A weekly winner and finalist in Season 1, Scranton singer/songwriter Adam Bailey has been working hard throughout Season 2 of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent to hone his original songs and develop his craft, and it paid off on Tuesday, Oct. 27 when he brought Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant to a standstill and swept the audience vote.
Using a loop pedal to harmonize with himself and create beats, Bailey’s range of influences, from folk to hip-hop music, shined through during his set of original and reworked cover songs. The night also served as a surprise birthday celebration for host Rich Howells as many performers shared their stories of friendship and artistic unity that have come from NEPA Scene and the Got Talent events.
Week 9 performers:
Music: Lisa Mansour, Joe Craig, Brian Milligram, Joe Quincy, Katie Evans, Hoppy Slot Mess, Adam Bailey, Bradley Maurice, and Fred Emmett
Comedy: Ted Hebert, Dan Hoppel, Nate, Zack Hammond, Shawn Ravenfire, and Kevin Lepka
Poetry: Adam Fox
Drummer Fred Emmett returned to the stage at the end of the night to headline after winning the previous week’s audience vote with his epic percussion performance. Bailey won $50 in cash, provided by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and the chance to headline the next event on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 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 Robb Malloy/Moon’s Eye Media/NEPA Scene
This post was compiled by the staff of NEPA Scene.