City on the fringe – Scranton Fringe Festival returns with expanded schedule

City on the fringe – Scranton Fringe Festival returns with expanded schedule

A longer schedule aims to open up more opportunities for audiences to check out the variety of entertainment the Scranton Fringe Festival will bring to the city this month.
Expanding from five days to nine this year, the festival boasts activities ranging from improv and theater to film, dance and interdisciplinary work.
“We were trying to figure out how to have as many shows in the festival as possible with our resources available. … There’s only so many slots of time that you can put shows into, so pulling it apart like that really gives the audience a little bit more time to see things and also get involved a little bit earlier,” festival co-founder and managing director Elizabeth Bohan said.
The festival opens Saturday, Sept. 22, with the Big Gay Storyslam in Shopland Hall at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. Bohan expects the 8 p.m. show to sell out.
A few other activities will take place in the days following the storyslam, with most events happening toward the end of that week. The festival will hold a free preview party Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., and close Sunday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. with a free, all-ages wrap party.
Tickets cost $8 for festival button-holders and $12 for those without buttons. Buttons cost $5 and offer holders discounts at various local partners, which include downtown restaurants and boutiques. They are available at festival headquarters in the Leonard, 335 Adams Ave., and all button partners. For a list of partners and more information, visit
scrantonfringe.org.

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518 Lackawanna Ave.
“Artemisia’s Intent”: Thursday, Sept. 27,
6:30 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m.; theater/solo, by the Anthropologists, featuring Mariah Freda; rated R; 60 minutes
“Here We Are in Spain’s Night (Or Late Afternoon Depending on What Day You Go) of Comedy”:
Friday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.; improv; rated R; 60 minutes
“Goddamned”: Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 and 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; dance/movement;
rated R; 45 minutes
“Make Your Own Damn Sandwich!”: Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater; rated PG-13; 60 minutes

AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave.
Preview party: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.;
rated PG; 120 minutes
“The Presented”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.; theater, starring Chris Davis; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“I Killed the Cow”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; solo/theater, By Larissa Marten and Leia Squillace; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“My Condolences: An Experiment in Grief Presented by the New Vintage Ensemble”: Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; theater; rated R;
60 minutes
“#VANLIFE”: Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 4:30 and 9 p.m.; theater, by Chalk & Cheese Productions; rated R; 60 minutes

Artworks Gallery, 503 Lackawanna Ave.
“The World Will Stop If We Make a Mistake”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.; interdisciplinary, performed by Sarah J. Stachura and Tim McDermott; videography by Brendan Regan; rated PG-13; 45 minutes
“Sound and Song: Oveone and Over-Sung”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater/musical, presented by C4 Studios; rated PG; 45 minutes
“From Plaid To Pork Chops… And Postcards To Paris”: Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29,
6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; solo, starring Jeannine M. Luby; rated R; 45 minutes
“The Hugging Army 3.0: Connect Now!”: Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29,
4:30 p.m.; poetry/spoken word; rated PG-13;
45 minutes

The Bog, 341 Adams Ave.
“A Fringe-Tastic Electric City Boogie”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 p.m.; dance/movement; 21 and older; 90 minutes

Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium, University of Scranton
“Inside Mecca: Insights Along the Path of Abraham”: Sunday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m.; film by Anisa Mehdi; rated PG-13; 90 minutes
“Omega Male”: Monday Sept. 24, 6 p.m.; film, presented by the 411 Studio; created by Bob-A-Lou Productions; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“Charlie Chaplin’s Body”: Tuesday, Sept. 25,
6 p.m.; film by Jeff Boam; rated R; 60 minutes

Craftsman Hall, Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
“Too Late for Help”: Thursday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.; comedy featuring Ellen Doyle; rated R; 60 minutes
Scranton vs. the World Comedy Festival: Friday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29,
9:30 p.m.; comedy from Laugh Out Lepkas Comedy LLC; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“Crime of the Hour”: Friday, Sept. 28, 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m.; comedy hosted by Abby Deely; rated PG-13; 60 minutes

Junior Ballroom, Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
“Fruit of the Sea”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.;
Friday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29,
4 p.m.; musical/theater; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“Rejects Anonymous”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater/improv, created and performed by Double D; rated R; 60 minutes
“Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr”: Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.; theater/solo, written and performed by Heather Massie; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“Light // Sound”: Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; interdisciplinary/theater; rated PG-13; 60 minutes

Lackawanna County Children’s Library, 520 Vine St.
“We Are … The Children’s Library! A Visual Arts Experience”: on display Sept. 22 to 30; visual arts; rated PG; 90 minutes; free
Balloon workshop: Sunday, Sept. 23, noon;
Monday Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m.; with Miss Molly Balloons; rated PG; 90 minutes; free
Open mic night: Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.; rated PG; 90 minutes; free
Playing Shakespeare: Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 and
4 p.m.; youth acting workshop; rated PG;
90 minutes; free

The Leonard (Scranton Fringe headquarters), 335 Adams Ave.
“The Comment Section”: Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.;
Saturday, Sept. 29, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; theater, by David and Toni Jo Parmelee; rated PG-13; 45 minutes
“Good Joke/Bad Joke Bingo”: Friday, Sept. 28,
8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater/improv, presented by Bad Theater Fest of New York City; rated R; 60 minutes
“He’s Dead!”: Friday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; theater/solo, by Grace Kapacs;
rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“The Ryan Case 1873”: Friday, Sept. 28, 11 p.m.; improv/theater walking tour; presented by Live in Theater; rated PG-13; 90 minutes
“A Spectacle & Mirth Cabaret”: Saturday, Sept. 29, doors open 10 p.m., show 11; cabaret, presented by Scranton Fringe; rated R; 90 minutes
Monologues That Impress: Saturday, Sept. 29, noon; workshop, with Carlo D’Amore
Teen playwright workshop: Saturday, Sept. 29,
2 p.m.; theater/spoken word presented by Scranton Fringe Festival in partnership with the Everhart Museum; grades seven through 12; rated PG; 90 minutes
Stand-Up Comedy Workshop: Sunday, Sept. 30, noon; workshop, with Ellen Doyle
Scranton Fringe Festival Wrap Party: Sunday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.; all ages; free

Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Big Gay Storyslam: Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m.; theater; rated R; 90 minutes
60X60 Dance Concert: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30,
5 p.m.; dance/movement, by Rob Voiseyo; rated PG; 60 minutes
“Rehabulous! The Lighter Side of Narcotics Recovery…”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m.; theater/interdisciplinary; rated R; 90 minutes
“My Sister’s Keeper: A Poetic Stage Play”: Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m.; theater, by Jody Austin; rated PG-13; 90 minutes

The Space at Olive, 541 Wyoming Ave.
“Harper Lee: The Secrets of a Mockingbird”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m.; theater/solo, starring Prudence Wright Holmes; rated R; 60 minutes
“Right Is the Price”: Thursday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater/improv, presented by Montrose Movie Theater; rated PG; 45 minutes
“An Interview with Peggy Guggenheim”: Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 and 6 p.m.; musical; rated PG-13; 60 minutes
“50 Shades of Gay”: Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; theater/musical, starring Ike Avelli, Chris Williams and Jeza Belle; rated R; 60 minutes

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave.
“Golden Avatar”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.;
Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; theater, by Viva Kultura, featuring Ethan Smith; rated PG; 90 minutes
“Falkland — The War the World Forgot”: Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.; theater, by Tasty Monster Productions, Heather Bagnall and Luke Tudball; rated PG-13;
60 minutes
“Just a Penny”: Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.; musical; rated PG; 60 minutes

Guitar aces bringing skills  to Scranton Cultural Center

Guitar aces bringing skills to Scranton Cultural Center

G.E. Smith’s storied career as a guitarist has earned him a number of accomplishments worth boasting about, from an Emmy award for his work as bandleader on “Saturday Night Live” to credits on studio albums by David Bowie and Mick Jagger to touring with Bob Dylan.
For the man born George Edward Haddad, it all started in Northeast Pennsylvania, where he was born in Scranton and raised in Stroudsburg.
On Friday, Sept. 21, Smith has a homecoming of sorts with a show at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. “Masters of the Telecaster” also features guitarists Jim Weider and Tom Prinicipato, who each will play a set and join Smith in homage to the iconic instrument starting at 8 p.m.
During a recent phone interview from Long Island, New York, Smith recounted how his life changed when his mother bought him his first Fender guitar as an 11th birthday gift.
“We went to a store with used guitars, and there was a $100 one and a $200 one, and we got the $100 one,” he recalled. “Lucky for me, it turned out to be an old Fender Telecaster. It kind of really shaped my life. If we got a different guitar, things might not have gone the same way.
“Little things happen in our lives and change our direction, and we might not know it until years later. I’ve always played a Fender Telecaster.” 
From that fateful moment, Smith devoted himself to learning the ins and outs of creating sounds with his guitar. He got his start playing bars in and around the Stroudsburg area and later at resorts such as the former Mount Airy Lodge. He played songs from numerous eras and learned showmanship from an uncle who led a band in Scranton.
Smith’s own big break came with a six-year gig backing Hall & Oates on guitar, then fronting the live band on “SNL” from 1985 to 1995. During his time with the show, he was a familiar face on-screen and even helped compose pieces such as the theme for “Wayne’s World.”
When it comes to talking about his experiences playing with big guns such as Bowie, Dylan and Jagger, Smith said it was a natural place for him to blend into once he earned the spot.
“For some reason, ever since I was a kid, what I really enjoyed the most was playing behind a good singer. I never really wanted to be the front guy,” he said. “I wanted to be a sideman, somebody who was known that you can hire me and trust me to respect the song.
“That’s what was always important to me. So playing with those people, if you learn their music, you try to analyze, of course, the notes — but then you always want to get the feeling of what does this mean to them, and how can I best support that?”
His fellow featured performer Jim Weider has shared stages with his own list of top acts. The Woodstock, New York, native has toured with Keith Richards, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Dylan and Hot Tuna and played with the Band.
Tom Principato, meanwhile, is a standout blues frontman in his own right who hails from Washington, D.C.
“Each one of us gets a spot and picks things we’re gonna play,” Smith explained of the Scranton concert plan. “It’s a guitar-rific show. We do bluesy, rock kind of music. Up, dancing, fun kind of music. American music. There’s a little country flavor in there.”
Drummer/vocalist Randy Ciarlante and bassist/vocalist Lincoln Schleifer will join the three guitarists, rounding out the sound and helping them in their collaborative jamming. 
“I always thought of a band like a good basketball team. They don’t even really look at each other, they just throw the ball and know the other player is there. They make a pass,” Smith said. “We all know the basic outline, the road map of a song, but there’s places in there we can play off each other. That’s the most exciting part of music to me.”
Smith hopes to see some familiar hometown and distant relations in the Scranton audience as he shares his love for the Telecaster, but he expects a nice variety of musical tastes and ages in the crowd regardless.
“It’s always been important to me to always entertain people,” he said. “I like to go out there and play stuff that people can tap their feet to, that makes them think and feel good.
“A lot of other musicians aren’t the most socially adept, but you give them their instrument and they’re OK. They can communicate with that. That’s what I love about it. A lot of times people ask me, ‘Aren’t you nervous being up there in front of thousands?’ But when I put that guitar on, I’m not nervous anymore.”

Fab 5 – September 20, 2018

Fab 5 – September 20, 2018

1. ‘Rose’s Dilemma’
Delve into a romantic comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton.
Presented by the Clocktower Theater Company, the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7.
The story follows Rose Steiner, a writer who hasn’t written in years. As her need for money grows, she receives an opportunity from her late lover that could lead her back onto the path of success.
Tickets cost $20 to $28 and can be purchased online in advance at
clocktowertheater.thundertix.com and at the door. The show is open to ages 13 and older.
Visit thetheateratnorth.com for more information.

2. ‘Jump Jive & Jazz: A Salute to Jazz Drummers’
Swing on by Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., on Sunday, Sept. 23, to enjoy a night of live music.
Groups performing will include the Upper Valley Winds Big Band under the direction of Patrick Marcinko III, the Tyler Dempsey Trio and Erin Malloy performing alongside bassist Doug Smith and pianist Jim Waltich. The Bill Goodwin Quartet is the night’s special guest.
The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-serve. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. For more information, call 570-344-1111

3. Third Friday Art Block
Stroll through downtown Wilkes-Barre as it springs to life with artists, vendors, music and more for the Third Friday Art Block on Friday, Sept. 21.
The event is free and open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. A variety of venues will be open to stroll through, providing an opportunity to support the community’s local art scene.
Visit the art block’s Facebook page for more information.

4. ‘The Little Mermaid’
Swim on over to Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea, to see “The Little Mermaid” starting this weekend.
Phoenix Kids will present the musical on Fridays, Sept. 21 and 28, and Saturdays, Sept. 22 and 29, at 7 p.m. and Sundays, Sept. 23 and 30, at 2 p.m. The family-friendly show will feature actors donning Heelys to glide across the stage.
Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $5 for children 5 and younger. For reservations or more information, call 570-991-1817 or visit phoenixpac.vpweb.com.

5. Woofstock
Join True Friends Animal Welfare Center for its biggest fundraiser of the year, Wooftstock, on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 1 to 6 p.m.
The event will take place at Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock and feature live music performed by Paul LaQuintano, Tommy Guns Band, Orange and George Sobeck Acoustic Music. Food also will be available. Money raised will benefit the organization’s Wyoming County shelter.
Admission costs $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 12 and younger and dogs receive free admission. For more information, call 570-278-1228 or visit truefriendsawc.com.

Easygoing ‘Outlaws’ Willie Nelson’s festival rolls into Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Easygoing ‘Outlaws’ Willie Nelson’s festival rolls into Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Harmonica player Mickey Raphael has stood by Willie Nelson’s side for 45 years. But no matter how much time passes, the view of the legend never gets old.
“From my vantage point, which is about six feet away, I’m a fan. At 85 (years old), Willie is still one of the most energetic guitar players there is,” Raphael said during a recent phone interview from Nashville, where he lives.
The longtime friends and collaborators come to town for the Outlaw Music Festival on Friday, Sept. 14. The concert, which also includes appearances by Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real and Particle Kid, begins at 3 p.m. at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton.
Watching the magic of Willie Nelson perform also keeps Raphael on his toes as a member of the band, thanks to the spontaneous nature of the classic country crooner’s style of playing.
“We don’t ever practice. It’s all improv. There’s no set list,” Raphael said. “The set follows a certain pattern, but we just follow Willie. He starts every song and then we come in, but he can change.
“He changes arrangements nightly, depending how he feels and how he reads the crowd. It’s a living, breathing thing.”
The fans in attendance hold sway over how the music progresses, too, Raphael noted. When the energy is high, the performers feed off their enthusiasm, and it affects the sets.
“When you have a crowd that’s present and involved, it pushes you to express yourself in different ways,” Raphael said. “You can look out there and see young people and older people — it crosses all generational lines — you can see that they’re getting into the music. There’s nobody sleepwalking through this thing.”
The easygoing vibe carries throughout Outlaw Music Festival, which originated in Scranton in 2016. This year’s collection of talent on stage, including much-celebrated Van Morrison, makes for a good time not just for the audience, but also for the artists, Raphael said.
“This tour is going to be great,” he said. “All the acts, they’re so much fun to watch that all the musicians are out there watching each other play. They’re not hanging out on tour buses.
“I start out just watching everyone else. Where can you see Van and Willie play? I grew up listening to Van Morrison. I’m such a fan. This is a whole day of music. Any one of these artists could play by themselves, but to have them all together in one venue on one day is a treat for everybody — not just the fans, but the musicians themselves.”
But as much as Raphael enjoys his point of view, he promised that nothing compares to being in the crowd before Willie Nelson when he’s in the moment.
“Willie is the kind of guy that when he’s singing, you feel like he’s singing right to you, and he is,” Raphael said. “He makes contact with the audience.”

Setting the stage – Fall under the spell of the Theater at North this season

Setting the stage – Fall under the spell of the Theater at North this season

From the glamour of old Hollywood to the charms of pop favorites on piano, the fall season of performances at the Theater at North will rock you.
The Scranton venue begins its slate of concerts, plays and more with its own trio of shows supplemented by an array of outside productions that make for a diverse season.
“We really tried to target a different and wider age range,” said Laurie Houser, director of theater operations since February.
First up is “New York, NY Dueling Pianos,” featuring professional musicians in a face-off of grand proportions, set for Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
“It’s part-comedy, part-music, but really interactive. It’s more of a fun experience,” Houser said. “The audience gets to request songs of the performers, and they literally duel back and forth. It doesn’t appeal just to musicians; it’s for anyone.”
With hundreds of songs in the pianists’ repertoires, they can meet almost any request, covering a range of genres and artists, Houser added, from Billy Joel to Madonna to Maroon 5. 
“This is something a little different than a traditional tribute or play for our audience in Scranton,” she said.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Theater at North presents “Almost Queen: A Tribute to the Band Queen,” featuring four-part harmonies, intricate costumes and musicality that recreates the legendary rock group’s live shows.
“Queen is loved by everyone of all ages. I know people in their teens, 20s, 30s and even their 70s who love them,” Houser said. “It appeals to a large genre of people, and it seems like it’s never going out of style. It’s great timing for the movie (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) coming out (Nov. 2).”
For those who love the stylings of the Golden Age of Hollywood and Broadway, reminiscent of greats Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, “Two on Tap: A Tribute to Song and Dance” comes to town on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.
“They’re a New York professional duo of actors and dancers who make their way through the classics, hitting on our theme of a little something for everyone,” Houser said of the show.
But guests will see some familiar faces on stage, too.
“We’re excited for that show that they’ve extended the offer to local dancers to participate in the second act in ‘Tea for Two,’” House said. “They’ll be sending out the choreography in the fall, and students from (Scranton) Civic (Ballet Company) and Ballet Theatre (of Scranton) get on stage and perform right alongside them.”
The rest of the season at the theater is rounded out by a trio of plays presented by Clocktower Theater Company, a big band tribute to Sinatra and several Christmas productions, among others. No matter the type of performance, Houser said audiences can expect quality entertainment.
“We’re bringing high-calibre talent to Scranton,” she said.
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If you go

