Berks Country Fest: An American Music Jamboree


Schedule

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Monday, June 6

Click HERE for the full lineup of Kickoff Festivities!

United Way Softball Fundraiser
following the Fightins 15th Annual Morning Game at 9:35 a.m. 
FirstEnergy Stadium
Reading Eagle vs. WEEU, plus other community leaders! Click here for details on the game!


6 p.m.

Banjo Ball 

Peanut Bar Restaurant

Tuesday, June 7

6-9 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam
Meadowood Music
Open jam, free participation – bluegrass style for experienced musicians

Wednesday, June 8

7 p.m.
Presented by Crime Alert Berks County and Security Guards, Inc.
An Evening of Rock-A-Billy & Swing Dancing Fun
 with Mo7s, The Ultra Kings and Flamin’ Dick & the Hot Rods
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, 701 Penn St., Reading
Tickets: $15

Thursday, June 9

Noon to 2 p.m.
Echo North
Historic Penn Street Market, Fifth and Penn streets
Echo North will perform original Americana music and a Berks Country Fest tribute to John Denver.

6:30-8 p.m.
Classical String Jam
Meadowood Music
Open jam, free participation – bring music stand. Music is provided; classical/pops style for beginning through intermediate violin, viola, cello and bass

7 p.m.
A Night of Local Eats & Local Brews
Saucony Brewing Company
, 15032 Kutztown Road, Kutztown

A night of local eats, local beers and live music by Rlee & Friends from 7-10 p.m. at Saucony Creek Brewery. Join us to celebrate all things local.
www.sauconybeer.com

7:30 p.m.
Presented by Stevens & Lee/Griffin
Kansas Tribute Night, 
with Know Return and Bibi & the Bull
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, 701 Penn St., Reading
Tickets: $12

Thursday, June 9-Saturday, June 25

Berks County’s Best Kept Secrets Tour
A shopping/food & fun adventure — travel place to place enjoying all the special free things (refreshments, gifts, demos, etc.) & coupons the businesses have for you.
Tickets: $9. $1 per ticket is donated to Family Promise. Call 717-721-9409 or visit www.bestkeptsecretstour.com for information.

Friday, June 10

6 p.m.
Catfish Fry
Judy’s on Cherry, 332 Cherry St., Reading

6-8:30 p.m.
All Beginners Contra Dance
Join the likes of George & Martha Washington and Thomas Jefferson; they were all avid contra dancers. Donna Hunt will guide you through the steps. No need to bring a partner. Wear light, comfortable clothing.
Free admission.
http://birdsborocontra.org/
Antietam Valley Rec Center, 901 Byram St., Pennside, PA 19606

7 p.m.
Presented by Van Scoy Jewelers
Jammin’ Friday, featuring Frog Holler and Hannah Violet Trio
Help Frog Holler celebrate their 20th anniversary!
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, 701 Penn St., Reading
Tickets: $12

7:30 p.m.
G.E. Smith – History of the Electric Guitar
Building 24 Live, 1115 Bern Road, Wyomissing
Tickets: $20

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Saturday, June 11

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10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Berks County Early Bird Fiddle Festival
Berks County Heritage Center
1102 Red Bridge Road, Reading
610-374-8839
Rain date: June 12
10 a.m. Kick off with Ken Gehret
10:10 to 11 a.m. Matt Miskie – Vocal and Guitar Music
11:05 to 11:30 a.m. Norman & Wileen – Traditional Scottish Music
11:35 am to noon Butch Imhoff – Acoustic Music
12:05 to 1:20 p.m. OPEN STAGE (10-minute spots)
1:30 to 2:05 p.m. Full Circle Music Society – Acoustic Music
2:10 to 2:30 p.m. Keith Brintzenhoff & Conlan Kershner – Old time Fiddle & Banjo Tunes
2:35 to 3:20 p.m. Dual County – Youth Bluegrass Group
3:25 to 4:40 p.m. Fiddle Contest (register 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. by the stage)
Cash prizes awarded in each age group – 10 and under; 11 to 18; 19 and over; and three    honorable mention prizes
Best of Show Winner – Plaque sponsored by Mountain Folk Scholarship Fund
Best Berks Country Tune on Fiddle – plaque presented for best farming, farm animal, or  nature-related fiddle tune.
5-6:45 p.m. Crow Hill Concert – Country & Bluegrass

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Blue Marsh Lake’s Get Outdoors Day
Dry Brooks Day Use Area, Palisades Drive, Leesport
A full day of demonstrations, activities and more. Free admission.
There will be tours of the Sensory Trail garden, Control Tower Tour, fitness programs, geocaching, K-9 presentations, a mountain bike ride, and much more.

