Fab 5 – May 25, 2017

Fab 5 – May 25, 2017

  1. ‘The Wedding Singer’
    Act Out Theatre presents comedy musical
    “The Wedding Singer” on Friday, May 26, Saturday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 28, at 3 p.m.
    The musical, based on the 1998 romantic comedy movie of the same name, is set in 1985 and tells the story of a New Jersey wedding singer, Robbie Hart, who’s left at the altar. He’s then heartbroken and determined to ruin other’s weddings until he meets and falls in love with a sweet waitress, Julia. Robbie must pull off the performance of a lifetime to win the girl of his dreams, who is coincidentally engaged to someone else.
    For ticket information, email actouttheatre1@gmail.com or text 570-881-4206.
  2. St. Ubaldo Day and Race of the Saints
    A Midvalley tradition, St. Ubaldo Day and Race of the Saints is Jessup’s version of the observance of La Festa dei Ceri in Gubbio, Italy, and takes place Saturday, May 27.
    The festival kicks off in the early morning with a band traveling through Jessup to awake the town. The celebration continues with activities throughout the rest of the day.
    The main event — the traditional running of statues of St. Ubaldo, St. George and St. Anthony through Jessup’s streets — starts at 5:30 p.m. at Powell Avenue and Ward Street, ending at Veterans Memorial Field, Jessup.
    For additional St. Ubaldo Day activities and more information, visit stubaldoday.com.
  3. Militia CD release party
    Scranton-based heavy metal band Militia will rock the night for the release their new CD, “Black Faith,” on Saturday, May 27, at 10 p.m. at The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton.
    Founded in 1993, the band has cranked out thunderous beats and head-banging riffs throughout the region. Though the band is known for sets dedicated to Slayer, Pantera, Metallica and more, this is Militia’s first CD of all-original music.
    Metal band the Aegean also will perform at the release party. Copies of “Black Faith” will be on sale for $5 and guests have a chance to win Marc’s Tattooing gift certificates.
    For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
  4. ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ screening
    Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA presents cult classic musical “Little Shop of Horrors” Thursday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m., at CaPAA’s Theater at the Ritz, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. The screening is part of the academy’s Musicals on the Big Screen series.
    The 1986 film, adapted from the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name, centers on a nerdy flower shop worker who raises a vicious, raunchy plant which needs human blood to thrive. “Little Shop of Horrors” was nominated for two Golden Globe awards, including best picture — comedy/musical.
    The film is rated PG-13 and the screening is BYOB. There is a suggested $5 donation which benefits renovations to make the Ritz Theater and CaPAA studios wheelchair accessible.
    For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
  5. The Clairvoyants
    Austrian duo Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass, known as the Clairvoyants, bring their mentalist show to the Keystone Ballroom inside Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315, Plans Twp., on Saturday, May 27, at 8 p.m. The Clairvoyants repertoire ranges from short magical scenes to illusions to mind reading. The pair has performed on Broadway and in a variety of shows, galas, cruise ships and corporate events. They toured with the Illusionists, the largest touring magic show in the world.
    In 2015, Ten and Van Tass were chosen as World Champions of Mentalism at World Championships of Magic. The Clairvoyants competed on season 11 of America’s Got Talent, where they placed second overall.
    Tickets start at $30 for the all-ages show and can be purchased through the box office, at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information, visit mohegansunpocono.com.
Wade into Fun – Riverfest returns to Lackawanna River with activities on and off the water

Wade into Fun – Riverfest returns to Lackawanna River with activities on and off the water

On Saturday, May 20, RiverFest 2017 celebrates the Lackawanna River and promotes its protection with festivities centered at Sweeney’s Beach Recreation Area, 41 Poplar St., Scranton.
Organized by the Lackawanna River Conservation Association, RiverFest raises funds to support the community-based nonprofit’s mission.
Bernie McGurl, executive director of the LCRA, says the group has spent a number of years fighting on behalf of the river’s well-being. 
“We were organized and created in 1987, so we’re actually celebrating our 30th anniversary this year,” McGurl said. “Our mission is to engage the community in activities that are beneficial for the river … activities that help to conserve the river and watershed resources.”
The LCRA first put on RiverFest in 1988, but it has changed greatly since then.
“During the 1990s, we expanded it to be a whole day of activities,” McGurl said. “Originally, it was just a canoe race in the morning and everybody went home … it evolved into a whole daylong festival to celebrate the river.” 
Many aspects of the festival’s earliest incarnation remain the same. The Lackawanna River Canoe-A-Thon, a 12-mile whitewater canoe and kayak race, still packs the waters. 
McGurl said roughly 150 to 200 canoes and kayaks launch from Maslyar Park in Archbald  (for advanced paddlers) and Blakely Borough Recreation Park in Peckville.
People often wait along portions of the
riverbank to cheer on the paddlers before heading over to the finish line and festival at Sweeney’s Beach.
Later in the day, RiverFest features guided, instructional kayak paddle excursions among other water-based activities. 
The free-to-enter Lackawanna River Regatta offers prizes to winners. 
“The Regatta is sort of a fun-filled boat parade. We ask people to decorate themselves and their boats … we’ve had huge, pink elephants and big, blue sharks,” McGurl said. “You could just get a float together, and we’ll get you launched.”
Another, more comical, contest also offers prizes to those who purchase “duck” tickets. 
“At the end of the day, we have our famous Duck-A-Thon, which is a duck race that involves special Lackawanna River racing ducks made in America. The winning prize in the duck race is $500.” 
In addition to boating activities, there will be plenty of fun out of the water. 
The festival features popular local bands Lightweight, Jung Bergo Duo and Mountain Sky Orchestra. This year’s emcee, Don Jacobs of “Pennsylvania Outdoors Live,” kicks off the entertainment at 11:30 a.m. Various food and craft vendors also will be on site and festivalgoers can set up a picnic in the park.
McGurl has high hopes that  RiverFest 2017 offers education as well as entertainment.
“We want to involve the community with the river so that they understand that it’s our river, and we can enjoy it,” McGurl said. “We need to take care of it. We still have a lot of problems — pollution that affects the water — but those problems are being addressed across the spectrum … and we need the community to come on board.”
— peter shaver


If you go
What: RiverFest 2017
When: Saturday, May 20. Finish line activities begin at 11 a.m. following the Canoe-A-Thon launch at 10 a.m.
Where: Festival activities are held at Sweeney’s Beach Recreation Area, 41 Poplar St., Scranton
Details: Admission is free. Canoe-A-Thon registration is $50 per person. For more information, call 570-347-6311 or email lrca@lrca.org. Proceeds benefit Lackawanna River Conservation Association.

Concerts – May 18, 2017

Concerts – May 18, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Angaleena Presley, Thursday, May 18
Daniel O’Donnell, Saturday, May 20
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Friday, June 2
Donovan, Sunday, June 4
Shadows of the 60s — a tribute to Motown, Saturday, June 10
Vince Gill, Thursday, June 15
TOTO, Sunday, June 18
Blackberry Smoke, Friday, June 23
The Ultimate Queen Celebration, Saturday, July 1
Robbie Fulks, Friday, July 14
Daughtry, Saturday, July 15
Amos Lee, Sunday, July 30

Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Eddie Money, Friday, May 19
The Commodores, Saturday, May 27
Dai Nhac Hoi Da Vum, Sunday, May 28
Craig Robinson, Saturday, June 3
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 10
1964 the Tribute, Saturday, June 24
The Midtown Men, Friday, Sept. 29
Eddie Griffin, Saturday, Oct. 21

Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-823-9407
The Clairvoyants, Saturday, May 27

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0249
Seth Walker, Thursday, May 18
Kick (INXS tribute), Friday, May 19
Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute), Saturday, May 20
Frontiers (Journey tribute), Friday, May 26
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, Saturday, May 27
John Nemeth, Sunday, May 28
Laurence Juber, Saturday, June 3
Al Stewart, Friday, June 16
Romeo Delight, Saturday, June 17
Craig Thatcher’s Eric Clapton Retrospective, Saturday, June 24
Splintered Sunlight — Summer of Love 50th anniversary party, Friday, June 30

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 800-745-3000
Bryan Adams, Saturday, June 13

The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Tickets: 570-961-9000
Susquehanna Breakdown, Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20
Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, Saturday, June 10
Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, Sunday, July 9
Vans Warped Tour, Monday, July 10
Camp Bisco, Thursday, July 13; Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15
Boston — The Band and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Tuesday, July 25
OneRepublic, Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, Wednesday, July 26
The Peach Music Festival, Thursday, Aug. 10; Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12
Luke Bryan and Brett Elderdge, Wednesday, Sept. 6

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Gordon Lightfoot, Friday, May 19
Get the Led Out, Saturday, May 20
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Friday, June 2
Craig Thatcher Band, Thursday, June 8
George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Sunday, June 11
Jake Kaligis Band, Thursday, June 15
Lou Gramm — Voice of Foreigner, Friday, June 16
Happy Together Tour, Thursday, June 22
The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ‘69, Friday, June 23
Fuel with Marcy Playground and Dishwalla plus Another Day Dawns, Saturday, June 24
Becky and the Beasts, Thursday, June 29
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Moodswing, Friday, May 19
Halfway to Hell (AC/DC tribute), Saturday, May 20
Scott Guberman and the Village Idiots, Sunday, May 21
The True Blue, Time Tested, Mother of All Bon Jovi Tributes: 7800 Fahrenheit, Friday May 26
The Return of New York State of Mind — Billy Joel tribute, June 3
Start Making Sense, tribute to the Talking Heads, June 9
Marco Benevento, Friday, June 16
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Saturday, June 17
Dead Winter Carpenters, the Dishonest Fiddlers and JP Biondo, Wednesday, June 21
Trippin’ on Nothing — Pre-Bakers Dozen Party, Friday, June 23
Hank and Cupcakes, Friday, June 30

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Thursday Night Throwdown, Thursday, May 18
Dead Men, Friday, May 19
King of the Mountain, Saturday, May 20
The Garcia Project, Friday, May 26
Mayfest, Saturday, May 27
Severed 2017, Saturday, May 27
Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute), Friday, June 2
Assuming We Survive, Friday, June 2
Three Dog Night, Sunday, June 11
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Thursday, June 15
Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, Saturday, June 17

Steel Stacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-297-7285
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Thursday, May 18
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Tuesday, May 23
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Friday, May 26
Puchi Colon and Friends, Saturday, May 27
Gerald Veasley, Thursday, June 1
Lotus Land (Rush tribute), Friday, June 2
The Royal Scam — a tribute to Steely Dan, Friday, June 9
Jeffrey Gaines, Saturday, June 10
Brian Posehn, Saturday, June 10
Lake Street Drive, Tuesday, June 13
Aaron Neville, Friday, June 16

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Pegnoard Nerds, Thursday, May 18
New Sound Brass Band, Friday, May 19
Ruth B, Tuesday, May 23
Jacob Whitesides, Wednesday, May 24
Rick Ross, Friday, May 26
Urban Cone + Nightly, Saturday, May 27
JMSN, Sunday, May 28
Future Islands, Monday, May 29
Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Wednesday, May 31
Roosevelt, Thursday, June 1

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Streetlight Manifesto, Friday, May 19
Pixies, Tuesday, May 23
City and Colour, Sunday, May 28
Banks, Friday, June 2
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Monday, June 5
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Saturday, June 10
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Saturday, June 17
Sevendust, Friday, June 23
Method Man + Redman, Thursday, June 29
Kehlani, Monday, July 10

Keswick Theatre, Glenside
Tickets: 215-572-7650
Little Feat, Monday, May 22
The Robert Cray Band, Friday, June 2
Get the Led Out, Saturday, June 17
Vince Gill, Sunday, June 18
1964 — the Tribute, Friday, June 23
Purple Experience, Saturday, June 24
Olate Dogs, Sunday, July 9
Asleep at the Wheel & Dale Watson, Saturday, July 15
Toad the Wet Sprocket, Saturday, July 22
Beatles vs. Stones, Friday, Aug. 18

Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tickets: 800-745-3000
Aaron Lewis, Friday, May 26
Kansas, Saturday, May 27
Don Henley, Saturday, June 10
David Blaine, Friday, July 7
The Righteous Brothers, Saturday, July 8
The Moody Blues, Tuesday, July 18
Jill Scott, Thursday, July 20
Dashboard Confessional with All-American Rejects and The Maine, Sunday, July 30
Gabriel Iglesias, Thursday, Aug. 31

Sellersville Theater, Sellersville
Tickets: 215-257-5808
Spyro Gyra, Friday, May 19
The Lettermen, Saturday, May 20
Joan Osborne sings the songs of Bob Dylan, Sunday, May 21
Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra, Wednesday, May 24
The Shadows of Knight, Thursday, May 25
Crack the Sky, Friday, May 26
The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers, Saturday, May 27
Philadelphia Funk Authority, Sunday, May 28
Ana Popovic, Tuesday, May 30
Lulu, Wednesday, May 31
John Mayall, Friday, June 2

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey
Tickets: 856-365-1300
Brad Paisley, Friday, May 19
MMR*B*Q 2017 featuring Godsmack and more, Saturday, May 20
Mumford and Sons, Thursday, May 25
Thomas Rhett, Saturday, June 3
Train, Thursday, June 8
Jack Johnson, Saturday, June 10
Florida Georgia Line, Saturday, June 17
John Legend, Thursday, June 22
Lady Antebellum, Friday, June 23
Dead and Company, Sunday, June 25

Tower Theater, Philadelphia
Tickets: 610-352-2887
Jean Michel Jarre, Thursday, May 18
Gov’t Mule, Friday, May 19
Elvis Costello, Friday, June 16
Yes, Tuesday, Aug. 8
Harry Styles Live on Tour, Thursday, Oct. 05
Loretta Lynn, Friday, Oct. 27
Tracy Morgan, Saturday, Oct. 28
Celtic Thunder, Friday, Dec. 1

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Iron Maiden, Sunday, June 4
Neil Diamond, Tuesday, June 20
New Kids on The Block, Saturday, June 24
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Saturday, July 1 and Saturday, July 29
James Taylor, Sunday, July 9
Ed Sheeran, Tuesday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 12
Kendrick Lamar, Wednesday, July 19
Hans Zimmer, Saturday, July 22
Queen and Adam Lambert, Sunday, July 30
Earth, Wind and Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Roger Waters, Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Wednesday, Aug. 9
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Wednesday, Aug. 16
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Friday, Aug. 18
Shawn Mendes, Tuesday, Aug. 22

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Train, Friday, June 16
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 22
Zac Brown Band, Friday, June 23
John Mellencamp with EmmyLou Harris and Carlene Carter, Friday, July 7
Luke Bryan, Thursday, July 13
Foreigner, Friday, July 14
Incubus with Jimmy Eat World and Atlas Genius, Sunday, July 16
Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Friday, July 21
Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, Saturday, July 22
Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs, Friday, July 28

