Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre announces live outdoor concert series starting May 30
After an extremely difficult year for music venues, Karl Hall is finally bouncing back.
Today, the all-ages venue in downtown Wilkes-Barre announced the lineup of “Out Back at Karl Hall,” an outdoor concert series that begins on Sunday, May 30 and runs through Sept. 26.
Social distancing isn’t really possible inside the small 130-capacity basement venue, so these seven general admission shows will be held in the parking lot directly behind the building on Sunday afternoons. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m., and the music starts at 3 p.m.
Masks are required, and camping chairs and coolers with food and beverages are welcome for some overdue spring and summer fun.
“We’re super excited to be safely presenting the ‘Out Back at Karl Hall’ concert series with local, regional, and national talent chock full of NEPA natives,” Karl Hall owner and general manager AJ Jump said.
The lineup includes Scranton indie rock band Tigers Jaw, who played a virtual record release show at Karl Hall last month, as well as well-known local favorites Bret Alexander, Mike Miz, and Dustin Douglas. Additionally, bands like University Drive, Rosary Guild, and Bunny Lane & The Virgos will headline shows packed with local artists.
Karl Hall (57 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre), which recently turned three years old, was closed for most of 2020 but was able to host one outdoor concert in its parking lot last October with The Husty Bros. and The Mule Team, which features Jump on drums. The independent venue also teamed up with the nearby Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza to host a virtual “NEPA Live From Home” music series and organize the massive “Come Together” drive-in benefit concert in the arena parking lot on July 16 that raised money for nonprofits, theaters, and performance centers affected by COVID-19.
‘Out Back at Karl Hall’ schedule
Sunday, May 30: Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen, The Tribe, Bob Lewis, and Brendan Brisk Band
Sunday, June 13: Bret Alexander & Friends with special guest Ellie Rose
Sunday, July 11: Mike Miz featuring The Mule Team
Sunday, Aug. 15: Tigers Jaw acoustic with special guests A Fire With Friends and Langan, Frost & Wane
Sunday, Aug. 29: University Drive, Toothless, Gods of Space, and Machine Arms
Sunday, Sept. 12: Rosary Guild, Future Generations, Joe Burke & Co., and Noxen
Sunday, Sept. 26: Bunny Lane & The Virgos, Life of Reilly, Stay Loud, Wicked Glare, and LittleStarRun
‘Out Back at Karl Hall’ rules and FAQs
- Tickets are available online only through Eventbrite.
- Some dates may be subject to change due to weather. If canceled indefinitely, all tickets will be refunded.
- These are general admission shows. Please keep a safe social distance from others and wear a mask when not eating or drinking.
- Camping chairs and coolers with food and beverage are allowed.
- Bottled water will be available for purchase.
- Bathrooms are conveniently located.
- Reentry is allowed.
- A designated smoking area will be provided away from the show viewing area.
- Smoking of any kind is not allowed in the viewing area.
- Be safe, respectful to your neighbors, and enjoy the show.
Photo by Rich Howells/NEPA Scene