NEPA Scene Staff

15-year-old guitar virtuoso Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer shreds at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Dec. 7

15-year-old guitar virtuoso Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer shreds at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Dec. 7

While Brandon “Taz” Niederauer describes himself as “just a kid who loves playing music,” anyone who has seen what he can do with a guitar knows that there’s much more to his talent than that. By the age of 15, he has shared stages and received accolades from everyone from Slash to Dweezil Zappa to […]

 Keith Perks

PHOTOS: ‘For Tommy: A Celebration of Life’ benefit at River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, 08/12/18

PHOTOS: ‘For Tommy: A Celebration of Life’ benefit at River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, 08/12/18

Every time there is a benefit or charitable cause raising funds in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the local music scene is always there to donate their time and talent, so when it came time to do so while honoring one of their own, they delivered in spades. Tommy Wynder, a loved and respected drummer, music teacher, father, […]

 Rich Howells

Following Peach Fest debut, Gatos Blancos return to River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Aug. 25

Following Peach Fest debut, Gatos Blancos return to River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Aug. 25

Following their well-received first performance at the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Gatos Blancos will return to the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Saturday, Aug. 25. The group, who made their hometown area debut at the Jazz Cafe last year, features members of popular Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass band Cabinet (who recently reunited for their […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Jordan Ramirez & The Tribe and Doghouse Charlie at River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, 08/04/18

PHOTOS: Jordan Ramirez & The Tribe and Doghouse Charlie at River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, 08/04/18

A week after NEPA Scene premiered three trippy music videos that gave local music fans an early listen to the band, Jordan Ramirez & the Tribe made their headlining debut at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Saturday, Aug. 4 with their friends Doghouse Charlie. Known for his soulful voice and funky guitar […]

 Rich Howells

MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES: Wilkes-Barre soul singer Jordan Ramirez debuts funky new band The Tribe with 3 songs

MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES: Wilkes-Barre soul singer Jordan Ramirez debuts funky new band The Tribe with 3 songs

Jordan Ramirez is well-known in the local music scene for his soulful voice and funky rhythms in Wilkes-Barre bands Half Dollar and Fake Fight, and with solo shows all over Northeastern Pennsylvania and the recordings and music videos he makes through Going Up? Records, you’d think that he couldn’t possibly have anything else up his […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Lineup announced for benefit remembering drummer Tommy Wynder on Aug. 12

EXCLUSIVE: Lineup announced for benefit remembering drummer Tommy Wynder on Aug. 12

While the world was mourning the death of legendary Pantera drummer and co-founder Vinnie Paul on Friday, June 22, Northeastern Pennsylvania was also reeling from the loss of Tommy Wynder, a beloved and respected drummer in his own right, that same night. Born in Pittston, the Exeter musician who graduated from Pittston Area High School […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Toasters headline ska punk show at River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on June 16

The Toasters headline ska punk show at River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on June 16

From a press release: One of the original third-wave ska bands, The Toasters, will headline a night of ska punk music at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Saturday, June 16 with The Ladrones, Sgt. Scagnetti, Disposable, and Bunchajerks. The Toasters last played in Luzerne County at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Ska/reggae punks Bumpin’ Uglies return to River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on June 9

Ska/reggae punks Bumpin’ Uglies return to River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on June 9

From a press release: After performing there in February, Maryland ska/punk/reggae quartet Bumpin’ Uglies will return to the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Saturday, June 9, this time with a new album in stores and online. Wilkes-Barre soul rock singer/songwriter Jordan Ramirez of Half Dollar and Fake Fight will open the show. Doors […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Ska bands Big D and the Kids Table and The Pietasters take over Jazz Cafe in Plains on Sept. 15

Ska bands Big D and the Kids Table and The Pietasters take over Jazz Cafe in Plains on Sept. 15

From a press release: Ska music is skanking back into the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains in a big way – Vans Warped Tour mainstays Big D and the Kids Table, longtime ska outfit The Pietasters, and New Jersey’s Hub City Stompers will “pick it up” on Saturday, Sept. 15. Doors at the Jazz […]

 Rich Howells

MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE: Death Valley Dreams ‘Turn Out Those Eyes’ for ‘Baby Frankenstein’ film shot in NEPA

As the Northeastern Pennsylvania filmmakers behind “Baby Frankenstein” begin screening their comedic drama in film festivals worldwide, they recently turned to Wilkes-Barre indie/alternative rock band Death Valley Dreams to lead the soundtrack with “Turn Out Those Eyes,” a new song with the throwback feel of an ’80s tune complete with a music video that is […]

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