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EXCLUSIVE: 5th annual Electric City Music Conference announces initial 65 performers in Scranton

EXCLUSIVE: 5th annual Electric City Music Conference announces initial 65 performers in Scranton
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Following the opening of artist submissions last month, the Electric City Music Conference has announced the names of 65 acts that will perform live at the fifth annual Scranton music conference.

The Steamtown Music Awards will kick off the 2018 Electric City Music Conference on Thursday, Sept. 13, and the rest of the conference takes place on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15 with over 150 bands across 10+ venues, along with an educational component with industry professionals.

Applications to play are still open. Local artists from the 570 area code can apply for free through the Electric City Music Conference website. All other artists can apply to perform at the ECMC via Sonicbids.

Nominations for the Steamtown Music Awards are also currently open at and will close on Saturday, June 30.

Last year’s conference also featured performances by over 150 bands from eight states in 11 venues throughout the Scranton area, the Steamtown Music Awards ceremony with many new awards and special performances of its own, and free panel discussions and mentoring sessions for local musicians, professionals, and music fans. As the largest event of its kind in Northeastern Pennsylvania, this celebration of the diverse local music scene is much more than a music festival, bringing hundreds of artists and music industry professionals together annually to meet and network while recognizing and showcasing established and up-and-coming musicians.

Confirmed 2018 Electric City Music Conference performers:

Aces Waves – NEPA – hip-hop
Always Undecided – Mountaintop – hard rock
American Buffalo Ghost – Scranton – folk
Andrew O’Brien Band – Harleysville – blues rock
Black Hole Heart – Scranton – alternative punk
Black Tie Stereo – Scranton – pop rock
Brighter Days – Scranton – pop punk
Chris Rattie and the New Rebels – Spring Mills – folk/roots
DJ Hersh – Wilkes-Barre – DJ
Danny Lotus – Ashley – hip-hop
Dawson Bailey – Scranton – hip-hop
Dreamers, Like Us – Scranton – post-hardcore
E57 – Scranton – rock
Ed Randazzo – West Pittston – roots rock
Empire in Decline – Forty-Fort – rock
Enda Vera – Tobyhanna – metal
EverRage – Scranton – metal
Facing the Giants – Pittston – rock
Ghig/Brad/Mang – Scranton/Carbondale – rock
Gods of Space – Wilkes-Barre – doom metal
Graces Downfall – Scranton – alternative rock
Grant Williams – Scranton – bass
Grapefruit Cannonball – Towanda – alternative rock
Holla da Scholar – Wilkes-Barre – hip-hop
Howard – Wilkes-Barre – indie rock
Idol Hands – Scranton – rock
IEnvy – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – hip-hop
Ill Ray the Menace – Scranton – hip-hop
Jason P Yoder – Selinsgrove – blues/folk rock
JBØNAX – Lewisburg – DJ/electronic
Joe Craig – Moosic – new wave
Katie Knight – Forest City – acoustic
Kyle Rebar – Honesdale – acoustic
Lucas Hex – Scranton – hip-hop
Mercy Gang – Hazelton/Scranton – hip-hop
Mind Power – Wilkes-Barre/Philadelphia – metal
Minus Fields – Throop – post-hardcore
Monoceros – Allentown – metal
Mother Nature’s Sons – Wilkes-Barre – rock
Nowhere Slow – Scranton – rock
Old Charades – Scranton – folk punk
Red Hymns – Union City, NJ – post-hardcore
Reach for the Sky – Scranton – punk/rock
Rob Santoro – Effort – bass
Russello Project – Clarks Summit – rock
Send Request – Nanticoke – pop punk
Seven Story Fall – Wayne, MI – pop rock
Shock Value – Hazleton – alternative rock
Static in the Attic – Carbondale – jam/classic rock
Stay Loud! – Wilkes-Barre – punk rock
Sterling Koch and Freeway Jam – Pottsville – instrumental jazz/blues
Sympotico – Saylorsburg – alternative rock
Talon Co. – Scranton – punk rock
Teagan Edsell – Scranton/West Chester – acoustic
The Charming Beards – Wilkes-Barre – folk rock
The Crowning – Stroudsburg – rock
The Cryptid – Avoca – indie rock
The Foxfires – New York, NY – indie rock
The Frost – Peckville/Olyphant – acoustic duo
The Human Circuit – Austin, TX – alternative rock/pop
Traverse the Abyss – Scranton – metalcore
VICTIM – Gouldsboro – hard rock
WeThePeople – Effort – metal/rock
Wifimami – Wilkes-Barre – DJ/electronic
Zayre Mountain – NEPA – roots rock

See our photos from the 2017 Steamtown Music Awards here and the entire Electric City Music Conference here. Stream or download last year’s panel discussions as free podcasts here and listen to Caviston and Norton talk about the conference and the awards in depth in Episode 26 of the NEPA Scene Podcast:

Photo by Keith Perks/1120 Studios