Rich Howells

New Scranton music venue opens inside The Marketplace at Steamtown

New Scranton music venue opens inside The Marketplace at Steamtown

Since The Mall at Steamtown became The Marketplace at Steamtown in 2016, the former retail stores have been converted into everything from a fitness center to an aquarium to a wine bar to a community college campus, complete with a public market replacing the food court. A new music venue can now be added to […]

 Ken Jones

Emotional, introspective instrumentation – the return of the Russello Project

Emotional, introspective instrumentation – the return of the Russello Project

A few years ago, I was lucky to have seen what I consider one of the greatest musical nights I’ve ever experienced. It was in the humble former venue of Diane’s Deli in Pittston, and it included a few bands that featured phenomenal guitarists. Two of those bands were the Phyllis Hopkins Trio and the […]

 Ken Jones

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Metal warriors Canedy blow away blues fest with heavy debut

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Metal warriors Canedy blow away blues fest with heavy debut

So here I am, a passenger in the car of one of the area’s preeminent hard rock guitarists, Charlie Russello, driving to Binghamton, New York on Sunday, Sept. 8 for the 18th annual Blues on the Bridge, thinking about and jamming to nothing but metal. This isn’t so odd for two guys our age who […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Exeter heavy metal band Royal Hell summons a ‘Higher Court’

Exeter heavy metal band Royal Hell has been writing original songs and playing shows for three years, but they haven’t released an album of their hard work yet. That changes this fall starting with “Higher Court,” a new song accompanied by a dark music video premiering locally today on NEPA Scene. Living and breathing classic […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Clarks Summit magician Denny Corby will try to fool Penn & Teller on The CW Sept. 30

Clarks Summit magician Denny Corby will try to fool Penn & Teller on The CW Sept. 30

From a press release: Clarks Summit magician, mentalist, and comedian Denny Corby revealed today that he will appear on the hit television show “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” next month in an attempt to hoodwink the master magicians. The magic competition show on The CW features magicians performing for the titular duo and an audience […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

After sold-out opening, new Scranton speakeasy Madame Jenny’s plans weekly jazz music and 1920s fun

After sold-out opening, new Scranton speakeasy Madame Jenny’s plans weekly jazz music and 1920s fun

From a press release: The secret is out, and downtown Scranton’s speakeasy, Madame Jenny’s, is a hit with locals looking for something new to do… or, rather, something old to do again in modern times. This clandestine cocktail bar opened its doors last weekend with swingin’ sounds of the Madame Jenny’s House Jazz Band on […]

 Rich Howells

‘At the Drive-In’ documentary on Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton now available on DVD and digital

‘At the Drive-In’ documentary on Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton now available on DVD and digital

After screening at film festivals, on television, and at the local drive-in theater that is the subject of this award-winning documentary, “At the Drive-In” is finally available on DVD and digital platforms like iTunes and Amazon. Released on home video on April 9, the heartwarming movie tells the story of the Mahoning Drive-In Theater in […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

‘Star Wars’-themed Clarks Summit Festival of Ice includes Comic Con with guests Feb. 16-17

‘Star Wars’-themed Clarks Summit Festival of Ice includes Comic Con with guests Feb. 16-17

The theme of the 2019 Clarks Summit Festival of Ice is “Ice Wars,” a frozen take on “Star Wars,” but if that’s not enough science fiction fantasy for the Abingtons, the annual event will host an Ice Wars Comic Con at Clarks Summit Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17. Promoted by […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton singer/songwriter James Barrett deals with change in ‘First Days of July’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton singer/songwriter James Barrett deals with change in ‘First Days of July’

This weekend, Scranton singer/songwriter James Barrett will once again live out a longtime dream and return to the Scranton Cultural Center to open The Menzingers’ annual NEPA Holiday Show – this time with a full band. To give locals a taste of what that will sound like, he is premiering a brand new single today, […]

 Rich Howells

The Menzingers shake up NEPA Holiday Show lineup at Scranton Cultural Center on Dec. 22

The Menzingers shake up NEPA Holiday Show lineup at Scranton Cultural Center on Dec. 22

Since it was first announced in October, fans of The Menzingers have been eager to learn who would perform with them at the punk band’s annual Scranton homecoming – the NEPA Holiday Show at the Scranton Cultural Center – on Saturday, Dec. 22. For years, fellow Scranton bands Tigers Jaw; Captain, We’re Sinking; and Three […]

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