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Josh Balz’s kinky Noir Nights party returns to Stage West in Scranton on Black Friday, Nov. 23

Josh Balz’s kinky Noir Nights party returns to Stage West in Scranton on Black Friday, Nov. 23
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From a press release:

After a successful first run on Mischief Night, Oct. 30, Scranton music venue Stage West will once again be transformed into a sexy and seductive pop-up bar on Black Friday, Nov. 23.

The kinky concept comes from Josh Balz, owner of The Strange and Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston and former member of Scranton metal band Motionless In White.

The dark and sinful corners of the human psyche will be on full display as “Noir Nights” takes over the Electric City’s newest venue from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Attendees will be stimulated by a hedonistic evening that will feature themed drink specials, music, and a ritualistic gathering of provocative subculture. Organizers invite attendees to dive into the world of the occult and enjoy to an evening of sensory overload.

The previous event featured DJ sets by Balz, Joe Letz of industrial band Combichrist, and TJ Bell of Escape the Fate. DJs for Nov. 23 haven’t been announced yet.

Tickets to Noir Nights at Stage West (301 N. Main Ave., Scranton) are $12, and only 100 advanced tickets are available online via Eventbrite. These tickets will garner guests early access to the event. General admission tickets can also be purchased at the door for $15.

Attendees are required to dress in all black, and no outside photography is permitted at this event. Those interested can follow along at @DarkNoirNights on Instagram and on Facebook.

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If anyone from Northeastern Pennsylvania has the credentials to host a truly freaky Halloween party, it’s Josh Balz. He is probably best known as the longtime keyboardist of Motionless In White, which he joined in 2006, about a year after the goth metal group was formed. He became an integral part of their sound, adding a layer of synth to their first three albums on Fearless Records and their 2017 Roadrunner Records debut, “Graveyard Shift,” before leaving the band early last year.

The 29-year-old entrepreneur has been keeping busy running The Strange and Unusual, an oddities shop he opened in Kingston in 2013 with tattoo artist and “Ink Master” winner Ryan Ashley Malarkey. The unconventional store, which sells clothing, antiques, vintage items, taxidermy, novelties, and more that have a distinct weird and/or creepy aesthetic, later expanded to a second location in Philadelphia and also supports an online shop.

In his farewell message to MIW fans, Balz emphasized that “this will not be the the last you see of me in the music industry,” even offering advice to fellow musicians during the panel discussions at the 2018 Electric City Music Conference, so could Noir Nights be his first dip back into that pool? It certainly sounds like something his fans will enjoy.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Balz performing with MIW at the 2016 Vans Warped Tour in Scranton here. Listen to him talk about Noir Nights, his creepy collection and unique businesses that sell everything from dark clothing to taxidermy, 10 years of playing all over the world with MIW, his new Strange Kids solo project, and more in Episode 81 of the NEPA Scene Podcast:

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