- 2018 Season
It’s been almost 100 years since the birth of Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Desi Arnaz and Dean Martin. To celebrate the lasting influence these legendary artists had on American music, the Pocono Mountains Music Festival is proud to present an electrifying evening honoring their incredible legacy. A cast of New York City’s top vocalists will be joined by current and former residents of the Pocono Mountains in a concert that will bring together world-class talent from around the world and our own backyard.
Erin McClelland is one of the most popular entertainers in the Pocono Mountains, delighting audiences of all ages with dazzling guitar work and a unique voice. In addition to sharing the stage with such luminaries as John Popper and Pat Metheny, he also boasts a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston as well as Masters’ of Music from The University of Southern California. Currently an active member of his community he is also an adjunct professor at the Northampton Community College as well as Marywood University. Be sure to hear this wonderful talent, whose acoustic set ranges from blues to jazz to R&B and a list of cover songs ranging from classic to contemporary; we’re sure you’ll be tapping your foot to your favorite tunes!
Sister Orchid marks Nellie McKay‘s 7th label release in just 31 years. Her previous albums include Get Away From My Head, Pretty Little Villagers,
Nancy Reed, vocalist and bassist, was born in Brooklyn to Marcus Wilbun, a jazz and classical pianist sat in at the historic Minton’s jam sessions in Harlem in the 1940’s and Lillie Wilbun who sang opera. Nancy has performed for the last thirty-five years in a wide variety of settings. Artistically consistent and always the consummate professional, Nancy has performed in Japan with the Nancy Reed Jazz Show, Mexico’s Cancun Jazz Festival with the Nancy and Spencer Reed Sextet, has over thirty annual appearances at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival and performed at countless private and club engagements in northeast Pennsylvania where she resides.
Spencer Reed, guitarist and vocalist, joined the Soul Distributers in 1972 and played a circuit of social clubs and private dances in Harlem and the South Bronx. Then at age 19, he became guitarist for the Chris Towns Unlimited, performing in uptown nightclubs and at the Brown Sugar on 50th St. and 8th Ave. This group contained some great and experienced musicians. Jimmy Lewis, bass player with Count Basie and legendary drummer Charles Honeyboy Otis were extremely generous of spirit and took on a mentoring role in Spencer’s life and career. This experience included recording along side guitarist Cornell Dupree and going on the road for the first time. Spencer toured with the USO throughout the Caribbean and Panama and after freelancing in New York settled in the Pocono Mts. of Pennsylvania where he resides and works often with his wife, singer and bassist Nancy Reed.
Campbell Walker Fields is a versatile singer and keyboardist with equal comfort on concert, musical theater, and arena stages. His professional career began when cast at the age of nine as Artful Dodger in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s 2011 production of OLIVER!. Soon after he played JoJo in SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL at the University of Oklahoma, and Foo (Lost Boy) in the seven-week run of the world-premier Dallas Theatre Center production of the musical FLY. Other Lyric credits include the role of Slim in OKLAHOMA!, and productions of MARY POPPINS, BIG FISH, and LES MISERABLES.
Alex Getlin was most recently seen Off-Broadway in the company of ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THE THEATER-THE SONGS OF MAURY YESTON. A recent graduate of Northwestern University, she made her California debut in June with the Pasadena Pops and Michael Feinstein conducting BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE with Liza Minnelli. She has also performed at Town Hall as a 2016 Broadway Rising Stars, as well as at Feinstein’s/54 Below and NJPAC.
Lisa Howard was most recently on Broadway starring as Tammy in ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE. Other Broadway credits include her Drama Desk Nominated role of Jenny Steinberg in the musical comedy IT SHOUDA BEEN YOU directed by David Hyde Pierce, Diva 1 In PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESSERT, Missy Hart in 9 TO 5, Head Nurse in Lincoln Center’s revival of SOUTH PACIFIC and Rona Lisa Peretti in the 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, for which she won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.
Check out Nellie McKay singing her own song, “It’s A Pose” on the Conan!