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Billy Joel, Thursday, May 25, Tuesday, June 6, and Wednesday, July 5
The 1975, Thursday, June 1
El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, Saturday, June 10
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 15 and Saturday, June 17
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Friday, June 30
Phish, Friday, July 21 through Sunday, Aug. 6
Earth, Wind and Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Monday, Aug. 7
Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman, Saturday, Aug. 12
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Saturday, Aug. 19
Eric Clapton, Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8
Sam Hunt, Thursday, Sept. 14
Paul McCartney, Friday, Sept. 15
Scorpions, Saturday, Sept. 16

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Jerry Seinfeld, Thursday, May 18; Thursday, June 8; Thursday, July 13; Thursday, June 27; Friday, Sept. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 5
An Evening with Pat Metheny, Saturday, June 10
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14
The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show, Saturday, June 17
Diana Krall, Wednesday, June 21
Jason Isbell, Thursday, June 22 to Saturday, June 24
Sheryl Crow, Wednesday, June 28
Blondie & Garbage, Tuesday, Aug. 1
American Acoustic with Punch Brothers, I’m With Her and Julian Lage, Thursday, Aug. 3
Herbie Hancock, Sunday, Aug. 7

World Cafe Live (downstairs), Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-222-1400
The Dream Syndicate, Saturday, May 20
Lewis Watson, Sunday, May 21
Chris Kasper, Thursday, May 25
To Sharon with Brotherly Love: A Tribute to Sharon Jones, Saturday, May 27
Kiss The Sky (Jimi Hendrix tribute), Tuesday, May 30
Elizabeth Zharoff + Xavier Foley, Friday, June 2
Bria Skonberg, Wednesday, June 7
Southern Culture on The Skids, Friday, June 9
Casey Abrams and Gina Sicilia, Thursday, June 15
Peter Asher and Albert Lee, Monday, June 19
Robert Glasper Experiment, Tuesday, June 20

Clubs – May 18, 2017

Clubs – May 18, 2017

Thursday, May 18
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Wanabees Trio
Adezzo, 515 Center St., Scranton: Third Thursday with Zach Graham
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Susquehanna Breakdown Warm-Up Party
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: Third Thursday with Alexander Marino Duo
Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood, 301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: The Frost
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Donahue’s Tavern, 215 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sugar Ray
Honeychilds’, 109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Riley Loftus
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Moral Code, Black Lighter and Cook Bag
On&On, 518 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton: Third Thursday with Madd Katt
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Terra Preta Restaurant, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Third Thursday Comedy Show
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: That 90’s Band duo
Friday, May 19
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jay Orrell
The American Grille at Bomb Bay Cafe, 1044 Main St., Dickson City: DJ Pat Moore
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Diamond City Duo, Graystone All Stars Duo
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: The Third Nut
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Black Tie Stereo
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Flirtin’ with Yesterday
Benny Brewing Company, 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville:
DJ Neil and Peter Bales, Brian Chicoki and Carole Montgomery
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Asialena Duo
Ernie G’s Pub & Eatery, 1022 Main Ave., Avoca: Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Area 52
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: RJ Scouton
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Gypsy Magic Duo
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Honky Tonk Restaurant & Saloon, 763 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Aim & Fire
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Beyond Fallen and Traverse the Abyss
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Q-Ball
JJ McNally’s, 219 E. Market St., Scranton: The Fab Three
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Luongo Brothers Duo
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Tribes
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Nowhere Slow Duo
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Somethin’ Else and JP Justice
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Moodswing
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Riley Loftus and Anytime Soon
Venture Lounge & Nightclub, 1266 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: DJ NRG
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Michael Petit, Mike Gaffney and Scott Bruce
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dead Giveaway
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The 25th Hour
Saturday, May 20
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Bill Hoffman
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Erich and Tyler Music Co.
The American Grille at Bomb Bay Cafe, 1044 Main St., Dickson City: Speaker Jam
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: DJ Danny K
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: That 90’s Band
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Iron Cowboy
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Three Imaginary Boys
The Brew House Mini-Mart Cafe, 38 Sturges Road, Peckville: Anytime Soon
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Kartune, DJ Trex and John Knight
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kate Hearity
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party, KRZ Dance Party
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: XpoZure
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Shock Value, Elephants Dancing and E57
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Wade Preston
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Jim Carro Duo
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Dance Hall Devils
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Skin-n-Bones
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: The Disorders
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Justin Willman and DJ Chris
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Byrd Pressley Band and JP Justice, DJ Chris, Pat O’Donnell, Mike Speirs and John Knight
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Halfway to Hell
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Robbie Walsh and Jack Foley
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sugar & Spice
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Nowhere Slow and Ron Schoonover
The V-Spot, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Asialena
Waldo’s, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Pink Slip
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Michael Petit, Mike Gaffney and Scott Bruce
Sunday, May 21
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Jack Foley n’ Robbie Walsh
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Mike Barrasse
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Scott Guberman & the Village Idiots
Monday, May 22
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK
Tuesday, May 23
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Violet Sisters
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
Wednesday, May 24
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
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: Speaker Jam Karaoke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays
Skyy V Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Smoke On The Water featuring Marty Edwards & Heartbeat
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Fab 5 – May 18, 2017

Fab 5 – May 18, 2017

  1. Traveling Broke and Out of Gas at the Keys
    As part of a Northeast tour, Indiana-based band Traveling Broke and Out of Gas arrives at the Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton, for a night of music supported by local acts. 
    Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8. There is a $3 cover.
    Originally formed as a husband-and-wife duo, the group has since expanded in size and released three albums of folk-inspired sounds. The band delivers a passionate live act that includes songs inspired by social justice, sustainability, human rights, freedom, family, cooperation and love.  
    Supporting the band on Friday night are Wilkes-Barre-based acts the Charming Beards and Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms.
    For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
  2. Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival
    Chestnut Street in downtown Montrose fills with food, drinks and music for the 10th annual Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival on Saturday, May 20.
    Gates are open from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., regardless of weather. Presale tickets are $20. Tickets at the gate are $30 or $10 for non-drinking guests ages 16 and over. Wine-tasting participants must provide a valid ID to gain entry to the festival.
    Attendees receive complementary wine glasses at the gate. The festival features 75 vendors for wine tasting and chocolate. Musical acts Driftwood, Woodshed Prophets, the Bones of J.R. Jones and Canary Circus provide entertainment all day long.
    The festival also marks the opening of the latest exhibit at the Butternut Gallery, which features works by local artists.
    Proceeds from ticket sales and donations benefit Montrose community projects, such as the Endless Mountain Health System, the Montrose Library and Early Education Projects.
    For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.chocolatewinefestival.com.
  3. M.J. Dougherty’s Red Umbrella Tour
    Actor, author and speaker M.J. Dougherty arrives on Sunday, May 21, at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, as part of his Red Umbrella Tour.
    Tickets are $10 in advance and free for children and students. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. The “Red Umbrella Carpet” starts at 2:30 p.m.
    Dougherty, originally from Clarks Summit and currently living in Los Angeles, released his memoir, “Life Lessons from a Total Failure,” to high praise last year.
    The Red Umbrella Tour features Dougherty sharing stories from Northeast Pennsylvania, Hollywood and his life in general.
    Dougherty’s talk will be followed by a Q&A, book signing and light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at event.
    For more information on Dougherty, visit www.mjdougherty.com. To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
  4. Donn’s Dash RunRaiser at the Susquehanna Brewing Co.
    On Thursday, May 18, the Susquehanna Brewing Co. hosts Donn’s Dash RunRaiser for a night of beer, food and raffle prizes to benefit a good cause.
    Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m.
    Proceeds benefit the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and will help provide assistance to ALS patients and their families throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.
    The event is organized by Donn’s Dash 5K Run, which hosts its third annual race and fun run this June in Wilkes-Barre.
    For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
  5. NEPA Cornhole Tournament
    The Radisson Lackawanna Station hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, hosts the Northeastern Pennsylvania Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, May 20.
    Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the tournament starts at 11. Registration is $50 per team, with a 64-team limit for the event. 
    The top four teams that place will be eligible for $1,500 in cash prizes awards.
    The lawn game favorite features players throwing bean bags at a raised platform with a hole in its far end.
    To register, visit www.nepacornhole.com/tournaments. For more information, contact nepacornhole@gmail.com.
Fam Jam – Grateful for Spring returns to Mountain Sky with expanded lineup and kids’ activities

