Rich Howells

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: The Sorters, Terry Childers, Patrick McGlynn, No Take Backs, Joe Craig, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: The Sorters, Terry Childers, Patrick McGlynn, No Take Backs, Joe Craig, and more

It’s been a while for NEPA Music Notes, but that’s not to say that there hasn’t been local music to talk about – there’s often too much to cover, so I fell behind on writing this column since I’m the only editor and full-time writer for NEPA Scene. Instead, I’ve been writing larger feature pieces […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: State Street Grill in Clarks Summit discusses COVID-19 impact on bars and restaurants

VIDEO: State Street Grill in Clarks Summit discusses COVID-19 impact on bars and restaurants

Pennsylvania bars and restaurants have been able to reopen at 50 percent capacity this week, but some small businesses may never fully recover from the effects of COVID-19 and the shutdowns. Scranton video production company TwentyFiveEight Studios has been examining the true impact of the coronavirus pandemic on this industry and how mitigation was handled […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: From Scranton to Boston, indie rockers Lesser Animals are back ‘For Real’

SONG PREMIERE: From Scranton to Boston, indie rockers Lesser Animals are back ‘For Real’

For those who were part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene about a decade ago, attending or playing shows at small venues like The Vintage Theater, the name Lesser Animals may sound familiar. The Scranton-based indie rock band was formed in 2008 by Clarks Summit native James Sanderson, the vocalist of Awkward Silence, another name […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Kelly Rippon, mother of Clarks Summit Olympian Adam Rippon, writes parenting book, ‘Parent Up’

Kelly Rippon, mother of Clarks Summit Olympian Adam Rippon, writes parenting book, ‘Parent Up’

From a press release: “How do you raise a champion?” After her oldest son Adam Rippon won the bronze medal for figure skating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, single mom Kelly Rippon found herself being asked this question all the time. The Clarks Summit native has six children – what did she do to inspire […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Clarks Summit producer Clyde Rosencrance releases debut single as Sleeplore, ‘Let Go’

Clarks Summit producer Clyde Rosencrance releases debut single as Sleeplore, ‘Let Go’

From a press release: Sleeplore is the brainchild of Clarks Summit songwriter and producer Clyde Rosencrance. The new solo project calls on elements of discovery and the comfort of isolation. Weaving a thread to combine hypnagogic visions with a contrived production style, Sleeplore offers listeners a sonic template from which they can contemplate their own […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton/Philly indie rockers The Tisburys ‘Walk Away’ in quirky quarantine music video

Scranton/Philly indie rockers The Tisburys ‘Walk Away’ in quirky quarantine music video

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way music has been released this year as well as the way music videos are filmed. This is the case on both counts for Philadelphia via Scranton indie rock band The Tisburys, who are slowly releasing singles from their upcoming album and recording videos in quarantine. Today, they debuted […]

 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, […]

 Rich Howells

Lahey Family Fun Park in Clarks Summit opens mini golf courses for Memorial Day weekend

Lahey Family Fun Park in Clarks Summit opens mini golf courses for Memorial Day weekend

As Memorial Day weekend approaches after months of sheltering in place, people are looking for things to do outdoors while still taking precautions to protect themselves from the coronavirus. First, drive-in theaters started opening up for the season, and public parks soon followed. Yesterday, Lahey Family Fun Park in Clarks Summit announced plans to open […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton/Philly indie rockers The Tisburys adjust to the ‘Fading Light’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton/Philly indie rockers The Tisburys adjust to the ‘Fading Light’

In the midst of this pandemic, everyone seems to be going through a transition of some kind, and The Tisburys are no different. The first single from their upcoming album tackles that very topic, as does the entire record, which will now be released in a different way thanks to COVID-19. Like all of us, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Marley’s Mission hosts 10th annual Blue Ribbon Gala at Hilton Scranton on Feb. 15

Marley’s Mission hosts 10th annual Blue Ribbon Gala at Hilton Scranton on Feb. 15

From a press release: Marley’s Mission, a nonprofit organization in Clarks Summit that provides equine-based therapy free of charge to children who have experienced trauma, will host its 10th annual Blue Ribbon Gala at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. This black tie optional evening of fun, […]