Rich Howells

Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown could be demolished, but a new venue may be built nearby

Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown could be demolished, but a new venue may be built nearby

Late last year, there was talk that Crocodile Rock Cafe, a hotspot for club-sized concerts for 14 years, could reopen pending approval from the city of Allentown. Now, six months later, the owner has a much different plan in mind. According to The Morning Call, owner Joe Clark may sell the property to City Center […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Live Nation offers $20 ticket sale May 2-9 to over 50 area concerts, including Scranton shows

Live Nation offers $20 ticket sale May 2-9 to over 50 area concerts, including Scranton shows

From a press release: From experiencing live music under the stars at an outdoor amphitheater to rocking out at an arena or taking a road trip to a music festival, there is something special about summer concerts, and Live Nation is celebrating the start of the season with National Concert Day on Monday, May 1, […]

 Keith Perks

PHOTOS: Twenty One Pilots, Judah & the Lion, and Jon Bellion at PPL Center in Allentown, 01/24/17

PHOTOS: Twenty One Pilots, Judah & the Lion, and Jon Bellion at PPL Center in Allentown, 01/24/17

Just four years ago, Twenty One Pilots were playing the small, now-defunct Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown as an opening act. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the “schizoid pop” duo packed the huge PPL Center down the street with over 10,000 fans. “There was like 12 people there, but those people told some other people and […]

 Rich Howells

Could Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown reopen? Owner has new plans in the works

Could Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown reopen? Owner has new plans in the works

With a lack of club-sized venues and concerts for all ages in Northeastern Pennsylvania, many local concertgoers drove to Allentown for years to see rock, metal, punk, pop, and hip-hop acts at the Crocodile Rock Cafe. After 14 years of memorable shows and pizza served at its adjacent restaurant, however, the downtown club’s mounting issues […]

 Rich Howells

After 30 years, annual Mayfair Festival of the Arts in Allentown canceled for 2017, future unknown

After 30 years, annual Mayfair Festival of the Arts in Allentown canceled for 2017, future unknown

The Board of Directors of the Mayfair Festival of the Arts in Allentown announced on its official website today that, after 30 years, the festival will not continue in 2017. Citing financial difficulties, declining attendance, an increase in competing events and new venues, more focus on downtown development, and lack of volunteers, the nonprofit board […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul, and Boyz II Men play Philly on June 24 and Allentown on July 5

New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul, and Boyz II Men play Philly on June 24 and Allentown on July 5

From a press release: Pop music icons New Kids on the Block took over the “Today” show this morning to announce their 2017 headlining tour alongside Grammy Award-winning tourmates Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men. A follow-up to 2013’s hugely successful Package Tour, the aptly titled Total Package Tour is the group’s biggest lineup yet. […]

 Keith Perks

PHOTOS: Brand New, The Front Bottoms, and Modern Baseball at PPL Center in Allentown, 11/11/16

PHOTOS: Brand New, The Front Bottoms, and Modern Baseball at PPL Center in Allentown, 11/11/16

Long Island alternative rock band Brand New may be breaking up in 2018, but something still rages inside them, as they proved to a huge crowd on Friday, Nov. 11 at the PPL Center in Allentown. Following opening sets by Modern Baseball and The Front Bottoms, the latter featuring a setup that turned the arena […]

 John 'Fud' Zavacki

BUT I DIGRESS: Flaming youth – after 40 years of fandom, I finally met KISS

BUT I DIGRESS: Flaming youth – after 40 years of fandom, I finally met KISS

In 1978, my mom took me to a now defunct local department store (Sugarman’s Eynon Drug for the locals – I miss the fuck outta that joint!) where, for the very first time, I purchased an album for myself! That album was KISS’ “Alive II.” It changed everything! Up until this point, I was satisfied […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago play classic hits in Hershey on April 6 and Allentown on April 10

Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago play classic hits in Hershey on April 6 and Allentown on April 10

From a press release: Two of the most successful and critically-acclaimed bands of all time – Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago – have announced the “Heart and Soul Tour 2.0,” which includes 15 additional U.S. dates following their hit summer “Heart and Soul Tour,” due to popular demand. Promoted by Live Nation, fans across […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Def Leppard extend tour with Styx and Tesla to Allentown and Atlantic City, Feb. 14-17

Def Leppard extend tour with Styx and Tesla to Allentown and Atlantic City, Feb. 14-17

From a press release: Following the announcement of their new self-titled studio album, Def Leppard have just extended their massively successful North American tour due to overwhelming demand. The tour, supported by Styx and Tesla, will makes stops in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Boardwalk Hall and in Allentown on Wednesday, […]