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Green Music Festival The annual Radio Ecoshock Green Music Festival. Best of eco-music, most of which you won't find on Itunes. Some sent in by listeners, not on albums, etc. Playlist available in blog at ecoshock.info. Plus two new Occupy songs (by Makana and David Rovics). A little inspiration for the heart. Radio Ecoshock 111221 1 hour. Visit Radio Ecoshock
‎Woodstove Festival - Music And Interviews Get cosy and join us for an hour of music and getting to know previous and upcoming artists of the Woodstove Festival in Cumberland BC, canada. We'll be sure to introduce you to some fine local talent and beyond. From time to time we'll touch on mental health, bringing awareness and personal stories to connect back to our theme of aspiring for safer spaces of expression and growth in that department.
‎The Festiie Files: The Music Festival Podcast On this Podcast, we give you an inside look at almost every single aspect of the festival community by interviewing artists, vendors, and other festival go-ers with the hopes to connect festival go-ers all around the world during these difficult times.
‎Virtual Music Festival DJ and Producer based in London, originally from …
‎SunsetCast - Music Festivals SunsetCast Media System International is a leading distributor of independent, foreign, and classic films. This podcast will post a new film, clip, or trailer on a recurring basis. Clips may be viewed freely, but may not be sold, redistributed, or used for public exhibition.

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Past Daily: World of Music Listen to World of Music as Vurbl Partner Past Daily shares recordings the L.A. Philharmonic, Steel Mill, Stan Kenton, Dizzy Gillespie, Peter, Paul & Mary.

Gordon Skene, two-time Grammy Nominee and archivist runs The Gordon Skene Sound Archive and this website, which is dedicated to preserving and encouraging an interest in history and historic news, events, and cultural aspects of our society. Past Daily is the only place on the Internet where you can hear a Nixon speech, listen to an interview with John Cassavettes or play a broadcast of Charles Munch rehearsing the Boston Symphony in 1950, all in the same place. It's living history and it's timeless.
Past Daily: Amazing Historical Concerts & News
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Tell Laura I Love Her I have always liked good female singers with pin point accuracy....for example Celine
Dion with her gentle delivery...Gladys Knight with her perfect phrasing....Aretha
Franklin with her sharp jagged delivery ....Dionne Warwick with her faultless voice
(Heartbreaker being one of my favourite songs)....and of course Tina Turner with her
fabulous range.....a lot can be learned by up and coming girl singers from the likes of
these legends....and at the opposite end of the scale I would like to introduce one of
the worst records ever made...only .in my opinion of course....Tell Laura I Love Her by
Ricky Valance....which reached number one back in the day....but to me it is one of
the worst records ever.
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Summer Camp Podcast EP49: Luke Bemand (lespecial) Camp Counselor Allyce guest hosts and talks to Luke Bemand from lespecial.
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Summer Camp Podcast EP48: 2022 Recap Part 1 Camp Counselor Derek takes you through his magical weekend at camp with music clips and full songs.
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SUMMER CAMP PODCAST EP46: On The Road Special Camp Counselor Derek brings you full songs from the Summer Camp On the Road Tour winners. Check out the artists who came out on top in their respective towns and get ready to welcome them to Summer Camp 2022!
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SUMMER CAMP PODCAST EP47: Lowdown Brass Band Camp Counselor Derek is joined by Billacamp and Shane Jonas from the Lowdown Brass Band to talk Chicago music, horns, hip hop, and hair.
Jam of the Week: Steady Flow from 2021.
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Michael Milano breaks down Weekend One of Coachella 2022 | #47 Weekend One is in the books with a big surprise from Arcade Fire. There were some logistical issues but overall Coachella was a huge success after a two-year hiatus. In this episode, we do a full recap of the top artists from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with DJ Michael Milano. Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko co-host Can’t Feel the Heat, the Unofficial Coachella Podcast. Follow us @cantfeeltheheat and follow Michael @michaelmilano_official on instagram!
SUMMER CAMP PODCAST EP45: SAXSQUATCH Camp Counselor Derek talks with Saxsquatch about his life growing up in the forrest, Man-eating, his Tonight Show appearance and Summer Camp collaborations.
Jam of the week: Saxsquatch from 2021.
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Coachella 2022 last-minute festival tips with Michael Greco | #46 Coachella is just a few days away! In this episode, we are joined by Michael Greco, a music festival enthusiast, who shares his last minute tips for having a great time at Coachella. We also go into depth about some more of our favorite artists playing this year, especially L'imperatrice!
The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia replace Kanye | #45 The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia replace Kanye | #45
SUMMER CAMP PODCAST EP44: ANDY THORN (LEFTOVER SALMON) Camp Counselor Derek talks with ‘Colorado Man’ Andy Thorn about his road to Leftover Salmon, recent internet fame singing to a fox, new solo music and festivals in episode 44 of the Summer Camp Podcast.
Jam of the week: Leftover Salmon from 2012
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Planning your weekend and who to see at Coachella 2022 sets with Grupo Firme, Karol G, Stromae, Big Sean and more with Angel Chavez | #44 Guest Angel Chavez joins co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko to look at projected set times and plan their days at Coachella 2022.  Why we’re getting there early this year Who is the big set we can’t wait to see go off in Sahara Which acts to catch at the height of the day, but how to cool off while doing so Why Ye is the must-see headliner   Follow Angel: Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter; Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: - search for Festival Pass #coachella #musicfestivals  #dance #artists #Musicfestival #yumatent #sonora #edm #concerts #coachellavibes #coachellamusicfestival #gobi #sahara #mojave #sonora #musicpodcast #cantfeeltheheat #musicfestivalnews #gobitent #mojavetent #saharatent #yuma #yumatent #coachellasettimes
SUMMER CAMP PODCAST EP43: KANIKA MOORE Camp counselor Derek talks with Doom Flamingo’s Kanika Moore about the formation of Doom, theater, growing up with music, Everyone Orchestra and cats. We’re ready to rock it with Kanika this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.
Jam of the week: Doom Flamingo from 2021
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Coachella 2022 New COVID-19 rules, NFTs, Kanye West, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard with Niyaz Pirani | #42 Guest Niyaz Pirani joins co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko, to talk about Coachella.  The big news is that Coachella has dropped requirements for COVID-19 vaccination, testing. What does this mean? And we explain why you should still wear a mask if you’re going. Coachella debuted NFTs. What were they? Did people buy them? And you’ll never believe how much some people paid for lifetime passes. Headliner Ye (Kanye West) has been making headlines by beefing with fellow headliner Billie Eilish over a perceived slight to Travis Scott. He also says he’s bringing Scott with him to Coachella. And if he drops off, who should replace him? We also talk about King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Disclosure, Richie Hawtin, IDLES, Orville Peck and more.     Follow Niyaz: @niyazpirani and @knifeandsporkpr on Instagram Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter; Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: - search for Festival Pass #coachella #musicfestivals  #dance #artists #Musicfestival #yumatent #sonora #edm #concerts #coachellavibes #coachellamusicfestival #gobi #sahara #mojave #sonora #musicpodcast #cantfeeltheheat #musicfestivalnews #gobitent #mojavetent #saharatent #billieeilish #Ye #KanyeWest #TravisScott #NFTs #CoachellaNFTs #OrvillePeck #Disclosure #RichieHawtin #kinggizzardandthelizardwizard #Idle
Most anticipated Coachella 2022 sets with Harry Styles, Swedish House Mafia, Anitta, Disclosure with Brian Wentzel | #43 Guest Brian Wentzel joins co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko to count down their top 5 most anticipated acts at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Our theme for Coachella 2022 is fun. We want to dance with Harry Styles, Purple Disco Machine, L'Impératrice and Swedish House Mafia. Will Anitta and Doja Cat be breakout sets of Coachella 2022?  Will Danny Elfman and Kanye West produce epic sets? We talk about some special international acts on the bill, including The Hu, Altin Gun and Solumun.   Follow Brian: @Bdub711 on Instagram Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter; Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: - search for Festival Pass #coachella #musicfestivals  #dance #artists #Musicfestival #yumatent #sonora #edm #concerts #coachellavibes #coachellamusicfestival #gobi #sahara #mojave #sonora #musicpodcast #cantfeeltheheat #musicfestivalnews #gobitent #mojavetent #saharatent #yuma #yumatent #HarryStyles #dannyelfman #kanyewest #ye #donda #anitta #thehu #altingun #purplediscomachine #yola #disclosure #LImperatrice #SwedishHouseMafia #dojacat #viagraboys #solomun #slowthai
SUMMER CAMP PODCAST EP42: ALLIE KRAL Camp Counselor Derek talks with Allie Kral from Yonder Mountain String Band about the new album Get Yourself Outside, touring during a pandemic, camp memories, and sitting in with moe.
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Coachella 2022: Lineup review with BROCKHAMPTON, Danny Elfman, Purple Disco Machine and the Concert Concierge | #41 Guest Tim Cromwell, the Concert Concierge joins co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko, to talk about the return of Coachella.  How to approach Coachella 2022? Start with Tim’s playlist. He explains how he puts it together so you can hear from prolific artists including Lil Baby and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.  We talk about Danny Elfman and the possibility of an Oingo Boingo reunion, Harry Styles, Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion, Badbadnotgood, Purple Disco Machine, Girl in Red, Caribou and Altin Gun.  BROCKHAMPTON is calling it quits after Coachella. Here’s what to expect at their set Who is going to see Billie Eilish? Get tips on what to pack for a day at Coachella, where to stand at sets and what other elements you need to know. How is the When We Were Young Fest like Coachella?   Follow Tim: @theconcertconcierge on Instagram Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter; Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: - search for Festival Pass
Coachella 2022: Lineup announced with Harry Styles, Ye (Kanye West) and who is back from 2020 #40 Guest Caleb Aldrich joins co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko, to talk about the Coachella 2022 lineup. In this episode: The Coachella 2022 lineup is finally out and the headliners have totally changed. We talk about the exit of Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott and how they've been replaced by Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Ye (formerly known as Kanye West). What's up with Swedish House Mafia being at the bottom of the poster and not on a specific day? 60% of the artists from the 2020 lineup are on the 2022 poster, including Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion and Danny Elfman and 88rising.   Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter;  Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: - search for Festival Pass
Summer Camp Podcast EP41: The Wood Brothers Camp Counselor Derek talks with the Wood Brothers about their constant brotherly feuds, their latest album, and making Summer Camp their home.
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Summer Camp Podcast EP40: 20th Anniversary Part 1 Camp Counselor Derek takes you through his SCamp experience with clips from Keller, Frasco, moe., Everyone Orchestra, Family Groove, Ween and Billy Strings.
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Behind the lens at Coachella behind and finding gems on the field with Terry Corso of We Are Pigs and Alien Ant Farm | #39 Terry Corso, of We Are Pigs and Alien Ant Farm, talks with co-hosts Vanessa Franko and Tom Nash about what it’s like to go to festivals as a fan and a performer, how Coachella compares to festivals around the world. Terry also shares some of his favorite Coachella memories and  talks about photographing Coachella and what he looks for when he’s behind the lens.   The COVID-19 rules around concerts are changing. AEG Presents, which owns Coachella promoter Goldenvoice, is requiring fans to be vaccinated as of Oct. 1. Other festivals are instituting rules to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result.  We talk about the pandemic and the concert industry and what it will take for things to come back.  We talk about how Coachella changed the Southern California music landscape.  Coachella is a place to find some hidden gems every year. Vanessa’s rule is that if she sees Terry on the field, she follows him. That’s how she saw Trash Talk and Ghost B.C. How does Coachella compare to festivals around the world? Terry tells us and also shares what it’s like to play some of those big festivals. Terry talks about his new project, We Are Pigs, with Esjay Jones, and the new music they’re working on.    Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter;  Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: pe.com/newsletters - search for Festival Pass Follow Terry: @wearepigs on Instagram and @terrymcorso on Instagram
Summer Camp Podcast EP39: Pre-Camp Special with Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra) Camp Counselor Derek is joined by Matt Butler of the Everyone Orchestra to talk about the lineup for 2021. New Camp counselors Allyce and Sydney drop by with a couple song choices.
Jam of the week: Umphrey’s McGee from 2016
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Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott to headline Coachella 2022 and Frank Ocean will play in 2023 | #38 Co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko talk about the big Coachella news. We know who’s headlining in 2022 and 2023 Paul Tollett said in an interview that Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott will be back in 2022 and Frank Ocean is moving to 2023. Who else could we see headline in 2022? Will it be Kanye West? A double bill of Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat? Jay Z? Lil Nas X? Harry Styles? Silk Sonic with Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak? Who won’t we see in 2022? DaBaby, Billie Eilish Lollapalooza happened.  Why you should expect vaccines and COVID-19 testing at concerts and festivals.   Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter;  Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: pe.com/newsletters - search for Festival Pass
Summer Camp Podcast EP38: Andy Frasco (Andy Frasco and the UN) Camp Counselor Derek is joined by Camp Counselor Ashlee for a talk with Andy Frasco about his latest song and video release, his World Saving podcast and Youtube shows, and plans for SCamp ’21.
Jam of the week: Godboner from 2015
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Huell Howser took ‘California’s Gold’ to Coachella in 2008 long before Lady Gaga filmed ‘A Star Is Born’ at the festival with Derick McDuff | #37 Derick McDuff, co-host of The Underrated podcast  joins co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko, to talk about the time PBS show California’s Gold went to Coachella back in 2008, why you should plan ahead for the fest and more.  In this episode: Vanessa and Tom went to concerts again! She went to the Day Trip festival in San Bernardino. He checked out the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood to see Kaskade and Deadmau5. Stagecoach has announced its lineup, with plenty of Coachella crossover acts. Pearl Jam, who started it all in Indio nearly 30 years ago, is headlining the second weekend of the Ohana festival. There’s the new Festival Electrica in San Pedro with Los Tucanes de Tijuana next month and more.  We talk about some great Coachella sets, including the time Tove Lo appeared with Alesso looking like an angel, Blur, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Hans Zimmer and more. Coachella has played host to a number of film composers over the years, including Daft Punk, Hans Zimmer and Trent Reznor. We’re hoping Danny Elfman will add to the list in 2022. We hope Mika and Hot Chip will be back, too.  Coachella let an outside film crew in for Huell Howser’s PBS show “California’s Gold” back in 2008. We talk about the show, how rare it was for that to happen and how much Coachella has changed since. Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter;  Follow Derick McDuff on Instagram @dericks_photos Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: pe.com/newsletters - search for Festival Pass
Summer Camp Podcast EP37: Ryan Stasik (Doom Flamingo) Camp Counselor Derek talks with bassist Ryan Stasik from Doom Flamingo about camp memories, the formation of Doom Flamingo, various main stage bands and kickball.
Jam of the week: Huey Lewis and the rUMors from 2011.
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Day Trip Festival to debut with Coachella favorites Chromeo, Nora En Pure, Diplo and Tchami with guest Enrique Lopez | #36 Rico Lopez, one of the first guests on Can’t Feel the Heat  joins co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko, to talk about new festival Day Trip and the connection with artists from Coachella. Note: We recorded this before Day Trip announced the move to San Bernardino.  In this episode: Goldenvoice is bringing back Just Like Heaven and Cruel World next year, with so many Coachella artists. Plus, Once Upon a Time in LA is coming to town in December. New festival Day Trip is happening this weekend with a lot of former Coachella artists and the festival has had some changes  We talk about the genius of funklordz Chromeo, including their “Quarantine Casanova” EP and what we really wanted to hear more of on their new live album. Nora En Pure is magical and her music almost spiritual. Diplo is a renaissance man and we talk about his trips to Coachella as a solo artist and with Major Lazer, plus Stagecoach and a recent documentary about his time in Cuba. Did you know without DJ Tchami, we wouldn’t have “Turn Down For What”? We also talk about the time he turned the Sahara Tent into a cathedral at Coachella. We talk about who we loved on the 2020 lineup, including Rage Against the Machine, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, City Girls and Chicano Batman. Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter;  Follow Rico: Twitter: @enriquealopez Instagram: @enriquealopez Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: pe.com/newsletters - search for Festival Pass
Summer Camp Podcast EP36: On the Road Special Camp Counselor Derek brings you camp updates and a full song each from 10 of the Summer Camp On the Road tour winners.   You can stream all of the episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, coming soon to YouTube and here at SummerCampFestival.com.

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Coachella 2022 advance sale with guest Justin Cohen talking Hans Zimmer, Jamiroquai, Calvin Harris, Chris Lake, Lane 8 and The Antarctic Dome | #35 Guest Justin Cohen, of podcast Top Fives and Deep Dives, joins  co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko, to talk about the reality of Coachella 2022 and that anything is possible. In this episode: The Coachella 2022 advance sale happened and Goldenvoice is also bringing back Cruel World, with lots of Coachella alums. Expert tips on why you should go to the festival early; how to meet up with friends; where to stay; how to get in and out of the festival. Why the Antarctic Dome and the Yuma and Sonora tents are so darn cool.  Coachella memories like Hans Zimmer, Jamiroquai, Weezer, Chris Lake, Ratatat and more. Who from the 2020 lineup do we want to see get booked for 2022? Calvin Harris, Lane 8, Fatboy Slim and Emo Nite are a few. We pick some dream artists not on the 2020 lineup we want to see play in 2022 and get a little emo.    Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter;  Follow Top Fives and Deep Dives on Instagram: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: pe.com/newsletters - search for Festival Pass #coachella #musicfestivals  #dance #artists #Musicfestival #yumatent #sonora #edm #concerts #coachellavibes #coachellamusicfestival #musicpodcast #cantfeeltheheat #musicfestivalnews #gobitent #mojavetent #saharatent #weezer #calvinharris #hanszimmer #emonite #chrislake #lane8 #jamiroquai #ratatat #livemusic #antarcticdome
HÄANA talks about playing the Do LaB at Coachella and with Skrillex at Burning Man | #34 In this episode, co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko, guest HÄANA and friend of the pod Caleb Aldrich talk about the magic of the Do LaB, Burning Man and the future of live entertainment. EDC Las Vegas has moved from May to October and Burning Man is canceled for 2021, but California is loosening concert restrictions. HÄANA talks about her musical journey as a violinist, vocalist and electronic musician and how a trip to Iceland inspired her. HÄANA performed at Coachella 2017, the same day as Lady Gaga, at the DoLab in the afternoon heat. She explains why she and the avant garde ballerinas who perform with her had to stay away from the Super Soakers.   We talk about the magic of the DoLab and how it is a launchpad for artists and also a place where big artists can come back and perform secret sets, including Skrillex and Rüfüs Du Sol.  HÄANA shares experiences of performing at Burning Man alongside Skrillex on an art car tour, what happened when the lights went out at CES and playing in Abu Dhabi. HÄANA recently performed for fans in-person in Arizona and we chatted about the future of live music.    Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter;  Follow HÄANA: , @thisishaana on Instagram, YouTube: , Facebook: Follow Caleb: @Calebowski on Instagram; @theCalebowski on Twitter Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: pe.com/newsletters - search for Festival Pass #coachella #musicfestivals  #dance #artists #Musicfestival #dolab #edm #concerts #coachellavibes #coachellamusicfestival #musicpodcast #cantfeeltheheat #musicfestivalnews #gobitent #mojavetent #saharatent #skrillex #haana #rufusdusol #burningman #CES #livemusic
Predicting Coachella 2022 dates with Rage Against the Machine, Run the Jewels, plus the return of the Hollywood Bowl, Same Same But Different, BeachLife Festival | #33 In this bonus episode, hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko talk about their predictions for the dates for Coachella 2022 and who’s playing.   When is Coachella 2022 happening? We have a very good idea. Rage Against the Machine, Run the Jewels and L’imperatrice are among the 2020 scheduled acts likely to return.  California is going back to pre-COVID business as usual in June. What does this mean for local venues and big festivals like Coachella? The Hollywood Bowl is coming back starting in May and there’s a Coachella veteran playing one of the first shows back.  Same Same But Different lands Big Gigantic, STS9 and CloZee and announces COVID-19 protocols. BeachLife Festival announces a return to Redondo Beach in September.    Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter;  Follow Tom: @TNashSP on Twitter; @tnashrb on instagram Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: pe.com/newsletters - search for Festival Pass   #coachella #musicfestivals  #dance #artists #Musicfestival #saharatent #edm #concerts #coachellavibes #coachellamusicfestival #musicpodcast #cantfeeltheheat #musicfestivalnews #gobitent #mojavetent #coachella2022 #samesamebutdifferent #beachlife #hollywoodbowl #RATM #rageagainstthemachine #runthejewels #limperatrice #biggigantic #clozee
Music festival updates: Coachella, Hard Summer, Life Is Beautiful and Outside Lands, plus we talk Green Day, Louis the Child, Frank Ocean and Jungle with Concert Kash | #32 In this episode, co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko and guest Concert Kash talk about what will happen to Coachella in 2021, plus an update of other big festivals around the country. What’s up with Coachella 2021?  Life Is Beautiful is on the books and is Green Day the perfect nostalgia headliner for 2021? Outside Lands is happening Halloween weekend in San Francisco. What does this mean for Spookchella? Insomniac is going hard with another Southern California festival announcement. HARD Summer is coming to San Bernardino and there are a lot of Coachella veterans on the lineup, including Future, 2 Chainz, Dillon Francis and more.  Chicago has a solid festival scene. We talk Lollapalooza, Riot Fest with My Chemical Romance and New Found Glory, North Coast with Louis the Child, Nora En Pure and more.  Coachella and Lollapalooza are two of the biggest U.S. festivals. How do they compare?   Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram and Twitter;  Follow Concert Kash: @concertkash on Clubhouse, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok Follow Vanessa: @vanessafranko on Twitter; Newsletter: pe.com/newsletters - search for Festival Pass   #coachella #musicfestivals  #dance #artists #Musicfestival #saharatent #edm #concerts #coachellavibes #coachellamusicfestival #musicpodcast #cantfeeltheheat #musicfestivalnews #gobitent #mojavetent  #lollapalooza #riotfest #outsidelands #lifeisbeautiful #spookchella #hardsummer #future #dillonfrancis #sanfrancisco #coachella2021 #coachella2022 #greenday #billieeilish #chicago #louisthechild
Daft Punk’s Coachella universe: Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Justice, and Arcade Fire with Caleb Aldrich | #31 In this episode, co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko and guest Caleb Aldrich talk about the breakup of Daft Punk and the influence the French robots had on dance music and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, including: Daft Punk's legendary Coachella 2006 performance in the Sahara Tent, including what was written about it at the time and how it became the stuff of legend. Daft Punk's imprint on dance music and EDM and how they straddled the rock and dance worlds, influencing later artists like Justice, Parcels and L'Imperatrice. Daft Punk's many connections to the festival, from inspiring Kanye West to co-writing hits with 2018 headliner The Weeknd. Daft Punk's final album, "Random Access Memories," and its deep ties to Coachella, from its promotional video to performances from Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. How Arcade Fire punked everyone with "Paft Dunk" at Coachella 2014.    Follow us: @cantfeeltheheat on Instagram; Follow Caleb: on Instagram; on Twitter Follow Vanessa: on Twitter; Newsletter: pe.com/newsletters - search for Festival Pass
Coachella’s relationship to the Coachella Valley, Arcade Fire and the most animated artist on the last lineup with Angel Chavez |#30 Angel Chavez is an entrepreneur from the Coachella Valley and the creator behind the No. 1 Coachella channel on YouTube with more than 100 videos dedicated to the festival.   This episode includes the news of Riverside County’s top health official signing the order to cancel the event in April because of the pandemic. Co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko talk with Angel about the void in the Coachella Valley since the festival hasn’t happened since April 2019 as well as its economic impact in the region.    We also catch up with Angel about his recent video interview with Drew Thomas, who directed the Coachella concert film that came out in 2006 and how Angel is keeping busy with his Coachella videos and working with other creative folks in the Coachella Valley.    Angel talks about the Chella community concerts and how Goldenvoice has started to book big Mexican artists for the festival that have a following in the Coachella Valley, such as Banda MS, Los Ángeles Azules and Los Tucanes de Tijuana.     Angel, Tom and Vanessa reflect on one of the biggest Coachella moments on the main stage, Arcade Fire’s ball drop in 2011. They also talk about one of the most anticipated —  and definitely the most animated — artist who was on the bill for 2020: Hatsune Miku, a Japanese virtual pop star.    Connect with us:  Follow Angel: YouTube: Instagram:   Can’t Feel the Heat Podcast: Follow Vanessa: Twitter: Newsletter: - search for Festival Pass
Why Coachella’s not just another festival with Jeff Miller | #29 Jeff Miller is a journalist, musician, and TV personality who has covered every Coachella since 2002. Jeff talks about how Coachella is unlike every other festival out there and how it has been a trendsetter not only in music but also in its approach to food and beverage. He also shares how the festival has changed since he started going in 2002 (hint: it’s a lot bigger now), plus what it was like to be on stage at Coachella and be interviewed for the festival’s live stream. Co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko talk with Jeff about the future of Coachella in 2021 and how even if the COVID-19 vaccine allows major concerts to happen, why Coachella might want to pause until 2022. Tom shares a story about running into one of what would have been Coachella’s hot 2020 bands in an airport.  We also talk about what we hope the future is for Rage Against the Machine and how Pup, a small print band from the 2020 lineup will make you rock out.  Jeff also talks about playing Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace with his band Black Crystal Wolf Kids. Pappy & Harriet’s is a magical high desert roadhouse not far from Joshua Tree that has played host to a number of Coachella sideshows and a certain Sir Paul McCartney.    Connect with us: Jeff’s Instagram: @jeffmillerla; Can’t Feel the Heat Podcast: @cantfeeltheheat  Follow Vanessa: Twitter: @vanessafranko Newsletter: pe.com/newsletters - search for Festival Pass
Coachella’s cosmic connections and talking festival bathrooms and Bradley Cooper | #28 Caleb Aldrich is a TV writer and a DJ who has been to 19 different Coachella weekends and finds cosmic connections within Coachella. Caleb talks about how he fell into going to the festival and the community he has found along the way. He also has tips on how to embrace the ebb and flow of Coachella; how to find your friends in a crowd of 125,000 and what’s the quickest way to get across the polo field. Co-hosts Tom Nash and Vanessa Franko talk with Caleb about the energy and magic of Coachella, particularly its unforgettable setting at the Empire Polo Club in Indio and what they’re each looking forward to most as soon as the festival comes back post-pandemic. On a lighter note, there’s also discussion of Coachella’s bathroom situation (the permanent bathrooms were game changers!) and also the time Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga filmed “A Star Is Born” at Coachella and the sister festival the Stagecoach Country Music Festival.  We also talk about some great music to dance to, including Parcels and L’Imperatrice, and how Caleb managed to win his way into Coachella twice! Connect with us: Caleb’s Instagram: @Calebowski  Can’t Feel the Heat Podcast: @cantfeeltheheat Follow Vanessa: Instagram: @vfranko and @plantsthatrock Newsletter: pe.com/newsletters - search for Festival Pass
Going to Safari with Brian Wentzel and Coachella Holiday Music | #27 Brian Wentzel is a healthcare strategy executive that is passionate about Coachella and the growth of the festival. He has been following the business developments of the festival since he started attending in 2012 and he has been fortunate to attend the festival the past 3 years in Safari campground. This experience gives him some great insights into the backstage experience for festival-goers.  We are joined by my co-host Vanessa Franko who shared the current update on Coachella. She also talked about Yo Gabba Gabba, too, and how DJ Lance Rock might have been Sahara’s greatest dance party. And how they showed up with King Khan and the Shrines. Also, we discuss the intersection of Coachella and Christmas music, shouting out our favorites. In this episode Brian talked about: Why Coachella is spot on with their curation of the undercard act The evolving lineup of branding partnerships at Coachella The different types of passes And so much more! Connect with us: Brian’s Instagram: Can’t Feel the Heat Podcast: Follow Vanessa: Instagram: and Newsletter: - search for Festival Pass
Coachella 2021 Speculation, News and Lineup Review with Vanessa Franko | #26 Vanessa Franko, Digital Director of Entertainment for the Southern California News Group, is one of the world’s leading experts on music festivals in Southern California. She breaks down the latest Coachella-related news, which she has reported since 2007.  Ticketmaster has announced that they will allow people to attend shows with proof of vaccine. What does this mean for Coachella 2021? We also discuss the potential of social distancing at Coachella. Also, what possibilities exist in Virtual Reality?  The second half of the show features some of Vanessa’s favorite artists on the 2020 lineup, both big names and the undercard, international and local acts.  Follow Vanessa on Twitter @vanessafranko, follow her on Instagram @plantsthatrock, and register for her newsletter Festival Pass at
Kanye West and Joe Rogan Podcast Review with Niyaz Pirani | #25 Niyaz Pirani, the co-host of We Pod Sonically @wepodsonically, a music podcast, joins us to discuss the recent Kanye West episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. We discuss Kanye’s presidential ambitions, his album Yandhi, and muse about the future of Coachella.
WE'RE BACK! Michael Milano discusses Coachella in the age of COVID-19 |#24 Michael Milano is a DJ and Coachella forecasting expert. We get his take on the live music industry in 2020 and some predictions for what will happen to Coachella. Check him out on Instagram @michaelmilano_official
Actor Ryan Mirvis joins us to share tales of Coachella 2019, Camping, Lighting in a Bottle and More | #23 Welcome Back! Actor Ryan Mirvis joins us share tales of Coachella 2019, Camping, Lighting in a Bottle and More!
Singer/Songwriter/Producer Justin Waves Shares Musical Journey as He Aims to Play Coachella | #22 Justin Waves @justinwaves is an emerging talent, combining his voice with both electronic and live musical elements to create original music. On this episode, he takes us behind the scenes of the life of an up and coming musician. We talk about the nuts and bolts of how he makes his sounds and the process of crafting an image for his music. Check out his music at www.JustinWaves.com
Attorney Jason Beahm Recaps Coachella 2019 | # 21 On this episode, we are joined by attorney Jason Beahm. He walks us through his journey of attending Coachella in 2019. Check out his previous episode with music festival legal tips.
Angel Chavez joins us to recap Coachella 2019 | #20 Angel Chavez is a Coachella Valley local Youtuber, aka Wormeaful @wormeaful, who made a very strong showing at Coachella 2019. His work includes live concert footage, daily festival Vlogs, and lots of other useful videos about Coachella. He joined us to discuss the highlights of Coachella 2019.
The Concert Concierge Tim Cromwell breaks down Coachella 2019, talks Chemical Brothers and Tool | #19 In this episode, the Concert Concierge Tim Cromwell @theconcertconcierge gives his full breakdown of Coachella 2019, and we go back and talk about the first two Coachella headliners ever, The Chemical Brothers and Tool! Follow us on Instagram @cantfeeltheheat
Weekend Two Coachella 2019 Recap with Niyaz Pirani talking Kanye West Sunday Service and more | #18 Return guest Niyaz Pirani @wepodsonically and I had a blast revisiting Coachella 2019 on this episode. Not the most structured episode, but a good flowing conversation about the latest installment of the greatest music festival on the Earth. We talk about BlackPink, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Aphex Twin, and of course Sunday Service with Kanye West.
Recapping Coachella 2019 Weekend One with Jeff Miller and Michael Milano | #17 Weekend One is in the Books! Jeff Miller and Michael Milano give us the blow by blow of their weekends, covering Friday afternoon until Sunday Night. Probably our best episode yet. Subscribe! Follow us on Instagram @cantfeeltheheat
From the Field: Coachella 2019 Set Times and Maps | #16 Spaceman theme 2019?! Big surprises in the Sahara. Thanks to Michael Milano, Enrique Lopez, Tim Cromwell @theconcertconcierage, and Niyaz Pirani for your help!
Attorney Jason Beahm Shares Wisdom on the Law at Coachella and Electronic Music | #15 Jason gives us his valuable insights on the legal Dos and Don’ts for festival season. Know your Rights. Also we cover Cirez D in depth and go through the whole line up talking about his recommendations which are mostly electronic acts.
Khalid Releases Free Spirit, Poetic Kinetics, Black Pink, Tame Impala, and Los Tucanes De Tijuana | #14 Francisco Ponce @countdown2coachella joins us on this episode to give his unique point of view as an EMT and mariachi musician. We cover Khalid, who probably will open for Ariana Grande, Camping, Kanye West, Poetic Kinetics, Black PInk, Tame Impala, Tucanes De Tijuana, and Mr. Eazi. He is camper with 7 years of experience and lots of insights on the greatest musical festival in the world. One week to Coachella 2019! Follow us on instragram @cantfeeltheheat Check out our sponsor, Addison International Executive Recruiting www.addisonintl.com
Jeff Miller talks Lizzo, performing at Coachella, the KROQ House, and Pappy and Harriet's | #13 8 days to Coachella! On this episode we have Jeff Miller of the Black Crystal Wolf Kids. We discuss his top artists of the weekend, Lizzo, Steady Holiday, Superorganism, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monae, Tame Impale, the time he performed with Todd Terje, walk through the Set Time Predictions, and his upcoming gigs on Friday Weekend One at the KROQ house, and Saturday Weekend Two at Pappy and Harriet's.
Kanye West “Sunday Service” Weekend Two ONLY with Guest Michael Milano | #12 Big News Today! Kanye West has announced he will be performing his gospel infused "Sunday Service" during Easter, Weekend Two Only. Guest Michael Milano breaks down the big Coachella surpise, his Coachelectro 2019 mix, and walks us through the entire weekend using his Set Time Predictions. Coachella is just 10 days away!
My 2019 Top Three Artists: Diplo, Parcels, Rufus Du Sol | # 11 COACHELLA IS NEXT WEEK! On this episode, I countdown my top three artist for the weekend, Diplo, Parcels, and Rufus Du Sol.
Billie Eilish Releases WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO | #10 Billie Eilish has released her debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” and it delivers a futuristic pop dream sound. Just two weeks to Coachella! Guest appearing on this episode is Niyaz Pirani of Knife and Spork PR. We dive into the album’s high points, discuss the excellent production, and overall get ourselves extremely excited for Coachella in two weeks! Subscribe to the Podcast! Hit us up on Instagram @cantfeeltheheat
Tame Impala Releases New Coachella Ready Single Called Patience | #09 Tame Impala releases their first new song in 4 years, Patience! It's a piano and bongo driven, ELECTRO Psychedelic pop, disco, R&B, FESTIVAL READY, PARTY BANGER. Coachella is only 3 weeks away. GET READY FOR BLASTOFF ITS LIT NEW TAME IMPALA MUSIC IS OUT.
Vanessa Franko the Coachella Journalist | #8 Vanessa Franko is covering her 20th and 21st Coachella in April. She has been a journalist in Southern California covering the festival since 2007, first as a reporter for The Press-Enterprise and now as the Digital Director of Entertainment for the Southern California News Group, which includes 11 daily newspapers and websites in Southern California. On this episode we cover sunsets at Coachella, Casey McGraves, Childish Gambino, Weezer, Shame, Calypso Rose, Paul McCartney, and Sly Stone.
Coachella Tips, Black Pink, Kid Cudi, and more with Angel Chavez, #7 Follow us on Apple Podcasts! Our guest today is Angel Chavez from Wormeaful, a #Coachella Youtube Channel. We talk about basic Coachella tips, @kidcudi, @blackpinkofficial #blackpink, #yg, #lostucanesdetijuana, @idriselba #idriselba, and @ochoojoscv #ochoojos. Angel was a great guest and we hope to have him back soon! Follow us on Instagram @cantfeeltheheat, email thomasnash09@gmail.com
Set Time Predictions with Michael Milano, #6 The first gig this DJ ever played was at the Energy Factory in Coachella in 2011. His Coachella love inspires him to make Set Time Predictions for fun. We discuss how Michael predicts the set times and shares his work on Reddit. Other topics include Childish Gambino, VIP passes (probably not worth it), logistics (get there early), Easy Life (recommended for Sunday), Still Woozy (recommended for Friday), Polo and Pan, Aphex Twin, Jean-Michel Jarre, backstage passes at the Do Lab, the Coachella.com Forums (RIP), driving and parking at Coachella, meeting spots, and exploring Coachella solo. Follow on Instagram @cantfeeltheheat @michaelmilano_official
Coachella Critique and Evolution with Niyaz Pirani, #5 In this episode, we interview Niyaz Pirani of Knife and Spork Public Relations. We discuss the growth of Coachella including technology upgrades and layout. Also, artists including Yellow Days, Kid Cudi, Tame Impala, and Kanye West’s upcoming appearance on the Joe Rogan Podcast. Follow us on Instagram @cantfeeltheheat. Email thomasnash09@gmail.com
Coachella Strategies with the Concert Concierge Tim Cromwell, #4 Learn Coachella Strategies with the Concert Concierge, Tim Cromwell! We also discuss Aphex Twin, Tame Impala, Janelle Monae, Anderson Paak, Kacey Musgraves, Gessafelstein, and more! Unofficial Coachella Podcast!
Camping at Coachella with Rico Lopez, #3 Coachella! Unofficial fan podcast about the Coachella Music Festival, the only Coachella podcast on the internet. In this episode, Tom interviews Rico Lopez about camping at Coachella. Follow us on Instagram @cantfeeltheheat email thomasnash09@gmail.com.
Festival Booking Insights with Santi Vidal | #2 Coachella! Fan podcast about the Coachella Music Festival, the only Coachella podcast on the internet. In this episode, Tom interviews Santi Vidal of III Points Festival about the booking process. Follow us on Instagram @cantfeeltheheat and email at thomasnash09@gmail.com
Behind the Scenes at Coachella with Bryce Carr | #1 Coachella! Fan podcast about the Coachella Music Festival, the only Coachella podcast on the internet. In this episode, Tom interviews Bryce Carr of SMOOTH JAWS about what it's like to work behind the scenes and the in-ear monitor technology used by the musicians. Follow us on Instagram @cantfeeltheheat email thomasnash09@gmail.com
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Backstage Pass featuring Mike Eben An important component of school music programs is the opportunity to introduce students to all types of music including jazz. They are the future consumers of music and will keep it alive! A great interview and a great addition to Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest!
Making Music is Fun And So Much More for Gerald Veasley Gerald Veasley is a world re-known Bassist and a big part of the fabric of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. His performances always WOW the crowd. Gerald is also instrumental helping to establish and coordinate educational programs and Bass Bootcamps. That’s what most know about Gerald but in this story he shares with Jo Painter some things that are little known. Gerald Veasley shares his musical journey and reveals the motivation behind his life’s work. It all started on his 12th Birthday. His Dad gave him a Bass. At the University of Pennsylvania he got serious and studied Engineering, Political Science and Philosophy. It was an unexpected event during his college years that brought that Bass front and center in his life again. Gerald says he discovered music as a vocation and thought “Wouldn’t it be cool to be somebody who makes that music that helps people sort of get through tough times”. Gerald has fun with music and does it with a much bigger purpose. He shares his intention and his latest endeavor, the ‘Unscripted Jazz Series’ at South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor in Philadelphia. He calls it an opportunity for musicians to play music ‘outside their box’, an adventure for both musician and audience!
South Jazz Parlor will be replicated at the DoubleTree this year during Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and of course the now legendary Midnight Jams will be headed up by Gerald Veasley … Don’t miss it!
Go Greater Reading talks Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest! Crystal Seitz talks to Karen Meyers Haver about all things Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest! Everyone's talking about it!
Mindi Abair - the Lady with the Sax Mindi Abair shares her experience upon hearing the news of her Grammy nomination and talks about things she learned growing up watching her Dad play sax, her experiences along the way and how the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest feels like home.
Uptown Band & Dance Hall Docs - Fabulous Friday Funkathon 4-10-15 - Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest! Uptown Band & Dance Hall Docs together for Fabulous Friday Funkathon April 10, 2015 at Bldg 24. Erich Cawalla and Fred Moreadith talk about performing, managing, practicing and spontaneity. This is why Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest is a favorite annual event for musicians.
Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest Backstage Pass featuring Peter White Peter White is a perennial favorite at Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. His Christmas Show has become a tradition for many and whets the audience appetite for more Peter White music during the annual Berks Jazz Fest. Peter says the first music he ever played at the ripe old age of 7 was Christmas music on the piano. His Dad taught him how to play and introduced him to Christmas favorites. Growing up in England in the 60’s it was the Beatles that started him on his guitar journey. A journey that led him to Abbey Road Studio at the age of 20 to record ‘The Year Of The Cat’ with Rod Stewart. That was followed by a tour that brought him to America at age 21 performing with Rod Stewart at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Listening to another English Band, ‘Acoustic Alchemy’, he was inspired to continue writing his own music and pursue a solo career. Peter talks about the power and challenge of collaborative work with other artists and the gratitude he feels when audience members share their own stories of the impact of hearing his music. For Peter playing and writing music is all about listening!
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Backstage Pass featuring Carl Zeplin & Chris Gallagher Carl Zeplin is a Kutztown Area High School Music Teacher and Chris Gallagher is a member of the Berks County All Star Jazz Band and will be performing at Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Chris was one of Carl’s students when he was in middle school. Chris says he learned determination and how to ‘keep moving forward’ from Mr Zeplin. Carl’s favorite age group is the middle school students. He says they don’t put up barriers and are willing to take risks. Both talk about the benefits and opportunities that jazz music has provided in their lives. Tune in and find out how jazz influenced their life path.
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Backstage Pass featuring the Cullen Brothers, Matt and Dave! Part 2 Matt and Dave Cullen answer the 5-question lightning round that is the hallmark of each Backstage Pass for the 2018 Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Some of the musical roots they discussed in part one of the Cullen Brothers Backstage Pass come up again in their responses. Their insights allow a peak into the impact of jazz music and the opportunities that are presented when music is a key part of your life. Tune in to find out their favorite Jazz Fest Memories, their mentors and their legacies.

