NEPA Scene Staff

Rita’s holds 25th annual free Italian ice giveaway on March 20, the first day of spring

Rita’s holds 25th annual free Italian ice giveaway on March 20, the first day of spring

From a press release: Rita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian ice concept with more than 600 stores in 30 states and five countries, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved First Day of Spring Free Italian Ice Giveaway on Monday, March 20 and, in its honor, welcomes back another springtime favorite, Peeps Italian […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Hazleton ‘Polka King’ Jan Lewan joins Jack Black on stage for ‘Rappin’ Polka’ at Sundance premiere Q&A

VIDEO: Hazleton ‘Polka King’ Jan Lewan joins Jack Black on stage for ‘Rappin’ Polka’ at Sundance premiere Q&A

While we still don’t have a trailer for the anticipated comedic drama “The Polka King,” which stars comedian, actor, and musician Jack Black as real-life Hazleton polka legend (and convicted con man) Jan “Lewan” Lewandowski, coverage of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 22 has given us many more details […]

 Rich Howells

After canceling Trump inauguration, Bruce Springsteen tribute B Street Band playing Scranton on Feb. 17

After canceling Trump inauguration, Bruce Springsteen tribute B Street Band playing Scranton on Feb. 17

As NEPA Scene reported back in December, New Jersey-based Bruce Springsteen tribute act The B Street Band is set to perform at The Leonard Theater in downtown Scranton on Friday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. Since that time, however, the cover band that has opened for the Boss himself has become the center of controversy […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The B Street Band pays tribute to Bruce Springsteen at The Leonard in Scranton on Feb. 17

The B Street Band pays tribute to Bruce Springsteen at The Leonard in Scranton on Feb. 17

From a press release: The popular Bruce Springsteen tribute act The B Street Band, who opened for the Boss himself, will perform at The Leonard Theater in downtown Scranton on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at 9 p.m. Tickets for the 21+ event, which are $15 for general admission or $75 for VIP couch seating with […]

 Rich Howells

Jack Black comedy ‘The Polka King,’ based on Hazleton polka con man, premieres at Sundance in January

Jack Black comedy ‘The Polka King,’ based on Hazleton polka con man, premieres at Sundance in January

Back in March, we reported that comedian, actor, and musician Jack Black was cast as Pennsylvania polka legend Jan “Lewan” Lewandowski in an upcoming film based on the locally produced documentary “The Man Who Would Be Polka King.” Now the Sundance Institute has announced that “The Polka King,” which Black is also producing, will have […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Reality TV series ‘Cops’ filming for first time in Hazleton over the next 8 weeks

Reality TV series ‘Cops’ filming for first time in Hazleton over the next 8 weeks

As the beginning of each episode of “Cops,” it states that it’s “filmed on location with the men and women of law enforcement,” and for the next eight weeks, that location will be Hazleton, Pennsylvania. According to a press release sent from Mayor Jeff Cusat’s office, the show’s production team will be filming eight episode […]

 Brad Patton

Record Store Day limited releases and live performances on April 16 keep local indie stores ‘special’

Record Store Day limited releases and live performances on April 16 keep local indie stores ‘special’

NEPA store owners select this year's hottest items

For the past eight years, the third Saturday in April has made music lovers feel like kids in a candy store. This Saturday, April 16 will be no different as Record Store Day once again brings hundreds of limited edition vinyl records to independent record stores nationwide. Locally, all three locations of Gallery of Sound […]

 Rich Howells

Jack Black will play disgraced Hazleton polka legend Jan Lewan in ‘The Man Who Would Be Polka King’

Jack Black will play disgraced Hazleton polka legend Jan Lewan in ‘The Man Who Would Be Polka King’

Comedian, actor, and musician Jack Black has dropped hints about playing a real-life polka king in various interviews for a while now, and now it has been confirmed that he will produce and star in a biopic of Pennsylvania polka superstar Jan “Lewan” Lewandowski called “The Man Who Would Be Polka King.” Based on the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Rita’s holds annual free Italian ice giveaway on March 20, the first day of spring

Rita’s holds annual free Italian ice giveaway on March 20, the first day of spring

From a press release: Rita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian ice concept with more than 600 stores in 30 states and five countries, will celebrate the first day of spring with its 24th annual First Day of Spring Free Italian Ice Giveaway – known to many Rita’s guests as simply “FDOS” – and the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Top 22 bestselling albums in Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2015

The Top 22 bestselling albums in Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2015

Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound has released a list of the bestselling albums in 2015 in their three Northeastern Pennsylvania stores, and it shows just how diverse the musical tastes of the area really are. There are 24 albums listed below, but Five Finger Death Punch and Iron Maiden are listed twice due to sales […]