Music

 Rich Howells

Behind the scenes of the cover shoot for MiZ’s new album, ‘Parking Meters’

Behind the scenes of the cover shoot for MiZ’s new album, ‘Parking Meters’

Photographer Keith Perks shoots and designs promos on compressed schedule in downtown Scranton

When a new album hits stores and a musician begins the publicity cycle, there is so much focus on the finished product that few are privy to all the previous preparation behind the scenes. From the album cover to the promotional photos, every image must represent the artist and set the stage for the performances […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Doug’s Myth with K.K. Gordon and Brian Fanelli at Synaesthesia Social, 12/14/14

PHOTOS: Doug’s Myth with K.K. Gordon and Brian Fanelli at Synaesthesia Social, 12/14/14

Every few months, Synaesthesia Social has a jazz and poetry night, blending these arts together as the Beat poets once did with its own unique spin. On Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton, Doug’s Myth – made up of Doug Smith on the upright bass, Chelsea Smarr on the harp, Nick […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton singer/songwriter Tom Graham set to release 5th record, ‘Underneath a Rusting Roof,’ on Feb. 10

Scranton singer/songwriter Tom Graham set to release 5th record, ‘Underneath a Rusting Roof,’ on Feb. 10

Tour dates announced in support of his first new album in 7 years

From a press release: Singer/songwriter Tom Graham returns to the recorded realm with “Underneath a Rusting Roof,” his first album of new material in almost seven years. It is set for release on Tuesday, Feb. 10. For the better part of two decades, Graham has traveled the country, playing to crowds of all shapes and […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene Open Mic Night, 12/30/14

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene Open Mic Night, 12/30/14

For the first time ever at the NEPA Scene Open Mic Night, a poet won the audience vote with a dramatic and hilarious performance at The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Kyle Rebar blew the audience away with his memorized spoken word pieces, and poets Ali Pica and The Carlton read original […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Fife & Drom, Joe Dierolf, and Robb Brown, 12/27/14

PHOTOS: Fife & Drom, Joe Dierolf, and Robb Brown, 12/27/14

NEPA music blog Highway 81 Revisited hosted an after-Christmas concert dubbed “Miracle on 667 River Street” on Saturday, Dec. 27 at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, featuring Brooklyn Americana group King Radio, Scranton rockers Heavy Blonde, and New York blues band Fife & Drom. The show also included a dinner of unique dishes […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

One-man band Matt Lorenz takes the Suitcase Junket to Hawley

One-man band Matt Lorenz takes the Suitcase Junket to Hawley

From a press release: Harmony Presents welcomes the throat-singing, slide-guitar playing one-man band Matt Lorenz as the Suitcase Junket, with his pile of homemade junk drums, to Hawley on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill (8 Silk Mill Dr., Hawley). “No loops or special effects. The […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Powerhouse blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland added to Kirby Center’s ‘Chandelier Lobby’ series

Powerhouse blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland added to Kirby Center’s ‘Chandelier Lobby’ series

From a press release: It was announced today that blues vocal powerhouse Shemekia Copeland will visit the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. as part of the “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series. Tickets, which are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show, […]

 Rich Cicci

CONCERT REVIEW: HIM dig into the ‘Love Metal Archives’ and come up with gold

CONCERT REVIEW: HIM dig into the ‘Love Metal Archives’ and come up with gold

The ultimate display of one’s fandom to any musician is to attend a live performance. It is at that point, while in an ocean of people, one can feel a connection to the artist on stage. Unfortunately, some concerts do not always live up to the hype. Shoddy vocals, a half-assed stage presence, and an […]

 Michelle Beck

PHOTOS: Down to Six CD release show with Eye on Attraction, Silhouette Lies, and Family Animals, 12/27/14

PHOTOS: Down to Six CD release show with Eye on Attraction, Silhouette Lies, and Family Animals, 12/27/14

After premiering “Oceans” and the title track exclusively on NEPA Scene, Down to Six celebrated the release of their new album, “Atlantic,” on Saturday, Dec. 27 at The Other Side in Wilkes-Barre. “This record is the first time we really thought about putting something together that’s cohesive,” vocalist/guitarist John Novak told NEPA Scene in an […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Idol Kings pay tribute to Journey, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp at the Scranton Cultural Center

The Idol Kings pay tribute to Journey, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp at the Scranton Cultural Center

From a press release: The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will present The Idol Kings, a tribute band that performs the music of Journey, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp, on Saturday, Jan. 17 in the Grand Ballroom. Three times the excitement, three times the entertainment and three times the drawing power of a […]