Michael Cloeren

Prolific producer Michael Cloeren has been named official host of the fourth Reading Blues Fest set for Nov. 19-21, 2021, as presented by Berks Arts.

As part of his host duties, Cloeren will be emceeing concerts during the festival.

“I’m proud to be involved with the Reading Blues Fest again,” 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 event.”

Cloeren said the diversity of the Reading Blues Fest lineup offers numerous styles of the blues that fans will enjoy.

One of Cloeren’s duties during the fest will be hosting a “Conversations with the Artists” session on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 9:00 a.m. in the Penske Amphitheater at the DoubleTree. The discussion will focus on how the artists have dealt with the pandemic.

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.

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, 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 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.