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VIDEO: Culture Shock! Free Music and Art Fest announces lineup for Sept. 19 in Scranton

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From a press release:

After taking a year off, the Culture Shock! Free Music and Art Fest is back on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Nay Aug Park in Scranton – and it’s still free of charge!

Founded in October 2012 by Cory Wolff, president of Everyone You Know Entertainment, an independent record label based in Scranton, and marketing manager of the music marketing agency Dotted Music, Culture Shock! aims to showcase the immense talent in Northeastern Pennsylvania and culturally enhance the community.

“We decided on calling it Culture Shock! because it’s a vast mix of different styles of music, culture, and art. Our hope is that you’ll hear music from a genre that you might not have known you even liked, or see a cool piece of artwork in a style you’ve never heard of before – all while showcasing the creativity that lives in the place we call home,” Wolff explained.

Running from noon through 10 p.m., it will be a full day of music, art, food, and more with two stages, 16 bands, and 14 vendors, plus video game tournaments on large projector screens and a live mural painting from Scranton’s own Graydon Speace, who also won the Culture Shock! logo design contest on NEPA Scene back in May.

Culture Shock! Free Music and Art Fest lineup:

Main Stage:

1 p.m.: Opening set by ISOBE
2 p.m.: Grant Williams
3 p.m.: Skip Monday
4 p.m.: The Russello Project
5 p.m.: Pity Party
6 p.m.: Young at Heart
7 p.m.: TBA
8 p.m.: Down to Six
8:45 p.m.: Silhouette Lies

Acoustic Stage:

12 p.m.: JoeHazz Poetry
1:30 p.m.: Cody Searl
2:30 p.m.: TBA
3:30 p.m.: Ed Cuozzo
4:30 p.m.: James Barrett
5:30 p.m.: A.P.
6:30 p.m.: Kyle Marsland (slam poetry)


  • Nuclearbane – clothing and artwork
  • WickedGoodTreats – candy and homemade treats
  • Rainbow Juice – 100% handmade raw living juices
  • Smoke Ridge Catering – authentic street food
  • Alice & Hamish – mobile children’s boutique
  • Newkirk Honey – local honey and beeswax products
  • Pearl’s Homespun – upcycled clothing and accessories
  • Shanty Town Design – prints
  • Nearme Yoga – clothes, candles, jewelry, and yoga mats
  • Carolyn’s Heart (fundraiser) – wristbands and baked goods
  • Duffy’s Coffee House – top-notch coffee cart
  • Country Charm – handcrafted home accessories and decor

Artists (displaying and selling):

  • Allison LaRussa
  • Graydon Speace
  • Michael Lloyd
  • Sam Kuchwara
  • Juan Jiminez

The event is sponsored by NEPA Scene and TwentyFiveEight Studios. Anyone can get involved by donating to the festival, joining the Thunderclap to raise awareness, or volunteering that day.

Learn more about the founding of Culture Shock! in Wolff’s column, Putting in Work.