“New York, NY
Dueling Pianos”
When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7
Tickets: $25 to $35

“Almost Queen: A Tribute
to the Band Queen”
When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7
Tickets: $35 to $45

“Two on Tap: A Tribute
to Song and Dance”
When: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.; doors open at 1:30
Tickets: $20 to $25

Additional fall shows
Saturday, Sept. 22: “Rose’s Dilemma,” presented by Clocktower Theater Company

Saturday, Nov. 3: “Lucky Stiff,” presented by Clocktower Theater Company

Thursday, Nov. 8:
“The God Box,” starring
Mary Lou Quinlan

Saturday, Nov. 24: Twelve Twenty-Four: The Holiday Rock Orchestra

Sunday, Dec. 2: Andy Cooney’s Irish Christmas Show

Friday, Dec. 7: “Sinatra’s Birthday Bash,” featuring Tony Sands and His Big Band

Sunday, Dec. 9: “Holiday Dance Showcase,” presented by 5 Star Dance Academy

Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Wednesday,
Dec. 19:
“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Clocktower Theater Company

All shows held at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Visit TheTheaterAtNorth.com for more information. Tickets available by calling 877-987-6487 or by visiting ticketfly.com or the box office, open Mondays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m.; and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fab 5 – September 6, 2018

Fab 5 – September 6, 2018

1. The Lords of 52nd Street tribute band
Come dance the night away at Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., as the venue fills with music from players who have performed alongside Billy Joel.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the Lords of 52nd Street tribute band concert on Friday, Sept. 7. The Wanabees will open the show and play from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. The Lords of 52nd Street then will take the stage at 8:30 and will feature saxophonist Richie Cannata, guitarist Russell Javors and drummer Liberty DeVitto.
Tickets cost $25, $30 and $45. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests must be at least 21 to attend.
For more information, call 570-343-3000.

2. Endless Mountains Fiber Festival
Learn all about the animals that provide the materials for your hats, gloves and scarves and pick up some supplies to make your own at the Endless Mountains Fiber Festival.
The festival will take place at the Harford Fairgrounds, 485 Fair Hill Road, Harford Twp., on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More than 50 vendors will be featured, selling products that range from crafting materials such as fleece and yarn to finished garments and household products. Events will include educational demonstrations, contests and a silent auction. There also will be several breeds of goats, sheep and other animals on display.
For more information, including directions to the fairgrounds and a full event schedule, visit endlessmountainsfiberfest.com.

3. Alanis Morissette
Alternative rock singer and songwriter Alanis Morissette, a seven-time Grammy winner and celebrity guest mentor on “The Voice,” will perform on the outdoor summer stage at Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono, on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5. Morissette is known her for songs such as “Ironic” and “You Oughta Know,” and she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2015. She has received 14 Grammy nominations as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
The concert is open to all ages and will happen rain or shine. Tickets cost $55, $65 and $75 and can be purchased at ticketfly.com. For more information, visit mountairycasino.com or call 877-682-4791.

4. Nicholson Bridge Day
Main Street in Nicholson will come alive with vendors and live entertainment for the annual Nicholson Bridge Day to celebrate a local wonder.The Nicholson Bridge, also known as the Tunkhannock Viaduct, is considered by some to be one of the “Engineering Wonders of the World.” The family-friendly event sponsored by the Nicholson Women’s Club will take place on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and features vendors, music, food, games, raffles and more. For more information, call 570-942-6747 or visit the event’s Facebook page.

5. Bark in the Waterpark
Cool off with your four-legged friend at the second Bark in the Waterpark, presented by Puppy Paradise.
The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Montage Mountain Resorts, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton, from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for all human visitors, however, dogs can swim for free.
For guests’ safety, dogs must stay leashed at all times and be current on their rabies vaccination and have proof available if questioned.Vendors, basket raffles, games and giveaways also will be part of the day. For more information, visit montagemountainresorts.com.

Clubs – September 6, 2018

Clubs – September 6, 2018

Thursday, Sept. 6
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
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: Poets
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
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Ken Norton
Windsor Inn, 669 Washington Ave., Jermyn: Dashboard Mary
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Sept. 7
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.: Fake Uncle Jack 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
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Dashboard Mary
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Edward “Terence” Swanton
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
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Leighann and Company
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: 2 Rockaholix
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Goodfellas Duo
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Ripped Away, Roseblood, Rest in Piss
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Elevate — An Evening of Drums & Bass Music
McGrath’s Pub and Eatery, 112 E. Main St., Dalton: Ken & Mark
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Tony Vergnetti and Robby Walsh
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Bounty Hunter
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tritide Duo
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.: Hoopla
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St.,
Olyphant: Erich and Tyler Music Co. and Riley Loftus
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Light Weight
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Third Degree Acoustic
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Scott Bruce with Chris O’Connor and Zach Pickert

Saturday, Sept. 8
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Always Undecided
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Static in the Attic
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Shot of Southern
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: Whiskey and Woods
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Third Nut
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Dead Giveaway
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Flaxy Morgan
Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top: Tori Viccica
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: DHD
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 Route 93, Berwick: Hog’s Fest
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: The Gloom Trio Night with DJ Quoth
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Gentlemen East and Dustin Douglas & the Electric Gentlemen
McGrath’s Pub and Eatery, 112 E. Main St., Dalton: D-West
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Jeff Lewis Duo
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Cruise Control Duo
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Kali Ma, the Cryptid, the Scripts and Gypsy-Valley Kings
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 Band
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter
The Tauras Club, 106 W. Market St., Scranton: Friend of the Gypsy
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Tatiana, Nothing Yet and the Boastfuls
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Militia
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Scott Bruce with Chris O’Connor and Zach Pickert

Sunday, Sept. 9
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: The Nude Party

Monday, Sept. 10
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: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Tuesday, Sept. 11
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, Sept. 12
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Know Limit Trivia
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

Eat your  heart out – La Festa Italiana full of treats and entertainment

Eat your heart out – La Festa Italiana full of treats and entertainment

During Labor Day weekend in Scranton, everyone can be Italian.
La Festa Italiana kicks off its 43rd year Friday, Aug. 31, from 4 to 10 p.m. with additional hours Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, Scranton. The free, family-friendly event is a tradition in Northeast Pennsylvania, with lots of people behind the scenes working toward a weekend of food and fun, said La Festa president Chris DiMattio.
“People come for the food, the entertainment, to meet (up) with friends and meet new ones,” he said. “It’s a great event for everyone to get together with friends and family downtown.”
Weekend Times put together a handy guide to the tastes, sights and sounds of La Festa Italiana. Mangia!
Food  
Come hungry. More than 80 vendors will offer a variety of dishes and desserts from Italy and beyond, ranging from pasta, pizza and cannoli to Polish sausage and Greek delicacies.
La Festa favorites such as UNICO National’s porketta sandwiches and Diana’s Pizza, which has catered to crowds since the festival’s first year, will be back along with local staples.
“Nearly all the vendors are family businesses, and just like in each region of Italy, everyone prides themselves on their own recipes. That’s the way it is at La Festa as well,” DiMattio said. “Everyone’s pizza is different, everyone’s cannoli is different, the sauces are different and unique. There’s really something for everyone.”
Farmer’s market
Fresh fruits and vegetables will be available from John’s Corn. Grown on a farm in Ransom Twp., peaches, tomatoes, Italian beans, prunes and other crops will be ripe for picking up.
Music
Music fans can catch performances from bands, dance groups and more across three stages around the square.
The year’s entertainment includes the return of festival favorite the Cameos. The eight-piece oldies/vocal harmony group will perform its renditions of hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Audiences also have the chance to see performances by Gene Dempsey Orchestra, Black Tie Stereo, Old Friends, Flaxy Morgan, Popstar Drive and more. Jim Cullen, Jim Waltich and Jack Bordo also will perform while strolling around the square.
Other entertainment
Aside from music, the Jersey Pizza Boys will display their skills spinning and tossing pizza dough. Brothers Michael and Nicholas Testa’s talents garnered them more than a combined 100 million views on YouTube and appearances on “Today,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Little Big Shots.”
“They’re quite the sensation on YouTube,” DiMattio said. “I haven’t seen them yet (live), but one of our volunteers saw them and said it was an incredible show.”
There also will be a cannoli-eating contest Monday at 3 p.m., and guests can play bocce with Danny Lovaglio. On Sunday night, a fireworks display will light up the sky at approximately 10 p.m.
For the family
La Festa, which does not allow alcohol, offers lots of family-friendly activities, too.
Kids can check out the bounce house and performances. Damien the Magician will perform Sunday and Monday at the Wayne Bank Stage on Adams Avenue at Spruce Street. Juggler Robert Smith will entertain on the square Saturday at the Fidelity Bank Stage and the picnic area on Linden Street, and Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris will perform kid-friendly magic on Linden Street on Saturday and Sunday.
Minicozzi Memorial 5K Run/
1-Mile Walk
On Saturday at 10 a.m., the annual James R. Minicozzi Memorial 5K Run/1-Mile Walk steps off. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at North Washington Avenue and Linden Street. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of NEPA’s Christmas party and college scholarships. For more information or to sign up, visit lafestaitaliana.org or runsignup.com.
Mass
Continuing a tradition, Mass will be celebrated in Italian on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. It will take place at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Ave., since St. Peter’s Cathedral is undergoing construction.
More activities
Steamtown National Historic Site will hold its annual Railfest on Saturday and Sunday. Free trolley bus shuttles will run to Steamtown and from Wyoming Avenue and Linden Street during the park’s operating hours.
Street closures and parking
Five parking garages close to the festival will have a special weekend parking rate of $5 per day for La Festa patrons.
The festival will affect traffic surrounding Courthouse Square on Friday, Sunday and Monday. Staring Friday at 4 p.m., North Washington Avenue will close from Mulberry to Spruce streets, Spruce Street will close from Jefferson to North Washington avenues, and the 500 block of Linden Street will close. The 400 block of Linden Street will be open to allow people access to the parking garage and also be available as a space where people with disabilities can be dropped off. One lane of Adams Avenue will remain open to traffic.