You’ll enjoy this story and the Cullen & Company show on April 12 when Craig Thatcher, Chico Huff, Cliff Starkey and Pete Fluck join Matt and Dave Cullen at the Inn At Reading. Don’t miss it!
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Backstage Pass featuring the Cullen Brothers, Matt and Dave! Part 1 We have been going backstage but this time we went back home with the Cullen Brothers, Matt and Dave! They reminisce about the favorite rooms in their house and how those settings set the stage for their musical careers. They talk about growing up with 10 kids in a home that was really a garden where musical seeds were planted and all 10 kids had their moment on a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, French horn and drums. This family rivals the VonTrappe Family when it comes to sharing music.

As joy and unabashed smiles dance across their faces, they share their memories and admiration for the other’s talents. They talk about the musicians that make up Cullen & Company with excited anticipation that is quite contagious.
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Backstage Pass featuring Bennie Sims Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest does not start until the Groovemasters take the stage at The Peanut Bar. This marks the 27th year you will find Bennie Sims at the helm of The Groovemasters. Bennie Sims is a self taught musician who couldn’t read music, but he could hear and ‘feel’ the music. He picked up a guitar and his career was launched! Bennie takes a stroll down memory lane with us sharing stories about the evolution of his career, his mentor, and lots of musicians he has worked with and continues to make music with today. In addition to performing internationally Bennie is a sought-after producer who is also writing his own music and performing. There is a new song in the works right now!