Noon to 5 p.m.
Taste of Kutztown Wine/Beer Festival
Kutztown Community Park
27 wine, beer, mead and cider vendors; 8 bands
Beer and wine tasting, vendors, musicians and more
www.tasteofkutztown.org

5:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Mass with David Cullen and Dave Kline featuring music of O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Christ Episcopal Church, 435 Church St., Reading

7 p.m.
Demolition Derby
Mountain Springs Arena, 3501 Mountain Road, Shartlesville
Admission: $15 adults; $8 children (7-12); Free, 6 and under
Covered seating, free parking, food and beverage available. Gates open two hours prior to event.
www.mountainspringarena.com

7:30 p.m.
Presented by Fulton Bank
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Building 24 Live, 1115 Bern Road, Wyomissing
Tickets: $15

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Sunday, June 12

StoneSoupDuo

7:30 a.m.
Sponsored by CrossKeys Insurance and Reading Public Museum
Berks Country Fest Doggie Dash & Walk to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Berks County
Birdsboro VFW
Folk/rock duo Stone Soup will play from 10 a.m. to noon.
For more information, visit www.makebreak.com or call 610-413-8772.

10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon
Faller’s Pretzel Bakery Tour
528 Moss St., Reading
Free admission.

noon to 5 p.m.
Guitar-a-Rama featuring three GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING GUITARISTS IN A ONCE IN A LIFETIME GATHERING: Laurence Juber, Will Ackerman and David Cullen, as well as Kenny Gehret, Vin Downes and Trevor Gordon Hall

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Scottish Rite Cathedral, 310 S. Seventh Ave., West Reading
Tickets: $15, $20, $25

 

Monday, June 13

Apple Dumpling Festival
Willow Glen Park, Sinking Spring
7-8 p.m. Singer Chuck Cahoe
8:30-9 p.m. Singer Morgan Konopelski
9:30-10 p.m. Singers Chuck Cahoe & Morgan Konopelski
For more information and a complete list of festival entertainment, click here.

Tuesday, June 14

6-9 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam
Meadowood Music
Open jam, free participation – bluegrass style for experienced musicians

Apple Dumpling Festival
Willow Glen Park, Sinking Spring
6:30-7 p.m. Singer Elliot Rhoads
7-7:30 p.m. Singer Morgan Konopelski
8-8:30 p.m. Olivet Guitar and Glee Club
8:30-9 p.m. Singer Elliot Rhoads
9-9:30 p.m. Singer Morgan Konopelski
9:30-10 p.m. Singer Elliot Rhoads
For more information and a complete list of festival entertainment, click here.

Tuesday, June 14 and Tuesday, June 28

7 p.m.
Paint Nite
Liberty Taproom, 237 N. Prospect St., Exeter
Technique instruction with artist, all supplies included. Food and beverage available.
Tickets must be purchased at paintnite.com.

Wednesday, June 15

Apple Dumpling Festival
Willow Glen Park, Sinking Spring
6:30-7:30 p.m. Singer Morgan Konopelski
9:30-10 p.m. Singers Chuck Cahoe and Morgan Konopelski
For more information and a complete list of festival entertainment, click here.

8 p.m.
Seldom Scene 
Miller Center for the Arts, 4 N. Second St., Reading
Tickets: $25

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Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 19

IWBC Ruth Hartman Memorial Girls Baseball Festival
BIG Vision Sports Complex, 1098 County Welfare Road, Leesport
All girls baseball festival honoring Berks County legend Ruth Hartman, a member of the AAGPBL. Come watch or join in the fun. Tournament open to females ages 7 to adult. Registration includes opening reception with movie, skills competition, post-game women’s leadership series and AAGPBL player meet and greet.
www.bigvisionfoundation.org/hartman

Wednesday, June 15 through Sunday, June 26

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Genesius Theatre,
153 N. 10th St., Reading

Thursday, June 16

Noon to 2 p.m.
Kendal Conrad
Historic Penn Street Market, Fifth and Penn streets
Kendal’s performance is an up and coming artist feature.

