Swoyersville singer/songwriter Jenn Johnson surprised everyone at Week 5 of the NEPA Scene’s Got Talent open mic and talent competition with an excellent last-minute performance, so when she returned for Week 6 on Tuesday, April 28, she overwhelming captured the audience vote.
Johnson sang and played two original songs on keyboard, along with a unique take on “Toxicity” by System of a Down. While there were no poets that night, a new musician and three new comedians took at the stage at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant.
Music: Joe Craig, Adam Fox, Hoppy Slot Mess, Katie Evans, Jenn Johnson, Joel Bonn, Adam Bailey, and Jason Vo and Bryan Banks
Comedy: Michael Brady, Dan Hoppel, Ted Hebert, Zack Hammond, Duke Whitcraft, Doug Evarts, and Sean Flynn
Last week’s winners of the audience vote, guitarist Jason Vo and drummer Bryan Banks, headlined with an original instrumental set, and Johnson won $50 in cash and the chance to headline the next event on Tuesday, May 5, 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 Robb Malloy/NEPA Scene
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.