Michael Cloeren

Prolific producer Michael Cloeren has been named official host of the Reading Blues Fest October 6 through 8 as presented by Berks Arts Council.

As part of his host duties, Cloeren will be emceeing concerts during the festival, which features such artists Kenny Neal plus Samantha Fish, Alex P Suter Band, The Robert Cray Band, Blind Boy Paxton, the Slam Allen Blues Band, and Jonny Lang plus Dana Fuchs Duo.

“I’m proud to be involved with the 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 inaugural event.”

John Ernesto is executive director 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 Robert Cray 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 with the Teeny Tucker’s Women in The Blues Presentation,” Cloeren said. “It’s a history lesson for women vocalists from the 1920s to the present. There is a video plus Teeny and her guitarist will be performing and I will be asking questions.”

Women in the Blues has been a highly acclaimed educational experience presented by Michael Cloeren Productions.

Teeny Tucker’s Women in The Blues Presentation with Robert Hughes and hosted by Cloeren will take place at noon on Saturday, October 7, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Amphitheater.

Tucker is a dynamic blues singer and songwriter as well as a lover of blues history. She was born into blues royalty as the daughter of Tommy “Hi-Heel Sneakers” Tucker.

Teeny, known for her soulful, bluesy and unique stylistic renderings, has appeared on the same bill with B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Buddy Guy, the Holmes Brothers, Robert Cray, Keb’ Mo’, Deana Bogart, Kenny Neal, Bobby Rush and John Mayall.

Women’s in The Blues Presentations create educational and performance platforms that actively engage audiences, recognizing the historical influences and facilitate immersion in the Women in The Blues genre.

Women in The Blues is a two-part program that features the very best international touring female artists in the world.

The first component will be an interactive educational conversation with Tucker. This format allows an up close and personal dialogue that examines the historical influences on today’s music that was created from the real-life journey of the participating artist.

Culminating the two-part presentation will be a concert by Tucker and her guitarist Robert Hughes.

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.