Fam Jam – Grateful for Spring returns to Mountain Sky with expanded lineup and kids’ activities

The fifth annual Grateful for Spring festival kicks off Friday, May 12, at Mountain Sky, 63 Still Meadow Lane, Jermyn, for two days of music set to an idyllic background.
Mike Rogowski, owner of Mountain Sky,  says the concert venue maintains a focus on “music, arts, creativity and the children.”  Rogowski noted that as schools cut budgets for music and the arts, the venue strives to be family-oriented to pass on musical traditions to younger generations, drawing everyone from “infants to elderly people.”
“We’re trying to keep it alive, as far as providing music and arts to the community,” Rogowski said. 
Grateful for Spring ushers in the venue’s festival season each year with a simple and true inspiration. 
“Basically, we’re grateful that winter’s over and spring’s here, so we’re going to have a concert,” Rogowski said. 
The venue officially began to operate five years ago and has grown since, with its festivals becoming increasingly popular. For Rogowski, this growth has been satisfying.
“It’s great to be able to reach out and get these bigger bands now as we progress… because we’re grassroots and we’ve been building up to this over the past five years,” Rogowski said.
Rogowski describes a particular excitement for this year’s addition of headliners John Kadlecik and Flux Capacitor. 
John Kadlecik is best known as an original co-founder of Dark Star Orchestra and as a sideman to Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in the band Furthur. Flux Capacitor, a younger band from outside Philadelphia, has gained a strong cult following in the festival scene. 
The festival also features Stronger Than Dirt, Village Idiots, The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers, Mountain Sky Orchestra, Diane Brigido & Friends, Friends of the Family and Riffmatik.
In addition to all the bands, the festival features art, craft and food vendors.
The growth of the venue has translated to more changes than larger profile performers. Mountain Sky is in the process of adding a recording studio and garden to the grounds. Additionally, this year’s Grateful for Spring features various new activities for children and families, such as a horse-drawn hayride. 
Jami Novak has performed with Scranton-based band the Village Idiots —aside from a few breaks for other musical endeavors — since the early 1990s. At the upcoming festival, Novak pulls triple duty, playing with Jami Novak’s Inner Space Project on Friday night, the Village Idiots on Saturday and sitting in with Stronger Than Dirt for their closing festival set. Though Novak performs at Grateful for Spring for the first time this week, he is well acquainted with the grounds and its festivals.  
“It’s a treasure of a place … it’s on the top of the mountain, and it’s really beautiful and spacious,” Novak said. 
Even more than the grounds, Novak has praise for Mountain Sky staff and volunteers, who he says emphasize the festival experience over all else. 
“The people work very hard just to make the place happen … it’s a good family up there, and they’ve come a long way from throwing little shows to having full-fledged festivals,” Novak said. “They really did something that’s super special that a lot of people really like.” 
Novak said he hopes new people will come out for this year’s Grateful for Spring festival.
“Anybody that hasn’t been there should really come up … and they won’t be disappointed. It’s a really sweet, sweet spot and the sky up there is really as good as its gets,” he said. “Everybody’s usually really enchanted by the vibes there, because it’s a smaller festival, so it’s even more enjoyable, in a way, because it’s not overloaded with people and craziness.”
Moving forward from the fifth year of Grateful for Spring and the opening of the festival season, Novak remains excited for the future of festivals at Mountain Sky. 
“It’s only getting better and better, and its going to be a really bright future for that place, I’m sure,” Novak said.
— peter shaver


If you go
What: Grateful for Spring music festival
When: Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13. The gates open May 12 at 11 a.m. with the first show starting at 3 p.m.
Where: Mountain Sky, 63 Still Meadow Lane, Jermyn
Details: Weekend pass pre-sale tickets are $55 or $65 the first day of the show. For tickets, visit www.ticketfly.com. For more information, visit www.mountainsky.net or contact ragu@mountainsky.net.

Move to ‘Her Mountains’ – CD release party to celebrate Brenda  Fernandes’ ‘inspiring’ new music

Move to ‘Her Mountains’ – CD release party to celebrate Brenda Fernandes’ ‘inspiring’ new music

On Friday, May 12, the AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, hosts a CD release party for Brenda Fernandes, who plans to fill the space with tranquil music off her new album, “Her Mountains.”
Fernandes, a Scranton-based musician and visual artist, classifies her album, which incorporates mantra and world music, roughly as “new age or meditative.” 
“The music itself is very inspiring,” Fernandes said. “It’s uplifting.”
For Fernandes, making music is not a new experience. She generated about six albums in the past, but she decided to approach the marketing for “Her Mountains” differently. 
“The albums that I did create, I sold out of the trunk of my car,” Fernandes said. “So, I never really counted them as ‘real.’” 
Fernandes’ approach to making music has “completely changed” since she first started playing in 2001. 
“[At] first, music for me was putting music to poetry … so it was more like expressing myself through my feelings,” Fernandes said. “I tried to explore all musical genres until I found a niche, my own style.” 
Lyrically, she drifted away from more “typical” themes. 
“The songs that I write are … I guess they’re more like prayers than songs,” she said. 
Fernandes’ sound has changed, as well. Her new album most heavily features her on the harmonium, a free-reed organ. 
“I originally play the piano, so that’s my main instrument, and the harmonium came to me through learning how to chant.”
In creating this album, Fernandes had the opportunity to take on many roles. 
“I created all the drum beats, I did all the harmonies and, with the use of my iPhone, it has something called a tanpura,” she said.  “So, that acts like a drone, and it almost sounds like a sitar.”
Her focus on creating meditative and peaceful music serves her well in other pursuits, too.  
“Currently, I’m a part of a program at Geisinger (Community Medical Center),” Fernandes said. “It’s called the Art Heals project … they hire musicians to play music in the ICU units to soothe and relax the patients’ families, the patients themselves and the people that work in the hospital.” 
Melissa Carestia, gallery coordinator at AFA, says Fernandes has played at the space before, and her connection to it stretches back a long time. 
“She’s a long-time member and participating artist of the gallery,” Carestia noted. 
Carestia looks forward to the performance and atmosphere she expects Fernandes will create.
“I think she’s a wonderful person and you can definitely get a sense of her personality through her artwork and music,” Carestia said. “It’s going to a be beautiful evening.”
— peter shaver


If you go
What: Brenda Fernandes CD release party
When: Friday, May 12; party runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with a performance at 7
Where: AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton
Details: For album information, contact brendafernandessings@gmail.com.

