Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene Open Mic Night, 12/16/14

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene Open Mic Night, 12/16/14

After a few weeks off, the NEPA Scene Open Mic Night returned to the The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, Dec. 16, featuring the most diverse lineup of talents yet. Your Pal Frank and Fiddy Shades provided songs on acoustic guitar, while three poets new to this open mic, The Carlton, Gabbie, and Amy, […]

 Rich Howells

Pearl Jam tribute band gives members of Graces Downfall a new Leash on life

Pearl Jam tribute band gives members of Graces Downfall a new Leash on life

New group plays Make-A-Wish fundraiser in Olyphant tonight

Those who have followed Scranton grunge rockers Graces Downfall have heard them cover Pearl Jam before, but Leash is a whole different, ahem, “Animal.” Holding their first show on Dec. 5 at Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Leash has been packing every place they play, and for good reason – […]

 Rich Howells

The Menzingers’ Tom May on a year of growth, punk rock socks, New Year’s blackmail, and Scranton beer and pizza

The Menzingers’ Tom May on a year of growth, punk rock socks, New Year’s blackmail, and Scranton beer and pizza

Philadelphia punk band returns to Scranton for sold-out Holiday Show tonight

On paper, The Menzingers have had one of the best years of their career, releasing an incredible album on a major label and touring the country – and the world – yet again with some of the biggest and best names in the business, but personally, they’ve experienced the kind of success in 2014 that […]

 Rich Howells

Wilkes-Barre’s Cherokee Red close busy 2014 with Lewis & Clarke show in Scranton

Wilkes-Barre’s Cherokee Red close busy 2014 with Lewis & Clarke show in Scranton

Dream-pop band already scheduling 2015 dates

At this point in their musical career, for Cherokee Red, the world is indeed their oyster. Just returning from a successful three-week East Coast tour, the dream-pop band is back home in Wilkes-Barre for a set of concerts that includes the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains tonight with DJ Big Nate and a special […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: HIM and Motionless In White, 12/11/14

PHOTOS: HIM and Motionless In White, 12/11/14

After making an appearance in their hometown area just days before, Scranton’s Motionless In White opened for one of their favorite bands, Finnish rockers HIM, on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. Wounds kicked the night off as only an Irish rock band can, followed by a solid set from […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Peculiar Pop Up Restaurant with Skribe and Kaleigh Baker, 12/10/14

PHOTOS: Peculiar Pop Up Restaurant with Skribe and Kaleigh Baker, 12/10/14

Peculiar Culinary Company, who have been making headlines lately after chef/owner Gene Philbin won “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Food Network and announced that he’d be competing on CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup” in January, held one of their popular pop-up dinners at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The inventive à la […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: No Vacancy – ‘Face of This Town’

Local country rock band No Vacancy is working on their sophomore album for release next year, so to give everyone a preview of what’s to come, they’re premiering the title track in a brand new music video exclusively on NEPA Scene. After playing in a three-piece cover band, guitarist/vocalist Jim Kindler and bassist/vocalist Tony Olean […]

 Rich Howells

‘The Happy Elf’ Nice List: Meet choreographer Cristina Sohns Williams

‘The Happy Elf’ Nice List: Meet choreographer Cristina Sohns Williams

It’s been a long – but fun – process, and it will all come to a head with a pointy hat on top on Dec. 19 when “The Happy Elf” opens at the Scranton Cultural Center. “The Happy Elf” is a musical comedy by Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Harry Connick, Jr. […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 5 – Indie filmmaking in NEPA

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 5 – Indie filmmaking in NEPA

Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on nepascene.com every Tuesday, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics. Each week, the […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Esta Coda – ‘Rain’

SONG PREMIERE: Esta Coda – ‘Rain’

Many local music fans are anticipating for The Menzingers’ annual Holiday Show this weekend, but few are more excited for it than Esta Coda. The Scranton indie rock band will be one of several opening acts welcoming The Menzingers home that night, including Tigers Jaw; Captain, We’re Sinking; Three Man Cannon; Petal; and The Red […]

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