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New live music series debuts on neighborhood porches in Scranton’s Hill Section on April 17

New live music series debuts on neighborhood porches in Scranton’s Hill Section on April 17
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Scranton PorchFest debuted last month, transforming about 78 homes and businesses into colorful “floats” in lieu of the St. Patrick’s Parade, which was postponed due to COVID-19.

One popular feature of this first-time event was musicians performing on various porches that attracted neighbors and socially distanced crowds who truly missed seeing live music over the past year. ScrantonMade is continuing that idea with “Live Music in the Hill,” a new series of free outdoor shows in the historic Hill Section that begins on Saturday, April 17.

“This is a community-run event and donation-based. All donations go right to the musicians,” ScrantonMade owner Cristin Powers said.

“I hope to host every third Saturday of each month if it’s successful and weather permitting. This is a great way to meet your neighbors, support the arts in your local community, and overall add to the quality of life here.”

The first round of neighborhood shows will start at noon near Crotti’s on Ash and later end at the cocktail and martini bar with a set at 5 p.m. The music will be easy on the ears and family friendly, so all ages are welcome to listen. Donations will be accepted at each porch and via PayPal.

“Please socially distance yourself from neighbors not within your own group,” Powers added.

Live Music in the Hill schedule
Saturday, April 17

Noon: Erin Malloy & Friends (1425 Ash St.)
1:15 p.m.: Jacob Cole Trio (844 Taylor Ave.)
2:30 p.m.: The Bog Swing Group (724 N. Irving Ave.)
3:45 p.m.: Dave Brown of The Dishonest Fiddlers (941 N. Irving Ave.)
5 p.m.: Luke Tinklepaugh (Crotti’s on Ash – 1431 Ash St.)

ScrantonMade sells locally-themed products like apparel, mugs, pillows, and more while organizing annual events highlighting artists, creatives, and small business owners like Arts on the Square, the Lackawanna Arts Festival, and the ScrantonMade Holiday Market.

Watch NEPA Scene’s live streams of Scranton PorchFest performances by the Electric Hands Swing Orchestra and Dave Brown and Shawn Caden of The Dishonest Fiddlers below:

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Photo of The Dishonest Fiddlers by Rich Howells/NEPA Scene