Experience the launch of the inaugural Pocono Folk Festival and celebrate the summers-end and beginning of fall in the Delaware Water Gap, the place Conde Nast travel magazine called “the most beautiful place in Pennsylvania” in 2018. The concert will be held on the stage and grounds of the historic Castle Inn at 20 Delaware Avenue, Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327.

The rain or shine event will take place on September 15, 2018 from 11:00 am to 10:30 pm and will feature folk, classic rock, bluegrass, Americana and tributes to The Band and The Grateful Dead. Tickets are festival seating/general admission for $39.50 in advance and $49.50 at the gate day of show.

There will be local vendors, Food and Wine and an Arts Fair. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome – with a reminder to be courteous to your neighbor’s space. No alcohol allowed in the gates but will be available for purchase onsite.



THE MUSIC of THE BAND (plus Rock of Ages Horns and key early-day performers)


SEAN DELLA CROCE (Nashville folk singer-songwriter)

STRAWBERRY JAM (Grateful Dead tribute)


“It is only appropriate that we launch this historic event with a music icon who is no stranger to the Poconos or the Catskills, John Sebastian. He graduated from Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ (just 15 miles east of the Delaware Water Gap) in the early 60’s, and closed the decade up-river in Bethel, NY at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. It was there that he made history performing an impromptu set before 400,000 people! We’re truly humbled and honored that John has agreed to kick things off on the good foot as only he can,” Della Croce concludes.

John Sebastian is a true music legend. He’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and founder, lead singer and primary songwriter of the Lovin’ Spoonful, often referred to as the American Beatles! Aside from his string of hits with the Spoonful and show-stopping performance at Woodstock, his scoring and recording of the TV theme song for Welcome Back Kotter, “Welcome Back,” set the pace for a successful solo career that continues on the strength of his passion for creating and performing. The multi-instrumentalist has simply done it all. He recorded early in the 60’s with Bob Dylan, wrote, sang and performed a dozen smash hits with his band, The Lovin’ Spoonful, roadied for blues king Lightning Hopkins and even played the iconic harmonica parts on The Doors “Roadhouse Blues!”

While with the Lovin’ Spoonful, he scored an amazing string of 7 consecutive top-10 Billboard hit singles including chart-toppers: “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Rain on the Roof,” “Summer in the City,” “Younger Girl,” “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind,” “Day Dream” and “Nashville Cats.”

Supporting John Sebastian will be The Music of THE BAND performed by Professor Louie and the Crowmatix. The Woodstock, NY-based band is led by former BAND producer, Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz, and members of Bob Dylan’s and Van Morrison’s bands. The group is supported by the Woodstock Horns and will perform a full set of classics by The BAND. They will close the show at 9:00 pm after John Sebastian with a rollicking Last Waltz style finale featuring key early day performers.

One of Jam band’s favorite sons, and Delaware Water Gap producer/artist, Tim Carbone of RAILROAD EARTH will take the stage with partner Lou Rogai of LEWIS & CLARKE with their duo CEDAR SPARKS.

Nashville folk singer-songwriter SEAN DELLA CROCE will also perform music from her latest album along with Grateful Dead Tribute band STRAWBERRY JAM and Pocono bluegrass favorites, THE LOST RAMBLERS. The music begins at 11 am with local acts and continues through to 10:30 pm.

More information can be found at www.poconofolkfestival.com.

The Pocono Folk Festival is produced by Jim Della Croce Pathfinder Productions The Castle Inn Suite #223 Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327.

For more press information contact:

Pat McGee at The Press Office pat@thepressoffice.com or call 615.419.9989.