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Blues and Brews at Blue Mountain

By - Last modified: July 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

When we think of summer, the last thought that pops into our heads is going to a ski resort.

But with a place such as Blue Mountain Ski Area, nestled in an enclave where the Lehigh Valley meets the Poconos, summer activities seem to be endless. From outdoor dining to live entertainment — and eventually a multi-million dollar water park — Blue Mountain is a happening place year round.

A prime example is the third annual Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Blue Mountain's Valley Lodge this Friday through Sunday (July 27-29). It's a full weekend of camping, live music and late-night jams in a truly scenic setting.

Michael Cloeren has partnered with the ski area to bring the festival to the "natural amphitheater" of Blue Mountain for the third year in a row. Cloeren founded and produced the Pocono Blues Festival from 1992-2010 before renaming it and bringing it to Blue Mountain beginning in 2011.

There will be two stages (a tent stage and an outdoor main stage). A special feature will be the Friday Night Pre Fest Jam presented by WDIY 88.1 FM (National Public Radio-Lehigh Valley), with music by The BC Combo.

Saturday and Sunday will showcase national and international artists such as Bonerama, The Slide Brothers, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Guy Davis, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Ruthi Foster, The Bobby Rush Revue and Alexis P. Suter.

Blue Mountain will be offering on-site camping with complimentary his and her showers. Along with tent camping, RVs, pop-ups and trailers also are welcome.

For additional details, ticketing/pricing information, lodging and directions, visit www.skibluemt.com.

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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