Are you ready for a weekend oasis of music and fun in the middle of the winter? It’s time, once again, for Winterfest 17 presented by the Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society. On January 27, 28, and 29, the Quality Inn in Stroudsburg will open its doors for the 17th annual Winterfest featuring 16 bands, 2 stages, workshops, a Jam Band contest, vendors, and plenty of room for jamming!
The festival started in 2000 as an alternative to the summertime campout music festivals that are held all over the country. There is no outdoor camping at Winterfest, but there is plenty of relaxing and jamming by the pool/atrium/Tiki Bar. And there are stage shows on two stages from Friday through Sunday. The hotel will be filled with bluegrass lovers and many local and regional musicians who use the festival weekend as a chance to hang out and play together in impromptu sessions all over the hotel.
There are other activities included in the weekend: a community concert on Friday evening, 6:30 PM, at the ARTSPACE Gallery featuring the Lost Ramblers; a kids program with Uncle Pete Taney on Saturday At 1pm at the PoconoArts Cultural Center; a variety of instrumental workshops; and a jam band contest on Saturday night. Master luthier Frank Finocchio will have an instrument repair clinic on Saturday and there will be a variety of merchandise vendors throughout the weekend.
Tickets are $45 for the weekend the $15 for Friday $25 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday. Families are welcome. Information & schedules: PoconoBluegrass.org or call 570-994-7305.