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Marcus King Trio plays Southern rock live at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on Sept. 6

Marcus King Trio plays Southern rock live at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on Sept. 6
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From a press release:

This week, it was announced that the Marcus King Trio will play their acclaimed Southern blues rock live at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Presented locally by Stage West in Scranton, DamnMillennial Promotions, and SLP Concerts, King’s Live at the Drive In Tour follows his “Four of Kind: Live from Nashville” live streaming series that was praised by Rolling Stone.

“Thrilled to finally see y’all again as the Marcus King Trio for Live at the Drive In! Let’s all enjoy music again in a safe and socially distant way. Who’s ready to rock?!” he tweeted yesterday. “This is a show you won’t want to miss!”

Gates open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are $150 per vehicle for general admission (up to four guests max) and $210 per vehicle for Gold Circle parking close to the stage (up to four guests max), go on sale this Friday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. on For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

The Circle Drive-In (1911 Scranton/Carbondale Hwy., Dickson City) is following Department of Health recommendations and “adhering to safety protocols, mandatory face covering requirements, social distancing, and strict disinfecting and cleaning procedures.” Restrooms will be open with attendants on-site.

Anyone attending a drive-in movie or event must wear a face covering and practice social distancing. The concession stand will have limited selections and has put extra safety procedures in place.

A 24-year-old guitar phenom and innovative songwriter, Marcus King can simultaneously switch from swaggering rock to supersonic soul, with his vocal powers taking center stage on his debut solo album, “El Dorado,” released on Jan. 17. It is a Dan Auerbach-produced, genre-bending record from a world-class young talent that will establish him as one of the most soulful voices of his generation.

King started learning guitar at age 3 or 4. He has played professionally since he was 11 and always knew he wanted to make music his life. A fourth-generation musician, King has followed in his family’s footsteps. His grandfather was a country guitarist, and his father Marvin King continues to perform live.

The Marcus King Band, founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 2013, is his tight-knit group. Drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax/steel guitarist Dean Mitchell, along with King, bring an irreplaceable combination of commitment, craft, and soul to their work and are one of the hardest working bands today. They have played 140 shows in the last year and sold out countless venues, including Brooklyn Bowl three nights in a row and King’s namesake festival, The Marcus King Band Family Reunion. This year, the festival featured acts such as Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Yonder Mountain String Band, Josh Ritter, Amanda Shires, and many more.

From the start, King earned rave reviews for his kinetic musicianship, with the Washington Post describing him as a “guitar phenom” at age 20. The Marcus King Band’s third full-length album, “Carolina Confessions,” helmed by Grammy-Award winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson), topped the Americana radio charts and received critical acclaim from the likes of Vice’s Noisey, NPR, and Rolling Stone, who described him as an “electrifying rock performer.” King also recently embarked on a string of dates with Chris Stapleton, who called him “one of his favorite artists” when he joined him onstage.

King continues to rewrite his fast-moving and surprising story. You can hear change in the wisdom of his lyrics and deeply soulful vocals, bringing sheer musical command to every performance.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Marcus King performing at the 2016 Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Nescopeck here and and the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, New Jersey here.

Photo by Tammy Heid/Robb Malloy/Moon’s Eye Media/NEPA Scene