Drummer Fred Emmett brought a big sound to the small stage at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant for a second time on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and took home the audience vote at NEPA Scene’s Got Talent.
Playing several different types of drums, along with pots, pans, and buckets that kicked up a cloud of powder into the air, the Plymouth percussionist kept everyone entertained with an innovative set unlike anything that had been done at Got Talent before. Read an interview with Emmett in this week’s NEPA Scene’s Got Talent spotlight.
Several new performers joined the show that night as well, keeping things varied and fun.
Week 8 performers:
Music: Grant Williams, Pulak, PJ Cimino, Jasper, Stan Vitz, Apostolis Kalyvas, Joe Craig, Alex Kijek, and Fred Emmett
Comedy: Dan Hoppel, Zack Hammond, Ted Hebert, Kevin Lepka, Cook Walsh, Bryan Walsh, and John Walton
Poetry: Adam Fox
Comedian John Walton returned to the stage at the end of the night to headline after winning the previous week’s audience vote with his relatable humor. Emmett won $50 in cash, provided by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and the chance to headline the next event on Tuesday, Oct. 27, along with a slot in the Finals Showcase on Dec. 1, where the 12 winners from 12 consecutive weeks will compete in front of a panel of judges for the grand prize – a winter getaway package with ski passes and more, $250, an interview broadcast on Fuzz 92.1, and a free 10-hour recording session at TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton. The second place winner will receive $100.
Sponsored by Samuel Adams; LT Verrastro, Inc.; Fireball Cinnamon Whisky; Fuzz 92.1; TwentyFiveEight Studios; and Thirst T’s, NEPA Scene’s Got Talent takes the format of an open mic night and turns it into a friendly competition, inviting local musicians, comedians, poets, performance artists, magicians, actors, and more to perform on Thirst T’s stage every Tuesday at 7 p.m. through Nov. 17.
At the end of each night, audiences who have enjoyed the free live show will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite act. The winner each week will receive $50 in cash and the headlining slot for the following Tuesday, and all other performers are encouraged to compete again as often as they’d like or simply show off their talents for fun. Everyone participating is featured weekly on nepascene.com.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.