Compound interest Trains and local history of coal unite for this year’s railfest theme

Compound interest Trains and local history of coal unite for this year’s railfest theme

A celebration of the region’s coal heritage and its connection to railroading plus more exhibits, music and activities make for a busy weekend at Steamtown National Historic Site.
The annual Railfest returns to the venue at Lackawanna Avenue and Cliff Street in downtown Scranton on Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year focuses on the 250th anniversary of anthracite coal’s importance to Northeast Pennsylvania with the theme “Railroading and Coal: A Labor of Love.”
“Obviously the early steam trains ran with anthracite coal, and coal was such a great part of it,” said Debbie Conway, Steamtown’s superintendent. “The two … are really closely connected.”
While visitors normally enter Steamtown for free, the site will charge what Conway called a “cost recovery fee” to offset the event’s price tag. One-day passes cost $10 for ages 16 and older and $7 for children 6 to 15, and two-day passes cost $15 for adults and $10 for children. Ages 5 and younger enter for free.
Railfest officially runs Saturday and Sunday, but the venue will host a special event to kick things off Friday, Aug. 31, when David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience performs at 7:30 p.m. in Steamtown’s theater.
Throughout the weekend, visitors can enjoy activities such as speeder car, handcar, caboose and Scranton Limited train rides; tours of Mattes Street Tower; photo opportunities; locomotive shop demonstrations; magicians; and more live music. They also can check out model trains, visiting railroad equipment and exhibits such as “The Call of Trains” by railroad photographer Jim Shaughnessy and coal-related photographs by Scott Herring.
Guests can take pictures of their own during a special Sunday morning photo shoot. Reservations are required for the event that Conway said will offer “really unique photo opportunities.”
“Rail fans love taking pictures of trains, so we’re going to try to set up a couple special shots,” she said.
Part of Steamtown’s goal for Railfest is to bring in visiting equipment from other railroads, Conway said, but that has grown more difficult in recent years as rail lines serving the area started to charge fees. Steamtown looked for other options and came up with the idea of a joint trip — dubbed the Northeast PA Railfest Flyer — with the Honesdale-based Stourbridge line, which routinely makes sightseeing excursions to Lackawaxen.
The Flyer will run Saturday, departing Steamtown for Moscow at noon. After lunch, a bus will take passengers to Lackawaxen, where will they will board the Stourbridge line for Honesdale. Another bus then will bring them back to Steamtown, arriving at approximately 5:45 p.m.
“It’s going to be a nice little partnership,” Conway said. 
She recommends that people buy their tickets in advance so they have an accurate number for bus seating. Tickets cost $80 for ages 13 and older and $60 for children 3 to 12; children 2 and younger ride for free on a lap. The tickets include two-day admission for Railfest and lunch.
Steamtown also will offer diesel train-pulled excursions to Moscow both days. Tickets cost $24 for ages 16 to 61, $22 for ages 62 and older and $17 for ages 6 to 15. Children ages 5 and younger ride for free but require a ticket.
Visitors also can take advantage of Railfest’s proximity to La Festa Italiana on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square by riding a free County of Lackawanna Transit System shuttle between the events during Steamtown’s operating hours on Saturday and Sunday. The neighboring Electric City Trolley Museum also plans to expand its schedule of trolley rides during Railfest.
The weekend offers “a lot of really fun things that are fun for the whole family,” Conway said.
“We’re really trying to mix it up and bring in different acts and kind of different draws,” she said.

 

Fab 5 – August 30, 2018

Fab 5 – August 30, 2018

1. Seventh annual Southern Rock Fest

Guests at Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts can celebrate Labor Day weekend with the seventh annual Southern Rock Fest.
Headlining the musical side of the weekend’s entertainment will be Southern Avenue on Friday, Aug. 31, at Pocono Palace Resort, 206 Fantasy Road, East Stroudsburg; Delta Rae on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono; and Don Felder on Sunday, Sept. 2, at Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville.
The venues also will offer pig roasts and drink specials during the 18-and-older festival.
For details and tickets, visit covepoconoresorts.com or call 800-432-9932.

2. Wyoming County Community Fair

Live music, animal entertainment, tractor pulls and more round out the schedule of the annual Wyoming County Community Fair, 9141 Route 6, Meshoppen.
The action takes place now through Sunday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Rides open at noon. Entertainment includes numerous games plus performances by Dylan Scott and special guest Devin Dawson on Saturday, Sept. 1, and world champion chainsaw carver Dennis Beach. Visitors also can check out the petting zoo, antiques, a beer garden, hay wagon rides and more activities for all ages.
Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Seniors 62 and older can enter for free on Wednesday and Monday, and veterans receive free admission on Saturday. For more information, visit wyomingcountyfair.com.

3. Party on the Patio

Party on the Patio returns for another week filled with beloved hits from yesteryear.
Fleetwood Mac cover band Tusk will perform many of the group’s greatest hits at the free event, which takes place Thursday, Aug. 30, at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and Tusk will perform hour-long sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Southwest Savory Grill and FonDippity will be the night’s featured food trucks.
For details, visit mohegansunpocono.com or call 570-831-2100.

4. Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw 

“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips and Grammy nominee Gavin DeGraw have paired up for a show at Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. The pair will perform an all-ages, rain-or-shine show Thursday, Aug. 30, on the venue’s outdoor summer stage. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show follows at 7. Tickets cost $65, $50 and $35. For tickets and more information, visit mountairycasino.com or call 877-682-4791.

5. ‘The Office’ Night

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will celebrate everyone’s favorite Scranton-set comedy series on Saturday, Sept. 1.
During “The Office” Night at PNC Field, Moosic, the first 2,500 fans will receive a Dundie Award bobblehead. Robert Shafer, who played Bob Vance on “The Office,” will throw out the first pitch and sign autographs. A few fans will participate in “Office” Olympics that will include such games as Flonkerton and a pie-eating contest, and guests can dress up like their favorite “Office” character for a look-alike contest. There also will be “Office”-inspired photo stations throughout the concourse and an “Office” bar crawl in which participants can win a mini fridge. Saturday’s game also is Stand Up To Cancer Night and will raise money and awareness for cancer research.
The RailRiders will play the Pawtucket Red Sox at 6:35 that night. Gates open at 5. A pregame fanfest outside the stadium will mark the last home game of the season and include games, live music and special appearances.
For tickets, visit swbrailriders.com or the box office or call 570-969-2255.

