Rich Howells

REVIEW: Breaking Benjamin rewards hometown fans with surprise acoustic show in Luzerne

REVIEW: Breaking Benjamin rewards hometown fans with surprise acoustic show in Luzerne

Arriving just before Breaking Benjamin started their first song on Thursday, Nov. 30, it seemed like this would be the first show that NEPA Scene would have to review from outside the venue looking in. That’s because, just two days ago, the multi-platinum-selling rock band from Wilkes-Barre surprised their hometown fans by announcing a free, […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 7, 04/12/16

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 7, 04/12/16

The first place winner of Season 1 of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, comedian Zack Hammond, took the audience vote once again during Week 7 of Season 3 at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant with his envelope-pushing, no-hold-barred jokes and quick-witted delivery. The Luzerne comic, whose new comedy album “Appalling” was recorded using recording […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Stream ‘Appalling,’ the new album by comedian Zack Hammond, and watch a video preview

EXCLUSIVE: Stream ‘Appalling,’ the new album by comedian Zack Hammond, and watch a video preview

A lot of people think they’re funny on April Fool’s Day, but Zack Hammond is hilarious year-round, as his brand new album, “Appalling,” proves on track after track. Originally from Maryland and currently living in Luzerne, Hammond is one of the hardest working comedians in Northeastern Pennsylvania, performing practically every week around the area, as […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Comedian Zack Hammond debuts cynical ‘Tales from the Great Recession’ at the Scranton Fringe Fest on Oct. 3

Comedian Zack Hammond debuts cynical ‘Tales from the Great Recession’ at the Scranton Fringe Fest on Oct. 3

From a press release: When Luzerne comedian Zack Hammond promises to deliver his most uncompromising performance yet, those who are familiar with his hilariously offensive material know they’re in for a real show. Hammond, the winner of Season 1 of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, will debut “Tales from the Great Recession,” his third one-hour stand-up […]

 Rich Howells

Swoyersville singer/songwriter Jenn Johnson offers ‘Window’ into herself and her music

Swoyersville singer/songwriter Jenn Johnson offers ‘Window’ into herself and her music

Debut album available now online and at live shows across NEPA

When Jenn Johnson sings, people stop and listen. That’s because, despite her short statue, she’s a powerhouse vocalist who has been quieting rooms “since birth,” in her own words. “I started singing basically when I started talking, maybe before that without words. And I started piano when I was 7,” Johnson told NEPA Scene. “I […]

 Rich Howells

Zack Hammond turns to the dark side of comedy

Zack Hammond turns to the dark side of comedy

Luzerne comedian wields sarcasm and wit that skillfully cuts through deeper topics

o one expects a comedian like Zack Hammond at an open mic night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. His jokes are too sharp. His humor is too refined. His routine is too polished. His demeanor is too professional. In other words, he’s too good to be practicing on a small stage in front of a dozen or […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Breaking Benjamin covers Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Tool

When Breaking Benjamin recently returned from hiatus with a new lineup, they covered two songs in addition to playing selections from every album in their own catalog – “Prison Sex” by Tool and “Them Bones” by Alice in Chains. On their current acoustic tour, which ends tonight at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, they’ve added […]

 Cami Kyttle

PHOTOS: Breaking Benjamin, 09/20/14

PHOTOS: Breaking Benjamin, 09/20/14

Coming back from hiatus with a brand new lineup, Breaking Benjamin returned to the band’s old stomping grounds at Gator’s Pub and Eatery (75 Main St., Luzerne), previously known as Brews Brothers West and the Voodoo Lounge, for two back-to-back sold-out shows on Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20. NEPA Scene was there for […]

 Rich Howells

Breaking Benjamin announce two shows in Luzerne this weekend

Breaking Benjamin announce two shows in Luzerne this weekend

After announcing their official return from hiatus almost a month ago, Breaking Benjamin will be playing two shows in Luzerne on Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20. The all-ages shows – the first in the area to feature the successful Wilkes-Barre band’s new lineup – will be at Gator’s Pub and Eatery (75 Main […]