Clubs – May 11, 2017

Clubs – May 11, 2017

Clubs

Thursday, May 11
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Carl Albert
Honeychilds’, 109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Village Idiots Trio
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jackson Vee

Friday, May 12
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Riley Loftus
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Lily Mao
The American Grille at Bomb Bay Cafe, 1044 Main St., Dickson City: Classic Rock Express
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Family Funhouse
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Lone Ryderz Band
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Dymond and Cutter
Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: The Scorched Band
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ Trex, Peter Bales, Alexis and Kevin Downey Jr.
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Drevitch & The Electric Gentlemen
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Last Call Duo
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: The Sperazza Band
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Groove Train
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Honeychilds’, 109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Robbie Walsh and Jack Foley
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Luongo Duo
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Reggae Night Beach Party with Elephants Dancing
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Sugar Ray Nemetz
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Nino Blanco and Jeff Lewis
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Somethin’ Else and Derrick Eason
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: DJ Chris, Brad Lowry, Chris Monty and Paul Bond
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Mullen — A Salute to U2
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
The Tauras Club, 106 W. Market St., Scranton:
Millenium
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Wanabees and Marilyn Kennedy
Venture Lounge & Nightclub, 1266 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: DJ NRG
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: 3lb
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Buddy Fitzpatrick, Matt Burke and Scott Bruce
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The 25th Hour

Saturday, May 13
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Adam McKinley
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Rare Form
The American Grille at Bomb Bay Cafe, 1044 Main St., Dickson City: Free Jukebox Night
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Soul Shakers Blues Jam
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St, Old Forge: Two for the Road
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Mace in Dickson Band
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Flaxy Morgan
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Clarence Spady
Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: The Jeffrey James Band
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Somethin’ Else, DJ Trex and Paul Bond
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dale’s Jukebox
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Elephants Dancing
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: DJ Quoth and Brenna Hell
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: JP Williams Duo
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Luna Soltera, Los Doghouse, McGarnagle and Mime Tribes
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG, TakenBack
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Dan Reynolds Duo
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Satisfaction (Rolling Stones tribute)
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Cornhole Tournament, DJ Famous and Speaker Jam Karaoke
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Brian Dean Moore, DJ Chris and Kevin Downey Jr.
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Chapter 2 and Derrick Eason
Pub in the Pines, Route 940, Pocono Pines: Ostrich Hat – Six Year Anniversary
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: The Beautiful Ones (Prince tribute)
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Alyssa Lazar
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sweet Pepper & the Long Hots
Terra Preta Restaurant, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Marie & The Guillotines
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Sellout Soundtrack and Buzz
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: D-West
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Buddy Fitzpatrick, Matt Burke and Scott Bruce

Sunday, May 14
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: A Night to Remember Alex Chesney with Ber Lyn, Tim Woody, Evan & Friends, Candi Vee, Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms, The Way and Walau-eh
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Paul LaQuintano

Monday, May 15
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, May 16
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Butch & the Kid
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Michael Iorio

Wednesday, May 17
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
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Ctrl. Alt. Delete
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Concerts – May 11, 2017

Concerts – May 11, 2017

Concerts

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, Thursday, May 11
Suze, Friday, May 12
Angaleena Presley, Thursday, May 18
Daniel O’Donnell, Saturday, May 20
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Friday, June 2
Donovan, Sunday, June 4
Shadows of the 60s — a tribute to Motown, Saturday, June 10
Vince Gill, Thursday, June 15
TOTO, Sunday, June 18
Blackberry Smoke, Friday, June 23

Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Eddie Money, Friday, May 19
The Commodores, Saturday, May 27
Dai Nhac Hoi Da Vum, Sunday, May 28
Craig Robinson, Saturday, June 3
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 10
1964 the Tribute, Saturday, June 24
The Midtown Men, Friday, Sept. 29

Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-823-9407
The Clairvoyants, Saturday, May 27

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0249
The Bird Dogs, Saturday, May 13
Seth Walker, Thursday, May 18
Kick (INXS tribute), Friday, May 19
Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute), Saturday, May 20
Frontiers (Journey tribute), Friday, May 26
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, Saturday, May 27
John Nemeth, Sunday, May 28
Laurence Juber, Saturday, June 3
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 800-745-3000
Bryan Adams, Saturday, June 13

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Dark Star Orchestra, Saturday, May 13
Gordon Lightfoot, Friday, May 19
Get the Led Out, Saturday, May 20
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Friday, June 2
George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Sunday, June 11
Lou Gramm — Voice of Foreigner, Friday, June 16
Happy Together Tour, Thursday, June 22
The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ‘69, Friday, June 23
Fuel with Marcy Playground and Dishwalla plus Another Day Dawns, Saturday, June 24

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Mullen (U2 tribute), Friday, May 12
Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones — Prince tribute, Saturday, May 13
Moodswing, Friday, May 19
Halfway to Hell (AC/DC tribute), Saturday, May 20
Scott Guberman and the Village Idiots, Sunday, May 21
The True Blue, Time Tested, Mother of All Bon Jovi Tributes: 7800 Fahrenheit, Friday May 28
The Return Of New York State of Mind — Billy Joel tribute, June 3
Start Making Sense, tribute to the Talking Heads, June 9

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Alter Bridge, Thursday, May 11
Tommy Traina, Friday, May 12
Life of Agony, Friday, May 12
Jimmy Eat World, Saturday, May 13
Good Charlotte, Tuesday, May 16
Thursday Night Throwdown, Thursday, May 18
Dead Men, Friday, May 19
King of the Mountain, Saturday, May 20
The Garcia Project, Friday, May 26
Mayfest, Saturday, May 27
Severed 2017, Saturday, May 27
Steel Stacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-297-7285
Caroline Rhea, Sunday, May 14
Richie Kotzen, Wednesday, May 17
Kevin Devine, Wednesday May 17
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Thursday, May 18
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Tuesday, May 23
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Friday, May 26
Puchi Colon and Friends, Saturday, May 27
Gerald Veasley, Thursday, June 1
Lotus Land (Rush tribute), Friday, June 2

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Billy Currington, Thursday, May 11
YOU ME AT SIX, Thursday, May 11
Too Many Zooz, Friday, May 12
The Highway Finds Tour, Saturday, May 13
Wavves, Tuesday, May 16
So Far Gone, Wednesday, May 17
Pegnoard Nerds, Thursday, May 18
New Sound Brass Band, Friday, May 19

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Lupe Fiasco, Friday, May 12
Trey Songz, Saturday, May 13
Emo Night Brooklyn: The Official Bayside Tour Afterparty, Sunday, May 14
Say Anything and Bayside, Sunday, May 14
Streetlight Manifesto, Friday, May 19
Pixies, Tuesday, May 23
City and Colour, Sunday, May 28
Banks, Friday, June 2
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Monday, June 5

Keswick Theatre, Glenside
Tickets: 215-572-7650
Jim Jefferies, Friday, May 12
Brian McKnight, Saturday, May 13
My Favorite Murder, Sunday, May 14
Midnight Oil, Tuesday, May 16
Little Feat, Monday, May 22
The Robert Cray Band, Friday, June 2
Get the Led Out, Saturday, June 17

Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tickets: 800-745-3000
Brian McKnight, Thursday, May 11
The 1975, Friday, May 12
Tony Bennett, Saturday, May 13
Aaron Lewis, Friday, May 26
Kansas, Saturday, May 27
Don Henley, Saturday, June 10
David Blaine, Friday, July 7
The Righteous Brothers, Saturday, July 8
The Moody Blues, Tuesday, July 18

Sellersville Theater, Sellersville
Tickets: 215-257-5808
Robben Ford, Thursday, May 11
The Graham Parker Duo featuring Brinsley Schwarz, Friday, May 12
Life on Mars, inspired by the Sound and Vision of David Bowie, Saturday, May 13
Artie Shaw Orchestra, Sunday, May 14
The Subdudes, Wednesday, May 17
Spyro Gyra, Friday, May 19
The Lettermen, Saturday, May 20

