By Allison Mowatt

Northeastern Pennsylvania is a destination for many activities–boating, antiquing, resort activities, and sightseeing.  It’s also the place to be for live music.  Whether it is an outdoor festival, a large concert venue, or an intimate show at a café, our scenic mountainous region has something for everyone and attracts talented musicians of all styles and genres, from jazz and bluegrass to modern rock and folk.

Residents and visitors of all ages enjoy the pulsing music combined with the lush landscape.  Here is just a taste of what is happening locally this summer.

The Settlers Inn

4 Main Avenue, Hawley

Every summer, The Settlers Inn features its popular “Jazz on the Deck” music series on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. The eight-week series begins in July and runs through the end of August.

The spacious deck is the ideal place to listen to complimentary jazz while enjoying a cocktail and a savory meal. The deck opens up off the Chestnut Tavern and faces the wide lawn and overlooks the luscious herb and flower gardens.  The awning makes it possible for guests to enjoy the atmosphere no matter what the weather. The deck seats about 50 people with additional seating on the lawn.

Summer Schedule:

This summer, Jazz on the Deck will take place Wednesdays from July 11th through August 29th. Several returning favorites as well as new, noteworthy performers are scheduled to entertain.  Some of the musicians this year include Nick Niles, jazz pianist, Stefan Bauer, on Vibes, Stephen Faubel, pianist and singer-songwriter, The Robert Kopec Trio, Compass, a jazz quartet, and Judi Silvano, jazz vocalist and composer.

Judi Silvano kicks off the Settlers Inn music series on July 11th. She is a New York City resident and accomplished jazz vocalist and composer who recently released an album.  Compass will perform on August 15th and Stefan Bauer closes the music series on August 29th.

For more details and a complete schedule, visit www.thesettlersinn.com or call (570) 226-2993.


Blues and BBQ at Glass Wine Bar and Bistro at Ledges Hotel

120 Falls Avenue, Hawley

This luxury hotel in a historic 1890s former glass factory faces serene waterfalls, the gorge and rock ledges. The on-site restaurant, Glass Wine Bar and Bistro, offers small plates for sharing as well as an extensive wine and cheese list.  The hotel and restaurant recently celebrated its one year anniversary and is preparing for an exciting summer of food, music and fun. On Sundays, beginning July 8th, Glass will feature a Blues and BBQ music series, which will run through August 26th.  The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. and combines live blues music on the Serenity Deck with delicious BBQ and breathtaking views of the waterfalls.  The menu will include pulled pork, hamburgers, BBQ chicken, salads and more.

Summer Schedule:

July 8th- Spencer Reed Blues

July 15th- Blues for Breakfast

July 22nd- Lighten Up!

July 29th- TBA

August 5th- Blues for Breakfast

August 12th- Lighten Up!

August 19th- TBA

August 26th- Spencer Reed Blues

For more information, visit www.ledgeshotel.com or call (570) 226-1337.


Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY

Bethel, New York, is the proud home of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.  In the spirit of continuing this legacy to the arts, culture, history, education and music, the town is now the site of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a state-of-the art 15,000-capacity outdoor performing arts venue.  The venue accommodates people both under cover and on a natural sloping lawn.  There is also an intimate 400-seat Event Gallery and an award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods, all set within a 2,000 acre campus.

Located in the heart of the beautiful Catskills, the not-for profit Center for the Arts offers a diverse selection of popular artists, culturally-rich performances ,and educational and community programs.  Past seasons brought popular musicians like Elton John, Phish, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, and Carlos Santana to the revered grounds.  The 2012 summer music season on the Pavilion Stage amphitheater promises big names like The Beach Boys, The Dave Matthews Band, and Kelly Clarkson.

