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EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference announces 2018 venues, performers, and set times across Scranton area

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference announces 2018 venues, performers, and set times across Scranton area
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On Sunday night, organizers of the Electric City Music Conference held an announcement party at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, revealing all the nominees for the upcoming 2018 Steamtown Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 13 as well as the entire live music schedule at 13 different venues on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15.

The fifth annual event kicks off with the Steamtown Music Awards on Sept. 13 at The V-Spot (906 Providence Rd., Scranton), honoring Northeastern Pennsylvania’s top musicians and music industry professionals in 37 unique categories. Then on Sept. 14-15, over 150 local and national acts will perform across Scranton, Peckville, and Olyphant. Saturday afternoon will also feature free educational panels that are open to the public. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Venues returning for the 2018 ECMC are the Backyard Ale House, The Bog, the Irish Wolf Pub, The Keys, the New Penny Lounge, Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, and The V-Spot. The new venues added this year are Ale Mary’s, The Brew House and Back Room Bar, Club Vibe, Crotti’s on Ash, Harry’s, and Peculiar Slurp Shop.

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.

2018 Electric City Music Conference schedule

Ale Mary’s (126 Franklin Ave., Scranton)

10 p.m.: Bright Shiny Objects Band
11 p.m.: Erich & Tyler Music Co.
Midnight: Empire in Decline

10 p.m.: Merely Players
11 p.m.: Young Thieves
Midnight: Black Tie Stereo

Backyard Ale House (523 Linden St., Scranton)

8:30 p.m.: Jordan Ramirez
9:30 p.m.: Ed Randazzo
10:30 p.m.: Personal Blend
11:30 p.m.: Mother Nature’s Sons
12:30 a.m.: The Charming Beards

8:30 p.m.: Oakum
9:30 p.m.: Gabby Borges
10:30 p.m.: The Firefoxes
11:30 p.m.: Will Wood and the Tapeworms
12:30 a.m.: Knuckle Drag

The Bog (341 Adams Ave., Scranton)

7 p.m.: Old Charades
8 p.m.: Dead Air
9 p.m.: Mercy Gang
10 p.m.: Doghouse Charlie
11 p.m.: The Russello Project
Midnight: Second Suitor


6 p.m.: Alex Key
7 p.m.: The Tins
8 p.m.: Alma Mater
9 p.m.: Pass Away
10 p.m.: Emo Night
11:30 p.m.: Nappi Music
12:30 a.m.: The Human Circuit

The Brew House and Back Room Bar (38 Sturges Rd., Peckville)

8 p.m.: The Frost
9 p.m.: Futures
10 p.m.: Grayson Drive
11 p.m.: Local Concern
Midnight: The Family Ties

8 p.m.: Bryan Banks
9 p.m.: Always Undecided
10 p.m.: Fuzzy Mudd
11 p.m.: Big Country (NEPA)
Midnight: Madd Kat

Club Vibe (1826 N. Main Ave., Scranton)

8 p.m.: Phriend$
8:30 p.m.: Eprestige
9 p.m.: Illegal Siegal
9:30 p.m.: Nate Williams
10 p.m.: Triforcemuzik
10:30 p.m.: Ace Waves
11 p.m.: JBØNAX

8 p.m.: Holla Da Scholar
8:30 p.m.: iEnvy
9:15 p.m.: Lucas Hex
9:30 p.m.: J Wright
10 p.m.: Ill Ray the Menace
10:30 p.m.: feverCEZER
11 p.m.: DJ Cryptic

Crotti’s on Ash (1431 Ash St., Scranton)

8 p.m.: Ellie Rose
9 p.m.: Eric Best
10 p.m.: Frank Abruzzini
11 p.m.: JP Williams Blues Band
Midnight: Abby Vail
1 a.m.: Joe Fedo

8 p.m.: Lauren Aminor
9 p.m.: Katie Knight
10 p.m.: Joe Craig
11 p.m.: Andrew O’Brien
Midnight: Anker
1 a.m.: Grant Williams

