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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Scranton indie alt rock band Jung Bergo and Arts on the Square

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Scranton indie alt rock band Jung Bergo and Arts on the Square
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Professionally recorded on Mondays at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on on Tuesdays, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor, and Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

In Episode 62, we sit down with guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Burke and bassist Dave Connors of Scranton indie alternative rock band Jung Bergo, who will be performing on the NEPA Scene Stage at Arts on the Square in downtown Scranton this Saturday, July 30.

We talk about how they got their start as musicians and how that led into the formation of the band, where their strange (and often mispronounced) band name came from, developing their sound over the last seven years, working with producer Bret Alexander, their best and worst gigs as a group, playing Montage Mountain after seeing so many concerts there, crafting stories and messages in the writing of their music and how audiences interpret them, booking gigs and gaining respect as original musicians, the surprising influence of the TV show “Arrested Development” on their work, testing our respective movie knowledge, the future of Jung Bergo, and why they’re looking forward to this upcoming outdoor Arts on the Square performance.

In The Last Word segment, we talk about where our co-host Lauren has been and wish her luck as she relocates for her new job in New York City.

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The fourth annual Arts on the Square, Scranton’s largest arts festival, will take place on July 30 from noon-8 p.m. Over 100 arts and crafts vendors will wrap around Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton with activities and entertainment throughout the day, including two stages of live local music hosted by NEPA Scene and Summersteps Records.

The full schedule of bands follows:

NEPA Scene Stage (Linden Street)

Noon- 1 p.m.: The Dishonest Fiddlers

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: The Bog Swing Group

3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Grupo Zona

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Hickory Project

6 p.m.-7 p.m.: Jung Bergo

7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Nasstronaut

Summersteps Records Stage (Spruce Street)

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Das Black Milk

2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Science Queen

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Spur

5 p.m.-6 p.m.: Pity Party

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Esta Coda

The Backyard Ale House will be adding a front yard for the day, extending their restaurant to be a part of the event. Patrons can eat a great meal while listening to music on the NEPA Scene Stage.

Photo by Ryan Mullaney Photography