Playing with fire – Jukebox the Ghost set  for ALT 92.1 show at Scranton Iron Furnaces

Playing with fire – Jukebox the Ghost set for ALT 92.1 show at Scranton Iron Furnaces

With a band name like Jukebox the Ghost, one would assume there is a deep story behind it.
“It’s one of those stories that’s a little more disappointing than it should be,” vocalist and pianist Ben Thornewill admitted.
“We had a previous band name that we didn’t like. … It honestly came down to having something Google searchable,” he said. “Jukebox the Ghost is such a stupid combination of words, so it’s very easy to find.”
Fans can catch Thornewill and bandmates Tommy Siegel and Jesse Kristin this weekend at ALT 92.1’s Furnace Frenzy in Scranton.
The show takes place Saturday, July 21, at 4 p.m. at the Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave. Tickets to the Times-Shamrock Communications radio station’s concert are $20, and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
Other acts on the bill include headliner Dirty Heads plus lovelytheband, L.I.F.T., Brother Sundance and Morgan Saint.
The Brooklyn-based trio met in 2003 while attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and released their first album as Jukebox the Ghost, “Let Live & Let Ghosts,” in 2008. Although at its inception the group had no idea where they were heading, their individual backgrounds created a unique sound of indie and pop.
“Between our drummer’s punk rock past, our guitarist’s jam band sort of background and I’m a classical pianist, we each have our own sound,” Thornewill said. “I think if we sat down and thought about it, we would have said, ‘This is a terrible idea.’”
Nearly 10 years of touring and thousands of live shows proved that the mashing of genres and musical backgrounds created a wonderful, funky recipe for success. 
Earlier this year, the piano pop outfit released its fifth studio album, “Off To the Races,” and its first single, “Everybody’s Lonely,” achieved national radio play — a first for the band.
“I think every record feels like a reinvention, or it has felt for us,” Thornewill said. “Every time we make a new one, we think, ‘Oh well, now we’ve hit our stride.’ Our song hit national radio success for the first time, and that’s a good feeling. We feel great about that, because we’ve been touring for so long we feel like we’ve earned this.”
“Everybody’s Lonely” pokes fun at songs on the radio that focus solely on love or “drinking too much,” but through poppy piano beats and catchy tunes, it also shines a light on the fact that loneliness is rampant.
“I’ve always had the belief that you can make joyful-sounding pop music with darker lyrics, having something a little more substantial,” Thornewill explained. “And ‘Everybody’s Lonely’ is no exception. A lot of our music you can surface-level jump around and feel joyful, but if you dig a little deeper and process the other layers, there are deeper experiences within the song.”
Much of the layered harmonies and guitar solos on the new album took heavy influences from Queen — a result of the band’s annual October tradition, “HalloQueen.” At these shows, Jukebox the Ghost performs a set of its own songs, and then a second set dressed up as Queen, performing live “as the band.”
These concerts not only pushed the musicians to dig deep into the classic rock group’s sound, but helped them to embrace that sound and mold it into their own. This fall, the band plans to continue that tradition with the fourth annual HalloQueen.
“Fundamentally, we’re a fun band,” Thornewill said. “We’re an entertaining band. Our live shows are silly and self-aware — it’s a party.”

Strike the ripe note Peach Music Festival lets fans, acts branch out

Strike the ripe note Peach Music Festival lets fans, acts branch out

The Peach Music Festival feels perfectly ripe in its seventh year.
The weekend-long concert series has refined its palette of offerings each summer, but even for diehards who have attended since it first broke ground at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain in 2012, there’s still fresh music to be seen and heard.
When Peach Fest returns to town Thursday, July 19, through Sunday, July 22, it’ll host new faces alongside dedicated favorites, including Grammy Award-winner Warren Haynes, who has performed at the festival since its first run.
With a repertoire of songs that covers his career in groups such as the Allman Brothers Band, various iterations of the Grateful Dead and his own jam band, Gov’t Mule, Haynes promised a wide range of hits old and new. Throughout the weekend, guests can catch him fronting Gov’t Mule and Dark Side of the Mule — a set of all Pink Floyd covers — as well as “Wake Up with Warren Haynes.”
Just before he jumped on a plane to depart for a string of gigs in Europe, Haynes spoke with The Times-Tribune by phone about why he loves playing shows like Peach Fest. 
“Festivals are an opportunity for both the fans and the bands to kind of branch out,” he said. “The bands get to play to some people who never heard them before, and fans discover music they never heard before.
“We tend to keep festival shows more up-tempo and a little more high-energy,” Haynes added. “Every show is different for us, so we usually don’t know until the day before or even the day of what we’ll play. Since we’ve played Peach Music Festival several times, we’ll make sure it’s different than what people heard the past couple years.
“There’ll be something from each part of our career, and also new music.”
Each of Haynes’ three sets will embody a specific vibe, giving guests plenty to take in even if they catch each of his performances.
“We’ll do a normal Gov’t Mule show, which is, I guess, anything but normal,” he said. “We don’t do much talking during shows; it’s mostly just music.”
Dark Side of the Mule, meanwhile, was a concept Haynes developed 10 years ago when he first played the covers for a Halloween show, one of the only occasions he’s dared to don a disguise and play someone else’s music, he noted.
“In the past couple years, we got so many requests for it, so this year we’re doing a handful of shows like that, and we’re excited about that,” Haynes said.
“Wake Up with Warren Haynes” aims to rouse the overnighters at the music festival with a morning of mellow music.
“Between those three sets, I don’t think we’ll repeat a song,” Haynes said.
The energy at Peach Fest is generated not only from the musicians who come back year after year, but also from the audiences who have a love and passion for the music that is just as strong, he said.
“Our music is all about honesty. We give everything we have to the music,” Haynes said. “We love what we do, and I think that translates to the audience.
“We’re taking all of our influences and combining them together in a way that hopefully appeals to like-minded fans of music, and since we do a different show every night, we are striving to give the audience something they’ll only see one time.
“That’s what I want to see at a show,” he added. “Something that never happened before, and something that’ll never happen again.”

