Rich Howells

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Singer/songwriter James Barrett and his debut solo album, ‘One More’

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Singer/songwriter James Barrett and his debut solo album, ‘One More’

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 […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Singer/songwriter James Barrett faces uncertainty under ‘The Lamp Post’

SONG PREMIERE: Singer/songwriter James Barrett faces uncertainty under ‘The Lamp Post’

Back in November, NEPA Scene premiered “The Window,” the first song by singer/songwriter James Barrett from his upcoming album, “One More,” and we’ve been following his progress on the record ever since. Now, we’re happy to premiere another track, “The Lamp Post,” about a month out from the album’s release. Featured in his live performances […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: Beautiful People of NEPA, Best of 2015

PHOTOS: Beautiful People of NEPA, Best of 2015

These are my favorite portraits I’ve taken for Beautiful People in 2015 in chronological order. This is Bob. He has been in and out of hospice for eight years. Every time time I visit him, he tells me he’ll be dead the next time I come. It’s been a year since the first time he […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA Scene’s Got Talent spotlight: Clarks Summit singer/songwriter Alyssa Lazar

NEPA Scene’s Got Talent spotlight: Clarks Summit singer/songwriter Alyssa Lazar

Every week of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, our free open mic and talent competition at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant, we feature a quick Q&A with the latest audience vote winner, which was young singer/songwriter Alyssa Lazar on Nov. 17. The weekly winner receives $50 in cash, courtesy of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, and […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 12, 11/17/15

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 12, 11/17/15

A young wild card entered the final week of the NEPA Scene’s Got Talent open mic and talent competition on Nov. 17 and won the audience vote with a stunning first-time performance at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant. Clarks Summit singer/songwriter Alyssa Lazar sang her own music as well as a cover of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Comedy show in Clarks Summit raises money for new tractor at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary on Dec. 1

Comedy show in Clarks Summit raises money for new tractor at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary on Dec. 1

From a press release: Laughing to raise money sounds, well, funny, but that’s precisely the point of this year’s #GivingTuesday event for Indraloka Animal Sanctuary at Everything Natural in Clarks Summit. Every year following Thanksgiving, malls, stores, and online sales around the nation begin the mad countdown to Christmas, selling, selling, selling. But #GivingTuesday is […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Singer/songwriter James Barrett opens up ‘The Window’

SONG PREMIERE: Singer/songwriter James Barrett opens up ‘The Window’

There’s an undeniable passion in the music of James Barrett, so much so that, after finishing the recording of his latest song just last night, he asked NEPA Scene to premiere it exclusively right away, and we were more than happy to oblige today. The young singer/songwriter from Clarks Summit recorded a demo of “The […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA Scene’s Got Talent spotlight: Clarks Summit singer/songwriter Mat Burke

NEPA Scene’s Got Talent spotlight: Clarks Summit singer/songwriter Mat Burke

Every week of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, our free open mic and talent competition at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant, we feature a quick Q&A with the latest audience vote winner, which was Clarks Summit singer/songwriter Mat Burke on Sept. 29. The weekly winner receives $50 in cash, courtesy of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 5, 09/29/15

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 5, 09/29/15

Another newcomer to NEPA Scene’s Got Talent came in to Thirst T’s Bar & Grill unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and swept the audience vote with an animated performance that mixed earnest folk rock with the boundless energy of punk music. Currently a Clarks Summit resident, Mat Burke has taken his act around the country, […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 4, 09/22/15

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene’s Got Talent, Week 4, 09/22/15

After a 15-year-old singer won the audience vote the week before, another young high schooler captured everyone’s attention at Week 4 of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill. 18-year-old singer/songwriter James Barrett, the vocalist and guitarist of Clarks Summit alternative rock band Emberá, won with his heartfelt original music, including a […]