Rich Howells

STREAMING: Listen to tracks from every NEPA Metal Meltdown festival band, Day 2

STREAMING: Listen to tracks from every NEPA Metal Meltdown festival band, Day 2

The hottest underground metal festival in Northeastern Pennsylvania, NEPA Metal Meltdown, is just over a week away, so to prepare you for the pit on May 8-9 at Diane’s Deli & Internet Cafe in Pittston, we’re streaming music from every band performing. Last week, we featured Day 1, so here’s Day 2. Bang your head […]

 Rich Howells

STREAMING: Listen to tracks from every NEPA Metal Meltdown festival band, Day 1

STREAMING: Listen to tracks from every NEPA Metal Meltdown festival band, Day 1

The hottest underground metal festival in Northeastern Pennsylvania, NEPA Metal Meltdown, is just over a week away, so to prepare you for the pit on May 8-9 at Diane’s Deli & Internet Cafe in Pittston, we’re streaming music from every band performing, starting with Day 1. Bang your head to the tracks below, arranged in […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Local hard rockers Totally Lost Cause reunite for the first time in 18 years

A popular trend in modern music is to delve back into past decades for inspiration, to revive sounds that may be nostalgic for many listeners out there. Sometimes, however, this should be left to the professionals – those who paved the way in the first place. On Friday, April 24, Northeastern Pennsylvania hard rock band […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA Blogfest 2015 Spring Edition will be held in Pittston on May 1

NEPA Blogfest 2015 Spring Edition will be held in Pittston on May 1

From a press release: Northeastern Pennsylvania bloggers will be hosting the semi-annual Blogfest on Friday, May 1 at The Red Mill (340 S. Main St., Pittston) from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. This is an informal gathering of bloggers, candidates for office, elected officials, and anyone interested in politics or blogging. There is no charge for admission. […]

 Rich Howells

Pittston heavy metal band ASHFALL rises again

Pittston heavy metal band ASHFALL rises again

Rockers return with new lineup at Diane's Deli on Saturday, March 28

Some heavy metal bands are concerned about projecting a certain image, about sounding and looking as intimidating as their mosh pit-inducing sound. Meeting at vocalist/guitarist Johnny Jones’ home, ASHFALL begins their conversation with NEPA Scene by talking about Gary Busey, chicken wings, and Taylor Swift, so it’s clear from the get-go that there are no […]

 Rich Howells

Peculiar Culinary Co. hosts Kickstarter party for soul singer Kaleigh Baker on April 4

Peculiar Culinary Co. hosts Kickstarter party for soul singer Kaleigh Baker on April 4

Roving mountain soul singer Kaleigh Baker is getting some peculiar help for her Kickstarter campaign to fund her new album. Peculiar Culinary Company owner Gene Philbin is not only an award-winning chef who has been featured on shows like Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games,” but he’s also a music fan, organizing events like the Peculiar […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA Metal Meltdown festival announces ‘killer’ 2015 lineup

NEPA Metal Meltdown festival announces ‘killer’ 2015 lineup

As the proud media sponsor of the 2015 NEPA Metal Meltdown festival, NEPA Scene is thrilled to announce the official lineup for the second annual event. Organized by Beyond Fallen vocalist Joe Karavis and guitarist Steve Jasuilewicz, the local festival created by metal bands for metal bands and their fans will return to Diane’s Deli […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Peculiar Culinary Co. opens new event space, appears on CNBC’s ‘Restaurant Startup’ on March 10

Peculiar Culinary Co. opens new event space, appears on CNBC’s ‘Restaurant Startup’ on March 10

From a press release: Creative caterer and pop-up restaurant concept Peculiar Culinary Company has just opened their new catering and event space, adjacent to the Hughestown Hose Company in their former banquet hall (30 Center St., Hughestown) near Pittston. PCC stands out from the rest, taking classic comfort food and putting a peculiar twist on […]

 Rich Howells

Comedian Dan Hoppel turns physical and mental weight into positive, relatable humor

Comedian Dan Hoppel turns physical and mental weight into positive, relatable humor

Pittston comic hosts NEPA Scene Mid-Winter Showcase tonight and tells jokes every week at area open mics

t’s hard to imagine that one of the best parts of your life could result from one of the worst moments in your life, but for Dan Hoppel, that’s how his career in comedy began. Growing up watching Comedy Central, he had always thought about trying stand-up, but he was married with bills and responsibilities. […]

 Mark Uricheck

CONCERT REVIEW: Fireball, Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, and The Russello Project raise the bar for NEPA musicianship

CONCERT REVIEW: Fireball, Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, and The Russello Project raise the bar for NEPA musicianship

Three of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most prominent guitarists, all currently leading very different, yet dynamically musical ensembles, combined for one of the most volatile axe-slinging evenings in recent memory at Diane’s Deli in Pittston on Saturday, Dec. 20. The heavy British blues-inspired Fireball, anchored by longtime NEPA six-string stalwart Butch Frable; the smarmy Chicago blues-infused Phyllis […]