6 p.m.BigValleyBluegrass
Farm to Table Dinner
Music by Big Valley Bluegrass 
Judy’s on Cherry, 332 Cherry St.

Apple Dumpling Festival
Willow Glen Park, Sinking Spring
6:30-7:30 p.m. Erich Cawalla Quartet featuring Morgan Konopelski
8-9 p.m. Erich Cawalla Quartet featuring Morgan Konopelski
9:30-10 p.m. Erich Cawalla Quartet featuring Morgan Konopelski
For more information and a complete list of festival entertainment, click here.

7 p.m.
National Park Soundscapes with Jill Haley
Neag Planetarium, Reading Public Museum
Tickets: $12

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7-8 p.m.
Slow Bluegrass Jam
Meadowood Music
Open jam, free participation – bluegrass style for people learning to play with others

7:30 p.m.

Buckwheat Zydeco
Building 24 Live, 1115 Bern Road, Wyomissing
Tickets: $24

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Friday, June 17

6 p.m.
Polka Palooza, featuring the Polka Family Band with special guest Alex Meixner 
and guest guitarists Fred Bernardo, Dewey Wahl, Dave Lewis, Dave ‘Lil Ragu’ Piccone and Dave Kline
Reading Liederkranz, 143 Spook Lane, Reading
Tickets: $20 or $25 for VIP tickets, (VIP tickets include early admission, preferred parking and a plastic comemmorative beer mug)

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Apple Dumpling Festival
Willow Glen Park, Sinking Spring
6-7 p.m. First Call Band
8:30-9:30 p.m. Singer Morgan Konopelski
10:10-11 p.m. First Call Band
8-9 p.m. Erich Cawalla Quartet featuring Morgan Konopelski
9:30-10 p.m. Erich Cawalla Quartet featuring Morgan Konopelski
For more information and a complete list of festival entertainment, click here.

7:30 p.m.
A Night Flight of Americana Music
featuring The Wallace Brothers, Caroline Reese & The Drifting Fifth, Uncle Jake & the 18-Wheel Gang
Building 24 Live, 1115 Bern Road, Wyomissing
Tickets: $12

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Saturday, June 18

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stahl’s Pottery Festival
Stahl’s Pottery Preservation Society, 6826 Corning Road, Zionsville
See PA German-style pottery demonstrations while shopping for redware, stoneware and porcelain. More than 30 potters will display their work. Admission: $4 per adult; free for ages 18 and under

10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon
Faller’s Pretzel Bakery Tour
528 Moss St., Reading
Free admission.

 

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11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Art on the Avenue

Penn Avenue in West Reading
The community’s premier family festival features fine arts and crafts made by local juried artists, live music, street performers, local businesses, and specialty foods. The Main Stage sponsored by Midnight Swan Entertainment will feature The Hackensaw Boys, Caroline Reese, The Jauntee and The Fallen Troubadours.
The Community Stage hosted by Matt Cullen will feature Acoustic Carrot, Jake Joyce, The Push, Stone Soup, and Kim and Paul from Vuja De.

Noon to 6 p.m.
Philadelphia Ave. Street Fair (Boyertown, PA)
Bring the family for a fun afternoon of activities and entertainment on East Philadelphia Ave. (Boyertown, PA). There will be a full line up of entertainment including live music by The Mango Men, Kendal Conrad, Michael Kropp and the Boyertown Alumni Band!
Other events include a scavenger hunt, petting zoo, magician, beer garden, food vendors, farmer’s market, crafters, railroad train rides, and more!
For more information about the event please visit www.bmba.biz

Noon to 9 p.m.
Mountain Folk Fest
Evergreen Country Club, 415 Hartz Road, Fleetwood
This year’s fest will include a Single Mic Contest. This year’s musical acts include Dave Kline & the Mountain Folk Band, Sweet Potato Pie, Big Valley Bluegrass, The Zepp Family Band, Crow Hill, Butch Imhoff and more!
Visit Mountain Folk Fest for more details.

