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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 31 – Comedy, music, and poetry in the Summer Spotlight at the Kirby Center

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 31 – Comedy, music, and poetry in the Summer Spotlight at the Kirby Center
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Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on every Tuesday, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight; and in the control room, Jimmy Reynolds, a musician, teacher, and lead audio engineer at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

In Episode 31, we talk with comedian Zack Hammond, singer/songwriter Adam Bailey, and John Dawe of Dawe Consulting, LLC and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce about comedians, musicians, and poets coming together to support each other and for a brand new event called the Summer Spotlight at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, July 17. We discuss the Kirby Center’s packed season of varied entertainment, particularly the intimate “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” series, before delving into how the NEPA Scene Open Mic got started, which led to NEPA Scene’s Got Talent and a more unified group of local artists that are now branching out and establishing new events like this. With everyone gaining new friends from these mixed shows, Bailey explains how Got Talent inspired him to write original songs and gave him the confidence to pursue music full-time while Hammond details what went into his grand prize-winning set and his plans for his upcoming comedy album, among other topics.

In The Last Word, we talk about the cancellation of the Slide the City mobile water park event in downtown Scranton and what an unorganized disaster it was in other cities.

Purchase tickets to the Summer Spotlight here and use promo code “Howells5” to save $5. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

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Photo by Mark Dennebaum/TwentyFiveEight Studios