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 Rich Howells

Pennsylvania Blues Festival brings Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed, and 15 other acts to Split Rock Resort on July 24-26

Pennsylvania Blues Festival brings Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed, and 15 other acts to Split Rock Resort on July 24-26

From a press release: The Pennsylvania Blues Festival will showcase a weekend of world-class music featuring 17 national and international acts from throughout the United States and Canada over the weekend of July 24-26 at Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony. Headlining Saturday, July 25 is the “Queen of the Blues,” superstar Shemekia Copeland, and […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEOS: Roy Williams and the Human Hands perform studio sessions at Windmill Agency in Lake Ariel

Known locally for bands like And The Moneynotes, The Minor White, and most recently Heavy Blonde, Scranton musician Roy Williams has been living in New York City playing in various groups and just released his solo album of original compositions, “Throwing Punches,” in February. Another project of his, Roy Williams and the Human Hands, also […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Breaking Benjamin scores their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with ‘Dark Before Dawn’

Breaking Benjamin scores their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with ‘Dark Before Dawn’

Breaking Benjamin‘s new hit single may be called “Failure,” but the band is celebrating their biggest success yet. Billboard posted today that the Wilkes-Barre rock group’s first studio album in six years has hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making last week their best sales week to date. “Dark Before Dawn” sold 141,000 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Wonder Years announce 5th album ‘No Closer to Heaven,’ release ‘Cardinals’ music video

The Wonder Years announce 5th album ‘No Closer to Heaven,’ release ‘Cardinals’ music video

From a press release: Philadelphia pop punk band The Wonder Years just announced that their highly anticipated fifth studio album, “No Closer to Heaven,” which will be released Sept. 4 via Hopeless Records. A brand new song called “Cardinals” is now streaming online, along with a heartbreaking music video: The 13-track album, recorded and produced […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Finals Showcase at Thirst T’s in Olyphant, 06/23/15

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Finals Showcase at Thirst T’s in Olyphant, 06/23/15

It was a night of firsts. It was a night of surprises. But it was also a night that unequivocally confirmed what we already knew – Northeastern Pennsylvania has talent, and plenty of it. On Tuesday, June 23, the first-ever NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Finals Showcase packed over 130 people into Thirst T’s Bar & […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt return to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre for acoustic performance on Oct. 9

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt return to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre for acoustic performance on Oct. 9

From a press release: The F.M. Kirby Center and Dan Smalls Presents have announced that Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will return to the Kirby stage in Wilkes-Barre with an acoustic performance on Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets, which are $42, $52, and $62, plus fees, are on sale now and available at […]

 Mark Uricheck

None heavier – or friendlier – than ‘Riff Lord’ Kirk Windstein and Crowbar

None heavier – or friendlier – than ‘Riff Lord’ Kirk Windstein and Crowbar

Heavy metal groundbreakers bring 'Doom' to Philadelphia and Brooklyn June 28-29

here’s often an interesting, unexpected turn of events when you interview a band while they’re out touring. Kirk Windstein from Crowbar was one such example. While the phone call NEPA Scene had set with him to coincide pre-show for the band’s recent gig in Minneapolis was confirmed several days in advance, the hectic pace of […]

 Rich Howells

‘No Cover, No Excuses!’ showcases varied acoustic musicians on July 3 in Clarks Summit

‘No Cover, No Excuses!’ showcases varied acoustic musicians on July 3 in Clarks Summit

Clarks Summit guitarist Jason Vo, one of the weekly audience vote winners at NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, is organizing a new acoustic music showcase at Duffy’s Coffee House that shows just how broad the word “acoustic” can be. “No Cover, No Excuses!” will run from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, July 3, featuring eight local […]

 Michelle Beck

PHOTOS: Fuzz Fest 2015 with Walk the Moon, Bleachers, Matt and Kim, and more, 06/21/15

PHOTOS: Fuzz Fest 2015 with Walk the Moon, Bleachers, Matt and Kim, and more, 06/21/15

Local alternative music fans were treated to Fuzz Fest’s biggest lineup yet when Walk the Moon, Bleachers, Matt and Kim, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Mowgli’s, and The Griswolds rocked The Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Sunday, June 21. Hosted by Scranton radio station Fuzz 92.1, the third annual Fuzz Fest was made up […]

 Bill Thomas

Yardstock III serves as a free ‘mecca for local music’ this weekend in Shickshinny

Yardstock III serves as a free ‘mecca for local music’ this weekend in Shickshinny

Third annual indie festival is truly 'all about the music'

52 bands. Two stages. Two days. Zero dollars. What kind of math is that? “I just really like being able to make an impact on the local music scene,” Chris Castillo says, matter-of-factly. Castillo founded and helps organize the annual Yardstock music fest on his own property at 740 Ridge Road in Shickshinny. Presented by […]