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NEPA musicians ‘Come Together’ for benefit concert outside Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on July 16

NEPA musicians ‘Come Together’ for benefit concert outside Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on July 16
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From a press release:

Today, the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township announced that it will host a live benefit concert entitled “Come Together: A Community Benefit Concert for the Arts” on the outdoor stage in the arena’s parking lot on Thursday, July 16 at 6 p.m.

Produced by Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound and Mohegan Sun Arena and presented by Geisinger, the event will be featured as part of the venue’s “Drive-In Live Concert Series” taking place this summer, which also includes performances by Almost Queen, a tribute to the legendary rock band Queen, on Friday, July 17 and Grammy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan on Saturday, July 18.

The benefit show will feature live in-person performances by many popular local bands, including Tigers Jaw (acoustic set), Lifer, Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen, University Drive, Esta Coda, Modern Ties, The Mule Team, James Barrett, Joe Burke & Co., and a special Pan.a.ce.a reunion set featuring original members and Aaron Bruch of Breaking Benjamin on vocals, taking over for singer Tim Farley, who currently lives in Texas.

This reunion was originally scheduled for a different benefit concert earlier this year that was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. More acts for “Come Together” will be announced in the coming weeks.

A 40-foot outdoor stage will be set up near the venue’s East Gate and will be equipped with lighting, large LED video screens, and audio amplification for this concert.

100 percent of proceeds will support local nonprofits, theaters, and performance centers that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19. The community beneficiaries are the F.M. Kirby Center, Karl Hall, The Ritz Theater, the Scranton Cultural Center, the Dietrich Theater, Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, the McGlynn Center in Wilkes-Barre, WVIA, Axelrad Screen Printing, and Luzerne County Head Start. Two additional nonprofits will be added via fan vote in the coming weeks through the Gallery of Sound’s Facebook page.

Tickets for “Come Together” are $100 per vehicle ($25 per person with four people per car) and go on sale this Friday, July 3 at 10 a.m. exclusively via ticketmaster.com. Each ticket includes a parking space for a vehicle, along with the adjacent parking space to allow the patrons from that vehicle to get out and enjoy the event outside. For tickets purchased through Ticketmaster, only touchless mobile tickets administered through the Ticketmaster app (iOS and Android) will be valid for this event. Tickets will also be available at the recently reopened NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre) during the box office’s summer hours of operation.

A limited number of Gold Circle ($199.50) and Silver Circle ($149.50) parking spaces will be made available for this show. Gold Circle and Silver Circle parking guarantees a spot in the first few rows in closest proximity to the stage.

NEPA Scene is an official media sponsor of “Come Together,” so readers who would like to purchase tickets early can use the exclusive pre-sale code “CTSPON” on Thursday, July 2 starting at 10 a.m. on ticketmaster.com. Other event sponsors include Alt-Natives on Alt 92.1, 97.9X, Rock 107, WVIA, Rockology Music Academy, and DiscoverNEPA.

A maximum of four occupants will be permitted per vehicle. Up to 1,000 vehicles will be permitted for the event.

Social distancing measures will operate in accordance with Pennsylvania guidelines (subject to change):

  • Vehicles will be spaced to accommodate social distancing.
  • Cars will park in a staggered fashion to achieve spacing and best visibility.
  • Patrons may only leave their vehicles to use their tailgating space adjacent to their vehicle, restrooms, or to obtain concessions.
  • A maximum of four people are allowed in each tailgating space.
  • Masks must be worn by any patrons traveling to and from portable restrooms and concessions.
  • Portable, single-stall restrooms will be located throughout the parking lot and cleaned frequently.

Additional information for these first-of-a-kind concert experiences:

  • Passenger vehicles only. No motorcycles, buses, party buses, limousines, RVs, bicycles, or foot traffic allowed. ADA accessible vehicles will be permitted.
  • All tickets are general admission and spots cannot be reserved.
  • Guests may bring their own food and beverage. No grills permitted.
  • Event is rain or shine.
  • Event will take place in the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza parking lot. All cars must enter through the main entrance from Highland Park Boulevard.
  • Audio amplification will be announced at the event.
  • Cars with more than four adults will be turned away without refund.
  • Vehicles are subject to search upon entry.
  • No pets allowed.

For day-of:

  • Once parked, vehicle relocation is not permitted.
  • Please follow parking attendants’ directions to your parking spot.
  • Please pull forward into the spot – don’t try to back in.
  • If you wish to park with your friends, we recommend you meet away from the venue and drive in together.

State guidance on social distancing, public gatherings, and certain procedures and practices is subject to change. The Mohegan Sun Arena will keep customers informed of changes as they pertain to these events at mohegansunarenapa.com. For a list of frequently asked questions as it pertains to this event, visit mohegansunarenapa.com/events/drivein.

Watch an exclusive interview with Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw in Episode 109 of the NEPA Scene Podcast, where she talks about Tigers Jaw’s rise to fame, what drew her to local music at a young age, tour stories and meeting bands she grew up listening to, working with producer Will Yip on “Spin” and “Charmer,” songwriting and the evolution of Tiger Jaw’s sound, her favorite shows, their sold-out 10th anniversary show in Scranton last year, her experiences as a woman in music, their current lineup, and more:

Photo of Tigers Jaw by Scott Kucharski Photography/NEPA Scene