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Pop band Walk the Moon headlines 98.5 KRZ Summer Smash at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on July 19

Pop band Walk the Moon headlines 98.5 KRZ Summer Smash at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on July 19
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From a press release:

Entercom and 98.5 KRZ have announced the official lineup of Summer Smash 2019, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pop radio station’s annual kickoff to summer concert.

Featuring pop hitmakers Walk the Moon, In Real Life, Rachel Crow, and Johnny Orlando, the event will take place at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which are $25 and $35, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, May 24 at 10 a.m. for all 98.5 KRZ VIP Club Members and F.M. Kirby Center Members. Tickets go on sale to the general public next Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100.

A limited number of VIP meet and greet packages will also be available for purchase for $100. The VIP package includes a guaranteed seat in the first 12 (or closer) rows, a catered VIP pre-party, and a take-home photo with select artists.

Walk the Moon derived their name from the song “Walking on the Moon” by The Police. The band formed in 2006 and independently released their debut solo album “I Want! I Want!” in 2010. Their track “Anna Sun” received airplay on a number of alternative radio stations. Following the success of this single, Alt Nation named them a band you need to know for the summer of 2012.

Walk the Moon signed with RCA Records and, in June of 2012, they released their first major label studio album, “Walk the Moon,” with a rerecorded version of “Anna Sun.” In December of 2014, the band released their second major label studio album, “Talking Is Hard,” featuring their mega hit “Shut Up and Dance.” In January, the band released their latest single, “Timebomb.”

In Real Life is comprised of the final five vocalists from the reality television music competition series “Boy Band” – Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Michael Conor. The band released several singles in April of 2018 and most recently opened up for the “American Idol” summer tour.

Rachel Crow finished fifth place in the American version of “The X Factor” in 2011. After her elimination, she reached out to Walt Disney for possible roles in future productions, which resulted in her starring in multiple television shows and movies, including “Big Time Rush,” “Inside Edition,” “Figure It Out,” and more. Crow most recently starred in the Netflix original film “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train.” She released her first EP in June of 2012.

Johnny Orlando is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. Orlando first received attention on social media after he posted covers of pop songs by artists such as Justin Bieber and Austin Mahone on his YouTube channel. In May of 2018, he signed with Universal Music Canada and released singles “What If” (featuring Mackenzie Ziegler) and “Last Summer.” His full debut EP, “Teenage Fever,” was released earlier this year before he embarked on his first headlining North American tour.

98.5 KRZ is a part of Entercom, a leading American media and entertainment company reaching and engaging over 170 million people each month through its premier collection of highly rated, award-winning radio stations, digital platforms, and live events. As one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters, Entercom offers integrated marketing solutions and delivers the power of local connection on a national scale with coverage of close to 90 percent of persons 12+ in the Top 50 markets. Entercom is the No. 1 creator of live original local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio.