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Scranton Iron Furnaces host Pink Floyd laser show, ’80s tribute, and rock concerts this summer

Scranton Iron Furnaces host Pink Floyd laser show, ’80s tribute, and rock concerts this summer
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From a press release:

Last month, local concert production company DamnMillennial! Promotions revealed that they will present a series of outdoor shows at the Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown Scranton. The first one was announced was the Alt 92.1 Furnace Frenzy headlined by the Dirty Heads on Saturday, July 21, and now three more shows have been added.

The first chronologically is with Scranton pop rock band Black Tie Stereo and Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m., presented by Alt 92.1. Tickets, which are $10, can be purchased online via Eventbrite.

Blending together influences of pop, rock, and funk, Scranton-based four-piece Black Tie Stereo are bringing a unique flair to the music world. Though its members had all taken part in different projects before, they came together in 2014 to create an upbeat and exciting sound comparable to the likes of ​Maroon 5 or Young the Giant.

The group released their debut self-titled EP in 2014, a fervent and definitive expression of all their unique influences. They followed it up in 2017 with their newest EP, “DoYou,” produced by Mark Mazzetti (A&R and production for Sting, Janet Jackson, John Mayer) and recorded and mixed by Brian Scheuble (U2, Sheryl Crow, Elton John). This was the first multi-song effort the group released since current guitarist/trumpeter Jesse Morvan joined the band in 2015.

“Right now, it’s a very collaborative effort,” lead singer and keyboardist Stephen Murphy says of the band’s sound. “It’s just constant creation.”

The band has racked up some impressive accolades over the years, including Best Pop/Top 40 Act at the Steamtown Music Awards in 2016. Additionally, they’ve played a variety of festivals, including FuzzFest in Scranton, Penn State’s THON, and Musikfest in Bethlehem, and have opened for powerhouse acts such as Milky Chance, Panic! at the Disco, Weezer, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, K.Flay, and Lewis Del Mar.

Delivering high-energy live shows unlike anything else, Black Tie Stereo thrives on the dynamism of their audiences. Coming from a history of being part of various cover bands, the group knows exactly what makes an audience tick and how to get them in the right groove.

Their exciting band dynamic, which was defined by Atwood Magazine as “power pop synergy,” proves them to be a driving force in the new sphere of alt rock music, and their continued growth over the last few years is reflective of that.

The next Iron Furnaces concert is with New York City’s ultimate ’80s tribute band, Jessie’s Girl, on Friday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. with special guest Manny Cabo of “The Voice,” presented by Rock 107. Tickets, which are $22-$25, can be purchased online via Eventbrite.

Jessie’s Girl plays a sold-out Back to the Eighties Show every Saturday night at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. Their primary lineup includes a team of NYC’s top rock and pop vocalists – up-and-coming superstar Jenna O’Gara, off-Broadway’s Chris Hall, and renowned “Sting” impersonator Mark Rinzel, with frequent appearances by Broadway’s own Constantine Maroulis, the Tony-nominated star of “Rock of Ages” and “American Idol” finalist.

They are backed by one of the tightest bands in the city, comprised of 20+ year veterans of the NYC music scene: Eric Presti, on guitar, Sky on keys, Drew Mortali on bass, and Michael Maenza on drums.

Jessie’s Girl has mastered stunning renditions of the world’s most vibrant songs, all while dressed up as the unforgettable characters of that decade. Bon Jovi, Cindi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, and many more come to life right before the dazzled eyes of the crowd. It is theatre meets live music, smothered in ’80s glitz, a performance like no other and a party you have to experience to believe.

The band has performed with a handful of the ’80s icons that made their music famous to begin with, including Bret Michaels, MC Hammer, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Taylor Dane, Mike Score (A Flock of Seagulls), Howard Jones, Tone Loc, and Rob Base. But the band doesn’t stop with Saturdays or New York City. Their weeks are filled with high-profile appearances and private events around the U.S., bringing the Back to the Eighties Show to ABC/NY Magazine’s launch party for “The Goldbergs,” a Halloween bash with Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, and a private birthday party for A-lister Neil Patrick Harris.

They’ve enjoyed thunderous responses in packed rooms at such prestigious regional venues as Westchester’s Capitol Theatre and Long Island’s Paramount Theatre. Jessie’s Girl has also performed for prominent companies such as the NFL, Coca-Cola, Verizon, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

The last concert announced is the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m., also presented by Rock 107. Tickets, which are $25-$40, can be purchased online via Eventbrite.

The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular presents the original music of Pink Floyd like you’ve never seen before. Experience all of their hits, along with deep tracks, accompanied by the iconic psychedelic images and visuals that are the band’s hallmark.

Driven by cutting-edge effects, full-color lasers, hi-def multi-screen video projection, concert-quality sound, and lighting effects, audiences are surrounded in an array of visual displays, choreographed to the original Pink Floyd master recordings.

The perfect show for classic rock fans young and old, the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular combines the music you’ve loved for years with today’s most advanced entertainment technology to create a rich, lush, sensory experience not to be missed.

More show announcements at the Scranton Iron Furnaces (159 Cedar Ave., Scranton) are expected soon. The Alt 92.1 Furnace Frenzy is all ages, while the other concerts are 21+. A cash bar will be available at every show.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Black Tie Stereo performing at The Leonard in Scranton back in 2016 here.

Photo by Alex Seeley Photography