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey
Tickets: 856-365-1300
Nobody Safe Tour, May 12
Brad Paisley, Friday, May 19
MMR*B*Q 2017, Saturday, May 20
Mumford and Sons, Thursday, May 25
Thomas Rhett, Saturday, June 3
Train, Thursday, June 8
Jack Johnson, Saturday, June 10
Florida Georgia Line, Saturday, June 17
John Legend, Thursday, June 22
Lady Antebellum, Friday, June 23
Dead and Company, Sunday, June 25

Tower Theater, Philadelphia
Tickets: 610-352-2887
Jean Michel Jarre, Thursday, May 18
Gov’t Mule, Friday, May 19
Elvis Costello, Friday, June 16
Yes, Tuesday, Aug. 8
Loretta Lynn, Friday, Oct. 27
Tracy Morgan, Saturday, Oct. 28
Celtic Thunder, Friday, Dec. 1

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Iron Maiden, Sunday, June 4
Neil Diamond, Tuesday, June 20
New Kids on The Block, Saturday, June 24
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Saturday, July 1 and Saturday, July 29
James Taylor, Sunday, July 9
Ed Sheeran, Tuesday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 12
Kendrick Lamar, Wednesday, July 19
Hans Zimmer, Saturday, July 22
Queen and Adam Lambert, Sunday, July 30
Earth, Wind and Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Roger Waters, Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Wednesday, Aug. 9
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Wednesday, Aug. 16
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Friday, Aug. 18
Shawn Mendes, Tuesday, Aug. 22

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Train, Friday, June 16
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 22
Zac Brown Band, Friday, June 23
John Mellencamp with EmmyLou Harris and Carlene Carter, Friday, July 7
Luke Bryan, Thursday, July 13
Foreigner, Friday, July 14
Incubus with Jimmy Eat World and Atlas Genius, Sunday, July 16
Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Friday, July 21
Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, Saturday, July 22

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Billy Joel, Thursday, May 25, Tuesday, June 6, and Wednesday, July 5
The 1975, Thursday, June 1
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 15 and Saturday, June 17
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Friday, June 30
Phish, Friday, July 21 through Sunday, Aug. 6
Earth, Wind and Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Monday, Aug. 7
Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman, Saturday, Aug. 12
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Saturday, Aug. 19
Eric Clapton, Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8
Sam Hunt, Thursday, Sept. 14
Paul McCartney, Friday, Sept. 15
Scorpions, Saturday, Sept. 16

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Jerry Seinfeld, Thursday, May 18; Thursday, June 8; Thursday, July 13; Thursday, June 27; Friday, Sept. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 5
An Evening with Pat Metheny, Saturday, June 10
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14
The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show, Saturday, June 17
Diana Krall, Wednesday, June 21
Jason Isbell, Thursday, June 22 to Saturday, June 24
Sheryl Crow, Wednesday, June 28
Blondie & Garbage, Tuesday, Aug. 1
American Acoustic with Punch Brothers, I’m With Her and Julian Lage, Thursday, Aug. 3
Herbie Hancock, Sunday, Aug. 7

World Cafe Live (downstairs), Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-222-1400
San Fermin, Friday, May 12
Rhiannon Giddens, The Freedom Highway Tour, Sunday, May 14
The Dream Syndicate, Saturday, May 20
Lewis Watson, Sunday, May 21

Fab 5 – May 11, 2017

Fab 5 – May 11, 2017

  1. Sip, Shop and Stroll Milford
    On Thursday, May 11, Girls Night Out, in conjunction with participating businesses, hosts Sip, Shop and Stroll Milford.
    The event is free to attend and starts at 5 p.m. During the event, Bar Louis at the Hotel Fauchere offers a complimentary glass of wine with store receipts of $30 or more.
    Highlights of Sip, Shop and Stroll Milford include complimentary fitness classes at Jen Murphy Fitness, a meet-the-musicians open house at Waterwheel Guitars, a prize drawing from New Mindset Massage, refreshments at various store locations and more.
    Girls Night Out is hosted by Milford Presents, a nonprofit organization responsible for producing special community events.
    Visit www.milfordpa.us/home.html for more information and to find a map of participating Milford stores.
  2. Live on Stage, The Rainforest
    A tropical rainforest takes over Valley View High School, 1 Columbus Drive, Archbald, on Friday, May 12. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.
    “Live on Stage, The Rainforest” presents attendees with the sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest and features exotic birds, kinkajous, monkeys and snakes.
    The roots of the show date back to the 1980s, when the its founder and director, Mike Kohlrieser, became aware of threats to the rainforest. He sought to use his skills as an animal trainer and stage entertainer to educate others on the rainforest and its animals facing possible extinction through the nonprofit Understanding Wildlife Inc. Kohlrieser presents it as a unique comedy animal show.
    For more information, visit http://therainforestlive.com/.
  3. Coaches vs. Cancer of Northeast PA’s Basketball Gala
    On Saturday, May 13, Coaches vs. Cancer of Northeast PA’s fifth annual BasketBall Gala raises funds for a good cause in the hotel ballroom at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre.
    Tickets are $150 each or $1,500 for a table of ten. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with a VIP reception for honored guests. Cocktail hour starts at 6, and the night features dinner, live entertainment and a silent and live auction. This year’s gala honoree is Patti Lynett.
    Coaches vs. Cancer Northeast PA is part of a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which empowers college basketball coaches as well as their teams and local communities to help fight cancer. The events supports the ACS’s mission, which seeks to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.
    To donate or purchase tickets, visit http://gala.acsevents.org.
  4. Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
    Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox arrives at Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, with new spins on modern hits on Saturday, May 13.
    Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets range from $40 to $45.
    The rotating music collective is best known for performing present day pop hits in a vintage style influenced by jazz and swing. Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox has amassed more than 600 million YouTube views, traveled on two international tours and performed on “Good Morning America.”
    The group returns to Lackawanna College for the second time as part of Community Concerts at Lackawanna College.
    To purchase tickets, call 570-955-1455 or visit the school’s box office or www.lackawanna.edu.
  5. Parrots of the Caribbean: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffet
    Parrots of the Caribbean flocks to Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, for a tribute to Jimmy Buffet on Friday, May 12.
    The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, or for $35, guests can attend the concert and the Post-Show Parrot Party in the venue’s Grand Ballroom. This includes one free margarita, light fare and a meet-and-greet with the band.
    Parrots of the Caribbean is a five-piece group of skilled musicians who bring energy and enthusiasm to their Buffet tribute act. The Ohio-based band has been devoted to the act, touring heavily since formation in 2000. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 570-344-1111 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Cover artist retains authenticity through song selection

Cover artist retains authenticity through song selection

Raymond Nemetz, better known as SugarRay SoloJam, played with multiple bands throughout the years, but now he performs as a solo guitarist/vocalist across Northeast Pennsylvania. He performs everything from British invasion pop songs and Motown to country and doo-wop and everything in between.
He is at a point in his music career where he won’t play anything he doesn’t like — which isn’t a lot considering he covers a wide range of genres — but wants his audience to feel his authenticity when he plays. Nemetz’s goal is to have the audience drive the song selection and then sing along with every song he plays.
He plays straight through the night for NEPA, even indulging in requests from the audience.
“I don’t play a few songs then break and come back, that doesn’t work for me,” he said. “I like the flow of one long set. I’m on break until the next gig, so I have plenty of time to rest.”

