NEPA Scene Staff

PHOTOS: Summer Spotlight at F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, 07/17/15

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The Chandelier Lobby of the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre has hosted some amazing national performers (such as Josh Ritter back in May), but on Friday, July 17, eight local acts took the small stage and proved that just as much talent can come right here from Northeastern Pennsylvania during the Summer Spotlight, presented by Dawe Consulting, LLC and the Kirby Center with support from Rodano’s and Franklin’s.

The intimate audience of over 80 people enjoyed a night of eclectic fun with comedians Dan Hoppel and Zack Hammond, acoustic musicians Adam Bailey and Fiddy Shades, spoken word artist The Carlton, poet and NEPA Scene founder/editor Rich Howells, and full bands Katie Kelly and the Charming Beards and Mock Sun.

Each short set offered something different, and just when it seemed the show couldn’t be any more unpredictable, Jeremy Romani, a.k.a. Fiddy Shades, ended his performance by proposing to his girlfriend:

Watch the entire video here.

The Summer Spotlight was conceived and organized by John Dawe, coming about after the NEPA Scene Open Mic and NEPA Scene’s Got Talent brought him and many of the performers together. Learn more about the show and its goal to unify different parts of the local arts and entertainment scene in Episode 31 of the NEPA Scene Podcast.

Photos by Robb Malloy/poster by Gabbie Piper