NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Behind the Electric City Music Conference with Joe Caviston and Kenneth Norton
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.
In Episode 26, we have an extended chat with Joe Caviston of The Point After Show and Kenneth Norton, formerly of Graces Downfall and currently with The Sellout Soundtrack, who both founded the Electric City Music Conference and the Steamtown Music Awards, which return for their fourth year to 11 venues throughout the Scranton area on Thursday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Sept. 16. Read NEPA Scene’s complete and updated guide to the entire conference here.
Before and during the interview, we drink crowlers of Troegenator by Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey, Grandes Lagos by Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, and I.C. Light by the Pittsburgh Brewing, courtesy of Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre.
We talk about Joe’s sports podcast and what Ken has been up to musically since Graces Downfall ended, the purpose of the ECMC and why they feel it’s important to honor local musicians and bring the music scene together; what goes into planning an event that spans 11 venues across three days; their early days of booking shows and what they’ve learned since then; award show mishaps; memories of the music scene years ago and what things are like now; how Joe’s experience as a promoter and Ken’s experience as a musician has informed the conference; highlights of this year’s event, like an emo DJ set at The Bog; local bands they’d love to see reunite; the hidden costs of events like the SMAs and the ECMC; shooting down critics and misconceptions about how these events are run and what the money is used for; investing in new concerts in the area, including an upcoming acoustic Hinder show; and more.
John also plays a game with our guests, making them choose between one musical act or another, with some fun results and music commentary. Ken responded to many of the live comments directly, but we also read a few from live viewers.
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