Meeting of the Minds 9 Festival

Schuylkill, PA

September 30th- October 2nd


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Meeting of the Minds 9, presented by Jibberjazz Productions, will take place between September 30th – October 2nd in Schuylkill Haven, PA on a 60-acre rustic fairground. The festival will showcase 31 eclectic bands on three separate indoor and outdoor stages, numerous workshops and scheduled activities, and onsite camping. Presale tickets, which include weekend camping, are on-sale now through for $80.

Meeting of the Minds family friendly festival will also feature permanent restroom and shower facilities, expansive nature trails, trout fishing waters, electricity access for RV’s and a plethora of food and craft vendors.

The Jibberjazz “focus is finding national and regional bands on the rise and unleashing them on unsuspecting audiences,” which is exactly what they plan to do at Meeting of the Minds. Thanks to this practice of finding artists from all over the US, the festival promises to unleash a vast array of musical styles including: jam, funk, folk, bluegrass, Americana, rock and roll, blues, reggae and more.

The lineup will include:

 The Polyrhythmics, from Seattle Washington, have an original hard-driving, modern afro-beat, syncopated, horn-driven funk sound. The 8 members of this world-beat orchestra, weave a clever web of deep, hypnotic grooves, creative, yet melodic interplay, clever horn-hooks, and searing solos that ignite every dance-floor that has laid before them. Taking the experiences of a nearly 4-year brotherhood, Polyrhythmics are just hitting their stride, writing and arranging some of the best material yet and setting their sights on the world stage.

Max Creek are true pioneers of the electric rock jam, with four decades of experience launching musical adventures through a rich repertoire of originals. Each set is a journey for audience and band alike, chasing muses without a net and bringing it all back home to the roots again. The bands members include: Bill Carbone (drums), Mark Mercier (keyboard), Scott Murawski (guitar), John Rider (bass), and Jamemurrell Stanley (percussion).

Marbin is progressive jazz-rock band based in Chicago, IL, with a unique story that stands out in todays music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, Marbin started tourimeeting of the minds 3ng in 2011 and has played over thousands of shows since, bringing their original instrumental music elsewhere in the states. Marbin has released five albums with Moonjune Records: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011), Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013), The Third Set (2014), and Aggressive Hippies in (2015). 

The Blind Owl Band is an American bluegrass-rock-country-folk band formed by four friends in Saranac Lake, New York in 2011. They got their name while finishing up a gig at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks, when a saw-whet owl- which they later found out is nicknamed a “blind owl”- flew into the window. The bands members include: Arthur Buezo (guitar and vocals), Christian Cardiello (bass), James Ford (banjo, vocals), and Eric Munley (mandolin and vocals).    

Other bands performing at the event include: New Orleans Suspects, The Mantras, Naughty Professor, Lespecial, Spafford, Viral Sound, Sassafraz, Dr. Slothclaw, The Groove Orient, Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess, Titanium Stardust Machine, City Hotel, Mountain Ride, Plank Stompers, Julie Rhodes, Tar Iguana, Hub City Stompers, The Honey Smugglers, Muscle Tough, The Space Cats, Puzzlebox, Gumbo Junk, Smokehouse 4, Hoppin’ Boxcars, Nina Scarcia, Christopher Brooks, and Janelle Vibes.

Additional upcoming Jibberjazz festivals include the Madsummer Meltdown 7 from June 24th-June 26th, and an unspecified festival in December.

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