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PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 2, 03/31/15

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 2, 03/31/15
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The crowd and number of performers continued to grow for Week 2 of the NEPA Scene’s Got Talent open mic and talent competition on Tuesday, March 31, making it a longer but more interesting night.

25 varied acts took the stage at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant, leading to an unpredictable evening that included everything from dancing with puppets to original bass compositions to wrestling catchphrases read as poetry to live portrait illustration accompanied by improvised saxophone.

Week 2 featured the following performers:

Music: Stan Vitz, Rich Janov, Adam Fox, C-Rock, aBicus, Grant Williams, John Moncivais, Katie Evans, Adam Bailey, and Andrew Sleboda

Poetry: Ryan Esh, Gerard Durling, and The Carlton

Comedy: Justin Grosvenor, Dan Hoppel, Elliott Elliott, Zack Hammond, Conor McGuigan, Patrick Martin, Checkout Joe, Eddie Allen, and Kenny Norton

Live Art/Music: Ted Michalowski with Julian Sparacino

Last week’s winner of the audience vote, Skip Monday (featured on this week’s NEPA Scene Podcast), headlined while comedian Dan Hoppel (pictured above), who served as emcee of the NEPA Scene Mid-Winter Talent Showcase back in February, won this week’s vote with a set of hilarious, relatable humor.

Hoppel took home $50 in cash and the chance to headline the event this Tuesday, April 7, 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.

See photos from the first week here.

Photos by Robb Malloy/NEPA Scene