Fab 5 – July 19, 2018

Fab 5 – July 19, 2018

1. Stoke the Fire
Supporters of the eighth annual Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces hope to ignite excitement for the Oct. 20 celebration during a lead-up event on Friday, July 20.
POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, will host the Stoke the Fire Fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and include wine, beer and a signature drink plus music by Anthony Natiello and raffles with local prizes.
All proceeds benefit the Anthracite Heritage Museum and iron furnaces. For tickets and more information, call 570-963-4804 or visit the Facebook event page. Tickets also are available through brownpapertickets.com.

2. Party on the Patio
Party on the Patio rages on this summer at Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino and Resort, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.
The concert series continues Thursday, July 19, with a performance at 7:30 p.m. by All Revved Up, a tribute to Meat Loaf.
Each Thursday through Aug. 30, visitors can enjoy a tribute band, including Tusk, a tribute to Fleetwood Mac; Separate Ways, a tribute to Journey; and Draw the Line, a tribute to Aerosmith.
Guests must be 21 or older to attend. The entertainment is free, and food and drink specials will be available for purchase.
Doors for each show open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit mohegansunpocono.com.

3. Michael Jackson Tribute Concert
The King of Pop lives on through Danny Dash Andrews, one of the most-requested Michael Jackson impersonators.
Andrews will bring his two-hour tribute show, which spans four decades of Jackson’s storied career, to the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton, on Sunday, July 22.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $20 to $50, available through
thetheateratnorth.com. The show is appropriate for all ages and features state-of-the-art lighting and sound that emulate Jackson’s own immersive concerts.

4. Rummage Sale
Teresa’s Angels Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to giving back to the community, will co-host a rummage sale at the Northeast Detachment Marine Corps League and Museum, 1340 Alder St., Scranton, on Saturdays, July 21 and 28, and Sundays, July 22 and 29. The rummage sale is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
All proceeds from the sale days will benefit Toys for Tots. Among the wares, shoppers will find toys and household items.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page or call 570-347-8762.

5. Doga in the Park
Yogis will have some competition for best downward dog pose during an upcoming doga class.
Sprint for Service Dogs and Jaya Yoga will co-host the dog-friendly yoga (doga) experience on Saturday, July 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Hillside Park, 1188 Winola Road, Clarks Summit. Tickets are $15, available through eventbrite.com.
Doga combines massage and gentle stretching for dogs and humans alike, and organizers say it works best with smaller-breed canines, though larger dogs are welcome, too. Guests should wear comfortable, athletic clothes and bring a yoga mat, dog leash and towel. True Friends Animal Welfare Center will have some pets up for adoption at the event, and a dog-treat bar, water station and light snacks for people also will be on hand after class. Doga is open to participants with or without a dog.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page or sprintforservicedogs.com.

Clubs – July 19, 2018

Clubs – July 19, 2018

Thursday, July 19
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Black Tie Stereo
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Open Call hosted by Jami Kali
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Flirtin’ with Yesterday
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Eddie Delucca
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Honeychilds’, 109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Fuzzy Mudd
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: A Proud Monkey Solo
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Jeff Lewis
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, July 20
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Bill Hoffman
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Blue London Trio
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Group Therapy
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Asialena
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Crimson Tears
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Neil Nicastro Duo
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Facing the Giants
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: 2 Rockaholix
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Classic Rock Express
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Flirtin’ with Yesterday
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Honky Tonk Restaurant & Saloon, 763 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Dashboard Mary
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Great Rock Pair
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: A.J.’s Birthday Bash
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Sugar Ray Solojam
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: John Strasburger
R & J’s Wild Rover Pub, 1315 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Popstar Drive
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Adam McKinley
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Cannon with Brian Cichocki and Zack Hammond

Saturday, July 21
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Gary Flanagan acoustic
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Vine Street
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: The Music Room
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Christmas in July with DJ Cadillac Cukin
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Area 52
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Heads Up Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow
Camp Rattler Beer Garden, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Tourniquet
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Stoned by Proxy
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Bret Alexander Duo
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Look Alive, Resting and Inner Temple
Lombardi’s Brookside, 182 Main St., Tobyhanna: Dashboard Mary
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Graces Downfall Duo
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Alex Key D, Local Nuisance
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Cannon with Brian Cichocki and Zack Hammond

Sunday, July 22
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: The Wanabees
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Great Rock Pair
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo

Monday, July 23
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Duffy’s Coffee Co., 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
Tomato Bar & Bistro, 7 Tomato Fest Drive, Pittston: A Proud Monkey

Tuesday, July 24
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Joe Cigan
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, July 25
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ the DJ
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Paul Moran and Friends
Hillside Park, Winola Road, Clarks Summit: Presbybob Quintet
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Village Idiots
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Jam camp Festival opens season at Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Jam camp Festival opens season at Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Camp Bisco music festival features acts ranging from EDM to jam music to hip-hop to rock.
Started in the late ’90s as the brainchild of the Disco Biscuits, a Philadelphia-born jam band, Bisco found a home in Northeast Pennsylvania in 2015. The festival returns to the Pavilion at Montage Mountain from Thursday, July 12, to Saturday, July 14.
The event continues to grow with thousands of music festival lovers — called “festies” — descending on the mountain each year to dance, sing, meet friends and share in a love of live music. Electric City put together a handy guide to the sights, sounds and tastes of Camp Bisco.

The essentials
Camp Bisco is a three-day long music festival at 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Guests with RV passes may arrive Wednesday, July 11, at 4 p.m. Those with VIP camping parking passes can arrive at 8 p.m., and all other guests may arrive at 10 p.m. Single-day passes start at $90.50 for Friday or Saturday. Three-day passes start at $249.50 for general admission and $549.50 for VIP. Camp Bisco guests must be 18 or older with a valid ID.
Camp Bisco takes place rain or shine, so guests should come prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, rain gear, extra clothes and shoes, mud boots, hats for shade and factory-sealed water bottles.

What Camp Bisco provides
There will be refillable water stations on festival and camping grounds, as well as phone-charging stations, ATMs and 24-hour medical service and on-site emergency personnel. Camp Bisco’s General Store also will be stocked with essential items festival-goers may need, including soda, water and ice. Cases of beer also will be available for purchase by those 21 or older.

Fuel up
Dancing to live music works up an appetite, and Camp Bisco fans can grab food and drink at dozens of concession and vendor stands across the festival grounds. There will be typical concert hand-held foods plus some festival and carnival favorites and produce from farmer’s markets. Vegetarian options will be available as well. Guests also can cool off with a variety of beverages from mixed drinks to craft, imported and domestic beers for those 21 and older to soda, water and more.

The music

MIKE RYAN / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Electronic rock jam band Lotus will perform during Camp Bisco music festival at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain, which runs from Thursday, July 13, through Saturday, July 15.

More than 50 acts will perform during Camp Bisco, including five sets from the Disco Biscuits across three days.
The music kicks off Thursday at 3:30 p.m. with performances from Tipper, Bonobo, STS9, Boogie T, Boombox, Buku, G Jones, Jai Wolf, Lettuce, Snails, Ducky, Kidswaste, Naughty Professor, Space Bacon and Squnto (Megachop).
On Friday and Saturday, music begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday will include performances from Bassnectar, Lotus, 12th Planet, Anna Lunde, Desert Dwellers, the Floozies featuring Terminus Horns, the Funk Hunters, Papadosio, Quinn XCII, Space Jesus, Sunsquabi, Bass Physics, Bluetech, Cofreshi, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, the Hip Abduction, King Fu, Let’s Danza!, Mungion and Yheti.
On Saturday, crowds can catch sets from Excision, Illenium, Big Wild, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ghostface Killah, Liquid Stranger, Mija B2B Justin Jay, Oliver Tree, Space Jesus (Downtempo), Tauk, Zion I x Lespecial, Agent Zero, Flamingosis, Horizon Wireless, Magic Beans, Orchard Lounge, Probcause and Zeke Beats.
Schedule, set times and lineup are subject to change. For updated set times, fans can download the Camp Bisco mobile app for Apple and Android.

Fab 5 – July 12, 2018

Fab 5 – July 12, 2018

1. ‘Wit’

Actors Circle presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, “Wit,” starting this weekend.
The production runs Thursdays, July 12 and 19, through Saturdays, July 14 and 21, at 8 p.m., and Sundays, July 15 and 22, at 2 p.m. at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton.
“Wit,” by Margaret Edson, tells the story of Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a professor of English diagnosed with terminal cancer. Throughout the play, Vivian comes to reassess her single-minded take on life and, while connecting with herself with sharp wit and irony, learns what truly makes life worth living. Tickets cost $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students.
For more information or tickets, call 570-342-9707 or email tickets@actorscircle.com.

2. Summit Fest

Join Making Music Matter for Kids Inc. and the Abington Business and Professional Association at this summer’s Summit Fest.
This free community block party throughout downtown Clarks Summit runs from Thursday, July 12, at 11 a.m. to Saturday, July 14, at 5 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy arts and crafts, food vendors, a bounce house and live local music from Rock School: School of Music and cover band Grayson Drive.Summit Fest will run along Spring, South State and Depot streets. Guests can bring their own chairs. For more information, visit the Summit Fest Facebook page.

3. Skin and Scales

Experience exciting and unusual reptiles at the Skin and Scales Live Reptile Show on Thursday, July 12, at 3 p.m.
Join herpetologist Leo Spinner at Library Express on the second floor of the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, as he introduces the crowd to baby alligators, snakes, lizards, giant tortoises and much more.
Registration by phone is required for this free event. To register, call 570-558-1670. For more information, visit the Skin and Scales Live Reptile Show’s event page on Facebook.

4. Rescue Day

The Barrel Restaurant, 881 Route 307, Spring Brook Twp., will host Rescue Day on Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Local rescues will be there — including Friends with Paws Rescue, Blue Chip Farm and Animal Rescue and Northeast PA and Pet Fund Rescue — so guests can learn their stories and so they can help spread awareness of the “Adopt, Don’t Shop” movement. Adoptable pets also will come along in search of forever homes.
Donations are welcome, and items for raffle will raise money to support the rescue animals. Baked goods also will be available for purchase. For more information or to donate items for the raffle, call 570-780-5003.

5. Help Make a House a Home

On Monday, July 16, join the Rotary Club of Scranton and the Women’s Resource Center to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault furnish a new home.
From noon to 2 p.m., the club will host a housewarming lunch at Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Admission to the event is an unwrapped gift of housewares, bedding, towels, small appliances or any other home good. Gift cards also are welcome. 

Clubs – July 12, 2018

Clubs – July 12, 2018

Thursday, July 12
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Graces Downfall
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open Mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Open Call hosted by Jami Kali
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: EJ the DJ
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Brighter Days, Life Underfoot, Blind Choice, Crookshanks, Honorable Mention and Hillcrest
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
M&J’s Bar N Grill, 542 Wildcat Road, Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Douglas
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Jeff Lewis
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music For Models Trio
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Light Weight Duo
Waldorf Park, 13 Waldorf Lane, Scranton: Robbie Walsh and Jack Foley
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, July 13
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Tori Viccica
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Fake Uncle Jake Duo
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Catalyna Music
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Chasing Ashlee DUo
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Harlan Tucker Band
Crotti’s on Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton: Clarence Spady Band
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Renora Code
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Three Imaginary Boys
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Shelly’s Underground
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Mike and Lynett
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Small Mess, Eyelet, Mr Softee and Ed Cuozzo
Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Irish Night with Jimmy Farrell
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: The Frost
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: John Smith
Morganz Pub and Eatery, 325 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Lissa K
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: The Mesos, Idolizer and Willrow Hood
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Eric’s “Pop-Shop” featuring Eric Klein
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Better Than Bad Duo and Eric Harvey
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Rare Form
Waldorf Park, 13 Waldorf Lane, Scranton: Jeffrey James Band
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Jeff Lewis
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Carie Karavas with Vinnie Mark and Buddy Harris

Saturday, July 14
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Friendly Fyre
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Tom Graham
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Drive
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Mark Williams Band
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: The Blennd with Steve Skiro
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Jack Foley and Robbie Walsh
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Mother Nature’s Sons
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Supe
The Brew House Mini-Mart Cafe, 38 Sturges Road, Peckville: FullCircle
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Light Weight
Damien’s On The Lake, 31 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake: Bret & Eddie
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Group Du Jour
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Farmers Daughter Duo
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tritide Duo
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Ronnie Morgan
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Moodswing
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: D-West and Buzz Buzzyrd
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Nu Era
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Carie Karavas with Vinnie Mark and Buddy Harris

Sunday, July 15
Backdraft Sports Bar & Restaurant, 1256 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Dashboard Mary
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Jordan Ramirez
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Pat McGlynn
Damien’s On The Lake, 31 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake: Strawberry Jam
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Mr. Acoustic
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
The Ledges Hotel, 120 Falls Ave., Hawley: Dan Brother Band
Villa Maria II, 1610 Washburn St., Scranton: The Fab Three
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, July 16
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Crotti’s on Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton: Tyler Dempsey Jazz Trio
Duffy’s Coffee Co., 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
Tomato Bar & Bistro, 7 Tomato Fest Drive, Pittston: A Proud Monkey
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, July 17
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Dave Abraham
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, July 18
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Hillside Park, Winola Road, Clarks Summit: The Wanabees
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Village Idiots
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The Settlers Inn, 4 Main Ave., Hawley: Mike Casey

Clubs – July 5, 2018

Clubs – July 5, 2018

Thursday, July 5
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Blues Broker Records Blues Jam with the Soul Shakers
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tommy Guns Band
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Open Call hosted by Jami Kali
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Open mic with Jeff Lewis
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jonathan Dressler
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, July 6
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Vine Street
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Omar Rodriguez Jr., violinist Mark Woodyatt and Black Tie Stereo
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Merely Players Trio
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Doug and Sean
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Doug Drost
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Zayre Mountain
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Switzer Duo
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Hotel Anthracite, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale: Monkeephiles
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Joe Cigan Duo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Threatpoint, Punishface and Devil Inside
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Black Pussy, Gods of Space and the Stone Eye
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Tony Vergnetti and Robby Walsh
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Thomas The Red’s Stand-Up Comedy
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: JOB band
The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Toothless, Mouthbreather, K9 and Sleepsculptor
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: M80
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: NeverWhen Duo and Rick Gillette
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Drive

Saturday, July 7
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Rice Crew
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Patrick McGlynn
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Barrel-Chested Beer Bellies
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: 20 Lb. Head
Boozer’s Sports Bar, 635 Main St., Avoca: Dashboard Mary
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Counting Stars
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter
Camp Rattler Beer Garden, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Heavy Metal Beach Party
Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top: The Music Room
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Sellout Soundtrack
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Eddie Appnel Duo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Lackawanna Music Festival after party with Will Wood, American Opera, Lucas Hex, Death Wish Birdie and the Boastfuls
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Last Call Duo
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Penny Beavers
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Heads Up Duo
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Nothing Yet and Ron Schoonover
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Big King Moose

Sunday, July 8
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Asialena
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: MouthBreather, MVA, Defendant and Dread
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Not Your Grandfather’s RockShow
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, July 9
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Duffy’s Coffee Co., 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, July 10
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Bret Alexander
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: ION, Bloodeagle, the Osedax and Hallucination
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, July 11
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Colleen and Jim Reynolds
Hillside Park, Winola Road, Clarks Summit: Loungo Brothers
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: The Frost
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Karaoke with DJ Edwin Velez
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Village Idiots
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The Settlers Inn, 4 Main Ave., Hawley: And All the Jazz

Cry the Blues

Cry the Blues

By: Clare Collins

Jam out to all the finest blues music the area has to offer at Briggs Farm Blues Festival.
Guests can enjoy the 21st annual music festival at the Nescopeck family farm from Thursday, July 5, to Sunday, July 8.
For four days and three nights, guests can experience first-class blues music from a number of different bands and soloists. Musical performances will be held in the farm’s natural outdoor amphitheater on the rolling hills of the more than 250-year-old farm. Organizers expect to receive over 7,000 guests from all over the world.
The Mighty Susquehannas & Friends, performing the music of Eric Clapton, will be the main event for Thursday night, when campers and multiple-day ticket holders can catch the act on this added extra night of music.
The weekend’s events also feature international, national and regional acts spread across three stages, including Samantha Fish and Vanessa Collier. 

