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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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PHOTOS: NEPA Scene comedy night with Thomas the Red and friends at Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre, 07/28/18

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene comedy night with Thomas the Red and friends at Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre, 07/28/18

Thomas the Red, the world’s only stand-up comedy viking, conquered Season 6 of the NEPA Scene Rising Talent open mic and talent contest at The V-Spot in Scranton by coming in first place in the Finals Showcase on Tuesday, June 26, so as part of the grand prize, he headlined a night of comedy and […]

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Scranton alternative rock band Permanence opens up personal ‘Wound’ on new EP

Scranton alternative rock band Permanence opens up personal ‘Wound’ on new EP

Making their debut last year with the well-received “Northeast” EP, Scranton’s Permanence is back with five more songs in 2018, along with the drive to continue producing alternative rock in a distinctly Northeastern Pennsylvania style. Embraced by the local music scene almost immediately in their first year as a band, one is hard-pressed to not […]

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Montage Mountain Moosic Festival canceled before its debut at Scranton water park

Montage Mountain Moosic Festival canceled before its debut at Scranton water park

Following Camp Bisco and the Peach Music Festival in July, Montage Mountain Waterpark was gearing up to host the brand new, smaller-scale Montage Mountain Moosic Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18 but quietly canceled the all-ages event before its debut. Set to feature live music by three renowned tribute acts – Start Making Sense (Talking Heads), […]

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Tigers Jaw moves hometown 10th anniversary show to Ritz Theater in Scranton on Oct. 19

Tigers Jaw moves hometown 10th anniversary show to Ritz Theater in Scranton on Oct. 19

First announced back in June, indie rock band Tigers Jaw is still ending their fall tour back in their hometown of Scranton, but the venue changed this week to a theater just a few miles away. Initially coming to Montage Mountain Resorts, Tigers Jaw will now be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakout self-titled […]