NEPA Scene Staff

First-ever Mimosa Bar Crawl takes over downtown Scranton pubs/restaurants on Aug. 8

First-ever Mimosa Bar Crawl takes over downtown Scranton pubs/restaurants on Aug. 8

Scranton has hosted its share of bar crawls over the years, and the city is no stranger to waking up early to drink on Parade Days, but this summer will bring its first-ever Mimosa Bar Crawl. Downtown bars and restaurants like Backyard Ale House, Harry’s, Noir Dark Spirits, PJ’s Pub 1910 at the Hilton Scranton […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Backyard Ale House in Scranton talks about real impact of COVID-19 on bars and restaurants

VIDEO: Backyard Ale House in Scranton talks about real impact of COVID-19 on bars and restaurants

This week’s news that Governor Tom Wolf will allow Pennsylvania bars and restaurants to reopen at 50 percent capacity on Jan. 4 was welcomed after the latest shutdown led to another difficult month for the industry, but being able to welcome customers back inside again doesn’t mean their problems are over. The true impact of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Backyard Ale House in Scranton offers free Christmas breakfast for struggling families on Dec. 25

Backyard Ale House in Scranton offers free Christmas breakfast for struggling families on Dec. 25

From a press release: This holiday season will be particularly tough for many families, so the Backyard Ale House in downtown Scranton is offering a free Christmas breakfast on Friday, Dec. 25 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. For 11 years, Backyard Chef James Bodnar has volunteered on Christmas morning at the University of Scranton, and it […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: ‘The Office’ star Brian Baumgartner visits The Bog and Backyard Ale House in Scranton, 01/23/20

PHOTOS: ‘The Office’ star Brian Baumgartner visits The Bog and Backyard Ale House in Scranton, 01/23/20

All it took was one Instagram post to drive Scranton into a frenzy. After hanging out with co-star John Krasinski in New York City on Wednesday, “The Office” actor Brian Baumgartner jumped on his Instagram shared an old photo of them with Jenna Fischer at the Backyard Ale House in Scranton taken during “The Office” […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Black Nihil brings black metal to Scranton in horror-inspired debut ‘Cross My Heart’

Seeing Black Nihil on stages across the area, one may initially assume they’re a Norwegian band touring through Northeastern Pennsylvania, but soon it is clear that they represent Scranton’s own take on the controversial black metal genre. They’re not lighting churches on fire, but they are burning down the conventions of what metal can be […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference artist schedule at 11 Scranton venues announced

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference artist schedule at 11 Scranton venues announced

The Electric City Music Conference held an announcement party at Stage West in Scranton on July 5, revealing all the nominees for the 2019 Steamtown Music Awards as well as the conference’s artist schedule. ECMC producers Joe Caviston and Ken Norton read off all the nominees in 35 categories, sharing the stage with live performances […]

 Keith Perks

PHOTOS: Electric City Music Conference in Scranton, 09/14-15/18

PHOTOS: Electric City Music Conference in Scranton, 09/14-15/18

Following the biggest turnout for the Steamtown Music Awards yet, the fifth annual Electric City Music Conference took over 13 venues across the Scranton area for the most massive weekend in local music on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15. Lineups featuring over 150 local and national acts in countless genres played in returning […]

 Alex Seeley

PHOTOS: NEPA Scenefest at Backyard Ale House and The Keys in Scranton, 12/09/17

PHOTOS: NEPA Scenefest at Backyard Ale House and The Keys in Scranton, 12/09/17

During the NEPA Scene Rising Talent open mic and talent contest, local artists and longtime fans of NEPA Scene surprised founder and editor Rich Howells with a keystone logo cake and the announcement that they had secretly organized the first-ever NEPA Scenefest, a fundraiser to give back to the website and bolster its mission to […]

 Keith Perks

PHOTOS: Electric City Music Conference in Scranton, 09/15-16/17

PHOTOS: Electric City Music Conference in Scranton, 09/15-16/17

The Electric City Music Conference continues to be the largest celebration of local music in Northeastern Pennsylvania, hosting over 150 bands from eight states in 11 different venues. Starting on Thursday, Sept. 14 with the Steamtown Music Awards at The V-Spot, the fourth annual conference may have been the best one yet, featuring packed performances […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Soule Monde, funk duo from Trey Anastasio Band, plays free Scranton show on June 13

Soule Monde, funk duo from Trey Anastasio Band, plays free Scranton show on June 13

From a press release: Soule Monde, the instrumental funk side project of Trey Anastasio Band members Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski, will be playing a free show at the Backyard Ale House in downtown Scranton on Tuesday, June 13 at 9 p.m. Soule Monde is avant funk erupting from the syncopated minds of power drummer […]