Northeastern Pennsylvania is the place to be for eclectic live music this summer. Whether it is an outdoor festival or an intimate show at a wine bar, 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 throughout the summer.
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.
The festival is held outdoors, and 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 concerts will be moved to the Wallenpaupack Area High School.
All concerts are held on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with the exception of the Steppingstones Concert, which is held at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Summer Music Schedule:
July 4: The Patriot Brass Ensemble
July 11: Dali String Quartet-Mostly Mozart
July 12: The 10th Annual Steppingstones Concert- This is a free concert on Sunday at 4 p.m.
July 18: Swingtime Big Band- Down Memory Lane
July 25: Incendio-Latin Rhythms
August 1: Jimmy Webb: The Glenn Campbell Years
August 8: The Boxcars- Bluegrass
August 15: Ann Hampton Callaway- Great Ladies of Song
For information on ticket prices and other details, call (570) 253-5500 or visit www.wildflowermusic.org.
Founded in 2002 at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, Kindred Spirits Arts Programs has been bringing a variety of top quality events to wide audiences and enlightening music programs to local schools. This is a certified non-profit organization of volunteers supported in part by private donations from individuals and businesses as well as support from local and state agencies.
Summer Music Schedule:
June 13: 5:30 p.m., Ancien Regime Baroque Ensemble at Grey Towers
June 14: 3 p.m., Ancien Regime Baroque Ensemble at the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley
July 18: 7:30 p.m., Shirim Klezmer Orchestra at Milford Theater
August 22: 5:30 p.m., Kavak Harp Trio at Grey Towers
August 23: 3 p.m., Kavak Harp Trio at Hawley Silk Mill
For more information, visit www.kindredspiritsarts.org or call (570) 409-1269.
4 Main Avenue, Hawley
Every summer, music lovers anticipate the Jazz on the Deck series as talented musicians entertain on the comfortable, spacious deck overlooking the Inn’s lush 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 a refreshing beverage and a wonderful farm-to-table snack or meal.
July 1: The Gypsy Jazz Quintet
July 8: Compass Jazz Quartet
July 15: The Gary Rixner Trio
July 22: Kelly Suttenfield
July 29: Ralph Liberto Trio
August 5: Nick Niles and JJ Keyser
August 12: Judi Silvano Quartet
August 19: Robert Kopec Trio-Modern Jazz
August 26: Thos Shipley
September 2: The History Of Fishes
Sunday, September 6 (A Special Night): Jazz Trio featuring Stefan Bauer
Due to the popularity of this series, reservations are suggested. For more details, visit www.thesettlersinn.com or call (570) 226-2993.
Central Park, Honesdale
Forty-eight years and counting. The Wayne County Creative Arts Council is still going strong, presenting another stellar summer schedule of free music under the stars in Honesdale’s Central Park. In what is now a local tradition, people will be flocking to the Park to spread their blankets or set up their chairs to hear some fiddlin’, close barbershop harmonies, Irish ballads, and perhaps even doing a polka or two.
The festivities kick off every Monday and Thursday from June 15th to July 30th at 7:30 p.m. Hot dogs, soda, water, and ice cream will be available. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved to the Episcopal Parish Hall, the United Methodist Church, or The Cooperage. Listen to the local radio stations for information.
June 15: Northeasters Barbershoppers
June 18: Gypsy Jazz Quintet
June 22: The Bill Arnold Band
June 25: Steve Jacoby and Friends
June 29: Wayne Choralaires.
July 2: Doug Rogers and the Backseat Drivers
July 3: Honesdale’s traditional Independence Day celebration with music, food, children’s games, a “bouncy” house, novelty vendors, and fireworks presented by the Greater Honesdale Partnership.
The afternoon will start at 5 p.m. with free games and activities for the children. A new, young musician will be making his hometown debut in the park with his band, Rowan Lynch and The History of Fishes.
Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars return at 6:30 p.m. with traditional celebratory music followed at 8 p.m. by Scranton’s own Crystal Band playing until the fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The rain date is Monday, July 6th. In the event that the weather cooperates on the 3rd, there will be an Open Mic event on Monday.
July 9: Hickory Rose
July 13: The Irish Balladeers
July 16: Old Time Fiddlers as the park fills up quickly for this favorite group.
