Caste Inn Stage – 2019


5:00pm – Music Motif Art Show (downstairs)

Cuisine by Sango Kura: Sango Kura’s food truck will be on-site at the Castle Inn (meals not included with ticket)

7:00pm – 11:00pm Performances (upstairs)

Cathedral by Lou Rogai
Poetry by No Land
Denny Carrig Theatrics
Tott’s Gap Dance
The Rat Trap Pack


Music Motif Art Show Open (downstairs)
Performances (upstairs)

1:30pm – Pisani/Wisner Quartet
3:00pm – Davey Lantz Trio
5:00pm – Mike Lorenz and the Witherbees 3


Music Motif Art Show Open

Deer Head Inn Stage – 2019


2:30pm – Dark Square
4:30pm -Jay Rattman Trio
6:30pm – Clarice Assad and Friends
8:00pm – Jam Session


2:30pm – The Jay Leonhart Trio with Carolyn Leonhart
4:30pm – Walt Bibinger and Roy Cumming Duo
6:00pm – Stephans/Liebman/Ridl/Varner4
8:00pm – Bill Goodwin Quartet
9:00pm – Jam Session

Main Stage – 2019


12:00pm – Skip and Dan Wilkins Quartet
1:30pm – Annie Sciolla Quartet
3:00pm – Akiko Tsuruga/Sherrie Maricle Trio
4:30pm – Dave Stryker 8 Track Band
6:00pm – Galvanic Ignition


10:00am – JazzMass (church service)
12:30pm – Paul Jost Quartet
2:00pm – Bill Charlap
3:00pm – COTA Cats
4:15pm – Eric Mintel Quartet
5:15pm – Water Gap Jazz Orchestra
6:30pm – Johnny DeFrancesco Quintet

2019 COTA Fest Poster Contest

42nd Annual Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts
Jazz Festival Announces Poster Competition

The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) is now accepting concept sketches and/or poster submissions for the 42nd Annual COTA Jazz festival, which will be held on September 6th, 7th, and 8th. We invite you to submit a design that is graphically capable to accommodate many marketing needs including; a poster, brochures, programs, digital media, and t-shirts. The winning poster submission will be used as the primary marketing tool for the festival and the original artwork will be on view at the 2019 Music Motif show held beginning Friday, September 6th.

Winning Prize: $100 gift card to Blick Art Materials!!!

Poster submissions are due by April 12th, 2019.

Submissions can be electronically submitted by emailing or mail to Ian Carrig, PO BOX 571, Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327. For more information email or visit the website

The poster requirements are as follows:

1.)  The poster is vertical
2.)  The size of the artwork is 18 x 24
3.)  The artwork can be in any media
4.)  Although it is not required, the typeset as follows should be kept in
mind or included:
42nd Annual Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts 2019
Jazz and Arts Festival
September 6th, 7th, and 8th
Rain or Shine/No Pets/Food Concessions/Children’s Area

Participants under the age of 18 need permission from a parent or guardian.

For information see the website or call 832-472-5005 (Ian’s Cell)

The completed mechanical is not required at the time of judging, however, space for type, placing of type, and typeface style may be indicated by using an overlay. No lettering should be included on the art itself unless it is intrinsic to the design. All recommendations from the artist as to design will be considered, however COTA reserves the right to execute the final design of the poster.

Delaware Water Gap has long been home to many jazz greats and continues to be a draw to a great jazz scene and community. Each year for the past forty-two years, the borough erupts in an energetic celebration of its rich jazz heritage with an Arts and Jazz Festival presented by local musicians, artists and volunteers.

The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) was founded in 1978 by world-renowned jazz artist and composer Phil Woods, trombonist Rick Chamberlain and Ed Joubert. The idea was, and still is, to share with the community the art created by the many world-class musicians and artists that call the area home. The premise was simple: musicians are local or locally connected and everyone plays for the same small honorarium, which has enabled a sponsor-free event for 42 years!

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First List of Festival Artists Announced 2018

COTA Announces First List of 2018 Festival Artists

Dave Liebman Expansions
Jay Leonhart with Carolyn and Michael Leonhart
Nancy and Spencer Reed
Roseanna Vitro with the Bill Goodwin Trio
Billy Test and Jay Rattman
Esteban Castro Trio
Jim Ridl Quartet
Coop Bop
Johnny DeFrancesco
Joe Locke
Water Gap Jazz Orchestra
Adam Niewood
La Cuchina
Bill Washer/Jon Ballantyne
Poconos Mountain Ensemble
Davey Lantz
Rich Jenkins
and  more to be announced

Jazz Mass Singers Wanted 2016

All singers are invited to be part of this year’s performance of the iconic “ Jazz Mass” on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Celebration of the Arts festival in Delaware Water Gap. Rehearsals will be held at the Church of the Mountain in Delaware Water Gap at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 23 – Tuesday, August 30 – and Wednesday, September 7. The Mass will be presented on Sunday, September 11 at 10 AM. There is no audition required.
Rehearsal tapes for each part – in mp3 format – will be available to facilitate individual practice and learning.

Each chorus member will receive a complimentary ticket to Sunday’s performances at the COTA festival.

Come and participate in this unique and meaningful musical and worship experience.

For additional information, please contact Bob Nickels at (570) 460-4641 or


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