Concerts – July 27, 2017

Concerts – July 27, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Conor Oberst, Thursday, July 27
Fastball, Saturday, July 29
Amos Lee, Sunday, July 30
Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank, Thursday, Aug. 3
Shemekia Copeland, Friday, Aug. 4
Gene Ween Does Billy Joel, Saturday, Aug. 5
TajMo: the Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band, Thursday, Aug. 10
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Saturday, Aug. 12
Donnie and Marie Osmand, Thursday, Aug. 24
Greta Van Fleet, Friday, Aug. 25
Il Divo, Wednesday, Aug. 30
Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, Wednesday, Sept. 27
Linda Ederm, Friday, Oct. 6

Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: 877-682-4791
T-Pain, Saturday, July 29 (Wet Nightclub)
Brody Jenner, Saturday, Aug. 5 (Wet Nightclub)
Waka Flocka Flame, Saturday, Aug. 12 (Wet Nightclub)
3 Doors Down, Friday, Aug. 18 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Lil Jon, Saturday, Aug. 19 (Wet Nightclub)
Smokey Robinson, Saturday, Aug. 19 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Fetty Wap, Saturday, Aug. 26 (Wet Nightclub)
Andrew Dice Clay, Friday, Sept. 8 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Artie Lange, Saturday, Sept. 16 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Midtown Men, Friday Sept. 29 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0249
Savoy Brown, Thursday, July 27
Tribute to Bob Dylan & Neil Young, Friday, July 28
Bennie & The Jets (Elton John tribute), Saturday, July 29
Whiskerman, Thursday, Aug. 3
Tribute to Frank Sinatra by Tony Sands, Saturday, Aug. 12
Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband, Thursday, Aug. 17
Back to the Garden, Saturday, Aug. 19
Muriel Anderson, Saturday, Aug. 26
CSN Songs (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute), Sept. 1
Eilen Jewell, Saturday, Sept. 2

The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Tickets: 570-961-9000
Peach Music Festival, Thursday, Aug. 10, Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12
I Love the ‘90s — the Party Continues Tour, Saturday, Aug. 26
Altitude Music Festival, Sunday, Aug. 4
Luke Bryan and Brett Eldredge, Wednesday, Sept. 6

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Craig Thatcher Band, Thursday, July 27
Mr. Speed (KISS tribute), Friday, July 28
Josh Turner, Saturday, July 29
Flaxy Morgan Duo, Wednesday, Aug. 2
Daisy Jug Band, Thursday, Aug. 3
Nightwind, Friday, Aug. 4
James Supra Band with Sarah Ayers, Saturday, Aug. 5
The Day Rubies, Wednesday, Aug. 9
Bounty Hunter, Friday, Aug. 11

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash with Jam
Stampede, Friday, Aug. 4
Of Good Natured/ Elephants Dancing, Wednesday, Aug. 9
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, July 11
Aaron Fink and the Fury, Friday, Aug. 18
Tom Morgan’s Birthday Bash with an all star band of great friends, Saturday, Aug. 19
Mike Dougherty Band — MDB tribute to Michael Jackson, Friday, Aug. 25
Suze, Saturday, Aug. 26
The Idol Kings (Journey, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty tribute), Saturday, Sept. 2
Kung Fu Extreme Funk, Friday, Sept. 15
Mind Choir, Rosary Guild and University Drive, Saturday, Sept. 16

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
The Company Kept, Friday, July 28
Jay & the Americans, Friday, July 28
The Stranger (Billy Joel tribute),
Saturday, July 29
Hashgrinder, Saturday, Aug. 5
Social Distortion, Tuesday, Aug. 8
Amberwood, Friday, Aug. 11
Badfish (Sublime tribute), Saturday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 19
Charley Roy, Saturday, Aug. 12
The Everly Brothers Experience, Saturday, Aug. 19
Railroad Earth, Friday, Aug. 25

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Seether, Thursday, July 27
The Chicago Kid & Sir the Baptist, Thursday, July 27
Jaymes Young, Saturday, July 29
Marty Friedman, Wednesday, Aug. 2
Van Jones: We Rise Tour, Thursday, Aug. 3
Social Distortion, Friday, Aug. 4
The Rocket Summer — Do You Feel 10-Year Anniversary Tour, Saturday, Aug. 5
Lifehouse and Switchfoot, Sunday, Aug. 6

