Week 3 of the NEPA Scene’s Got Talent open mic and talent competition was so unpredictable that even the group who won the audience vote on Tuesday, April 7 didn’t know what was going to happen until they started jamming onstage.
Handpan player Steve Werner, cellist Dan King, and drummer Matt Montella – who had never played all together before – were joined just moments before by guitarist Chet Williams, who happened to be visiting from Philadelphia that day, for a beautifully improvised instrumental set that absolutely blew the audience away. 22 acts took the stage at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant, offering another great mix of performances.
Music: C-Rock, Adam Fox, Chet Williams, Grant Williams, Jason Vo, Adam Bailey, Katie Evans, Rafael Pimentel, and a new group comprised of Steve Werner, Dan King, Chet Williams, and Matt Montella
Poetry: Kyle Rebar, The Carlton, and Chelsi Louise
Comedy: J-Ass, Kevin Neary, Zack Hammond, Mike Grady, Rob Evans, Elliott Elliott, Matt Serniak, Doug Evarts, and Russell Austin
Last week’s winner of the audience vote, comedian Dan Hoppel, headlined while the new unnamed group took home $50 in cash and the chance to headline the next event on Tuesday, April 14, 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 second week here.
Photos by Robb Malloy/NEPA Scene
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.