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Fast ‘Rising’ rock band Greta Van Fleet plays at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 25

Fast ‘Rising’ rock band Greta Van Fleet plays at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 25
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From a press release:

The future of rock and roll is here, and they call themselves Greta Van Fleet.

It was announced today that the hard-rocking Michigan quartet will perform their skyrocketing new single and critically acclaimed EP live at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. as part of the venue’s “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series, presented by City Market & Café.

Tickets, which are $12.50 in advance and $15 the day of the show, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, June 30 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins on Thursday, June 29 at 10 a.m.

On their debut EP, “Black Smoke Rising,” Greta Van Fleet deftly straddles the line between timeless and future, sounding at once like many things you’ve heard before and also something you’ve never heard before.

The three brothers – twins Josh (vocals) and Jake (guitar) Kiszka, younger brother Sam Kiszka (bass, keyboards), and drummer Danny Wagner – have turned their rich and varied musical background into an arresting mélange of rock and roll with flavors of metal, pop, blues, and grunge.

And people are listening.

The band released the single “Highway Tune” in March of 2017, just two months after it was featured in the hit Showtime series “Shameless.” In April, they were named Apple Music’s new artist of the week, and the single was placed into heavy rotation on rock radio stations across the country.

“Black Smoke Rising” is slated to be the first of three EPs that will eventually be released as the group’s first full-length studio album.

For the youngsters from a small town in Michigan, it’s all happening quickly. But it’s all happening.

“It’s definitely overwhelming and exciting – and it’s awesome,” Wagner said. “All these things are happening – the record deal, management, William Morris [the booking agency]. It’s slowly starting to build up, and we’re starting to get that fever.

“We’re itching to show everybody who we are and what we can do.”

Greta Van Fleet is presented by 97.9X.