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 Rich Howells

‘Shirts for the Scene’ online store helps NEPA musicians affected by pandemic

‘Shirts for the Scene’ online store helps NEPA musicians affected by pandemic

This year has been difficult for everyone, but those in the arts and entertainment industry have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic. For musicians, live streams are great, but they cannot replace concerts in front of a live audience, whether they’re trying to make a living or playing purely for the love of […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Alt 92.1 host Johnny Popko launches own podcast, The Popko Project, about local music and more

EXCLUSIVE: Alt 92.1 host Johnny Popko launches own podcast, The Popko Project, about local music and more

When Scranton alternative rock radio station Alt 92.1 suddenly disappeared from the airwaves last month, many listeners were shocked and disappointed, but none more so than Johnny Popko, the host of Alt-Natives on Alt 92.1 and one of the most recognizable personalities in Northeastern Pennsylvania media. In nearly 17 years, Popko has been employed by […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton emo rock band The Maguas tell the glum but hopeful truth in ‘One of Us Is Lying’

Scranton emo rock band The Maguas tell the glum but hopeful truth in ‘One of Us Is Lying’

The Maguas may not have had the year that they were looking forward to, but they certainly have the perfect record for these sad and self-reflective times. The Scranton emo rock band released “One of Us Is Lying” on Nov. 20 and it already has over 200,000 streams on Spotify, which speaks to their rapidly […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Philadelphia DJ Shizz Lo plays Black Friday show at Stage West in Scranton on Nov. 27

Philadelphia DJ Shizz Lo plays Black Friday show at Stage West in Scranton on Nov. 27

From a press release: Those who are looking to get away from the holiday hustle and bustle this week can listen to Philadelphia DJ and producer Shizz Lo live on Black Friday, Nov. 27 at the recently reopened Stage West in Scranton. Doors at Stage West (301 N. Main Ave., Scranton) open at 6 p.m., […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Clarence Spady pays tribute to Scranton roots with new ‘Electric City Band’ branding

Clarence Spady pays tribute to Scranton roots with new ‘Electric City Band’ branding

From a press release: Clarence Spady has long represented his hometown of Scranton as an acclaimed, internationally renowned blues musician. His recent signing to Nola Blue Records and plans for a new album in 2021 show a renewed focus on his musical legacy as an ambassador of Scranton. At the same time, Scranton has been […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Independent music venues form new foundation led by Pennsylvania owner as federal relief stalls

Independent music venues form new foundation led by Pennsylvania owner as federal relief stalls

From a press release: As its nearly 3,000 members anxiously await the passage of the Save Our Stages Act in Congress, the National Independent Venue Association has announced the formation of the National Independent Venue Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to partner and fundraise through individual, corporate, and foundation donations to expand upon […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Take ‘The Ride’ with Pa. hard rock trio Small Town Titans and their new album of heavy hitters

Take ‘The Ride’ with Pa. hard rock trio Small Town Titans and their new album of heavy hitters

From a press release: Small Town Titans put the power in power trio, making a strong name for themselves across Pennsylvania and beyond with their heavy rock ‘n’ roll takes on well-known songs in addition to their killer live shows. Today, the band is hitting the scene with a new full-length album of their own […]

 Rich Howells

Live Nation plans for concerts to return ‘at scale’ by summer of 2021

Live Nation plans for concerts to return ‘at scale’ by summer of 2021

Despite a steep 95 percent drop in revenue this summer, Live Nation is optimistic that concerts will return “at scale” next year. On Nov. 5, Live Nation Entertainment reported $184 million in total revenue from July through September, as compared to $3.7 billion in the third quarter of 2019. The second quarter saw a 98 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Ticketmaster plans safe return to live events with new SmartEvent technology

Ticketmaster plans safe return to live events with new SmartEvent technology

From a press release: Ticketmaster, the largest ticket distribution company in the United States, recently announced the development of SmartEvent, a new suite of technology tools that gives event organizers the ability to adapt protocols to meet evolving needs of capacity, distancing, and other logistics throughout the reopening journey for concerts, sports, comedy shows, and […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton music venue Stage West reopens, hosting alt rock trio The Boastfuls on Nov. 14

Scranton music venue Stage West reopens, hosting alt rock trio The Boastfuls on Nov. 14

After hosting outdoor concerts miles away throughout the summer, Scranton music venue Stage West will once again open its doors for indoor dining, drinks, and music starting this Thursday, Nov. 12. Scranton-based alternative rock band The Boastfuls will play its first scheduled show on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. With social distancing and CDC […]

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