Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest
March 28-April 6, 2014
Newsletter: Volume 12
PBS39 'Faces of Jazz' series
airs again Saturday night
The Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest and
WLVT PBS39/Lehigh Valley are
collaborating to produce a
special series of jazz programs.
The program is called the "Faces of Jazz"
and features Berks Jazz Fest
Gerald Veasley, Chuck Loeb and Eldar.
The series continues this Saturday with the Chuck Loeb
segment airing at 6 p.m., and
Eldar at 6:30 p.m.
The 30-minute programs feature performances and
The series was
recorded at the PBS39 studios in
Bethlehem last December.
"We are pleased to be collaborating with PBS39 on this
project," said Karen Haver,
executive director of the Berks
Arts Council. "The 'Faces of
Jazz' series will be a great way
to showcase Gerald, Chuck, Eldar and the
entire festival to a
'Faces of Jazz' Schedule /
(Check local channel listings)
Saturday, Feb. 22: Chuck Loeb, 6 p.m.; Eldar,
Tuesday, Feb. 25: Gerald Veasley, 9 p.m.; Chuck
Loeb, 9:30 p.m.; Eldar, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25: Gerald Veasley, 9 p.m.; Chuck
Loeb, 9:30 p.m.; Eldar, 10 p.m.
Also, the programs will be aired on PBS39's Create TV
(Channel 266 Comcast) on the
following Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
-- Feb. 26; March 12,
March 19 and March 26.
John Németh & The Bo-Keys will perform at Building
24 Live on Wednesday, April 2.
Németh & The Bo-Keys highlight of blues schedule
John Németh is a rising blues
star. He is a singer steeped in the tradition and reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker.
And he is a harmonica player of riveting intensity and
John Németh is bringing his red-hot show to
the Berks Jazz Fest on Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., at Building 24
And Németh has made his show even hotter for blues fans by adding
the legendary Memphis Soul band
Bo-Keys to be part of what promises to be a must-see concert.
Here is the complete schedule of blues shows during the fest.
Friday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.: Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois
King (photo at right) and Bonerama (opening act), Building 24 Live.
Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m.: "Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute"
& 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, 2 p.m.: Allman Brothers Tribute
featuring Craig Thatcher and Mike Dugan.
Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.: Shemekia Copeland
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.
Kenny Blake and Joe McBride
set for 'James Street East'
late-night shows at Crowne
The popular late-night concerts at "Craig Poole's James Street
East" at the Crowne Plaza Reading are back for this year's fest.
Headlining on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, will be
Kenny Blake and Joe McBride. Shows start at 11 p.m.
Headliners for Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, will
be announced next week.
James Street was a major jazz club in Pittsburgh for many years,
which was owned and operated for over 17 years by Craig Poole, the general
manager of the Crowne Plaza Reading and a strong supporter of the Berks Jazz
The Prime restaurant area is transformed into the late-night jazz
club in the tradition of James Street.
"Having 'James Street' part of the Berks Jazz Fest and at the
Crowne Plaza is really special to me," said Poole. "Last year, the festival fans
loved the concept.
"It was a great late-night spot to just relax with friends
and enjoy some great music."
"When Sousa Meets Jazz!"
Ringgold Band, Hesse's Hot 3
teaming up for special show
The Berks Jazz Fest
has a long history of presenting unique concerts.
This year, the historic Ringgold Band, directed by Jim Seidel
(left) and Hesse's Hot 3, headed by Chris Heslop are joining musical forces to
present "When Sousa Meets Jazz!"
The one-of-a-kind concert is set for Sunday, March 30, 4
p.m., at the Miller Center for the Arts.
The concert will feature familiar tunes from ragtime,
cakewalks, marches, New Orleans parade music, early concert band music, and
The Berks County-based
Ringgold Band, formed in 1852, is proud to be one of America’s
first community bands.
Hesse's Hot 3 is a trio of tuba, banjo, and
clarinet/saxophone, specializing in early jazz, or “hot jazz.”
This unlikely partnership will be further energized with a
performance by the
Reading Theater Project.
The precision of the Ringgold Band, the spontaneity of
Hesse's Hot 3, and the theatrics of Reading Theater Project will make this a
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