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 […]

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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

VIDEO INTERVIEW/PHOTOS: Hayley Jane and the Primates return to NEPA for Jazz Cafe and Peach Music Festival shows

VIDEO INTERVIEW/PHOTOS: Hayley Jane and the Primates return to NEPA for Jazz Cafe and Peach Music Festival shows

Following their first appearance at the Peach Music Festival in Scranton last summer, up-and-coming Boston rock band Hayley Jane and the Primates performed a special concert at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains in October, followed by another show at Mountain Sky in Jermyn the next day. In between those gigs, they stopped at […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Railroad Earth singer Todd Sheaffer and Cabinet’s Dylan Skursky jam at Jazz Cafe in Plains on March 17

Railroad Earth singer Todd Sheaffer and Cabinet’s Dylan Skursky jam at Jazz Cafe in Plains on March 17

From a press release: Todd Sheaffer, the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of New Jersey roots rock/Americana jam band Railroad Earth, will perform with upright bassist Dylan Skursky, formerly of Cabinet before the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass band went on hiatus and currently of Gatos Blancos, at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Saturday, March […]

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Bluegrass artists Billy Strings and JP Biondo of Cabinet play at Jazz Cafe in Plains on April 27

Bluegrass artists Billy Strings and JP Biondo of Cabinet play at Jazz Cafe in Plains on April 27

From a press release: Seen at the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival in Scranton last year and the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre this year, Nashville bluegrass sensation Billy Strings will return to Northeastern Pennsylvania for a show at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Friday, April 27 with Scranton singer/songwriter JP Biondo, formerly […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Bumpin’ Uglies and Elephants Dancing play ska and reggae at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Feb. 9

Bumpin’ Uglies and Elephants Dancing play ska and reggae at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Feb. 9

From a press release: Maryland ska/punk/reggae quartet Bumpin’ Uglies will be teaming up with Wilkes-Barre’s own reggae rock band Elephants Dancing and soul rock singer/songwriter Jordan Ramirez of Half Dollar and Fake Fight for a show at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains this Friday, Feb. 9. Doors at the Jazz Cafe (667 N. […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Scranton folk rocker MiZ on his new album and outlook on life

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Scranton folk rocker MiZ on his new album and outlook on life

Recorded and produced every week by Internet marketing company Coal Creative in their production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the award-winning NEPA Scene Podcast presents honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania. The live, multi-camera show streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page […]

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