2022 Wildflower Music Festival

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July 2 | Dave Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band – What a Wonderful World!

Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, this band breathes life and passion into America’s own great art form. They swing to a variety of jazz styles, always true to the joy and heart of the music. Their consistently excellent sound with a unique identity was created by Dave Ostwald. Come and enjoy your Fourth of July weekend with this much-in-demand band who are currently enjoying their twenty-first year of its open-ended weekly Wednesday evening engagement at The Birdland Jazz Club in NYC.

July 9 | 45 RPM Band – The Happiest Band on Earth!

45rpm is a group of highly skilled and dedicated singers and musicians from the New York scene.  Carpenters, Blue Swede, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Cher, Bobby Sherman, David Cassidy and The Partridge Family, and so many more: we bring these ’70s AM radio hits that other bands overlook back to life with the veracity and fun this music deserves.  It’s the happiest show on earth!

45rpm recreates the songs and their era with the C’mon Get Happy show, an entertaining and visually engaging evening that has you singing and dancing along.  It’s a whole night of “wow, I remember that one” moments. Come to see 45rpm and get “hooked on a feeling” with us!

July 16 | Colebrook Road – Keystone State Bluegrass

We are happy to have the 2020 INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION MOMENTUM BAND AWARD FINALIST at Wildflower this summer. Bridging the divide between straight-drive, traditional bluegrass played by the Del McCoury Band and the Lonesome River Band and the genre-warping progressive bluegrass done by the Punch Brothers and Billy Strings, Colebrook Road strives to find a common middle ground, creating new enthusiasts for bluegrass while expanding the definition of the genre for established fans.

July 23 | B-Street Band – Bruce Springsteen Tribute

This Jersey Shore band will have all you Bruce Springsteen fans rockin’ for the whole show. The inimitable sound of “The Boss” will be showcased in our amphitheater by the original Springsteen tribute band starring Willie Forte and his amazingly talented musicians. They play Hard Rock Cafes all over the USA and Europe, and venues all over New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, a huge fan of Springsteen, admitted in an article to Rolling Stone Magazine that the only band he has seen more than the Boss is the B-Street Band! Even if you cannot see the real Boss in person, this concert will make you think you have.

Extra Thursday Evening Concert At 6 pm

July 28 | The Idol Kings – Tribute to Journey, and John Mellencamp

As one of the best tribute performances touring today, the Idol Kings are a must see. If you close your eyes you’d think you were listening to Journey! These musicians have been playing music together for nearly 15 years. The Kings Court consists of some of the most accomplished musicians on the East coast, playing the songs you love from Journey, REO Speedwagon and John Mellencamp. Performing in major venues all across the US, they have headlined music festivals, playing to sold-out crowds with their unbelievably realistic stage act. The Idol Kings’ shows are beloved by multiple generations. This is a show you cannot miss!

July 30 | Vanessa Collier – Blues Singer & Jazz Saxophonist

This young Texas gal and her band will be giving a head-turning, fiery, passionate performance that weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance. Her concerts combine soulful vocals with a voice that often recalls blues-rock stalwart Bonnie Raitt. Vanessa’s searing saxophone, and her witty songwriting that has earned her eight national blues nominations, winning the 2019 and 2020 BMA Horn Player of the Year Awards. She is shaking up the world of blues singing and will be for many, many years to come. Vanessa says, “I love connecting with an audience and feeling their energy, and I hope to bring them joy ….”

August 6 | Back Home Again, A Tribute to John Denver (with Tom Becker formerly of The New Christy Minstrels)

You asked for this show to return, so we brought back the foot-stomping fun of “Back Home Again—A Tribute to John Denver” with the clear vocals of Tom Becker and his band. The show offers the perfect blend of well-known and lesser-known Denver songs and features music and stories from Tom’s days as a member of the legendary folk group, The New Christy Minstrels. From the tenderness of “Annie’s Song” to the sweeping grandeur of “Eagle and the Hawk,” you will feel the spirit of John Denver in this true tribute.

August 13 | The Rat Pack, Together Again – Sinatra, Martin, And Davis Tribute From Vegas

Tony Sands has recreated the look and feel of the iconic trio of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., who performed frequently in Las Vegas casinos and on tour in the 60s through the 80s. Tony and his cast mates will bring back fond memories of this fabulous group of talented, funny showmen. They’ve perfected the sense of camaraderie and humor the Rat Pack was known for, and Tony has captured the silky, mesmerizing sounds of “Ol Blue Eyes” that will astonish you. They have toured extensively throughout New York, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas at major hotels, casinos, and other venues.

Sunday August 21, 2022 | Tri-State Chorale FREE Sunday Matinee Concert at 4pm

This wonderful community chorus, founded in 2016, is a dynamic collaboration between its gifted Conductor and Music Director, Matthew Rupcich, and its members. The top priority of the group is its performance quality and vocal education.

This summer the chorale will perform a free “Summer Inspirations” Program featuring music by Mozart and local Milford composer Jeri Sardella. Come and enjoy this unique chorale in the amphitheater on the grounds of the beautiful Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary.

Be sure to bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and whatever food and beverages you wish. Come early and tour the Dorflinger Glass Museum and Museum Gift Shop that are open until 4pm. In the event of inclement weather, please check our website www.wildflowermusic.org.

 

Follow the Smoke: BBQ and Catering

Brandon and his team at Follow the Smoke have committed to providing a delicious barbecue menu and a refreshing non-alcoholic drink selection at each of our outdoor concerts* Each week, the menu will be different. He will have a limited number of items for you to choose from and everything will be fresh and savory!
They will be cooking onsite each Saturday and promise to delight your taste buds.

Quantities will be somewhat limited, so please keep in mind, first come first served!

You will not be disappointed.

Dorflinger is providing this information to you in an effort to increase your enjoyment at our amazing concerts. Dorflinger is not profiting from food or drink sales. Please support local businesses..

*(If the concert has to be moved indoors to the Wallenpaupack Area High School auditorium, Follow the Smoke will not participate, as there is no food allowed in the school)