Pocono Blues Festival an American Classic

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Expect the unexpected as musicians join acts on stage delivering never-heard-before performances either live or recorded at the 14th annual Blues Festival scheduled for July 29 Â? 31, 2005.

“The Pocono Blues Festival rivals any blues festival in the country,” states Johnny Miester, of WXPN radio in Philadelphia. What makes this festival so unique? Is it the location atop Big Boulder Mountain in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, the non-commercialism, the spontaneity of the musicians, the wide-open skies, or the natural amphitheater setting? Blues fans say it's that and more. Small performance tents invite intimate moments with the musicians, plus 20 national acts gathered over a three-day weekend are a rare find, add-in the this 60's style atmosphere, and you get a standout festival among the 400 others across the states. Musicians today, often use a choreographed routine but don't expect that at this festival. Expect the unexpected as musicians join acts on stage delivering never-heard-before performances either live or recorded at the 14th annual Blues Festival scheduled for July 29 – 31, 2005.

Michael Cloeren, festival director, and one of the founding fathers of the Blues Music Association states, “The credibility of this festival allows me to continually attract the best national acts from around the world, and this year's exceptional line-up of young and old artists provide an eclectic, full spectrum of blues music.”

“When a Man Loves a Woman,” a classic that topped the R&B and pop charts in spring 1966 awarded Percy Sledge with the moniker, “The Golden Voice of Soul”. Soul man Sledge keeps us crooning in his recently released soul-filled, record called “Shining Through the Rain,” It's getting rave reviews from Rolling Stones Magazine, Associated Press, MSNBC, and more. Sledge takes center stage at the Pocono Blues Festival on Sunday, July 31, from 6:30-8:00 p.m, capturing the souls of more than 10,000 blues fans from across the United States and Canada. Congratulations is also in order as Sledge captures another coveted title as an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14. 2005.

Another American icon that has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, plus she won a Tony Award and a Grammy is Ruth Brown, who will perform main stage on Saturday, July 30, from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Brown is one of the undisputed architects of the blues, selling several million hit records, and her impact in the industry is widespread. Today, Atlantic Records is the premiere rhythm and blues record label due to Brown's string of hits in the mid-50's. Atlantic Records is now synonymous with “the house that Ruth Built.” The Rhythm and Blues Foundation was founded as a direct result of her tenacity to foster recognition and provide financial assistance to rhythm and blues musicians of any stature. “We're honored to have Ruth Brown at the 14th annual Pocono Blues Festival and we agree that financial support is key to keeping the blues alive. This is the second year for the blues cultural tent. It allows guests to purchase products, meet and greet artists and look back at the festival's 14-year history, with the proceeds from this tent benefiting the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. Last year's launch was a smashing success as we raised over $5,000,” adds Cloeren.

Robert Lockwood Jr., will be 90 years old when he performs at the Pocono Blues Festival on Saturday, July 31 from 1:45-3:00 p.m. His mentor was Robert Johnson, dubbed by many as the father of modern day rock 'n' roll as his influence inspired songs by Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. Lockwood's career exploded in the seventies, now twenty years later, he has more accolades that can be cited here.

“Sheer energy and excitement raved the Village Voice, Brooks brings an original brilliance to the blues,” The Brooks they are referring to is Lonnie Brooks, one of headliners for the Pocono Blues Festival, who has forged his own style of blues with a mixture of rock 'n' roll, R&B, funky Cajun boogie, country twang and hard Chicago blues, a style his band calls “voodoo blues.” His live performances are renowned for kick-starting parties and spreading good times like wildfire. Brooks will take the main stage at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2005.

New this year is the three-day ticket package, which includes tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday plus a ticket to the e Friday night pre -party and dinner for only $65, for reservations visit http://www.jfbb.com or call 800.468.2442 for blues news, artist line-ups, photography, performance schedules, and ticket sales.


Heather Schiffbauer

Blue Ridge Real Estate

PO Box 707

Blakeslee, PA 18610

570-443-8433 ext. 1041

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