NEPA Scene Staff

Alt rockers Cold feature NEPA musicians on national tour from Sept. 16-Nov. 22

Alt rockers Cold feature NEPA musicians on national tour from Sept. 16-Nov. 22

From a press release: Cold was originally founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1986 and later became known for hits like “Stupid Girl” and “Just Got Wicked” in the early 2000s, but when vocalist/guitarist Scooter Ward reformed the gold-certified alternative rock band a few years ago after a hiatus, he began working on a new album […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Before Spill Canvas tour, alt pop artist Kulick performs at Stage West in Scranton on Sept. 1

Before Spill Canvas tour, alt pop artist Kulick performs at Stage West in Scranton on Sept. 1

From a press release: Before Schuylkill County singer/songwriter Kulick heads out on an East Coast tour supporting alternative emo rockers The Spill Canvas, the fast-rising modern pop rock act will headline three shows of his own, including a local stop at Stage West in Scranton on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Scranton-based alternative rock band The Boastfuls […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Lehigh Valley rockers Fuel hit ‘Hard’ in first single with new singer from first album in 7 years

Lehigh Valley rockers Fuel hit ‘Hard’ in first single with new singer from first album in 7 years

From a press release: Today, multi-platinum alternative rockers Fuel released the highly anticipated single “Hard,” introducing new vocalist John Corsale to longtime fans and marking a new era for the iconic Harrisburg band, now largely based in the Lehigh Valley. The song will be featured on “Anomaly,” the first Fuel album in seven years and […]

 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. […]

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