Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton alt rock band Just Blush debuts moody ‘And Your Mother Too’

After a contentious election and with a general state of unrest across the world these days, the “us vs. them” mentality is rampant, which is embodied in the moody new single by Scranton alternative rock band Just Blush. The band’s current lineup – Nick Barno (drums), Andrew Bryant (guitar), Abby Vail (bass), and Todd Oravic […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEOS: Election Fallout Comedy Night – NEPA Scene Live at Thirst T’s in Olyphant, 11/29/16

VIDEOS: Election Fallout Comedy Night – NEPA Scene Live at Thirst T’s in Olyphant, 11/29/16

The 2016 presidential election divided the United States down the middle, and now that it’s over, opposing political sides and even friends and family are still at each other’s throats arguing about the results and what’s to come over the next four years. We felt like we needed to break the tension and just have […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Ladies Night – NEPA Scene Live at Thirst T’s in Olyphant, 12/13/16

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Ladies Night – NEPA Scene Live at Thirst T’s in Olyphant, 12/13/16

After several weeks of featuring male performers in the NEPA Scene Live series at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant, it was time to put the spotlight on the ladies of the local arts scene. Ladies Night on Tuesday, Dec. 13 presented a variety of different talents from strong, young female voices throughout Northeastern […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA Scene earned 6 awards and gave away over $5,000 in cash and prizes to local artists in 2016

NEPA Scene earned 6 awards and gave away over $5,000 in cash and prizes to local artists in 2016

NEPA Scene, the only independent publication covering all arts and entertainment in Northeastern Pennsylvania, took home six awards from four different organizations in 2016, showing its continual growth and impact on local culture in the website’s second year of operation. In four different polls this past year, NEPA Scene and its staff were named the […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: NEPA Scene Live with Joe Craig, James Barrett, Used-Car Cowboy, and Ryan Barry, 11/22/16

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: NEPA Scene Live with Joe Craig, James Barrett, Used-Car Cowboy, and Ryan Barry, 11/22/16

We kicked off our brand new NEPA Scene Live series at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant with an intimate local singer/songwriter night on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Each unsigned, independent artist was a finalist in previous seasons of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, and they all brought something different and special to the recently renovated […]

 Rich Howells

New ‘NEPA Scene Live’ series features select local artists on Tuesday nights at Thirst T’s in Olyphant

New ‘NEPA Scene Live’ series features select local artists on Tuesday nights at Thirst T’s in Olyphant

The NEPA Scene’s Got Talent open mic and talent contest series at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant brought something new and exciting to the Northeastern Pennsylvania arts and entertainment scene two years ago, giving musicians, comedians, poets, magicians, performance artists, and more a unique event to feature and develop their talents, meet and […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Watch Scranton metal band Behind the Grey play their first-ever acoustic set

At solo bassist Grant Williams’ early release party for his debut album, “Suspended Animation,” on Friday, Oct. 14, his longtime friends in Behind the Grey opened the night with something they’ve never attempted in their four years as a band – a stripped-down acoustic set. As their new singer Dom Vito noted, it was quite […]

 Keith Perks

PHOTOS: Grant Williams CD release party with Behind the Grey and Katie Kelly at Thirst T’s, 10/14/16

PHOTOS: Grant Williams CD release party with Behind the Grey and Katie Kelly at Thirst T’s, 10/14/16

It’s not often that you hear a solo bass album, and it’s even less frequent to see a live show that revolves around the bass, so we just had to attend Grant Williams’ early release party for his debut album, “Suspended Animation,” at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant on Friday, Oct. 14. Wilkes-Barre […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Comedy Finals Showcase at Thirst T’s, 10/04/16

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Comedy Finals Showcase at Thirst T’s, 10/04/16

For the first time in the event’s year-long history, the NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Finals Showcase for Season 4 was split into two separate finales – one for musicians and one for comedians – to make the judging portion of the contest more fair and give more local artists the chance to be recognized and […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton musician Grant Williams breaks out of ‘Suspended Animation’ with solo bass album

Scranton musician Grant Williams breaks out of ‘Suspended Animation’ with solo bass album

Early release party held at Thirst T's in Olyphant on Oct. 14

Grant Williams has heard all your lame bassist jokes already. Sitting on a bench in the corner of Adezzo, a small coffee shop in his hometown of Scranton, with his derided instrument in hand, he recited a few immediately. “How many bassists does it take to change a light bulb? One, but the guitarist has […]

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