Christy Jefferson-Part 2

Christy Jefferson

In this second part of our interview with Christy Jefferson (part 1 was posted on May 22), you’ll enjoy another one of Christy’s songs, you’ll hear how she and another local musician, Jolene, got out of a speeding ticket on the way to Nashville, and you’ll also hear about Christy’s plans for the future. (Click image above to view the video interview.)

Christy is scheduled to return to Berties Inn, Saturday night, June 16 at 7 p.m.

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Christy Jefferson, Singer/Songwriter

Christy Jefferson

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Doylestown, PA based singer-songwriter Christy Jefferson is no stranger to Berks County. She is a 2002 graduate of Kutztown University, has performed with another favorite local musician, Jolene, and frequenty performs in various venues around the county, including a recent gig at Berties Inn in Exeter Township.

Christy sat down with us prior to her performance at Berties and explained her background in music and described her musical style and inspirations.

Watch Berks.TV for another segment featuring Christy where she tells us her plans for the future, describes what it was like opening for Kansas, and even reveals how Joni Mitchell got her out of a speeding ticket.

Christy is scheduled to return to Berties Inn on June 16. For more information about Christy, visit her website at www.ChristyJefferson.com.

Bye Bye Blackbird – Shaffer, Zeplin, Wren

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A few weeks ago we posted a segment with Charlie Schaffer and Carl Zeplin and another one featuring Bonnie Wren. The same night we interviewed these three local musicians, the three of them teamed up for a rendition of “Bye, Bye Blackbird.”

Enjoy!

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Miss Maggie–Children’s Performer

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Berks.TV has previously featured the music of the talented husband & wife duo Eric and Peggy Gernerd, a.k.a. Maggie Spike (see here, here and here).

The “Maggie” of Maggie Spike also performs for children around the county as “Miss Maggie.” We recently filmed a portion of her performance at the Exeter Public library. Click the image above to view the video.

If you’re looking for a unique activity for your young children (ages 3-7) this summer, take them to one of Miss Maggie’s shows! To see her schedule, visit her website at www.MaggieSpike.com and click “Gigs.”

Blues City Blues Band in High Definition

Here’s a link to the high definition version of the segment we did with Blues City Blues Band. (If you haven’t watched a high definition video on this site before, you’ll be prompted to download a small application.)

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Blues City Blues Band

Blues City Blues Band

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We recently caught up with the Blues City Blues Band at a gig at Canal Street Pub & Restaurant in Reading, PA. Tom, Jim and Bill are a talented trio whose stylings are a combination of originals and covers. Check them out next time you’re in a blues mood. You won’t be disappointed!

Many thanks to Jake and all the folks at Canal Street for hosting the Berks.TV crew!

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What’s Going On This Weekend In Berks County?

If you’re looking for something to do in Berks County this weekend, we highly recommend checking out one of the following:

Hawk Mountain

Visit Hawk Mountain in Kempton, PA. They are currently hosting a Spring Migration Watch where you can spot and identify northbound hawks. Or, if trees are more your thing, attend the Learn Your Trees walk in honor of Arbor day on April 28, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. For more information visit www.HawkMountain.org. To see footage from our autumn visit to Hawk Mountain, click here.

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Hear some great music! There are two local acts we recommend–they’re on the same night, though, so you can only choose one!

Maggie Spike is playing April 27, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Pleasantville Inn in Oley, PA. For more information, visit their website at www.MaggieSpike.com. For a quick glimpse of their talent, click here.

Haley Sheeler is also playing April 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at City Espresso in Reading, PA. You can read more about Haley on her website, www.HaleySheeler.com and you can hear her thoughts about her most recent CD, as well as a sampling of her music by clicking here.

Berks County Wine Trail

It’s the Berks County Wine Trail’s Third Anniversary–visit one of the wineries to say Happy Wine-niversary and receive a discount on some local wine! For more information visit www.BerksCountyWinetrail.com. And to hear from a few of the wine makers, check out our interviews with them from last year’s wine festival in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Charlie Schaffer and Carl Zeplin Interview

Charlie Shaffer and Carl Zeplin Interview

We recently caught up with saxophonist Charlie Schaffer and guitarist Carl Zeplin prior to one of their gigs at in the cozy hall at Landhaven Bed and Breakfast in Huff’s Church, PA. They talked about how they got started in music, and what kids can do if they’re interested in becoming jazz musicians.

Look for a performance with these two and Bonnie Wren, coming up on Berks.TV in the near future.

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Berks Jazz Fest 2007 Interview Series – Part 4

Pat Martino and Chuck Loeb at Berks Jazz Fest

In this fourth and final installment from the recent Berks Jazz Fest, we talk with two more big names from the modern jazz world, Pat Martino and Chuck Loeb. The two collaborated in presenting a guitar master class towards the end of the event, and they chat a bit in this segment about how young people can get started in jazz.

“I think about when I first started playing the guitar, and I can really sum it up in one word,” Chuck said. “When I heard the music I wanted to play, I loved it so much. It was the love of the music that drove me to want to pursue it and go after what I want. A student should try to hold onto the initial desire and love that they have for it.”

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Related Stories:

Rick Braun, Mike Zielenski, and Dana Hoffmann at Berks Jazz Fest 2007

Gerald Veasley and Steve Oliver at Berks Jazz Fest 2007

Mindi Abair & Brian Bromberg at Berks Jazz Fest 2007

Mike Zielinski talks about what’s new at the 2007 Jazz Fest

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Berks Jazz Fest 2007 Interview Series – Part 3

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In this third installment from the recent Berks Jazz Fest, we talk with Allentown native Rick Braun, a prolific trumpet player known for his many solo albums and also his work with Boney James, Jeff Golub, and others. “For me it’s like coming home,” he says of the Jazz Fest.

Later in the segment, Mike Zielenski and Dana Hoffmann, publicity directors for the event, tell us about their own highlights and the excitement surrounding the annual Friday night All-Star Jazz Jam.

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Related Stories:

Gerald Veasley and Steve Oliver

Mindi Abair & Brian Bromberg at Berks Jazz Fest 2007

Mike Zielinski talks about what’s new at the 2007 Jazz Fest

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Berks Jazz Fest 2007 Interview Series – Part 2

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We were blown away by the smooth sounds of this year’s Berks Jazz Fest, and we were equally impressed by the opportunity to have a chance to talk with some of the legends of the modern jazz scene.

In this second segment in our interview series from the Jazz Fest, you’ll hear from Gerald Veasley, whose Jazz Base at the Sheraton Reading is a major stop for national artists, and Steve Oliver, whose albums including the recent “Radiant” continue to earn the California-based vocalist and guitarist both critical and popular acclaim.

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Related Stories:

Mindi Abair & Brian Bromberg at Berks Jazz Fest 2007

Mike Zielinski talks about what’s new at the 2007 Jazz Fest

Below: Gerald Veasley talks with Berks.TV at the 2007 Berks Jazz Fest.

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Berks Jazz Fest 2007 Interview Series – Part 1

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Couldn’t get enough of the Berks Jazz Fest this year? Over the next few days, we’ll be featuring exclusive interviews with artists and organizers, giving you a glimpse behind the scenes and into the lives of people who make it happen.

In this first clip, you’ll hear from Connie Leinbach of the Berks Arts Council, the organization behind the event, plus two stars of the jazz world, Mindi Abair and Brian Bromberg.

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Related Stories:

Mike Zielinski talks about what’s new at the 2007 Jazz Fest

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Bonnie Wren – Mountain Mary Music – Fire on the Mountain CD

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If you’re looking for a sampling of grassroots singer/songwriter music in Berks County, PA, the CD Fire on the Mountain is a great place to start. In this segment we talk with Bonnie Wren of Mountain Mary Music, who compiled the CD centering on the music community of the Barto and Huffs Church areas of the county. We spoke with Bonnie one recent weekend at Landhaven B & B in Huffs Church, where some of the artists featured on the CD frequently perform.

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Matt Cullen – Berks-based drummer and percussionist

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Learn more about what goes into making a studio album in this interview with Berks County-based drummer and percussionist Matt Cullen. We caught up with Matt a few weeks ago at Amoeba Studios, where he was laying down tracks for an upcoming Kris Kehr album.

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Bruce Siekmann – Audio Engineer to Local Stars

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We spent a few hours one recent weekend sitting in on some studio sessions at Amoeba Audio in Fleetwood, PA, where owner/engineer Bruce Siekmann works his magic for such famous area acts as Kris Kehr, Maggie Spike, and Jolene.

We came to learn that the passion for recording came from a passion for the music itself. Bruce is an accomplished musician who’s recorded several of his own CDs.

In this video you’ll see on drums Matt Cullen, who was laying down some tracks for an upcoming Kris Kehr CD. We talked to Matt on camera, and you’ll be hearing from him here on Berks.TV very soon….

NOTES and CREDITS: We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Peggy and Eric Gernerd, who’ve just launched their new website MaggieSpike.com. It was Peggy and Eric who first turned us on to Bruce’s work, and Peggy has done vocals on some of Bruce’s own tracks. (And by way of shameless promotion, I’ll mention that it was Berks.TV’s parent company Pipe Up! Media who produced their new site.)

Finally, a warm thanks to Kris Kehr and also to Bruce himself, who graciously invited us to sit for an afternoon at Ameoba Audio.

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