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HEADPHONES
Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham

 

Halloween Beards are a Bust
Beards are not the best during Halloween.
There are so many costumes that simply can not be executed due to the fact that I have a ginger man mane planted on my face. Aside from the Bearded Lady, a God-fearing, homophobic character from Duck Dynasty and an assortment of wispy wizards, this beard has held up the stop sign on plenty of great costume ideas.
And I simply cannot bring myself to go as Walker, Texas Ranger every year.
If I shaved tomorrow morning and it was time to dress up for the Halloween season, here is what you would see me parading around town as. But I’m not shaving, so don’t worry.

Pete Rose.
I’d throw on the old throwback jersey and carry my gambling book whilst placing bets all over town.

The Apparently Kid
Remember when being a slightly pudgy, little awkward and a totally straight-shooting ginger kid was completely adorable? No. I don’t either. It never was. Until The Apparently kid took that microphone out of Sofia Ojeda’s grasp and became a national sensation. I’d find myself a WNEP microphone cover, talk incessantly about my grandfather and my adoration of dinosaurs and win every best costume prize in the 570. Bonus: One of my friends could dress up like Ellen Degeneres and interview me at each party.
Pee Wee Herman
Pee Wee with a beard? It doesn’t work unless you’re James Brolin, (pictured above). And even that was a pretty lame beard.

Super Mario Brothers
I’m not about to go shaving a mustache for one night of living out my Nintendo dreams. Come to think of it, real mustache costumes are much easier to think of: Ron Burgundy, Magnum P.I., John Waters, Albert Einstein, Hulk Hogan, Borat, etc.

Sugar Skull or Zombie
It looks amazing when people sport the Day of the Dead sugar skull look on Halloween, but beards never seem to fit the look. Let’s say a bearded zombie comes crawling your way. Normally, your first reaction is to run away or scream, not say “Hey! Look! That zombie has a beard! Never saw that before! (Snaps selfie with bearded zombie in the background). Sweet!”

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: The Allman Brothers Band Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas  (Capricorn) 1976

Headphones: Oct. 16, 2014

Headphones: Oct. 16, 2014

Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham

 
I’m a Dead Man (fan)
 
As the countdown to Halloween marches on, I can’t help to feel the excitement growing inside. I’ve been bombarding my senses with all sorts of spooky surroundings and pumpkin spice overload. Unfortunately, I’m not into visiting haunted attractions anymore. I personally love hopping on a hayride and getting scared while in the pitch-black middle-of-nowhere. But years ago, when my wife decided she was going to threaten a hayride actor with bodily harm if he so much as looked at her again, I decided that my days of scare-seeking were over — strictly for the physical safety of the young part-time actors attempting to scare my wife.

That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the season in other ways. I love my scary movies. Classics like Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare On Elm Street are some of my favorites and are usually readily available for my viewing pleasure on AMC, SyFy, OnDemand, etc. Unfortunately, these fright fest marathons seem to have lost some steam in recent years and are now just getting started, halfway through October. And some of these channels don’t really seem to know what horror is. Tremors? Aliens? Lake Placid? Come on!

When it comes to music, I always loved the shock-and-awe showmanship of Alice Cooper. Smoke, snakes and blood — all brought to you by the boogeyman. I must admit when Marilyn Manson took that persona, added a bit of the gore from the Saw movies with a dash of Evil Dead and serial killer lore, I was interested for a quick minute. But I never thought one of my favorite Halloween records would come from a genuine, certified Hollywood heartthrob.

Dead Man’s Bones was a collaboration between actors Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Driver, Blue Valentine, Lars and the Real Girl) and Zach Shields. In 2009, the duo released their self-titled debut album, Dead Man’s Bones. (Initially, the album was titled Never Let a Lack of Talent Get You Down, which I like much better.)

The two decided to involve a children’s choir in Dead Man’s Bones from the very beginning. The pair recruited a choir from the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a Los Angeles music education facility cofounded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea. The choir members’ ages ranged from five to 17. The chorus adds yet another creepish layer to songs like “In the Room Where You Sleep,” “Buried in Water,” “My Body’s a Zombie for You,” and “ Flowers Grow Out of My Grave.” Other tracks on the record include the spoken word “Intro,” the cinematic build of “Dead Hearts,” and the indie-rocking groove number “Pa Pa Power.”

The duo has been silent since, leaving fans behind with little hope of hearing another record or the possibility of another live show.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think … if you dare.

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Dead Man’s Bones Dead Man’s Bones (ANTI) 2009.
 
Editor Tom Graham is a musician and singer/songwriter rooted in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Send email to tgraham@timesshamrock.com.

Headphones: Oct. 9, 2014

Headphones: Oct. 9, 2014

Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham
 
Conference Time
The inaugural Electric City Music Conference takes place this weekend at multiple venues in Scranton, as well as Olyphant’s Thirst T’s Bar and Grill. The conference kicks off Friday, Oct. 10 at the V Spot, 906 Providence Rd., Scranton, with the Steamtown Music Awards. The award ceremony recognizes bands and individual players nominated in 15 different categories. Admission to the awards event is $5 (free to nominees) and includes performances by Graces Downfall, Gino Lispi, Jenn Johnson, Chris Fields, Brandon Stuch, Esta Coda and Family Animals.
During the conference, 146 acts will perform in multiple venues. Included in the roster lineup are some of the most popular bands in the area, as well as a number of national and regional acts. Venues participating in the conference are: The V Spot, Thirst T’s, Irish Wolf Pub, Twentyfiveeight Studios, Kildare’s Irish Pub, The New Penny, Mulligan’s, The Leonard, O’Leary’s Pub, The Keys,The Bog, The Backyard Ale House, Traxx and AFA Gallery.
 
