Rich Howells

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Lily Mao, Robinsonade, Jay Luke, Patrick Motto, Lesser Animals, One Thousand Oceans, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Lily Mao, Robinsonade, Jay Luke, Patrick Motto, Lesser Animals, One Thousand Oceans, and more

Every time I think this column is done for the week, I discover a few more songs or albums that deserve your attention. A few of them work perfectly for your headphones as you dig your vehicle out of the snow, while others are better suited for dancing around your living room after you come […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA comedians perform in stand-up showcases in Olyphant on Jan. 29 and Emmaus on Jan. 30

NEPA comedians perform in stand-up showcases in Olyphant on Jan. 29 and Emmaus on Jan. 30

From a press release: Since the coronavirus pandemic largely shut down live entertainment, comedy shows have been few and far between. Laughs are sorely needed in these trying times, so several Northeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia comics are coming together for three back-to-back stand-up comedy showcases at the end of the month. The first features Brendan […]

 Rich Howells

Luzerne County comedian Zack Hammond releases offensively ‘Considerate’ new album

Luzerne County comedian Zack Hammond releases offensively ‘Considerate’ new album

In times like these, some people need positive and reassuring words to lift their spirits and take their minds off the grim situation. Other people accept how bad things are and embrace a dark sense of humor to get them through this harsh reality. If you find yourself in the latter group, the new comedy […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Luzerne County concert series drives bands through 6 neighborhoods on flatbed truck every Friday from July 10-Aug. 7

Luzerne County concert series drives bands through 6 neighborhoods on flatbed truck every Friday from July 10-Aug. 7

From a press release: Last year, music filled the air near the Luzerne County Courthouse and brought the community together for the first Rockin’ the River Summer concert series along the Wilkes-Barre River Common. This year, the coronavirus pandemic is keeping people closer to home, but Luzerne County is not going to let COVID-19 stop […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA bands plan holiday concerts throughout December in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Nanticoke, and more

NEPA bands plan holiday concerts throughout December in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Nanticoke, and more

As everyone shops and prepares for the holidays, local musicians are planning some festive concerts, with many serving as their final shows of 2019. For those looking to get into the spirit of the season while supporting local music, NEPA Scene has wrapped up this season of shows you need to see in a nice […]

 Rich Howells

The Vault in Scranton will reopen as new live music venue Stage West on Oct. 5

The Vault in Scranton will reopen as new live music venue Stage West on Oct. 5

Less than four months after The Vault Tap & Kitchen closed after four years in business, one of its co-owners, Steve Masterson, will reopen the historic Electric City Bank building in West Scranton as Stage West, kicking off with a weekend of live music. Masterson is not only rebranding the building, but redesigning its look […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Cooperage in Honesdale hosts Steampunk Ball with live roots rock music on July 20

The Cooperage in Honesdale hosts Steampunk Ball with live roots rock music on July 20

From a press release: Travel back to a fictional yet fashionable timeline when The Cooperage in Honesdale hosts its annual Steampunk Ball on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of live music by the Whiskey Killers as well as a cash bar with cocktails by Lang Beverage Company in Nanticoke and beer […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Nanticoke metal band The Aegean stands against ‘Tyrant’ in debut single

The Aegean has had a long journey to get to this point, but now the melodic metal band is finally ready to unleash their debut single in a rain-soaked music video that is premiering today exclusively on NEPA Scene. The Nanticoke-based group has been together and writing music for about two and a half years, […]

 Rich Howells

Strength for a Reason plays entire debut album at NEPA hardcore show in Wilkes-Barre on April 21

Strength for a Reason plays entire debut album at NEPA hardcore show in Wilkes-Barre on April 21

Many popular bands are rewarding longtime fans by performing their first or seminal albums live in their entirety so, after years of requests, Nanticoke hardcore band Strength for a Reason will play their entire debut album, “Show and Prove,” at a hardcore showcase at The Other Side in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, April 21 at 5:30 […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: 2017 Steamtown Music Award winners announced at V-Spot in Scranton

EXCLUSIVE: 2017 Steamtown Music Award winners announced at V-Spot in Scranton

The fourth annual Electric City Music Conference kicked off on Thursday, Sept. 14 with the Steamtown Music Awards at The V-Spot in Scranton, a huge party filled with local musicians of all genres and generations that spilled out into the street and raged long into the night. With red carpet interviews by NEPA Scene and […]