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

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

Annual Festival Poster Contest 36th Festival

The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) is now accepting concept sketches and/or poster submissions for the 36th Annual Jazz and Arts Festival, which will be held Friday, September 6, 2013 through Sunday, September 8, 2013.   The poster requirements are as follows:

  1. The poster is vertical;
  2. The size of the artwork is to be 18 x24 
  3. The artwork can be in any medium; and
  4. Although it is not required, should the artist wish to include copy for the poster, it should read as follows:

            Headline:  36th Annual Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts 
            Subhead:   Jazz and Arts Festival
            Dates:       September 6, 7, and 8, 2013
            Include:    Rain or Shine/No Pets/ Food Concessions/Children’s Area
            For information: or 570-424-2210
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 you feel it is intrinsic to the design.  All recommendations from the artist as to design will be considered, but COTA reserves the right to execute the final design of the poster.  The artist whose poster is selected will receive a commission of $350.00. With your submission please include your name, address, email address, and telephone number.

In creating the design, please bear in mind that the official COTA poster is the primary marketing tool of  the festival and that, in addition to the poster, the chosen design will also be used on the brochure, T-shirts, etc.  Additionally, please keep in mind that (1) the year 2013 will mark COTA’s 36th Annual Festival;  (2) that COTA is primarily a jazz and arts festival; and (3) that COTA has been held in the picturesque town of Delaware Water Gap for the past 36 years.

The deadline for all entries for the jazz festival poster is May 31, 2013.  Entries may either be (1) mailed to:  COTA, Board of Directors, Post Office Box 249, Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327, or (2) delivered to the office of Stone, Trembly & Associates, 819 Ann St, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or (3) emailed to For further information, please contact Tim Helman at 570-688-7973.

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City, State, Zip Code
Telephone Number