PA Blues Fest – Sunday


Well it is time to go to the outdoor stages after Slam Allen.  This has been fun, more so by hanging out and enjoying the fest with some good friends Ann and Eric that came in from Annapolis.

The days acts at the Main Stage include:

  • The Highway QCs
  • Vaneese Thomas
  • Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots
  • John Nemeth
  • Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials

Tent Stage:

  • Alvin Youngblood Hart
  • The Peterson Brothers
  • Alvin Youngblood Hart
  • The Mikey Junior Band
  • The Peterson Brothers
  • Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots

So it was now time as Michael would say “to got to Church.”  Sunday’s first act, The Highway QCs, a 10-piece all African-American group in suits playing traditional gospel.  The group got its start in 1945 and along the way has counted among its members Johnny Taylor, Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls.

At 87 still going strong

At 87 still going strong



Henry dressed for Church

Henry dressed for Church

Next for me was a move to the Tent Stage to see the Peterson Brothers.  I caught them at the North Atlantic Blues Festival and wanted a little more.   These rising artists are a three-piece Austin, Texas, band of siblings ages 15-18.  They exude a spirit that is catchy.  They smile and you smile.


Glenn Jr

Glenn Jr



The drummer

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The Brothers showing some moves.


As I said, they seem to be enjoying themselves out there.



Now a quick bite to eat and some conversation with blues fans I shared the table with and it was back to the Main Stage.

Got there to catch Victor Wainwright & the Wild Roots.  Sometimes referred to as  “a kind of a young Dr. John.” He’s a boogie-woogie player from Florida getting a lot of attention. A really good showman.






Bill Wax brings on John Nemeth.


Not much to say about John.  All the awards he has received say it all.  Fine entertainer and carries a young drummer Danny Banks who hails from Massachusetts.





The festival’s Sunday headliner was Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials.  A two time winner of Band of the Year at the Blues Music Awards.  It will be the band’s sixth appearance at the festival since. Lil’ Ed and the band, who have been together 30 years.   They received a Lifetime Achievement Award.




The Band





Now a few other things to mention was a more solemn part of the Fest when some friends that have passed on were recognized.

IN MEMORIUM…This summer’s Pennsylvania Blues Festival is dedicated to the memories of Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Margaret “Peg” Waltner and Damon Eppley. Johnny, Peg and Damon have roots back to the very first Pocono Blues Festival July 31 and August 1st,1992, Johnny as a performer in 1992 and also as The 1994 Pocono Blues Festival Headliner and Peg as the Co-Founder Of The Philadelphia Blues Machine with her beloved husband Doug. Damon, a long time supporter of the Pocono Blues Festival and road manager of the Shemekia Copeland Band. These three special people are in Blues Heaven smiling down on all of us.

In addition a Pa Blues Fest Fan of the year award went to Deb Lubin from California.

Why is this man Smiling?

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Maybe because – NEXT YEAR’S DATES for the PA BLUES FEST are July 29-31, 2016.

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Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

3 responses to “PA Blues Fest – Sunday

  1. Ed Stack

    A well organized and very entertaining festival. Premier talent and good food. My only complaints were – the heat and the rainy ride home.

  2. Deb Lubin

    Thanks for the mention, Dom! Great to see you and have some time to catch up!

  3. Great photos! It looks like everyone’s having a great time and rocking out. Awesome lineup!

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