Vanessa Collier

“There are a lot of strong female blues artists this year,” organizer Richard Briggs said. “Samantha Fish is a fantastic guitar player and contemporary blues musician, and Vanessa Collier is a very skilled saxophone player and an impressive, sophisticated vocalist.”
The National Reserve will perform Friday night on the main stage and Saturday night on the back porch stage.
“They have a very soulful, gritty sound to them,” Briggs said.
Sunday’s Gospel Blues show ends the weekend with performances by Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Review and Ed Randazzo & Friends.
“It makes sense to end with gospel with the history of the blues,” Briggs said. “It’s very inspirational to end the weekend that way.”
In addition to the musical festivities, guests can enjoy authentic Mississippi Delta-style barbecue, including slow-smoked pulled pork; Southern fried catfish; jambalaya; fresh-picked, fire-roasted sweet corn; and mac-n-cheese with stewed tomatoes. Campers can enjoy breakfast from Saturday 7 to 11 a.m., and it includes biscuits and gravy, eggs and a choice of ham, bacon or sausage. There also will be lunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which includes a chicken bacon ranch wrap.
“This isn’t your typical festival food,” Briggs said. “We tried to focus on adding Southern-style soul food for guests to enjoy.”
The Briggs family is extremely invested in this year-long project, with all members of the family preparing for the event. The festival has occupied most of the family’s time, with Briggs’ sons and grandsons helping year-round.
“This festival became a big part of our life and legacy,” he said.
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If you go
What: Briggs Farm Blues Festival
When: Thursday, July 5, camping gate open 3 to 9 p.m., music 7 to 11 p.m.; Friday, July 6, camping gate open 10 a.m., main gate open at noon, music 2 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, July 7, main gate open at noon, music noon to midnight; Sunday, July 8, music 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., concert/campgrounds close 4 p.m.
Where: 88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck
Tickets: Four-day pass with camping, $130 advance/$140 at gate; four-day general admission, $85 advance/$100 at gate; three-day pass with camping, $105 advance/$115 at gate; three-day general (Thursday to Saturday) $70 advance/$80 at gate; three-day general (Friday to Sunday), $70 advance/$80 at gate; two-day general, $50 advance/$60 at gate; one-day general $30 advance/$35 at gate; Sunday general $25 advance/$30 at gate. Tickets are available at several locations, including Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound, Wilkes-Barre and Dickson City; Briggs Farm and Amish Pantry, Nescopeck; A Perfect Blend, Berwick; and Endless Records, Bloomsburg.
Details: Visit briggsfarm.com.

Fab 5 – July 5, 2018

Fab 5 – July 5, 2018

1. Wayne County Arts Alliance Studio Tour

From Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, join the Wayne County Arts Alliance on the 16th annual Studio Tour.
This year’s event boasts a collection of 18 local, emerging artists who work with a variety of mediums. The tour lets the public meet artists and view their work right in the their studios and work spaces.
The Studio Tour is free and open to the public. The alliance encourages those attending to begin their tour at its headquarters at the Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale.
For more information about the artists or the locations of each studio, visit waynecountyartsalliance.org.

2. Party on the Patio

Party on the Patio returns to Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino and Resort, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp., this week.
The concert series kicks off Thursday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by Tramps Like Us, a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, following at 7:30.
Every Thursday through Aug. 30, visitors can enjoy more tribute bands, including Parrot Beach, a tribute to
Jimmy Buffett; Halfway to Hell, a tribute to AC/DC;
and Bon Jersey, a tribute to Bon Jovi.
Guests must be 21 and older to attend. The entertainment is free, and food and drink specials will be available for purchase.
For more information, visit mohegansunpocono.com.

3. Lackawanna Music Festival

On Saturday, July 7, from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, from noon to 11:30 p.m., enjoy a mixed bag of performances at Lackawanna Music Festival.
Set to perform at Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton, are Strength for a Reason, Koji, GutterLIFE, Young Thieves
and more. An after-party on the night of the first show will take place at Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton, featuring live acts American Opera, the Boastfuls, Death Wish Birdie and Will Wood and the Tapeworms.
Single-day tickets cost $15, with two-day passes also available for $30.
For more information or tickets, visit the Lackawanna Music Festival’s Facebook page.

4. ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Sycorax’

Join the Scranton Shakespeare Festival for a unique double-bill performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” followed by “Sycorax,” an original play by Brenna Geffers.
Performances run Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, at 3 p.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Theatre, Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Ave.
“The Tempest” tells the tale of the wreck of a noble ship on a mystical island, where those who survive clash with old disputes, magic and, against all odds, love.
Named for its lead character, “Sycorax,” deciphers who the character, who originated in “The Tempest,” may have been and what she may have done with the powers she possessed.
For more information or tickets, visit scrantonshakes.com.

5. Fireworks and more

Independence Day celebrations continue this weekend, with a few fireworks displays left to enjoy around NEPA.
On Saturday, July 7, the Minisink Lions of North Pocono will host their Fireworks Extravaganza. The show takes place at North Pocono Football Stadium, Route 690, Moscow. Gates open at 6 p.m., and live music will begin at 7.
Also on July 7, you can head to the Stay at Home Festival and Fireworks at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park, Route 903. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy local live bands and bring the kids to enjoy amusement rides, face painting and much more.
Wrapping up the Independence Day festivities on July 7 is the Independence Day Fireworks display at Split Rock Resort, 428 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and a rain date is set for July 8.

Patriotic party time

Patriotic party time

By Mary Joyce

NEPA marks Independence Day with fireworks, music and more

It’s easy to find patriotic celebrations wherever you plan to celebrate this Fourth of July in Northeast Pennsylvania, from simple fireworks displays to live concerts to full-blown festivals with food and fun.
The most notable change among the area’s traditional bashes is the addition of the Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony to downtown Scranton’s Scrantastic Spectacular in place of Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.
The Williamsport-based ensemble consists of 45 professional musicians from across the country under the artistic direction of Lance C. Ohnmeiss. The symphony will perform some of John Philip Sousa’s most recognizable marches plus a patriotic selection of classic American songs. Its production will include singers, soloists, flags and a salute to the armed forces.

Friday, June 29
Food, beverages and children’s games will be among the offerings at June Fest, Ritz Tech, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Peckville, where fireworks will start at dusk. The rain date is Sunday, July 1.

Friday, June 30
Enjoy food, games and fireworks during Nanticoke’s fifth annual Big Bang from 4 to 10 p.m. at Greater Nanticoke Area High School football field, 425 Koscuszko St.
Bring along beach chairs or blankets and celebrate the season at Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company’s fireworks display at dusk on the shores of Lake Ariel. The rain date is Sunday, July 1.

Monday, July 2
Celebrate the holiday at Central Park, Church Street, Honesdale, at the Wayne County Creative Arts Council Independence Day Celebration. Free live music will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the fireworks display will follow at approximately 8. There will be bounce houses and other activities for children as well as craft and food vendors.
Enjoy patriotic hymns and sing along at the Celebrate America Concert at 7 p.m. in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 35 William St., Pittston. A community choir will perform at the concert, which the Pennsylvania Northeast chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present. Veterans will be recognized during the concert.

Tuesday, July 3
The Scrantastic Spectacular will take place on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Scranton. Plenty of food vendors and other entertainment will open at 4 p.m., and live music from Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony will begin at 7. At dusk, the a fireworks display choreographed to music will kick off.
The Rotary Club of the Abingtons will host its annual fireworks display at Abington Heights Middle School, 1555 Newton Ransom Blvd., Newton Twp. Food and amusement vendors will open their stands at 5 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at dusk. Parking in designated lots will cost $5.
Head to Tunkhannock High School athletic field, 135 Tiger Drive, for Tunhannock Rotary Club’s fireworks display. Gates open at 6 p.m., and band Popstar Drive will play from 7 p.m. until dark. The fireworks display will begin at dusk after the band wraps up.
Finally, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono, will celebrate with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 4
Take the celebration to the streets at the Mountain Top on the Move Parade from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ending with a ceremony at Wright Twp. Municipal Park, Park Road. Plenty of local organizations will provide refreshments and other displays.
Start your Independence Day morning with a free patriotic concert from the Ringgold Pops at 10:30 a.m. at Nay Aug Park, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton.
Enjoy a day-long blowout with food vendors, games and rides at the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July from noon to 10 p.m. at Kirby Park, 301 Northampton St., Kingston. A fireworks display will begin at dusk.
Throughout July and August, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders post-game fireworks displays take place at PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic. On July 4, the RailRiders will play the Buffalo Bisons at 7:05 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin directly after the game. Tickets range from $10 to $14.
Kalahari Water Park and Resort, 250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor, will host a special celebration this year, “Dreams: Symphony in the Sky” fireworks display. The display will begin at dusk and can be viewed from the water park. Day passes for admission to the water park cost $109, while passes for after 5 p.m. cost $89.
Over the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack at Wallenpaupack High School, 2552 Route 6, Palmyra Twp., guests can view Lake Wallenpaupack’s fireworks starting at 9:15 p.m. Seating and parking will be available at the high school. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted. The rain date is Thursday, July 5.

Saturday, July 7
Check out the Minisink Lions of North Pocono Fireworks Extravaganza at North Pocono’s football stadium, Route 690, Moscow. Gates open at 6 p.m., and guests can find plenty of food, refreshments and entertainment for all ages. Live music from the Poets will begin at 7 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin at dusk. Admission is free, and donations for the Lions Club will be accepted. The rain date is Sunday, July 8.
Celebrate at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park, 101 E. 10th St., at the Stay at Home Festival & Fireworks from noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy live local bands, face painting, amusement rides and free kids games featuring a pie-eating contest, potato sack race and more.
Take in a fireworks display over the waters of Lake Harmony at the Independence Day Fireworks at Split Rock Resort, 428 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. The rain date is July 8.

 

Clubs – June 28, 2018

Clubs – June 28, 2018

Thursday, June 28
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Lissa K
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Romeo Delight — Van Halen tribute
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open Mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: Surf’s Up II: Electric City Boogie’s First Birthday
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Open Call hosted by Jami Kali
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Refugee — Tom Petty tribute
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Karaoke with Antony
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Open Mic Circus
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Jeff Lewis
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, June 29
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: The Lesser Knowns
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Last Call
American Legion Post 665, 901 Main St., Dickson City: Marilyn Kennedy
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Graces Downfall Duo
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Acousticstien
Bottler’s Tavern, 200 Delaware St., Jermyn: Dashboard Mary
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Emily’s Toybox solo
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Rice Crew
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Jealous Monks
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Tom Waskevich
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Bret Alexander Duo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Cruel Summer ’80s New Wave Dance Party with DJ Quoth
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Q-Ball
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Jung Bergo, James Barrett, Bobby Barnett and Jeremy Burke
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sugar Ray
Robert Christians Restaurant, 710 Route 940, Pocono Lake: The Classics
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Idol Kings
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: J.J. Ramirez with Ed McGonical and Jeremy Pryal

Saturday, June 30
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Gary Flanagan acoustic
Arturo’s, 140 Main St., Dupont: The Classics
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: No Memories
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tritide
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Cruise Control
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: High Five Swan Dive
Charlie B’s Pub and Eatery, 653 N. Main St., Plains Twp.: Guilty Pleasure
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Punch Bug Trio
The High Bridge House, 1090 Route 502, Spring Brook Twp.: Dashboard Mary
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Darkside NYC, Silence Equals Death, Departed, One Less Scumbag, Enziguri, Mad Diesel, Despairadisio and Born Without Hope
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Ron Morgan
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter
Veterans of Foreign Wars 7069, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit: Marilyn Kennedy
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: J.J. Ramirez with Ed McGonical and Jeremy Pryal

Sunday, July 1
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: KidBess, Bess Greenburg power trio
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Jason Dumm Band
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Sarah Carne
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Iron Price and Concrete

Monday, July 2
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Trivia Night with Josh and Michael
Duffy’s Coffee Co., 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Tuesday, July 3
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Mike and Lynette
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, July 4
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Hillside Park, Winola Road, Clarks Summit: East Coast Trio
Nay Aug Park, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton: West 3rd Street Band
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Village Idiots
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Fab 5 – June 28, 2018

Fab 5 – June 28, 2018

1. “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

Join the Scranton Shakespeare Festival this weekend at the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, for its production of Broadway’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
This witty musical comedy centers around a window washer who dreams his way to the top of the corporate ladder with the guidance of a helpful book.
Performances take place Thursday, June 28; Friday, June 29; and Saturday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 1 at 5 p.m.
Food vendors and concessions will be available during intermission.
Tickets are free, although a suggested $15 donation is encouraged.
For more information or tickets, visit scrantonshakes.com.

