Berks Bop Night: Jeff Lorber, Marcus Finnie, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, Brian Bromberg, Chuck Loeb, Eric Marienthal, Everette Harp.

Wow! What a festival!

The Berks Arts Council and the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest family wholeheartedly thank everyone who played a role in making the 27th annual festival a huge success.

The 10-day event was an amazing musical journey that featured over 50 major concerts and nearly 100 non-ticketed events presented throughout Reading and Berks County.

It all started with the Gerald Albright, Patti Austin and Jonathan Butler opening night concert, and ended with Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Celebration rousing finale featuring Fred Hammond, Kevin Whalum, John Stoddard, Lindsey Webster, and Tamika Patton.

In between, there was a tasty smorgasbord of some of the best artists in the world delivering a diverse collection of amazing and memorable performances.

We thank each and every one of those artists.

We thank our loyal fans who show up each year from all over the United States and overseas.

We thank the fans and the artists who have formed a remarkable bond of friendship and sense of family over the years.

We thank our sponsors, who provide the financial fuel that powers the fest and keeps it moving forward.

We thank our amazing team of volunteers, who, once again, had that “whatever-it-takes” attitude as they took care of the artists and fans.

We thank the entire DoubleTree by Hilton Reading staff for their commitment and unwavering support.

We thank our hotel partners for generously providing housing for the artists.

We thank our media partners for doing an awesome job telling the festival story.

We thank our venue partners for hosting concerts.

We thank our production vendors for their professionalism.

We thank our community partners.

We thank our community as a whole for its warm and welcoming embrace of festival artists and fans year after year.

Now it is time to start planning for the 28th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest set for April 6-15, 2018.

Hope to see you next year for the Berks Jazz Fest: Spring Break for Jazz Lovers!


Apology: Scottish Rite Cathedral Seating Problem

We greatly appreciate our loyal fans — and our team does its very best to make sure we provide fans a positive experience.

However, there was an unexpected negative issue this year. We sincerely apologize for the seating problems during the three concerts presented at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

There was a major error with the Ticketmaster seating manifest for Scottish Rite Cathedral shows, resulting in tickets being sold for numerous seats that did not exist.

The surprising issue —  first time in 22 years presenting fest shows at the SRC — was discovered during seating for the Will Downing concert on Friday, April 7.

The fest team did everything it could to prepare and deal with the problem for the sold-out Brian Culbertson concert on Saturday, April 8; and the near-sold-out Gospel According to Jazz Celebration concert on Sunday, April 9.

We greatly appreciated the understanding and cooperaton of the fans who were affected by the ticket/seating situation and had to be relocated.

We are working with the box office team to make sure this problem is rectified and never happens again.

Again, we apologize to our loyal fans for any inconvenience due to this unfortunate situtation.

Feedback: Send Your Comments; Artist Wish Lists for 2018

As the planning for the 28th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest begins, we are looking for feedback from fans.

How did we do this year?

Which artists would you like to see perform at the 2018 festival?

Any festival related comments that you want to share?

Please send your e-mails to

Look forward to hearing from you.