Yet another young musician came in and shook up Season 2 of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent on Tuesday, Nov. 3, winning the audience vote with a unique dual drumming act at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant.
14-year-old Roaring Brook Township resident Tanner Snyder, known as the DrummerBoy, and his teacher, Zhach Kelsch, from Philadelphia, showed off their skills as they played in tandem in a riveting performance inspired by Godsmack‘s drum battles. Read an interview with Snyder in this week’s NEPA Scene’s Got Talent spotlight.
Week 10 performers:
Music: Markus A. D., Katie Evans, Hoppy Slot Mess, Pulak, Apostolis Kalyvas, Tanner “DrummerBoy” Synder and Zhach Kelsch, Joe Craig, Bradley Maurice, Alex Kijek, Lisa Mansour, Awnshae Smith, and Adam Bailey
Comedy: Ted Hebert, Brian Thomas, Zack Hammond, and Jared Reznick
Singer/songwriter Adam Bailey returned to the stage at the end of the night to headline after winning the previous week’s audience vote with his personal original music and reconstructed cover songs. Synder and Kelsch won $50 in cash, provided by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and the chance to headline the next event on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 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.
Photos by Alex Seeley Photography
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.