Ken Jones

REVIEW: Russello Project transports Scranton crowd to another world with introspective tunes

REVIEW: Russello Project transports Scranton crowd to another world with introspective tunes

It was a cool autumn night in downtown Scranton, and I entered Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club shivering not from the cold, but anticipation. Due to the ever-long pandemic and the trials and tribulations of raising a newborn at the same time, Saturday, Sept. 25 would be my first time attending a live music performance in […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Clarks Summit alt rocker Sleeplore recalls ’90s nostalgia of ‘Ten Summers Ago’ in new single

Clarks Summit alt rocker Sleeplore recalls ’90s nostalgia of ‘Ten Summers Ago’ in new single

From a press release: As the summer draws to a close, Clarks Summit songwriter, producer, and alternative experimentalist Clyde Rosencrance is using his acclaimed solo project Sleeplore to look back on those seasonal memories. “Ten Summers Ago,” his fifth single as Sleeplore, reflects on feelings of summers past, paying attention to particular moments in simpler […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Russello Project debuts instrumental prog rock album ’11:11′ at Finnegan’s in Scranton on Sept. 25

Russello Project debuts instrumental prog rock album ’11:11′ at Finnegan’s in Scranton on Sept. 25

From a press release: The Russello Project, an instrumental trio performing soundscapes based in rock fusion, new age, and progressive rock, has been the passion of Clarks Summit guitarist Charlie Russello for as long as he can remember. The band includes Mike Bosi on four, five, and six-string bass and synths. A Philadelphia native, he […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Badlees reunite for inaugural Pittston Prohibition on Sept. 19

The Badlees reunite for inaugural Pittston Prohibition on Sept. 19

From a press release: It has been eight years since local legends The Badlees performed a full set with their entire lineup, so anticipation is building for a brand new event that will reunite the Selinsgrove roots rock band. The inaugural Pittston Prohibition will poke fun at its playful name by bringing all kinds of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Trans-Siberian Orchestra celebrates 25th anniversary with 2 Wilkes-Barre shows on Nov. 21

Trans-Siberian Orchestra celebrates 25th anniversary with 2 Wilkes-Barre shows on Nov. 21

From a press release: It was announced today that the multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed progressive rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be back on the road this holiday season for their highly anticipated Winter Tour. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the group’s landmark album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” this year’s multi-sensory extravaganza kicks off on […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton indie/alt rocker James Barrett comes out of 2020 stronger with new music and fall concert

Scranton indie/alt rocker James Barrett comes out of 2020 stronger with new music and fall concert

When your dream is to become a full-time musician, a global pandemic is a nightmare scenario. Over the last year, though, James Barrett took his already emotional and introspective approach to songwriting and used the anxiety and loneliness of the quarantine to dig deeper into what he started with his debut full band album, “The […]

 Rich Howells

Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton saved from demolition after outpouring of online support

Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton saved from demolition after outpouring of online support

Joe Bob Briggs often says, “The drive in will never die,” and today, he is more right than ever before. As the cult film critic, television host, and well-known drive-in supporter prepares to kick off his inaugural Joe Bob’s Jamboree this weekend at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater, the historic Lehighton venue is celebrating a personal […]

 Rich Howells

Planned solar farm threatens to ‘demolish’ historic Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton

Planned solar farm threatens to ‘demolish’ historic Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton

Over the past year, drive-in theaters went from rare relics of a bygone era to essential venues for entertainment and social gatherings, providing safe ways to enjoy movies, live music, graduations, and other events during the pandemic and reminding everyone of the historic and cultural significance of these outdoor venues. How quickly people forget. Yesterday, […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Brian Langan, Ed Cuozzo, Tisburys, Kali Ma, JT & the Blue Mountain Stone, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Brian Langan, Ed Cuozzo, Tisburys, Kali Ma, JT & the Blue Mountain Stone, and more

I can’t say that I’ve ever watched a band perform inside a building while standing outside and looking in through a window before, but these are strange times we’re living in. Thankfully, you don’t have to do the same to support local music, but you can get an idea of what I saw at the […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Lily Mao, Robinsonade, Jay Luke, Patrick Motto, Lesser Animals, One Thousand Oceans, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Lily Mao, Robinsonade, Jay Luke, Patrick Motto, Lesser Animals, One Thousand Oceans, and more

Every time I think this column is done for the week, I discover a few more songs or albums that deserve your attention. A few of them work perfectly for your headphones as you dig your vehicle out of the snow, while others are better suited for dancing around your living room after you come […]

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