Live Music in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Live Music in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre



July 24 to 30


Thursday, July 24
Bar on Oak, Pittston — The Tones
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap — Jazz Jam w/Bill Goodwin & Friends
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre — Satisfaction (Rolling Stones tribute band )
Oak Street Express, Scranton — DJ Famous
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Seamus Kennedy (8 p.m.), Open Jam w/Jerry Trapper
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains — The Primate Fiasco
The V-Spot, Scranton — Eric Rudy
Wellington’s Pub & Eatery, Clarks Summit — Paul Laquintano

Friday, July 25
Bar on Oak, Pittston — Dan Reynolds Duo
Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood, Scranton — The Andrews Vibe Quartet
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — Renora Code
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — Jigsaw Johnny
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — ‘80s Night w/DJ Devo Dave
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, Clarks Summit — Crimson Tears
Manhattan Drive Jazz Club, Dunmore — Take 3
Mert’s, Scranton — Black Tie Stereo
Minooka Pub, Scranton — Fuzzy Park
New Penny, Scranton — A Green August
Oak Street Express, Scranton — Couple Two Trio
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Live Music TBA
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains — Omnitial (Rolling Stones tribute)
Static Night Club, Scott Township — DJ Party
The V-Spot, Scranton — Destination West
Wellington’s Pub & Eatery, Clarks Summit — Brad Parks

Saturday, July 26
Backyard Ale House, Scranton — Tom Graham
Bar on Oak, Pittston — Latin Night w/Live Band
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Mongo
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Strawberry Jam
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — Q-Balls
Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley — Miles to Dayton
Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley — Miles to Dayton
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Hip Hop Lyrical Warfare
Manhattan Drive Jazz Club, Dunmore — Gerard Mayer Trio
Mert’s, Scranton — The Chatter
Minooka Pub, Scranton — Dan Reynolds Duo
New Penny, Scranton — Cherry Pie
Oak Street Express, Scranton — DJ Famous
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Live Music TBA
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
Static Night Club, Scott Township — Latin DJ Party
The Settlers Inn, Hawley — Dan Bradley (6-9 p.m.)
The V-Spot, Scranton — The Fallen
Wellington’s Pub & Eatery, Clarks Summit — DJ Global Dreams

Sunday, July 27
Bullfrog Brewery, Williamsport — B.D. Lenz
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Karaoke w/DJ Honey Do
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — The Invisible Swordsmen
Oak Street Express, Scranton — Butch & The Kid
The V-Spot, Scranton — V-Spot Idol 3

Monday, July 28
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Monday Night Raw hosted by The Wolf
Oak Street Express, Scranton — Open mic w/Dillon & Tyler

Tuesday, July 29
Bar on Oak, Pittston — Line dancing w/Danny Star
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Bike Night w/DJ Ringmaster
Harrington’s Pub & Grill, Olyphant — Karaoke Contest w/DJ Devil Dog
Oak Street Express, Scranton — DJ Famous
The V-Spot, Scranton — Omnitial Duo

Wednesday, July 30
Bar on Oak, Pittston — Line dancing w/Barb
Bazil, Clarks Summit — Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — Karaoke w/DJ Terryoke
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Open Mic w/Jay Luke
Oak Street Express, Scranton — Karaoke w/Speaker Jam
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Village Idiots
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains — Robert Hunter after party
The V-Spot, Scranton — Kevin Vest

Things to Do in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Things to Do in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

5 great things to do this week


July 24 to 30


Missing You
John Waite, former lead singer of The Babys and Bad English, plays the Keystone Grand Ballroom at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Friday, July 25. Doors open at 7 p.m with showtime at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.
Lancaster, England-born rock star/balladeer/storyteller Waite struck gold in 1984 with his chart-topping solo hit “Missing You,” (Waite re-recorded the song in 2007 as a duet with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss).
In 2014, Waite is back with Best, his new greatest hits album which spans his entire 40- year career. Best features re-recorded versions of signature classics such as “Back on My Feet Again,” “Isn’t It Time,” “Missing You” and live renditions of “Head First,” “Saturday Night” and “Change.”
His music has been featured in movies such as Selena, True Romance, Days of Thunder and Vision Quest, as well as the first episode of Miami Vice and the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. — tg


Badfish to the bone
In the spirit of Bradley Nowell and the music of Sublime, Badfish — a tribute to Sublime — is ready to light up the Sherman Theater Summer Concert Stage at Mt. Airy Casino Resort, Mt. Pocono, on Saturday, July 26 with “Beers, Burgers and Badfish.” Tickets for the all-ages show range from $20 to $26. Showtime is 4 p.m.
The reggae-surf-rock-punk band Sublime ended with the untimely death of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brad Nowell, in 1996. Badfish continues to carry the torch left in the extended absence of the original band (the original members of Sublime have since re-formed with a new singer in 2010). Formed in 2001, Badfish has become one of the biggest club and theater acts in the Northeast and Midwest. Badfish is Pat Downes (guitar, vocals), Joel Hanks (bass), Scott Begin (drums) and Dorian Duffy (keys, guitar).
For more information, visit — tg


