NEPA Scene Staff

Live Nation offers $25 tickets to shows in Scranton, Allentown, and more during Concert Week, May 4-10

Live Nation offers $25 tickets to shows in Scranton, Allentown, and more during Concert Week, May 4-10

From a press release: Today, Live Nation began its annual Concert Week promotion, offering music fans the ability to purchase $25 all-in tickets to more than 3,700 shows across North America this year. The week-long program celebrates one of the biggest and most anticipated years for live music and marks the kickoff to the summer […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Breaking Benjamin and Seether come to State College on April 27 and Reading on April 30

Breaking Benjamin and Seether come to State College on April 27 and Reading on April 30

From a press release: It was announced this week that Wilkes-Barre natives Breaking Benjamin are heading back on tour this spring with fellow multi-platinum rock band Seether and playing three shows throughout Pennsylvania. Featuring special guests Starset and Lacey Sturm (best known as the founding vocalist of Flyleaf), the 17-date trek will come to the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Slipknot’s Knotfest Roadshow comes to Reading on April 2 and State College on May 18 with different lineups

Slipknot’s Knotfest Roadshow comes to Reading on April 2 and State College on May 18 with different lineups

From a press release: Today, the multi-platinum masked metal maniacs in Slipknot announced the 2022 iteration of their infamous Knotfest Roadshow Tour. Produced by Live Nation, the 38-date North American tour will take place over two legs, both headlined by Slipknot and each containing a stop in Pennsylvania. The first leg, featuring special guests In […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton music venue Stage West is sold, closing at the end of 2021

Scranton music venue Stage West is sold, closing at the end of 2021

In October of 2018, just a few months after The Vault Tap & Kitchen closed after four years in business, the former bank building in West Scranton reopened as Stage West. The historic structure on North Main Avenue was reworked by one of its co-owners, Steve Masterson, into a small, 200-capacity music venue that hosted […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Alt rockers Cold close national tour at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Black Friday, Nov. 26

Alt rockers Cold close national tour at Jazz Cafe in Plains on Black Friday, Nov. 26

From a press release: It was announced this week that gold-certified alternative rock band Cold, best known for hits like “Stupid Girl” and “Just Got Wicked,” will wrap up their current U.S. tour at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Friday, Nov. 26. Scranton’s own alt rockers University Drive, who toured with Cold […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Alt rockers Cold feature NEPA musicians on national tour from Sept. 16-Nov. 22

Alt rockers Cold feature NEPA musicians on national tour from Sept. 16-Nov. 22

From a press release: Cold was originally founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1986 and later became known for hits like “Stupid Girl” and “Just Got Wicked” in the early 2000s, but when vocalist/guitarist Scooter Ward reformed the gold-certified alternative rock band a few years ago after a hiatus, he began creating new material with a […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA music venues still await federal relief funds from Save Our Stages legislation

NEPA music venues still await federal relief funds from Save Our Stages legislation

As part of the $900 billion pandemic relief package that Congress passed at the end of 2020, “$15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions,” according to a Dec. 20 statement from Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. However, as February comes to a close, those businesses have […]

 Rich Howells

Save Our Stages Act benefiting NEPA music venues included in COVID-19 relief bill

Save Our Stages Act benefiting NEPA music venues included in COVID-19 relief bill

After stalling for months, Democrats and Republicans in Congress finally agreed on a $900 billion pandemic relief package on Sunday that incorporates the Save Our Stages Act, setting aside “$15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions,” according to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck […]

 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 […]