Q: How did you get involved in music?
SugarRay SoloJam: As far back as I can remember I enjoyed listening to music. My father and grandfather were players on a small scale. At home, there was always a radio on or an album playing on the stereo. My mother’s youngest sister was into early rock ‘n’ roll like Buddy Holley, Elvis and Bobby Darin and I’d listen to her 45s. Then, The Beatles hit the scene and I was hooked! I took a few guitar lessons — thank you Mom & Dad! I wish I stuck with it, but I started playing in local bands with my friends, going to local dances at halls, school gyms and the CYC where the established local bands performed.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public?
SR: I sang in grade school plays like everyone probably did. My first band gig with a guitar was at a bazaar in a neighboring town. I do remember that we only knew three or four songs and we didn’t know them all that well. We just sort of got it close musically and jammed. We did work on the vocals and had some good harmonies for young guys. We were more of a novelty to fill in time for the real band. It was a good experience nevertheless.

Q: How did you come up with your name?
SR: I currently perform under my long time nickname of SugarRay. I can’t even remember how that got started, but I stuck with it for lack of something better. My friend and owner of a club I play at tacked on the SoloJam part, he said, “man, you just get up there and go, you go with the flow of the crowd, it’s like a jam session, like a solo jam.” I liked it, so I added it to my performing name.

Q: How have you changed as a musician over the years?
SR: For most of my career, I was a singer and a bass player. The last five or six years I’ve played guitar almost exclusively. I was so scared to perform first as a duo member, then as a solo performer. I didn’t think I could carry an entire night without a band or, God forbid, by myself. I have my former band mate, duo partner and great friend, Greg Riley to thank for my solo career. Greg pushed me to perform on guitar in the duo and later as a solo performer. Greg had confidence in me that I certainly didn’t have in myself at that time. I owe him big time.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a musician?
SR: Certainly playing for President Clinton at his inaugural ball in the White House and at a few parties the first couple attended were all huge highlights. The band received so much attention from those gigs, we were in the paper and on TV numerous times. A reporter from a Philadelphia newspaper interviewed us and we ended up with two pages of write up in the paper. It was pretty awesome.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
SR: Years ago, you could go out just about any night of the week and hear a great band. There were so many venues that supported live bands and so many great bands and musicians. Now, there are far fewer venues and as a result far fewer bands. There are plenty of duo’s and solo performers, which is good. There are still great options for live entertainment. Some bands are still performing at a high level and doing well, but no where near as many as there were even 10 years ago. Another side of this loss of venues is that it forced younger musicians into the studio, which I see as a good thing. I see so many younger bands doing only originals, it’s awesome.

Q: Who has influenced you over the years?
SR: I’ve been influenced by the people closest to me. My family, my children; not so much by any musical artist but by events and circumstances.

Q: What is the biggest challenge?
SR: I think the biggest challenge for me is to keep my energy up and not to get in a rut. I never use a set list or play the same songs every gig; in fact, I try to not play the same songs in the same week, regardless of venue. Some songs I do again just because I like them or they’re new for me and I’m refining my delivery, but generally I rotate them around. I find that keeps it interesting for me and the audience. I try to put two new songs — new for me, not necessarily new time-wise — in a week. That’s challenging and keeps me energized, looking for new material.

Q: What are your future goals for your solo career?
SR: I’m exploring a couple of new venues. I want to keep my existing venues for sure. I work with the most awesome owners/managers you could ever imagine. I am extremely grateful to them all for the opportunities they provide me. I want to meet new people and see old friends. I want to learn new songs that the folks I play for will enjoy as much as I do.
— samantha stanich

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Meet the artist
Genre: Rock/Classic Rock
Based out of: Scranton
Upcoming shows: “Jamming for Greg”, May 20, 6:30 p.m. at Arcaro and Genell’s, 442 S. Main St., Old Forge.

Fab 5 – May 4, 2017

Fab 5 – May 4, 2017

#1 The NEPA Philharmonic Masterworks series: “A Season’s Grand Finale”
Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic closes out this year’s Masterworks series on a high note with “A Season’s Grand Finale,” on Friday, May 5, at the F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.
The orchestra, soloists and the Philharmonic Festival Chorus are set to perform Mozart’s compelling and emotional masterpiece, Requiem in D minor K. 626. Additionally, the night features a performance of  Dvorak’s popular Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” described as a “love letter” to America.
Tickets range from $31 to $66. The concert begins at 8 p.m.
For more information, visit http://nepaphil.org/masterworks/.

#2 Windows to the World at Marywood
On Thursday, May 4, Marywood University hosts the fourth annual Community Leadership Celebration, which supports university students, at the university’s Insalaco Arena in the Center for Athletics and Wellness.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and features a culinary tour of the world, living florals and aerialists, a student performance from “Godspell,” a jazz group, dueling pianos and a
saxophone quartet.
Dr. Patrick J. Fricchione will be presented with the Lead On Award, which recognizes community leaders who work to strengthen the region.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit marywood.edu/clc.

#3 Ballroom Bazaar for Susan G. Komen NEPA
A grand spring shopping event supports a great cause and takes place on Sunday, May 7, in the main ballroom of the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton.
The Ballroom Bazaar lasts from 1 to 4 p.m. and features a variety of craft and boutique vendors as well as food and wine concessions. Additionally, attendees can enter to win raffle prizes donated by vendors, including a special Just for Mom basket raffle.
Admission is $5 and free for children 12 and under. Attendees who register online have the option of purchasing a More Than Pink shopping tote bag, which they can pick up at the event, for $5.
Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Northeastern Pennsylvania, which raises funds to support breast cancer research and to support local breast health services.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit komennepa.org

#4 Kentucky Derby Day at the Racetrack
Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315 Blvd., Plains Twp., celebrates the 143rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6.
Attendees can watch the derby on the racetrack’s jumbo screen and try a mint julep in a souvenir glass. Live harness races follow the derby.
The patio bar opens at 11 a.m., and Champagne brunch in Pacer’s Clubhouse features Southern delicacies and lasts from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 4. Both brunch and dinner are available by reservation only. Tent and trackside concessions open at 3.
There also will be a souvenir photo booth lasting from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and various contests offering prizes for attendees.  
A Run for the Roses Hat Revue registration is from 2 to 5:15 p.m. in the Racing Lobby, with judging at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Winner’s Circle. There will be an award for most fashionable couple, with judging at 5:40 p.m.
For more information, visit www.mohegansunpocono.com. For brunch or dinner reservations, call 888-916-4672. 

#5 Cheers to Spring Wine Festival
On Saturday, May 6, Abington Heights Civic League raises funds and celebrates the new season with Cheers to Spring Wine Festival at South Abington Township Park, 643 N Blvd., South Abington Twp.
Tickets are currently on sale for $20 or $10 for designated drivers. On the day of the event, any remaining tickets will be sold for $25 at the gate. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. 
The festival features wine tasting and shopping from ten wineries as well as food vendors, a large raffle basket, 50/50 and music.
The AHCL is a community organization that offers scholarships and programs such as Trick or Treat for UNICEF and the Abington Heights Civic League Dance Academy. 
Tickets can be purchased from AHCL members or at www.eventbrite.com.

 

 

Clubs – May 4, 2017

Clubs – May 4, 2017

Thursday, May 4
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Blues Broker Records Blues Jam with Teddy Young
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia night
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Fake Uncle Jack
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Original music night
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Pink Talking Fish
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: See See Duo

Friday, May 5
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: John Strasburger
The American Grille at Bomb Bay Cafe, 1044 Main St., Dickson City: Cinco de Mayo with Friend of the Gypsy
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Andrew Cutillo
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Violet Sisters
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Tweed, Conscious Pilot
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Pulp Flannel
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ Neil, Mark Demayo, Coleman Gren, JJ Ramirez
Crotti’s On Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton: Leather and Lace Reunion
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kira + Brooke
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Kevin and Bevan
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: NEPA Metal Meltdown
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Take 3
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Cinco de Mayo Street Party
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Tony Vergnetti and Robby Walsh
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Pink Slip
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Paul’s Turn, See You Next Tuesday, Candi and Angel
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Somethin’ Else and Quentin Heggs
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: DJ Chris, Rob Ryan, Moody McCarthy and Teddy Smith
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Primate Fiasco with Riffmatik
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Aim & Fire
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dashboard Mary
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Eric McMahon, Andy Beningo and Scott Bruce
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The 25th Hour

Saturday, May 6
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Ostrich Hat
The American Grille at Bomb Bay Cafe, 1044 Main St., Dickson City: Marilyn Kennedy
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: The Strangers
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Space Bacon, Solaris and Newpy Hundo
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Tom Waskevich
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: That ‘90s Band
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Q-Ball
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Bryd Pressley Band, DJ Marc Anthony and Teddy Smith
Creekside Inn, 406 State Route 92 North, Tunkhannock: George Sobeck and Tom States
Dooley’s Pub & Eatery, 120 Oak St., Old Forge: Street Life Serenaders (Billy Joel tribute)
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Cruise Control Acoustic Duo
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance party
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Klusterphunk
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: NEPA Metal Meltdown
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Q-Ball
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Foam party with DJ NRG
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: 30 Pack Lite
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: D-West
Oligan’s, 23 Southside Lane, Dalton: the Control Freaks
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Hostile Authority
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Into The Spin and JJ Ramirez
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Tommy Guns Band and Quentin Heggs
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: MIZ does Clapton
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: The Girlz
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: John Smith of the Underground Saints and Black Tie Stereo
Tomiano’s Lounge, 273 S. Main St., Archbald: Static in the Attic
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Behind The Grey
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Eric McMahon, Andy Beningo and Scott Bruce

Sunday, May 7
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, May 8
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: I Was Afraid, Ringfinger, VULTUREPEAK and CuddleDrug
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK
Tuesday, May 9
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Bike night with entertainment
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jeremy Burke
Wednesday, May 10
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
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Strawberry Jam and Village Idiots
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dustin Drevitch
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Record Store Day 2017

Record Store Day 2017

Record Store Day enters its 10th year on Saturday, April 22, as music lovers throughout Northeast Pennsylvania engage in the worldwide celebration by gathering at participating local record stores to buy and listen to music.
Joe Nardone Jr., co-owner of Gallery of Sound — which has locations in the Fashion Mall in Dickson City, Laurel Mall Strip Center in Hazleton and at 186 Mundy St. in Wilkes-Barre — has participated in the event since its inception and witnessed it change and grow over the years.
“The first year we only had a few (special releases). … It’s blown up into a 300-release day for all different types of music,” Nardone said. “Some people find different things on the list and try to get a copy for themselves. It’s kind of evolved into a treasure hunt kind of day.”
Nardone believes there’s something for everybody. He noted that most of the day’s special releases are vinyls, but there also are a few CD and cassette releases. In addition to free items at stores, the day features merchandise releases, such as a “Star Wars”-themed turntable, while Record Store Day’s official beer, Dogfish Head, puts out a special compilation album.

Rare gems
“There’s a few things from the Cure, there’s a Grateful Dead release that’s never been out before, (and) there’s a Smiths special single that hasn’t been around in a long time,” Nardone said.
Additionally, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Gallery of Sound’s Mundy Street location, audiences can hear live music from Aaron Fink, Death Valley Dreams, Charles Havira, Rockology All Stars and Inner Temple. The morning and night feature vinyl DJs.
R.J. Harrington, owner of Embassy Vinyl, 352 Adams Ave., Scranton, also has participated in Record Store Day for the past decade. He said the event always creates a great atmosphere in the store. People go to record stores to see free live music and end up making purchases, or they go to buy something and listen to bands they might not have otherwise heard.
“It’s a door that opens both ways, in a good way,” Harrington said. “You go out to it with the right attitude, to support small business … and you also go out and support local musicians.”
Embassy Vinyl plans to pack the store with new vinyl releases and eclectic live music from Westpoint, Poison Thorn (a DJ set), Spur, Rest, University Drive, Gold Gauze, Old Charades and Worn.
“We’re going to be having live bands here pretty much all day, from noon till when we close,” Harrington said.
Jay Notartomaso, owner of Musical Energi, 24 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, said the store is excited about this year’s Record Store Day releases.
“There’s a lot of good stuff this year,” Notartomaso said. “It’s a lot better than the last two years.”
Musical Energi, which has existed for roughly 30 years and began celebrating Record Store Day years ago after transitioning from selling used to new and used items, opens early on Saturday and features live music later in the day. Notartomaso plans to raffle off gift certificates and merchandise, and customers also can expect to find giveaways and discounts on certain items.
Notartomaso urged music fans to “come out and hang out in the record store for a while.”
Nardone stressed the significance of the day, which has turned into a celebration of independent record stores and local music.
“When this started 10 years ago, the number of record stores was in huge decline, and since that time the decline sort of stopped and more shops opened,” Nardone said.
— peter shaver

 

Readers’ Picks

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, “Lime and Limpid Green”
“I like this title because the group featuring Sean Lennon and Les Claypool has already released some pretty interesting music so far. The release is special because these songs are cover songs put together specifically for Record Store Day on a green 10-inch vinyl record.”
— Joe Nardone Jr., owner of the Gallery of Sound

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, “Hammersmith Odeon London ‘75”
“It doesn’t get any better than Bruce and the band live. Following the release of the classic ‘Born To Run’ album, this was the band’s first concert appearance outside of the United States. Recorded Nov. 18, 1975, this album roars with ‘Thunder Road,’ ‘Backstreets,’ ‘Kitty’s Back,’ ‘Detroit Medley’ and more.”
— Jim Reeser, The Citizens’ Voice sports editor

TOTO, “Africa”
“I’m a sucker for picture discs, and this 12-inch includes two of the bands greatest hits — ‘Africa’ and ‘Rosanna.’ This limited edition, special release also marks the band’s 40th anniversary, and with their 40th anniversary tour coming to the F.M. Kirby Center on June 18, I suggest scooping this one up and trying to get it signed at the concert.”
— Will Beekman, executive director of the F.M. Kirby Center

Jason Isbell, “Welcome To 1979”
“As much as I love Jason Isbell’s original work, I’m very excited about this vinyl-only, live covers album he’s releasing for RSD. It features covers of John Prine, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and others. It also features a live version of ‘Never Gonna Change,’ an Isbell original which he wrote when he was with the Drive-By Truckers. This is a must-have for any Jason Isbell fan. Hey, Joe Nardone, help a brother out!”
— Will Beekman

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, “Lime and Limpid Green”
“So many to choose from, but I’m really looking forward to the Claypool Lennon Delirium’s 10-inch EP, mostly because their release last year was one of my favorites and I can’t wait to hear more from them.”
— Jay Notartomaso, owner of Musical Energi

“Dr. Who and the Pescatons”
“This vinyl reissue of the soundtrack makes a great addition to any Whovian’s collection, and I hope to secure it on Record Store Day.”
— Kristen Gaydos, The Citizens’ Voice assistant city editor