2. Andrew Dice Clay

This weekend, Andrew Dice Clay looks to bring a whole lot of laughs to the Poconos.
On Friday, June 29, at Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono, the comedian and actor will perform stand-up live on the venue’s Outdoor Summer Stage. The show starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5.
Clay is known for his macho, flashy and sometimes offensive persona, “The Diceman,” his claim to fame in the late 1980s.
Tickets for the 21-and-older show range from $40 to $65. For more information or tickets, visit mountairycasino.com.

3. Hug Fest

Join the #queerNEPA initiative at the last event of its LGBT+ Pride Month series in the heart of downtown Scranton.
Help the Hugging Army and friends in supplying all those who pass by with free hugs, flowers and encouraging notes, or simply stop by to support the cause. The event will take place Saturday, June 30, at 4 p.m. at Lackawanna County Courthouse Square.
For more information, visit Queer NEPA’s Hug Fest event page on Facebook.

4. Rooftop Yoga

Find your Independence Day zen to the sounds of live music, all while supporting a local orchestra.
Join Jaya Yoga on Wednesday, July 4, from 9 to 10 a.m. on the rooftop of the Marketplace at Steamtown garage, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, for the fifth annual Yoga on the Roof class with live music by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.
The class is free, but a suggested $10 donation is encouraged. All proceeds go to the philharmonic.
For more information, visit jayayogastudio.com/yoga-on-the-roof.

5. Strawberry Day 5K and Kids’ Fun Run 

Take the whole family to participate in a fun tradition at the third annual Strawberry Day 5K on Saturday, June 30, at National Running Center, 318 Davis St., Clarks Summit.
The 5K will begin at 9 a.m., and a kids’ fun run will immediately follow at 10.
Registration costs $25 for the 5K, and race day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The fun run is free.
For more information or to register, visit the Strawberry Day 5K & Kids’ Fun Run event page on Facebook.

Concerts – June 28, 2018

Concerts – June 28, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Quiet Riot, the Sweet and House of Lords, Friday, June 29
Josh Blue, Thursday, July 12
Dion, Friday, July 27
Yanni, Tuesday, July 31
Blues Traveler, Wednesday, Aug. 1
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Beth Hart Band, Thursday, Aug. 2
Foghat and Savoy Brown, Saturday, Sept. 1
Sebastian Maniscalco, Friday, Sept. 14
Danny Gokey, Saturday, Sept. 29

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Andrew Dice Clay, Friday, June 29 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Vic Latino’s Free Live, Saturday, June 30 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
August Alsina, Saturday, July 7 (Wet Nightclub)
Tee Grizzley, Saturday, July 14 (Wet Nightclub)
Lee Brice, Friday, July 20 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Brian Wilson, Saturday, July 21 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Billy Currington, Saturday, July 28 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Jay Sean, Saturday, Aug. 4 (Wet Nightclub)
Michael McDonald, Friday, Aug. 24 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, Aug. 25 (Wet Nightclub)

Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel, Scranton
Tickets: 570-575-5282
Scranton Jazz Festival, Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Thursday, June 28
Canned Heat, Friday, June 29
Neal McCoy, Saturday, June 30
Craig Thatcher Band, Thursday, July 5
#yes50: Celebrating 50 years of YES, Friday, July 6
Bounty Hunter, Saturday, July 7
Ted Nugent, Wednesday, July 11
David Allan Coe, Thursday, July 12
38 Special, Friday, July 13
Shellshocked Churchills, Saturday, July 14

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
The Quebe Sisters, Friday, Aug. 17
Big D and the Kids Table, Pietasters and Hub City Stompers, Saturday, Sept. 15
Young n Dead featuring Young at Heart, Strawberry Jam and Village Idiots, Saturday, Sept. 22
Souled Out, Friday, Sept. 28
Royal Scam — Steely Dan tribute, Saturday, Sept. 29

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Cedar Green, Friday, June 29
Dead Men, Friday, July 13
A.J. Croix, Saturday, July 14
The Crowning, Friday, July 20
Benatton featuring Lani Lux, Saturday, July 21
Billy Currington and LOCASH, Sunday, July 28
The Bacon Brothers, Thursday, Aug. 2
Black Label Society with Corrosion of Conformity, Thursday, Aug. 9
Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw, Thursday, Aug. 30
Garden Grove Festival Featuring Badfish, Saturday, Sept. 8

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Thursday, June 28
The Matches, Friday, June 29
The Calling, Saturday, June 30
So Far Gone, Saturday, June 30
Day Break, Sunday, July 1
The Euphoric Experience, Saturday, July 7
O-Town, Sunday, July 8
King Princess, Monday, July 9
Os Mutantes, Wednesday, July 11
Katie Herzig, Thursday, July 12

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Old Crow Medicine Show, Tuesday, July 24
Sleep, Wednesday, July 25
This Is Hardcore Fest, Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29
Glassjaw and Quicksand, Wednesday, Aug. 1
Beres Hammond, Saturday, Aug. 4
Zhu, Tuesday, Sept. 25
Social Distortion, Friday, Sept. 28
Lost ’80s Live, Saturday, Sept. 29
Ja Rule, Friday, Oct. 12
Jessie J, Saturday, Oct. 20