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Die Antwoord, Tuesday, Aug. 8
Lil Yachty, Thursday, Aug. 24
Reebok Les Mills Live, Saturday, Aug. 26
Ninja Sex Party, Sunday, Aug. 27, and Monday, Aug. 28
Danzig, Friday, Sept. 8
UB40 Legends Ali, Astro and Mickey,
Saturday, Sept. 9
Alison Wonderland, Friday, Sept. 22
Young M.A., Saturday, Sept. 23
Rezz, Friday, Sept. 29
Two Door Cinema Club, Saturday, Sept. 30

Radisson at Lackwanna Station Hotel, Scranton
Tickets: 570-342-8300
13th annual Scranton Jazz Festival, Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 6

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey
Tickets: 856-365-1300
Boston with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Thursday, July 27
Wilco, Friday, July 28
Amos Lee & Friends featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Spoon, Saturday, July 29
Nickelback, Friday, Aug. 4
Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, Saturday, Aug. 5
Chris Stapleton, Margo Price and Brent Cobbs, Saturday, Aug. 12
Jimmy Buffett, Thursday, Aug. 17
John Mayer, Friday, Aug. 18
Hank Williams Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Saturday, Aug. 19

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Saturday, July 29
Queen + Adam Lambert, Sunday, July 30
Earth, Wind & Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Roger Waters, Tuesday, Aug. 8, through Friday, Aug. 11
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey,
Wednesday, Aug. 16
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Friday, Aug. 18
Shawn Mendes, Tuesday, Aug. 22
Lady Gaga, Sunday, Sept. 10, and Monday, Sept. 11
Manilow, Friday, Sept. 15
The Weeknd with Gucci Mane and Nav, Sept. 16

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs, Friday, July 28
Blondie & Garbage: The Rage and Rapture Tour, Saturday, July 29
Santana, Saturday, Aug. 5
Kings of Leon, Sunday, Aug. 6
Florida Georgia Line with Nelly, Chris Lane and Ryan Hurd, Thursday, Aug. 10
Goo Goo Dolls with Phillip Philips, Saturday, Aug. 19
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr., Saturday, Aug. 26
Graham Nash, Sunday, Sept. 24

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Phish, Sunday, Aug. 6
Earth, Wind & Fire featuring Nile Rodgers, Monday, Aug. 7
Gloria Trevi vs. Alejandra Guzman, Saturday, Aug. 12
Lionel Richie: All the Hits with special guest Mariah Carey, Saturday, Aug. 19
Billy Joel, Monday, Aug. 21
Marc Anthony, Saturday, Aug. 26
Miel San Marcos, Saturday, Sept. 2
Eric Clapton, Thursday, Sept. 7, and Friday, Sept. 8
Depeche Mode: Global Spirit Tour with Warpaint, Saturday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 11

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Jerry Seinfield, Thursday, July 27
Blondie and Garbage: The Rage & Rapture Tour, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Gillian Welch — The Harrow & the Harvest in concert, Wednesday, Aug. 2
American Acoustic with Punch Brothers and I’m With Her and Julian Lage, Thursday, Aug. 3
Herbie Hancock, Monday, Aug. 7
Buckingham McVie, Wednesday, Aug. 9
The Beach Boys, Thursday, Aug. 17
Adam Ant: the Singles Tour,
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and TOTO, Thursday, Sept. 14
The Gipsy Kings, Friday, Sept. 15

Clubs – July 27, 2017

Clubs – July 27, 2017

Thursday, July 27
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Toolshed Jack
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: EJ the DJ
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Jeanne Zano Band
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tramps Like Us (Bruce Springsteen tribute)
The Olde Brook Inn, Route 307, Moscow: Tony Vergnetti
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Sketchy Business, Embera and Biofeedback
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous, Riley Loftus
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Jazz night with John Olcese and Geri Featherby
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Husty Bros.

