NEPA Scene Staff

Jam with the Village Idiots to help a little girl with a rare heart defect

Jam with the Village Idiots to help a little girl with a rare heart defect

The Village Idiots and friends will be performing at a fundraising event for Ella, a little girl born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare heart defect in which the left ventricle never fully develops. According to the Facebook event page: Ella is now 3 years old and has gone through the three stages of […]

 Sara Pokorny

Scranton will ‘Thrill the World’ to break world record and fund youth scholarships

Scranton will ‘Thrill the World’ to break world record and fund youth scholarships

Flash mobs, while fun, are also something that fizzled out as quickly as they rolled into your local mall – if you’ve seen one group of awkward dancers, you’ve seen them all. Exceptions can be made, however, especially when it involves breaking a world record. Though it’s in its eighth year globally, this is the […]

 Rich Howells

STREAMING: Heavy Blonde – ‘Johnny Got Fangs’

STREAMING: Heavy Blonde – ‘Johnny Got Fangs’

Heavy Blonde just debuted a new single, “Johnny Got Fangs,” from their upcoming free “Sun” EP, and it definitely has the bite the title promises. While they’re a relatively new band from Scranton, the players are all familiar names to the local music scene. And the Moneynotes members Mike Williams, his brother Roy Williams, and […]

 Mark Uricheck

ALBUM REVIEW: Graces Downfall ‘Change. Adjust. Continue.’ and satisfy rock fans

ALBUM REVIEW: Graces Downfall ‘Change. Adjust. Continue.’ and satisfy rock fans

For their fourth studio album (fifth overall, if you count their live unplugged “A Night in the Woods” release), NEPA’s own Graces Downfall come out of the gate like a pack of wild horses, virtually daring the listener to bear the threshold of volume and metal-tinged intensity with which they threaten. In other words, it’d […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Breaking Ground Poets hold first poetry slam of the season on Oct. 25

Breaking Ground Poets hold first poetry slam of the season on Oct. 25

Those who believe the new generation growing up now isn’t as intelligent or ambitious as previous generations haven’t met the Breaking Ground Poets. They’ll have that opportunity this Saturday, Oct. 25, when the group of young writers from Northeastern Pennsylvania hold their first poetry slam of the season at TwentyFiveEight Studios (703 N. Washington Ave., […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Eye on Attraction covers ‘Number City’ by Coheed and Cambria

Eye on Attraction fans who are dying for the band to get back into the studio get their wish in a unique way with the Scranton prog rockers’ latest music video – a cover of “Number City” by Coheed and Cambria. The fun video by Jen Fracas with audio production by drummer Andrew Merkle depicts […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Paul Holdengräber converses with doctor/poet Rafael Campo about ‘The Arts of Healing’ at TCMC

Paul Holdengräber converses with doctor/poet Rafael Campo about ‘The Arts of Healing’ at TCMC

From a press release: “The Arts of Healing” will be presented through a conversation with the New York Public Library’s Paul Holdengräber and poet and author Rafael Campo, M.D., at The Commonwealth Medical College on Thursday, Oct. 23. The event, which is a collaborative program of the University of Scranton’s Schemel Forum and TCMC, will […]

 Michelle Beck

PHOTOS: Lila Ignite, Down to Six, and Those Clever Foxes, 10/12/14

PHOTOS: Lila Ignite, Down to Six, and Those Clever Foxes, 10/12/14

The Electric City Music Conference on Sunday, Oct. 12 gathered NEPA bands at 15 different venues across Scranton, Carbondale, and Olyphant, including The Keys in downtown Scranton, a regular home to original local music. Lila Ignite, Down to Six, and Those Clever Foxes, pictured below, were just three of eight bands to play on Sunday, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Laugh Out Lepka’s Comedy features blind comedian to raise money for The Seeing Eye

Laugh Out Lepka’s Comedy features blind comedian to raise money for The Seeing Eye

From a press release: Earlier this year, a national poll was released that resulted in Scranton being named one of the most depressing cities in the nation. Comedian and Scranton native Kevin Lepka didn’t take too kindly to that poll. He was determined to turn Scranton’s frown upside down. Michael Dougherty Last year, Wisecrackers Comedy […]

 Ken Jones

Charlie Russello named Guitarist of the Year at Steamtown Music Awards

Charlie Russello named Guitarist of the Year at Steamtown Music Awards

Recognition for one’s talent is always appreciated. For Charlie Russello, that recognition took place in the form of Guitarist of the Year Award at the first annual Steamtown Music Awards – an award that he’s been the owner of, in the minds of fans and fellow guitarists in the area, for over 20 years. Charlie […]