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Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Nescopeck features 3 Blues Music Award winners July 11-14

Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Nescopeck features 3 Blues Music Award winners July 11-14
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From a press release:

The Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee recently announced its 2019 Blues Music Award winners, and three of those artists are heading to the 22nd annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Nescopeck this July.

Grammy Award-nominated Cedric Burnside (winner of Instrumentalist – Drums), the unique and highly acclaimed Vanessa Collier (Instrumentalist – Horn), and rising star Annika Chambers (Soul Blues Female Artist) will all perform at the beloved and highly acclaimed blues festival on Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14.

Devoted festivalgoers have come to rely on the high-caliber talent guaranteed at Briggs each year. Richard Briggs, founder of Briggs Farm Blues Festival, says that when choosing artists for the four-day, family-run festival, the goal is always to feature “a dynamic lineup of exceptional artists that reflect the growing landscape of blues music.”

The three Blues Music Award winners will be joined on Briggs Farm’s two stages by musical greats such as Donna the Buffalo, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Alexis P. Suter and the Ministers of Sound, Southern Avenue, and Slam Allen. With a total of 21 acts, the festival will feature internationally renowned artists and national and regional bands of various genres, including electric blues, delta-style blues, Americana roots music, soul, and a bit of funk sprinkled into the mix.

Bookending this weekend of soul-filling sound will be a Thursday-night Woodstock tribute celebration, affectionately called “Briggstock,” and an uplifting Sunday Gospel Blues Show. Tickets are on sale now at

Winning the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation in 2017, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival is a yearly celebration of blues music, good food, and great company. Since 1998, the Briggs family has been hosting some of the world’s best blues acts on their 250-year-old farm (88 Old Berwick Hwy., Nescopeck). Though it has grown in size over the years, it maintains a small festival feel. Whether coming for a day or camping for the weekend, families and friends return year after year to gather around campfires, dance to bluesy beats, and join other passionate music lovers for the “best weekend of the year.”

2019 Briggs Farm Blues Festival schedule

Thursday, July 11

7 p.m.-11 p.m.: “Briggstock” celebration featuring Bret Alexander and friends

Friday, July 12

Main Stage

4:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m.: Annika Chambers
6:05 p.m.-7:35 p.m.: James Armstrong
7:55 p.m.-9:25 p.m.: Southern Avenue
9:45 p.m.-11:15 p.m.: Donna the Buffalo

Back Porch Stage

1:40 p.m.-3:10 p.m.: Bobby Kyle & The Administers
3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: MiZ
5:20 p.m.-6:50 p.m.: Robert Kimbrough Sr.
7:10 p.m.-8:40 p.m.: Clarence Spady Band
9 p.m.-10:30 p.m.: Lonnie Shields

Saturday, July 13

Main Stage

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Cedric Burnside
5:50 p.m.-7:20 p.m.: Vanessa Collier
7:40 p.m.-9:10 p.m.: Slam Allen
9:30 p.m.-11 p.m.: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Back Porch Stage

1:10 p.m.-2:40 p.m.: Scott Pemberton
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Nate Myers
4:50 p.m.-6:20 p.m.: Mikey Junior
6:40 p.m.-8:10 p.m.: King Solomon Hicks
8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.: Heather Gillis

Sunday, July 14

Gospel Blues Show

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Slam Allen
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Alexis P. Suter and the Ministers of Sound

See NEPA Scene’s photos from the 2018 festival here and the 2017 festival here.