NEPA Scene Staff

Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe presents free acoustic showcase on Sept. 28

Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe presents free acoustic showcase on Sept. 28

From a press release: The Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe will continue its monthly series of free shows with an acoustic showcase featuring three separate performers, one of them hailing from Hazleton, on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. To comply with local ordinances, patrons need a ticket, which can be ordered on […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: ‘Opioid Nation’ documentary tackles NEPA drug epidemic

After NEPA Scene premiered Scranton filmmaker Kenny Luck’s first documentary, “Half Empty: Life in America’s Unhappiest City,” the 15-minute video went viral, garnering over 23,000 views and sparking debate about whether or not the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area is really as bad as polls and studies say it is. In 2017, he’s back with a new topical […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Greta Van Fleet at F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, 08/25/17

PHOTOS: Greta Van Fleet at F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, 08/25/17

Red-hot rockers Greta Van Fleet played a sold-out concert in the intimate Chandelier Lobby of the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Aug. 25, straddling the line between classic rock and modern flair during their hour-long set. Often compared to Led Zeppelin, the young Michigan quartet of twins Josh (vocals) and Jake (guitar) Kiszka, […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Coal Minor Canary, Send Request, King Kong Kancun, Half Dollar, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Coal Minor Canary, Send Request, King Kong Kancun, Half Dollar, and more

This week in the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene, there’s some new projects, hip-hop, music videos, Warped Tour shenanigans, a BBQ dance party, and an awards ceremony with some new collaborations. ♫ Coal Minor Canary, a new project from Wilkes-Barre singer/songwriter David Hage that features “fingerstyle guitar, alternate tunings, percussive techniques, layered effects, and looping,” is […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Jane Train, Nick Coyle, Stay Loud, Kohner Rice, Dour, American Buffalo Ghost, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Jane Train, Nick Coyle, Stay Loud, Kohner Rice, Dour, American Buffalo Ghost, and more

Every day, so much great original music is being created and performed in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but the average resident may not know it or be able to keep up with it all. NEPA Scene would need 10 times the resources we have now to cover everything thoroughly, so rather than gloss over the hard work […]

 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 […]