Harry’s (300 Penn Ave., Scranton)

8 p.m.: Black Sage Project
9 p.m.: Zayre Mountian
10 p.m.: Blinded Passenger (reunion)
11 p.m.: Project 90’s
Midnight: Facing the Giants

8 p.m.: Running Late
9 p.m.: We Are Funhouse
10 p.m.: Mature Musical Pictures
11 p.m.: The Boastfuls
Midnight: III For the Road

Irish Wolf Pub (503 Linden St., Scranton)

7 p.m.: Tier 15
8 p.m.: Winola
9 p.m.: Twisted Fantasy
10 p.m.: Doubting Thoma$
11 p.m.: Alpha Audio
Midnight: Gods of Space
1 a.m.: Sympotico

6 p.m.: The Crowning
7 p.m.: Planning for Burial
8 p.m.: (Damn) This Desert Air
9 p.m.: Ripped Away
10 p.m.: Black Hole Heart
11 p.m.: The Aegean
Midnight: Red Hymns

The Keys (244 Penn Ave., Scranton)

7 p.m.: Asteria Falling
8 p.m.: The Mongols
9 p.m.: Brighter Days
10 p.m.: Send Request
11 p.m.: The Cryptid
Midnight: Talon Co.
1 a.m.: Contours

6 p.m.: Crookshanks
7 p.m.: Stay Loud
8 p.m.: Gold Steps
9 p.m.: Esta Coda
10 p.m.: Seven Story Fall
11 p.m.: E57
Midnight: Cheap Seats

The New Penny Lounge (1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton)

7 p.m.: Rob Santoro
8 p.m.: Terrorize This!
9 p.m.: The Stash
10 p.m.: Minus Fields
11 p.m.: Monoceros
Midnight: Earthmouth
1 a.m.: Anytime Soon

6 p.m.: Black Horizon
7 p.m.: Enda Vera
8 p.m.: The Scripts
9 p.m.: Hunter Alive
10 p.m.: EverRage
11 p.m.: Supermassive
Midnight: WeThePeople

Peculiar Slurp Shop (307 Penn Ave, Scranton)

7 p.m.: Tim Kropa
8 p.m.: Eibes
9 p.m.: Tori Viccica

7 p.m.: Jay Luke
8 p.m.: Spirit Houses
9 p.m.: Sweetnest

Thirst T’s Bar & Grill (120 Lincoln St., Olyphant)

Inside the venue

6 p.m.: Ed Allison
7 p.m.: Shock Value
8 p.m.: His Dream of Lions
9 p.m.: Always Undecided
10 p.m.: Static in the Attic
11 p.m.: Sterling Koch and Freeway Jam
Midnight: Wayside

6 p.m.: Joe Lombardo
7 p.m.: Shamrock Duo
8 p.m.: AYYA
9 p.m.: Blind Choice
10 p.m.: Piece of Mind
11 p.m.: Reach for the Sky
Midnight: Crystal Clayton
1 a.m.: Grapefruit Cannonball

Outdoors on the patio

5 p.m.: Frank Marcinkowski
6 p.m.: Jason P. Yoder
7 p.m.: Kyle Rebar

5 p.m.: EnjinzFire
6 p.m.: Teagan Edsell
7 p.m.: Bryan Brophy

The V-Spot (906 Providence Rd., Scranton)

6 p.m.: Brad Kingsley
7 p.m.: Widmore
8 p.m.: Three Imaginary Boys
9 p.m.: Dreamers, Like Us
10 p.m.: Rahway
11 p.m.: Graces Downfall
Midnight: Behind the Grey

6 p.m.: Stereotytans
7 p.m.: VICTIM
8 p.m.: Gutterlife
9 p.m.: The Holtzmann Effect
10 p.m.: Traverse the Abyss
11:15 p.m.: Lucas Hex
11:30 p.m.: Idol Hands
12:30 p.m.: Destination West

See NEPA Scene’s photos from the 2018 announcement party here. See 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 of Grayson Drive by Rich Howells/NEPA Scene