For ticket information, please visit readingbluesfest.com.

The festival is being presented by Berks Arts Council with John Ernesto as fest general manager — the same organization that brings you the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.

 

Friday, Nov. 16 / 6 p.m.

Opening Night Welcome Party: The Craig Thatcher Band with special guest G.E. Smith at the Crossroads at the DoubleTree.

 

Friday, Nov. 16 / 8 p.m.

Booker T. Jones Rock and Rock Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be joined by Ruthie Foster and the DOXA Gospel Ensemble. DoubleTree Grand Ballroom

 

Jones was one of the architects of the Memphis soul sound of the 1960s as the leader of Booker T. & the MG’s. As a producer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist, he has worked with artists such as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding, and Albert King.

 

Ruthie Foster won the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female at the 2018 Blue Music Awards. It was her eighth Blues Music Award.

 

Saturday, Nov. 17 / 10:30 a.m

Guitar Conversations with G.E. Smith and Craig Thatcher hosted by Michael Cloeren.  DoubleTree Amphitheater.

 

Saturday, Nov. 17

Alexis P. Suter and The Ministers of Sound / 4:30

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.

 

Sunday, Nov. 18 / 10:00 a.m.

“Sidemen: Long Road to Glory”, this special screening is an intimate look at the incredible lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen. There is a post-film Q&A with director Scott D. Rosenbaum with Michael Cloeren as host.

 

Sunday, November 18 / Noon

The festival finale is features four distinct concerts: Shemekia Copeland, John Nemeth with The Berks Horns, Jazz Gets the Blues: Clarence Spady & Nick Colionne, and Vanessa Collier.

 

 

Guitarist Clarence Spady combines blues, jazz, funk, Latin and rock into his own unique style. Urban and contemporary, Nick Colionne combines jazz, R&B, blues and funk into an unmistakable sound that is instantly recognizable.

 

 

Friday, Nov. 16, and Sat. / Nov. 17 / 11:30 p.m.

The Blues Jam with the Craig Thatcher Band and special guest G.E. Smith hosting Friday night and Vanessa Collier hosting Saturday night.

For ticket information, please visit readingbluesfest.com.