Rich Howells

NEPA jamgrass band Cabinet will reunite for New Year’s Eve show near Harrisburg on Dec. 31

NEPA jamgrass band Cabinet will reunite for New Year’s Eve show near Harrisburg on Dec. 31

While the Peach Music Festival in Scranton was billed as Cabinet’s only show of 2018, the popular Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass band has announced that they’ll squeeze one more concert in just before the end of the year on New Year’s Eve. Cabinet will headline a “New Year’s Eve Extravaganza” on Monday, Dec. 31 at the Clarion […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: 2018 Steamtown Music Awards ceremony in Scranton (with winners list), 09/13/18

PHOTOS: 2018 Steamtown Music Awards ceremony in Scranton (with winners list), 09/13/18

The fifth annual Electric City Music Conference began on Thursday, Sept. 13 with the biggest turnout for the Steamtown Music Awards yet, packing The V-Spot in Scranton and flooding its entire front parking lot with local musicians and their supporters that felt like both a family reunion and a massive party for music lovers of […]

 Rich Howells

Experience ‘Rocky Horror’ with a live shadow cast at Scranton Cultural Center on Nov. 3

Experience ‘Rocky Horror’ with a live shadow cast at Scranton Cultural Center on Nov. 3

It may be a few days after Halloween, but there’s never a bad time to watch “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a rowdy crowd, especially with a live shadow cast to reenact the debauchery shown on screen. Sweet Translucent Dreams, known for their reoccurring shows in Bethlehem and Emmaus, will return to Scranton for […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO INTERVIEW: King of Kings Gyros in Wilkes-Barre on National Gyro Day and small business ownership

VIDEO INTERVIEW: King of Kings Gyros in Wilkes-Barre on National Gyro Day and small business ownership

Before recording the latest episode of the NEPA Scene Podcast at Coal Creative’s studio in Wilkes-Barre, we sat down for a little bonus interview with Eric Negron, owner of King of Kings Gyros on Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre because, honestly, how often do we get to talk to royalty? Gearing up for National Gyro […]

 Rich Howells

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Lifer reunion in Wilkes-Barre brings back memories and underrated music

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Lifer reunion in Wilkes-Barre brings back memories and underrated music

For an hour and a half on Friday, Aug. 24, three former bandmates, a guest bassist, and a capacity crowd at Bart & Urby’s in Wilkes-Barre stepped back in time nearly 20 years to relive the era of nu metal and a special time in the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene when bars and clubs were […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch, and Bad Wolves at Montage Mountain in Scranton, 08/17/18

PHOTOS: Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch, and Bad Wolves at Montage Mountain in Scranton, 08/17/18

Supporting their new album “Ember,” Northeastern Pennsylvania’s biggest band, Breaking Benjamin, returned home to perform at the area’s biggest music venue, The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, on Friday, Aug. 17 with multi-platinum metal band Five Finger Death Punch and up-and-coming heavy metal group Bad Wolves. Proving, in their own words, that “rock is […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Lackawanna Arts Festival in Scranton with James Brown Dance Party, Rogue Chimp, and more, 08/04/18

PHOTOS: Lackawanna Arts Festival in Scranton with James Brown Dance Party, Rogue Chimp, and more, 08/04/18

On Saturday, Aug. 4, the area’s largest arts festival, Arts on the Square, returned to Lackawanna County Courthouse Square for the sixth year with a new name during a new weekend of events centered in downtown Scranton. Now called the Lackawanna Arts Festival, the free outdoor event created by ScrantonMade and Lackawanna County moved from […]

 Rich Howells

Following Peach Fest debut, Gatos Blancos return to River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Aug. 25

Following Peach Fest debut, Gatos Blancos return to River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Aug. 25

Following their well-received first performance at the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Gatos Blancos will return to the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Saturday, Aug. 25. The group, who made their hometown area debut at the Jazz Cafe last year, features members of popular Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass band Cabinet (who recently reunited for their […]

 Rich Howells

New Furnace Jam features varied rock acts outdoors at Scranton Iron Furnaces on Sept. 22

New Furnace Jam features varied rock acts outdoors at Scranton Iron Furnaces on Sept. 22

After the success of the Alt 92.1 Furnace Frenzy with the Dirty Heads last month, local concert production company DamnMillennial! Promotions has announced another outdoor concert at the Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown Scranton on the first day of fall. Set for Saturday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m., the Furnace Jam will feature a variety […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Jordan Ramirez & The Tribe and Doghouse Charlie at River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, 08/04/18

PHOTOS: Jordan Ramirez & The Tribe and Doghouse Charlie at River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, 08/04/18

A week after NEPA Scene premiered three trippy music videos that gave local music fans an early listen to the band, Jordan Ramirez & the Tribe made their headlining debut at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Saturday, Aug. 4 with their friends Doghouse Charlie. Known for his soulful voice and funky guitar […]

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