Bennie is currently producing Erich Cawalla’s first solo album, “The Great American Songbook” and will also be part of Erich’s quartet on stage with The Reading Pops. Bennie says “It’s breathtaking to be part of the music on stage with an orchestra”. Bennie talks about ‘feeling’ the music in whatever setting he finds himself: as a writer, producer, or part of a quartet or a large orchestra.

The Groovemasters only play about 3 or 4 times a year these days. So it’s pretty special when they re-group for the start of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. That’s when these old friends get together and exhale and enjoy some time on the playground. Bennie says it’s like ‘home’. Enjoy this conversation and make your plans now to come home with Bennie Sims at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Backstage Pass featuring Raeann Rowlin and Grant Fickes Education is a key component and part of the mission of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Raeann Rowlin is a Commercial Music Major and Grant Fickes is a Mathematics Major at Kutztown University. Both will be performing with the KU Jazz Ensemble at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest at The GoggleWorks. Raeann plays trumpet and has always played jazz music. Grant started playing traditional classical music on the alto sax. Both students were introduced to music in the Fourth Grade. These students personify the impact of the ‘Music In The Schools’ Program. Raeann and Grant have a great deal of passion for Music and Jazz in particular. They discuss their mentors, and talk about what jazz music means to them and how it impacts their life. Look out music fans, here they come!
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Backstage Pass featuring Levi Landis Levi Landis, Executive Director of The GoggleWorks Center For The Arts has long staged the Juried Art Exhibit in the Schmidt Gallery on the Second Floor. That’s the visual arts component of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. This year The GoggleWorks will showcase the performing arts as well. Levi always asks, “How can we be a resource for the local community. The GoggleWorks is a beautiful space to see events, go to weddings. Now we will bring the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest to our stage.”

