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EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference announces Blinded Passenger reunion and 30 more acts

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference announces Blinded Passenger reunion and 30 more acts
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From a press release:

Scranton indie rock favorites Blinded Passenger will reunite at the fifth annual Electric City Music Conference after a two-year hiatus. While vocalist Patrick McGlynn and drummer Steve Werner often collaborate on acoustic solo and side projects, the reunion will bring the full band back together.

“Reunions are always fun, so I keep a short list of bands that I reach out to every year and try to set up reunions. This year, I was thrilled when the guys from Blinded Passenger agreed to do it,” explained ECMC co-organizer Joe Caviston.

Born and raised in Scranton, singer/songwriter Patrick McGlynn writes songs that examine life and dreams fueled by the times we live in.

Featuring Steve Werner on drums, Stefan Ogonosky on guitar, and bassist Kevin Stone, BP draws influence from artists like Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, and Saves the Day to deliver a sound crafted over the past several years in the bars and clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania, striving to take the next step forward with a mission to write songs that people see themselves in.

The band was one of the first guests on the original incarnation of the NEPA Scene Podcast, where they dove deep into their music and friendships while telling many funny stories in Episode 3:

In addition to the reunion announcement, the ECMC released the names of 30 additional bands that will be performing at the festival following April’s announcement of 50 other acts.

“We’re pretty excited to go international,” co-organizer Ken Norton noted. “I believe Widmore is our first band from Canada to perform at the conference.”

“It’s also pretty crazy that we also have two bands from Austin, Texas playing this year,” added Caviston.

Newly confirmed 2018 Electric City Music Conference performers:

Alex Key – Factoryville – acoustic
Black Horizon – Mountain Top – heavy metal
Blinded Passenger – Scranton – indie rock
Bryan Brophy – Olyphant – acoustic
Countours – Williamsport – hardcore
Crookshanks – Kingston – punk
DJ Cryptic – Williamsport – DJ
Doghouse Charlie – NEPA – indie rock
Earthmouth – Scranton – doom metal
Erich & Tyler Music Co. – Dalton – duo
Esta Coda – Scranton – indie rock
Futures – Northern New Jersey – indie rock
Gabby Borges – Hawley – indie rock
Gold Steps – Austin, TX – pop punk
Grayson Drive – Scranton – rock
GutterLIFE – Long Island, NY – punk
III For the Road – Harrisbrug – roots rock
John Fedo – Madison Township – acoustic
Phriend$ – Old Forge – hip-hop
Screaming Infidelities – Scranton – DJ
Terrorize This! Kingston – metalcore
The Boastfuls – Scranton – alternative rock
The Family Ties – Williamsport – indie rock
The Holtzmann Effect – Scranton – rock
The Mongols – Bloomsburg – punk
The Scripts – Scranton – rock
Tier 15 – Bloomsburg – rock
Timothy Kropa – Clarks Summit – acoustic
Tori Viccica – West Pittston – acoustic
Wayside Blues – Wilkes-Barre – rock
Widmore – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – emo

Nominations for the 2018 Steamtown Music Awards will close this Sunday, June 17, so fans are reminded to get their nominations in at

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 live music and an educational component with industry professionals.

Last year’s conference 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.

See NEPA Scene’s 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: