Mar 31 Friday
Vignola’s extraordinary virtuosity, his range of styles, and his charisma have made him an international favorite. He has performed in 21 countries on three continents at the world’s greatest venues, and his 30 albums reflect his deep and wide musical interests and his many musical friendships with artists like Tommy Emmanuel, Chris Thile, the late Bucky Pizzarelli and Mark O’Connor.
This performance features special guest Houston Person, and an opening act by Brian Betz and Denis DiBlasio.
Apr 01 Saturday
It’s all about the bass night. Renowned electric bassist Wooten grew up in a houseful of brothers -- Roy, Regi, Rudy and Joseph -- who all played instruments and performed as a family band. All except Rudy, a gifted saxophonist who passed away in 2010, are still professional musicians.
Opening act Teen Town is a Williamsport-based jazz fusion trio,led by award-winning bassist Gabriel Severn, who is now 17; with Logan Bedard on drums and Connor Rohrer on keyboards.
TWO PERFORMANCES: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Castro’s 1960s-influenced, guitar-fueled blues; his Memphis-style blue-eyed soul; and his Latin-tinged East San Jose funk have thrilled audiences ever since he formed his first band in 1992.
Special guest Deanna Bogart is a Blues/fusion singer and master of piano, sax, guitar, and songwriting. She is a four-time winner of the Blues Music Awards Horn Player of the Year, and in 2013 was nominated for the BMA’s Pinetop Perkins Piano Player.
Reading’s own Hot Club band is devoted to playing the style of music known as Gypsy Jazz, developed by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1930s Paris. They have been a popular feature of Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest for many years. The band consists of guitarist Josh Taylor, saxophonist/composer Chris Heslop, bassist Trey LaRue and multi-instrumentalist Ken Gehret.
Mar 30 Thursday
The Muhlenberg College Dance Program will present seven world-premiere dance pieces in its annual faculty and guest artist-choreographed concert, In Motion, March 30 – April 1. Jazz choreographer and scholar Melanie George headlines the concert.
All seven choreographers are non-male identifying — a Muhlenberg first for the faculty-choreographed concert. Co-artistic directors Robyn Watson and Heidi Cruz-Austin see this as just one of the qualities that set In Motion ’23 apart.
Founded in 2018 by lutenist Thomas Dunford, France’s Jupiter Ensemble has rapidly captured acclaim in the early music firmament. This international assembly of soloists brings the repertoire fully alive with energy and freedom in their playing. Drawing from the ensemble’s award-winning 2019 debut recording Vivaldi, Jupiter performs arias of jealousy, despair, and love, punctuated by concerti for lute, violin, and bassoon—music that illuminates the composer’s sundry sensations, from the sorrowful to the valiant. At the center, rising opera star Lea Desandre beguiles and ignites with a clarion voice and uncommonly beautiful technique.
This special show will celebrate the golden anniversary of Lenny's seminal anthology, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-68, originally released by Elektra Records, and the set will pay tribute to the garage-rockers that created a new genre in American rock and roll.
Sharing the stage with legendary guitarist Lenny Kaye, The Craig Thatcher Band is back in the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling for an unforgettable night. Lenny Kaye is an American guitarist, composer, and writer who is best known as a member of the Patti Smith Group.