Music

 Jason Riedmiller

CONCERT REVIEW: Mushrooms, aliens, and simulated nudity – Flaming Lips get weird at Bethlehem’s Musikfest

CONCERT REVIEW: Mushrooms, aliens, and simulated nudity – Flaming Lips get weird at Bethlehem’s Musikfest

After set opener “The Abandoned Hospital Ship,” Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne told the crowd gathered at the Steel Stage on the official opening night, Aug. 7, of Bethlehem’s Musikfest, “We may be the only band ever to be late because we were waiting for one of our giant mushrooms to get dressed, but it’s […]

 Jess Meoni

CONCERT REVIEW: Duran Duran evolve beyond ’80s nostalgia in lively Bethlehem SteelStacks performance

CONCERT REVIEW: Duran Duran evolve beyond ’80s nostalgia in lively Bethlehem SteelStacks performance

Crawling from the depths of spandex and hairspray, one English band brought the beat back for one night at Bethlehem’s Musikfest. The crowd anticipated the intoxicating arrival of the 1980s new wavers with both nostalgia and $7 dollar wine coolers under the dewy glow of SteelStacks on Thursday, Aug. 6. A thick fog engulfed the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown announce co-headlining U.S. tour, with stop in State College on Nov. 20

Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown announce co-headlining U.S. tour, with stop in State College on Nov. 20

From a press release: Multi-platinum rock bands Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin have just unveiled details of their co-headlining U.S. tour via Bandsintown. The cross-country trek kicks off on Oct. 16 at Wichita, Kansas’ Intrust Arena and continues until the tour finale on Nov. 24 at Portland, Maine’s Cross Insurance Arena, with only one stop in […]

 Mark Uricheck

Talking bands, business, venues, and life on the road with the merch guy

Talking bands, business, venues, and life on the road with the merch guy

Full disclosure, Bob Russamano and I go back a ways. I first met Bob in 1994, when we were both incoming freshmen at King’s College. The Lehigh Valley native/current Philadelphia resident and I shared a deep love of music – something we’re still both pursuing today. As a couple of Mass Communications majors, we had […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

PHOTOS: Arts on the Square in downtown Scranton, 07/25/15

PHOTOS: Arts on the Square in downtown Scranton, 07/25/15

The third annual Arts on the Square festival was another fun and exciting success, bringing “paintings, crafts, technology, music, dance, and much more” out on a beautiful summer day on Saturday, July 25. Organized by ScrantonMade with the help of Lackawanna County and many other local partners, the free event kept Courthouse Square bustling from […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

PHOTOS: Jazz on the Wilkes-Barre River Common with David Bixler Quintet and Wyoming Seminary, 07/23/15

PHOTOS: Jazz on the Wilkes-Barre River Common with David Bixler Quintet and Wyoming Seminary, 07/23/15

The Wilkes-Barre Riverfront Parks Committee and the Wyoming Seminary’s Performing Arts Institute presented a free outdoor performance by the David Bixler Quintet on Thursday, July 23, bringing “an evening of cool jazz” to the waterfront. The River Common Amphitheater echoed with the sounds of saxophonist, composer, and educator David Bixler, who is the director of […]

 Rich Howells

Swoyersville singer/songwriter Jenn Johnson offers ‘Window’ into herself and her music

Swoyersville singer/songwriter Jenn Johnson offers ‘Window’ into herself and her music

Debut album available now online and at live shows across NEPA

When Jenn Johnson sings, people stop and listen. That’s because, despite her short statue, she’s a powerhouse vocalist who has been quieting rooms “since birth,” in her own words. “I started singing basically when I started talking, maybe before that without words. And I started piano when I was 7,” Johnson told NEPA Scene. “I […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Blues powerhouse Matt Andersen performs at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 14

Blues powerhouse Matt Andersen performs at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 14

From a press release: Blues singer/songwriter Matt Andersen will bring his soulful voice to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Aug. 14th at 8 p.m. as a part of the Live from the Chandelier Lobby Series, presented by Grotto Pizza. Tickets, which are $20 in advance or $25 the […]

 Rich Howells

STREAMING: A Fire With Friends is back with new song, ‘Keystone,’ new Facebook page, and upcoming EP

STREAMING: A Fire With Friends is back with new song, ‘Keystone,’ new Facebook page, and upcoming EP

One of the most intriguing and eclectic bands to ever come out of Northeastern Pennsylvania, A Fire With Friends, has played sporadic shows within the last year, but the Scranton indie rock group has been relatively quiet for over a year now. As it turns out, they’ve been busy behind the scenes recording a new […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

REO Speedwagon ‘Take It on the Run’ to Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 23

REO Speedwagon ‘Take It on the Run’ to Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 23

From a press release: Classic rock icons REO Speedwagon will roll into the Keystone Grand Ballroom at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m., bringing their hits with them, including “Keep on Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Take It on the Run” and many more. Tickets for […]