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98.5 KRZ announces young pop stars playing Summer Smash in Wilkes-Barre on June 19

98.5 KRZ announces young pop stars playing Summer Smash in Wilkes-Barre on June 19
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From a press release:

Entercom, a leading creator of live local audio content in the United States, and 98.5 KRZ have announced the all-star lineup of Summer Smash 2018, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pop radio station’s annual kickoff to summer concert.

Featuring young hitmakers Why Don’t We, Dua Lipa, Jack & Jack, and Logan Henderson, the event will take place at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $25, $35, and $100 (VIP), plus fees, go on sale next Monday, April 16 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 Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. At that same time, tickets will also be made available for 98.5 KRZ VIP Club members exclusively at Text “CONCERTS” to 72881 for the pre-sale code.

Since forming in 2016, the members of rising dance pop group Why Don’t We have enjoyed several moments they describe as “surreal,” including hearing their single “Something Different” on Los Angeles’ influential radio station KIIS FM for the first time, watching their 2017 EP “Why Don’t We Just” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Pop chart (besting albums by Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars), and learning that their summer headlining tour sold out.

Over the past year, the members of Why Don’t We have truly bonded as friends, and their genuine camaraderie shines through in everything they do, including in their playful YouTube videos and especially in their feel-good, melody-minded, harmony-laden music. “Our songs are always really positive,” says Daniel Seavey. “That’s something we make sure is always a part of it.”

“Fans tell us all the time, ‘You’ve gotten me through hard times in my life with what you do,’” Jonah Marais says. “It’s an amazing feeling as an artist to know that you’re affecting people in a positive way and getting them through hard situations. It means a lot to us.”

The boy band’s latest single, “Trust Fund Baby,” was released on Feb. 1.

22-year-old Dua Lipa is an English singer, songwriter, and model. Her musical career began at age 14, when she began covering songs by other artists on YouTube. In 2015, she was signed with Warner Music Group and released her first single soon after.

In January 2017, Lipa won the EBBA Public Choice Award. Her self-titled debut studio album was released on June 2, 2017. The album spawned seven singles, including the two U.K. Top 10 singles “Be the One” and “IDGAF” and the U.K. No. 1 single “New Rules,” which also reached No. 6 in the U.S. In 2018, Lipa won two Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.

Jack & Jack is a pop rap duo from Omaha, Nebraska, consisting of Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky, who are now based in Los Angeles. After success via the social media app Vine, the duo turned to a career as musicians. They are best known for their 2014 single “Wild Life,” which peaked at No. 87 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

28-year-old Logan Henderson is an actor and singer from North Richland Hills, Texas. He is best known for his role as Logan Mitchell on the Nickelodeon series “Big Time Rush,” as well as being a former member of the Big Time Rush band. The group signed with Sony Music Entertainment and Columbia Records in 2009 and released their debut album, “BTR,” in 2010. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on the iTunes digital albums list; it was later certified gold in the U.S. and Mexico.

They released their second album, “Elevate,” in 2011, and their third record, “24/Seven,” in 2013, with Henderson co-writing many of the songs. His solo debut single, “Sleepwalker,” was released on Jan. 27, 2017.

98.5 KRZ is a part of Entercom, a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the top two radio broadcasters in the country, reaching over 100 million people each week through a robust portfolio of over 235 radio stations, digital platforms, and live events. Entercom is also the No. 1 creator of live, original, local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio.