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‘Faces and Voices of the Blues’ returns to Scranton

June 18. 2013 6:58PM

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SCRANTON- Saturday and Sunday the Lake Ariel-based PocoNotes will return to the Tripp House for their fourth time to present “The Faces and Voices of the Blues … Too”.

The Tripp House, 1011 N. Main Ave., Scranton, is the oldest building in Lackawanna County.

“It’s got a lot of history, it’s almost as if the walls have life,” said PocoNotes co-founder Dolores Hippler.

The event runs Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and will showcase the work of acclaimed documentary photographer Jim Gavenus and a photo workshop Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. Gavenus will demonstrate music photography etiquette.

“Last year’s images were strictly blues, the benefit of doing something a second time is you get to reflect,” Gavenus said. “This time I want to incorporate blues, country and rock- some bigger people in rock and some regional people. The music in the area right now and the musicians are really strong.”

“In a throwback to the time when this music was created, Blues musician Roy “Book” Binder is inviting local musicians and listeners to sit out on the porch of this historic building, share stories and play some music,” said PocoNotes co-founder Patrick Harper.

That will be followed by a special concert indoors by Roy “Book” Binder at 8 p.m.

Doors open again at noon Sunday until 4 p.m. with Roy “Book” Binder hosting a workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Binder’s workshop will be geared toward all levels of guitar playing. He has been touring the world for more than 50 years and has appeared on TNN’s “Nashville Now.”

All workshops are free, but reservations are requested.

Tickets for the all ages concert are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children 12 and under and military members and family are admitted free. Senior/student tickets are offered at a two-for-one discount at $25. Tickets can be purchased at, Nada & Co., 137 Wyoming Ave., Scranton and Duffy Accessories, 218 Linden St., Scranton.

The idea for PocoNotes was born in the stairwell of Tower 2 of the World Trade Center, as Harper, was exiting the

building Sept. 11, 2001. At that moment Harper made two decisions, first, to continue living, because living in fear meant surrendering freedom and the second, to make life count in a way that mattered, according to a press release.

Harper wanted to make a difference and thought back to the Woodstock era. “Musical events are a great thing. I wanted to try to increase the amount of music in the world.”

PocoNotes has presented 16 events, with more than 60 artist, including five Grammy-nominated musicians, since 2006 and aims at giving the audience an intimate once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“When you come in and meet the artist, you make a connection. It’s intimate and that’s what happens at our shows,” Hippler said. “There is so much talent that is not appreciated. Playing for us (PocoNotes) for 45 minutes is like playing a show for four hours. Having eyes on you is life changing.”

PocoNotes was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which is administered by The Pocono Arts Council, Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Grant, a program of the Lackawanna County Commissioners and the Lackawanna County Council on Arts, Culture and Education, according to a press release.


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