Friday, July 28
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: The Husty Brothers
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Grrrls Night, Jackson Vee and Lissa
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Jacquees
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Robbie Walsh and Jack Farley
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Money Shot
Backdraft Sports Bar & Restaurant, 1256 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Dashboard Mary
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike & Mike
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Fab 3
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ BK, Brad Lowery, Tom Kelly and Jimmy Carroll
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sugar Ray
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Tim Farkas
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Outta the Blue
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Irrefutables
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Dour, Trunk, Hashgrinder, Vulturepeak, Hellrad and Clerikal Error
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Mace in Dickson
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Ostrich Hat
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Pat McGlynn Duo
The Olde Brook Inn, Route 307, Moscow: Teegan
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Blue Funk
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Karaoke, Money Shot
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Somethin’ Else and Rodney Laney
Parker House Tavern, 12 E. Parker St., Scranton: Reach for the Sky
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: DJ Chris, Pat O’Donnell, Chris Monty and David Kaye
The Rush Inn, 220 Zerby Avenue, Kingston: RJ Scouton
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Dance Hall Devils and Bryan Banks
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Six Guns Loaded
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Jonny D
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Max Dolcelli, Meghan Hanley and Brad Todd
Zymurger’s, 409 Shoemaker St., Swoyersville: Elephants Dancing

Saturday, July 29
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Eddie Appnel
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: D-West Trio
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Siis Jams
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Light Weight Duo
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Black Fawn Forest
Bones Bar, 1110 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Metal Show with The Aegean, City of Ember, Tusko and Traverse Abyss
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Frost Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: UUU
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Q-Ball
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Somethin’ Else, DJ Trex and David Kayne
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Drevitch
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Area 52
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Everytime Release Party with DJ Kenton and Delsa
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Common Threads
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Beyond Fallen, Turn Cloak, Suicide Conspiracy
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Halfway to Hell
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Poor Richard
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Soul City and Jimmy Carroll
Parker House Tavern, 12 E. Parker St., Scranton: Gypsy Wagon
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: The Girlz
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
The Sport Hill Inn, 984 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Bill and Donna Arnold
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Group du Jour
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Buzz and Flatland Ruckus
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Grayson Drive
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: LondonForce
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Max Dolcelli, Meghan Hanley and Brad Todd

Sunday, July 30
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Sage
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Black Tie Stereo
Crabby’s Seafood Grill and Pipes Bar, 3159 Lower Demunds Road, Dallas: Strawberry Jam
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: David Cupano
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Sugar Ray Solojam
The Olde Brook Inn, Route 307, Moscow: Alicia Lynn
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, July 31
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
Skyy Vu Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, August 1
The Olde Brook Inn, Route 307, Moscow: Dan Reynolds Duo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: The Frost
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Kevin Vest

Wednesday, August 2
Bazil, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marko Marcinko Jazz Trio
The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Open Mic with JR Huffsmith
The Olde Brook Inn, Route 307, Moscow: Frankie and Toby of the Poets
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Village Idiots
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: SpeakerJam Karaoke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays
Skyy Vu Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Smoke on the Water featuring Marty Edwards & Heartbeat
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Light Weight Duo
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Island influence – Couple from the Caribbean brings taste of their native countries to Wilkes-Barre

Island influence – Couple from the Caribbean brings taste of their native countries to Wilkes-Barre

In Caribbean culture, food creates distinct connections between people and other cultures.
For Carleen and Garfield Hartman, the Hartman Jerk Center created a space to share their love for their home countries and their native food.
The couple opened the Caribbean restaurant in April with hopes of bringing the flavors of both Jamaica and Guyana to Wilkes-Barre.
“We migrated from New York about five years ago, and we noticed there was not much of a variety of our culture around here,” Carleen Hartman said.
After serving Caribbean fusion-styled food out of a parking lot in downtown Wilkes-Barre for some time, the couple jumped on the opportunity to open up shop where a sushi restaurant previously stood.
And the restaurant itself embodies the culture of the Caribbean.
Upon walking into the 35-seat restaurant on South Main Street, customers are greeted by a bright yellow welcome mat. Strains of reggae music flow through the eatery and 25 small flags that represent each of the Caribbean nations hang above the countertop. Larger flags from Guyana, Jamaica and the United States are posted on the walls as a nod to the owners’ countries of origin as well as their current home.
Garfield Hartman cooks each dish for the restaurant, blending his experience cooking in the Army, hints from his grandmother and the influence of flavors he grew up surrounded by.
“(Garfield) is Guyanese and I’m Jamaican,” Carleen Hartman said. “The food is a sort of fusion between both. It’s authentic Jamaican and Guyanese … We all (in the Caribbean) eat the same foods. We might call it something different, or cook it in a different way, but it’s the same food.”
Some customer favorites include oxtail and butterbeans and variations of jerk fish, chicken and pork.
“We can’t have enough oxtail,” Carleen Hartman said. “We’re here working from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and we constantly have oxtail cooking. People love it because of the flavor and the way it’s cooked.”
Other specialties include a featured soup every Friday, ranging from cow foot and chicken foot to goat head soup. Each Friday, the restaurant also serves national dishes such as ackee and salt fish or callaloo with salt fish, which are served with festival dumplings.
When asked about future goals for the restaurant, Carleen Hartman quickly said she wanted to open two more restaurants — one in the Poconos and one in Hazleton. Though, she said they would also like to expand into Scranton as well, due to requests from residents in those regions.
“I love meeting different people from the different cultures,” she said. “When they come in, they first check to see if their flag is up there. And every single flag from inside here, I’ve seen someone come in from that place.”
The restaurant gained a widespread fanbase through radio ads and word of mouth, she added. One customer, originally from St. Lucia, drove more than two hours to get to the restaurant, tacking on additional time on for getting lost along the way. But when she arrived, the restaurant had every bit of food she was hoping for.
“She sat down, ate her food and said it was well worth the drive, that she’d definitely be back,” Carleen Hartman said with a smile. “Those are the things I’m happy for. Representing the Caribbean, the language, the culture. People start talking the way they would in their home countries, and they get a taste of home away from home.”
— charlotte l. jacobson


Hartman Jerk Center
Address: 72 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre
Phone: 570-871-3013
Established: April 1
Cusine: Jamaican and Guyanese fusion
Owners: Carleen and Garfield Hartman
Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Online: Visit Hartman Jerk Center on Facebook.

Marco Benevento to bring jazz-psych- jam rock fusion to River Street Jazz Cafe

Marco Benevento to bring jazz-psych- jam rock fusion to River Street Jazz Cafe

Garden State native Marco Benevento is no stranger to Northeast Pennsylvania. He has shared his singing and piano-playing talents with the area since 2004, and continues to come back because of the area’s hospitality.
“The hospitality from (local promoter) Tom Moran is the main reason we come back, “ he said. “He is a great host, and the crowd we play for is great as well. It has been over a year since we played there, so it will be nice to go back.”
Benevento hails from Livingston, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston, where the pianist physically received his college diploma from Ziggy Stardust himself: David Bowie.
“I was touched by magic,” he said with a laugh. “It was very cool to shake his hand and have him hand me my diploma. But actually, (saxophonist and composer) Wayne Shorter was another guest speaker at the graduation, and, at the time, I was way more into jazz, so I knew about him. (But) I am going through a big Bowie phase now, so it is cool to look back on.”
Benevento will perform his own blend of psych-jazz-jam rock at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains Twp. on Friday, June 16, when he takes the stage at 10 p.m. to promote his first live record, “Woodstock Sessions.”
“We are playing side A of the album in its entirety,” he said. “We will mix in some older tunes but it will be mostly our newest album. This one has some longer-ended jams in it because we loved recording it. All that energy, the live audience, everything.”
Benevento will belt out the vocals and jam on piano while Karina Rykman strums the bass and Andy Borger pounds out a rhythm on the drums. “Woodstock Sessions” represents a different sound for the trio thanks to Benevento taking on vocal duties.
“I have a little studio next to my house, and after the kids go to bed, from about 10 p.m. to midnight, I turn on everything and just record,” he said. “I sort of just go instead of having something to play, and then I go back and edit what I improvised. Just trim the fat.”
The rock trio finds influence in groups like Gorillaz and the Talking Heads, and feels excited to get back to the Jazz Cafe where everyone is “in your face.”
“We take a bit of that edge, on-your-feet sort of music, and get people dancing,” Benevento said. “We like the Jazz Cafe because it is like we are partying with the people.”
— samantha stanich


If you go
Location: River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River St., Plains Twp.
Date: 10 p.m., Friday, June 16; doors at 8 p.m.
Details: Tickets for the 21-and-over show cost $15, and can be purchased by visiting www.riverstreetjazzcafe.com.
Online: www.marcobenevento.com

 

Sounds – May 11, 2017

Sounds – May 11, 2017

Retakes and Redefinitions 

CONOR OBERST – “Salutations”
THE GOOD: Singer/songwriter Conor Oberst comes back with his second album in six months.
THE BAD: Prolific? Kind of. A rerun? Sort of.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Last fall, Oberst released the unplugged and intimate “Ruminations,” a ten-song collection featuring the man accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica. “Salutations” is that record’s companion piece, featuring all ten of those tunes given the full band treatment plus an additional seven new compositions.
So “Salutations” is more complex and fleshed out, the songs and their rich arrangements ringing true. Yet the new record also is less distinct than its predecessor. There’s something to be said for raw emotion — songs being all the more powerful when stripped to their bare essence. And when ten cuts become 17, there’s bound to be a few weaker links in the chain.
“Salutations” at times comes off as just another latter-day Bright Eyes release. Not bad, but lacking in the passionate sting found on last year’s set.
BUY IT?: Sure.

