Pennsylvania Blues Festival

Pennsylvania Blues Festival Pennsylvania Blues Festival; September 16 - 18 2016 Celebrating 25 years of Blues in the Poconos- Split Rock Resort Lake Harmony, PA 18624 570-722-9111

Celebrating 25 years of Blues in the Poconos; 2 stages 16 national / international blues / roots artists. A beautiful resort setting that welcomes Blues fans from all over the World with open arms Late Night Jams, Free Parking & Blues/Soul Food, Unique & Eclectic vendors

A Few VIP Tickets still available ...

A Few VIP Tickets still available ...

Reading Blues Fest Digital Brochure Available!
A printable, digital version of the Reading Blues Fest brochure is available now.
Please share with your musical friends!



Be There !!!

Be There !!!

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! On January 11 we will be returning to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe with Vanessa Collier. This is a show not to miss. Tickets on sale now.

Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen

Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen

It’s an honor to announce #dustindouglasandtheelectricgentlemen took home BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR and ALBUM OF THE YEAR awards last night at the STEAMTOWN MUSIC AWARDS. Our sincerest thanks to everyone that made this possible and a huge congrats to all the other winners and nominees! @electriccitymc

Good Day Blues Fans ...The Pennsylvania Blues Festival WILL NOT  be held in 2018 - As was the case in 2017 , We have yet...
The Lehigh Valley and Pocono Mountains Premier Entertainment Venue | Penn's Peak

Good Day Blues Fans ...
The Pennsylvania Blues Festival WILL NOT be held in 2018 - As was the case in 2017 , We have yet to find a Like-Minded location to showcase the Festival in the Proper way. I continue to do my part in helping The Blues by emceeing & curating at High Profile Pennsylvania Blues Festivals (Briggs FArm Blues Fest July 5-8th 2018) & (Reading Blues Festival November 16-18th 2018)
I continue to LOVE my full time year round position as Venue Manager at Penns Peak in Jim Thorpe . PA. which is a world class concert venue -
The Pennsylvania/Pocono Blues Festivals were held from 1992 to 2016 and showcased over 500 National & International artists in front of tens of thousands of Music fans over 25 Years !!!

See you by a Stage Soon !!!
Michael Cloeren.

Reading Blues Fest

A New Blues Fest in Pennsylvania !!!

Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, Kenny Neal, Samantha Fish, Dana Fuchs, Slam Allen, Blind Boy Paxton headline inaugural Reading Blues Fest set for Oct. 6-8. For complete information, check out these links:
Artist Profiles:

Hotel North Woods

Hotel North Woods

We hope to see you all there !!!

We hope to see you all there !!!

Michael Cloeren named official host of Reading Blues Fest
Prolific producer Michael Cloeren has been named official host of the Reading Blues Fest October 6-8 as presented by Berks Arts Council.

As part of his host duties, Cloeren will be emceeing concerts during the festival, which features such artists Kenny Neal plus Samantha Fish, Alex P Suter Band, The Robert Cray Band, Blind Boy Paxton, the Slam Allen Blues Band, and Jonny Lang plus Dana Fuchs Duo.

“I’m proud to be involved with the Reading Blues Fest,” Cloeren said. “The world-class lineup, the venue locations and the seasoned staff are three reasons why music fans should be traveling far and wide to support this inaugural event.”

John Ernesto is executive director of the Reading Blues Fest as well as the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council production staff and veteran volunteers have facilitated the launching of the blues festival.

“They have brought in crossover artists such as Robert Cray that Jazz Fest fans would support,” said Cloeren, who has emceed blues concerts at Berks Jazz Fest over the years.

“I view my role with Blues Fest as a curator/host, especially with the Teeny Tucker’s Women in The Blues Presentation,” Cloeren said. “It’s a history lesson for women vocalists from the 1920s to the present. There is a video plus Teeny and her guitarist will be performing and I will be asking questions.”

Women in the Blues has been a highly acclaimed educational experience presented by Michael Cloeren Productions.

Teeny Tucker’s Women in The Blues Presentation with Robert Hughes and hosted by Cloeren will take place at noon on Saturday, October 7, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Amphitheater.

Tucker is a dynamic blues singer and songwriter as well as a lover of blues history. She was born into blues royalty as the daughter of Tommy “Hi-Heel Sneakers” Tucker.

Teeny, known for her soulful, bluesy and unique stylistic renderings, has appeared on the same bill with B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Buddy Guy, the Holmes Brothers, Robert Cray, Keb’ Mo’, Deana Bogart, Kenny Neal, Bobby Rush and John Mayall.

Women's in The Blues Presentations create educational and performance platforms that actively engage audiences, recognizing the historical influences and facilitate immersion in the Women in The Blues genre.

Women in The Blues is a two-part program that features the very best international touring female artists in the world.

The first component will be an interactive educational conversation with Tucker. This format allows an up close and personal dialogue that examines the historical influences on today's music that was created from the real-life journey of the participating artist.

Culminating the two-part presentation will be a concert by Tucker and her guitarist Robert Hughes.

Cloeren is a major force in the festival world and the Reading Blues Fest is fortunate to have a man of his caliber on board.

Cloeren’s resume is robust.

Currently the venue manager for Penn’s Peak, a beautiful mountaintop entertainment venue located in Jim Thorpe, he was awarded the Blues Foundation’s KBA Award for promoter of the year in 1996 for keeping the blues alive.

He was the founder and producer of The Pennsylvania Blues Festival at various venues.

In addition, Cloeren has created and/or produced over 80 festivals since 1991.

Some of them have been the Pocono Gathering on the Mountain, the Pocono Bikers’ Music Festival, the Pocono Tribute Festival, the Vermont Blues Festival, the Spring Mountain Blues Festival, the Country Jamboree, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Blast Furnace Blues Festival, the Pocono Irish and Celtic Festival and the Jack Frost Mountain Arts and Crafts Festival.

He also has been a consultant for the FM Kirby Center Wilkes/Barre, the Lake Placid Blues Festival, the Lehigh River Blues Jam, the Blues Music Festival in Catasaugua, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival and the Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Festival.

For the complete lineup and ticket information on the Reading Blues Fest, please visit

Some Great  Tickets still available ....

Some Great Tickets still available ....

This Thursday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m., Grammy Award-winning blues titans Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' bring their special, collaborative concert to the F.M. Kirby Center!
Tickets are still available!


Briggs Farm Blues Festival

Briggs Farm Blues Festival

Tomorrow morning @ 10am, Richard is being interviewed by Sue Henry for Blue Tuesdays on WILK - 103.1 FM. Everyone is getting geared up for "The Best Weekend of the Year!"

Listen to the stream here -->

Tickets on Sale NOW!!

Briggs Farm Blues Festival
July 6, 7, 8 & 9 2017
Nescopeck, PA

RIP Gregg Allman

RIP Gregg Allman

"Gregg was one of the greatest Southern Rock/R&B singers of all time, having a unique blend of Country, Soul and Rock. In fact, he virtually invented the genre. I had been lucky enough to sing with him on a couple of occasions, and aside from being an incredible musician on both guitar and keys, he was a great person, and I feel very blessed to have known and worked with him. Music has lost one of its greats, and he will be remembered for his work for a very long time." - Steve Winwood

This will be a HOT Show !!!Get your tickets NOW !!
F.M. Kirby Center

This will be a HOT Show !!!

Get your tickets NOW !!

Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo''s new TajMo collaborative album is coming out May 5th! You can see them live at the F.M. Kirby Center on August 10th (TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band)! BUT you can listen to this new cover of John Mayer's song, 'Waiting on the World To Change' right NOW!


Hello Blues Fans & Friends

The Pennsylvania Blues Festival will NOT be taking place at SPLIT ROCK Resort in 2017
Several quality meetings with another resort in The Poconos over the past few months pertaining to 2017 event have been held.
We have made the decision to set our sights for SEPTEMBER 2018 to present the festival the right way with the right artists with enough time to plan and promote the festival properly in the manner that The Artists, Fans & Media have experienced for the last 25 consecutive years since 1992.

As for Me, I am loving my full time year-round position (since January of 2016) as Venue Manager for Penns Peak, a World Class concert faclity located in Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania; and with the BIG Help of my sister, Patricia Gyza Cloeren and my niece & nephew seeing that our incredible 93 year old Mother continues to get the best care in a well established New Jersey long term care facility.

From the bottom of my heart, I THANK YOU for supporting my dream of bringing to The Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania over 400 International Artists that have brought tens of thousands of Music Fans from all over the USA, Canada and many other Countries !!!

It is our Intention to produce The Pennsylvania Blues Festival in 2018. - and if possible other projects as well.

Please continue to support Music Festivals and Venues that represent the Music Tastefully & Professionally !!!

I will see you by a Stage real Soon !

The Music IS The MAGIC !

Michael Cloeren

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Ronnie Baker Brooks

"In Lieu Of Flowers" memorial donations may be made to: The Lonnie Brooks Memorial Fund PO Box 672 Dolton, IL 60419


Tickets ON SALE  NOW !!!!

Tickets ON SALE NOW !!!!

Shake off the winter blues and join us for our Alexis P. Suter Ministers of Sound record release show in the Chandelier Lobby @ The Kirby Center: Friday, March 31st @ 8pm, with special guest Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen.

You won't want to miss this intimate concert with AMOS loaded with a whole lot of great Blues and Gospel music...what better way to beat the cold?

Tickets are available through the Kirby Center Box Office
Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm
Or Call 570-826-1100

Come and talk to us at our Briggs Farm booth at the show and purchase your Briggs tickets at the Early Advanced Pricing!

Don't Miss This Show !!!

Don't Miss This Show !!!

JUST ANNOUNCED: the F.M. Kirby Center will host a special, collaborative concert featuring Grammy Award-winning blues titans Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' on Thursday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Thursday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m.


Briggs Farm Announces full LINE-UP for 20th Annual  FestivalTickets ON SALE Now !!!

Briggs Farm Announces full LINE-UP for 20th Annual Festival
Tickets ON SALE Now !!!

With the entire line-up completed and loaded with amazing musicians, our 20th Anniversary can't help but be "The Best Weekend of the Year"

Thursday July 6
Thursday Night Stage of the Woods (Campers Only)
7pm to 11pm - Tribute to the music of the Allman Brothers Band

Friday July 7
Back Porch Stage
2:00-3:00 - Phyllis Hopkins Band
3:15-4:15 - Miner Blues
4:30-5:45 - Jesse Loewy Band
6:00-7:15 - Bobby Kyle & The Administers
7:30-8:45 - Vanessa Collier
9:00-10:30 - Swampcandy
Main Stage
4:30-5:45 - R.L. Boyce W/ The Cornlickers
6:15-7:45 - Joanna Connor
8:00-9:30 - Slam Allen Band
9:45 - Devon Allman

Saturday July 8
Back Porch Stage
12:15-1:15 - Miss Melanie & The Valley Rats
1:30-2:30 - Mighty Susquehanna’s
2:45-4:00 - Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen
4:15-5:30 - Norman Jackson Band
5:45-7:00 - R.L. Boyce W/ The Cornlickers
7:15-8:30 - Swampcandy
8:45-10:15 - Clarence Spady Band
Main Stage
4:00-5:30 - Vanessa Collier
5:50-7:20 - Lonnie Shields
7:40-9:10 - Thornetta Davis
9:30 - Eric Gales

Sunday July 9
Sunday Morning "Gos-Blues"
10am-11:15am - Lonnie Shields
11:30am-12:45pm - Alexis P. Suter Ministers of Sound
1:00pm-2:30pm - Thornetta Davis


Briggs Farm Blues Festival
July 6, 7, 8 & 9 2017
Nescopeck, PA

Michael Cloeren talking Blues with Elmore Magazine & Jim Hynes !!
Elmore Magazine

Michael Cloeren talking Blues with Elmore Magazine & Jim Hynes !!

From blues gatherings (Pennsylvania Blues Festival) to biker rallies, Michael Cloeren (of Michael Cloeren Productions) has played a major part in shaping the Pennsylvania music scene. Jim Hynes chatted with him about his role in Saving American Music! Thanks Michael!



Blues on the Mountain
featuring The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Quinn Sullivan, Alexis P Suter & the Ministers of Sound
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ronnie Baker Brooks "comes home" To The Pennsylvania Blues Festival for the 5th time(1992,2001,2005,2012)-Welcome Back R...
Eastern Pa Music

Ronnie Baker Brooks "comes home"
To The Pennsylvania Blues Festival
for the 5th time(1992,2001,2005,2012)-
Welcome Back RBB

Sept 16-18: Chicago blues musician headlines Pennsylvania Blues Festival’s 25th anniversary at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony #NEPA

Ticket sale discount ends the 15th @ Midnight!!Save a few bucks, You know your gona want a few CD'sfrom This Fantastic L...

Ticket sale discount ends the 15th
@ Midnight!!
Save a few bucks,
You know your gona want a few CD's
from This Fantastic Line Up!!
How about a few from the
"Delmark Chicago Revue"
Sunday 18th 6:15 - 7:30pm
The Mike Wheeler Band
with Special Guests
Jimmy Burns & Peaches Staten


Pennsylvania BLUES Festival Lodging Update:
Availability 3 miles from Festival Site
Quality Inn:570-443-7271-$89 per unit per night
Comfort Inn-570-443-8461-$104 per unit per night
Tell Them The Pa Blues Fest sent ya!

Ck them out on Saturday  Sept 17 at The Thirsty Moose!!!

Ck them out on Saturday Sept 17 at The Thirsty Moose!!!

Bobby Kyle and John Nemeth, with The Bobby Kyle Band, at last year's Pennsylvania Blues Festival.

We'll be there next week, Saturday, September 17 @ The Thirsty Moose Saloon.

Here's what John Nemeth had to say about last year's experience: "The musical surprise was seeing Bobby Kyle perform with his band. These guys played 70s and 80s blues perfectly probably because they were kids when they started playing it. Check 'em out" Thanks once again, John. Yes we were young musicians, once upon a time .... We still are!

Check out the festival's website for the full line-up:

Only a couple spots open forMaster Class Lessonswith Ronnie EarlA 5 year Assoiate Professor of the Berklee College Of Mu...

Only a couple spots open for
Master Class Lessons
with Ronnie Earl
A 5 year Assoiate Professor of
the Berklee College Of Music
Novice Thru Advanced
A general overview of various styles
of blues guitar including T-Bone Walker,
Otis Rush, BB King, Ronnie Earl styles,
and will include chords,
building up chord vocabulary,
rhythm playing,
and attention to spirituality of playing guitar.
Bring your guitars!

Don't miss out!!
Sign up Today!!
Sat, Sept. 17th 11 am - 12:30
Go to "Tickets" on the web site

Hot off the press!Artist:     Ronnie Earl and the BroadcastersAlbum:     Maxwell StreetLabel:     Stony PlainRelease Dat...
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

Hot off the press!
Artist: Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters
Album: Maxwell Street
Label: Stony Plain
Release Date: 09/09/2016

– Jim Hynes

I have described Ronnie Earl as “the John Coltrane of the guitar” on these pages before, but this album may best epitomize that term. Earl pays tribute to his dear friend and former Br…

TEN DAYS AWAY!!The 25th Anniversary ofBLUES IN the POCONOS!!@Pennsylvania Blues Festival17 National Acts FOR A WHOLE LOT...

The 25th Anniversary of
@Pennsylvania Blues Festival
17 National Acts
September 16-18

Schedule Change: Saturday September 17th,2016 at 8pm.The Ronnie Baker Brooks Blues Band (with horns)                    ...

Schedule Change:
September 17th,2016 at 8pm.

The Ronnie Baker Brooks Blues Band (with horns)
Special Guest Blues Hall Of Famer
Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater

Due to medical issues Buckwheat Zydeco will not be performing On Saturday September 17th,2016 at 8pm.


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