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Briggs Farm Blues Festival - July 11-12, 2008
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  • 7-10-08-The WEATHER LOOKS GREAT
    7-10-08-The WEATHER LOOKS GREAT for the Blues Fest coming up on Friday and Saturday!!! We?ve heard from all the bands coming from all over the country and they are very much looking forward to playing for you at Briggs Farm. Advance ticket sales will end at 6pm on Thursday. You can still get your tickets on Fri. and Sat. at the gate when you arrive. If you already have a camping ticket or we are holding one that you ordered on line or by mail your tickets will be at the camping gate. One and two day tickets will be at the main gate for you. Briggs Farm will be having a YOUTUBE CONTEST this year so be prepared to get some youtube content. Details will be made available in later news at briggsfarm.com and announced on stage this weekend. All you need to do to enter is to post a youtube video with Briggs Farm or Briggs Farm Blues Festival in the title. We will find your entry on youtube.com and a distinguished panel of judges will decide on the winners in the spring of 2009. More on that later. See you at Briggs Farm!!!

  • 7-2-08-The House of Blues Radio Hour
    7-2-08-The House of Blues Radio Hour will feature an interview with Briggs Farm Blues Festival founder Richard Briggs to be aired nationally this 4th of July weekend. Broadcasting in Northeastern PA on 102.3 The Mountain from 11pm to 12pm, Saturday July 5. Go to www.thebluesmobile.com for a list of affiliate radio stations in your area. Radio host ?Elwood? (Dan Ackroid) talks to Richard about our unique down on the farm country vibe at Briggs Farm Blues Festival and also will be featuring one of our artists (Kelly Richey - main stage Friday 4:30pm). Turns out they are fans of guitar wiz Kelly Richey who is making a return visit to Briggs Farm this year.

  • 6-27-08
    6-27-08-Briggs Farm Blues Festival founder Richard Briggs and blues musician Clarence Spady will be Michael Cloeren?s special guests on The Mountain of Blues radio show. On the radio in Northeastern PA at 102 The Mountain from 8pm till 11pm Saturday June 28. Richard and Michael talk about this year?s band lineup and play some tunes by them. Clarence talks about his new CD, what?s happening in his life, and does a live performance of a new song he?s working on. Very cool!! The show will be streamed at www.102themountain.com 8pm to 11pm and If you miss it the show will be archived on the Mountain of Blues web site at www.mountainofblues.com

  • 6-24-08-Authentic Mississippi Delta Breakfast
    6-24-08-We will be serving an authentic Mississippi Delta breakfast for the campers on Saturday and Sunday morning from 8am to 11am. The Mississippi Delta breakfast will consist of biscuits and gravy, grits, eggs, bacon, and sausage. More breakfast info will be announced at the festival!

  • 6/11/08 Clarence Spady's New CD
    6-11-08-Clarence Spady has a hot new CD out on Severn Records titled ?Just Between Us?. Check it out on his myspace page clarencespadyband and more info on our lineup page. Clarence is a must see this year at Briggs Farm - Saturday 7:30pm Main Stage. Clarence is having a CD release party at the River Street Jazz Café in Plains, PA on Friday June 13 starting at 8pm. Briggs Farm will be there to get our taste of Clarence?s magic. Next week Clarence and I will be interviewed by Michael Cloeren for a special broadcast of Mountain of Blues Radio airing on 102- The Mountain, Saturday June 28, 8pm to 11pm. I?ll be talking about this year?s line-up and spinning some sample tunes from all the artists and Clarence will be playing and talking the Blues.

  • 5-9-08 Last chance to get the Extra Early Camping Discount coming soon.
    5-9-08 Your last chance to get the Extra Early Camping discount is midnight, Sunday, May 11. So if you are planning to camp this year at Briggs Farm take advantage of that great discount. You may order on-line from our ticket page, mail in your order with check (letters post marked no later than May 12 since the post office is closed Sunday), or call us 570-379-2003. That price is $55. per adult which includes camping and a 2 day concert pass. The Early camping discount tickets are available from May 12 till June 11 and that price is $60.

