NEPA Scene Staff

EXCLUSIVE: Strength for a Reason to receive Lifetime Achievement at Steamtown Music Awards; 33 ECMC performers announced

EXCLUSIVE: Strength for a Reason to receive Lifetime Achievement at Steamtown Music Awards; 33 ECMC performers announced

From a press release: The Steamtown Music Awards and the Electric City Music Conference have announced that the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Nanticoke hardcore band Strength for a Reason. Over the last 20 years, Strength for a Reason has become a cornerstone of the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene while achieving national […]

 Rich Howells

Wilkes-Barre’s Curse of Sorrow singer loses home in fire, NEPA music scene bands together in support

Wilkes-Barre’s Curse of Sorrow singer loses home in fire, NEPA music scene bands together in support

Two families lost everything in a fire that destroyed their apartment building in Ashley in Luzerne County early Sunday morning. Unfortunately, one of them was the family of Nick Brandolino, better known to local music fans as Nick Necro, vocalist of Wilkes-Barre “grave rock” band The Curse of Sorrow. Six different fire departments fought the […]

 Keith Perks

PHOTOS: Electric City Music Conference in Scranton, 09/16-17/16

PHOTOS: Electric City Music Conference in Scranton, 09/16-17/16

With over 150 bands playing across 12 venues, the Electric City Music Conference was a massive event to cover, but we gladly took on the challenge as this year’s media sponsor and the biggest fans of local music you’ll find in Northeastern Pennsylvania. While we couldn’t make it everywhere, we photographed a good sampling of […]

 Keith Perks

PHOTOS: 2016 Steamtown Music Awards ceremony in Scranton (with winners list), 09/15/16

PHOTOS: 2016 Steamtown Music Awards ceremony in Scranton (with winners list), 09/15/16

A long line wrapped around the building an hour before the third annual Steamtown Music Awards ceremony kicked off on Thursday, Sept. 15 as NEPA Scene interviewed many of the hundreds of nominated local musicians and industry professionals on the red carpet leading into The V-Spot in Scranton. With DJ Hersh spinning tracks throughout the […]

 Bret Alexander

THE REAL GIG: Steamtown Music Awards remind us that musicians are local heroes too

THE REAL GIG: Steamtown Music Awards remind us that musicians are local heroes too

Last night, I went to the Steamtown Music Awards at The V-Spot in Scranton. It was a great night of catching up with friends and fellow Northeastern Pennsylvania players, writers, and producers. As I got up this morning, I found myself thinking about an event that happened to me 20 years ago. I was at […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference update – award show details; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; bands, venues, panels announced

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference update – award show details; Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; bands, venues, panels announced

From a press release: Nominations are now closed for the 2016 Steamtown Music Awards, which are part of the annual Electric City Music Conference. In a record-setting year, over 2,000 individual nominations were received. The finalists will be revealed at a special announcement event to be held on July 1. Specific details on this event […]

 Rich Howells

‘Concert for Katchmore’ benefits Behind the Grey singer battling cancer at V-Spot in Scranton on June 11

‘Concert for Katchmore’ benefits Behind the Grey singer battling cancer at V-Spot in Scranton on June 11

Scranton metal band Behind the Grey has built a dedicated following over the last few years through their acclaimed debut album, “Through the Grip of Tyrants,” unwavering support of the local music scene, and consistent schedule of intense live shows, so when they started canceling recent appearances, fans knew something was amiss. Last week, the […]

 Rich Howells

And the 2015 Steamtown Music Awards winners are…

And the 2015 Steamtown Music Awards winners are…

As part of the Electric City Music Conference all weekend long, the annual Steamtown Music Awards were held once again at The V-Spot in Scranton on Thursday, Sept. 17, but this year’s ceremony grew significantly, with over 400+ attendees and many additional categories that were decided both online by fans and by a panel of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Steamtown Music Awards announce venue, date, lifetime achievement honoree, and nominee party

Steamtown Music Awards announce venue, date, lifetime achievement honoree, and nominee party

From a press release: The V-Spot in Scranton will play host to the Steamtown Music Awards for the second straight year on Thursday, Sept. 17. “The V-Spot was perfect last year, and when we had to change venues at the last minute, [owner] Vinnie [Archer] really helped us out,” explained co-organizer Ken Norton. In response […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: The Russello Project perform instrumental masterpiece ’54’ live at Lyrics in Carbondale

Scranton guitar-based instrumental rock group The Russello Project just released a live video of their original song “54” from Lyrics Bar, Cafe & Music Venue in Carbondale that shows off exactly why frontman Charlie Russello was named Guitarist of the Year at the 2014 Steamtown Music Awards. The video of the jazzy progressive rock trio […]