July 20: Flashback
July 23: The Pharm
July 27: The Crackers
July 30: Joe Stanky and the Cadets
For more information and photos check out www.honesdaleparkevents.org.
119 Falls Avenue, Hawley
This luxury hotel in a historic former glass factory faces serene waterfalls, the gorge, and rock ledges. On Sundays, from 6 to 9 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the on-site restaurant Glass will present its Blues, Brews & BBQ music series. The event combines a rotating lineup of live music on the deck with breathtaking views of the waterfalls, delicious BBQ set up buffet style and local breweries featuring beer tastings.
May 24: Norman Taylor & Blue Soul
May 31: Lighten Up Blues Band
June 7: Compass
June 14: Ken Bowles Bluebone Band
June 21: Jeremy Langdale
June 28: Bobby Kyle Band
July 5: Teddy Young & the Aces
July 12: Scott Weis Band
July 19: Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio
July 26: Merchants of Groove
August 2: Joe Kopicki Band
August 9: Dan Brother Band
August 16: Randy Lippincott & Joey “Hotbox” Simon
August 23: Slam Allen
August 30: Merchants of Groove (Wally Lake Fest) Special times are 2 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m.
September 6: Bobby Kyle Band
The price is $32.50, which covers the music, food, and beer tasting. Reservations are suggested. Some of the featured breweries include Stegmaier, Stoudts Brewing Company, Shawnee Craft Brewery, Ithaca Brewing Company, Nimble Hill, Free Will, Victory Brewing Company, and others. For more information, visit www.ledgeshotel.com or call (570) 226-1337.
Throughout Town, Milford
The anticipated 2015 Milford Music Festival will take place June 26th through the 28th. Once again, the lush, tree lined streets of Milford will be filled with the sounds of many genres of music. The weekend festival is one of Milford’s most popular events with live music, shopping, food, and activities.
This is a free festival with something for everyone. The festivities kick off Friday evening with live music at area restaurants and the historic Milford Theater. Each evening features music at Milford establishments, such as the Waterwheel Café, Hotel Fauchere, and the Grotto. Other venues featuring music are the Dairy Bar, Fretta’s Italian Specialties, Davis Chant Realty, Ambience Fine Furniture, the Frisky Goat Coffeehouse, the Malibu Dude Ranch, Lahr’s True Value Hardware, and various shops and businesses around town.
Throughout the weekend, shopkeepers invite festival-goers into their stores for shopping along Broad and Harford Streets and at the historic Upper Mill, Old Lumberyard Shops, and Apple Valley Village.
Some highlights include “Brooklyn Day in PA” in Jorgenson’s at the Dimmick Inn on Saturday, the “Indie Stage” at the Dairy Bar with over eight bands throughout the weekend, and on Sunday, Milford Music in the Park will kick off at the Ann Street Park.
Festival Schedule Highlights:
June 26: 5 to 7 p.m. at Hotel Fauchere, Dr. Glenn Heller SOlo Jazz Guitarist on the porch
5 to 7 p.m. at Patisserie Fauchere, Travis Love Benson weaves tales of everyday life through eclectic songwriting and twisted harmonies.
5 to 7 p.m. at Frisky Goat Coffeehouse, Wesley–a tri-state band playing punk rock and 90s alternative rock.
7:30 to 10 p.m. at Milford Theater, Pike Stock 4
June 27: Noon to 8 p.m. at Jorgenson’s at the Dimmick, 7th Annual Block Party featuring “Brooklyn in PA”. Music by Big Things
1 to 4 p.m. at the Upper Mill Shops, Sara Hulse Band (Singer-Songwriter)
2 to 9 p.m. at the Milford Dairy Bar, “Indie Stage”
June 28: 1 to 4 p.m., In its 10th season, Ann Street Park hosts Music in the Park bringing talented, big name musicians, as well as local acts to entertain people out in the grassy open. In the past, Vanessa Carlton, a popular Grammy nominated artist and Pike County native played here. Last year, American Idol’s Kendall Phillips took the stage. This year, local performer Sarah Hawthorne will play just before the headliner; recording artist and The Voice’s season four contestant, Christian Porter.
There are many more music events throughout the weekend. For a complete festival schedule and other information, “like” Milford Music Festival on Facebook or visit www.milfordmusicfest.org.