Briggs Farm Blues Festival brings world class music close to home
NESCOPECK — Staying close to home this summer is easy when a world-class musical experience is set to ignite the rolling hills of Briggs Farm this July 7, 8 and 9.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Southern Avenue, Davy Knowles, Nikki Hill, and more herald from across the nation to fulfill the Briggs family mission to bring cutting-edge acts to their family farm in Nescopeck.
Delivering world-class music to the local community has always been a goal of the team at Briggs Farm. Festival Founder and President Richard Briggs states, “My vision has always been to bring national artists to the local community and create something we can all believe in on this farm. That vision is more important than ever.”
For 25 years, Briggs Farm Blues Festival has pulled in a diverse lineup from across the country and around the world. This year’s 25th anniversary feature headliner and blues rock giant Kenny Wayne Shepherd will bring his decades long musical career and guitar slinging skills to Briggs Farm. Shepherd hit the Top 40 charts 25 years ago with his award-winning song “Blue on Black,” the same year Briggs Farm Blues Festival emerged onto the outdoor festival scene. Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s name has become synonymous with one instrument and how it’s played. A true modern musical vanguard on guitar, Kenny Wayne Shepherd will rock Briggs Farm like the legend he is.
Lee Fields & The Expressions will be headlining the Friday night Main Stage bringing his nearly 60 years of timeless and traditional Blues to The Farm. His juke joint inspired soul revival adds depth and timelessness to the Main Stage mix along with the electrifying Southern Avenue, the sultry Nikki Hill, the powerhouse Alexis P. Suter and more.
This year’s festival kicks off with the Briggs Country Blues Pre-Party. Thursday night is historically a genre wild card, offering something a little different to the typical Blues mix. Thursday, July 7, the neon will buzz to life as national recording artist Joshua Ray Walker turns on the country-funk swagger. Touring with the likes of Marcus King & Colter Wall, catching praise from Rolling Stone Magazine and NPR Music, appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and performing at the Grand Ole Opry; Walker is really going places and Briggs Farm is thrilled to be a stop on his journey. Walker will be joined on the intimate Back Porch Stage for this down-home opener by Cristina Vane and, local legends, The Hess Boys.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Briggs Farm Blues Festival, a three-day festival with 20 International and Regional acts on two stages. Over the last 25 years, the Briggs Farm family has grown from a hundred or so music lovers to thousands, and though the festival has grown, its down-home feel stays the same. Over the years it’s come to mean more than a great weekend of music; it’s time well spent with family and friends who meet up year after year to feel grass underfoot, light a campfire and relax together.
“The Best Weekend of the Year” only gets better as time goes on.
The family-oriented festival, just a few miles off Interstate 80 and 30 minutes from Wilkes-Barre offers on-site camping, a sprawling vendor marketplace, and a variety of delicious food. Patrons can bring in their own beverages (no glass bottles) and snacks. Tickets for the event are on sale now.
More information and ticket purchasing options can be found online at briggsfarm.com.