Levi brings his experience working with music festivals to the mix. He says, “Any time anyone thinks about the arts in the community The GoggleWorks wants to be part of the conversation. And now part of the music!” If you’ve never stopped in to The GoggleWorks, here’s another reason to visit … The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest will stage the KU Jazz Ensemble in The GoggleWorks Boscov’s Film Theatre. The performance will start with a student group followed by a faculty group from Kutztown University. It is an intersection of education, arts and music at The GoggleWorks in Downtown Reading.
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Backstage Pass featuring Marvanne Kouvaros Marvanne Kouvaros wants “everyone to have a smile on their face and a tummy that is full”!   When you go backstage at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest you are bound to find Marvanne Kouvaros.  She was a school teacher and working with RHS Marching Band when she was first invited to volunteer with Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest to help move equipment.  She wasn’t sure she could do it but was told, “Sure you can! You’re a teacher who works with children. Children need to be corralled and so do musicians at times!”

That was over 20 years ago.  Today Marvanne Kouvaros is the Head of Hospitality and works closely with Gary Spencer and the production team making sure every venue is staffed and stocked with the proper necessities for each of the musicians.

While food is her main concern she has been known to go above and beyond that job description.  If an artist needs something and she can make it happen she does.  Marvanne Kouvaros recalls making special elixirs and even taking musicians on shopping sprees.  At Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, everyone really is one big happy family!
WCR Center for the Arts is a new jazz destination this year. Josh Taylor and Cammie Harris share the story. Lots of ‘Firsts’ in this #BackstagePass for the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Cammie Harris, Executive Director of the Women’s Club of Reading Center for the Arts, makes a connection with Josh Taylor, guitarist with The Hot Club Of Reading, to stage a gypsy jazz event at the WCR Center for the Arts. The character and history of the building meshes with the passion and history of gypsy jazz kept alive by the Hot Club Of Reading. Josh Taylor talks about the impact of this music in particular the way Josiah Taylor, his son, has caught the jazz bug and the ripe old age of 16! Cammie is equally passionate about preserving and promoting the WCR Center for the Arts as an intimate venue to celebrate the music in Berks County. Find out what drives their passion in this #BackstagePass.
Jazzin’ Up The Pops! Erich Cawalla and Will Rapp discuss how music charted the course of their lives and careers. They discuss their musical journey, mentors and legacy and the ways jazz music influences their performances. Lots of insight is shared in this Backstage Pass. Check it out and save the date … April 8. That’s when Erich Cawalla and his quartet partner with Will Rapp and The Reading Pops for a special Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest performance called ‘Jazzin’ Up The Pops’.
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Backstage Pass featuring Michael Tozzi Meet the ‘VOICE’ of Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest – Michael Tozzi! He shares his jazz journey and talks about how it morphed along with the evolution of commercial radio. Michael is a versatile entrepreneur with many talents that have opened doors along the way. Michael talks about his mentors, his own jazz legacy and some favorite moments from past Berks Jazz Fest events. Enjoy the first story in this Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Backstage Pass Series made possible by the Berks Arts Council.
A Tale of Remarkable Collective Talent Backing up the Bands at Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Three talented musicians that got together Because of The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest a performer was looking for a horn section to back him up while in Reading. Mike Anderson said OK and then recruited more players. This first show was so successful word spread and the Berks Horns was born. Musicians know when they come to Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest there is a talented trio (more if necessary) to back them up. Yet another bonus of Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest All three of these guys started playing an instrument in fourth grade and they talk about how that led them each on a diverse musical journey filled with opportunity Tune in and hear about the side Opportunity for musicians appearing at Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Opportunity for these guys to add to their resume… The collective talent is remarkable, sometimes they get the music beforehand and other it all changes on the spot! Discipline, adaptability, improvising… It’s one big package and now you know the story behind the Berks Horns, go check them out on stage.
This Is How Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Made Its Way To Schuylkill County Meet Dave Clews owner of 12 Volt Dave’s Audio in Pottsville is an audio purist who happens to love Jazz music. Dave heard about this jazz concert at Bldg 24 and decided to check it out. It was a chance meeting with John Ernesto at that concert that started the ball rolling. The Bldg 24 experience made a fan out of Dave Clews. His wheels started spinning. He thought, “Wow only ½ hour away, small venue, great music… Hmmm how can we get this up in Pottsville”? He used his own background staging events in the community and Had a contest in Schuylkill County want to expose Schuylkill county to jazz and the blues. He shares the story of a renovated ski lodge and how The Lodge At Sharp Mountain came to be the place for the first show. This year ‘Greg Hatza and the ORGANization’ will share a taste of Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest in Schuylkill County. Learn more about the stories of Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest
Boscovs Berks Jazz Fest | Meet Keiko Matsui Keiko Matsui talks about her deep connection to her fans and understanding how music connects us spiritually.

Keiko Matsui is delightful, humble, playful and spiritual. It all comes through in her music! She recalls her childhood and says her first love was sports, gymnastics and soccer. She says she was very competitive. Keiko’s Mom is a traditional Japanese dance teacher but Keiko showed no interest in dance so her Mom sent her off to piano lessons. Thank You Mom !

Keiko started playing piano at 5 years old. She shares the story of competing as a piano student and thinking that after the competition she would quit and write instead. But she says after that competition she somehow started to receive the melodies instead of writing. 17 albums later she still receives the music. “I stop everything on tour and lock myself in a room and instead of writing I wait for the music to come to me …. And it does”.

She draws inspiration from everyday life, her thoughts about life and where we came from and from nature. Her ‘Journey to the Heart’ and ‘Soul Quest’ albums are indicative of a personal search. Her music reflects that, her creation of music is very spiritual. She attributes much of her success to her fans. She says, “My music is a journey to my fan’s heart --- because of you I can come this far”.
A conversation with Jeff Duperon … his passion for jazz is contagious Jeff Duperon is your Jazz Host Saturday and Sunday evenings on WRTI. He is drawn to public radio because of the community aspect, That connection to the community is important to Jeff Duperon and to WRTI. He says that is why WRTI has been connected with the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest since it began. The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest is strongly connected to the community too. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

Jeff will be in Reading again this year hosting his show live on WRTI from Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. He enjoys interviewing performers and sharing the Fest with listeners through his eyes.

Jeff is passionate about bringing a younger audience into the Jazz scene. He notes that “Jazz is the only original artform created in the United States … a heritage going on for over 100 years”. He gets excited as he talks about preserving, presenting and promoting this great American artform.

He’s also excited about the new feature at Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest this year, the mini replica of South Jazz Parlor in the DoubleTree Hotel on Penn Street. There will be 13 concerts featured there showcasing all different styles of Jazz music.
Matt Cullen Moves From Backstage to Center Stage at Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Matt spent 20 years on the production crew at Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. He recalls how and why he got involved and how his involvement with the Fest on a volunteer basis led to some pretty cool opportunities. He now heads up his own production team at Bldg 24 during the Fest. Matt is a teacher by day and a drummer by night. He shares the story of picking the drum for his instrument of choice and how he cultivated his craft with the Holy Name Band when he was only in 7th grade. His band … ‘Cullen & Company’ will be performing at the Festival this year. It will be an Evening Of Grateful Dead Music and music from Jazz Is Dead, which features jazz instrumental versions of Grateful Dead music. His brother Dave Cullen will be featured in this particular Cullen & Company Show and he is pretty excited about that.
Hosting Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest is like being in the playground for 10 days Craig Poole General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading in Downtown. The DoubleTree is the main venue this year hosting 26 events. Craig talks about The South Jazz Parlor at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading. It will be a full time club that is open the entire length of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest this year.

Craig talks about the pre-planning that took place when building the hotel. The appropriate accommodations for staging the Berks Jazz Fest were put in place as the architectural plans were drawn up. Craig was able to draw from his prior experience owning and operating one of the top jazz clubs in Pittsburgh.

All of this was put into place due to the economic impact on Reading and Berks County. Craig says, “The Fest puts Reading and Berks County on the map. As a result we have new year-round visitors!
It's A Musical Life, What's Not To Like! Mike Eben has spent over 3 decades teaching music and playing music. It all started in the High School Jazz Band with Hank Hoffman playing Count Basie’s music. That sort of exposure is what can ignite the musical passion and set a career trajectory in music. Mike says you first need to know what it is you want to get into – performing, teaching, or the music business.

Mike says it was Doc Mulligan that nudged him to begin arranging and writing music Mike’s group ‘From The Hip’ will be transformed from a 6 piece to a nine piece band, a sort of small Big Band for Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Performances this year. You will hear musical arrangements by Mike Eben and his original Jazz Music as well.

