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24th annual
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

March 28-April 6, 2014

Newsletter: Volume 4


Sneak Preview: Loeb, Hathaway and Perry join lineup
     The star-studded lineup for the 24th annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest is taking shape, with more artists being added each day for the 10-day fest set for March 28-April 6, 2014.
     Here is another preview of major artists/acts that have been confirmed.
     The complete lineup and schedule will be announced Sunday, Dec. 1, with tickets going on sale Saturday, Dec. 7.
The latest confirmations include Chuck Loeb (photo below) & Friends featuring Phil Perry, Everette Harp, Bobby Lyle, Carmen Cuesta, Lizzy Loeb; Lalah Hathaway (photo at right) with special guest Rashaan Patterson; Oleta Adams who will be of Kirk Whalum's Gospel According to Jazz Celebration that also features Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Kevin Whalum, John Stoddart and the DOXA Gospel Choir; Eldar & Brian Bromberg; Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Eric Marienthal, Jimmy Haslip, Lionel Cordew with special guest Randy Brecker.
They all join the lineup that also includes Keiko Matsui and the Reading Pops Orchestra; Chieli Minucci & Special EFX featuring special guests Steve Oliver and Vincent Ingala; The Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Marcus Anderson; Boney James, Spyro Gyra, Gregory Porter, Raul Midon, BW3 featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, Nick Colionne, Madeleine Peyroux, Candy Dulfer, Peabo Bryson, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot, Kevin Eubanks, Jackiem Joyner & Elan Trotman.
     Jason Miles' Sly Reimagined: The Music of Sly & the Family Stone featuring Nona Hendryx, Maysa, Andy Snitzer, Alex Bugnon, Falu, Maya Azucena, Jay Rodriguez, Will Bernard, Amanda Ruzza, JT Lewis.
    Generation Next featuring Julian Vaughn, Nicholas Cole, Lin Rountree, Lebron;
Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Ana Popovic, Bonerama, Shemekia Copeland, Albert Cummings, Alexis P. Suter Band.

'A Peter White Christmas' show tickets are on sale NOW!
     The holiday season is coming fast. And that means it is time for the annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest holiday show.
     "A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair" is set for Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Miller Center for the Arts located on the campus of Reading Area Community College.
     Two shows -- 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
     Great seats available for 7 p.m. show; limited single seats available for 3 p.m.
     If you are planning to attend this popular holiday tradition, get your tickets NOW!
In person: CD Exchange at 360 E. Wyomissing Ave.; Mohnton, PA 19540, during regular business hours -- Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
By phone: Call CD Exchange at 610-777-2310
On the web:

Panevino, Judy's offering concert fans brunch, dinner
     If you are coming to the "A Peter White Christmas" concert, two Berks Jazz Fest partner restaurants will be offering concert fans opportunities to enjoy brunch and dinner before or after each holiday show.
     Judy’s on Cherry: Special concert hours, brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Call 610-374-8511 for reservations.
     Panevino: Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., followed by dinner until closing. Call 610-376-1101 for reservations.

      John Ernesto wants you to join him on The Jazz Cruise '14!

Rick Braun comes 'home'
for special fest preview
concert at Musikfest Cafe

Friday, March 21 / 7:30 p.m.
 Last year, the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest and Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem collaborated to present a special festival preview concert featuring Rick Braun.
    It was the first time that Rick performed in his hometown area of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley.
   Well, "Homecoming Concert II" is set for Friday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., at the Musikfest Cafe located on the SteelStacks complex in Bethlehem.
   Tickets are available NOW.
   For more information on the Musikfest Cafe and SteelStacks complex, CLICK HERE

Building 24 Live Concerts
    If you are looking for some great concerts before the Berks Jazz fest, you need to check out Building 24 Live in Reading.

Saturday, November 23
, 7:30 p.m.
30th Anniversary Tour
Chieli Minucci & Special EFX

Doors 6 p.m.; Tickets $35

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