Ken Jones

Emotional, introspective instrumentation – the return of the Russello Project

Emotional, introspective instrumentation – the return of the Russello Project

A few years ago, I was lucky to have seen what I consider one of the greatest musical nights I’ve ever experienced. It was in the humble former venue of Diane’s Deli in Pittston, and it included a few bands that featured phenomenal guitarists. Two of those bands were the Phyllis Hopkins Trio and the […]

 Ken Jones

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Metal warriors Canedy blow away blues fest with heavy debut

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Metal warriors Canedy blow away blues fest with heavy debut

So here I am, a passenger in the car of one of the area’s preeminent hard rock guitarists, Charlie Russello, driving to Binghamton, New York on Sunday, Sept. 8 for the 18th annual Blues on the Bridge, thinking about and jamming to nothing but metal. This isn’t so odd for two guys our age who […]

 Ken Jones

VIDEO: Talking comic books and superhero movies/TV shows with Comics on the Green in Scranton

Founded in 1992, Comics on the Green is not only the most successful comic book shop in Scranton, but in all of Northeastern Pennsylvania, so who better to talk all things geek with than owner and lifelong comic fan Dave Romeo? In this video interview, we discuss how the shop has remained a thriving business […]

 Ken Jones

CONCERT REVIEW: Megadeth continues to define thrash legacy in Bethlehem spectacle

CONCERT REVIEW: Megadeth continues to define thrash legacy in Bethlehem spectacle

I’ve just gotten into position. I don’t even have my cameras out and set up around my neck comfortably when the piped-in music and spoken lyrics of Megadeth’s “Prince of Darkness” cause the crowd to erupt into a deafening roar. The arena lights of the Sands Bethlehem Event Center begin to dim on Saturday, March […]

 Ken Jones

VIDEO/REVIEW: Psycho Nurse delivers deadly dose of theatrical and thought-provoking punk

As the show is nearing its end, while the wife and I are documenting it for the band through both video and photos, it dawns on me that I’m still not fully sure what I just saw. Psycho Nurse is ripping into “The Time Warp,” the classic hit from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and […]

 Ken Jones

CONCERT REVIEW: Delirium and Charlotte the Harlot tore up River Street like classic metal maniacs

CONCERT REVIEW: Delirium and Charlotte the Harlot tore up River Street like classic metal maniacs

When you go out to see Delirium, you know you’re in for a neck-breaking night of head banging from a group of Scranton guys devoted to capturing the best of the biggest icons in thrash metal history, Megadeth and Metallica. This is, by far, no easy feat. The level of musicianship that is needed to […]

 Ken Jones

PHOTOS: NEPA Cannabis Rally at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, 04/19/15

PHOTOS: NEPA Cannabis Rally at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, 04/19/15

The NEPA Cannabis Rally, held just before 4/20 on April 19, gathered speakers, activists, musicians, artists, and supporters together at Nay Aug Park in Scranton to discuss cannabis legalization and decriminalization across the United States, but particularly in Pennsylvania, where medical marijuana legislation is currently being debated. Learn more about the rally in Episode 22 […]

 Ken Jones

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Scranton rapper CrimZn talks local hip-hop, a new album, and upcoming shows

It may seem unusual that Scranton rapper Joey “CrimZn” Cipriano would be hanging out with local metal band Slapjaw in their practice space in the Green Ridge section of the city, but after talking with CrimZn as he jammed with them, it was clear that he’s all about bringing the local music scene together, genres […]

 Ken Jones

PHOTOS: The Idol Kings at the Scranton Cultural Center, 01/17/15

PHOTOS: The Idol Kings at the Scranton Cultural Center, 01/17/15

The Idol Kings may be from Northeastern Pennsylvania, but they rarely have the opportunity to play at home with so many shows on the road. That changed on Saturday, Jan. 17 when they made their debut at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, performing the songs of Journey, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp […]

 Ken Jones

VIDEO: The Idol Kings discuss upcoming tribute show at the Scranton Cultural Center

Northeastern Pennsylvania tribute act The Idol Kings perform the music of Journey, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp across the country, but this Saturday, Jan. 17, they’ll be playing right at home at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. The majority of the band’s gigs are out of the area, so NEPA Scene sat […]