  • 4-11-08 Briggs Farm Update
    4-11-08- Briggs Farm welcomes singer, songwriter & producer Brett Alexander to the Back Porch Stage line-up on Saturday July 12. Brett is a founding member of The Badlees, one of the most successful national groups to come out of Pennsylvania in recent times. Brett joins our other back porch performers including Lonnie Shields, Mikey Jr., and our good friend Mark Armstrong from Nashville. See full line-up on (line-up page). We?ve been talking about having a crawfish boil in addition to ribs, sausage, pulled pork, chicken, and our fresh roast sweet corn. But here?s what I found out today when researching how other festivals do crawfish boils. I went to www.crawfishfest.com and saw some great looking crawfish being boiled in huge tanks for this festival held at the end of May. Got very excited! So I decided to call Michael Arnone, the guy who produces the crawfish festival and he told me that we can?t do it in July because fresh crawfish are out of season then. I figure he must know what he?s talking about since he lives in Louisiana and has been cooking crawfish for his festival for 19 years. What does a farm boy from Pennsylvania know about crawfish anyway? Then he tried to talk me into cooking alligator sausage instead, more on that later. I want to check it out before I make an official alligator at Briggs Farm announcement.

  • Mass Update
    3-25-08- The main stage line-up; BIG GEORGE BROCK, NORA JEAN BRUSO, JOHNNY RAWLS, KELLY RICHEY, CLARENCE SPADY, COLIN JOHN and MICHAEL HILL, BOBBY KYLE, and the SARAH AYERS BAND. A powerful and exciting lineup for Briggs ?08. Four of the artists who will be performing on the Back Porch Stage are LONNIE SHIELDS, MIKEY JR., DONOVAN ROBERTS, and MARK ARMSTRONG, other artists are still under consideration. The Back Porch Stage will be tied into a village of vendors, our fresh roast sweet corn, and Mississippi Delta Style slow smoked meats. Blues superstar LONNIE SHIELDS will be personally cooking it up for you in the Back Porch Village. We?re talking about ribs, pulled pork, sausage, chicken and a real live crawfish boil. Lonnie will be slathering on his ?Lick the Bone? barbeque sauce and says, ?You don?t need no teeth to eat my meat.? Lonnie loves to barbeque! 3-15-08-Every year Briggs Farm Blues Festival has been increasing in audience support by around 20% and this year our records already show an 80% increase in ticket sales at this point over last year. As soon as the ground thaws and the mud season is over we will be extending our parking and camping areas. Now is a good time to talk to your friends about joining you at a campsite at our festival so you can take advantage of the extra early discount rate, deadline May 11. See Ticket page. 3-7-08 ? We have been getting a number of comments from people as they start thinking about this year?s blues festival. One comment we wanted to share with you was that ?Briggs Farm has a unique sound and style and that this year?s line-up is no exception.? That sound and style has been developing over the past 11 years. Selection of bands comes from; our trips to the Mississippi Delta, input from our audience and friends in the industry, and basic gut instinct. A lot of that music comes from Deep South Delta Hill-country sound. That music has a direct line from the early connections to blues music and plantation life. Blues is a living art form that is always developing and changing. Blues artists in any one performance may do a mixture of what they call straight ahead blues, soul, gospel, funk, rock, country blues or Chicago style blues. One thing we love to do each year is to bring in a couple of the old school guys to share some of their stories with us. Big George Brock, 75 years young, started blowing harp at age 8 is a genuine bluesman from the old days performing Saturday night on the main stage at Briggs Farm! 3-2-08- Hopefully this will be the last we see of the snow at Briggs Farm and spring is right around the corner. As usual we are making plans to head down to the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi in April. Among the acts playing at over a dozen Juke Joints around town we expect to see Johnny Rawls and Big George Brock who will be playing at Briggs this year. We are already starting to receive ticket orders for the 2008 Festival. It?s always nice to hear from our loyal supporters this time of year.

  • 3-2-08 Update
    3-2-08- Hopefully this will be the last we see of the snow at Briggs Farm and spring is right around the corner. As usual we are making plans to head down to the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi in April. Among the acts playing at over a dozen Juke Joints around town we expect to see Johnny Rawls and Big George Brock who will be playing at Briggs this year. We are already starting to receive ticket orders for the 2008 Festival. It?s always nice to hear from our loyal supporters this time of year.

  • 2-22-08 Blues Music Awards
    2-22-08-The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. Nora Jean Bruso and Big George Brock, our Friday and Saturday night headliners have both been nominated this year. Nora Jean Bruso for Traditional Blues Artist of the year and Big George Brock for Traditional Blues Album of the Year. The 29th Blues Music Awards formally W.C.Handy Awards will be announced on May 8th in Tunica, Mississippi. Check out this year?s main stage artists on our line-up page with performance videos, as well as photos and sound samples of each artist. After 67 years of singing the blues and playing harmonica, 75 year old Brock is the blues. Briggs Farm is very excited to have him headlining Saturday.