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Apple Dumpling Festival
Willow Glen Park, Sinking Spring
noon-3 p.m. Pawn Shop Band
3-3:30 p.m. Singer Morgan Konopelski
3:30-6 p.m. Dave Mell Blues Band
6:15-7 p.m. Singer Morgan Konopelski
7-8 p.m. Rockman Blues Band
8:15-9 p.m. Rockman Blues Band
9:30-10 p.m. Rockman Blues Band

For more information and a complete list of festival entertainment, click here.

noon to 10 p.m.
Berks Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival
Willow Glen Park, Sinking Spring
For more information, click here.

2 p.m.
Presented by B&G Glass and OpExpert
Storytelling, featuring Gary Reid presenting a one-man play titled “A Life of Sorrow – the Life and Times of Carter Stanley”; Roger Mallon as Mark Twain; and Charles J. Adams III telling ghost stories
Genesius Theatre, 153 N. 10th St., Reading
Tickets: $15

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6-9 p.m.
Acoustic Open Mic
Meadowood Music
Free participation – all acoustic music styles for all levels of players. Performers may play one tune to 15 minutes of material. Outdoors, so it’s weather dependent. Check website for cancellation if weather is questionable.

6-9 p.m.
Evening on the Green
Daniel Boone Homestead
A summer evening event featuring live music on the lawn by Bob Hassler & the American Masters, horse-drawn wagon rides, and children’s Colonial toys and games. Bob Hassler & The American Masters perform folk and Americana music.
Admission: $7 for adults, $4 for children

7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Enersys
Gaye Adegbalola & The Wild Rutz
Building 24 Live, 1115 Bern Road, Wyomissing
Tickets: $25

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7:30 p.m.
Celtic Woman
Santander Performing Arts Center, 136 N. Sixth St., Reading
Special package offer for Celtic Woman fans! Click here for details.

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8 p.m.
The Youngers, an Americana/Roots, Rock/Indie band
Canal Street Pub & Restaurant, 535 Canal St., Reading
Natives of Berks County Pennsylvania, in 2008 The Youngers released the critically-acclaimed record Heritage, recorded at the Cash Cabin in Tennessee. Heritage was produced by John Carter Cash, son of country music legends Johnny Cash and June Carter. The Heritage record, which cracked the top 30 on the Americana Chart and is now completely sold out, featured several guest musicians including Ronnie McCoury of the Del McCoury Band on mandolin and late pedal-steel legend Ralph Mooney. In addition, The Youngers have toured nationally and regionally, shared a stage with the late Levon Helm at one of his “Midnight Rambles,” opened for Marty Stuart, Lee Rocker, David Allen Coe and Wayne Hancock. Their songs have been featured on NPR, Sirius Radio, and Cowboy Jack Clement’s Radio Show, and have received glowing reviews by Vintage Guitar Magazine.
More recently thanks to the overwhelming support of their fan base, they were able to raise more than $20,000 through a Kickstarter campaign. The result is the brand-new record “Picture of You” made at Sound Emporium in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Chuck Turner due out this summer!

Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19

Noon
Berks-A-Palooza Summer Jam powered by Seidel Hyundai
Three stages, 27 bands. Tickets are 2 for $25. Proceeds benefit Four Diamonds.
Temple Fire Company, 4963 Kutztown Road, Temple

Sunday, June 19

7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Flea Market & Toy Show
Refreshments, over 400 vendors and free admission
Leesport Farmers Market

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12:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mountain Folk Fest
Evergreen Country Club, 415 Hartz Road, Fleetwood
This year’s fest will include a Single Mic Contest. This year’s musical acts include Dave Kline & the Mountain Folk Band, Sweet Potato Pie, Big Valley Bluegrass, The Zepp Family Band, Crow Hill, Butch Imhoff and more!
Visit Mountain Folk Fest for more details.

4:30 p.m.
Reading Pops Concert: Music of America
Cacoosing Meadows Park, 3284 State Hill Road, Sinking Spring

How to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000
Santander Arena, Seventh and Penn streets, Reading
Any Boscov's Dept. Store Courtesy Desk
Walmart Electronics Department

Enter to win tickets to see Buckwheat Zydeco!

Buckwheat Zydeco, the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana’s zydeco music, is performing at Building 24 Live on June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Deadline to enter: Friday, June 3. Limit one entry per person. Five random winners will be chosen Monday, June 6, and announced here on berkscountryfest.com!

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7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, June 11

 

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