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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Wilkes-Barre rock band Vine Street and the Sunset Sessions open mic

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Wilkes-Barre rock band Vine Street and the Sunset Sessions open mic
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Recorded and produced every week by Internet marketing company Coal Creative in their production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the NEPA Scene Podcast presents honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The live, multi-camera show streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. and is hosted by Rich Howells, editor and founder of NEPA Scene; Brittany Boote, owner of Boote Photography Studio in Forty Fort; and Johnny Popko, the senior marketing consultant at local radio stations Alt 92.1, Rock 107, and ESPN Radio. Viewers are encouraged to tune in during each hour-long episode and interact during the Facebook Live stream so that the hosts can address comments and answer questions as they come in.

After the live webcast, the show is available the following Friday as an audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher, while the video version can be seen on Facebook and YouTube.

The NEPA Scene Podcast is made possible by local sponsors Beer Boys, The Keys, and the F.M. Kirby Center, Coal Creative, and viewers who tune in every week.

In Episode 17, we sit down with all four members of Wilkes-Barre rock band Vine Street, who are hosting the new Sunset Sessions open mic at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre this Sunday, July 16 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

We begin by cracking open some crowlers of Chocolate Lobster by Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware, courtesy of our newest sponsor, Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre, and we’re pleasantly surprised about the taste of this porter that was actually brewed with live lobsters, dark cocoa powder, and a basil tea.

Then we talk about how Vine Street originated in Hanover Township in 2012 and their musical backgrounds, their name and trying to define their sound, what inspires their original songs and how they choose what songs to cover, working on songs for their debut album, how the local music scene has helped them develop over the years, the importance of open mics to musicians and the mics they’ve benefited from most (like Tony’s Wine Cellar), how the Sunset Sessions came about and what their goals are with the event, how Brittany got involved with it, the future of the band, and more.

In The Last Word segment, Rich talks about his interviews with national acts like Big D and the Kids Table and Anti-Flag at the Vans Warped Tour in Scranton and how many of the things they had to say about their own local music scenes reflect the same ups and downs of our own scene. We also mention how we differentiate ourselves from “fake news” in this day and age to gain the trust of our audience and how to interview Gwar properly.

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