Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society Winterfest'14
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Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society 14th Annual WInterFest
January 24-26th, 2014
Quality Inn, Main Street, Stroudsburg
“Bluegrass in Your Bathing Suit!
Bluegrass lovers, addicted as they are to camping festivals, have long desired a warm place to hang their hats and take the tedium out of winter. This year PBFS was fortunate enough to book the Quality Inn on Main Street, just off Route 80. So instead of just a hat-rack, those who love basking in the sun will be able to do just that in the Tropical courtyard, complete with TIki Bar and three days of great acoustic music.
“Times have changed, and so it was time for us to try some of that change for our membership,” event coordinator Pete Pappalardo said. He explained that formally, the event was hosted on both sides of the Brodheads Creek in a variety of locales, but the chance to just park at one place and enjoy was too good to pass up.
The PBFS was started by a small handful of Monroe Count pickers back in 1999 to help fund the Annual Ron Nauman Fiddle Contest, which eventual PBFS members had hosted since the 70’s. The PBFS quickly grew, presenting concerts and events throughout East Pennsylvania and neighboring locales.
“WinterFest is by far our biggest annual event. It takes months of planning by lots and lots of people, and support from area businesses and artists,” President Neil Morris said. The PBFS looked to the oldest indoor bluegrass festival on the east coast, the Jo-Val bluegrass festival in Framingham, Massachusetts, where fans lurk over their computer consoles on a certain Tuesday night for a chance to get a room. Rooms this year booked out in 4 minutes.
This year, the Fest opens on Friday night with a Bluegrass Jam at the Quality Inn’s lounge, MC’d by Pappalardo and featuring Heavy Traffic, whose band members were instrumental in helping a fledgling PBFS to succeed.
“Earl Karlson and Heavy Traffic were the ones who initially put us in touch with Bob Paisley, just a huge figure in the bluegrass world and a true Pennsylvania boy. It was Bob’s gracious presence that helped us so much that first year, “ Pappalardo recalled, adding that Bob’s critically acclaimed son Danny is scheduled to return this year with Ryan Paisley representing the third generation of Paisleys to grace the WinterFest stage.
Saturday, shows begin on the main Stage at 11 am, with shows beginning in the lounge at 4 pm. Fourteen local, regional and national acts will play on the two stages. During the day, two Master’s workshops will be presented which includes luncheon. Danny Paisley will back up son Ryan Paisley, and they will try to explain how Ryan managed to learn driving traditional mandolin in less than three years. Two Jo-Val veterans, Tara Linhardt and George Crowley, will be joined by local jazz pickers to explore how to put the swing into a wide range of acoustic and bluegrass music.
Other Saturday workshops feature various band members teaching techniques on all the bluegrass instruments and vocals, a guitar garage for instruments needing some TLC, and vendors, a kid’s area at the pool with additional kid’s programs at the Hughes Library.
Saturday evening, all action turns to the lounge, where the Bandamonium band contest takes place. “Pick-up” bands which contain no more than 2 people from any WinterFest “regular” band will vie for first place, earning a slot on the main Stage on Sunday and 200 dollars price money.
On Sunday, A gospel show featuring both bluegrass and area praise bands will kick off the festivities, which end at 5 pm.
For pickers, the best part is the indoor swimming pool and a chance to pick until the sun comes up.
“I can tell you that when you leave a good festival on Sunday, you won’t have a note left in your fingers or your brain!” Pappalardo said.
If you go:
Open to the public:
Friday Bluegrass Jam: 8 pm in the lounge: tips appreciated~!
Saturday Bandamonium: 3 dollars includes one “vote ticket”…YOU be the judge!
Weekend: 40.00$, Saturday, $25.00, Sunday, 20.00
Further info: http://www.poconobluegrass.org or call 570-992-2259 or 570-856-2545.
Cost: $40 weekend $25 Saturday $20 Sunday
Phone: (570) 856-2545
Event url: poconobluegrasss.org
1220 West Main Street
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