A young drummer from Season 2 returned with a new band to rock Season 3 of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent on Tuesday, April 26, winning the audience vote with an energetic three-song set at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant.
Tanner Snyder, a.k.a. DrummerBoy, was joined by Shane Ely, Dylan Pidich, and Matt Wrubel to form The Tellerz, a group of teenagers from Roaring Brook Township that can play a variety of songs and styles. Showing off an original tune as well as “S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, they also turned Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” into a fiery rock performance.
Week 9 performers:
Music: Adam Fox, Used Car Cowboy, Joe Craig, The Tellerz, Adam Bailey, Bradley Maurice Kingsley, and Joe Quincy
Comedy: J-Ass, Aaron Decker, Ted Hebert, Kyle Laniewski, Tyler DiBenedetto, Sam Box, Elliott Elliott, Bryan Walsh, Dan Hoppel, Erich Drexler, Zack Hammond, John Walton, and Ray Meoni
The Tellerz won $50 in cash, provided by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and a slot in the Finals Showcase on May 31, where the 12 winners (now 13 winners due to a tie) 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.