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EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference announces 40 more 2019 acts in 2nd lineup drop

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference announces 40 more 2019 acts in 2nd lineup drop
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Following an initial artist lineup announcement in March, the Electric City Music Conference has released its second lineup drop with 40 additional performers today exclusively on NEPA Scene.

Topping off this lineup for the sixth annual event is Scranton’s own Behind the Grey, who have been playing direct support for many national acts recently. They’re joined by Dylan Hartigan, a Top 25 finalist from Season 14 of “The Voice” on NBC, along with Scranton rockers These Idol Hands, who just recently returned from a successful West Coast tour.

Other highlights include Contraband, a band that pays tribute to Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland; a reunion of Duryea rockers Perfect Focus; recent NEPA Scene Rising Talent weekly winners Crock Pot Abduction; and pop punk band Minority 905, who hail form Canada and will cross the border to perform this year. Multiple acts from New York and New Jersey will also join the ranks of the 2019 lineup.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Newly confirmed 2019 Electric City Music Conference performers:

Behind the Grey – Scranton – metal/hard rock
Black Nihil – Scranton – metal
Brother Jerome – Pompton Plains, NJ – reggae
Bryan Banks – South Abington – acoustic
Contraband – Long Pond, PA – rock (Scott Weiland tribute)
Crock Pot Abduction – Scranton – rock
Crookshanks – Wilkes-Barre – pop punk
Dan Cusick – Scranton – acoustic
Downsides – Center Moriches, NY – easycore
Dylan Hartigan – New Jersey – rock (Top 25 – Season 14 of “The Voice”)
E57 – Scranton – rock
Electives – Lancaster – instrumental
From a Nightmare – Baltimore, MD – metal
Futurist – Brooklyn, NY – psychedelic pop
Garden View – Wilkes-Barre – pop punk
Invictum – Sunbury – hard rock
Joe Lombardo – Wilkes-Barre – acoustic
Johnny Vice – Scranton – acoustic
Jordan Ramirez & The Tribe – Wilkes-Barre – funk/soul
Lauren Aminor – Scranton, PA – pop
Mercy Gang – Scranton – hip-hop
Minority 905 – Mississauga, Ontario, Canada – pop punk
Old Charades – Scranton – rock
Perfect Focus – Duryea – rock (reunion show)
Rudy & the Gansetts – Scranton – ska/punk/reggae
Springbrooke – Warrington, PA – Southern blues
Stacia Abernatha Duo – Williamsport – acoustic duo
Stay Loud – Scranton – punk rock
Switch Mob – Wayne, NJ – alternative R&B
Sympotico – NEPA – alternative
Tatiana – Scranton – singer/songwriter
Terrorize This! – Wilkes-Barre – metalcore
The Great Enough – Philadelphia – indie rock
The In Between/Blue Sky Noise – Lehigh Valley – alternative
The Tisburys – Philadelphia – indie rock
These Idol Hands – Scranton – sleaze rock
Titan – Friendsville, PA – hard rock
Torment Ridden – Pottsville – metal
Turbo Goth – New York, NY – electronic rock
Vitruvia – Reading – metal
Zayre Mountain – Wilkes-Barre – Americana 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: