PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 10, 05/03/16
For the second time in Season 3 – and the second time in the history of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent – two performers tied the audience vote on Tuesday, May 3, and since they were both so good, we decided that both of them should win and go on to the Finals Showcase at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant.
Longtime Got Talent attendee Joe Craig was finally given his due, the Moosic singer/songwriter winning for his original songs, and newcomer Mary Scheller silenced the crowd with an a cappella rendition of “At Last,” famously sung by Etta James. While they both presented very different styles of music, each was rewarded for their skilled delivery.
Week 10 performers:
Music: Adam Fox, Used Car Cowboy, Grant Willams, Joe Craig, Mary Scheller, Adam Bailey, Joe Quincy, Glen Hoffman, and The Tellerz
Comedy: J-Ass, Shawn Ravenfire, Aaron Decker, Ray Meoni, Ted Hebert, Dan Hoppel, Chris Jones, Elliott Elliott, Matt Davis, Zack Hammond, Kyle Laniewski, Bryan Walsh, and Tom Sigurdsson
Scheller and Craig won $50 in cash, provided by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and a slot in the Finals Showcase on May 31, where the 12 winners (now 14 winners due to ties) from 12 consecutive weeks will compete in front of a panel of judges for the grand prize – $250 cash courtesy of Laugh Out Lepka’s Comedy; a $100 gift card from Fidelity Bank; a summer backyard prize package with a fire pit, wooden deck chair, grill, and cooler from Coors Light and LT Verrastro, Inc.; a headlining slot at the 2016 Electric City Music Conference; and a guest spot on an episode of the NEPA Scene Podcast. The second place winner will receive $100 cash.
Sponsored by Coors Light, LT Verrastro, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Fidelity Bank, Laugh Out Lepka’s Comedy, 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 May 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.