Music

 Rich Howells

NEPA country artists play live at Garth Brooks tailgate show at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on June 27

NEPA country artists play live at Garth Brooks tailgate show at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on June 27

Last week, country music icon Garth Brooks announced a special concert event showing at over 300 drive-in theaters across North America, including several in Northeastern Pennsylvania. For those who are disappointed that Brooks won’t be performing in person, the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City is making its event even more special with live music […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA music venues join National Indie Venue Association to save industry and request funding

NEPA music venues join National Indie Venue Association to save industry and request funding

From a press release: Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, the National Independent Venue Association now has nearly 2,000 members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including venues like Stage West in Scranton and State College, the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, and ArtsQuest’s Musikfest Cafe and […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton music venue The Place relocating in Marketplace at Steamtown as Geisinger builds wellness center

Scranton music venue The Place relocating in Marketplace at Steamtown as Geisinger builds wellness center

A music venue that opened inside The Marketplace at Steamtown last fall will already have to move as Geisinger takes over former storefronts to build a musculoskeletal wellness center in downtown Scranton. Geisinger’s $20.9 million project was announced in October and will fill the two-floor space left by the Bon-Ton when it closed in 2015, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Stage West in Scranton reopens with first indoor show by pop rockers Nowhere Slow on June 27

Stage West in Scranton reopens with first indoor show by pop rockers Nowhere Slow on June 27

This week, Scranton music venue Stage West announced its first indoor show since Parade Day on March 14. The coronavirus pandemic has kept the place closed to the public for about three months, though owner Steve Masterson has managed to stay in business by offering an expanded menu of takeout food, a beer home delivery […]

 Rich Howells

Ex-Breaking Benjamin guitarist Aaron Fink auctions off ‘Diary of Jane’ guitar to benefit Bret Alexander

Ex-Breaking Benjamin guitarist Aaron Fink auctions off ‘Diary of Jane’ guitar to benefit Bret Alexander

The massive local benefit concert for Bret Alexander of The Badlees and Gentleman East was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the artists involved have been finding other ways to raise money for the respected singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. Aaron Fink, a solo artist who is best known as the founding guitarist of […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre horror punks Cut Up Naked Teenagers clown around with the ‘Monster Squad’

In the fall, Wilkes-Barre horror punk band Cut Up Naked Teenagers were riding high on the release of their debut album, “Gray Matter Splatter,” with killer shows, creative music videos, a glowing review in HorrorHound magazine, and radio play in several states and even South America. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and it all came […]

 Rich Howells

Hazleton folk punk Tedd Hazard declares ‘Marshall Law’ and releases George Floyd protest EP

Hazleton folk punk Tedd Hazard declares ‘Marshall Law’ and releases George Floyd protest EP

With protests against racial injustice, riots tearing cities apart, eroding trust in law enforcement and government, an ongoing global pandemic, a shutdown causing businesses to collapse while unemployment rises, and political division at an all-time high, there may be no better time for some punk rock music. Just two months after releasing the strangely prophetic […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: ‘Hunger Strike’ covered by Cold, Crobot, Breaking Benjamin, Candlebox, Lifer, and Earshot members in quarantine

VIDEO: ‘Hunger Strike’ covered by Cold, Crobot, Breaking Benjamin, Candlebox, Lifer, and Earshot members in quarantine

Nick Coyle, a solo artist from Berwick as well as the singer of Wilkes-Barre nu metal band Lifer and guitarist/backing vocalist of Cold, is back with a new entry in his all-star “Corona Sessions” series, this time bringing in even more local artists for a quarantine jam with past and present members of Crobot, Breaking […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Country superstar Garth Brooks plays drive-in concert showing at 3 NEPA theaters on June 27

Country superstar Garth Brooks plays drive-in concert showing at 3 NEPA theaters on June 27

From a press release: Announced today on “Good Morning America” on ABC, record-breaking country music superstar Garth Brooks will bring a special concert event to 300 drive-in theaters across North America on Saturday, June 27, including several theaters in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The concert will be created exclusively for this event, making this the largest ever […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Musikfest in Bethlehem goes virtual in 2020 with 80 online and TV performances July 31-Aug. 9

Musikfest in Bethlehem goes virtual in 2020 with 80 online and TV performances July 31-Aug. 9

From a press release: More than 80 performers and 30 partners are joining with ArtsQuest to keep the music alive and free for the community during a very different Musikfest on Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 9. The 2020 Musikfest will include 40 all-new exclusive concerts shown via musikfest.org as part of Virtual Musikfest, […]