The weekend also features a class by guitarist Charles Russello of the Russello Project and another by drummer Carl Canedy. Panels will also take place focusing on the following topics: music journalism; making the most of a music festival/conference; how to properly promote your band, what can a record label do for me?; and meet the booking agents.
 
Admission to each individual show is $5, while the conference’s hopper pass will get you into all of the shows for $10. For a complete conference schedule and more information, visit electriccitymusicconference.com.
 

Elijah Ford

Elijah Ford

Ford Tough
Guitarist Marc Ford brings his son Elijah Ford to the 570 for a night of music at Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Local acts MiZ, George Wesley and Justin Mazer are also set to perform. Showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is $8 or $5 with a student ID.
 
Marc Ford is touring in support of his latest record, the Americana influenced Holy Ghost. Ford is known for his wide variety of musical projects, including: lead guitarist with the Black Crowes; at the helm of his own bands, such as the Neptune Blues Club and the Sinners; records and/or tours by acts from Govt. Mule, Izzy Stradlin, Booker T and Ben Harper; and as the producer of choice for artists such Ryan Bingham and Phantom Limb.
 
He will be visiting town with his son, Austin-based Elijah Ford. Ford put out his first solo record Upon Waking in 2011 and the EP Ashes in October of 2012. Elijah toured as part of Ford Sr’s Fuzz Machine at the age of 17 before getting the gig touring with Ryan Bingham until 2012.
 
 
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Larry and His Flask All That We Know (Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club) 2011.
Editor Tom Graham is a musician and singer/songwriter rooted in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Send email to tgraham@timesshamrock.com.

BLACK SKIES ON THE WAY

BLACK SKIES ON THE WAY

Dustin Douglas celebrates new CD with a special release concert in the 570.

 

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Dustin Douglas is no stranger to the local music scene. After years of playing in the successful power trio Lemongelli, Douglas moved on to play numerous solo shows, duos, guitar for The Badlees and front his new project, Dustin Douglas and The Electric Gentlemen. Douglas will release his debut solo album Black Skies and Starlight with a special CD release show at the River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River St., Plains, on Saturday, Oct. 4.
We caught up with Douglas and he told us about writing Black Skies and Starlight, his thoughts on the state of the local music scene and what to expect to see at the CD release party.

When did you decide it was time to move away from Lemongelli and focus on Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen?
It kind of was a choice made by the universe. A few years ago, after Lemongelli was winding down after supporting our record Vintage Vibes, I got the call to play guitar for The Badlees. Around that same time, Lemongelli’s bassist Jay was getting married, starting a family and all of our lives just started to go in different directions. I still love both Jamey and Jay to death. Maybe someday the three of us could do a Lemongelli show for old times’ sake. I’d love that.

EC02DUSTIN_4_WEBTalk about the writing process.
For me it just comes randomly. If I allot time to write, I’ll stare at the wall and come up empty. If it’s 10 minutes before going out for dinner, it’ll strike. Then I record the idea on my trusty iPhone and wind up being late for dinner. After some time, I’ll sift through all the fragments of riffs, choruses and melody ideas. I write a lot. Sometimes its overwhelming to organize.

Were all of the songs written specifically for this project or did you revisit songs from the past?
Pretty much everything was fresh. I like a record to reflect where I am at the moment. The song “In This to Win” was around in the Lemongelli days but never came to fruition.

Describe working with the band, whether it be in the studio or live setting?  
My great friends — Paul Young and Tommy Smallcomb — played on the record and jammed these tunes for months. Hats off to those guys because they absolutely killed these tracks. Then the live band (The Electric Gentlemen) is three completely different, killer cats who I admire as players and people. Josh Karis is on drums, Matt Gabriel is on bass and badass Justin Mazer on guitar. I am so thankful to have had the pleasure to work with such great guys and players for this recording process.

Was the River Street Jazz Cafe a no-brainer when it came time to have a CD release party?
In planning the release show, a few different venues were on the table. It’s sad how little venues there are to throw such an event these days. The Jazz Cafe is such a great room and just installed a killer new sound system. It’s kind of full circle for me because my first time playing guitar live on stage was at the Jazz Cafe as a very young pup.

Talk about some of your personal highlights on the new record?
For me this record was all about the songs. I learned a lot about songwriting from my tenure in The Badlees. Bret Alexander can write a tune — it’s no secret. Don’t get me wrong, I love ripping a killer solo, but songwriting for me is now my vice. When I wrote “Another Day in Disarray” for this new record, I knew I had something special. It just had a different vibe than anything I’ve ever written. I could talk about these new eight tracks for days.

What do you have planned next?
As much promotion and playing to get the word out about this new band and this new record. I want to play everywhere and for anyone who will listen. We’re going to build our following one person at a time. That’s all a musician can do anymore. Establishing a sustaining brand of great performances and killer tunes is the big picture for me. I’m already excited about recording the follow up. This is just the beginning for me and this new band.

What are your thoughts on the current state of the local music scene?
I honestly feel it’s on the rise. There’s some great things happening in both Scranton and Wilkes-Barre which is always a good, inspiring sign. Down to Six, Gentleman East, Suze, Graces Downfall — there are killer bands out there creating all different vibes of great music. Only the fans and the crowds have the ability to take it to the next level. Big crowds sustain the scene and a band’s career and longevity. It’s in their hands.

You play shows solo, with duos and full bands. Do you approach the shows differently?
I do. The solo gigs are a great opportunity to try out new tunes — either cover or original. Duo gigs are fun because they’re usually unrehearsed, forcing the players to be on their toes. I’ve played some great, exciting duo shows. The band situation is rehearsed and organized yet equally as exciting. I love it all. I just want to play.

