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Ring in the New Year with NEPA jamgrass band Cabinet at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 31

Ring in the New Year with NEPA jamgrass band Cabinet at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 31
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From a press release:

The F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre has announced the return of Cabinet, this year for a special New Year’s Eve concert on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. This marks the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass band’s second time performing on the Kirby Center’s main stage.

Tickets, which are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show, plus fees, are on sale now available at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100.

Cabinet is a band with roots firmly planted in the Appalachian tradition. They wear their influences like badges, honoring the canon of roots, bluegrass, country, and folk, weaving these sounds into a patchwork Americana quilt. But this music isn’t romanticizing or rehashing the past. Cabinet makes its mark on today. The steady aim of their harmonies soar straight onto target each time, the soaring vocals giving voice to the story of each song. Their music takes the long way home, treating its listeners like passengers on a ride through scenic back roads. Their live shows are inclusive, celebratory, and community-building. Everyone will want to get on the wagon with Cabinet.

Formed in 2006 in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the band brings together players from various musical and personal backgrounds. Some of the members were barely old enough to drink legally, but their thirst for older music was unquenchable. Whether its rustic “American Beauty”-era Grateful Dead or old-timey bluegrass, Cabinet has digested it all. But that is not to say that Cabinet recreates older styles. No, this is music that might have its roots in the past, but it is current and vibrant, with a sense of celebrating the now.

See NEPA Scene’s photos from Cabinet’s fifth annual Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival in Scranton here.

Watch or listen to Episode 8 of the NEPA Scene Podcast to learn more about Cabinet, their new album “Cool River,” and hear two exclusive acoustic performances by Cabinet singer, songwriter, and mandolinist JP Biondo: