PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 11, 11/10/15
A crowd-favorite over the last few weeks of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent was finally given his due on Nov. 10, winning the audience vote at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant with another soulful performance.
Olyphant singer/songwriter Bradley Maurice Kingsley has been playing a mix of bluesy original songs and covers, including a duet with fellow local singer/songwriter Katie Evans last Tuesday. The thoughtful storytelling in his heartfelt performance was just one highlight of a busy evening packed with varied talent, including some poets new to Season 2. Read an interview with Kingsley in this week’s NEPA Scene’s Got Talent spotlight.
Week 11 performers:
Music: Robert Stevens, Glen Hoffman, Evan Paris, Apostolis Kalyvas, Joe Craig, Joe Quincy, Austin Sokolowski, Lisa Mansour, Rob Palmitessa, aBicus, Bradley Maurice Kingsley, Katie Evans, Hoppy Slot Mess, Awnshae Smith, Adam Bailey, and Tanner “DrummerBoy” Synder with a full band
Comedy: Ted Hebert, Nate, Ray Meoni, Dan Hoppel, and Zack Hammond
Poetry: Jess Meoni and Monica Noelle
Drummer Tanner “DrummerBoy” Synder and his teacher, Zhach Kelsch, returned to the stage at the end of the night to headline after winning the previous week’s audience vote with a dual drumming act, joined this time by a full as-yet-unnamed rock band to close out the night. Kingsley won $50 in cash, provided by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and the chance to headline the next event on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 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, adequate photographer, podcast co-host, and practicing poet. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.