A big joy is to have a former student, Greg Wilson, join the band with his saxophone. Mike says Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest brings a world of opportunity when world-class musicians converge on Berks County for 10 days. Educational events are built around the Fest as well which provide students the opportunity to rub elbows with professional musicians and learn from them and play with them. That is an invaluable opportunity
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest puts Reading on The Map! Rick Fehling has been to the Peter White Christmas for the last 12 to 15 years. He is a perennial audience member. Rick developed appreciation for music from his Mom, a music teacher in the Governor Mifflin School District and was introduced to the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrone in college.

Rick says, “Don’t worry About it Being Jazz it’s Just Good Music!” He didn’t recognize artist names the first few years but went to shows anyway and was awestruck listening to Rick Braun and Brian Colbertson. It’s the music and the ever expanding genres that keep him coming back to Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest year after year. Come out and see what it’s all about!
Rick Braun Talks about the Importance of Balance in Life and the Gift of Music Rick Braun is a musician, producer, singer and songwriter all wrapped up in one! He takes some time between the Peter White Christmas Shows at the Miller Center in Reading to talk with Jo Painter about ‘coming home’ to perform at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. While Rick moved to the West Coast he still calls this area ‘home’ and always finds family members in the audience.

Rick talks about how Chet Baker has inspired him and shares his other influences as well. While the trumpet has always been his musical voice, he is also using his voice as his musical instrument. Rick shares some practicing secrets for both voice and trumpet and shares some other interesting tales as well. You’ll enjoy his conversation.
Marketing & PR person behind Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest is Mike Zielinski. Mike Zielinski, Host of Talking Sports & Fitness with Zeke Host on The PEOPLE Chronicles, BCTV show host and talks about how a sports guy got involved as the promoter and marketer for Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. He didn’t know one jazz artist when he was asked to promote the Festival so he did a lot of homework and met a lot of fascinating people.

Mike is most impressed by the artists. He says some people in sports world and the rock world some people are prima donnas. But in the Jazz world he says the artists are amazing, personable and amiable, folks just like you and me. This is highlighted during the Midnight Jams. The artists get together after they have performed at their respective concerts and pout on another show featuring a couple hours of impromptu jazz that is obviously as much fun for the artists as it is for the audience.

Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest is a genre melting pot featuring straight ahead jazz, blues, contemporary jazz and funk. John knits together a mosaic of jazz genres for the Festival making sure that there are not two concerts at the same time featuring the same genres.
Dave Cullen Personifies Versatility, Find Out Who He Calls His ‘Zen Master’ Dave Cullen, Berks County’s resident Grammy Award Winner, shares a great story of his experience with another Grammy Award Winner from Berks County, Taylor Swift! Dave says her personality is real and down to earth, much like the personalities of the jazz musicians that are in town for the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.

Dave Cullen is one of the original Groovemasters and will be performing with them at the Inn At Reading on opening night. Dave feels it is important to give back and so he teaches guitar to music business students At Millersville University, to music education majors at West Chester University, and to music therapy majors at Elizabethtown University.

Dave Cullen’s plays a wide variety of genres and he has a special Gospel Mass performance scheduled during this year’s Berks Jazz Fest. Dave shares some behind the scenes stories of the music business and offers a piece of advice for his music students.
The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Kick Off is Tradition at the Peanut Bar in Downtown Reading The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest officially begins at the Peanut Bar . The kick off of the vent always happens at Noon on Friday at The Peanut Bar. Michael Leifer, owner of The Peanut Bar says 26 years ago they were very excited about the event coming to town with Frankie Scott being the opening act because they have always been passionate about making things happen in Downtown Reading.

This event has grown tremendously over the years but the opening tradition remains the same and the excitement for this event has not waned. If you want a seat at the kick off you need to make your reservation in January!

This tradition has been renamed and is now the Harold Leifer Memorial Jazz Fest Kickoff Lunch. Michael Leifer is excited and honored to have the kick off named for his Dad, Harold, because he was always very positive about the possibilities of Downtown Reading. Due to demand for this event the Groovemasters will not only open the fest at the Peanut Bar they will be back at the end of the week for a second Peanut Bar Show. Listen as Michael shares some of the stories of this event over the years.
Getting from here to there - What a long strange trips it’s been! Did you see the schedule for Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest? There are about 175 artists coming to town this year. That doesn’t include the bandmates. It takes about a dozen volunteers and three 15-seat passenger vans to get all the artists to the right place at the right time. By the end of the fest, about 10,000 miles will have been racked up on the vehicles and everyone will have made it where they needed to be safe and sound.

You can imagine the stories that are shared in the car on the way to the show. Chuck shares the story of how his journey began. Oddly enough it has something to do with The Grateful Dead! The transportation crew is like a team of ninjas. You never see them but they make sure you see the artists at the right place and time. Find out what Bruce Hornsby, The Grateful Dead and the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest have in common. It may just be the reason Chuck has been on the transportation team all these year and now devotes his time to coordinating all the trips.
Playing music is pure happiness... Cliff Starkey is one of the original players with the ‘Groovemasters’. He talks about his great passion for music and how he learned to play the piano. Cliff gets great joy giving back – sharing his bag of tricks with people who can read music. Cliff is from the school of performance learning by osmosis.

Cliff says on his father’s side of the family everyone had a talent, music, singing and art. Cliff started out as an artist. He remembers his uncle fondly recalling the way he could ‘walk a baseline’. He watched his uncle saying his name, ‘Cliff’ and playing cool jazz chords.

Cliff Starkey never owned a piano growing up. He would keep it in his head till he could get to a piano, figure it out and make it his own. Anything he heard, he kept in his head. After school he would stay late, sitting at the piano till he could figure out how to play the music that was in his head.

Cliff Starkey says Bennie Simms is like a big brother to him. Bennie took him under his wing and Cliff shares the rest of the story of how that unfolded into Cliff’s opportunity to play with ‘The Three Degrees’ and then end up on the ‘Emeril Lagasse’ show.

Cliff Starkey says “it’s all about the music”. His interest in music gave him something. Something big! Now he shares it with us.
What does Jazz mean to Craig Poole. You know Craig Poole runs the Doubletree by Hilton in downtown Reading, but did you know he also owned one of top 100 jazz clubs in the world? James Street Jazz Club in Pittsburgh was Craig’s home for 16 years. Craig recalls those memories and likens the scene to Penn Street.

The impact of jazz and jazz clubs in an urban neighborhood is the ability to bring everybody in, it’s very eclectic, multi denominational, multi-generational and it’s safe. He says Jazz is something that just ‘happens’. You have to be there to truly enjoy it and see it happen. It brings people together.

Craig calls Jazz “the great equalizer… You could be president of company , a professor in college, or somebody that doesn’t have a dime. Jazz brings people together and they are all equal for a period of time… enjoying the same thing, in the same spirit and in the same time”. Hear some of Craig’s stories from the jazz scene and what he is looking forward to at this year’s Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.
The story of a volunteer at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Mark Shearer started volunteering at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest 1994. Twenty-one years later he is the Volunteer Coordinator for the entire 10 day festival. Mark says it all started the year he and his wife spent about $800 on tickets the Berks Jazz Fest.

He got the invitation to volunteer at the Jazz Fest. He and his wife volunteered for 5 or 6 shows. They loved it and each year they added more shows to their volunteer list. Before you knew it Mark and his wife each became a house captain.

The volunteer force is often referenced as an army and Mark is quick to correct that and say it is a ‘Family’ of volunteers. He says volunteers can select the shows where they want to volunteer. The only mandate is one volunteer meeting and 3 shows. So what keeps him at the table in such a large and time consuming capacity? It is the people … not only the family of volunteers but the artists and the concert attendees as well.

From the moment they walk in the door to the final curtain, there is a common goal. Make sure everyone has a good time! Tune in and find out how you can join the volunteer family.
Skip Moyer, this year’s Frank Scott Award Winner, shares the story of how it all started. Skip Moyer is looking forward to sharing the Frank Scott Award moment with his kids. He played with Frank Scott a lot of times over the years. The award is all about a musician who has made a significant contribution to jazz in Berks County, as well as their active involvement in giving back to the community through music. Skip has been involved with Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest since the beginning and he is still amazed that he is asked to play when all the big names are coming in to town to perform. He can’t imagine why people would choose to see him!

Skip graduated from the Navy School of Music where he met a lot of great musicians. “Dennis … from Lehighton … ended up playing with Paul McCartney and the Wings … and Vaughn played bass trombone with the Woody Herman Band for years”. Skip says he got to play with a lot of great musicians in the Navy Band, “especially during peace time ... they are pretty picky about the musicians they choose”.

Skip teaches locally. He is really happy this year because he has a student playing bass with the All County Jazz Band. Most years his students were the ones that played bass with the County Jazz Band. Skip says, “Last year was one of the years he didn’t have a student do it ... It’s because people that were actually qualified to play weren’t really interested in doing it. There are so many different kinds of music. Their pursuits were more toward the classical vein”.

How do you teach jazz? Skip says, “It starts from how to hold the base, how to pull the string. Then you get into the harmony aspect … I usually teach how to play the blues first”.

Skip wanted to play an instrument since he was 10. He bought an Oscar Peterson record but didn’t even own a turntable! He fondly recalls the local hillbilly parks and firemen’s carnivals where all the big names came to play including Bill Monroe, Webb Pierce, Bill Haley, Earl Scruggs and Minnie Pearl. They provided the inspiration and he really wanted to play steel guitar and dobro. His High School teacher urged him to play the Bass instead. That was the beginning of a lifetime making and sharing music.
Up Close and Personal with Jenifer Kinder Jenifer Kinder is connected with the songs she sings even when they are not her own words but cover songs. Jenifer is not only an amazing singer but a songwriter as well and her song, ‘I Can Breathe’, is charting on commercial radio. She wrote this for her Twisted CD. It was re-recorded and released a second time with the Uptown Band, with whom she has been singing for 10 years. Jenifer says “All my songs are true. Everything that I’ve written about has happened”. Writing is how she works though it “As an artist my writing has become more dear to me than my singing”.

A dream of hers since she was a little girl has been realized. She is on the radio! Jenifer started ‘working’ on her career when she was 14 years old. She worked with producer Scott Verret recording a lot of studio jingles and commercials for Boscov’s, Tom Masano, Easter Seals and more.

Jenifer talks about the work she did developing her career. She says “There is no greater feeling and joy that I get than when performing in my home town”. Jenifer developed and performs tribute concerts to Amy Winehouse and talks about why she picked Amy. “I absolutely fell in love with her voice the first time I heard her”. Jenifer adds, “I wanted to always do a tribute while she was alive… but no one seemed to know who she was … lyrically she is just a phenomenal songwriter. Her music was overshadowed by her life. I wanted to bring her music to life … that she was a singer, musician, storyteller”.

Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest is almost surreal to her because of all the big names that come to town. She says, “To be among that energy is powerful and brings so many people together from all over the world. It’s amazing”. Jenifer will be singing with Erich Cawalla and the Groovemasters at the Peanut Bar. It is the traditional ‘opening concert’ for Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. She will be performing a couple times during the Fest … at a ‘Groovemaster’s Celebration for Alissa B’ and again with the ‘Uptown Band’.
Tim Price started his illustrious musical career in Reading PA and comes full circle with Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Tim Price is one of the country’s foremost woodwind instrumentalists who graduated from Berklee College of Music. The sax is his instrument of choice. He shares lots of fond musical memories including some from the Grand Hotel at 7th and Franklin St in Reading.

Tim still studies music and he says it all started right here in Reading. Tim Price talks about Joe Miller being a big influence on him, “Joe Miller really was one of the saxophone players that played on a major level … a melodic swinging player. He was no nonsense as a human being and helped me as a kid. … I studied clarinet and sax with Joe.” Tim has fond memories of Joe and is grateful for his influence. Tim adds, “Joe was certainly a driving force in giving me a reality of learning how to play … He knew about jazz …. He was aware of the great players …. He was really thrilled when I went to Berklee. Joe would tell you right out …. In music you need a reality check”

Tim remembers the musical era in which he grew up. He was able to look at things and the music was always up close and personal. He would watch and think that he could do that. And he did! Tim says, “I saw how an audience related to stuff. I was exposed to a grits and gravy organ group sound”. That is what you will hear when Tim Price plays the blues with Greg Hatza. Time notes, “The organ thing is the best when you are really trying to relate to people. An organ group has a different vernacular than anything else. You can’t fake an organ group”

Tim is keeping that vernacular alive, as a teacher, a clinician and a musician. Greg Hatza and the Tim Price Organ Quartet will be featured Sat April 2 at Michael Tozzi’s ijazzglobal.com Café at the Crowne Plaza.
John Ernesto, GM of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, shares his philosophy for success. Let’s begin at the beginning with John Ernesto, the General Manager of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. He has been involved since the beginning 26 years ago when The Arts Council and The Visitor’s Bureau and area hotels wanted to put together a Jazz Festival. It was meant to be a cultural art experience to draw people to Berks County during a slower time of year. 4 years later John Ernesto took over and learned along the way. It started as a weekend event, it expanded to a 10 day event to celebrate the 10th Anniversary and that format has continued to this day.

The economic impact on Berks County is between 8 and 10 million dollars. Now the challenge is to keep people and artists coming back every year. The enthusiasm doesn’t wane. It has become a real destination for music fans. We try to keep the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Festival fresh so artists are brought back in different contexts. The fans come back every year because they trust us. It’s kind of like a jazz cruise on land. The artists mingle with the fans whether at a restaurant or a hotel lobby. Another staple of the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest is the midnight music jams. Musicians love to join the jam even after already performing multiple shows throughout the day and fans stay up through the wee hours of the morning to enjoy the music. The Jams will be held at Bldg 24 this year.

John Ernest attributes the lasting success to this, “A simple philosophy is take care of the artists, take care of the fans, and everything else will take care of itself”. And so John and his team will do that again this year. John adds the biggest challenge is coordinating the artist availability and schedules.

Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, Mavis Staples, an All-star cast performing the music of James Brown, Bela Fleck and Chick Corea, and child prodigy pianist Joey Alexander are just some of this year’s highlights.
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Education Committee connecting students to jazz music. Mike Eben spent his career in music education. He was a Muhlenberg school district music teacher. Now semi-retired he continues to teach part time at Albright College in addition to offering private sax, flute and clarinet lessons. He also serves on the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest Education Committee. The committee helps fill some gaps that music budget cuts may present in schools. As a result of the Jazz Fest we now have the All County Jazz Band and the Jazz Vocal Group. The Education Committee has been conducting music workshops every year in conjunction with the Berks Jazz Fest and they have had a varying amount of success. This year they are doing things differently. Mike Eben says there will a full day of events devoted to workshops. Educators will come in and host workshops, profession musicians will be performing and jazz vendors will be setting up shop. This will be all day at the new DoubleTree in downtown Reading on Saturday April 2. There will also be performances by local school groups. Mike Eben says Jazz is the root of many forms of music and provides a student the opportunity to see how chords and scales work which is the basis of all music.

What does a music program or workshop opportunity do for a student? Mike Eben says “It changes a student because there has to be that commitment. You can’t be successful in it if you aren’t into it 100%. You have to practice if you want to maintain your chops. You have to listen to it if you want to sound authentic”

He adds that most kids playing music in schools aren’t going to go into music but they will carry that music with them wherever they go. Mike and the education committee of Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest hope to develop a robust group of jazz music listeners because that will keep the jazz music alive.
Michael Tozzi said “It’s the volunteers that set Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest apart”. Michael Tozzi, a Philadelphia radio legend entrenched in the jazz industry and jazz music scene now operates an internet streaming business, Ijazzglobal.com. He programs the music in accordance with listener demand. Musicians and audience, it’s all part of a family for Michael Tozzi. Michael will be hosting 7 or 8 shows featuring an amalgam of great talent both weekends of Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest shows at his ijazzglobalcafe at the Crowne Plaza.

Michael Tozzi says when he was with Smooth Jazz Radio WJJZ in ’95 one of his assignments was to go up to Reading and cover the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest. He came here not knowing what to expect. When he went back to Philly he said to his bosses, “Do you realize what’s happening in Reading?” Tozzi says “It has grown into an incredible festival, one of the most respected in the world”.

So how does Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest impact Michael’s work? Tozzi says Reading is impacting the Greater Philadelphia marketplace. Video and music streaming brings BJF to a broader market”. Tozzi says, “I’ve been to a lot of music fests around the world and none of them compare to Reading. It’s the volunteers that set Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest apart”.
It’s all about the energy and making everybody happy! Gary Spencer is the Production Manager for Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. He knows what an audience wants and he and his team endeavor to make it happen. Gary started volunteering with the Berks Arts Council in 1994 at Bandshell concerts in City Park. Gary Spencer says “They said they needed volunteers, I went up and knocked on the door. The rest is history. It’s been 22 years now”.

Jazz Fest used to be a weekend event, then a 4 day weekend event and in the year 2000 the Jazz Fest ran 10 days. It was supposed to be a one year event in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Jazz Fest. It was so successful it became an annual 10 day event. That’s when Gary got hired to help coordinate and move the project forward.

So what does being the Production Manager for Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest entail. It is a master juggling act to keep multiple stages, performances, venues, artists, bands, and fans happy at the same time. Gary and his team make it happen seamlessly. If there is a snafu, nobody knows it. According to Gary Spencer that is because, “Everyone has the same goals, to have a successful show, and everyone works together”.

The devil is in the details and success means very long days for Gary and his team. Early morning sound checks and stage sets to theatre set-ups, lunch and dinner for the artists, tear-downs at the end of the night all done by teams of 10 to 12 volunteers at each venue.

What has Boscov’s done for Gary, “It’s changed my life… Getting instant gratification … from culmination to fruition … with this you see joy in people’s faces and feel that buzz, you hear people having fun… everybody’s happy”.
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