Just Kidding
Proving it’s still possible to piss people off, if not exactly shock them, in the 21st century, Real Time’s Bill Maher stakes his claim to fame with the tagline “Equal Opportunity Offender.” Best known today as a talk show host after seven years on HBO and more than a decade before that on Comedy Central as the host of Politically Incorrect, Maher has authored five books including the recent The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass. The comedian got his start in stand-up back in 1979 and in addition to the nine stand-up specials he’s filmed over the years, he continues to sling jokes in front of a live theater audience at least 50 times a year. He’ll perform in “An Evening with Bill Maher” at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, July 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $51 to $101. Call the box office at (570) 826-1100 or visit for more information. — ag


Pre-Code Party
Commonly known as the Hays Code for the influence of Hollywood censor Will H. Hays, The Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 was adopted after the transition from silent to talking films in acknowledgement of the power pictures had to influence the moral fabric of society. It would take some four years before the code was enforced however and producers took liberties in those few years, shooting sexually titillating scenes and showing sympathy for moral ambiguity. Women, in particular, enjoyed considerably more liberated roles before the Hays/Breen Office cracked down in 1934. The Albright Memorial Library in Scranton kicks off a Ladies of Pre-Code Film Festival on Wednesday, July 30 at 6 p.m. with the 1933 black and white classic Baby Face, starring Barbara Stanwyck as the prostituted daughter of a sleazy speakeasy owner in Erie who escapes to New York City where she sleeps and schemes her way to a posh penthouse and finally, redemption. Films continue weekly through Aug. 27 in the community room in the basement of the Children’s Library. See our calendar of events for additional titles or call (570) 348-3000 x3008 for more information. — ag


Smells like family fun
Adapted by John Glore from the book by Jon Scieska and Lane Smith, The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales opened last weekend at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg under the direction of Richie Cannaday. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s annual Summer Family Show, the musical comedy is set in the Land of Fairy Tales inhabited by familiar characters from princesses, witches and giants to fabled animals and other satirical figures. Appropriate for all ages, the show runs through Sunday July 27 at 3 p.m. with additional performances Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 or only $8 for children ages 12 and younger. Call (570) 784-8181 or visit for more information. — ag
Pictured: Ensemble member Daniel Roth as the Giant and guest actor Eric Wunsch as Jack.

Concerts in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Concerts in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Concerts in the 570 and beyond

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: (570) 826-1100
Bill Maher, July 27
Robert Hunter, July 30
The Irish Rovers, Aug. 24
Willie Nelson and Family, Sept. 11
The truTV Impractical Jokers Tour, featuring The Tenderloins, Sept. 20

Gypsies Lounge & Night Club,
Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: (877) 682-4791
Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, July 26
Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival,
Aug. 23
Lisa Lampanelli, Sept. 13

Mauch Chunk Opera House,
Jim Thorpe
Tickets: (570) 325-0249
40 Story Radio Tower, featuring Amrev 2, July 24
Upright Citizens Brigade, July 25
McLovins and Mipso, July 26
Incendio, Aug. 1
Eddie Bruce, Aug. 2
PA Burlesque Festival, Aug.8-9
Kishi Bashi Band, Aug. 16
Atlas Gray, Aug. 22
The Grascals, Aug. 23
40 Story Radio Tower, featuring Girls, Guns and Glory, Aug. 28
Doc Gibbs and Friends, featuring DeeDee Lavell, Aug. 28
Simone Felice Trio, Aug. 30

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Smackdown TV, Sept. 9

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs,
Plains Twp.
Tickets: (570) 823-9407
Party on the Patio: Satisfaction, July 24
John Waite, July 25
America, July 26
Party on the Patio: Draw the Line,
July 31
Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Aug. 2
Party on the Patio: Pyromania, Aug. 7
Party on the Patio: Almost Queen,
Aug. 14
Party on the Patio: Stayin’ Alive, Aug. 21
Soul Asylum, Aug. 23
Party on the Patio: Beatlemania Now, Aug. 28
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sept. 19
Asia, Sept. 28
38 Special, Oct. 4
Uncle Kracker, Oct. 11
Great White and Slaughter, Oct. 17
Queensryche, Oct. 31

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: (570) 325-0371
3 Doors Down, July 24
Ziggy Marley, July 31
Great White and Vixen, Aug. 15
The Zombies, Aug. 17
Yonder Mountain String Band, Aug. 21
James Supra Band, Aug. 24
Jake Kaligis/New Constitution, Aug. 28
Winger and FireHouse, Sept. 5
Anna Popovic, Sept. 13

