NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton Tomorrow’s #lovelocal small business campaign continues online and downtown

Scranton Tomorrow’s #lovelocal small business campaign continues online and downtown

From a press release: In support of the downtown Scranton business district, Scranton Tomorrow will continue its #lovelocal social media campaign through March. The campaign is designed to encourage everyone to support independently owned businesses this spring. Small businesses play a vital role in the economy, locally and regionally, with downtown Scranton serving as an […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton Cultural Center hosts ‘Bright Side: A Virtual Variety Show’ fundraiser on March 11

Scranton Cultural Center hosts ‘Bright Side: A Virtual Variety Show’ fundraiser on March 11

From a press release: The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple has announced a new interactive fundraising initiative that will feature live music, theatrical performances, and free giveaways. Presented by Montage Mountain Resorts, “Bright Side: A Virtual Variety Show” will be live streamed on Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in collaboration with Posture […]

 Rich Howells

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 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Paul Capoccia named director of new esports program at Marywood University in Scranton

Paul Capoccia named director of new esports program at Marywood University in Scranton

From a press release: Paul Capoccia was recently named the director of esports at Marywood University in Scranton, a new program that was first announced in November. One of a select number of colleges and universities across the nation to offer a competitive esports program, Marywood is responding to the ever-increasing number of students seeking […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Tigers Jaw plays virtual record release shows for indie stores like Gallery of Sound on March 3-4

Tigers Jaw plays virtual record release shows for indie stores like Gallery of Sound on March 3-4

From a press release: Anyone who has attended a live in-store appearance at the Gallery of Sound knows how packed they can get, often reaching capacity at the Wilkes-Barre store, so Scranton indie rock band Tigers Jaw is opting to host “virtual in-stores” via Zoom instead to promote the release of their sixth album, “I […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss parodies rap, country, and more in ‘Faucet Mouth’

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss parodies rap, country, and more in ‘Faucet Mouth’

Over the past year, many musicians have shifted their focus from concerts to web content to keep their fans engaged during the pandemic. Last night, Traverse the Abyss was able to bring them both together in a unique way. Joined by rapper Lucas Hex and hard rock band The Holtzmann Effect, the Scranton metal band […]

 James Callahan

A Camp Rattler profile: cult visionary and Noir Dark Spirits proprietor Josh Balz

A Camp Rattler profile: cult visionary and Noir Dark Spirits proprietor Josh Balz

My initial interaction with Josh Balz began sometime after he had chosen to leave Motionless In White to pursue other endeavors and my trashy little rock bar, The Rattler in Pittston, had closed due to structural difficulties. Well… the back fell off the building. I found myself venue-less and saddled with several storage units, crammed […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss plays live release party for new music video on Feb. 20

Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss plays live release party for new music video on Feb. 20

Any live concert that is actually happening is a big deal these days, but Traverse the Abyss always wants to go bigger. This Saturday, Feb. 20, the metal band will premiere their new single and music video during a show at The V-Spot in North Scranton for a limited, socially distanced audience while also live […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Archbald flutist Samantha Humen wins 2021 Marywood Concerto Competition in Scranton

Archbald flutist Samantha Humen wins 2021 Marywood Concerto Competition in Scranton

From a press release: Samantha Humen, a flutist, piccoloist, and junior music performance major, has been declared the winner of the 2021 Marywood University Concerto Competition. The competition is held each November, and the winner is featured in the Marywood Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 11 this year. Humen, a […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton Fringe Fest’s live theatre ‘Under Glass’ will return to downtown this fall

Scranton Fringe Fest’s live theatre ‘Under Glass’ will return to downtown this fall

From a press release: Today, the Scranton Fringe Festival announced that Fringe Under Glass, an innovative walking tour of live performing arts staged behind the windows of various storefronts last year, will return for the second year on Thursday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 26, with possible extensions through the first weekend of October. Nearly […]

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