The final qualifying week of Season 3 of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent on Tuesday, May 17 was packed with a variety of acts, some returning from previous weeks and some completely new to the event. In the end, the audience at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant chose a group of young newcomers as the winning act that night.
Got Talent ran later than usual to make room for everything from comedy duos to singer/songwriters, with Stroudsburg trio The Set Up performing original and cover songs in their alternative acoustic style that secured the last slot in the Finals Showcase on May 31.
Week 12 performers:
Music: Adam Fox, Stan Vitz, The Set Up, Grant Williams, Shock Value, John Andreoli, Attracted to Syn duo, Joe Quincy, Cole McDonell, Adam Bailey, Glen Hoffman, and Lisa Petz
Comedy: Zack Hammond, Robert Heilimann, Ted Hebert, Tyler DiBenedetto, Nick Potoeski, The Association of Electrizers, Dan Hoppel, Chris Jones, Tom Sigurdsson, Bryan Walsh, J-Ass, and Ray Meoni
The Set Up 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, adequate photographer, podcast co-host, and practicing poet. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.