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Bob Dylan’s JFK assassination song ‘Murder Most Foul’ connects to uncertainty of coronavirus pandemic

Bob Dylan’s JFK assassination song ‘Murder Most Foul’ connects to uncertainty of coronavirus pandemic

Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus has turned the country’s cultural spigot off, with sports suspended, museums closed, and movies postponed. But the virus hasn’t stopped Bob Dylan, who, on the evening of March 26, released “Murder Most Foul,” a 17-minute long song about the Kennedy assassination. [Despite the COVID-19 shutdown, Dylan is still […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre becomes twisted Oz in rapper Doc Not’s ‘Stay Weird’ feat. Syx Trismegistus

VIDEO PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre becomes twisted Oz in rapper Doc Not’s ‘Stay Weird’ feat. Syx Trismegistus

Camp Rattler doesn’t need an excuse to get weird, but when the local music promotion and production team was tapped by masked rapper Doc Not to create a music video for his song “Stay Weird,” they saw it as an invitation to take their eccentricity up a notch. They first met when Doc Not performed […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre nu metal band Lifer debuts first new song in 18 years, ‘The Start of Something Else’

SONG PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre nu metal band Lifer debuts first new song in 18 years, ‘The Start of Something Else’

When Lifer broke up like so many other nu metal bands in the early 2000s, the chances that the Wilkes-Barre group would ever record together again were slim, especially after its members moved on to other projects like Breaking Benjamin, The Drama Club, and later Cold. Their dedicated fan base in Northeastern Pennsylvania, however, never […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre rockers Zayre Mountain salute those jumping ‘Into the Fire’ of coronavirus pandemic

VIDEO PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre rockers Zayre Mountain salute those jumping ‘Into the Fire’ of coronavirus pandemic

Music is often as much a comfort during hard times as it is a reflection of the period it was created in. Zayre Mountain is expressing both with a new song and music video premiering today on NEPA Scene. While millions of people are quarantined at home to avoid exposure to the coronavirus as it […]

 Rich Howells

Wilkes-Barre cancels Fine Arts Fiesta and Cherry Blossom Festival as coronavirus spreads in Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre cancels Fine Arts Fiesta and Cherry Blossom Festival as coronavirus spreads in Pennsylvania

Yesterday, the city of Wilkes-Barre canceled both of its free annual springtime events, the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Fine Arts Fiesta, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 43rd annual Cherry Blossom Festival was scheduled for Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at Kirby Park. In previous years, it featured amusement rides and games, […]

 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 […]

 Rich Howells

F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre announces postponements and cancellations due to coronavirus

F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre announces postponements and cancellations due to coronavirus

Following the news on Wednesday that the city of Wilkes-Barre would postpone its 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for this Sunday “due to increased concern and the heightened community awareness pursuant to coronavirus,” the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre has canceled or postponed several upcoming shows “at the recommendation of Governor Tom Wolf.” […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Due to coronavirus, Aaron Lewis concert at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre postponed until May 29

Due to coronavirus, Aaron Lewis concert at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre postponed until May 29

From a press release: In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus and recommended provisions put in place by the state of Pennsylvania, the Aaron Lewis concert scheduled for this Friday, March 13 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township has been postponed until Friday, May 29 at 8 p.m. […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The legendary Bob Dylan performs with Nathaniel Rateliff at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on July 7

The legendary Bob Dylan performs with Nathaniel Rateliff at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on July 7

From a press release: Still on his “Never Ending Tour,” it was announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan and his band will take their summer run with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township on Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. with the Hot […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

‘WWE Raw’ is back and filming live at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on May 11

‘WWE Raw’ is back and filming live at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on May 11

From a press release: Today, the WWE announced the return of “WWE Monday Night Raw” to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township on Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. The flagship wrestling show is part of the longest-running episodic television program on cable TV and will air live from 8 p.m.-11 […]

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