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains
Tickets: (570) 822-2992
The Primate Fiasco, July 24
Omnitial, July 25
Mother Nature’s Sons, July 26
Zach Deputy, July 31
Clarence Spady Band, Aug. 1
Suze, with Dustin Drevitch and the Electric Gentleman, Aug. 2
Tauk, Aug. 7
Strawberry Jam, Aug. 15
Tribute to Prince, Aug. 16
The Weight, Aug. 22
Pink Talking Fish, Aug. 23
The Z3 with Ed Mann of the Original Zappa Band, Aug. 29
Trespass, Aug. 30
Twiddle, Sept. 12

Scranton Cultural Center
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Rob Stoneback Big Band, July 26

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: (570) 420-2808
Life on the Sideline, July 24
Good News, July 25
Gent Treadly with Kenny Brooks, July 25
Charles Neville and Gent Treadly, July 25
Over the Years Sherman Independent Rock Series, July 27
On Your Marks, July 31
Culture Clash, Aug. 1
Cole Swindell, Aug. 2
Marigold, Aug. 7
King Bison, Aug. 8
Club 524, Aug. 9
P.O.W.W.O.W., Aug. 9
The Quest for Honey Mustard Tour,
Aug. 14
Sherlock, Aug. 15
No Reason, Aug. 16
Doktra, Aug. 18
Blessthefall and Chiodos, Aug. 23
All Them Witches, Aug. 23
Lights Divide, Aug. 26
Transfer Switch, Aug. 30
Ike Avelli, Sept. 13
Keller Williams, Sept. 20

Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton
Tickets: (570) 961-9000
Under the Influence of Music Tour, featuring Wiz Khalifa, Tyga & More, July 24
Mayhem Festival, Aug. 2
KISS and Def Leppard, Aug. 9
Peach Music Festival, Aug. 14 – 17
Josh Groban, Aug. 26
Monumentour: Fall Out Boy and Paramore, Aug. 31
Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: (215) 627-1332
This Is Hardcore, July 24-27
Christina Perri, July 25
The Offspring, Aug. 2
Passenger, Aug. 8
The Moody Blues, Aug. 11
The Hooters, Aug. 30
Die Antwoord, Sept. 5
King Crimson, Sept. 12-13
Lily Allen, Sept. 19
Bro Safari, Sept. 20
City Bisco, Sept. 26
Broken Bells, Sept. 27

Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pa.
Tickets: (215) 572-7650
Stayin’ Alive, July 24
Winery Dogs, July 30
Jeffrey Osborne, Aug. 1
Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest, Aug. 5
Retro Futura Tour, Aug. 22
Beres Hammond, Aug. 24
Toto, Sept. 4
Sig Hansen and Friends, Sept. 11
Chris Isaak, Sept. 12
British Invasion, Sept. 13
Pink Martini, Sept. 19
Kashmir, Sept. 20
Last Comic Standing, Oct. 3
Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule, Oct. 10

Musikfest, Downtown Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
ZZ Top, Aug. 1
The All-American Rejects, Aug. 2
Jason Derulo, Aug. 3
Sheryl Crow, Aug. 4
The Moody Blues, Aug. 5
Steely Dan, Aug. 6
The Avett Brothers, Aug. 7
Alan Jackson, Aug. 8
Weezer, Aug. 9
Keith Urban, Aug. 10

Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
George Lopez, July 25
The Fray, July 31
Yanni, Aug. 12
The Cult, Aug. 14
Howie Mandel, Aug. 23
Chevelle with Dayshell and KYNG,
Aug. 31
British Invasion Tour, Sept. 10
Sig Hansen and Friends, Sept. 12
Gladys Knight, Sept. 14
Sellersville Theater, Sellersville
Tickets: (215) 257-5808
Skid Row with Kill Devil Hill, July 22
Trampled Under Foot, July 23
Days of the New, July 24
Dick Dale, July 27
Leon Russell, July 29
Nellie McKay, Aug. 3
Old 97s, Aug. 8
Barleyjuice, Aug. 16
Parrotbeach, Aug. 22
Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, Sept. 7
John Oates, Sept. 25
Joan Osborne, Sept. 27
10,000 Maniacs, Oct. 5
Jars of Clay, Oct. 11
Paula Cole, Oct. 18

Susquehanna Bank Center,
Camden, N.J.
Tickets: (856) 365-1300
Under the Influence of Music Tour: Wiz Khalifa, Tyga and More, July 25
Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes, July 26
Beck, Band of Horses and The Districts, July 27
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden,
July 30
Mayhem Festival, Aug. 1
KISS and Def Leppard, Aug. 3
Linkin Park, Aug. 15
Funny or Die and Preston & Steve Present Oddball Comedy Festival 2014, Aug. 16
Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White Ts, Aug. 17
Jimmy Buffett, Aug. 19
Drake vs. Lil Wayne, Aug. 21
Motley Crue, Aug. 23
Uproar Festival, Aug. 26
Miranda Lambert with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, Sept. 5
Toby Keith with Colt Ford, Sept. 27

Tower Theater, Philadelphia
Tickets: (610) 352-2887
The Wayans Brothers, Aug. 2
David Gray, Aug. 5
Umphrey’s McGee, Aug. 9
Chevelle, Middle Class Rut and Dayshell, Aug. 29
Savoy, Sept. 12
Coheed and Cambria and Thank You Scientist, Sept. 24
Twenty One Pilots, Sept. 27-28

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: (800) 298-4200
Miley Cyrus, Aug. 2
Katy Perry, August 4-5
Jesus Christ Superstar, Aug. 16
Ed Sheeran, Sept. 8
Cirque du Soleil, Sept. 10-14
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,
Sept. 15
The Black Keys, Sept. 20
Aziz Ansari, Sept. 26
Fleetwood Mac, Oct. 15, Oct. 29

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel N.Y.
Tickets: 1 (866) 781-2922
Kenny Rogers, July 26
Toby Keith, July 27
The Temptations and The Four Tops, Aug. 1
Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green, Aug. 2
John Fogerty, Aug. 8
Kings of Leon, Aug. 16
Keith Urban, Aug. 17
Goo Goo Dolls with Daughtry, Aug. 19
Josh Groban, Aug. 23
Zac Brown Band, Aug.29
Miranda Lambert, Aug. 31

Madison Square Garden,
New York, N.Y.
Tickets: (212) 307-7171
Blake Shelton, Aug. 1
La Salsa Vive, Aug. 29
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,
Sept. 10
Luke Bryan, Sept. 12
History of the Eagles, Sept. 13
Cher, Sept. 19-20
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Sept. 25
Eric Prydz, Sept. 27
Bassnectar, Oct. 4
Fleetwood Mac, Oct. 6-7

Beacon Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Tickets: (212) 465-6500
Tori Amos, Aug. 12-13
Lyle Lovett, Aug. 23
Gipsy Kings, Sept. 6
Natalie Merchant, Sept. 13
Pink Martini, Sept. 18
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sept. 19-27
Bunbury, Sept. 21
Bryan Ferry, Oct. 1
Afghan Whigs, Oct. 4

Bryce Jordan Center, University Park
Tickets: (814) 865-5555
Foster the People, Sept. 5

World Cafe Live (downstairs),
Tickets: (215) 222-1400
The Movement, July 24
Soulidified Presents LVRGRL: Paying Homage to Teena Marie, July 25
The Baseball Project, July 28
School of Rock All-Stars, July 29
Cultura Profetica, July 30
Marc Cohn, July 31
Celebrating Jerry Garcia, Aug. 1
Mike Peters of The Alarm, Aug. 6
Donavon Frankenreiter, Aug. 8
Philly Bloco, Aug. 9
Animus: Philadelphia’s Belly Dance Spectacular, Aug. 10
Agnes Obel, Aug. 12
Marty Stewart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Aug. 13
Paradise Fears, Aug. 15
The Wayside Shakeup, Primatives, Save Station, Lost Haven, Knightlife, Aug. 16
Eric Roberson, Aug. 17
Will Hoge, Aug. 20
Red Wanting Blue, Aug. 22
Made in Philly, Aug. 28
Sun Cinema, Red Letter Life, Moonshine Social, Confused Disciples, Aug. 29
Breakwater, Aug. 30
The Young Dubliners, Sept. 4
Snarky Puppy, Sept. 12



Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham


EC24HEAD_3_WEBThe Sun Rises
An Autumn Sunrise, the solo project from musician Bryan Brophy, celebrates the arrival of its latest record, Look Toward Tomorrow, with a release show in Scranton. The show takes place Friday, July 25 at The Vintage Theater with doors at 7 p.m. and showtime at 8 p.m. The all ages show also features performances by Reverend Red and Standoff! Tickets are $10 which includes a free album download card.
For more information, visit

Big Band
The Rob Stoneback Big Band is jumpin’, jivin’ and wailin’ into the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple in Scranton on July 26 for a night of live music and dancing. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. with live music, cocktails and swing. Tickets for event are $20.
For the past three decades, Rob Stoneback and his band have worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, The Temptations and The Four Tops, as well as personalities such as Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart and Sid Caesar.