Clubs – August 30, 2018

Clubs – August 30, 2018

Thursday, Aug. 30
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: Seven Deadly Sins Boogie
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: Trivia Night
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Tony Vergnetti
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
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Douglas
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Valerie Borman Experience
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Somethin’ Else
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: Mark Sutorka
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Aug. 31
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Black Tie Stereo
American Legion Post 665, 901 Main St., Dickson City: Marilyn Kennedy
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Crimson Tears and Black Fawn Forest
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 Husty Bros.
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Area 52
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: 20LB Head
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: The Fab 3
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Brian Clayton and the Green River Band, DJ Neil
Crotti’s on Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton: Clarence Spady
Damien’s on the Lake, 31 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake: R.J. Scouton
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Paul Martin
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: David Cupano and the Gypsy Magic
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Triple Fret
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Rupaul’s Drag Race’s Vivacious, Inferno Drag Show
The High Bridge House, 1090 Route 502, Spring Brook Twp.: Dashboard Mary
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Eddie Appnel Duo
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: The Boneflowers, the Charming Beards and George Stuffick
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Streetkar Comedy Presents: Summer Camp Comedy
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: John Strasburger
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Tommy Guns Band
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Mike Dougherty Band
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.: Romeo Delight
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Dance Hall Devils and Rick Gillette
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Pink Slip
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Adam McKinley
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Carie Karavas, Rob Ryan and Teri Granahan

Saturday, Sept. 1
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Vine Street
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Somerville
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: Gone Crazy
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Punk Rock BBQ
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Counting Stars
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Heads Up Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Pop Rox
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ Footloose with Line Dancer Amanda Tanlines, DJ Neil, Paul Oschal, Scott Marshall Band
Damien’s on the Lake, 31 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake: K8
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Rattletrap Jack with Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentleman
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Farmers Daughter Duo
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Jon Hollywood
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Delta Rae
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Brian Clayton and the Green River Band, DJ Barry, Tony Vergnetti
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
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Band
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dimensions featuring Valarie Adams
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Nothing Yet and Ron Schoonover
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Graces Downfall
Windsor Inn, 669 Washington Ave., Jermyn: FullCircle
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Carie Karavas, Rob Ryan and Teri Granahan

Sunday, Sept. 2
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ Footloose with Line Dancer Amanda Tanlines, Don Felder
Damien’s on the Lake, 31 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake: Strawberry Jam Duo
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Scott Marshall Band, Tony Vergnetti
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Tommy Guns Band
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Wanabees
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Sept. 3
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
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: DJ Barry
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, Sept. 4
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
Wednesday, Sept. 5
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
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

Take five – A cappella group Pentatonix headed to Pavilion

Take five – A cappella group Pentatonix headed to Pavilion

Through sheer force of vocal prowess, Pentatonix creates a full symphony of driving percussion, lush harmonies and musicality that recreates — and remixes — pop, hip-hop and R&B’s most recognizable hits.
The globally popular a capella group, which boasts more than 15 million YouTube subscribers and a trio of Grammy awards to its name, makes its way to the Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m.
Mitch Grassi, one of the lead vocalists and the youngest member of Penatonix, recently spoke with The Times-Tribune via email while he was on vocal rest about how the group keeps audiences entertained and what they can expect at the Scranton show.

Q: From the stage show to the songs you’ve mastered for your repertoire, what will we see and hear during your upcoming concert?
A: This is the biggest stage production Pentatonix has ever put together! You can expect brilliant light shows, visuals and lots of never-before-heard ear candy. We’re performing a lot of our new material, as well as some fan favorites!

Q: When playing a large-scale venue like the Pavilion, how do you make sure the show feels big and bombastic, even for the people on lawn seats in the way back?
A: Our crew for this particular show has been amazing and so creative. They’ve really brought it to life in a whole new way. Plus, we’re giving 100 percent energy the entire time.

Q: Describe what a perfect night on stage feels like for you as the performer, and what you look for in the crowd to know they’re having a good time, too.
A: To me, a successful performance is one that I enjoy thoroughly. I have to make sure I feel good, and my voice feels good. If I feel like I’m not doing my best, I start getting really in my head. I love looking out at the crowd and seeing lots of dancing and singing along! That lets me know that the audience is enjoying themselves, which is very important. I think as long as we bring joy and light to the audience members’ nights, we’ve done our job. I love to make people happy with music.

Q: Why do you think presenting live music for audiences of all ages is important these days?
A: We’re very lucky to have a fan base that spans a wide range of ages (and other really amazing factors)! It’s actually so incredible to be able to bring the unlikeliest of people together, especially because they’re all there to watch us perform. Our audiences are just as diverse as our band members.

Fab 5 – August 23, 2018

Fab 5 – August 23, 2018

1. Wally Lake Fest

Head to the fresh air and open water to enjoy the last weekend of August.
As summer winds down, Wally Lake Fest ramps up with activities in and around Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike and Wayne counties, from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.
Events include live music, theater, boat tours, open houses, watercraft demonstrations and various fairs. On Saturday, the seventh annual Ride for the Lake departs from Wallenpaupack Area High School, Route 6, Hawley, at 10 a.m., and Wallypalooza runs on a floating stage by the Tafton Dike from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Redneck Roubaix and Tour de Towpath begin at Gresham’s Chop House, 2495 Route 6, Hawley, at 9 and 10 a.m., respectively, and the Sailboat Regatta runs along the lake’s north end from noon to 3 p.m. Shuttle buses will run Saturday and Sunday. For more information and a full event schedule, visit wallylakefest.com.

