Mohegan Sun Arena and Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre team up for local music series ‘NEPA Live From Home’
From a press release:
The Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre have announced a partnership to create an online platform called “NEPA Live From Home” that will feature local and regional artists performing live from their homes starting next Thursday, April 30.
“As managers and promoters of live entertainment venues, we know the struggle that the live entertainment industry is going through as we practice social distancing and try to keep ourselves, loved ones, and community safe,” said Will Beekman, general manager of Mohegan Sun Arena, referring to the coronavirus pandemic.
“From global touring headliners to up-and-coming local artists, our venues take great pride in being the host sites for people to enjoy all sorts of live entertainment. Even though we can’t get together in person right now, we wanted to create a virtual venue where local and regional artists can showcase their talents and help gather our community.”
“We are excited to announce a partnership between our venues to create a free online platform to keep entertainment alive and well in Northeast PA,” said AJ Jump, owner/manager of Karl Hall, LLC.
“The NEPA Live From Home series will feature performances from talented individuals throughout our region, and we will help bring these performances directly to your homes through our online resources.”
Performances will be posted every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the Facebook and Instagram pages of both Mohegan Sun Arena and Karl Hall. Each show will also feature a Q&A session that provides viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the artists’ lives.
“We look forward to providing our community with an opportunity to enjoy these performers and help keep entertainment in NEPA live, from home,” Jump said.
NEPA Live From Home Season 1 lineup:
May 7: Regina Sayles
May 21: Britt Thomas of Britt Thomas and the Breaker Boys
May 28: Fife & Drom
“We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our friends at Geisinger for their support of this event, and of course we also thank the doctors, nurses, EMTs, and all medical personnel who are on the front lines battling to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Beekman said.
“And thank you to all essential businesses and their employees for keeping our community running through these challenging times,” Jump added. “You are the true rock stars!”
Both venues would like to publicly thank Zen Agency in Wyoming for their great work on the logo design for the NEPA Live From Home event series that combines the logos of both venues.
“Mohegan Sun Arena has had an incredible partnership with the team at Zen Agency for years and applaud them for their work on other venue projects, including the logo for the arena’s ‘Healthcare Heroes Suite’ initiative to begin in a few weeks, plus the redesign of Mohegan Sun Arena’s website to be launched in the next few days,” the arena said.
Karl Hall is an intimate performance space in Wilkes-Barre that presents original music and comedy. Opened in 2017, the venue has a capacity of 130 standing patrons for general admission shows and 85 for seated shows.
Housed in the basement of the historic art-deco Union Building (the Polish Union insurance building, opened in 1938), the downtown venue was named in honor of the late Kevin Karl, a local musician and avid concertgoer.
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is an 8,000-seat multi-purpose venue that opened in November of 1999. Located in Wilkes-Barre Township, the venue is owned by the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority, a government body appointed by Luzerne County and managed by ASM Global.
Learn more about The Mule Team and watch an acoustic performance by the Scranton supergroup in Episode 128 of the NEPA Scene Podcast: