Rich Howells

Classic heavy metal band The Rods announce new lineup and album with Scranton and Carbondale musicians

Classic heavy metal band The Rods announce new lineup and album with Scranton and Carbondale musicians

Last year, legendary heavy metal band The Rods released their first full-length album of original material in eight years, “Brotherhood of Metal,” and drummer Carl Canedy debuted a new band for his solo project, Canedy. This year, The Rods are changing things up even more, announcing a new lineup and album that sees the departure […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton comedian Samantha Ruddy releases debut comedy album while working on ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’

Scranton comedian Samantha Ruddy releases debut comedy album while working on ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’

For seven years, Samantha Ruddy’s career in stand-up comedy has built up to this moment. After her big break on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and landing a job on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” she released her debut comedy album one month ago… the same day a national emergency was declared in the […]

 Rich Howells

Sylvester Stallone endorses documentary on Scranton Rocky impersonator now trending on Amazon Prime

Sylvester Stallone endorses documentary on Scranton Rocky impersonator now trending on Amazon Prime

“The Pretender,” a documentary that follows the quirky story of a daydreamer from Scranton who became a Rocky Balboa impersonator and tour guide in Philadelphia, has been available to stream on Amazon Prime since last October, but a recent endorsement from Sylvester Stallone himself has caused the movie to trend and find a wider audience […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton helps artists and small businesses with ‘Steamtown Live’ stream

Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton helps artists and small businesses with ‘Steamtown Live’ stream

From a press release: When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. This week, The Marketplace at Steamtown in downtown Scranton is introducing Steamtown Live, a live streaming showcase of local businesses and artists on the Marketplace’s Facebook page and the Scranton Public Market Instagram account. This opportunity to connect to the community is […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Lackawanna County issues call to artists for Art in the Park children’s events in July

Lackawanna County issues call to artists for Art in the Park children’s events in July

From a press release: Lackawanna County is seeking visual and performing artists who enjoy working with children ages 4-12 to be a part of the Art in the Park program and ARTS Engage Day this summer. Art in the Park takes place in county parks outdoors under a pavilion and/or tent. Each visual artist will […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton pop punk band Anytime Soon reaches ‘End of an Era’ with new music

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton pop punk band Anytime Soon reaches ‘End of an Era’ with new music

Like many musicians around the world right now, singer/songwriter Mitch Evans had to put any springtime plans on hold because of the coronavirus. In the meantime, his band Anytime Soon is moving forward with the release of the first single from their upcoming EP of “unadulterated Pennsylvania pop punk.” Premiering today exclusively on NEPA Scene […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton Fringe Festival launches streaming ‘Social Distant-Scene Theatre’ during coronavirus quarantine

Scranton Fringe Festival launches streaming ‘Social Distant-Scene Theatre’ during coronavirus quarantine

The annual Scranton Fringe Festival is set to return on Sept. 24-Oct. 4, so it has not been canceled or postponed like so many other events have been due to the coronavirus. Its organizers and participants, however, have been forced to cancel many other live performances in the meantime, so the event launched its own […]

 Scott Kucharski

PHOTOS: Mountainfest with Gin Blossoms and Tom Petty Appreciation Band at Montage Mountain in Scranton, 03/07/20

PHOTOS: Mountainfest with Gin Blossoms and Tom Petty Appreciation Band at Montage Mountain in Scranton, 03/07/20

It took a little while for the multi-platinum alternative rock band from Tempe, Arizona to adjust to the cold of Montage Mountain in Scranton, but Gin Blossoms still happily headlined the fifth annual Mountainfest in winter coats on Saturday, March 7. It helped that they received a warm welcome from the bundled up crowd who […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

New book about ‘The Office’ tells ‘Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s’

New book about ‘The Office’ tells ‘Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s’

From a press release: When did you last hang out with Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael, and the rest of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin? It might have been back in 2013, when “The Office” finale aired… or it might have been last night, when you watched three episodes in a row. But either way, […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton-produced Jason Miller documentary ‘Miller’s Tale’ now streaming for free

Scranton-produced Jason Miller documentary ‘Miller’s Tale’ now streaming for free

Nine years after its release, an hour-long documentary on the fascinating life of actor and playwright Jason Miller called “Miller’s Tale” is now streaming for free online. On Saturday, independent filmmaker and Scranton native Rebecca Ferris posted a short message on the film’s Facebook page following recent news of the spread of coronavirus in Pennsylvania. […]