Music

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Kick back and enjoy ‘Ragweed Summer’ by Tony Halchak

July is here, so it’s time to lie out in the sun, drink an ice-cold beverage, and relax with some good old-fashioned Americana music. There’s a lot of talk now about summer anthems, but “Ragweed Summer” by singer/songwriter Tony Halchak, exclusively premiering here on NEPA Scene, actually captures the feel of a warm summer day, […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Yardstock III in Shickshinny, Day 1, 06/26/15

PHOTOS: Yardstock III in Shickshinny, Day 1, 06/26/15

52 acts performing over two days for free in an open field in the middle of nowhere. Yes, it was as crazy and awesome as it sounds. Yardstock continues to grow each and every year, and the third annual independent music festival was bigger and better than ever with music kicking off at 2 p.m. […]

 Kelly Grebeck

Wilkes-Barre singer/songwriter Katie Kelly plays ‘outer-folk’ music with passion and conviction

Wilkes-Barre singer/songwriter Katie Kelly plays ‘outer-folk’ music with passion and conviction

Armed with a guitar and a t-shirt depicting a cat in a spacesuit, Katie Kelly shared her musical talents with the friendly and captivated audience in front of her on the Camp Rattler stage at NEPAPALOOZA at Mountain Sky in Jermyn on Saturday, May 30. On the second day of the independent music festival, things […]

 Rich Howells

Pennsylvania Blues Festival brings Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed, and 15 other acts to Split Rock Resort on July 24-26

Pennsylvania Blues Festival brings Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed, and 15 other acts to Split Rock Resort on July 24-26

From a press release: The Pennsylvania Blues Festival will showcase a weekend of world-class music featuring 17 national and international acts from throughout the United States and Canada over the weekend of July 24-26 at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony. Headlining Saturday, July 25 is the “Queen of the Blues,” superstar Shemekia Copeland, and […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEOS: Roy Williams and the Human Hands perform studio sessions at Windmill Agency in Lake Ariel

Known locally for bands like And The Moneynotes, The Minor White, and most recently Heavy Blonde, Scranton musician Roy Williams has been living in New York City playing in various groups and just released his solo album of original compositions, “Throwing Punches,” in February. Another project of his, Roy Williams and the Human Hands, also […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Breaking Benjamin scores their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with ‘Dark Before Dawn’

Breaking Benjamin scores their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with ‘Dark Before Dawn’

Breaking Benjamin‘s new hit single may be called “Failure,” but the band is celebrating their biggest success yet. Billboard posted today that the Wilkes-Barre rock group’s first studio album in six years has hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making last week their best sales week to date. “Dark Before Dawn” sold 141,000 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Wonder Years announce 5th album ‘No Closer to Heaven,’ release ‘Cardinals’ music video

The Wonder Years announce 5th album ‘No Closer to Heaven,’ release ‘Cardinals’ music video

From a press release: Philadelphia pop punk band The Wonder Years just announced that their highly anticipated fifth studio album, “No Closer to Heaven,” which will be released Sept. 4 via Hopeless Records. A brand new song called “Cardinals” is now streaming online, along with a heartbreaking music video: The 13-track album, recorded and produced […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Finals Showcase at Thirst T’s in Olyphant, 06/23/15

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Finals Showcase at Thirst T’s in Olyphant, 06/23/15

It was a night of firsts. It was a night of surprises. But it was also a night that unequivocally confirmed what we already knew – Northeastern Pennsylvania has talent, and plenty of it. On Tuesday, June 23, the first-ever NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Finals Showcase packed over 130 people into Thirst T’s Bar & […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt return to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre for acoustic performance on Oct. 9

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt return to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre for acoustic performance on Oct. 9

From a press release: The F.M. Kirby Center and Dan Smalls Presents have announced that Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will return to the Kirby stage in Wilkes-Barre with an acoustic performance on Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets, which are $42, $52, and $62, plus fees, are on sale now and available at […]

 Mark Uricheck

None heavier – or friendlier – than ‘Riff Lord’ Kirk Windstein and Crowbar

None heavier – or friendlier – than ‘Riff Lord’ Kirk Windstein and Crowbar

Heavy metal groundbreakers bring 'Doom' to Philadelphia and Brooklyn June 28-29

here’s often an interesting, unexpected turn of events when you interview a band while they’re out touring. Kirk Windstein from Crowbar was one such example. While the phone call NEPA Scene had set with him to coincide pre-show for the band’s recent gig in Minneapolis was confirmed several days in advance, the hectic pace of […]