What are you currently listening to?
I pretty much wore out AM by the Arctic Monkeys and Lazaretto by Jack White. Tom Petty’s Hypnotic Eye is currently being abused. I just saw Petty and the Heartbreakers a few weeks ago with my dad. They’re just the best American rock and roll band. The Band has also been in heavy rotation lately.

Where do you see yourself and your music in five years?
Hands down — playing music full time and, most importantly, writing tons of music all day and playing all the time. What is better than making a living, traveling, all while playing and writing music? Nothing.

You’re known as a fantastic and versatile guitarist. What is your favorite guitar you own and why?
Ah man, now we’re talking! Anyone who really knows me knows I’m quite the gear purchaser. I just love guitars and amps. My Jerry Donahue Japanese Telecaster I bought with my 8th grade graduation money is still my No. 1. I have some great guitars, but you could throw that thing off a bridge then pick it up and it’d be in tune and somehow sound better. That and my OOO-C Martin are like family to me. But my other weapons aren’t too shabby either.

If you could swap solos with any guitarist, alive or dead, who would it be and what would you play?
That’s one of the best questions I’ve ever been asked! It’s a rough one to narrow down, but Jimmy Page and myself trading off bars on say, “You Shook Me” would be quite exciting for me. Mike Campbell too. The greatest thing with swapping solos is you feed of the intensity of your “opponent.” The better they are, the better you play! But there are so many. Hell, I’d love to swap solos with anyone.

What can fans expect to see at the record release party at the Jazz Cafe?
I just want it to feel like a concert in a club— a performance that can be larger, but is contained and ready to burst. Can you imagine seeing the Stones in a smokey club or Zep at the BBC. It would be intense! Pure rock n’ roll. That’s all I could ever hope for my shows to even come close to feeling like.
— tom graham

Back at it with Breaking Benjamin

Back at it with Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin took the stage in northeastern Pennsylvania for the first time since 2010 last Friday night at the first of two sold-out shows at the Gator Pub in Luzerne (formerly Brews Brothers West and The VooDoo Lounge). The Wilkes-Barre based band who recently re-formed with a new lineup — including Shaun Foist, Aaron Bruch, Jasen Rauch and KJ Wallen — backing frontman Ben Burnley.
The band played a powerful set to its 700 plus fans in attendance, including songs “So Cold,” “Follow,” “Unknown Soldier,” “Break My Fall,” “Simple Design,” “Blow Me Away,” “Saturate,” “Water,” “Natural Life,” “Polyamorous,” “Give Me A Sign,” “Home,” “Shallow Bay,” “Breath,” “I Will Not Bow” and “Until the End”.
It’s not known whether the band is releasing new material anytime soon, but look for updates at shallowbay.com and facebook.com/BreakingBenjamin for breaking news on Breaking Ben.

 

PHOTOS BY Jesse Faatz

HEADPHONES

HEADPHONES

Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham

 

The Apple of My Eye and the U2 in My
Personal space

At least it’s not a free @Fergie record lurking inside your device. #itcouldbeworse #freeU2

U2’s Bono is a charitable man. Over the years, he’s lent his support to causes such as Amnesty International, Chernobyl Children International, Clinton Global Initiative, Every Mother Counts, Food Bank For New York City, Global Fund, Greenpeace, Keep A Child Alive, Live 8, MusiCares, NAACP, Not On Our Watch, ONE Campaign, Oxfam, (RED), Red Cross and War Child, just to name a few.
But the man who puts so much of his time and effort into impacting the lives of others may have overstepped his rock star boundaries earlier this month by inserting himself and his band of Irish brothers into your Apple device, all without your much-needed consent.
On Sept. 9, Apple inserted the band’s Songs of Innocence into the online accounts of half a billion iTunes users. Like most, I really would have preferred being able to choose whether or not to add the new record to my account. Instead, it automatically shimmied its way into my library without my permission. To say the least, people were not too happy with the stunt.
Are we so jaded as a society that we don’t even like free stuff anymore ?
Is music still valuable and do you expect to pay for it?
Is the music industry so damaged that they can’t even give away music theses days?
This whole debacle comes down to the power of choice. People didn’t choose to give up their own assumed personal space (iPhone or iPad storage) for U2 to simply mosey on in and put their digital feet on the coffee table.
The biggest problem I see is that Apple made a very personal choice for us. They decided that U2 was exactly what we needed and most people would be pretty pumped about a new free album. It’s like going home, opening your closet and finding that Apple has decided to equip you with 30 neon-colored Bananarama T-shirts when you really would have preferred more flannel prints and durable denim.
I made the joke earlier that it could be worse — at least it wasn’t a new Fergie record. I only use Fergie as an example because she annoys me and I would never want one of her records eating up my storage, but the point isn’t about the artist in the crosshairs. It’s about the choice that was made for us.
Wouldn’t it have been better for Apple to provide its users a credit on their account so they could actually choose music, movies or apps they wanted in their lives?
Was Apple prepared for the U2 backlash? It sure doesn’t seem like the thought even crossed the company’s mind as it was forced to quickly come up with a way to remove the unwanted album from our devices.
Now, who’s going to come over to my place and get rid of these Bananarama shirts?

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: David Garza Overdub (Atlantic) 2001

P.S. I like U2, but Songs of Innocence is not a great U2 record. I don’t blame the band for taking a huge iCheck from Apple and setting it “free.”