Summer Schedule:

June 13th 7 p.m.-Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker and Thomspon Square

June 16th 8 p.m.-Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

June 17th 7:30 p.m.- The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour

June 30th 7 p.m.- The Dave Matthews Band with special guest Delta Spirit

July 7th 8 p.m.- The New York Philharmonic with special fireworks display

July 14th 7 p.m.- NY Doo Wop Extravaganza III with The Duprees, The Marcels, The Thymes and The Excellents

July 15th 7 p.m.- FURTHER featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir

July 20th 7:30 p.m.- Everclear, Sugar Ray, Marcy Playground, Lit and Gin Blossoms

August 5th 7:30 p.m.- Joe Cocker & Huey Lewis and the News

August 7th 7 p.m.- Big Time Rush with special guest Cody Simpson

August 10th 7:30 p.m.- Brad Paisley with special guests The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery

August 19th 7 p.m.- Kelly Clarkson & The Fray with special guest Carolina Liar

August 26th 7:30 p.m.- Jason Aldean with special guests Luke Bryan, Rachel Farley and DeeJay Silver

For more information and to order tickets, visit www.BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 1-866-781-2922.


The Milford Music Festival

Throughout Town, Milford

The anticipated 2012 Milford Music Festival will take place June 8th through the 10th.  Once again, the lush, tree lined streets of Milford will be filled with the sound of many genres of music.  The weekend festival is one of Milford’s most popular events with live music, shopping, food and activities.

Highlights include the Jorgensen’s Block Party at the corner of Broad and Harford Streets on Saturday and Music in the Park on Sunday afternoon featuring the Small Town Sheiks.  In addition, Belle Reve will continue their tradition of free ice cream and live music on Saturday afternoon along with many more businesses all over town.

The music continues into the evening as many of Milford’s established eateries feature live music including the River Rock Inn, Waterwheel Café, Hotel Fauchere, and the Tom Quick Inn.  The Historic Milford Theatre also has scheduled entertaining performances.

Other than the live music, another draw during the festival is the shopping along the quaint and picturesque streets.  On Saturday and Sunday, Milford shopkeepers will host the Milford Business Council’s annual Sidewalk Shopping Festival along Broad and Harford Streets and at the historic Upper Mill, Apple Valley Village, and Old Lumberyard Shops.  In addition to the many sales and promotions, The Artisan Exchange will host a craft fair on the lawn of its gallery.

Festival Schedule:

*Note: At the time this article was published, some details weren’t confirmed yet.  For detailed information and an updated schedule, look for the event on Facebook or visit www.milfordpa.us.

June 8th: Live music at The Historic Milford Theatre, Waterwheel Café, River Rock Inn, and Lakeside at the Black Walnut Inn.

June 9th: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.- Good Shepard Episcopal Church, Pipe organ recital

Noon- Fretta’s Italian Specialties, 223 Broad Street, Blues-rock band, Eric Langberg and Bluestone.

Noon to 8 p.m.-Jorgenson’s at the Dimmick, 101 E. Harford Street, the 4th Annual Classic Brooklyn Block Party feautring a DJ, bands, games, food, beer, a dunk tank, and fun for the kids. New this year is the hot dog eating contest for adults 18 years and older and a pie eating contest for the kids.

Noon to 8 p.m.- Ink Tyme Design, West Harford Street, Six local heavy metal bands, face painting, temporary tattoos, door prizes and food.

1 to 3 p.m.- Davis R. Chant Realty, 106 E. Harford Street, 90 Proof will play rock and roll and blues music.

1 to 4 p.m.- Belle Reve,  404 East Harford Street,  free event with patio grilling, Italian ice and giveaways as well as music from the 50s and 60s performed by Ron Richardson.

2 to 5 p.m.- The Hotel Fauchere, 401 Broad Street, Gypsy Jazz Quintet on the porch.

7 p.m. –The Historic Milford Theatre, 114 Catherine Street, Scott Weis Band with special guest Marc Von Em.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Tickets are available online at www.milfordtheatre.com and at Upriver Home on 202 Broad Street.

June 10th: Noon- Harrington House, 208 West Harford Street, Merchants of Blues Reunion

Noon to 4 p.m.- Music in the Park, Ann Street, with the Small Town Sheiks and guest artists.


The Wayne County Creative Arts Council (WCCAC) Summer Festival

Central Park, Honesdale

For forty-five years and counting, the Wayne County Creative Arts   This season, several new groups will grace the brand new stage in Honesdale’s Central Park.

The new stage is the highlight of this year’s festival.  The previous decades- old stage was flat, and “we had to bring backdrops in and set them on a platform,” said Project Manager Mae Figura.  The new stage is much improved and is partly enclosed with a new roof, which will help preserve it.  This new addition was made possible through a $4,000 grant from the Wayne County Community Foundation and two “archangels”: PPL and I.O.O.F Freedom Lodge # 88.  In addition, Tony Altier donated the stage’s mobile base.  A ribbon cutting will take place in the park on June 11th at 7:30 p.m.  Chorus and band students from various Wayne County schools will provide entertainment.  “The ribbon cutting ceremony celebrates the new stage and signifies our welcoming of future generations of performers,” said Ms. Figura.

The Festival begins this month.  So grab a blanket, bring a lawn chair, and pack a picnic dinner and enjoy balmy evenings of live music in this scenic park.

Summer Schedule:

June 11th Ribbon cutting with music provided by local Wayne County choral, jazz, and band students.

June 14th A patriotic presentation celebrating Flag Day with music provided by the Doug Smith Orchestra.

June 18th- The Northeasters Barbershop Chorus returns with a new repertoire of songs, along with some old favorites, sung in close harmony under the direction of Robert Mains.

June 21st- The Pharm, South Canaan’s home-grown O’Keefe family band, will provide their mix of bluegrass, folk and rock.

June 25th- The Wayne Choralaires will debut new director, Betsy Black.

June 28th- The Gypsy Jazz Quintet brings their mix of traditional and new featuring the jazz violin of Mark Woodyatt.

July 3rd- The popular Independence Day celebration kicks off at 3:30 p.m. with free, old-fashioned games for children and the debut of the local Pucci boys’ band, Sour Bridges. The brothers graduated from Honesdale High and now live in Texas.  Their five-piece band plays progressive country music.  At 5 p.m., another new band, Stillhand Stringband, will play their progressive bluegrass music.  At 6:30 p.m., the Dixieland All-Stars take the stage, followed by Scranton’s Crystal band at 8 p.m. Fireworks set off from Irving Cliff take place at dusk.  Food and novelty vendors will be set up near the courthouse all evening. In case of inclement weather, all activities are rescheduled for July 6th.

July 5th- Hickory Rose’s country melodies

July 9th- The Cat and the Fiddle

July 12th- The Irish Balladeers

July 16th- Flashback performs classic oldies from decades gone by.

July 19th- The Old Time Fiddlers

July 23rd- The Moonlight on the Poconos Big Band

July 26th- Folk rock band Hitchin’ Cricket is also new to the festival.

July 30th- The Local Boys play classic rock and roll with a sprinkle of country.

August 2nd- The polka sounds of Joe Stanky and the Cadets.

All events, except for the Independence Day celebration, begin at 7:30 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the Grace Episcopal Parish Hall on Church Street.  Free will offerings are accepted.  Bring your own lawn chairs or picnic dinners.  Refreshments such as pizza, hot dogs, drinks and snacks are available for purchase.  For more information, visit www.honesdaleparkevents.org.


Grey Towers National Historic Site

151 Grey Towers Drive, Milford

Grey Towers is the ancestral home of the Pinchot family and has a long-standing tradition of combining the arts with nature. The majestic mansion and gorgeous grounds inspired James Pinchot and his son, Gifford, to promote nature and become well-known conservationists.

Each summer, Grey Towers presents m

usic “Inspired by Nature” as part of its Conservation and Arts Program.  Various musical programs are planned this season and it is all inspired by the beautiful, natural landscape.  The music is intended to awaken in the audience a sensitivity toward nature and connect them to their environment.

Summer Music Schedule:

July 21st 5:30 p.m.-Outdoor Chamber Music Concert.  Visit www.kindredspiritsprograms.org or call (570) 409-1269 for information on the performance and tickets.

August 4th 12 to 3 p.m.- As part of The Eight Annual Festival of Wood, Celeste Triebeneck and a full band of musical minstrels will perform with her refreshing and beautiful vocal approach to traditional Celtic music.  There is free admission for the festival.  The event features live music, handmade crafts, arts, programs and children’s activities.  The music is co-sponsored by the Grey Towers Heritage Association.

For more information, call (570) 296-9630 or visit www.greytowers.org.


Wildflower Music Festival

The Amphitheater at Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary

Long Ridge Road, White Mills

The Wildflower Music Festival is celebrating its 30th birthday this year in the Wildflower Amphitheater.  In addition to the festival, the Sanctuary is also home to the Dorflinger Glass Museum and Gift Shop, the 1867 Glassworker’s House, and the Historic White Mills Firehouse.

The festival is held outdoors so people are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.  Picnics and beverages are permitted, and light beverages are sold at the festival.  In case of rain, the performances will be held in the Wallenpaupack Area High School’s auditorium.  All performances are held on Saturdays at 6 p.m. starting in July except for the Sunday Steppingstones Concert, which is at 4 p.m.  For the Saturday performances, the seating area opens at approximately 5 p.m. on a first come basis and at 3 p.m. for the Sunday performance.

Summer Music Schedule:

July 7th- Bay Street Brassworks plays classical music, show tunes, Dixieland, patriotic songs and big band.

July 14th- The Phoenix Jazz Project performs a variety of jazz styles.

July 21st- The Steve Chapin Band

July 28th- The Ernie Hawkins Trio play country music and ragtime tunes.

July 29th 4 p.m.- Free Concert- The Steppingstones Young Artist Concert spotlights award-winning pianist and Penn State graduate student, Hyun Joo Park.

August 4th- Sierra Hull & Highway 111 performs bluegrass music.

August 11th- Mary Wilson of the Supremes sings the popular trio’s chart topping hits.

August 18th- Elysian Camerata is a five piece chamber music group performing the works of Mozart, Mendelssohn and others.

For more information and ticket prices, call (570) 253-5500 or visit www.wildflowermusic.org.


Waterwheel Café, Bakery & Bar

150 Water Street, Milford

The Waterwheel Café and Bakery opened in 1989; the cozy bar where live music is played opened several years later.  Live blues and jazz music soon became a focal point in this eclectic establishment, which o

verlooks the serene Sawkill Creek.  The room seats about 45 people with room for six more at the bar.  With the historic working waterwheel across from the bar, this unique gem in Milford is ideal for listening to live music in an intimate atmosphere.

June Music Schedule:

June 2nd 8:30 p.m.- Rhett Tyler Band

June 8th 8:30 p.m.- Scott Cuva accompanied by Michael Rice: Scott Cuva, 19 years old, will be performing opera, classical, and Broadway for this year’s Milford Music Festival’s opening night.  Scott, a baritone and vocal major, attends Carnegie Mellon University and will be performing as a fundraiser to study in France this summer.

June 9th 8:30 p.m.- Lee Delray & The Showstopper Band: Together or on their own, The Showstoppers have shared the stage with legends like Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, BB King, and Bo Diddley.

Keep an eye out for continuous music updates throughout the summer.  Every Thursday at 8:30 p.m., the Waterwheel features their live Blues Jam, which is hosted by a variety of musicians.

A modest music charge helps bring top quality, professional musicians to this charming bar. For more information, call (570) 296-2383 or visit www.waterwheelcafe.com and click on the “live music” link.