jazz Fest,
fans can get their
jazz and blues fix at Building
24 Live located in Wyomissing
just outside of downtown
The festival and B24 Live have teamed up to present a
special series of preview
concerts, featuring the best in
jazz and blues.
Friday, Feb. 7: Soul, Blues icon
Saturday, Feb. 8: "Remembering Frank Scott" featuring
Bootsie Barnes, 7:30
Thursday, Feb. 27: Blues guitarist
Chubby, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 6: Iconic blues band
Lil' Ed &
The Blues Imperials,
Friday, March 14: Contemporary jazz super group
Four 80 East
Saturday, March 22: Banjo master
Call 610-375-2700 for tickets and dinner reservations.
For more info on B24 Live, check out
Katona's 'Stevie Ray Vaughn' show added to blues lineup
The Berks Jazz Fest has got the
blues this year -- and lots of it.
The fest's original lineup featured some of the biggest
blues artists in the business. And now, the fest has added another blues
concert, featuring Tommy Katona & Texas Flood and their amazing "Stevie Ray
Katona (photo) and Texas Flood will perform on Saturday,
March 29, 2 p.m., at Building 24 Live.
Tickets for this show are not available on Ticketmaster. You
can purchase tickets at Building 24 Live or online at
Tommy Katona & Texas Flood has become one
of the premier blues bands in all of North Texas. Evolving from the original
tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood pays tribute to the legends as well
as the future of the blues through their own music and style. With an
in-your-face show and raw high-energy playing, Tommy Katona takes the listener
on a journey through the blues.
Here is the complete schedule of blues shows during the fest.
Friday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.: Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois
King and Bonerama (opening act), Building 24 Live.
Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m.: "Stevie Ray
& Texas Flood, Building 24 Live.
Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.: John Nemeth & The
Bo-Keys, Building 24 Live.
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.: Berks All-Star Blues Jam
featuring Blues Factor & Friends, Building 24 Live.
Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.: Ana Popovic and Steve
Guyger & The Excellos (opening act), The Inn at Reading.
Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.: Shemekia Copeland
(photo) and Albert Cummings (opening act), The Inn at Reading.
Sunday, April 6, 10 a.m. (buffet)/11 a.m. (concert):
Sunday Gospel Blues Brunch featuring Alexis P. Suter Band.
Berks Jazz Fest updates:
Veasley's Boot Camp set
Gerald Veasley's annual Bass Boot Camp will be held Friday, Feb.
28, Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, at the Crowne Plaza Reading.
Whether you're a seasoned bassist or novice, Gerald and his
world-class faculty will plug you into the joy of bass playing -- technique,
theory and of course, those funky bass lines!
For more information and to register,
Crowne Plaza Reading, the host hotel of the fest, will be using a
Mardi Gras theme again during the 10-day feat, featuring decorations, special
menus -- and, of course, plenty of beads for guests and fest fans.
WRTI-FM in Philadelphia is giving away two
Berks Jazz Fest Weekend Getaway packages during its upcoming on-air fundraising
Tune it and make a pledge on either Monday, January 27, and
Wednesday, Feb. 5, between 6 p.m.-midnight and you could win a two-night stay,
VIP tickets for the fest.
Video of the Week:
When it comes to
showmanship on stage,
Nick Colionne is in a class by himself.
Colionne has become a Berks Jazz Fest favorite and he is back
this year with his band to perform on Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m., at Crowne Plaza
The co-bill also features
Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Marcus Anderson.
With a jazz style that is both urban and contemporary,
Colionne has blazed a trail to the top of the ranks of today's stars.
Combining jazz, R&B, blues and funk, he has an unmistakable
sound and vibe that is instantly recognizable. Nick takes the guitar to
unexpected places every time he performs and his rich baritone vocals delight
As for his showmanship -- you have to experience a Nick
Colionne show for yourself. With style and energy to spare, unparalleled
musicianship and a natural comedic flair, he is one of a kind.
to view video of a Nick Colionne performance.
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