Rich Howells

Scranton natives The Menzingers headline Philly Music Fest on Oct. 9-10

Scranton natives The Menzingers headline Philly Music Fest on Oct. 9-10

From a press release: Today, Philly Music Fest announced the lineup for its fifth annual event on Wednesday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 10, and Scranton natives The Menzingers are on the top of the bill with two headlining performances. When describing Philly Music Fest, organizers say “our genre is Philly” because it features jazz, […]

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Dead & Company jams at Bethel Woods on Aug. 23 and Hersheypark Stadium on Aug. 28

Dead & Company jams at Bethel Woods on Aug. 23 and Hersheypark Stadium on Aug. 28

From a press release: Today, Dead & Company, which features former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti, announced their national 2021 tour that kicks off on Aug. 16 in Raleigh, North Carolina and runs through Halloween, with a three-night stand at the iconic […]

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Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival returns with 90 films in-person at Opera House April 22-25

Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival returns with 90 films in-person at Opera House April 22-25

From a press release: Channeling “the rebellious spirit of the Molly Maguires,” the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival challenges the boldest, most defiant filmmakers to present their work, shatter convention, and incite spirited debate. The festival credo is “eyes and minds wide open,” and they mean it. After canceling last year due to COVID-19, the […]

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Touring guitarist and Shavertown native Justin Mazer surprises with two debut albums

Touring guitarist and Shavertown native Justin Mazer surprises with two debut albums

From a press release: Today, journeyman guitarist and Shavertown native Justin Mazer independently released two surprise debut albums entitled “Controlled Burn” and “Discourse.” Both albums were composed by Mazer and co-produced with Marc Friedman (The Slip, Ryan Montbleau, Natalie Merchant). Recording took place primarily in his current home of Philadelphia as well as in Burlington, […]

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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 […]

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Monster Energy Outbreak Tour hits Montage Mountain in Scranton with Subtronics on June 18-19

Monster Energy Outbreak Tour hits Montage Mountain in Scranton with Subtronics on June 18-19

From a press release: Today, it was announced that the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour is celebrating the return of live, in-person music performances with a COVID-safe electronic music tour headlined by dubstep’s newest superstar, Subtronics. Beginning in April, the Philadelphia DJ/producer will hit the road for an ear-shattering run covering 11 markets over 19 dates […]

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Scranton Comedy Club reopens in Dunmore with Delaware comic Keith Purnell on March 27

Scranton Comedy Club reopens in Dunmore with Delaware comic Keith Purnell on March 27

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Scranton Comedy Club opened in a newly remodeled location and hosted several successful monthly shows until the statewide shutdown. It was able to reopen briefly for a sold-out socially distanced event on Nov. 28 before all indoor entertainment was shut down again in December. With spring just around the corner […]

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Candlebox, feat. Pittston guitarist Brian Quinn, announces new album, ‘Wolves,’ with single ‘My Weakness’

Candlebox, feat. Pittston guitarist Brian Quinn, announces new album, ‘Wolves,’ with single ‘My Weakness’

From a press release: Today, multi-platinum post-grunge band Candlebox, which currently features Pittston native Brian Quinn on lead guitar, announced the release date of their seventh studio album with a new single. Titled “Wolves,” this album is the follow-up to the Seattle rockers’ 2016 record “Disappearing in Airports” and its fresh modern sound, a vibe […]

 Rich Howells

Live Nation still expects concerts to return by ‘midsummer’ of 2021

Live Nation still expects concerts to return by ‘midsummer’ of 2021

Last year, Live Nation predicted that big live concerts could return by the summer of 2021, and in its latest financial results, the company reiterated this optimistic belief. On Feb. 25, Live Nation Entertainment reported a 92 percent loss of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 and an overall 84 percent loss for the […]

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NEPA music venues still await federal relief funds from Save Our Stages legislation

NEPA music venues still await federal relief funds from Save Our Stages legislation

As part of the $900 billion pandemic relief package that Congress passed at the end of 2020, “$15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions,” according to a Dec. 20 statement from Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. However, as February comes to a close, those businesses have […]

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