Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference announces 2018 venues, performers, and set times across Scranton area

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference announces 2018 venues, performers, and set times across Scranton area

On Sunday night, organizers of the Electric City Music Conference held an announcement party at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, revealing all the nominees for the upcoming 2018 Steamtown Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 13 as well as the entire live music schedule at 13 different venues on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15. […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: 2018 Steamtown Music Award nominees announced in 37 categories

EXCLUSIVE: 2018 Steamtown Music Award nominees announced in 37 categories

Last night, the Electric City Music Conference held an announcement party at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant for the third year, revealing all the nominees for the 2018 Steamtown Music Awards, including those in new categories added this year. ECMC producers Joe Caviston and Ken Norton read off all the nominees between live […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Briggs Farm Blues Festival with Mike Farris, Selwyn Birchwood, National Reserve, and more, 07/07-08/18

PHOTOS: Briggs Farm Blues Festival with Mike Farris, Selwyn Birchwood, National Reserve, and more, 07/07-08/18

After winning a Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee last year, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival proved once again why it’s deserving of those accolades at its 21st annual event on Thursday, July 5 through Sunday, July 8. With perfect weather and a strong lineup showcasing the diversity of […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre pop punk band Stay Loud shouts ‘FCK YRSLF’ before last Warped Tour

SONG PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre pop punk band Stay Loud shouts ‘FCK YRSLF’ before last Warped Tour

With the Vans Warped Tour rolling into Pennsylvania for the final time this month, Wilkes-Barre pop punk/alternative rock band Stay Loud is appropriately releasing a very punk rock song called “FCK YRSLF” as they prepare to play Warped for the first and, unfortunately, last time as tour ends its 24-year run. Premiering exclusively on NEPA […]

 Rich Howells

City of Scranton shuts down new Lackawanna Music Festival at 2 different venues

City of Scranton shuts down new Lackawanna Music Festival at 2 different venues

After the city of Scranton temporarily shut down live public events at Back Breakers Training Center on Tuesday due to safety concerns, the brand new Lackawanna Music Festival was set to move its inaugural event to the nearby Irish Wolf Pub in downtown Scranton with only minor changes to its scheduled lineup on Saturday, July […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Lineup announced for benefit remembering drummer Tommy Wynder on Aug. 12

EXCLUSIVE: Lineup announced for benefit remembering drummer Tommy Wynder on Aug. 12

While the world was mourning the death of legendary Pantera drummer and co-founder Vinnie Paul on Friday, June 22, Northeastern Pennsylvania was also reeling from the loss of Tommy Wynder, a beloved and respected drummer in his own right, that same night. Born in Pittston, the Exeter musician who graduated from Pittston Area High School […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Nanticoke metal band The Aegean stands against ‘Tyrant’ in debut single

The Aegean has had a long journey to get to this point, but now the melodic metal band is finally ready to unleash their debut single in a rain-soaked music video that is premiering today exclusively on NEPA Scene. The Nanticoke-based group has been together and writing music for about two and a half years, […]

 Rich Howells

City halts Back Breakers events, Lackawanna Music Festival moves to Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton July 7-8

City halts Back Breakers events, Lackawanna Music Festival moves to Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton July 7-8

The city of Scranton has temporarily shut down live public events at Back Breakers Training Center due to safety concerns with the venue, forcing the small professional wrestling facility to put any wrestling shows and concerts on hold for the time being, according to Back Breakers. Back Breakers began hosting all-ages concerts in its upstairs […]

 Rich Howells

Tigers Jaw takes self-titled 10th anniversary tour home to Montage Mountain in Scranton on Oct. 19

Tigers Jaw takes self-titled 10th anniversary tour home to Montage Mountain in Scranton on Oct. 19

Tigers Jaw has been through a lot since the indie rock band formed in Scranton in 2005. When three-fifths of the group quit in 2013 after releasing three albums, their future seemed uncertain, but vocalist/guitarist Ben Walsh and vocalist/keyboardist Brianna Collins pressed on with 2014’s “Charmer,” and last year’s “Spin”, which rewarded them with critical […]

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Captain, We’re Sinking’s Bobby Barnett goes country and plays solo at Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre on June 29

Captain, We’re Sinking’s Bobby Barnett goes country and plays solo at Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre on June 29

It has been four months since Scranton punk rock band Captain, We’re Sinking officially parted ways, but Bobby Barnett is carrying on as a solo musician, releasing a brand new album, “Steady Ache,” on March 30 that marks a new direction for the vocalist and guitarist. With teaching and life outside of music, Barnett doesn’t […]

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