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Sam Smith, Wednesday, July 4
Shania Twain, Thursday, July 12
Panic! At the Disco, Friday, July 27
The Smashing Pumpkins, Saturday, July 28
Radiohead, Tuesday, July 31, and Wednesday, Aug. 1
Super Freestyle Explosion 15th Anniversary Concert, Saturday, Aug. 18
Nick Cannon presents: Wild ‘N Out Live, Thursday, Aug. 23
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Friday, Aug. 24
Elton John, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 12
Sebastian Maniscalco, Thursday, Sept. 13

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Sam Smith, Friday, June 29
Radiohead, Tuesday, July 10, through Saturday, July 14
Foo Fighters, Monday, July 16, through Tuesday, July 17
Billy Joel, Wednesday, July 18
Beck, Thursday, July 19
Panic! At the Disco, Tuesday, July 24
The Smashing Pumpkins, Wednesday, Aug. 1
Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Tuesday, Aug. 7
Shakira, Friday, Aug. 10

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Erasure, Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15
Dickey Betts with Marshall Tucker Band and Devon Allman featuring Duane Betts,
Wednesday, July 18
Alice Cooper, Thursday, Sept. 6
Eddie B. Teachers Only Comedy Tour, Saturday, Sept. 8
Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour, Tuesday, Sept. 11
Amos Lee, Friday, Sept. 14
The The, Monday, Sept. 17
James Bay, Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19
Neko Case, Thursday, Sept. 20

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Langhorne Slim and the Lost at Last Band, Friday, June 29
Craig Thatcher Band, Saturday, June 30
Eaglemania, Saturday, July 7
The Struts, Tuesday, July 10
Splintered Sunlight, Thursday, July 12
Banditos, Thursday, July 12
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, Sunday, July 22
Tonic and Vertical Horizon, Thursday, July 26
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Friday, July 27
The Avett Brothers, Friday, Aug. 17

Set the stage Scranton Shakespeare Festival ready for diverse season

Set the stage Scranton Shakespeare Festival ready for diverse season

Youth across the country have found their voices and undertaken challenges of late in the wake of violence and negativity.
In its seventh year, the Scranton Shakespeare Festival has chosen pieces that reflect that.
“It was supposed to be all about a new generation and a bit of a coming-of-age season, and it’s only become more relevant with the … Parkland activities in Florida,” said Michael Bradshaw Flynn, the festival’s founder and artistic director. “All of the plays we have this summer have some sort of element of young people finding their voices or making their way to some sort of top.”
The festival opens Thursday, June 28, with the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which it will present downtown in center court of the Marketplace at Steamtown. The story follows an ambitious young man who rises quickly through a company’s ranks. 

“This part show is about … the chaos that happens at one of these big New York businesses, and I thought it would be really cool to be in an actual business,” said Flynn, who will play lead J. Pierrepont Finch. “And it has a great space.”
“How to Succeed” opened on Broadway in 1961 and starred “Mad Men” actor Robert Morse. Flynn worked with Morse on Broadway and nabbed him to provide recorded narration for Scranton’s “How to Succeed.” Morse donated his services, Flynn said.
“It’s pretty fantastic,” he added. “We are a younger company in that we don’t have a lot of more mature actors, so it’s really sort of nice to hear this old-fashioned character, this mature voice doing these iconic lines. It was really exciting.”
The festival’s remaining shows move to Scranton Preparatory School’s St. Robert Bellarmine Theatre. Opening Friday, July 6, the festival offers its first Shakespearean work of the season, “The Tempest,” which focuses on a father and daughter, Prospero and Miranda, who live on an island where a shipwreck occurs.
“It’s really about Miranda finding her voice and changing her father’s opinions, so there’s sort of that slip in power from the daughter… now being the person who’s basically changing his policy and really spurring him for forgiveness,” Flynn said.
While “The Tempest” usually features about 18 actors, the festival will present it with just three plus a featured singer, a group that includes Scranton native and Actors’ Equity Association member Maura Malloy.
“We’re going to work in on a table basically, so there are different objects to play with, to use as characters, to use as different aspects of a personality,” said Malloy, who lives in New York City and directed for the festival during its last two seasons. “It’s experimental in a way at this point in the rehearsal process. … (The director is) letting the three of us discover it as we go, so it’s kind of a fascinating rehearsal process in a way.”
“The Tempest” is double-billed with a newer prequel, “Sycorax,” which focuses on a witch only mentioned in Shakespeare’s original, Flynn said.

“It’s going to be a really cool piece that’s going to complement that evening,” he added.
A family-friendly staging of “Hansel & Gretel” from the festival’s Youth Theatre Lab follows at Scranton Prep on two Saturdays, July 7 and 14, before the festival presents Shakespeare’s comedic “As You Like It” starting Friday, July 13. The festival then shifts back to musical theater with a production of “Footloose,” whose original Broadway version was adapted for the stage and directed by Scranton native Walter Bobbie. That opens Thursday, July 19.
As in past years, the festival will stage each work once more in its final weekend, wrapping up Sunday, July 29. It stars a great group of giving people who have energy and talent, Malloy said, and “I don’t think there’s going to be two shows that are all similar.”
“I don’t know what it’s becoming exactly, but I know it’s growing, which is pretty exciting in that more and more people in the community are getting on the train, which is pretty cool,” Flynn said of the festival. “And I think it’s becoming more inclusive, and I think there are people who keep coming back to us who might never have cared about Shakespeare.”
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Scranton Shakespeare Festival schedule

“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”
When: Thursday, June 28, through Saturday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 1, 5 p.m.; and Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Center court, the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton

“The Tempest” and “Sycorax”
When: Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 8, 3 p.m.; and Saturday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Ave.

“Hansel & Gretel”
When: Saturdays, July 7 and 14, noon
Where: Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Ave.

“As You Like It”
When: Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, July 15 and 29, 3 p.m.
Where: Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Ave.

“Footloose”
When: Thursday, July 19, through Saturday, July 21, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 22, 3 p.m.; and Sunday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Ave.