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Winter Blues Guitarmageddon returns for 2nd year to Scranton Cultural Center on Feb. 17

Winter Blues Guitarmageddon returns for 2nd year to Scranton Cultural Center on Feb. 17
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From a press release:

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple has announced that Winter Blues Guitarmageddon, a collaboration with The Soul Shakers, will return for its second year. Featuring some of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most talented blues musicians, the show will take place in the SCC’s Grand Ballroom on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The event, which premiered successfully in February of 2016, is a fundraiser for the Scranton Cultural Center, with proceeds benefiting its ongoing operations, restoration, and programming.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the SCC (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton) in person, by calling 570-344-1111, or via all Ticketmaster outlets. There will be a cash bar and light fare for purchase. For additional information and a full schedule of events, visit

“We’re so excited to present Winter Blues Guitarmaggedon II with an all-star lineup from all over the region, spanning from Susquehanna County to the Lehigh Valley,” says Maria Santomauro, coordinator of the event and SCC Director of Strategic Initiatives. “Blues enthusiasts will again be blown away by the music as well as the setting as the ballroom is transformed into a big city ‘House of Blues.’”

From straight-ahead blues to ripping funk to R&B, The Soul Shakers Rhythm Section has served as backup for some of the best players in NEPA. Sharon O’Connell (drums) and Bill Coleman (bass) have carefully blended their individual styles with Eric Brody (keyboard) and evolved into one of the region’s best rhythm sections, having performed with most of NEPA’s blues icons. The Soul Shakers will serve as the rhythm section to a fantastic lineup of performers at Winter Blues Guitarmaggedon II: Dana Gaynor, Paul Lyon and Joe Doherty, Chris London, Dave Maciak, and Dave Anderson with Mojomo and the Mojomo Horns.

Last year’s event was so well-received that a professional recording was made and is available for sale via the Scranton Cultural Center’s website. CDs will also be available for purchase on the evening of the event, with proceeds benefiting the SCC.

Soul Shakers Winter Blues Guitarmageddon is presented by Toyota of Scranton and sponsored by Peoples Security Bank & Trust; Community Bank, N.A.; LT Verrastro, Inc.; and Giant Floor.

Photo by Mike Lehman