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Bluegrass phenom Billy Strings plays 3 nights in Mohegan Sun Arena parking lot in Wilkes-Barre Sept. 11-13

Bluegrass phenom Billy Strings plays 3 nights in Mohegan Sun Arena parking lot in Wilkes-Barre Sept. 11-13
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From a press release:

Fresh off the massively successful Streaming Strings Tour, 27-year-old bluegrass sensation Billy Strings announced today that he and his band will embark on a seven-night trek, dubbed the Meet Me at the Drive-In Tour, that will kick off with three consecutive nights at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township.

Seen locally at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre and the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Strings will return to Northeastern Pennsylvania to perform on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Next, the tour will take the band to the Chicago area for two already sold-out shows on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 at McHenry Outdoor Theater, and then the band will head to Peoria, Illinois for two nights at the Expo Gardens on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19.

Pre-sale tickets are available beginning on Thursday, Aug. 20 at noon for Billy Strings newsletter subscribers. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, Aug. 21 at noon.

Tickets for the Wilkes-Barre performances are available via,, and in person (if available) at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre) during the box office’s summer hours of operation on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tickets for each performance are sold separately. For tickets purchased through Ticketmaster, only touchless, mobile tickets administered through the Ticketmaster app will be valid for this event.

A limited number of Platinum ($300), Gold Circle ($250), Silver Circle ($225), and Bronze Circle ($200) parking spaces will be available for each performance, providing a premium view of the stage. General admission ($175) parking spaces are also available.

Up to four occupants will be permitted per vehicle with ticket purchases. Guests who have purchased their tickets will have the option to purchase one additional patron ticket per vehicle.

All CDC and local guidelines will be followed. The band and crew are working closely with local promoters and government to ensure this event meets or exceeds all recommended standards. Vehicles will be spaced to accommodate social distancing. Patrons may only leave their vehicles to use their tailgating space adjacent to their vehicle, restrooms, or to obtain concessions. Masks/face coverings must be worn by any patrons traveling to and from restrooms and concessions areas. Safe social distancing will be strictly enforced.

Billy Strings has been hailed as the future of bluegrass, transcending tradition and genre with his high-velocity flat-picking guitar technique and intense, confessional songwriting. “Home” (Rounder Records), Strings’ remarkable second studio album, is undoubtedly the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist’s bravest excursion thus far, completely rewiring bluegrass with elements of punk, country, folk rock, and genuine psychedelic exploration to fashion something altogether his own.

Strings has infused the aesthetic with his own experiences and inspirations, adopting traditional sonic and lyrical idioms to confront contemporary social truths. With guest appearances from the likes of Jerry Douglas and Molly Tuttle and produced by Glenn Brown (Greensky Bluegrass, Marcus Miller), “Home” marks a landmark on Strings’ ongoing creative journey, its fearless songs and freewheeling approach recasting string-based American music in his own inimitable image.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Billy Strings performing at the 2019 Peach Music Festival here, the F.M. Kirby Center in 2018 here, and the 2017 Susquehanna Breakdown here.

Photo by Jesse Faatz Photography