LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- When the 30th Annual Berks Jazz Fest, originally scheduled to take place this week in Reading, PA, was forced to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic, they decided to take the festival online instead.
“We were getting so much feedback from fans, saying they’re missing the festival,” said John Ernesto, General Manager of the Berks Jazz Fest, “but most of all, they’re missing the music.”
So the show will still go on, but just on Facebook instead of face-to-face. Eleven concerts will be shown, over 20 hours of music, starting on Thursday, April 2nd with the Chuck Loeb Memorial All Star Jam, which took place during the 2019 Jazz Fest. They will be streamed over the Berks Jazz Fest Facebook page, and the videos are free for all to enjoy.
“It’s been pretty exciting. We’re all working together and we’re going to create this online version of the Berks Jazz Fest,” Ernesto said.
The annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest is presented by the Berks Arts Council, located in Reading, PA. The mission of the Berks Arts Council is to inspire, engage and unite their community through arts education, collaboration and presentation.
The festival began after the Berks Arts Council wanted to create a cultural tourism event, and so the Jazz Fest was born. “It’s been an amazing journey,” said Ernesto. “Not in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be doing this 30 years later.”
Though videos are free, Ernesto requested that fans make a donation to the Berks Arts Council to cover the costs of postponement. Next year’s Berks Jazz Festival will run April 9-18, 2021.
To learn more about the Berks Jazz Fest, visit them online at: https://berksjazzfest.com.