NEPA Scene Staff

Ritz Theater in Scranton hosts Swingin’ Jazz Nutcracker concert and toy drive on Nov. 27

Ritz Theater in Scranton hosts Swingin’ Jazz Nutcracker concert and toy drive on Nov. 27

From a press release: The “Swingin’ Jazz Nutcracker Suite” will bring a unique version of the iconic ballet music of “The Nutcracker” to downtown Scranton on one of the biggest holiday shopping days of the year, and it’s all for a good cause. This special concert and toy drive will benefit the Scranton Jazz Festival […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

‘Light Up Downtown Scranton’ activities and shopping promotions run Nov. 21-Jan. 7

‘Light Up Downtown Scranton’ activities and shopping promotions run Nov. 21-Jan. 7

From a press release: Just in time for an early start to holiday shopping, Scranton Tomorrow leaders have announce the return of the organization’s holiday campaign, Light Up Downtown Scranton, which runs through Jan. 7, 2022. Designed to encourage everyone to shop and dine in downtown Scranton during the holidays, Light Up Downtown Scranton features […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton Jazz Festival returns as free multi-venue event downtown on Aug. 6-8

Scranton Jazz Festival returns as free multi-venue event downtown on Aug. 6-8

From a press release: All of downtown Scranton will serve as center stage when the award-winning Scranton Jazz Festival returns to the Electric City on Friday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 8. The festival was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but now that state health and safety restrictions have been lifted, it’s time […]

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Wynton Marsalis leads Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra live at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on Oct. 6

Wynton Marsalis leads Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra live at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on Oct. 6

From a press release: This season, the Circle Drive-In Theatre has hosted live country and rock concerts, and next month, it will add jazz to its repertoire. It was announced over the weekend that the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet, led by Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, is […]

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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 […]

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After sold-out opening, new Scranton speakeasy Madame Jenny’s plans weekly jazz music and 1920s fun

After sold-out opening, new Scranton speakeasy Madame Jenny’s plans weekly jazz music and 1920s fun

From a press release: The secret is out, and downtown Scranton’s speakeasy, Madame Jenny’s, is a hit with locals looking for something new to do… or, rather, something old to do again in modern times. This clandestine cocktail bar opened its doors last weekend with swingin’ sounds of the Madame Jenny’s House Jazz Band on […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

New Lackawanna Arts Weekend hopes to attract tourists to downtown Scranton Aug. 3-5

New Lackawanna Arts Weekend hopes to attract tourists to downtown Scranton Aug. 3-5

From a press release: With Lackawanna County and ScrantonMade’s Lackawanna Arts Festival (formerly Arts on the Square) joining the First Friday art walk and the annual Scranton Jazz Festival this year to form the new Lackawanna Arts Weekend on Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5, organizers are hoping the partnership will encourage tourists to […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA jazz and ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ musician Bob Dorough dies at 94, leaves lasting legacy

NEPA jazz and ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ musician Bob Dorough dies at 94, leaves lasting legacy

Singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer Bob Dorough may not have been born in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but he was well-known and well-loved in the many years he spent here. Dorough died of natural causes yesterday in his home in Mount Bethel at the age of 94, leaving behind a legacy that includes many classic “Schoolhouse Rock!” […]

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Founding Allman Brothers drummer brings Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Jan. 13

Founding Allman Brothers drummer brings Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Jan. 13

From a press release: Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, led by The Allman Brothers Band founding drummer Jai Johanny Johanson, will visit the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at 8 p.m. as part of the venue’s “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series, sponsored by City Market & Café. Tickets, which are […]

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Alumni play ‘A Night of Penn State Jazz’ at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 26

Alumni play ‘A Night of Penn State Jazz’ at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 26

From a press release: Penn State alumni representing four northeast regional campuses will be offering “A Night of Penn State Jazz” at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Oct. 26. A pre-event mixer is planned for 6:30 p.m. when the doors open. The concert, featuring Penn State’s Centre Dimensions jazz ensemble, will begin […]