Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: Wilkes-Barre still believes in Brian Wilson as he delivers final ‘Pet Sounds’ performances

CONCERT REVIEW: Wilkes-Barre still believes in Brian Wilson as he delivers final ‘Pet Sounds’ performances

At the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 2, one of the greatest albums of all time was recreated note for glorious note on stage by its composer and a stellar band of musicians and singers. The legendary Brian Wilson took his “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances” tour celebrating the 1966 […]

 Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: ‘Elvis Lives’ was triple dose of history and ‘Heartbreak’ in Wilkes-Barre

CONCERT REVIEW: ‘Elvis Lives’ was triple dose of history and ‘Heartbreak’ in Wilkes-Barre

What could be better than one award-winning Elvis tribute artist performing the timeless music of Elvis Presley in concert? How about three of them?! “Elvis Lives: The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event,” a highly entertaining and reverential recreation of some of the King’s most famous moments, made a stop at the F.M. Kirby Center for […]

 Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: Anything but ‘Plain,’ John Mellencamp captivates sold-out Wilkes-Barre crowd

CONCERT REVIEW: Anything but ‘Plain,’ John Mellencamp captivates sold-out Wilkes-Barre crowd

From the moment he strolled out on stage with his Fender Telecaster until the final notes of his last song 95 minutes later, John Mellencamp had the sold-out crowd at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Oct. 14 in the palm of his hand. Sometimes they sang along, sometimes […]

 Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: Boz Scaggs plays across the ages in spellbinding Wilkes-Barre performance

CONCERT REVIEW: Boz Scaggs plays across the ages in spellbinding Wilkes-Barre performance

Boz Scaggs brought his patented blend of blue-eyed soul, rock, blues, and jazz to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The now 72-year-old singer/songwriter is aging gracefully, his voice still silky smooth and his guitar playing better than you might have remembered. Backed by a fine six-piece […]

 Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: Willie Nelson ‘Still Moving,’ Neil Young steals show at Outlaw Music Fest in Scranton

CONCERT REVIEW: Willie Nelson ‘Still Moving,’ Neil Young steals show at Outlaw Music Fest in Scranton

Willie Nelson may have been the headliner for the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival held on Sunday, Sept. 18 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, but Neil Young stole the show. The day-long festival, a late addition to the local venue’s calendar, had a little something for everybody as Lee Ann Womack, the Chris […]

 Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: Shawn Klush shows ‘Burning Love’ for Elvis in authentic Wilkes-Barre performance

CONCERT REVIEW: Shawn Klush shows ‘Burning Love’ for Elvis in authentic Wilkes-Barre performance

It was a triumphant homecoming for Pittston native Shawn Klush as he performed his “Elvis Tribute Spectacular” for a second sold-out night at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Aug. 27. Klush, an internationally famous, award-winning Elvis tribute artist, faithfully recreates the magic of Elvis Presley’s concert years of 1969 to 1977. Klush looks […]

 Brad Patton

Glass Prism members reunite as classic power trio Shenandoah at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Aug. 27

Glass Prism members reunite as classic power trio Shenandoah at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Aug. 27

The most powerful incarnation of a local band will be reuniting and performing for the first time in 40 years on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains. Shenandoah, the trio of Tom Varano (guitar and vocals), Rick Richards (drums and vocals), and Louie Cossa (keyboards and vocals), will present “Take […]

 Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: David Brighton channels David Bowie for spot-on tribute in Wilkes-Barre

CONCERT REVIEW: David Brighton channels David Bowie for spot-on tribute in Wilkes-Barre

When David Bowie died unexpectedly in January just two days after his 69th birthday, many of us thought we would never again hear his classic songs in a live setting. Enter David Brighton, who portrays Bowie on stage in “Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience.” Many tribute artists claim to be the best, but […]

 Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: Joe Walsh jokes and shreds during classic set in Wilkes-Barre

CONCERT REVIEW: Joe Walsh jokes and shreds during classic set in Wilkes-Barre

There’s always a good bit of comedy at a Joe Walsh concert, but don’t let that fool you. When it comes to playing guitar, he’s dead serious and he’s a monster. For “Walsh Toor 2016,” which made a stop at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Aug. 4, the […]

 Brad Patton

CONCERT REVIEW: Grace Potter drives Kirby Center crowd ‘Delirious’ in Wilkes-Barre

CONCERT REVIEW: Grace Potter drives Kirby Center crowd ‘Delirious’ in Wilkes-Barre

Coming to the stage as the intro to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” blared from the speakers, Grace Potter was a nonstop whirlwind of energy throughout her 100-minute performance at the F.M. Kirby Center on Friday, July 29. “Wilkes-Barre! So good to see you tonight,” the 33-year-old singer-songwriter from Vermont shouted before beginning her opening number, […]

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