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EXCLUSIVE: Steamtown Music Awards announces 2022 performers for Scranton ceremony

EXCLUSIVE: Steamtown Music Awards announces 2022 performers for Scranton ceremony
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The Steamtown Music Awards will return to The V-Spot in Scranton on Thursday, Sept. 15, and today the organizers of the Electric City Music Conference are announcing the artists that will perform at the event exclusively on NEPA Scene.

This year, the award ceremony will feature live performances by The Human Beings, Sweetnest, Bullied by the Elderly, Mercy Gang, Joe Burke & Co., Sleeplore, and Canedy.

The official DJ of the SMAs, DJ Hersh, will be in the mix all night, and a special afterparty set will be played by stop.drop.rewind from Valparaiso, Indiana to allow all local musicians to celebrate and network while enjoying a set of fun party music at The V-Spot (906 Providence Rd., Scranton).

Nominations for awards will close on Wednesday, Aug. 31, and online voting for the select award categories that allow public voting will run from Thursday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 12.

Nominations are being accepted in 35 categories this year: Best New Artist, Acoustic/Solo, Blues/Funk, Country, Cover Band/Tribute Act, DJ/Electronic/EDM, Duo/Trio, Folk/Americana/Bluegrass/Jam, Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B, Jazz/Funk/Reggae, Metal, Pop/Top 40 (Original Music), Punk/Hardcore, Indie Rock/Pop Punk/Emo, Rock/Alternative, Female Vocalist, Male Vocalist, Guitarist, Bassist, Drummer, Auxiliary Musician, Song of the Year, Album/EP of the Year, Video of the Year, Recording Studio, Producer/Recording Engineer, Music Publication/Blog, Podcast/Vlog/YouTube Channel, Local Radio Station, Music Journalist/Reviewer/Writer, Radio Personality/Podcaster/Internet Radio Personality, Music/Concert Photographer, Live Performer, Videographer/Video Producer, and Best Place to See a Concert/Show.

It was announced last month that the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Awards will honor legendary Scranton roots rock band Old Friends and Tom LeFevre, the owner and operator of Stroudsburg record store Main Street Jukebox.

This popular event kicks off the ninth annual Electric City Music Conference that continues on Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18 in various venues throughout the Scranton area, including Backyard Ale House, The Bog, Noir Dark Spirits, Peculiar Kitchen, Classics Bar and Grill, Moon Tavern, Circle Drive-In, and The V-Spot.

For the first time, the conference will partner with the new NEPA Fair at the Circle Drive-In to host talent and speaking events.

Over three days, the Electric City Music Conference typically features performances by over 150 bands from across the country throughout different venues, the Steamtown Music Awards ceremony with many awards and special performances of its own, and free panel discussions and mentoring sessions for local musicians, professionals, and music fans.

As the largest event of its kind in Northeastern Pennsylvania, this celebration of the diverse local music scene is much more than a music festival, bringing hundreds of artists and music industry professionals together annually to meet and network while recognizing and showcasing established and up-and-coming musicians.

Nominees and presenters get in free. Tickets for guests, which are $10, are on sale now at

Electric City Music Conference 2022 timeline

Friday, April 22: Applications to perform open

Tuesday, April 26: Nominations for the Steamtown Music Awards open

Friday, Aug. 26: Applications to perform close

Wednesday, Aug. 31: Nominations for the Steamtown Music Awards close

Thursday, Sept. 1: Online voting for the Steamtown Music Awards opens

Monday, Sept. 12: Online voting for the Steamtown Music Awards closes

Thursday, Sept. 15: Steamtown Music Awards ceremony

Friday, Sept. 16-Sunday, Sept. 18: Electric City Music Conference

Photo of Bullied by the Elderly by Rich Howells/NEPA Scene