By Allison Mowatt

MusicPAGEJune17#2This summer, pull up a chair, spread a blanket on the lawn, grab a drink, and immerse yourself in everything Northeastern Pennsylvania has to offer for diverse live music.  Whether it is a bustling outdoor festival, an intimate show at a wine bar, or a lively band in a pub, 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.

People of all ages enjoy celebrating summer with live music amid the lush landscape.  Here is just a taste of what is happening locally throughout the summer.

The Settlers Inn

4 Main Avenue, Hawley

Every summer, music lovers anticipate the Jazz on the Deck series as talented musicians entertain on the spacious deck overlooking the Inn’s abundant gardens.  This eight-week series is held on Wednesday evenings throughout July and August from 6 to 9 p.m., rain or shine.  There is no cover charge so relax and take in the sounds of jazz.  While you’re listening, enjoy an invigorating beverage and a delectable farm-to-table snack or meal.

Summer Schedule:

July 5:  Gypsy Jazz

July 12: And All That Jazz

July 19: Rick Lawn Trio

July 26: Kelly Suttenfield

August 2: Nick Niles

August 9: Judi Silvano

August 16: Stefan Bauer

August 23: Robert Kopec

August 25: Spencer & Nancy Reed (Wally Lake Fest Weekend)

August 30: Thos Shipley

Due to the popularity of this series, reservations are suggested.  For more details, visit www.thesettlersinn.com or call (570) 226-2993.


Glass.Wine.Bar.Kitchen at Ledges Hotel

119 Falls Avenue, Hawley

This enchanting hotel used to be a historic glass factory and faces tranquil waterfalls and beautiful rock ledges.  On Sundays, from 6 to 9 p.m., the on-site restaurant Glass will present its Blues, Brews & BBQ summer music series.  The event combines a rotating lineup of live blues music on the deck, delicious BBQ style food, and a featured local craft brewery.

Summer Schedule:

May 28: Lighten Up Blues Band

June 4: Yasgur

June 11: Randy Lipincott & Joey “Hotbox” Simon

June 18: Bobby Kyle Band

June 25: Dan Brother Band

July 2: Teddy Young & The Aces

July 9: Scott Weis Band

July 16: Norman Taylor & Blue Soul

July 23: Them Barn Cats

July 30: Rare Form and Friends

August 6: Slam Allen

August 13: Gary Rixner Blues Band

August 20: Merchants of Groove

August 27:  Scott Weis Band (Wally Lake Fest Weekend)

September 3: Bobby Kyle Band

The event is $32.50, which covers music, food, and beer tasting.  Reservations are suggested.  For more information, visit www.ledgeshotel.com or call (570) 226-1337.

*The Dock at Silver Birches on Route 507 is featuring its Music Overlooking the Lake, with live music on the deck every Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Wildflower Music Festival

The Amphitheater at Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary

Long Ridge Road and Elizabeth Street, White Mills

The Wildflower Music Festival is an annual festival held on the grounds of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary. 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.

Nestled among majestic pine trees and green ferns, this outdoor festival allows people to relax on a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy quality music.  Picnics and beverages are permitted and light beverages are sold at the festival.  In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to the Wallenpaupack Area High School.

All concerts are $24 for adults.  Students 6 to 18 years are $12 and anyone under six is free. Concerts are held at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Summer Music Schedule:

July 1: Patriotic Brass Ensemble–Vets & Active Service Personnel Free Today

This stirring 15-piece brass band are the only professional and national organization dedicated to serving veterans and military families by donating their time as a 501(c)(3) charity giving performances at a wide range of veterans’ organizations, events, and hospitals.

July 8: Tom Wopat–Dukes of Hazzard & Broadway Star

The popular TV show, Dukes of Hazzard, ran for six years with Tom as co-star.  He then went back to his roots as a singer, releasing six country albums and two of jazz-inspired renditions of contemporary classics including cuts from the Great American Songbook.

July 15: Flatt Lonesome–Fantastic Bluegrass

Stellar picking and heartfelt songs centered around beautiful sibling harmony made Flatt Lonesome a hit among bluegrass fans both young and old.  Don’t miss their amazing vocal harmonies, along with a fretwork-heavy burst of mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, and acoustic guitars.

July 22: The Brothers Four–Legendary Folk Group

These ‘60s folk singers just released their 24th album in 2014, showcasing their melodic harmony.  Baby boomers will remember their hit “Greenfields,” which sold over a million records, plus “The Green Leaves of Summer,” “The John B. Sails,” and many more.

July 29: Paperback WriterThe Beatles Experience

Return to the heyday of the Beatles and allow this group to transport you like a time-capsule. Keep alive these cherished memories of people, places, and songs like “Let It Be,” “Hey, Jude,” and “Yesterday.”

August 5: Catch A Wave- The Beach Boys Show

Catch A Wave’s incredible show recreates the look and sound of a live Beach Boys concert circa 1964 to 1969. This group replicates the unique harmonic California sound that only The Beach Boys had.

August 12: The Cab Calloway Orchestra–Fabulous 30s Jazz

Based at the exclusive Cotton Club in Harlem in the ‘30s and ‘40s, the original Cab Calloway Orchestra was one of the most important jazz bands in America.

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

Kindred Spirits Arts Programs

At Venues throughout the Region

Founded in 2002 at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, Kindred Spirits Arts Programs brings a variety of top quality events to wide audiences and enlightening music programs to local schools.  This is a non-profit organization of volunteers supported partly by private donations from individuals and businesses, as well as aid from local and state agencies.

Summer Music Schedule:

May 20: 7:30 p.m., When Art Meets Music: Elizabethan Era at Milford Theatre

June 17 & June 18: The London Trio: Flute, Violin & Cello. On Saturday, the performance takes place at 5:30 p.m. at Grey Towers, and Sunday, at 4 p.m. in the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley.

July 15: 7:30 p.m., Sounds of Brazil with Os Clavelitos at Milford Theater

August 19 & August 20: Song Stories by Kelley McRae Duo. On Saturday, the performance takes place at 5:30 at Grey Towers and on Sunday, at 4 p.m. in the Hawley Silk Mill.

September 23: 7:30 p.m., David Gonzales’ City of Dreams at Milford Theatre

October 7: 7:30 p.m., Reinventing Baroque with PubliQuartet at Milford Theatre

November 4: 7:30 p.m., Tempest of the Heart: Ilya Yakushev at Milford Theatre

December 16: 5:30 p.m., Operetta Holiday Concert at Milford Theatre     

For more information, visit www.kindredspiritsarts.org or call (570) 409-1269.