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The Menzingers’ annual NEPA Holiday Show comes to Scranton Cultural Center on Dec. 19

The Menzingers’ annual NEPA Holiday Show comes to Scranton Cultural Center on Dec. 19
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From a press release:

It has officially been announced that The Menzingers‘ annual Christmas gift to their fans back home in Northeastern Pennsylvania will return on Saturday, Dec. 19, this time at the historic Scranton Cultural Center in downtown Scranton.

Tickets for the NEPA Holiday Show, which are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, go on sale through the Scranton Cultural Center’s box office (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton) and Ticketmaster on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at noon. This concert sells out quickly every year, so tickets should be purchased as soon as possible.

Net proceeds will once again benefit Arts Alive, an intensive arts institute for students in kindergarten through grade 12, now in its 22nd year.

“It’s not uncommon knowledge that when budget cuts in education occur, some of the first programs to suffer are arts programs,” Menzingers vocalist/guitarist Tom May explained.

“Our lives revolve around our music and the arts. We want to give back to the area where we came up, the area that continues to shape and inspire us to this day.”

The 2015 lineup includes The Menzingers; Tigers Jaw; Captain, We’re Sinking; Three Man Cannon; Petal; and The SW!MS, who are reuniting for the second year in a row for one night only.

Founded by The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw in 2011, this will be the fifth annual Holiday Show and the first to be held at the SCC; last year, it was at The Leonard just a few blocks over. Occurring every year the weekend before Christmas, the show features a robust, rotating lineup of local artists and aims to showcase local talent while also drawing fans from up and down the East Coast.

Originally from Scranton and now based in Philadelphia, The Menzingers are currently on a nationwide tour with mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth, and Restorations.

For more info on the Holiday Show, visit the Facebook event page.

See photos from last year’s show here and read an interview with May about it here.

Lead photo by Michelle Beck Imagery