Prolific producer Michael Cloeren has been named official host of the second annual Reading Blues Fest set for Nov. 16-18 as presented by Berks Arts Council.
As part of his host duties, Cloeren will be emceeing concerts during the festival, which features such artists Booker T. Jones, Ruthie Foster, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Tinsley Ellis, Shemekia Copeland, and many more.
“I’m proud to be involved with the second annual Reading Blues Fest,” Cloeren said. “The world-class lineup, the venue locations and the seasoned staff are three reasons why music fans should be traveling far and wide to support this ievent.”
John Ernesto is general manager of the Reading Blues Fest as well as the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest and the Berks Arts Council production staff and veteran volunteers have facilitated the launching of the blues festival.
“They have brought in crossover artists such as Booker T. Jones that Jazz Fest fans would support,” said Cloeren, who has emceed blues concerts at Berks Jazz Fest over the years.
“I view my role with Blues Fest as a curator/host, especially the special screening of the film “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory,” Cloeren said. “We are thrilled to have the film part of the fest.”
Cloeren is a major force in the festival world and the Reading Blues Fest is fortunate to have a man of his caliber on board.
Cloeren’s resume is robust.
Currently the venue manager for Penn’s Peak, a beautiful mountaintop entertainment venue located in Jim Thorpe, he was awarded the Blues Foundation’s KBA Award for promoter of the year in 1996 for keeping the blues alive.
He was the founder and producer of The Pennsylvania Blues Festival at various venues.
In addition, Cloeren has created and/or produced over 80 festivals since 1991.
Some of them have been the Pocono Gathering on the Mountain, the Pocono Bikers’ Music Festival, the Pocono Tribute Festival, the Vermont Blues Festival, the Spring Mountain Blues Festival, the Country Jamboree, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Blast Furnace Blues Festival, the Pocono Irish and Celtic Festival and the Jack Frost Mountain Arts and Crafts Festival.
He also has been a consultant for the FM Kirby Center Wilkes/Barre, the Lake Placid Blues Festival, the Lehigh River Blues Jam, the Blues Music Festival in Catasaugua, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival and the Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Festival.
For the complete lineup and ticket information on the Reading Blues Fest, please visit www.readingbluesfest.com
Reading Blues Fest is a project of Berks Arts Council, a local arts agency whose mission is to cultivate, promote, and support the arts in our community through collaboration, education, and presentation. In addition to the Reading Blues Fest and Berks Jazz Fest, Berks Arts Council presents the Bandshell Concert Series, Fast Lane Art, the Pagoda Awards, administers the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant program, and provides art exhibition and marketing opportunities for local artists.