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EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference reveals 2019 venues and initial artist lineup in Scranton

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference reveals 2019 venues and initial artist lineup in Scranton
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Following the opening of artist submissions last month, the Electric City Music Conference is announcing the venues and the names of the first 67 acts that will perform live at the sixth annual Scranton event exclusively on NEPA Scene. More artists will be announced here in the coming months.

Venues returning for the 2019 ECMC are Ale Mary’s, the Backyard Ale House, The Bog, Harry’s, the Irish Wolf Pub, The Keys, the New Penny Lounge, Peculiar Slurp Shop, Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, and The V-Spot. The new venues added this year are Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club and Stage West, which both opened within the last year. Organizers have noted that one additional venue may be added.

The Steamtown Music Awards will kick off the 2019 ECMC on Thursday, Sept. 12, and the rest of the conference takes place on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14 with over 150 bands across 12+ venues, along with an educational component with industry professionals.

Applications to play are still open. Local artists from the 570 area code can apply for free through the Electric City Music Conference website. All other artists can apply to perform via Sonicbids.

Nominations for the Steamtown Music Awards are also currently open at and will close on Saturday, June 29.

Last year’s conference featured performances by over 150 bands from five states in 10 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.

Organized by music promoter Joe Caviston and Graces Downfall singer Kenneth Norton, the ECMC worked with Scranton media production and web development company Ionic Development to produce the 2018 aftermovie, which premiered on NEPA Scene in February:

Confirmed 2019 Electric City Music Conference performers:

2 Sad Bois – Bloomsburg – acoustic duo
3 Tools No Box – NEPA – rock
8 Bit Panda Strike – NEPA – industrial/electronic
A.C.’s Soul Medicine – Danville – blues/funk
Adam Farley and The MDG Crew – Scranton – rock
Alibi – Mountain Top – classic rock
Alma Mater – Scranton – indie rock
Alone I Walk – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – emo
AlphaAudio – Scranton – nu metal
Always Undecided – Mountain Top – hard rock/acoustic
American Buffalo Ghost – Scranton – folk rock
Andrew Nicholas & Kennedy – Scranton – acoustic
Black Hole Heart – Scranton – post-hardcore
Black Tie Stereo – Scranton – pop rock
Brenda Fernandes – NEPA – acoustic pop
Bright Shiny Objects – Damascus – alternative rock
BrighterDays – Scranton – pop punk
Bryan Brophy – Jermyn – acoustic
Chris Hludzik – NEPA – acoustic
Common Wealth – Toms River, NJ – hard rock
Cookie Rabinowitz – Philadelphia – alternative soul
Dank Hopes Project – NEPA – indie folk
Death Wish Birdie – Lake Ariel – folk punk
DJ Cryptic – Williamsport – EDM
Ed Allison – York – pop rock
Friends of the Family – Dunmore – roots rock
Gabby Borges – Hawley – indie rock
Gold Steps – Austin, TX – pop punk
Graces Downfall – Scranton – alternative rock
Gravel – Pittsburgh – experimental
Holla Da Scholar – Scranton – hip-hop
Ill Ray the Menace – Scranton – hip-hop
Illegal Siegel – Nanticoke – hip-hop
Jason P Yoder – Selinsgrove – blues
JBØNAX – Lewisberg – EDM
Joe Cigan & The Benders – NEPA – rock
Joe Craig – Moosic – acoustic
John Moncivais – Scranton – acoustic
Lauren Aminor – Dunmore – pop
LittleStarRun – Scranton – indie folk rock
Lucas Hex – Scranton – hip-hop
Mahantongo – Pottsville – pop punk
Monoceros – Easton – progressive metal
Noxen – Noxen – folk
Patrick McGlynn – Scranton – acoustic rock
Plaid the Inhaler – Scranton – rock
Rob Santoro – Effort – bass
Runnin’ on Whiskey – Scranton – country
Sarah Carne – Mountain Top – acoustic
Shannon Marsyada – Hazelton – pop
Silo Good – Scranton – hip-hop
Slapjaw – Scranton – hardcore
Standoff – Scranton – punk
Suburban Zombies – Lake Grove, NY – punk
The Boastfuls – Scranton – rock
The Charming Beards – Wilkes-Barre – folk rock
The Cryptid – Avoca – indie rock
The Hobo-Style – Philadelphia – folk
The Holtzmann Effect – Scranton – hard rock
The Maguas – Scranton – pop punk
The Stash – Beacon, NY – future pop
The Unbroken – Brooklyn, NY – metal
Tim McGurl – Scranton – acoustic
Tiny Moon – Philadelphia – lo-fi surf rock
Traverse the Abyss – Scranton – metal
TySoul – Nanticoke – R&B
uMan Era – Newfoundland – hard rock

See NEPA Scene’s photos from the 2018 ECMC announcement party here, the 2018 Steamtown Music Awards here, and the entire Electric City Music Conference here. Listen to Caviston and Norton talk about the conference and the awards in depth in Episode 75 of the NEPA Scene Podcast: