Music, theater, dance & more
Arts on the Square offers full entertainment line-up
This weekend’s Arts on the Square in downtown Scranton truly has a little bit of something for everyone. This couldn’t be more obvious after taking a look at the musical line-up set for the event. From bluegrass to indie rock, from electro jam funk to dreamy Ameri-pop, the stages on the square will showcase the great variety of talent The 570 has to offer.
“I think music is very important to the event as well as the other performances taking place,” said Cristin Powers, owner of ScrantonMade and co-chair of the festival. “It gets more people out there and there is certainly something for everyone.”
Through Scranton Made, Arts on the Square and Lackawanna County, an application process was open to interested bands, dancers and any other type of performer you can imagine.
Artists scheduled to take the four stages include The Great Party, Coal Town Rounders, Rogue Chimp, Hippie Nation, Chet Williams and more.
The Great Party describe their music as Ameri-pop. The members of the band (Michael Eastman on Guitar/Vocals, his wife Rosaleen Eastman on Keys/Vocals, drummer Patrick Gaughan, bassist Matthew Mang and Michael Nordberg on Keys/Guitar) all have a fondness for Brit-pop music and have also taken their different musical tastes and created a truly unique sound of their own.
Coal Town Rounders are four well-oiled bluegrass players from Scranton, with opening slots for The Lumineers, Emmylou Harris and Carolina Chocolate Drops under their rusty belts. Coal Town Rounders is Jason Zarnowski on upright string bass, Ian O’Hara on banjo, Matthew Hiller on mandolin and Christopher Kearney on guitar.
Sonic stompers Rogue Chimp, founded by brothers, Jacob and Zach Cole, has evolved into a tight knit quartet with the addition of Mark Woodyatt and bassist Jon Ventre. The band has supported acts like Lotus, Conspirator and have fared well traveling the festival circuit. Rogue Chimp’s describe their music as a unique combination of jazz/fusion, prog/funk, classical/techno, and world music, with electronic inspired grooves using violin and synths interwoven throughout.
Chet Williams has shared the stage with Less Than Jake, Mayday Parade, The Spill Canvas, The White Tie Affair, Person L, Drop Out Year, Endless Mike and the Beagle Club, Bayside, I Am the Avalanche, Dr. Manhattan, and countless other national acts. He’s played well over 100 shows in over 10 states including Warped Tour and the Steamtown Original Music Showcase. His latest release We All Walk Fast and Nod in Unison was self-released earlier this year.
Hippie Nation was founded on the collaborative efforts of four musician friends (Jim Cullen, Sarah Yzkanin, Jack Bordo, Jon Lorance) that came together “to recreate the music and positive aspects of a generation.” The jam band-esque outfit has enjoyed past contributions form artists such as Mark Woodyatt, Lenny Mecca, Michele Conaboy, Steve Kurilla, Neil Nicastro.
“We tried to include a wide variety of acts and give attention to the bands that are trying to make it in the area,” Powers added.
LINDEN STREET STAGE
12:30-1:30 p.m.: The Great Party
2–3 p.m.: Rogue Chimp
3:30-5:30 p.m.: Coal Town Rounders
6–8 p.m.: Gypsy Jazz Quintet
N. WASHINGTON STREET STAGE
12-12:30 p.m.: Liz Parry Faist, Jenn Hill – Wheat pasting and Stencil Demonstration
12:45-1:15 p.m.: Jen Hill and Andrea McGuigan – Wordsmith Workshop
1:30–2 p.m.: Here We are in Spain Improv Comedy Performance
2:15–3 p.m.: Pamela Hill from Scranton Storyslam – Alternate Route to Hoboken by Jack McGuigan performed by Conor McGuigan, John Pivovarnick, and Sarah Regan – Black Girl White Boy: A Spoken Word Poem by Jon Sands and Angel Nafis, performed by Zia Lawrence and Joe McGurl & A Funny Coming-of-Age Story, by comedian John Walton
3:15-3:45 p.m.: Here We Are in Spain Improv Comedy Text Workshop
4-4:30 p.m.: Everhart Museum
SPRUCE STREET STAGE
12-12:45 p.m.: Hippie Nation
1-1:30 p.m.: Ballroom One
1:45–2 p.m.: Scranton Civic Ballet
2:10-2:30 p.m.: Symmetry Dance
2:45-3:15 p.m.: Arts Alive
3:30–4 p.m.: Unorganized Business Ensemble (comedic improv troupe)
4:15-4:45 p.m.: Jasper Paci
5:15–6 p.m.: Chet Williams
ADAMS AVE – OPEN-AIR STUDIO
12 p.m.: Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Meet and Greet with Animals
1 p.m.: Hand Cut Paper Art by Jamie B. Hannigian
2 p.m.: Theater Discovery with Michaela Moore of All About Theatre Performing Arts School
3 p.m.: Movie Making Using Your DSLR Camera with Lindsay Barrasse and David Corigliano
4 p.m.: A Film School Workshop Seminar by The Pennsylvania Film School
5 p.m.: Theatricks, Unveiled; a behind the curtain chat with British writer and Scranton resident, Eleanor Gwyn-Jones
6 p.m.: Body Sculpting Yoga with Rebecca Sitar of Bex Body Sculpting
7 p.m.: The Art of Belly Dancing with Sandstorm Fitness Dancer and Kali