Bennie Sims

Cliff Starkey

Erich Cawalla

Friday, October 6 / 11:30 a.m.
Kickoff Luncheon at the Peanut Bar Restaurant
For reservations, call 610-376-8500

The Bluesmasters features three Berks County musical giants — bassist/vocalist Bennie Sims, pianist/vocalist Cliff Starkey and saxophonist/vocalist Erich Cawalla.

Sims and Starkey go way back together as members of the Original Groovemasters, who have kicked off more than one Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest luncheon at the Peanut Bar.

Cawalla also has performed regularly with Sims and Starkey in various gigs.

Sims has notched out a career as a highly regarded musician, performer, writer, producer and music director. Sims has worked with countless artists throughout his career, including Al Jarreau, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, The Spinners, The Temptations, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Tower of Power and Pieces of a Dream.

Starkey, also an exceptional educator, was the winner of the 2017 Frank Scott Award that is presented annually by Berks Arts Council.

Starkey has toured the world playing with top-shelf musical artists, including The Three Degrees and Simone, and famous for being a regular performer on the “Emeril Live TV Show” on the Food Network. He too was a member of Pieces of a Dream, the acclaimed fusion band.

An extremely versatile vocalist and saxophonist, Cawalla’s performing style invokes a classic swinging yet contemporary R&B.

In 2005, Cawalla started The Uptown Band, becoming extremely popular as a featured act headlining hundreds of shows in the Northeast. Cawalla has teamed up with Sims to release his first solo contemporary jazz release 222 South.