Briggs Farm Blues Festival returns for 27th annual celebration of music
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Briggs Farm Blues Festival returns for 27th annual celebration of music

NESCOPECK — From July 11-13, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival returns to entertain thousands of music fans and showcase a wide range of blues music, from contemporary to traditional.

Enjoy three days of blues music with an expanded lineup for 2024 scheduled at a picturesque 450-acre farm near Berwick. This independent festival has been welcoming artists and blues fans to its family farm since 1998.

This year’s headliners will be Joanne Shaw Taylor, who will perform on Friday, July 12, and Uncle Lucius, who will perform on Saturday, July 13.

“We’re excited about Uncle Lucius,” Dena Briggs said. “His music is like how country music is infiltrating other genres. Blues rock has always been there, and it seems like country is infiltrating all the other music we listen to.”

In addition, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival will feature a slew of exciting blues bands on two stages, including a large, shared Main Stage and the intimate Back Porch Stage.

“Our lineup is always unique,” ​​Dena Briggs said. “We hit that formula where Friday is more of a real blues day, and on Saturday we branch out and maybe get a little crazier.”

First up, on Thursday, July 11th, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will headline the Back Porch Stage to set the mood for the weekend. This is their first appearance at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival. Dena promises a wild, theatrical performance that includes stage presence, stage visuals, and blues with a rockabilly feel.

The weekend will also feature performances by North Mississippi Allstars, The Mighty Susquehannas, Memphis Lightning, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, Katie Henry, Uptown Music Collective, Duane Betts & Palmetto Motel and many more.

“The level of musicianship we have is truly incredible, sometimes I just don’t understand how we do it,” said Dena Briggs, recalling how she and her band would sit down at their kitchen table every January to gather all these incredible artists.

Richard Briggs, founder of Briggs Farm Blues Festival and father-in-law of Dena Briggs, has taught his family and band a lot over the years. Following his example, 27 years later they still have their finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the blues scene.

“We try to cover a lot of different aspects and I think that’s what makes people of all ages come to our show,” Dena Briggs said.

We encourage families and people of all ages to join us for an evening of gaming or a whole weekend of fun, camping, community and the blues.

Now celebrating its 27th annual festival, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival has become a tradition for many. Some people who first came when they were young now bring their children and grandchildren year after year.

As for how they manage to do it all every year, Dena Briggs said it’s 100 percent thanks to the people who want to help them make the event so special.

“A lot of the people who help us have been here for a decade or more, and it’s all down to the guy who makes our T-shirts right by the river in Berwick. We’re local, we do things together, we’re close-knit,” said Dena Briggs.

“Every year is a new experience and we are so happy that people want to come back! We are so grateful. I feel in my heart how lucky we are to have people come to our festival,” she continued.

When it comes to food and vendors, Briggs Farm Blues Festival always curates their selection carefully, with lots of delicious, weird and amazing things to buy! Dena says someone makes personalized cowboy hats or they also have The Leather Wizard who makes high-quality accessories!

Food vendors will have everything you could possibly want, from tacos to pizza, gyros to hoagies. Berwick Brewing Company will also be back, offering cocktails at their booth. This annual music event seems to be getting bigger and better every year.

“Our physical scene has grown, our footprint, the level of artists we can get — that’s completely changed. We know that a festival is its own thing, and some people come just to have a good time, and others are very focused on the music,” Dena Briggs said. “Everybody comes together because the lineup is so diverse.

It’s the perfect festival for beginners, fun for everyone and a great place to go even if you don’t have a mate. I can confirm this! I went by myself and ended up dancing right in front of the stage when I should have been taking pictures. It was worth it!

“People call and say — “What if I come alone? Will that be okay?” and I say it will absolutely be fine. If you’re not sure if the festival is for you, this is the festival where everyone is happy and happy to be here,” said Dena Briggs.

All ages are welcome. Coolers are allowed, but attendees are encouraged to check out all the cool vendors they have to offer. Dogs are not allowed.

Experience new music, discover emerging talent, and stay current with the genre at this original Northeastern Pennsylvania event from Thursday, July 11 through Saturday evening, July 13. Not to mention, the view from Briggs Farm is spectacular!