(NESCOPECK, PA) – After 22 consecutive years of bringing the blues to a family farm in Nescopeck, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival was forced to postpone its 2020 event due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The festival confirmed this week it’s planning to move forward with its weekend of live music and social gatherings July 8-10, 2021 with 2020’s lineup of acclaimed musicians, including established blues acts who routinely grace international stages, national homegrown artists, and local talent from Northeastern Pennsylvania. Two stages will feature over 20 acts from various genres, including eclectic blues, delta-style blues, Americana roots music, soul, and a bit of funk. Tickets go on sale January 15th at noon, EST. Children 12 and under are free.
The music will begin on Thursday, July 8 with songs from the summer of 1970 performed by Pittston vocalist and guitarist Bret Alexander (of The Badlees fame) and friends, offering reminders of fun times, great friends, and artists like Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Scranton folk rock singer/songwriter MiZ will also be playing songs from the Grateful Dead’s 1970 album “American Beauty.”
Friday, July 9 will usher in the blues with a powerful lineup, including headliner Ana Popovic, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, the harmonizing Campbell Brothers, and the incomparable Celisse Henderson. The intimate Back Porch Stage will feature vocalist and banjo player Pappy Biondo of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass group Cabinet with Shavertown guitarist Justin Mazer of the Ryan Montbleau Band.
The music will carry into Saturday, July 10 with headliner Shemekia Copeland, the unforgettable Victor Wainwright, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, and the eccentric Scott Pemberton. While the main stage is rockin’, the smaller Back Porch Stage will burst with unforgettable artists like The National Reserve, Gracie Curran, King Solomon Hicks, Swampcandy, Williamsport blues musician Gabe Stillman, Bloomsburg jam band The Mighty Susquehannas, and more.
Festival president Richard Briggs stated, “Live music creates a special thread of connection. There’s no limit to what music can do to bring us all together, and we need that more than ever.