Rich Howells

Both Peach Music Festival and Camp Bisco rescheduled for 2021 at Montage Mountain in Scranton

Both Peach Music Festival and Camp Bisco rescheduled for 2021 at Montage Mountain in Scranton

This rainy Monday morning, the sad news broke that both the ninth annual Peach Music Festival and the 18th annual Camp Bisco at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain and Montage Mountain Waterpark in Scranton are canceled and rescheduled for the same weekends next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The good news is that fans […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA jamgrass band Cabinet releases first new single since 2017 hiatus, ‘Silver Sun’

NEPA jamgrass band Cabinet releases first new single since 2017 hiatus, ‘Silver Sun’

When bands utter the words “indefinite hiatus,” it usually means the end of new music and live shows – and possibly the band itself. For Cabinet, however, it just meant slowing things down for a while. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass group hasn’t toured since they decided to step back at the end of 2017, but they’ve […]

 Rich Howells

Wilkes-Barre benefit concert for beloved musician Bret Alexander canceled, but surgery successful

Wilkes-Barre benefit concert for beloved musician Bret Alexander canceled, but surgery successful

Following a postponement in March, it was announced today that the massive local benefit concert “BANDing Together for Bret” for respected singer, songwriter, musician, and producer Bret Alexander has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, though there is a bright spot in this news. Organized by music journalist and Music on the Menu radio […]

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ALBUM PREMIERE: Scranton indie folk singer Patrick McGlynn embraces ‘Parallel Hearts’ in uncertain times

ALBUM PREMIERE: Scranton indie folk singer Patrick McGlynn embraces ‘Parallel Hearts’ in uncertain times

In a time when melancholy and pessimism are stronger than ever, Patrick McGlynn has chosen to release a bit of positivity into the world. Today, the indie folk singer/songwriter from Scranton is debuting his fourth solo album, “Parallel Hearts,” exclusively on NEPA Scene, a record of nostalgia, experimentation, social change, and love. “‘Parallel Hearts’ is […]

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VIDEO: Nick Coyle of Lifer and Cold performs on first ‘NEPA Live From Home’ episode

VIDEO: Nick Coyle of Lifer and Cold performs on first ‘NEPA Live From Home’ episode

Last week, the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre announced “NEPA Live From Home,” a live music series featuring regional artists performing safely from their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Performances are posted every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the Facebook and Instagram pages of both Mohegan Sun Arena and […]

 Rich Howells

Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City opens May 1 with coronavirus safety protocols

Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City opens May 1 with coronavirus safety protocols

Some people believe the concept of the drive-in theater is old and outdated, but during a pandemic that requires social distancing, there may be no better place to watch a film in public. While indoor movie theaters across the country remain closed due to COVID-19, the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City is preparing to […]

 Rich Howells

Another Day Dawns debuts in Top 40 of Mediabase Active Rock Chart as first unsigned Pennsylvania rock artists on chart

Another Day Dawns debuts in Top 40 of Mediabase Active Rock Chart as first unsigned Pennsylvania rock artists on chart

Today, Lehighton hard rock band Another Day Dawns debuted at No. 40 on the Mediabase Active Rock Chart with their single “Taste of Heaven,” a notable feat for any unsigned artist. The lead track from their new EP, “Stranger,” has over 100,000 streams on Spotify, and the music video, which was filmed in Pittston, has […]

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‘NEPA Live From Home’ series launches April 30 with Nick Coyle of Lifer and Cold, features Bret Alexander and more in lineup

‘NEPA Live From Home’ series launches April 30 with Nick Coyle of Lifer and Cold, features Bret Alexander and more in lineup

Last week, the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre announced “NEPA Live From Home,” a live music series featuring regional artists performing safely from their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Performances will be posted every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the Facebook and Instagram pages of both Mohegan Sun Arena […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Pottsville’s Crobot singer joins Anthrax, Testament, and Suicidal Tendencies members for Rush cover

VIDEO: Pottsville’s Crobot singer joins Anthrax, Testament, and Suicidal Tendencies members for Rush cover

The coronavirus pandemic has forced musicians to get creative while in quarantine, leading to some fun online collaborations that may not have happened otherwise. Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has been teaming up with some of his heavy metal friends to record videos for his YouTube channel, with everyone participating safely from home. Some of those […]

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SONG PREMIERE: New emo folk duo Twin Lakes from Milford come to terms with loss and ‘Forget’

SONG PREMIERE: New emo folk duo Twin Lakes from Milford come to terms with loss and ‘Forget’

So many great bands come out of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre that the surrounding towns and boroughs are often overlooked – or Northeastern Pennsylvania musicians just say they’re from one of those two so they don’t have to explain where their hometown is by pulling out a map. The indie folk/emo rock duo Twin Lakes, however, […]