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

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Brendan Brisk, Kali Ma, Condition Oakland, Sleeplore, Chris Cashmere, White Witch, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Brendan Brisk, Kali Ma, Condition Oakland, Sleeplore, Chris Cashmere, White Witch, and more

January may be a slow month for entertainment like movies and television (even slower during a pandemic), but it’s been a busy time for local music, so much so that I have to save a few notes for next week. I even had the pleasure of seeing a band play live in front of a […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Telco, Don’t Panic, Eric Best, 5-7-Zero, Flowers for You, Crooked Ways, John Hahn, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Telco, Don’t Panic, Eric Best, 5-7-Zero, Flowers for You, Crooked Ways, John Hahn, and more

After a few years away, the NEPA Music Notes column received a warm welcome back last week, so I’ll take that as a sign that you want to see more roundups of new and noteworthy local songs, albums, and shows. Let’s dive right in! 🎶🎶 Schuylkill Haven guitarist John Hahn, who got his start touring […]

 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 […]

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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 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie’ screens in NEPA theaters Nov. 5-7 for 30th anniversary

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie’ screens in NEPA theaters Nov. 5-7 for 30th anniversary

From a press release: Cowabunga, dudes! It has been 30 years since “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie” debuted, so the live-action feature film adaptation of the cult comic book series and the popular animated television show is returning to theaters. Everyone’s favorite crime-fighting heroes in a half-shell are making a special three-day appearance on […]

 Rich Howells

Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg announces first 2020 concert since COVID-19 – Another Day Dawns on Dec. 12

Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg announces first 2020 concert since COVID-19 – Another Day Dawns on Dec. 12

For the last eight months, the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg has been forced to either cancel or reschedule its concerts due to the coronavirus pandemic. Today, it was finally able to announce one for the end of 2020. Lehighton hard rock band Another Day Dawns, who have been climbing the Billboard and Mediabase charts all […]

 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

RiffTrax carves up cheesy horror movie ‘Jack-O’ in NEPA movie theaters on Oct. 21

RiffTrax carves up cheesy horror movie ‘Jack-O’ in NEPA movie theaters on Oct. 21

From a press release: The hilarious RiffTrax guys – Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” fame – are back in select movie theaters to take a few funny stabs at a cheesy ’90s slasher, just in time for Halloween. On Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., they gives […]

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Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ screens in NEPA movie theaters Oct. 17-22 for 40th anniversary

Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ screens in NEPA movie theaters Oct. 17-22 for 40th anniversary

From a press release: Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events’ fourth annual TCM Big Screen Classics series, which was set to run throughout the year in movie theaters across the country, had to skip a few months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s back with a menacing cry of “Here’s Johnny!” Directed by Stanley […]