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Philadelphia DJ Shizz Lo plays Black Friday show at Stage West in Scranton on Nov. 27

Philadelphia DJ Shizz Lo plays Black Friday show at Stage West in Scranton on Nov. 27
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From a press release:

Those who are looking to get away from the holiday hustle and bustle this week can listen to Philadelphia DJ and producer Shizz Lo live on Black Friday, Nov. 27 at the recently reopened Stage West in Scranton.

Doors at Stage West (301 N. Main Ave., Scranton) open at 6 p.m., and the 21+ show starts at 8 p.m.

This is a seated party, so no standing or moving about the venue will be allowed. Masks will be required at all times except when eating or drinking; full kitchen service is available from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Capacity is very limited, so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

Due to social distancing regulations, tickets will be sold by tables. Tickets, which are $60 for a table of four or $90 for a table of six, are on sale now via Prekindle. Tables are asked to arrive together. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

Shizz Lo is the solo project of Pennsylvania-based DJ and producer Shaun Irwin. His sound today is a direct result of the environment he came up in. Growing up, he fell in love with the hustle and bustle of the city life as well as the sound of Philadelphia hip-hop. In his late teens, he was spinning break beat records at a local house party or in the studio with emcees such as Philly legend Tone Trump. As times changed, electronic music began to play a vital role in his production as well as the clubs he was playing at. Because of his passion for both genres, his mission is to create an atmosphere where people can experience the raw emotion of hip-hop combined with the aura of electronic dance music.

Shizz has shared the stage with names from DMX to Common, Lookas, Stööki Sound, Ricky Remedy, and much more, performing as direct support for major headlining acts such as Valentino Khan, Party Favor, GTA, Ookay, and Ghastly, plus a number of his own headlining dates in 2017 to the present.

Shizz Lo’s remix of Bok Nero’s “Hop Out Da Phantom” has been featured on Steve Aoki’s radio show “Aoki’s House” and mixed into his Reunion Tour sets. Sharing collaborations with names and labels such as BBC Radio and Dim Mak Records, his varied and experienced resume continues to grow and thrive nationally as well as locally in the city he grew up in.

Shizz Lo is part of the first generation of artists to launch on Excision’s brand new label Subsidia Records, and he collaborated with labelmate Brainrack to release a new track, “You Know,” on Sept. 28.

Following Parade Day on March 14, Stage West was among many of the small businesses forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the downtime, it managed to stay in business by offering an expanded menu of takeout food, a beer home delivery service, and by opening a cold-pressed juicery in the building called Press’d.

During the quarantine, it hosted Facebook Live trivia streams and teamed up with Scranton pop rock band Nowhere Slow, Ionic Development, and NEPA Scene to present a live streaming socially distanced concert on May 1. Each member of the band was spaced over 6 feet apart from each other across the entire empty venue as they played a 90-minute set of rock hits and interacted with Facebook commenters watching the stream from home.

When Lackawanna County entered the yellow phase of reopening on June 5, the West Scranton venue partially opened to the public for outdoor dining on its deck in mid-June, offering a weekly “Wings & Strings” series featuring wing specials and unplugged musicians. It celebrated the green phase of reopening soon after with its first indoor show with Nowhere Slow on June 27, but as national acts continued to cancel or postpone tours, Stage West, Masterson, and his booking company DamnMillennial Promotions shifted their focus to drive-in concerts, presenting events at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City and the parking lot of Montage Mountain in Scranton for the rest of the summer and into the fall.

This kicked off with Philadelphia dubstep producer Subtronics at Montage on Aug. 7-8 and country singer/songwriter Aaron Lewis at the Circle on Aug. 30. While the Pavement Rave EDM series sold out show after show at Montage (and even brought Camp Bisco founders The Disco Biscuits back to the mountain), the Circle had everyone from Steel Panther to The Allman Betts Band to Granger Smith to Skillet.

Now that the weather is too cold to continue events outside, Stage West is back in West Side, and Scranton-based alternative rock band The Boastfuls played its first scheduled show on Nov. 14. There is no word yet on when the second location in State College, which opened in late February and had to close soon after, will reopen.