EC24HEAD_1_WEBGrateful Words
Robert Hunter, best known for his lyrical work with the Grateful Dead, visits the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Although he played bass and mandolin and sang vocals, Hunter always considered himself a writer. A few years after meeting the Dead’s Jerry Garcia, Hunter volunteered to be a test subject in government experiments with LSD and later wrote songs while under the drug’s influence. In 1967, Hunter officially joined the Dead chiefly as a lyricist and quickly penned the classic “Dark Star.” Hunter’s songs and influence were so strong that over the years, Garcia often referred to him as the member of the band who never appeared on stage.
The songwriting collaboration gave birth to such songs as “Friend of the Devil,” “Truckin’,” “Ripple” and “Sugar Magnolia,” all in 1970. He is also responsible for the lyrics of 1987’s “Touch of Grey,” the Dead’s comeback song and one-and-only commercial hit.
Hunter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 with the Grateful Dead, becoming the only non-performing artist to receive such an honor.
Tickets can be purchased at the Kirby Center box office, online at or by phone at (570) 826-1100. Tickets range from $31 to $67.

Private Bleachers
The Fuzz 92.1 Private Artist Showcase continues to rock the 570 with a performance by Bleachers this Monday, July 28 at the Fuzz 92.1 Radio Theater, 5th floor of the Times-Tribune Building, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton. Sign up for this free all-ages show at or text “Bleachers” to 88474.
A founding member of the Grammy award- winning band fun. and singer/songwriter of New Jersey band Steel Train, Jack Antonoff wrote and co-produced Bleachers debut single “I Wanna Get Better”alongside producer John Hill (MIA, Jay Z, Empire of the Sun).
In addition to being a multi-talented musician, Jack is a critically acclaimed songwriter and producer. His achievements include co-writing fun.’s Grammy award-winning song “We Are Young” and Grammy-nominated album Some Nights, and he received a Golden Globe nomination for his collaboration with Taylor Swift for her song “Sweeter Than Fiction.” Jack has also worked with Sara Bareilles, co-writing her Grammy-nominated song “Brave” and Canadian indie stars Tegan and Sara.

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead (Lookout! Records) 2003



Assorted declarations from editor Tom Graham


Give Us moe.!!!
moe. is stopping by the 570 once again to treat audiences to a summer night full of jamming and dancing. The band lights up the Sherman Summer Stage at Mount Airy Casino Resort on Friday, July 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the rain or shine event are $28.
From modest beginnings in a Buffalo basement over two decades ago to today’s multifaceted success, the members of moe. are still doing what they have always done — jam and entertain their devoted fans. moe.’s line-up of Rob Derhak (bass, vocals), Chuck Garvey (guitar, vocals) and Al Schnier (guitar, keyboards, vocals) have played together in the group for more than 20 years with the later additions of drummer Vinnie Amico and percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Jim Loughlin. moe. released its newest studio album, No Guts, No Glory, earlier this year. The band tapped Dave Aron to produce the 11-track release.

EC17HEAD_2_WEBLonestar Under the Stars
Lonestar, the award-winning, multi-platinum country music quartet with crossover smash hits like “Amazed,” “I’m Already There’’ and “Come Cryin’ to Me,” will headline the 2014 Misericordia University Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival on Saturday, July 19 in support of its studio album, Life As We Know It.
Lonestar is engaged in a more than 90-city tour in support of its first album with original lead singer Richie McDonald since the group produced Mountains’in 2006. With McDonald, other founding members Michael Britt (lead guitar, backing vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums) and Dean Sams (keyboards) will perform their classic hits, as well as new songs such as “With My Eyes Open’’ and “Just the Rain.’’
Tickets for Lonestar are $380 for a festival table that seats six, $35 for amphitheater seating and $20 for lawn seating. Call the Misericordia University Box Office at (570) 674-6719 to purchase tickets.

EC17HEAD_4_WEBMight As Well Jump and Party Down
Local drummer/promoter A.J. Jump is celebrating his 30th birthday on Saturday, July 19 with a great lineup of local bands (including several projects he’s involved in) at River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains. Acts to appear include Abstract Peoples, Indigo Moon Brass Band, DJ Hersh, Coal Town Rounders, Charles Havira, King Radio and Robb Brown. Over the last 10 years, Jump has performed and recorded with such acts as Osiris, Black Lung Brothers, The Five Percent, Ends With Disaster, MiZ, Underground Saints and more.




Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Wye Oak Shriek (Merge Records) 2014.



Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham


Zappa on Zappa
Two years after making his Wilkes-Barre debut, Dweezil Zappa will return to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m.
As a composer, singer-songwriter, electric guitarist, record producer and film director, Frank Zappa’s incredible career spanned more than 30 years and more than 60 albums. In 1993, Zappa succumbed to cancer at the young age of 52.
I spoke with Dweezil Zappa a while back about Zappa Plays Zappa and here are some of my favorite moments of our talk.

On his approach to the show:
“I wanted people to see the band and appreciate the music for what it is. We perform it the way it is on record and the way he did it in live arrangements. We don’t try to modernize it or do anything to it other than present it the way he did, because ultimately that’s the way he wanted it to be heard. So people ask: ‘Why wouldn’t you try to modernize it or make it appealing to a new generation?’ It’s because his music was already ahead of its time.”

On how his father’s music affected him as a musician:
“I had to change my approach to guitar completely on every level. Technically, I was already very proficient with certain kinds of things that are fundamentally required to play challenging parts. I had the ability to play fast things, the ability to play some tricky rhythms, but what I needed to work on was even more of that ability to have a better understanding, but also have a better vocabulary harmonically.”

On how playing his father’s music affected him on a personal level:
“It’s been bittersweet. On some level it affords me the opportunity to have a continuing relationship with him. Even the audience gets to do that.”

On what audiences can expect to see at Zappa Plays Zappa:
“The show tries to give audience members a chance to hear as many different textures and flavors within my father’s compositions as possible. I try to choose music that reflects every style he performed in and things that are well-known to the fan base and really obscure things as well. The people that know the music really well will get some surprises. It’s a good combination of rock stuff, special instrumentals and improvisational things that will happen. That’s really what seeing Frank’s show was all about. Seeing a lot of different music all in one night and seeing things that were intended only for that point in time and that audience.”

Tickets for Zappa Plays Zappa can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, online at or charge by phone at (570) 826-1100. Tickets Prices range from $31 to $77 plus applicable fees.

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Strand of Oaks Heal (Dead Oceans) 2014

20 Warped Years

20 Warped Years


Vans Warped Tour Returns to the Pavilion at Montage Mountain


Vans Warped Tour 2014 is celebrating 20 years the only way it knows how — by enjoying yet another cross-country trek and delivering a diverse dose of wild acts to music lovers. The world-famous music and lifestyle festival tour of the summer hits the 570 for its annual visit to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Wednesday, July 9. The all-day music marathon on the mountain kicks off at 11 a.m.

The Protomen

The Protomen

This year’s performers include Aaron West and The Roaring 20s, Bayside, Beebs And Her Money Makers, Bowling For Soup, Crown The Empire, Cute Is What We Aim For, Every Time I Die, Falling In Reverse, Less Than Jake, Lionize, Mayday Parade, MC Chris, Motionless In White, Saves The Day, The Protomen, We Are The In Crowd, We The Kings, Yellowcard and more. (See full line-up in the sidebar).
The tour is best known for introducing up-and-coming artists to wider audiences, as well as showcasing major established acts. The festival features a diverse selection of artists based in multiple genres, including punk, metal, indie, rock, hip-hop, rap, electronic dance music (EDM), reggae and pop music. Warped is also known for its traditionally low ticket prices (since the start, tickets for the all-day event do not exceed $40).
It all began in 1995 when concert production veteran Kevin Lyman founded the tour. Soon after, Warped was introducing music fans to then featured acts such as No Doubt, Eminem, Katy Perry, Blink 182, Black Eyed Peas, Sublime and My Chemical Romance among hundreds of others. The tour brought punk rock/skate/action sports culture into the national spotlight, with unique attractions, including Vans skating competitions featuring professional and amateur skaters competing for prizes, Reverse Daycare (where kids can check in with their parents while they relax in an air-conditioned lounge) and the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, a stage featuring both local contest winners and national acts.
EC03WARPED_3_WEBVans Warped Tour also champions many different charitable causes during its summer trek and is the first tour to use groundbreaking environmental concepts every year on the road. The tour continues to implement these concepts known as Warped Eco Initiatives (WEI) which include the use of biodiesel fuel for touring trucks, buses and generators and the implementation of environmentally-friendly catering for the artists and crew. A solar-powered sound system is used on the “Kevin Says Stage” and provides public transportation and carpool social media app options for fans to connect before every show.
Since its inception, the tour has traveled throughout the world giving many diverse acts their first large international exposure to Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The tour annually reaches more than 600,000 fans in more than 40 cities in North America each summer.

If you go:
What: Vans Warped Tour 2014
Where: The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
When: Wednesday, July 9. Show: 11 a.m.
Tickets: $35 plus applicable fees at and The Pavilion at Montage Box Office.



Warped Tour Line-up

(subject to change)
A Lot Like Birds, A Skylit Drive, Aaron West and The Roaring 20s, Air Dubai, Anthony Raneri, Antiserum, Attila, Bad Rabbits, Bayside, Beartooth, Beebs And Her Money Makers, Blackbird, Blameshift, Born Of Osiris, Bowling For Soup, Breathe Carolina, Brian Marquis, Candy Hearts, Captain Capa, Chelsea Grin, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Close Your Eyes, Courage My Love, Crizzly, Crown The Empire, Cute Is What We Aim For, Dangerkids, DJ Nicola Bear, DJ Scout, Echosmith, Elder Brother, Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, Falling In Reverse, For All Those Sleeping, For Today, Four Year Strong, Front Porch Step, Get Scared, Ghost Town, Heart To Heart, Hunter Valentine, I Fight Dragons, Ice Nine Kills, Icon For Hire, Issues, Justina Valentine, K. Flay, Less Than Jake, Lionize, Marmozets, Mayday Parade, MC Chris, Mike Herrera, Mixtapes, Mod Sun, Motionless In White, Neck Deep, Nick Santino, NiT GriT, Of Mice And Men, Pacific Dub, Parkway Drive, Pj Bond, Plague Vendor, Pvris, Real Friends, Rob Lynch, Saves The Day, Scare Don’t Fear, SECRETS, Shiragirl, State Champs, Stray From The Path, Survive This!, Teenage Bottlerocket, Terror, The Color Morale, The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside, The Maine, The Protomen, The Ready Set, The Story So Far, The Summer Set, The Word Alive, TheCityShakeUp, This Wild Life, Vanna, Volumes, Watsky, Wax, We Are The In Crowd, We The Kings, Wind In Sails and Yellowcard.



Assorted declarations from editor tom graham


Hello Gentleman
Bret Alexander and Paul Smith, former members of The Badlees, are joining forces with some other well-known local musicians in a new musical project. Alexander and Smith join violinist Nyke Van Wyk, drummer Ron Simasek and former Breaking Benjamin guitarist Aaron Fink in the new band Gentleman East, who are set to make their debut this Friday, June 27, at The Other Side (Burt & Urby’s) in Wilkes Barre. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Miners Blues featuring Anthony Halchak, Bret Alexander and Ed Randazzo open the show.
“I am very proud of the work we did with The Badlees over the years. There was lots of great music and memories,” Alexander said. “But I’m really looking forward to an extremely prolific period coming up, both in the studio and on stage. I’ve already started putting new music together, it’s going to be great.”
The band is currently writing and rehearsing new material for an upcoming release.
For more information, visit

Award Voting in Steamtown
The Electric City Music Conference takes place over Columbus Day Weekend, October 10 to 12, highlighting local talent and bringing national focus to the musicians of northeastern Pennsylvania. The event kicks off October 10 with the Steamtown Music Awards. The purpose of the awards is to honor the region’s top musicians, strengthen the local music community and provide a night where local musicians can appreciate other local musicians.
Both the public and a committee of local music professionals will vote to determine the award winners. Fans can nominate their favorite bands for awards at until voting closes on July 20. Bands must be based out of northeastern Pennsylvania. Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazelton, Bloomsburg, the Poconos and all surrounding areas are acceptable.
Hosts, presenters, performers and a lifetime achievement award winner will be announced soon. For more information, visit

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Andrew Bird Things are Really Great Here, Sort Of… (Wegawam Music Co.) 2014

The Buzz of Fuzz Fest

The Buzz of Fuzz Fest

92.1’s Fuzz Fest 2014 takes place at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, this Sunday, June 22. Last year’s inaugural Fuzz Fest event featured headliners The Dirty Heads and Robert DeLong and brought a crowd of more than 2,600 out to rock the mountain. With an even bigger headliner at this year’s show in Cage The Elephant, plus a huge supporting act like KONGOS, Fuzz Fest 2014 seems primed to be an even bigger party than the first time around. Other acts on the bill include Skaters, Brick and Mortar, Northern Faces, The Unlikely Candidates and Graces Downfall.
Here’s what you’ll need to know …


EC19FUZZFEST_1_WEBCage The Elephant
From: Bowling Green, Kentucky,
Formed in 2006
Members: Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass) and Jared Champion (drums) and Nick Bockrath (lead guitar).
Releases: Cage the Elephant, Thank You, Happy Birthday and Melophobia.
You might know them from songs such as: “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” “Back Against the Wall,” “Shake Me Down,” and “Spiderhead.”
The group has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Bonnaroo Music Festival, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Coachella and the Glastonbury Festival.
They supported bands like Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra and Stone Temple Pilots as well as Foo Fighters.
Rolling Stone’s Reader’s Poll voted them “Best New Artist of 2011”.
For more information, visit


From: London, South Africa and Phoenix, Arizona.
Members: Dylan Kongos (bass, vocals), Daniel Kongos (guitar, vocals), Jesse Kongos (drums and percussion, vocals) and Johnny Kongos (accordion, keyboard, vocals).
Releases: Kongos and Lunatic.
You might know them from songs such as: “I’m Only Joking” and “Come with Me Now.”
For more information, visit




© Meredith TruaxBrick and Mortar
From: Toms River, New Jersey
Formed in 2008
Members: Brandon Asraf (bass guitar, vocals) and John Tacon (drums, electronic samples, vocals).
Releases: 7 Years in the Mystic Room and Bangs EP
You might know them from songs such as: “Heatstroke,” “Move to the Ocean” and “Locked In A Cage.”
For more information, visit


EC19FUZZFEST_11_WEBNorthern Faces
From: New York
Members: Bryan Shortell (vocals, guitar), Marco Testa (vocals, guitar), Matt Ippolito (bass) and Mike Ryan (drums).
Releases: Album coming soon
You might know them from songs such as: “Under My Skin.”
For more information, visit








From: New York City, New York
Formed in 2012
Members: Michael Ian Cummings (vocals), Noah Rubin (drums), Joshua Hubbard (guitar) and Dan Burke (bass).
Releases: Schemers EP and Manhattan.
You might know them from songs such as: “Miss Teen Massachusetts,” “Deadbolt,” “I Wanna Dance (But Don’t Know How)” and “Armed.”
For more information, visit


EC19FUZZFEST_5_WEBThe Unlikely Candidates
From: Fort Worth, Texas
Formed in 2008.
Members: Kyle Morris (vocals), Cole Male (guitar), Kevin Goddard (drums), Brenton Carney (lead guitar) and Jared Hornbeek (bass).
You might know them from songs such as: “Follow My Feet.”
For more information, visit








EC19FUZZFEST_12_WEBGraces Downfall
From: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Members: Kenneth Norton (vocals), Mark Yanish (guitar) Grant Williams (bass) and Jamey Fisk (drums).
Releases: Always The Victim and Resplendent Indignity .
Appeared at 92.1’s 2013 Fuzz Fest (The Dirty Heads, Robert Delong) and The 2013 Vans Warped Tour (The Used, Reel Big Fish, Motion City Soundtrack).
In 2012 Graces Downfall was Voted “Best Local Original Band” in Electric City’s Best Of 2012 Readers’ Poll.
For more information, visit


Tickets on sale and available at,, Ticketmaster outlets, The Pavilion Box Office or by phone at (800) 745-3000. All tickets will be general admission, $18 plus applicable fees and will be available at the venue on the day of the show. Doors to the venue open at 3 p.m. and show starts at 4:05 p.m.

Dad Gadgets

Dad Gadgets

Father’s Day is here yet again and it seems like only 365 or so days ago, we were contemplating what to give dear old dad for his annual 24 hours in the spotlight. Look no further than these unique gift ideas which will surely brighten dad’s action-packed day …

Is dad still lugging around a camcorder or fumbling and bumbling to open the proper app on his smartphone? The $180 Creative Vado HD offers excellent low-light performance, simple exposure controls and a surprisingly good wide-angle lens in a pocket-friendly package that’s easy for him to whip it out and capture life’s special moments.
Available at

EC12DADGADGETS_4_WEBIn the Woods with Earl
If dad is going out into the deep woods to get away from it all, an iPhone or Android isn’t going to do him much good in certain spots. Designed specifically for the way out there places in the world, the Earl Backcountry Survival Tablet’s motion, force and orientation sensors give precise location, direction and elevation. Internal weather sensors provide accurate forecasts and a built-in two-way radio keeps him connected (it even lets him call for help if he is in need of assistance). Earl can also find tunes to keep the dad rocking out to some good music while he’s out in the middle of nowhere.
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The Tactical Chef Apron now comes in a special Tactical DAD Apron edition. Let him keep the spatulas, BBQ forks, tongs, brushes, thermometers, spices, plates and a cold drink close by. Featuring a front and back removable hook-and-loop patches (CHEF and DAD), two large pouches and three smaller pouches — perfect for storing condiments, grilling utensils, salt/pepper and his phone.
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What if dad loves high tech gadgets, but also appreciates the classic things in life, such as the sweet sound of vinyl? Now he can have the best of both worlds with his new DIY Gramophone Kit. He can use the bamboo stylus to play records or he can use the metal stylus to record his own records. The kit has a variable speed control, allowing it to play SPs, EPs and LPs.
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The Call Me Gloves
These touchscreen winter gloves allow the wearer to wirelessly use their cell phone calls by assuming the universal “call me” hand gesture. A speaker inside the left thumb and a microphone inside the left pinkie let wearers simply hold the thumb to the ear and the pinkie to the mouth and yap away. The gloves pair wirelessly with a cell phone via Bluetooth. Buttons on the left cuff are used while wearing the right glove to answer or disconnect a call. The battery lasts for 12 hours of talk time and recharges in 30 minutes with a USB adapter.
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EC12DADGADGETS_5_WEBPet Yourself prank
You already scored your dad some great gifts — now it’s time to test and tackle his sense of humor. Watch him uncomfortably squirm in his seat while you gift him a unique (fake) machine that pets your pets so you don’t have to — a gift that scratches the family dog in all the right spots and leaves dad scratching his head.
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—tom graham