Blues, Brews & BBQ Heats Up Summer in the Poconos

band playingGlass- takes summer barbeques to a whole new level. Held every Sunday evening from Memorial Day through Wally Lake Fest weekend, Blues, Brews and BBQ combines the talents of renowned Blues musicians with elevated barbecue fare and serves them up on the Serenity Deck overlooking the Paupack High Falls. The event has become a summer favorite for many in the Pocono Mountains region.

Sit on the deck surrounded by rock ledges of the Wallenpaupack Gorge and enjoy barbeque style outdoor dining while listening to live Blues music. Served buffet style, the barbeque offerings include Sofrito Chicken, Herbed Tri Tip Steak, Creole Fried Catfish and Jerk Marinated Ribs. Tempting side dishes feature favorites such as cheddar biscuits with honey butter, pineapple ginger slaw and baked mac and cheese with pimento. Each week, dinner is paired with a featured selection from a local craft brewery.

A rotating schedule of performances taps into the talents of some of the region’s best Blues musicians. Here’s who we have on deck for 2019:

May 26- Lighten Up Blues Band
The series launches with Lighten Up Blues Band featuring lead singer Rose Light who counts Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin and Etta James as major vocal influences.

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Randy Lippincott

June 2- Randy Lippincott & Joey “Hot Box” Simon
As guitarist and vocalist, Lippincott has performed at the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the San Francisco Blues Festival and the Chicago Blues Festival. Simon is a master harmonica player who excels in traditional Blues styles as well as contemporary forms.

June 9- The Barn Cats
A staple on the festival circuit, the band is comprised of Jim Verdi on drums, Tom Rausch, bass and vocals, Jan London, guitar and John Rocklin,  guitar and vocals. The band describes their style as funky, soulful Rock ‘n’ Roll.

June 16- Bobby Kyle
Kyle got his start touring with renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Johnny “Clyde” Copeland. Since then he’s established his own unique voice and was recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

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Slam Allen

June 23- Slam Allen
His original music blends Blues, Soul, R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Allen has recorded six CDs and performs at venues and festivals throughout the world.

June 30- Teddy Young & the Aces
This NEPA native has made a name for himself on the regional Blues circuit and even shared the stage with many of his inspirations including Bobby Parker, Little Sammy Davis and Slam Allen.

July 7- Scott Weis Band
After touring the East Coast for 10 years, the band was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as a Great Blues Band of PA. They’re known for their distinctive brand of Rock charged full of emotion.

July 14- Dan Brother Band
Known for his fierce guitar work, Dan is also a prolific songwriter. The band has gained a following for its mix of Blues, classic Southern Rock, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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Norman Taylor

July 21- Norman Taylor & Blue Soul
This singer/songwriter draws influence from a variety of genres including Country, ‘70s rock, Soul and Gospel. Hailing from the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, the band is known for its Blues and Roots music.

July 28- The Jeremy Langdale Band
A favorite in the Hudson Valley music scene, the band’s sets include everything from Classic Rock and Blues to Funk, R&B and Soul.

August 4- Merchants of Groove
The band has been performing throughout Northeastern PA since the late ‘80s. Along with original Blues music, the band blends classics from such artists as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

August 11- Gary Rixner
The graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Music was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall. As a trombonist he has played with The 5th Dimension, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Bill Haley and The Comets and The Four Tops.

August 18- Yasgur
The band hails from Bethel, NY and entertains audiences with its unique brand of Roots, Rock and Blues.

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Gary Rixner

August 25- Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentleman
The Wilkes-Barre, PA based Blues/Rock trio closes out the series with a performance reminiscent of late ‘60s and ‘70s Blues infused Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Blues, Brews and BBQ takes place May 26-August 25 from 6-9 p.m. Reservations are available from 5-9 p.m. Call 570-226-1337.

Make the most of Summer nights in the Poconos with our Blues, Brews and BBQ Lodging Package, which includes a Sunday night stay, $70 voucher for the BBQ and a full country breakfast in the morning at our sister property, The Settlers Inn. Summer is fleeting, so book your stay today.