The local community support for the first-ever NEPA Scene’s Got Talent open mic and talent competition on Tuesday, March 24 shattered our expectations, drawing a larger crowd than we ever received at our previous open mic events in Wilkes-Barre and breaking our record number of performers.
22 acts, including performers from the NEPA Scene Talent Showcase and artists brand new to our events, took the stage at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant, sharing music, poetry, and comedy in many unique forms that kept the evening varied and fun.
Week 1 featured the following performers:
Music: Adam Fox, Fiddy Shades, Skip Monday, Al & John Duo, C-Rock, Katie Evans, and Adam Bailey
Poetry: The Carlton, Jacquelyn Purdy, Amy Knopf, and Chelsi Louise
Comedy: Dan Hoppel, Patrick Martin, Bobby Keller, Checkout Joe, Zack Hammond, Elliott Elliott, Nick Yanochak, Rob Evans, Matt Serniak, Kevin Neary, and Russell Austin
At the end of the night, the audience voted Skip Monday their favorite act, so the Scranton indie pop duo (pictured above) won $50 in cash and the chance to headline the event this Tuesday, March 31, along with a slot on the next NEPA Scene Talent Showcase, where the 12 winners from 12 consecutive weeks will compete in front of a panel of judges for the grand prize – a vacation package that includes $500 cash, three days and two nights in Cleveland, Ohio to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Brewing Company, tickets to a Cleveland Indians baseball game, and a free recording session at TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton when they return home.
NEPA Scene’s Got Talent is sponsored by Thirst T’s Bar & Grill; Great Lakes Brewing Company; LT Verrastro, Inc.; TwentyFiveEight Studios; and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. For more information on the weekly event, which is always free and open to anyone, click here.
Photos by Alex Seeley Photography
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, adequate photographer, podcast co-host, and practicing poet. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.