READING, PA The VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest is celebrating its 20th anniversary in a big way. Joining the celebration is longtime Berks Jazz Fest fan favorite Brian Culbertson, playing host for a special screening of his recently released CD/DVD "Brian Culbertson Live From the Inside."
This one-time-only screening is set for Friday, March 26, at 4 p.m. at the RC/Reading Movies 11 & IMAX theater at 30 N. Second St. in Reading. Following the screening, Brian and his father, Jim, will host a meet-and-greet with fans at the theater. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now at the theater and online at fandango.com. Seating is limited to 250 fans.
"Finally I'll get to see the film on the big screen!" Brian said. "I'm very excited about partnering with the Berks Arts Council and RC Theatres to make the special screening part of the 20th anniversary Berks Jazz Fest -- and most important, available to the fans. I'm looking forward to welcoming fans to the screening and spending time with them at the post-show event. It's going to be a fun time."
"Live From The Inside" is a deluxe 2-disc set consisting of a 98-minute DVD that features live performance, interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, plus over 90 minutes of additional bonus content. The CD contains 12 songs (10 of which were No. 1 hits) that gives Culbertson fans newly-rendered versions of some of his most popular numbers, including one brand-new song titled "Go" - a sequel to Culbertson?s recent chart-topping hit "Always Remember," which is also on "Live From The Inside."
"I was flying home from the Berks Jazz Festival back in March (2009) when the whole concept for this project really hit me," Brian shares. "I guess you could call the concept a high-energy blast of 'best of' and biography."
The film also features special all-star guests Ray Parker Jr., Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Michael Lington, Eric Darius and Brian's father.
As an added treat, Brian will join the always popular Berks All-Star Jazz Jam, Thursday, March 25 at 8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Reading. Brian will join stars Rick Braun, Chuck Loeb, Nick Colionne, Peter White, Chieli Minucci, Gerald Veasley, Brian Bromberg, Eric Darius, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Joe McBride and more for a blowout jam.
The 20th annual VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest, presented by the Berks Arts Council, runs March 19-28, and features an expansive array of musical styles featuring contemporary and traditional jazz and blues artists. Over 130 events at major venues, clubs and restaurants throughout Greater Reading make this a truly unique music festival. For more information, including ticketing, artist bios and archived releases, visit www.berksjazzfest.com. For more information on the Berks Arts Council, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Greater Reading, visit www.berksarts.org.
To order tickets for the Berks Jazz Jam or other Berks Jazz Fest shows:
Visit the Sovereign Center box office, Seventh and Penn streets, Reading.
Call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 to charge by phone; or visit ticketmaster.com.
Order online at berksjazzfest.com.
For a complete schedule of concerts, visit www.berksjazzfest.com
Dana L. Hoffman
VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest
Marketing/Public Relations Director
Berks Arts Council
Hope to see you at Brian Culbertson's 'Live From The Inside'
Beverly J. Packard
Jazz Circle Member of the Berks Arts Council