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 Scott Kucharski

PHOTOS: Jason Isbell and Kevin Morby acoustic at F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, 12/19/19

PHOTOS: Jason Isbell and Kevin Morby acoustic at F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, 12/19/19

Americana singer/songwriter Jason Isbell returned to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Dec. 19, but this time, he left his band back home and just stripped things down to the essentials. Only his guitarist in the 400 Unit, Sadler Vaden, joined the Alabama native on stage in front of the plain blue curtain […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Inaugural Darkenheavy Campfest at Mountain Sky in Jermyn, 09/28-29/19

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Inaugural Darkenheavy Campfest at Mountain Sky in Jermyn, 09/28-29/19

Halloween came early to Mountain Sky last month when Darkenheavy Campfest took over the outdoor Jermyn music venue. Held Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29, NEPA Scene covered two of the three days of this inaugural horror-themed event that brought all types of heavy metal, punk rock, and hardcore music to two stages in […]

 Scott Kucharski

PHOTOS: Disturbed and In This Moment at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, 10/05/19

PHOTOS: Disturbed and In This Moment at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, 10/05/19

“My brothers and sisters, my blood… speak to me!” Disturbed vocalist David Draiman yelled as the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza echoed with screams on Saturday, Oct. 5. It’s been 19 years since the release of the Chicago heavy metal band’s quadruple-platinum debut album, but Wilkes-Barre proved it’s still down with “The Sickness” at […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, and The English Beat in Philadelphia, 09/22/19

PHOTOS: Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, and The English Beat in Philadelphia, 09/22/19

Rancid headlined a punk rock party with Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, The English Beat, and Angel Dust at Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday, Sept. 22. For an old school lineup this good, fans young and old didn’t mind the show moving from the Mann Center to the former Electric Factory as long as they […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS/VIDEO: The Menzingers’ ‘Hello Exile’ acoustic set at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre, 10/06/19

PHOTOS/VIDEO: The Menzingers’ ‘Hello Exile’ acoustic set at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre, 10/06/19

Celebrating the release of their sixth studio album, “Hello Exile,” Scranton punk band The Menzingers played a series of three acoustic record store shows last week – one in Brooklyn, one in their current home of Philadelphia, and the last one in the Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, Oct. 6. This marked their […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: Beautiful People, 2019 New York Comic Con Edition

PHOTOS: Beautiful People, 2019 New York Comic Con Edition

It’s that time of year again, when NEPA meets NYC. In 2018, attendance at New York Comic Con grew to over 250,000, and it appeared to be just as busy on Thursday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. As usual, I selected some of my […]

 Rich Howells

New Scranton music venue opens inside The Marketplace at Steamtown

New Scranton music venue opens inside The Marketplace at Steamtown

Since The Mall at Steamtown became The Marketplace at Steamtown in 2016, the former retail stores have been converted into everything from a fitness center to an aquarium to a wine bar to a community college campus, complete with a public market replacing the food court. A new music venue can now be added to […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Popeye Vogelsang (Farside), Jeff Caudill (Gameface), and Nick Osadche (For Ages) at The Bog in Scranton

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Popeye Vogelsang (Farside), Jeff Caudill (Gameface), and Nick Osadche (For Ages) at The Bog in Scranton

The frontmen of two influential Orange County, California post-hardcore/pop punk bands from the 1990s launched their East Coast acoustic tour at The Bog in downtown Scranton on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Popeye Vogelsang of Farside, who is now living in Peckville, and Jeff Caudill of Gameface, who flew in from California, played some songs they are […]

 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 […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: 2019 Steamtown Music Awards ceremony in Scranton (with winners list), 09/12/19

PHOTOS: 2019 Steamtown Music Awards ceremony in Scranton (with winners list), 09/12/19

The three-day Electric City Music Conference began its sixth annual weekend with the Steamtown Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 12, matching last year’s massive turnout with even more local musicians and industry professionals packing into The V-Spot in Scranton and filling the front parking lot with support and love for the exceptional music scene of […]