Tune into NEPA’s Live Summer Music


AreaMusicpage15WEB-570By Allison Mowatt

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.


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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.


KindredSpiritspic-570Kindred Spirits Arts Programs at Venues throughout the Region

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.


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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.

Summer Schedule:

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.


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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.

Summer Schedule:

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.


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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.

Summer Schedule:

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.


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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.