NEPA Scene Staff

Harrisburg folk punk artist Koji releases single addressing racism against Asian Americans

Harrisburg folk punk artist Koji releases single addressing racism against Asian Americans

From a press release: This week, Harrisburg indie folk punk artist and activist Koji released a new song and responded to the recent mass murder of eight people at spas in Atlanta, Georgia. Six of the victims were women of Asian descent. “‘To Carry (On and On)’ is a song about my experience as a […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe reopens with Celtic rockers Kilmaine Saints on March 12

Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe reopens with Celtic rockers Kilmaine Saints on March 12

From a press release: Like all Northeastern Pennsylvania music venues, the Mauch Chunk Opera House shut down last March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it only reopened briefly for a 50 percent capacity show in July before closing again for the rest of the year. With the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out now and government […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Badlees, Halestorm, and more to be inducted into Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame in 2021

The Badlees, Halestorm, and more to be inducted into Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame in 2021

From a press release: It was announced this week that the second annual Central Pennsylvania Music Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. This local, Grammys-style red carpet event recognizes the best local acts of the […]

 The Conversation

Why Pennsylvania, the Keystone State we call home, unlocks the White House

Why Pennsylvania, the Keystone State we call home, unlocks the White House

Pennsylvania emerged as one of the key swing states crucial for determining the outcome of the 2020 U.S. election. The Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, who is from the city of Scranton in the northeast of Pennsylvania, took the lead in the vote count on Nov. 6 as he edged closer to the White House. As […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Mount Airy Casino Resort fined $90K by Pa. Gaming Control Board for free slot play violations

Mount Airy Casino Resort fined $90K by Pa. Gaming Control Board for free slot play violations

From a press release: Today, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined Mount Airy No. 1, LLC, operator of Mount Airy Casino Resort, and SugarHouse HSP Gaming, L.P., operator of Rivers Casino Philadelphia, for violations related to the issuance of complimentary free slot machine play. The fines, totaling $135,000, were the result of board approval at […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Pennsylvania Esports Coalition names new executive director, discusses school implementation

Pennsylvania Esports Coalition names new executive director, discusses school implementation

From a press release: The Pennsylvania Esports Coalition in Harrisburg has brought Todd Kowalski on as its new executive director. Kowalski, a seasoned professional in grassroots advocacy and coalition management, will continue to build awareness of the economic, educational, and social benefits associated with esports in Pennsylvania by further promoting partnerships, both in public and […]

 Rich Howells

Live music is back at Wilkes-Barre skate park Keystone Rampworks on Aug. 21

Live music is back at Wilkes-Barre skate park Keystone Rampworks on Aug. 21

While many venues still cannot host concerts due to health and safety regulations regarding the coronavirus pandemic, one place in Wilkes-Barre is uniquely equipped to host indoor shows that require social distancing. Keystone Rampworks is a skate park located inside the Wyoming Valley Sports Dome and its 76,000 square feet, spread across three playing fields. […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Multi-platinum rockers Fuel play free Rock 107 Birthday Bash at The Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre on April 8

Multi-platinum rockers Fuel play free Rock 107 Birthday Bash at The Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre on April 8

From a press release: Today, Scranton classic rock radio station Rock 107 announced that Fuel, the multi-platinum rock band from Harrisburg known for hits like “Hemorrhage (In My Hands),” “Shimmer,” “Falls on Me,” “Bittersweet,” and “Bad Day,” will headline its annual Birthday Bash at The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, April 8. In addition […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Before Peach Fest debut, Harrisburg funk band Yam Yam plays at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Feb. 21

Before Peach Fest debut, Harrisburg funk band Yam Yam plays at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Feb. 21

From a press release: It was announced today that Harrisburg jazz/funk/soul group Yam Yam, who will make their Peach Music Festival debut in July, will first perform at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Friday, Feb. 21 with the Brendan Brisk Blues Band from Wilkes-Barre. Yam Yam has visited the area before, playing […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Explore ‘Graffiti Scapes’ of Mid-Atlantic ghost towns at Penn College exhibit in Williamsport through Oct. 6

Explore ‘Graffiti Scapes’ of Mid-Atlantic ghost towns at Penn College exhibit in Williamsport through Oct. 6

From a press release: A fascination with abandoned buildings and landscapes inspired Enola resident Michael Hower to begin working in digital photography seven years ago. His current body of work that focuses on ghost towns of the Mid-Atlantic, “Graffiti Scapes,” is on display now at The Gallery at Penn College in Williamsport through Sunday, Oct. […]

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