 

Editor Tom Graham is a musician and singer/songwriter rooted in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Send email to tgraham@timesshamrock.com

COMING SOON: ELECTRIC CITY AND DIAMOND CITY BEST OF 2014

Although it may be finally time for us to pack away our grilling utensils, deck furniture, inflatable pools and party jorts, it doesn’t mean that we have to mope sadly into the last chilly quarter of 2014. Luckily for our readers, voting for the electric city and diamond city Best Of 2014 awards will soon be heating up the online polls.
A tradition that began in the 90s, last year’s voting shattered previous campaigns as thousands of electric city and diamond city readers flooded the web. Voters cast their ballots for favorites within nine specific categories: Love and Romance, Eats and Drinks, Goods and Services, Arts and Entertainment, Nightlife, Media, Health and Recreation and Superstars. We also included a short Survey Says category to further pick the brains of our loyal readers (you hated twerking and blasted the government shutdown).
New this year, we will feature a number of voting updates — letting you know who may be running away from the pack or involved in a tightly contested race to the finish.
Will your favorite local group win Best Local Band in DC? Will there be a new Best Bartender in EC? Have your feelings changed about twerking? Who truly has the best wings in The 570?
Once again, you’ll have a chance to pick the winners during the electric city and diamond city Best Of 2014 voting. Keep your eyes peeled for more information as voting kicks off very soon.
— tom graham

Headphones

Headphones

Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham

 

Ben is Back
It was announced earlier this week that the newly realigned Breaking Benjamin will play two all-ages shows this weekend. On Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20, the band returns to the stage of Gator’s Pub and Eatery (formerly Brews Brothers West/VooDoo Lounge), 75 Main St., Luzerne. The band recently announced its new lineup including founder Ben Burnley and new members Shaun Foist, Aaron Bruch, Jasen Rauch and KJ Wallen. Breaking Benjamin went on hiatus in 2010 citing Burnley’s heath concerns. Burnley has since been involved in a legal battle with former bassist Mark Klepaski and guitarist Aaron Fink over the rights to the band’s name. Both Klepaski, Fink and former drummer Chad Szeliga have kept very active within the local music scene since the band’s hiatus and breakup.
Tickets are very limited and are on sale now through the links below. Tickets are $35, only available in advance and limited to 700 per night. Tickets are available through Ticketfly (Friday ticketfly.com/purchase/event/685837 and Saturday at ticketfly.com/purchase/event/686829.

The Kings
Dragster Motor Kings celebrated the release of its new record with a special in-store performance at Joe Nardone’s Gallery Of Sound, Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre. The band consists of Bill Lieback on vocals/drums and Eric Ritter on guitars, both formerly of local act, NewPastLife. All songs on the Dragster Motor Kings EP were written by Lieback and recorded at Windmill Agency Recording Studio in Mt. Cobb. Songs included on the debut include “Feels So Good,” “Morning Is Beautiful, “Bury Your Soul” and “Piggy.”
For more information, visit facebook.com/dragstermotorkings or dragstermotorkings.com.

A Crusade
An event in memory of Kathleen Cavanaugh Talerico, who died in January 2014 after falling victim to domestic violence, Kathleen’s Crusade takes place this Sunday, Sept. 21, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Admission to the event is $20, with all proceeds benefitting the Women’s Resource Center in honor of Talerico. The day features music from EJ the DJ and a photobooth provided by Mike Walton Productions.

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: My Brightest Diamond This Is My Hand (Paper Bag/Asthmatic Kitty) 2014

The Grateful Mountain Sky

The Grateful Mountain Sky

The Grateful Mountain Sky
Still Grateful II Fest cooks up a dead weekend

 

The music of The Grateful Dead will come alive once again this weekend, filling the serene air of the Pennsylvania mountains. The Still Grateful Fest II takes place this weekend, Sept. 12 to 14 at Mountain Sky, 63 Stillmeadow Ln., Jermyn, winding down the venue’s expanding festival season.
Mountain Sky is situated on 117 acres of historic land at “The Beginning of The Endless Mountains” in Scott Township. The organization offers artists a unique and intimate venue at which to inspire and become inspired.
“Mountain sky was conceived by artists and musicians with the hopes of nourishing and promoting local arts and music,” said organizer Michael “Ragu” Rogowski. “It has been brought to reality by a lot of great people that just want to be a part of something positive.”
Friday’s performers include the Still Grateful Jamband featuring Makayan and friends, MiZ, Strawberry Jam and Gypsy Wagon. Saturday features live performances by Erthan, Juggling Suns, Mountain Sky Orchestra, Makayan, Miz, Ian Gallagher, Long Strange Trip and more.
The festival concludes on Sunday with sets from High Strung, Garcia Grass, Dishonest Fiddlers and more. Andy Waters of Groovin’ Lumens and Josh Van Fleet will hold down the projection lighting duties for the weekend. The festival also features multiple food and craft vendors.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the gates. Children 12 and younger are free and camping is included with ticket purchase. Gates open at noon on Friday, Sept. 12. The festival will host a community fire pit near the stage and a few other large fires around the campgrounds. The pet-friendly (on leash only) event also features several roving musicians and multiple children’s activities. For more information and tickets, visit mountainsky.net.
— tom graham

The Grand Finale

The Grand Finale

(Above: Fall Out Boy)
 

Paramore and Fall Out Boy Bring their Monumentour to The 570

 
It’s time to go back to school, or maybe back to wearing more layers of clothing and back to shuffling through a ground covered with dead leaves. Not only is the summer quickly slipping away, the 2014 summer concert season (which included shows such as Journey, KISS, Peach Festival, Warped Tour and Mayhem Festival, just to name a few) is nearing the end.
 
Fall Out Boy and Paramore close out a stellar summer concert season at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain when they bring their Monumentour to town Sunday, Aug. 31. The show begins at 7 p.m. with opening act New Politics, a band that recently played the FUZZ 92.1 Private Artist Showcase. Tickets range from $26 to $71, plus fees.
 
Fall Out Boy is best known for their hits “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Dance, Dance,” “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs.” After a short hiatus, the band returned in 2013 with Save Rock and Roll, featuring tracks like “The Phoenix,” “Alone Together,” “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” and the title track which features a collaboration with Sir Elton John.
 
Fronted by bright-haired singer Hayley Williams, Paramore earned its reputation with high-energy performances of the their punk-pop sing-alongs like “Misery Business,” “Crushcrushcrush” and “Decode.” Following the departure of two of the band’s members, Paramore took a break before returning with a refreshed lineup and a new self-titled album. Through the power of the band’s single, “Ain’t It fun,” the group is riding its biggest wave of success yet.
 

Paramore

Paramore


Williams recently spoke with media outlets about Monumentour and the excitement of playing live.
 
On “Ain’t It Fun” being their biggest hit after performing for 10 years:
Williams: It should always be surprising. I don’t think you should ever just assume that a single is going to be your big hit or be successful. This one, by far, has shocked all of us. It’s been so much fun. We kind of give Jeremy (Davis) all the credit — it’s our first Paramore song with slap bass on it. Maybe that has something to do with it.
 
On playing the song live on the tour:
It’s by far at the moment my favorite song to perform — its the one that definitely most of the people know. Our fans are good at knowing every song we play. It’s the kind of song I always wanted to sing in Paramore. I grew up listening to a lot R&B, pop and soul. It’s kind of cool that we were able to write a song that infuses a little bit of that energy into what we do as a band.
 
On what people can expect on the tour and the setlist:
I’m really pumped abut the setlist. We’re both (Fall Out Boy and Paramore) playing the same amount of time. It’s crazy when you get into a place where you have to fit so many songs into a certain amount of minutes. How are you going to play all the singles and all the songs that please our old school fans? I’m pumped about what we came up with. It’s going to be very explosive and exciting for whatever kind of Paramore fan might be at the show. We’re hopefully going to make all of them happy. That’s a hard thing to do. I agonize over our setlist every tour.
 
On the reinvention of Paramore after the lineup changes:
It was definitely a lengthy process for us because once we were down two band members, not only did we have to go through the emotional processing and the grief, but some anger and bewilderment. All of those crazy emotions we had to ride up and down for a while. At the same time, we were realizing we did still want to make music. That didn’t change the way we felt about Paramore. Before we even got to writing music, that took time. It took us making a really valiant effort to get to know one another as people. Jeremy and Taylor and I would hang out in the country and watch tons of movies or cook meals. There was a crazy snow storm and some of our friends built a couch sled and spent the whole day sledding down a hill on the couch. It was important for that stuff to happen before we got into a studio. Once we did all that — lived life together as friends and did some tours — it was time to make the record. That also took baby steps.
 
IF YOU GO:
Who: Fall Out Boy and Paramore’s Monumentour
Where: Pavilion at Montage Mountain
When: Sunday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m.
Tickets are $26 to $71, plus fees, and can be purchased at the pavilion box office and local Ticketmaster locations.

Campfire Festival: Interviews with Langhorne Slim and Amy Helm

Campfire Festival: Interviews with Langhorne Slim and Amy Helm

Zippo presents the inaugural Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival held Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 29, 30, 31 in Lakewood. In addition to musical performances, festival attendees can partake in an array of summer camp-themed activities including rock climbing, land and lake obstacle courses and team sports.
Campfire Festival headliners include Charles Bradley, Delta Spirit and Lake Street Dive. The Campfire lineup also features Langhorne Slim, Bronze Radio Return, Spirit Family Reunion, Amy Helm, Toy Soldiers, Adam Ezra Group, Ballroom Thieves, Rogue Chimp and Pappy. Artists will perform on multiple stages, including a main stage concert field, beach and woods stages. There will also be surprise performances on an acoustic stage.
CAMPFIRESCHEDULEPOSTERPNG_WEBCampfire Festival will also host a Beach Stage featuring performances from Sprinter Cat, The Indobox, Pat &The Hats, Brothers McCann and Banana Phonetic. Festival-goers can also relax and socialize at activities such as the Friday night golf mixer, late night silent disco and daily VIP happy hour pool parties with live DJs.
For those that don’t want to drive to Campfire Festival and would prefer to relax in luxury coach buses on their trip, shuttle services are available to and from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Thursday afternoon shuttles are available for VIP guests and general admission guests will travel on Friday morning, with all festival-goers returning on Monday. Tickets range from $35-$60 and are available through the website until Aug. 22.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CampfireFestival.com.

 

EC21CAMPFIRE_1_WEBAn interview with Amy Helm

Amy Helm, daughter of music legend Levon Helm (member of The Band who passed away in 2012) and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, is a talented musician on both mandolin and drums, and has shared stages with Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris and Joan Osborne, as well as other performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin. Her lengthy resume is highlighted by many years of singing and playing alongside her father, with whom she conceived the “Midnight Rambles,” an intimate performance series held since 2004 at his home and studio in Woodstock, New York. She co-produced Levon Helm’s 2007 CD Dirt Farmer, which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album and she is featured on the Levon Helm Band’s Electric Dirt and Ramble at the Ryman Grammy-winning albums. She is set to release her first solo album later this year.
We spoke with Helm about her upcoming set at the Campfire Festival in Lakewood scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29 and more.

What can the audience expect to see during your set at The Campfire Festival?
I’m deciding if I should give a really elaborate, exaggerated answer like pyrotechnics, jugglers and go-go dancers. They can expect to dance. If people want to dance, they should come see our set. The band is cooking. I have three guys kicking some serious ass on their instruments and we have a lot of fun dancing with the folks.

At festivals, do you take the time to go catch other artists and their performances?
Part of what I love about these festivals is being able to tune into other artists, hear other bands and get turned on to other music. That’s the treat behind festivals. All of us in the band feel that way. It looks like a fantastic lineup and there are a lot of artists I look forward to seeing.

You recently took part in the new Chandelier series at The F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre aimed at more of an intimate performance. Can you talk about that night?
Yes. It’s a very cool series. We had a good time there (laughs). They were worried that we were going to be too loud, because we’re a loud band, but all was well. We played loud and proud and the audience was with us and people got into it.

Do you feel like you’re playing music for yourself, but also carrying on the family tradition of spreading music and happiness?
I hope so! Yes! I always carry my dad close to my heart. When you lose a parent, you hold them real close to your heart and in a very different way when they’re gone. I do that just like everybody else does. When I play music, I’m always trying to get a little bit better each time and hit that mark a little bit stronger. My day sits there in my heart right next to all of my other heroes.

Talk about working on your first solo record.
I have finished recording a solo record. I rerecorded it a few times. I spent a lot of time trying to find this record. I played solo gigs for the first time during the process. It’s been a pretty interesting time, with finding the songs and finding my way fronting a band instead of being in an ensemble. I really had to honor this record and honor the process and let it take a little bit longer. I lied over and over about the release date because I kept thinking it was done. Music will grab you and take you where it wants to go. I think musicians have the best intentions and best plans set up about how a song will come together or how to find its lifeline, but its always the songs, the gig or the album that ends up leading you down the real roads that you’re going to be on.

What are your plans for 2015?
The record will be coming out by then and hopefully we’ll be doing a lot of shows behind it, continuing to play for some folks, keep building our band up, keep connecting with audiences and having a good time.
— tom graham

 

EC21CAMPFIRE_4_WEBLet the Inner Freak Out

An Interview with Langhorne Slim

All Langhorne Slim wants to be is the truest version of himself. The Pennsylvania-born self-taught guitarist swirls hints of Bob Dylan and Nirvana with his own brand of howling and wild folk rock. His 10-year tour continues with a set at the Campfire Festival on Friday, Aug. 29. He’ll be performing with his band, The Law.
We spoke with Langhorne Slim about his never-ending summer and releasing his inner animal.

You’ve been on the road non-stop. Where do you feel your strengths are right now?
I’ve been out on the road for the last 10 years. The summer seems like an endless one, I suppose — it also gets cold at times and changes in appearance. Its one very long summer. I don’t know where my strengths lie, but we’re getting better as a band. I’m writing material right now for the record and I’m really focused on that.

What are some of your personal highlights from the last year?
Just the other night, we played at the Central Park Summer Stage (New York City) with Old Crow Medicine Show and Spirit Family Reunion. That was a pretty exciting experience to have.

You’ll be taking part in the Campfire Festival. Do you approach playing a festival differently than you would a regular show?
No. You learn pretty quickly that changing what you do or who you are for your audience or environment will potentially leave you feeling like a shell of a man or a woman. As a musician, songwriter, performer and entertainer, I’m trying to find my true voice, my true self. That’s what I’m bringing out on the road. I’m trying to channel the truest version of myself. To change that for a particular city or audience would completely go against why I got into this in the first place,which is to find my inner freak, my inner wildness and uncage it.

Did you learn how to do this as time went on?
I’ve always done that. If you go forward, it changes. We change in ways, certain fundamental things stay the same. Certain truths change and it becomes a refining process. It’s something any artist discovers as they’re going. When I first started, I was a huge Nirvana, Bob Dylan and Otis Redding fan (I still am). I wasn’t good enough to pick out all the chords and sing in the way of my favorite people. I mimicked them and I became my own thing. You become more comfortable with yourself and your able to identify your own truths and tell your own story.

When it’s time to head into the studio, is there a specific sound in your head how you want the songs to translate?
I’m often surprised. It’s an incredible process. Every band does it differently. We (the band) don’t live in the same town and haven’t for many years. When I’m not on the road, I’ll get ideas and start writing tunes and it’s a personal, isolated process at first. I bring it to the band for them to either hear a finished song or to help me arrange it. Then we play it on tour and it changes form almost immediately when other players get on it. Then the studio can take you in a different direction. It’s all part of the magical musical journey. If you do it the same way every night, it might lose some feeling or meaning, and I can’t afford for that to happen. There is still a genuine fundamental dirty deep truth that I can identify with and I need to set it free with my soul.

What are some of your long term goals?
I keep my long-term goals pretty close in sight. My goal is to have musical creative breakthroughs where I go to places where I have not been before with myself and the band. I want to dig deep from a truthful, pure place where I can know what I’m doing is the real deal and I can feel the wonderment that goes along with that.
— tom graham

 

 

 

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
The Irish Rovers, Aug. 24
Willie Nelson and Family, Sept. 11
The Wailers, Oct. 10
The truTV Impractical Jokers Tour, featuring The Tenderloins, Sept. 20
Slapstick Sonata, Oct. 24
Badlands, A Tribute to the Music of Bruce Springsteen, Oct. 25
Umphrey’s McGee, Oct. 30
360 All Stars, Nov. 6
Ethan Bortnick, Nov. 9
An Evening with Groucho, Nov. 21
The Time Jumpers, Nov. 22

Gypsies Lounge & Night Club,
Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: (877) 682-4791
Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival,
Aug. 23
Lisa Lampanelli, Sept. 13
The Stylistics, Oct. 11
D.L. Hughley, Oct. 25
Amish Outlaws, Nov. 14
The Company Men, Nov. 15
Ed Kowalczyk, Nov. 29

Mauch Chunk Opera House,
Jim Thorpe
Tickets: (570) 325-0249
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
John Denver Tribute, Sept. 5
Simon and Garfunkel Retrospective, Sept. 6
Billy Cobham Drum Seminar, Sept. 9
Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Band,
Sept. 10
Solas, Sept. 11
Cast of Beatlemania, Sept. 12-13
The Wailin’ Jennys, Sept. 18
Wishbone Ash, Sept. 19
Sam Bush Quintet, Sept. 19
Mark Doyle and the Maniacs, Sept. 27
Leftover Salmon with Billy Payne,
Sept. 28
CSNSongs, Oct. 3
Tom Petty Tribute, Oct. 4
The Badlees, Oct. 10
Childhood’s End, Oct. 11
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Oct. 12
The Duhks,
Oct. 16
Janis Ian, Oct. 17
Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis, Oct. 19
Frank Sinatra Tribute, Oct. 25
Michale Graves, Oct. 31

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza,
Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Smackdown TV, Sept. 9
Theresa Caputo, Oct. 6
Cirque du Soleil, Oct. 15-19

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs,
Plains Twp.
Tickets: (570) 823-9407
Party on the Patio: Stayin’ Alive, Aug. 21
Soul Asylum, Aug. 23
Shorty Long & Jersey Horns, 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
Yonder Mountain String Band, Aug. 21
Nightwind, Aug. 22
James Supra Band, Aug. 24
Jake Kaligis/New Constitution, Aug. 28
Winger and FireHouse, Sept. 5
Anna Popovic, Sept. 13
Uriah Heep, Sept. 26
Tommy James and the Shondells,
Oct. 18
Robin Trower, Oct. 31
The Tubes, Nov. 1
Dark Star Orchestra, Nov. 26
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains
Tickets: (570) 822-2992
The Weight, Aug. 22
Pink Talking Fish, Aug. 23
The Z3 with Ed Mann of the Original Zappa Band, Aug. 29
Trespass, Aug. 30
Willie Nelson Afterparty, featuring George Wesley and Friends, Sept. 11
Twiddle, Sept. 12
G-Nome Project, Sept. 14
Saturday Giant and Small Ax Orchestra, Sept. 25
Tauk, Sept. 26
Zayre Mountain, Oct. 3
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Oct. 4
Start Making Sense, Oct. 18
The Toasters with The Rudie Crew,
Nov. 1
Jeff Coffin and the Mu’tet, Nov. 4

Scranton Cultural Center
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Martin and Lewis Tribute, Sept. 28

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: (570) 420-2808
Red Pandas, Aug. 22
Blessthefall and Chiodos, Aug. 23
Lights Divide, Aug. 26
Transfer Switch, Aug. 30 Ike Avelli, Sept. 13
Keller Williams, Sept. 20
Rusted Root, Oct. 9
Jimmy Eat World, Oct. 16
Lila Ignite, Oct. 24
Misfits, Oct. 30
Cabinet, Coal Town Rounders and
Tom Graham, Oct 31
Mastodon, Nov. 2
The Mavericks, Nov. 7
Arlo Guthrie, Nov. 8
Black Veil Brides, Nov. 21
Railroad Earth Horn-O-Plenty, Nov. 28-29

Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton
Tickets: (570) 961-9000
Monumentour: Fall Out Boy and
Paramore, Aug. 31

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: (215) 627-1332
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
Airborne Toxic Event, Oct. 3
Timeflies, Oct. 4
Within Temptation, Oct. 9
Machine Head, Oct. 12
Julian Casablancas and The Voidz,
Oct. 16
Drive-By Truckers, Oct. 18
Creature Carnival Tour, Oct. 25
Samhain: 30 Bloody Years, Oct. 29
RL Grime, Oct. 30
The Glitch Mob, Oct. 31
Lettuce and Soulive, Nov. 1
A.B.A.T.E. “For the Kids,” Nov. 2
Fitz and the Tantrums, Nov. 7
London Grammar, Nov. 8
Black Veil Brides, Nov. 19
The New Deal, Nov. 28

Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pa.
Tickets: (215) 572-7650
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
Charlie Daniels, Oct. 23
Todd Rundgren, Oct. 29
Robin Trower, Oct. 30

Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Howie Mandel, Aug. 23
Natalie Cole, Aug. 24
Chevelle with Dayshell and KYNG,
Aug. 31
Early Days of Rock and Roll, Sept. 7
British Invasion Tour, Sept. 10
Trace Adkins, Sept. 11
Gladys Knight, Sept. 14
Safe in Sound Festival Tour, Sept. 25
Timeflies with Kap Slap, Oct. 1
Alter Bridge, Oct. 7
Australian Pink Floyd, Oct. 12
Best of Jethro Tull, Oct. 26
The Wonder Years, Oct. 31
So You Think You Can Dance, Nov. 2
Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, Nov. 9
Paul Anka, Nov. 15
O.A.R., Nov. 20
Celtic Thunder, Nov. 23
Slayer with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, Nov. 26

Sellersville Theater, Sellersville
Tickets: (215) 257-5808
Parrotbeach, Aug. 22
Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, Sept. 7
Robin Zander, Sept. 18
Wishbone Ash, Sept. 23
John Oates, Sept. 25
Joan Osborne, Sept. 27
10,000 Maniacs, Oct. 5
Phil Vassar, Oct. 10
Jars of Clay, Oct. 11
Paula Cole, Oct. 18

Susquehanna Bank Center,
Camden, N.J.
Tickets: (856) 365-1300
Drake vs. Lil Wayne, Aug. 21
Motley Crue, Aug. 23
UPROAR Festival, Aug. 26
Five Seconds of Summer: Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour, Sept. 4
Miranda Lambert with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, Sept. 5
Toby Keith with Colt Ford, Sept. 27

Tower Theater, Philadelphia
Tickets: (610) 352-2887
Chevelle, Aug. 29
Savoy, Sept. 12
Coheed and Cambria and Thank You Scientist, Sept. 24
Twenty One Pilots, Sept. 27-28
Rise Against, Oct. 1
Bryan Ferry, Oct. 4
Limp Bizkit and Machine Gun Kelly, Oct. 7
The Janoskians, Oct. 9
Porter Robinson, Oct. 10
Australian Pink Floyd Show, Oct. 11
Flying Lotus and Thundercat, Oct. 14
Joe Rogan, Oct. 17
Sound Tribe Sector 9, Oct. 18
Primus, Oct. 22
Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller, Oct. 25
Lecrae, Nov. 9
Alt-J, Nov. 14
Russell Peters, Nov. 29
Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, Nov. 30

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: (800) 298-4200
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
Eric Church, Oct. 18
Justin Timberlake, Dec. 17

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel N.Y.
Tickets: 1 (866) 781-2922
Josh Groban, Aug. 23
Zac Brown Band, Aug.29
Miranda Lambert, Aug. 31

Madison Square Garden,
New York, N.Y.
Tickets: (212) 307-7171
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
X Japan, Oct. 11
Eric Church, Oct. 17
Above and Beyond, Oct. 18
Motley Crue, Oct. 28

Beacon Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Tickets: (212) 465-6500
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
Jackson Browne, Oct. 7
The Fab Faux, Oct. 18
Allman Brothers Band, Oct. 21-25
An Evening with Primus and the Chocolate Factory, Oct. 31
Patrick Bruel, Nov. 1
Ray LaMontagne, Nov. 12
Alt-J, Nov. 16
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Nov. 24
Straight No Chaser, Dec. 5
Hot Tuna, Dec. 13

Bryce Jordan Center, University Park
Tickets: (814) 865-5555
Foster the People, Sept. 5
Cher with special guests Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo, Sept. 24
Brantley Gilbert with Aaron Lewis and Chase Bryant, Sept. 26
Cirque du Soleil, Oct. 8-12
Beach Boys, Oct. 29

World Cafe Live (downstairs),
Philadelphia
Tickets: (215) 222-1400
Red Wanting Blue, Aug. 22
Midsummer Classic 3014, Aug. 23
Made in Philly, Aug. 28
Sun cinema, Red Letter Life, Moonshine Social, Confused Disciples, Aug. 29

Live Music in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Live Music in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Clubs

Thursday, Aug. 21
Bar on Oak, Pittston — The Tones
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Glass Wine Bar & Bistro, Hawley — John Curtain (6-9 p.m.)
Mendicino’s Pizza, Gouldsboro — Merchants of Groove Unplugged
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre — Stayin’ Alive (The Bee Gees tribute band)
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Open Jam w/Jerry Trapper
The V-Spot, Scranton — Mark Sutorka

Friday, Aug. 22
Boat House Restaurant, Hawley — Tom Rogo (5-8 p.m.), Jason Hoffman (9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.)
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Mongo
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — East Coast Trio
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — 40 lb. Head
Glass Wine Bar & Bistro, Hawley — Gone Crazy/Mike Brown (8-11 p.m.)
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, Clarks Summit — The Third Nut
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Starforce Hip Hop Invades the Electric City:  The Officalod, Ekko, Nyraine, Picachi King, Chris Fields, Kise Money, Karlo Cap
Mecca’s Place, Dunmore — Bill & Donna Arnold Band
Mert’s, Scranton — Fuzzy Park duo
Minooka Pub, Scranton — Dem Guys
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Giants of Science
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
POSH at The Scranton Club, Scranton — POSH House DJ
The Factory , Wilkes-Barre — Crobot
The New Penny, Scranton — Renora Code
The Settlers Inn, Hawley — Spencer and Nancy Reed Quartet
The V-Spot, Scranton — Grey Fog
Villa Maria II, Scranton — The Wanabees (8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug. 23
Bar on Oak, Pittston –  Latin night w/live band
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — Karaoke w/DJ Terryoke
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — Doug and Sean
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots
Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Hawley — Harkland
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Vicious Fam Presents The Takeover Part 1: Vicious Fam, Fubar, Styleon of Tro Gang, M3, and Special Guests
Mecca’s Place, Dunmore — Bill & Donna Arnold Band
Minooka Pub, Scranton — Dan Reynolds duo
Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono — Escape the Fate
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Double Cross
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
POSH at The Scranton Club, Scranton — VJ Steven Wallace
Sleepy Hollow Lounge at Idle Hour Lanes, Scranton — Marilyn Kennedy ‘70s flashback party
The New Penny, Scranton — The Mess, Sucker, F3
The V-Spot, Scranton — Graces Downfall with Behind the Grey and Those Clever Foxes

Sunday, Aug. 24
Arlo’s Tavern, Ararat — Mountain Sky Orchestra
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — Graces Downfall
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Karaoke w/DJ Honey Do
The V-Spot, Scranton — V-Spot Idol 3 (finals)

Monday, Aug. 25
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Monday Night Raw hosted by The Wolf

Tuesday, Aug. 26
Bar on Oak, Pittston – Line dancing w/Danny Star
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Bike Night with DJ Ringmaster
Harrington’s Pub & Grill, Olyphant — Karaoke Contest w/DJ Devil Dog
The V-Spot, Scranton — Jeremy Burke

Wednesday, Aug. 27
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
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Village Idiots
The Bog, Scranton — The Bog Days of Summer with The Tom Graham and Bill Orner Show, Charles Havira and special guests.
The Settlers Inn, Hawley — Thos Shipley Trio
The V-Spot, Scranton — Last Call Trio