Scott Kucharski

PHOTOS: Sponge 25th anniversary show with Another Day Dawns at Stage West in Scranton, 03/17/19

PHOTOS: Sponge 25th anniversary show with Another Day Dawns at Stage West in Scranton, 03/17/19

Last year, the original lineup of Sponge reunited for one night only during the annual Detroit Music Awards in their hometown, and now the current members of the alternative rock band are keeping the nostalgia going across the country with their “Rotting Piñata” 25th Anniversary Tour, which stopped at Stage West in Scranton on Sunday, […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA jamgrass band Cabinet’s only 2019 festival performance will be at Grateful Get Down June 28-29

NEPA jamgrass band Cabinet’s only 2019 festival performance will be at Grateful Get Down June 28-29

While they have officially been on hiatus for a little over a year, popular Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jamgrass band Cabinet still gets together here and there for their faithful fans. They reunited for a celebrated set at the 2018 Peach Music Festival, but it seems that they won’t be returning to Montage Mountain in Scranton this year. […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Kick & Banjo featuring Cabinet’s Pappy Biondo plays at Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on March 28

Kick & Banjo featuring Cabinet’s Pappy Biondo plays at Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on March 28

From a press release: Two folk/Americana/jam musicians known for their bands and their nicknames – Patrick “Pappy” Biondo and Brian “Nugget” Gorby – have teamed up to blend groove and tradition as Kick & Banjo. Formerly with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Cabinet and the Hackensaw Boys from Virginia, respectively, they are uniquely qualified to perform this music. Playing […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton alt rock band University Drive assesses the emotional ‘Damage’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton alt rock band University Drive assesses the emotional ‘Damage’

When Scranton singer/songwriter Ed Cuozzo lost his mother unexpectedly last year, the local music community came together in an unprecedented way, organizing a three-day music festival in her memory at The Keys called She’s the One: A Weekend for Doreen, which included several performances from Cuozzo himself as a solo artist, a reunion of his […]

 Rich Howells

Documentary on Scranton-born Rocky impersonator gets NEPA premiere at Ritz Theater on March 23

Documentary on Scranton-born Rocky impersonator gets NEPA premiere at Ritz Theater on March 23

Rocky Balboa, the fictional boxer created and played by Sylvester Stallone in a long-running film franchise, has inspired many to pursue their dreams, but none have followed in the Italian Stallion’s footsteps quite like West Scranton native Mike Kunda. From his childhood into adulthood, he has always wanted to be Rocky, but how does one […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: Flora Cash, Kulick, and The Charming Beards at Stage West in Scranton, 03/08/19

PHOTOS: Flora Cash, Kulick, and The Charming Beards at Stage West in Scranton, 03/08/19

Alternative radio station Alt 92.1 brought husband-and-wife duo Flora Cash to Scranton for two very different live performances, starting with Stage West on Friday, March 8. The Swedish/American artists, known for their hit single “You’re Somebody Else,” headlined a night of indie, pop, alternative, and folk rock with RCA Records labelmates Kulick from West Penn […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton solo artist Patrick McGlynn decries our divide in ‘Pills and Guns’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton solo artist Patrick McGlynn decries our divide in ‘Pills and Guns’

It’s difficult to turn on the television or scroll through social media and not feel like we’re all being divided by focusing on every one of our differences. Thankfully, one thing can often bring us together – music. Sure, there’s some petty bickering over that too, but the personal, emotional tunes of Scranton indie/folk singer/songwriter […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: Smile Empty Soul, September Mourning, and Rise Among Rivals at Stage West in Scranton, 03/06/19

PHOTOS: Smile Empty Soul, September Mourning, and Rise Among Rivals at Stage West in Scranton, 03/06/19

The Oblivion of Souls Tour haunted Stage West in Scranton on Wednesday, March 6, presenting an intriguing mix of rock music sounding both familiar and new. Following an opening set by Scranton rap metal group Alpha Audio, Rise Among Rivals from Maryland hit the stage with melodic hard rock songs that could easily make them […]

 Rich Howells

Taking Back Sunday guitarist plays with new band Fate’s Got a Driver at The Keys in Scranton on March 31

Taking Back Sunday guitarist plays with new band Fate’s Got a Driver at The Keys in Scranton on March 31

Fate’s Got a Driver, a new post-hardcore band featuring guitarist Eddie Reyes of platinum emo rock group Taking Back Sunday, is currently traveling the country on their Happy to Be Sad Tour. They will stop at The Keys in downtown Scranton to headline a show dubbed Taking Back Sunday Funday on Sunday, March 31. Scranton […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Actors Circle presents comedy ‘The Clean House’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton March 21-31

Actors Circle presents comedy ‘The Clean House’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton March 21-31

From a press release: Community theatre group Actors Circle will present award-winning playwright, poet, and essayist Sarah Ruhl’s comedy “The Clean House” at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton on Thursday, March 21 through Sunday, March 31. Directed by Eric Lutz, well-known for his many and varied performances in local theater groups, this romantic comedy is […]