NEPA Scene Staff

The HillBenders put bluegrass spin on The Who’s ‘Tommy’ at Theater at North in Scranton on Feb. 10

The HillBenders put bluegrass spin on The Who’s ‘Tommy’ at Theater at North in Scranton on Feb. 10

From a press release: There have been many versions of The Who’s “Tommy” over the years, but The HillBenders have created “Whograss” with their own bluegrass version of the iconic concept album that the band will perform live at The Theater at North in Scranton on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 […]

 Rich Howells

Beloved Scranton bluegrass band Coal Town Rounders has broken up

Beloved Scranton bluegrass band Coal Town Rounders has broken up

Enjoying the sound of one band or another may depend on taste, but anyone who saw the Coal Town Rounders perform over the last few years seemed to universally love the bluegrass quartet from Scranton, bringing audiences young and old back to a simpler time as they harmonized around one old fashioned radio microphone with […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: Beautiful People of NEPA, 2016 Susquehanna Breakdown Edition

PHOTOS: Beautiful People of NEPA, 2016 Susquehanna Breakdown Edition

Every year, I shoot portraits backstage at the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton with local bluegrass band Cabinet and many of the other acts performing; these were all shot on Saturday, May 21. Listen to me talk about it and tell booze-driven stories of past Breakdowns on Episode […]

 Brad Patton

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Susquehanna Breakdown brings family of bluegrass fans together in Scranton

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Susquehanna Breakdown brings family of bluegrass fans together in Scranton

For the fourth consecutive year, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bluegrass band Cabinet kicked off the summer concert season with the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton. The two-day affair got underway on Friday, May 20 with performances by local bands The Dishonest Fiddlers and the Coal Town Rounders, acoustic guitarist extraordinaire Larry […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Managing bluegrass band Cabinet and organizing the Susquehanna Breakdown festival

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Managing bluegrass band Cabinet and organizing the Susquehanna Breakdown festival

Professionally recorded on Mondays at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on nepascene.com on Tuesdays, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics. Each week, the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Full schedule announced for Susquehanna Breakdown at Montage Mountain in Scranton on May 20-21

Full schedule announced for Susquehanna Breakdown at Montage Mountain in Scranton on May 20-21

From a press release: Northeastern Pennsylvania bluegrass outfit Cabinet has announced the schedule for the fourth annual Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton. The family-friendly gathering with music, camping, food, beer, and more includes performances by Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Susquehanna Breakdown festival lineup announced with Railroad Earth, Infamous Stringdusters, and Cabinet

Susquehanna Breakdown festival lineup announced with Railroad Earth, Infamous Stringdusters, and Cabinet

From a press release: Northeastern Pennsylvania bluegrass outfit Cabinet has announced the lineup for the fourth annual Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival, taking place Friday, May 20 through Saturday, May 21. A family friendly gathering in a picturesque location, Susquehanna Breakdown is returning to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton for two days of music, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Grascals will be pickin’ and grinnin’ at the Opera House

The Grascals will be pickin’ and grinnin’ at the Opera House

From a press release: For the Nashville, Tennessee-based bluegrassers The Grascals, the obvious musical connection between band members has grown from shared professional résumés and a deep appreciation for the mingling of bluegrass and country music. They appear at the Mauch Chunk Opera House (14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe) on Saturday, Aug. 23 with specials […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Banjos and banter – Steve Martin and Edie Brickell talk ‘Love’ and bluegrass before Wilkes-Barre performance

ARCHIVES: Banjos and banter – Steve Martin and Edie Brickell talk ‘Love’ and bluegrass before Wilkes-Barre performance

“He has the enthusiasm of a kid,” Edie Brickell says of her recent musical collaborator, Steve Martin. “I’ve worked with younger bands, younger musicians who have been disheartened or jaded somehow by what they experienced or what they do, and Steve is just bright as can be, like working with a teenager. It brings out […]