NEPA Scene Staff

Original ‘Friday the 13th’ star brings metal band First Jason back to Finnegan’s in Scranton on March 24

Original ‘Friday the 13th’ star brings metal band First Jason back to Finnegan’s in Scranton on March 24

From a press release: Chicago heavy metal/punk band First Jason, fronted by singer and actor Ari Lehman, who played the role of young Jason Voorhees in the classic 1980 horror film “Friday the 13th,” will return to Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club in Scranton on Thursday, March 24. Wilkes-Barre’s own horror rockers All the Damn Vampires […]

 Rich Howells

Breaking down ‘The Big Break’ contest – NEPA musicians compete at 4 venues on Jan. 21-Feb. 11

Breaking down ‘The Big Break’ contest – NEPA musicians compete at 4 venues on Jan. 21-Feb. 11

The contest is called “The Big Break,” where seven acts will compete across four stages for some major prizes, but the real challenge has been behind the scenes where Eyal Filkovsky is hoping this experience doesn’t break him. With just days until the first night of live performances is set to begin, musicians have been […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Rods drummer Carl Canedy brings metal solo project to Finnegan’s in Scranton on Jan. 27

Rods drummer Carl Canedy brings metal solo project to Finnegan’s in Scranton on Jan. 27

From a press release: In 2019, Carbondale-based drummer Carl Canedy, best known as a founding member of classic heavy metal band The Rods, played his first show with a new band formed around his solo project, simply called Canedy. Following their live debut in New York, they released an album together in 2020 called “Warrior” […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Lehigh Valley punk/alt rock trio Blind Choice looks for ‘Silver Lining’ on third EP

Lehigh Valley punk/alt rock trio Blind Choice looks for ‘Silver Lining’ on third EP

From a press release: Lehigh Valley punk/alternative rock trio Blind Choice will debut several new original songs with a drop party at Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club in Scranton on Friday, Dec. 3, followed by an EP release show at the Sherman Showcase in Stroudsburg on Thursday, Dec. 30. With four years under their belts, the […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss does the ‘Frankenshuffle’ in fun Halloween video

Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss does the ‘Frankenshuffle’ in fun Halloween video

With Halloween lurking right around the corner, Traverse the Abyss let their spooky personas take over for another fun music video. In February, the Scranton band premiered their biggest music video yet, “Faucet Mouth,” on NEPA Scene, parodying rap, country, and even their own genre of metal with hilarious costumes and hijinks. Today, they returned […]

 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

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

Heavy metal and Beatles hits come together in tribute show at Finnegan’s in Scranton on June 4

Heavy metal and Beatles hits come together in tribute show at Finnegan’s in Scranton on June 4

From a press release: Beatle Metal Mania, a heavy metal tribute to The Beatles, will perform live at Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club in Scranton on Friday, June 4. Beatle Metal Mania strives to bring something new to audiences while still respecting the great melodies that made the Fab Four famous. They perform most of The […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NY ‘disco metal’ band Makes My Blood Dance plays in Pittston on Feb. 22 and Scranton on March 20

NY ‘disco metal’ band Makes My Blood Dance plays in Pittston on Feb. 22 and Scranton on March 20

From a press release: New York City rock band Makes My Blood Dance, who mixes disco, glam, electro-pop, and metal into their music, will make two stops in Northeastern Pennsylvania on their Power of the Lightside Tour in support of their new single. The first will be at the Border Bar (170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston) […]

 Rich Howells

The complete updated guide to the 2019 Electric City Music Conference in Scranton

The complete updated guide to the 2019 Electric City Music Conference in Scranton

The sixth annual Electric City Music Conference will feature performances by over 150 bands in 11 venues throughout Scranton, the Steamtown Music Awards with awards in 37 different categories and special performances of its own, and free panel discussions for local musicians, professionals, and music fans. It’s a great opportunity to see everything that the […]