MINUS THE BEAR – “Voids”
THE GOOD: Seattle indie rock outfit Minus the Bear goes back to Suicide Squeeze Records for their sixth full-length.
THE BAD: Just like every other Minus record, “Voids” has great moments and meandering ones. The band likes its intricate arrangements and prog-rock inclinations. You always have to work a little.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Permanent long-time drummer Erin Tate has bailed, and the self-produced “Voids” finds touring drummer Kiefer Matthias sitting in. Other than that, the set finds no great changes within the band or their sound. This is typical Minus. Longtime fans should feel just fine in their comfort zone; “Voids” hits all the desired sweet spots.
Vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider leads the crew through a set of tracks both straight-forward (the shimmering “Last Kiss” and churning “Invisible”) and more broad in scope (the dramatic “What About the Boat” and forever-building “Lighthouse”). Sure, “Voids” is slightly interchangeable with other Minus sets, but the record never drags or wears out its welcome.
BUY IT?: As usual, your choice.

SPOON – “Hot Thoughts”
THE GOOD: Texas indie rockers Spoon give us their ninth.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Frontman Britt Daniel and the guys stick with the well-oiled Spoon formula, but add just enough color and sonic textures to give “Hot Thoughts” its own personality. Producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, OK GO) is back, but first impressions make the set feel more like a James Murphy record. Seriously, “Thoughts” is sprinkled with more electronic elements than usual and most of these songs are all about a fierce dedicated groove. Very LCD Soundsystem indeed.
But “Thoughts” doesn’t lock itself into any particular flavor for too long. The lilting “I Ain’t the One” is quite possibly the prettiest song Daniel has ever composed. And extended cuts “Pink Up” and “Us” go off into unchartered funk and jazz territories. Plus Spoon manages to embrace these sounds without coming off as self-indulgent. We end up with another gem in a “reliable” catalog that’s been progressing nicely for two decades.
BUY IT?: Definitely.

 

Wilkes-Barre rapper pursues dreams with support of fans

Wilkes-Barre rapper pursues dreams with support of fans

Rapper Jared Xavier grew up with music coursing through his veins — most teenagers in New York do, he said.

The Staten Island-born musician, now based in Wilkes-Barre, performs across Northeast Pennsylvania, promoting his love for hip-hop, jazz and neo soul music to create his own path. Xavier recently discussed his process for writing music, the release of his first EP — set to come out later this year — and where he sees his musical career going.

Q: How did you get involved in music?
A: Growing up in New York, that’s all we heard. It was a major part of the culture.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public?
A: I was the main act at the show, so I was very nervous, but I had a good amount of support, so it was great.

Q: What is the process like for writing your music?
A: It’s always different, but I usually listen to the beat for days and get my mind right, then I simply talk about normal stuff that goes on in my life.

Q: Have you been working on any new music lately? If so, can you tell me about it?
A: As of right now, I’m working on my first EP called “The Love Is Rare.” It’s going be a quick look into my life as a whole.

Q: How have you changed as a musician over the years?
A: I’ll change a lot. Sometimes I think I change too much. It’s a battle I often have with myself, but I know it’s for the better.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a musician?
A: My favorite memory is when I threw my first LTI event at The Other Side. It really let me know how many people supported the movement. LTI is my brand, Live to Inspire. It was my first show I put together independently. I did my own promotion and everything.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
A: I feel like there are a lot of the big-time artists coming out here more than ever, but on the same hand, the independent scene isn’t looking too good.

Q: Who has influenced you over the years?
A: I used to be highly influenced by other artists in the game, but as of right now I feel like life is what influences me the most.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a musician?
A: The biggest challenge is trying to be successful at this music thing. It can be very difficult at times.

Q: What are your future goals for your music?
A: My future goal is to be happy with how things are going musically, and for one day to get the recognition it deserves.
— charlotte l. jacobson

Meet the artist
Founded: 2012
Based out of: Wilkes-Barre
Genre: Hip-hop and rap
For fans of: J Cole, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa
Online: Jared Xavier on SoundCloud, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook