The Pennsylvania Blues Festival has announced its line-up for the event's 22nd anniversary event, and there are plenty of good reasons to head up into the mountains in July. The 2013 Pennsylvania Blues Festival will be held over three days, from Friday, July 26th through Sunday, July 28th, 2013 at the Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton, Pennsylvania.
For better than two decades now, festival promoter Michael Cloeren has brought some of the best performers that the blues has to offer, and this year's event is no different, featuring fifteen national acts performing on two stages. The Slide Brothers and Robert Randolph & The Family Band headline Saturday's bill on the main stage, with talents like guitar legend John Primer, popular band Bonerama, and Sister Monica also performing. Sunday night finishes up with Ruthie Foster and the Bobby Rush Revue headlining, but before then you can enjoy music from Alexis P. Suter, Southern soul legend Johnny Rawls, and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk.
If only for the aforementioned performers, the 2013 Pennsylvania Blues Festival would be worth attending, but there's a lot going on in the event's tent stage over the weekend as well. Saturday features two acoustic sets from the talented Guy Davis as well as performances from Primer and Bonerama. The joint will really be hopping on Sunday, with tent stage performances from Warner Williams and Jay Summerour, the Alexis P. Suter Band, and an acoustic Bobby Rush set. The highlight, perhaps (although it's hard to beat Bobby Rush!), is the Electro-Fi Records Canadian Showcase featuring Harrison Kennedy, Diana Braithwaite, and Chris Whiteley.
The festival site also offers camping and plenty of food choices, as well as late-night jam sessions, Friday featuring The BC Combo and Saturday night showcasing Johnny Rawls performing with the Dave Keller Band. The Pennsylvania Blues Festival is considered by many to be one of the east coast's premiere events, so check out the festival website for ticket availability and other info.
Bobby Rush photo courtesy Deep Rush Records