Music

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene Open Mic Night, 12/23/14

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene Open Mic Night, 12/23/14

The NEPA Scene Open Mic Night at the The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, Dec. 23 attracted the largest turnout for the weekly event yet, featuring 20 performers that kept the night moving. Regular musicians Your Pal Frank and Fiddy Shades were joined by Cee Rock, Rich Janov, Russell Austin, Glen Hoffman, Dave The […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Graces Downfall – ‘Letter to Lainey’

Scranton’s “alternative rock band with a twist of heavy metal,” Graces Downfall, recently released an official music video for “Letter to Lainey,” a hard-hitting tribute to vocalist Kenneth Norton’s daughter. The track comes from the band’s latest album, “Change. Adjust. Continue.,” which was given 5 out of 5 keystones by NEPA Scene music reviewer Mark […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Dirk Quinn Band will improvise funky New Year concert at Hawley Silk Mill

The Dirk Quinn Band will improvise funky New Year concert at Hawley Silk Mill

From a press release: On Saturday, Jan. 3rd at 8 p.m., Harmony Presents will showcase a jazz, funk, and improvisation group, the Dirk Quinn Band, in Hawley. “Fleet-fingered Philadelphia-based guitarist Dirk Quinn could easily be mistaken for the son of legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck. However, Dirk’s fiery electric work is firmly rooted in jazz […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Watch an hour of musical performances from Holiday on the Square in Scranton

Holiday on the Square and Christmas may be over for another year, but the memories are captured in photos and videos to remember every year after. Chris Balton Production & Design Group attended the second annual outdoor holiday marketplace with over 50 vendors and artists on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton on Saturday, Dec. 6 […]

 Mark Uricheck

Wilkes-Barre’s Down to Six take the plunge with debut album ‘Atlantic’

Wilkes-Barre’s Down to Six take the plunge with debut album ‘Atlantic’

New lineup set to release record on Dec. 27 at The Other Side

Mixing the atmospheric, sonic vitality of Taking Back Sunday and The Used, with a light-touch, straight-outta-1995 Matthew Sweet sentimentality and proto-punk inner child, Wilkes-Barre’s Down to Six kick out their jams with dynamics out the wazoo and more hooks than a professional angler’s convention. In short, this is a band never lacking in excitement or […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEOS: The Push perform ‘On Edge’ and ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

Jimmy Reynolds and Tim McDermott made a triumphant return as The Push at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant on Saturday, Dec. 13, so NEPA Scene was there to grab photos and two videos from the event. With an introduction by bar owner Tom “T” Tell, The Push – featuring Bryan Brophy of An […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: The Push, An Autumn Sunrise, Jimmy and Vitz, and Polly Anna, 12/13/14

PHOTOS: The Push, An Autumn Sunrise, Jimmy and Vitz, and Polly Anna, 12/13/14

The Push, the satirical Scranton rock duo made up of Jimmy Reynolds and Tim McDermott, hadn’t made a live appearance in over a year despite being as funny as they are musically talented, so what better time to gift Northeastern Pennsylvania with their presence than Christmas time? In conjunction with the venue’s two-year anniversary, the […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Wyoming Valley West Holiday Band Concert, 12/14/14

PHOTOS: Wyoming Valley West Holiday Band Concert, 12/14/14

Wyoming Valley West Senior High School in Plymouth held its annual Holiday Band Concert on Sunday, Dec. 14, so with it being Christmas Eve, NEPA Scene photographer Tammy Heid felt it was the perfect time to share some photos from the event. Under the direction of Andrew Kolojejchick, the band performed “Carol of the Bells,” […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Billy Joel’s backup, Wade Preston, performs after Christmas in Hawley

Billy Joel’s backup, Wade Preston, performs after Christmas in Hawley

From a press release: On Saturday, Dec. 27, Wade Preston, Billy Joel’s backup, returns for two shows in one night at Harmony Presents in the underground theater of the Hawley Silk Mill. It’s not often a man can sit in front of a piano and command full attention. Wade Preston’s dexterity alone is enough to […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene Open Mic Night, 12/16/14

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene Open Mic Night, 12/16/14

After a few weeks off, the NEPA Scene Open Mic Night returned to the The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, Dec. 16, featuring the most diverse lineup of talents yet. Your Pal Frank and Fiddy Shades provided songs on acoustic guitar, while three poets new to this open mic, The Carlton, Gabbie, and Amy, […]