NEPA Scene Staff

Broadway in Scranton reschedules all 2021 shows at Scranton Cultural Center due to COVID-19

Broadway in Scranton reschedules all 2021 shows at Scranton Cultural Center due to COVID-19

From a press release: NAC Entertainment and the Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania announced this week that the next season of Broadway in Scranton shows has been rescheduled “as COVID-19 continues to uproot even the best-laid plans.” Those plans were set to begin next week with “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” on Jan. 22-24, […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton Fringe Fest hosts live performances in Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing’ video game Feb. 26-28

Scranton Fringe Fest hosts live performances in Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing’ video game Feb. 26-28

From a press release: Like many arts organizations, the Scranton Fringe Festival has had to get even more creative over the last year, hosting live streams and even shows behind glass. As the coronavirus pandemic and government restrictions continue in a socially and politically divided 2021, the Scranton Fringe is offering an escape to a […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Scranton indie rockers Tigers Jaw conjure backyard magic show in ‘Hesitation’

VIDEO: Scranton indie rockers Tigers Jaw conjure backyard magic show in ‘Hesitation’

From a press release: 2021 could use a little magic right now, and Tigers Jaw has a few tricks up their sleeve. Yesterday, the Scranton indie rock band released “Hesitation,” the third single from their upcoming album on Hopeless Records, and a music video written and directed by guitarist Shane Moran of Kingston punk/shoegaze band […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Allentown hip-hop reggae duo Space Kamp streams live from Emmaus Theatre on Jan. 15

Allentown hip-hop reggae duo Space Kamp streams live from Emmaus Theatre on Jan. 15

From a press release: Following the release of their latest single last month, the psychedelic, genre-bending hip-hop reggae duo Space Kamp will start the new year with a live stream by Scranton-based creative marketing team Ionic Development on Friday, Jan. 15 at 10 p.m. Performing from the Emmaus Theatre in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, the free show […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton punk band The Menzingers launch Patreon with weekly music content for fans

Scranton punk band The Menzingers launch Patreon with weekly music content for fans

A few live streamed concerts just aren’t enough to keep working musicians in business during the coronavirus pandemic, so artists are finding creative ways to generate income and stay connected to their fans. Last year, Scranton/Philadelphia punk band The Menzingers recorded and released a whole new version of their 2019 album “Hello Exile” that stripped […]

 Rich Howells

Lew Williamson, kindly Santa in Scranton’s annual Santa Parade, has died after COVID-19 battle

Lew Williamson, kindly Santa in Scranton’s annual Santa Parade, has died after COVID-19 battle

Lewis “Lew” Williamson, the Scranton resident who played Santa Claus in every Santa Parade in downtown Scranton since 1993, has passed away from COVID-19. The sad news was confirmed by his wife Maureen Williamson in a public Facebook post on Jan. 4, just over a week after Christmas. “With my heart broken, I have to […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Briggs Farm Blues Festival plans to move forward with summer 2021 event in Nescopeck

Briggs Farm Blues Festival plans to move forward with summer 2021 event in Nescopeck

From a press release: After 22 consecutive years of bringing the blues to a family farm in Nescopeck, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival was forced to postpone its 2020 event due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival confirmed this week that it is planning to move forward with its weekend of live music and social […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA virtual programs and broadcasts observe Anthracite Mining Heritage Month throughout January

NEPA virtual programs and broadcasts observe Anthracite Mining Heritage Month throughout January

From a press release: The Lackawanna Historical Society in Scranton will once again join regional partners in observing Anthracite Mining Heritage Month throughout January. This annual event focuses on the history and culture of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s coal region. Because of health concerns this year, all events will be conducted online via Zoom. The society will […]

 Rich Howells

The V-Spot – 10 questions for 10 years in Scranton with co-owner Vinnie Archer

The V-Spot – 10 questions for 10 years in Scranton with co-owner Vinnie Archer

In mid-November, The V-Spot turned 10 years old, a major milestone for any small business, but they didn’t really get the chance to celebrate. Already operating at 50 percent capacity due to COVID-19 regulations, the popular North Scranton watering hole was one of many Pennsylvania bars and restaurants forced to close on Thanksgiving Eve, the […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Backyard Ale House in Scranton talks about real impact of COVID-19 on bars and restaurants

VIDEO: Backyard Ale House in Scranton talks about real impact of COVID-19 on bars and restaurants

This week’s news that Governor Tom Wolf will allow Pennsylvania bars and restaurants to reopen at 50 percent capacity on Jan. 4 was welcomed after the latest shutdown led to another difficult month for the industry, but being able to welcome customers back inside again doesn’t mean their problems are over. The true impact of […]