Berks JazzFest – Volunteer Opportunities

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Recently we spoke with Mike Zielinski, one of the Berks Jazz Fest publicity directors, about volunteer opportunities connected to the event.

“Our festival would not happen without the wonderful volunteers,” he said.

What are they looking for? Stage managers, hospitality and transportation people, ushers, merchandise sales people, and many more.

To learn more, visit the Berks Jazz Fest website. The Berks Jazz Fest takes place March 16-25.

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Keith Brintzenhoff – Pennsylvania German Music Expert

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At the recent Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry Winter Picnic, we sat down for a nice chat with Pennsylvania German music expert Keith Brintzenhoff, who performed on stage that night.

In this clip, Keith talks about playing the mountain dulcimer, the mountain banjo, and his personal favorite, the autoharp.

Keith sings, plays, and entertains throughout the area. More info is available at the Toad Creek Ramblers website.

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Mike Zielinski – What’s new at Berks Jazz Fest 2007

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Big names are a given at Berks Jazz Fest each year, but the event continues to re-create itself through creative programming and attracting artists appealing to a variety of tastes.

We recently sat down with Mike Zielinski, one of the event’s publicity directors, to learn what’s new for the 2007 event, slated to take place March 16-25.

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Neo Trio – Reading, PA Piano Rock Band – Part 2

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Cory Heller, Craig Burkey (goes by “Burkey”), and Matt Cullen form Neo Trio, a Reading, PA based band who’ve been together more than 12 years. In this clip, Cory and Burkey talk about the advantages of a piano trio and why they’ve stuck around so long. The three have a gig at Bertie’s in Reading, PA this Friday night, January 5, 2006.

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Check out this earlier video segment with Neo Trio.

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Reading Symphony Orchestra Holiday Offerings

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Among the many holiday festivities in and around Reading, PA are those staged by the Reading Symphony Orchestra. In this clip, Executive Director Charles Weiser talks about a few of them, including the Nutcracker, which is led by youth orchestra conductor Peter Brye and produced in conjunction with Berks Ballet Theater. New Year’s Eve festivities include a performance with conductor Steven Hackman.

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Neo Trio – Reading, PA Piano Rock Band – Part 1

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Burkey (as he’s called), who we met shooting the Julie Edlow Quartet, tipped us off to the Neo Trio’s recent gig at Bertie’s in Reading, PA, and we’re glad he did. We sat down with bassist Craig Burkey and pianist/vocalist Cory Heller before the show. The trio, which has been together for 12 years, also features Matt Cullen on drums.

The present-day band kicks a mix of originals plus classic and 80s and 90s rock with a twist–not all of it was originally designed for piano. We’re talking about The Clash, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello–“anything we can get away with as a piano trio,” Cory notes.

Okay, so you’ve been around Reading a while and you think you know all about the Neo Trio? I’ll bet you don’t know how they got their name. Watch the video to find out.

In an upcoming segment you’ll hear more from bassist Craig Burkey and the band’s plans for the future.

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Haley Sheeler – Singer-Songwriter – Walkin’ West Launch Party

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We caught up with Berks County, PA-based singer-songwriter Haley Sheeler last night at the launch party for her second CD, “Walkin’ West.”

Those of you familiar with Haley’s unplugged performances at area coffeehouses will be surprised by the big sound of the CD, a full-on studio production featuring a mix of originals and covers penned by the likes of Dolly Parton, Ben Harper, and Bob Dylan.

The capacity launch party at City Espresso on Fifth Street in Reading, PA had a cozy family feel to it, and rumor was that the cookies were homemade. Congratulations on the new CD, Haley!

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Reading Symphony Orchestra League Benefit Fashion Show Raises $15,000

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The Reading Symphony Orchestra League raised more than $15,000 in a recent benefit at the Sheraton in Wyomissing, PA. According to Caroline Dunford, an organizer of the event, 275 supporters attended the luncheon, which featured a fashion show with volunteer models from the community. Check out the video for highlights from the runway. See if you can spot Berks.TV managing editor Tara Karleen!

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Maggie Spike – Cosmic Beauty Live

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We captured this laid-back acoustic version of the Maggie Spike CD favorite “Cosmic Beauty” at September’s RiverFest.

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NOTE TO READERS: Maggie Spike is sponsoring this month’s giveaway – their CD entitled Passenger Station. Register by November 30 for the Berks.TV weekly update for a chance to win.

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Kris Kehr on Stone Poets

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Thought we’d squeeze in a quick interview with Kris Kehr talking about his resurrected alt-country band Stone Poets. They’re headlining at the Brass Lantern tomorrow night, October 28.

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Julie Edlow Quartet at Brass Lantern in Reading, PA

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Country blues is alive and well in Berks County. We recently caught up with the newly formed Julie Edlow Quartet for their second evening together. They were playing at the Brass Lantern in Reading, PA.

The quartet features the arresting vocals of Julie Edlow, Kris Kehr on guitars and mandolin, Craig Burkey on bass, and Matt Cullen on drums.

In this clip, you’ll hear about the band’s style, which ranges from folk to rock to country and blues, and you’ll also see some footage from their performance of Julie’s original song “The Decency.”

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Check out some earlier segments featuring Julie here on Berks.TV.

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