NEPA Scene Staff

Steve Martin and Martin Short perform music and comedy at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Dec. 16

Steve Martin and Martin Short perform music and comedy at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Dec. 16

From a press release: It was announced today that award-winning comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short will reunite on stage for “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. The show includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers, and […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Billy Strings, Cabinet’s JP Biondo, and Trout Steak Revival bring bluegrass to Wilkes-Barre on July 13

Billy Strings, Cabinet’s JP Biondo, and Trout Steak Revival bring bluegrass to Wilkes-Barre on July 13

From a press release: It was announced today that Nashville-based bluegrass phenom Billy Strings will bring his guitar and banjo to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, July 13 at 8 p.m. as part of the venue’s “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series, presented by City Market & Café. Strings will be […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: Susquehanna Breakdown at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, 05/19-20/17

PHOTOS: Susquehanna Breakdown at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, 05/19-20/17

One would expect a music festival centered around bluegrass, roots, Americana, and folk music to come from – and continually succeed – somewhere in the deep South, but Cabinet makes it happen right here every year in the mountains of Pennsylvania. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass outfit hosted the fifth annual Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival at The […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: JP Biondo of NEPA jamgrass band Cabinet and the Susquehanna Breakdown in Scranton

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: JP Biondo of NEPA jamgrass band Cabinet and the Susquehanna Breakdown in Scranton

The NEPA Scene Podcast is back in a new location with new co-hosts and a fresh format, conducting the same honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about Northeastern Pennsylvania that the show has become known for, covering local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to the area. Recorded and produced every week by Internet […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Susquehanna Breakdown folk bands Driftwood and Dishonest Fiddlers play Jazz Cafe in Plains on Feb. 25

Susquehanna Breakdown folk bands Driftwood and Dishonest Fiddlers play Jazz Cafe in Plains on Feb. 25

From a press release: Before returning to Scranton for the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival again this year, New York Americana/folk rock band Driftwood will play at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Saturday, Feb. 25 with fellow Breakdown alum The Dishonest Fiddlers from Scranton. Doors at the Jazz Cafe (667 N. River St., […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Grateful Bluegrass Boys play classic rock favorites for free at Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Feb. 16

Grateful Bluegrass Boys play classic rock favorites for free at Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Feb. 16

From a press release: The Grateful Bluegrass Boys, a string band that plays traditional bluegrass versions of classic rock favorites from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, the Eagles, the Rolling Stones, and more, will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe this Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Cabinet’s 2017 Susquehanna Breakdown lineup: Greensky Bluegrass, Wood Brothers, Keller Williams, Turkuaz, and more

Cabinet’s 2017 Susquehanna Breakdown lineup: Greensky Bluegrass, Wood Brothers, Keller Williams, Turkuaz, and more

From a press release: Cabinet, the nationally acclaimed bluegrass outfit hailing from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, has announced the lineup for the fifth annual Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival taking place on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. A family friendly gathering in a picturesque location, Susquehanna Breakdown is returning to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The HillBenders put bluegrass spin on The Who’s ‘Tommy’ at Theater at North in Scranton on Feb. 10

The HillBenders put bluegrass spin on The Who’s ‘Tommy’ at Theater at North in Scranton on Feb. 10

From a press release: There have been many versions of The Who’s “Tommy” over the years, but The HillBenders have created “Whograss” with their own bluegrass version of the iconic concept album that the band will perform live at The Theater at North in Scranton on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 […]

 Rich Howells

Beloved Scranton bluegrass band Coal Town Rounders has broken up

Beloved Scranton bluegrass band Coal Town Rounders has broken up

Enjoying the sound of one band or another may depend on taste, but anyone who saw the Coal Town Rounders perform over the last few years seemed to universally love the bluegrass quartet from Scranton, bringing audiences young and old back to a simpler time as they harmonized around one old fashioned radio microphone with […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: Beautiful People of NEPA, 2016 Susquehanna Breakdown Edition

PHOTOS: Beautiful People of NEPA, 2016 Susquehanna Breakdown Edition

Every year, I shoot portraits backstage at the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton with local bluegrass band Cabinet and many of the other acts performing; these were all shot on Saturday, May 21. Listen to me talk about it and tell booze-driven stories of past Breakdowns on Episode […]