NEPA Scene Staff

Independent music venues form new foundation led by Pennsylvania owner as federal relief stalls

Independent music venues form new foundation led by Pennsylvania owner as federal relief stalls

From a press release: As its nearly 3,000 members anxiously await the passage of the Save Our Stages Act in Congress, the National Independent Venue Association has announced the formation of the National Independent Venue Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to partner and fundraise through individual, corporate, and foundation donations to expand upon […]

 Rich Howells

Save Our Stages legislation moves forward as NEPA music venues await federal aid, among other small businesses

Save Our Stages legislation moves forward as NEPA music venues await federal aid, among other small businesses

Since COVID-19 shut down music venues across the country, the National Independent Venue Association has been pushing legislation that will help those businesses stay afloat, including several venues and festivals in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Half a year later, it is finally starting to pick up steam in the state and federal government. The Save Our Stages […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA music venues join National Indie Venue Association to save industry and request funding

NEPA music venues join National Indie Venue Association to save industry and request funding

From a press release: Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, the National Independent Venue Association now has nearly 2,000 members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including venues like Stage West in Scranton and State College, the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, and ArtsQuest’s Musikfest Cafe and […]

 The Conversation

How drawing helped a Penn State professor cope with his mental illness and combat stigma

How drawing helped a Penn State professor cope with his mental illness and combat stigma

I’ve lived much of my life with anxiety and depression, including the negative feelings – shame and self-doubt – that seduced me into believing the stigma around mental illness: that people knew I wasn’t good enough, that they would avoid me because I was different or unstable, and that I had to find a way […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Scranton’s Stage West expands with new State College music venue opening Feb. 21 in old Crowbar

EXCLUSIVE: Scranton’s Stage West expands with new State College music venue opening Feb. 21 in old Crowbar

The owner of Stage West in Scranton and DamnMillennial! Promotions is expanding his brand with a new venue that brings up a lot of old memories for Penn State graduates and those who live in Central Pennsylvania. Today, Steve Masterson announced exclusively through NEPA Scene that he is opening Stage West – State College next […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

After 21 years, Metallica returns to Bryce Jordan Center in State College on Oct. 20

After 21 years, Metallica returns to Bryce Jordan Center in State College on Oct. 20

From a press release: They dropped a few hints this past weekend and now it is official – Metallica’s WorldWired Tour returns to North America this fall. Following last summer’s 25-date sold-out stadium run, this year Metallica is bringing the in-the-round production currently being seen in European arenas to the United States and Canada, kicking […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown announce co-headlining U.S. tour, with stop in State College on Nov. 20

Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown announce co-headlining U.S. tour, with stop in State College on Nov. 20

From a press release: Multi-platinum rock bands Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin have just unveiled details of their co-headlining U.S. tour via Bandsintown. The cross-country trek kicks off on Oct. 16 at Wichita, Kansas’ Intrust Arena and continues until the tour finale on Nov. 24 at Portland, Maine’s Cross Insurance Arena, with only one stop in […]