2. Party on the Patio

Have you been livin’ on a prayer? Do you give love a bad name? Are you wanted dead or alive?
Let’s hope you’re actually just a big Bon Jovi fan. And if you are, you might want to head to Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp., on Thursday, Aug. 23, for the next installment of Party on the Patio.
The popular free, outdoor gathering will feature a performance by Bon Jovi tribute act Bon Jersey, which will perform hour-long sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
FonDippity and Uncle Bucks will be the night’s featured food trucks.
For more information, visit mohegansunpocono.com or call 570-831-2100.

3. Michael McDonald

Five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald will perform Friday, Aug. 24, on the outdoor summer stage at Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono. The rain-or-shine, all-ages concert begins at 7 p.m., and doors open at 5.
McDonald is known for such songs as “What a Fool Believes,” “Minute by Minute” and “Here to Love You.” He has received 14 Grammy nominations during his long career, winning for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocal in 1984 and record of the year; song of the year; best pop vocal performance by a duo, group or chorus; and best arrangement accompanying vocals, all in 1979.
Tickets cost $30, $45 and $60 and are available at ticketfly.com. For more information, visit mountairycasino.com or call 877-682-4791.

4. ‘The 1940S Canteen’ 

Professional actors and local amateur performers of a variety of ages are uniting for a free show that harkens back to the 1940s.
REV Theatre Company of New York along with older adults and teens involved with United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania will present “The 1940s Canteen” on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Oppenheim Center for the Arts, 1044 Jackson St., Scranton. Additionally, residents of Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center can catch the show at the center on Friday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m.
The show will include monologues based on veteran and home-front experiences from World War II as well as songs from the 1940s, such as “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.” For more information, call 570-346-0759.

5. Memorial Pet Walk/Car and Bike Show

Grab you pets and head over to McDade Park, Bald Mountain Road, Scranton, on Saturday, Aug. 25, for the 10th annual Memorial Pet Walk/Car and Bike Show. Presented by Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care Program & Rescue for Domestic Animals Inc., the event begins with registration for the pet walk from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The walk along with a blessing of pets, balloon release and memorial service will follow at 10. At noon, registration for the car and bike show begins, and the show then runs from 1 to 5 p.m.
Hot food will be available from noon to 5 p.m., and guests also can check out basket raffles, music from DJ Donna Diva, vendors and a 50/50 drawing. For more information, visit traceyshope.com or call 570-457-1625.

Clubs – August 23, 2018

Clubs – August 23, 2018

Thursday, Aug. 23
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Light Weight
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
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Asialena
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
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bill Hoffman
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Somethin’ Else
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: Patrick McGlynn
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Aug. 24
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Eric Rudy
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Ace Hood
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Graces Downfall 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: 20lb Head
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Area 52
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tritide Duo
Brickhouse Tavern, 319 Main St., Dupont: Dashboard Mary
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Fab 3
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ Huss, Dueling Pianos
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Hagan & Company
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Classic Rock Express
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Anthony Natiello
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Mike and Lynett
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Standoff!, Sheena and the Nosebleeds, For Ages and Deathwish Birdie
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Family Circus Comedy Tour
Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Jimmy Farrell Solo
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: A Proud Monkey Solo
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Select Four
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Jam Stampede
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.: Romeo Delight
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Light Weight Duo and Grant Williams and Abby Vail Duo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Traverse The Abyss
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Burton with Chris Rich

Saturday, Aug. 25
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Jordan and Matt from Vine Street
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Project ’90s
American Grill, 1320 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: Wayside
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Until Sunrise
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
Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: FullCircle
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Jack Foley and Robbie Walsh
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Timepiece
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Zayre Mountain
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Carole Montgomery, M80, Tom O’Lear
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Funkee’s Dance Band
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 Route 93, Berwick: Halfway to Hell
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Triple Fret
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Wallace, Head Spell, goodnight/goodluck and Down to Six
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Reach for the Sky with A Willrow Hood
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Delta Thunder Trio
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Adam McKinley
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: 2nd Street Players
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Flyin’ Blind
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Gatos Blancos
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Scoreboard Bar and Grill, 6190 Fourth St., Bloomsburg: The Frost
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Band
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dimensions featuring Valarie Adams
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Buzz Buzzyrd and NeXt2rock Finale
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: 3lb
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Burton with Chris Rich

Sunday, Aug. 26
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Banks and Cruise
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Aug. 27
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
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Aug. 28
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
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Kevin Vest

Wednesday, Aug. 29
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ the DJ
Hillside Park, Winola Road, Clarks Summit: Fab 3
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 V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dynamic Duo

Hit parade Jessie’s Girl to bring back the ’80s at Leonard Theater

Hit parade Jessie’s Girl to bring back the ’80s at Leonard Theater

Forget the flux capacitor and clock tower. All you need to travel back in time this weekend is a trip to downtown Scranton.
On Friday, Aug. 17, Rock 107 presents Back to the Eighties with Jessie’s Girl, the premier New York tribute band.
Originally set to happen at Scranton’s Iron Furnaces, the show has been moved to the Leonard Theater, 335 Adams Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 7:30, and Jessie’s Girl takes the stage at 9:30. 
The group pays homage to synth-pop, New Wave and rock hits of the 1980s, and its 21-and-older concert will feature special guest Manny Cabo of NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice.”
“It’s the same show, just indoors. Because of the flooding and the rain and having to set up right next to the river, everybody decided it would be best to make the move,” explained Terry Deitz, general manager of NEPA Radio, Digital & Outdoor for Times-Shamrock Communications, which also owns The Times-Tribune. “Jessie’s Girl is going to put on a great show no matter where they are.”
Paul “Sky” Armento, keyboardist and musical director for Jessie’s Girl, said during a recent phone interview that the music of the ’80s transcends generations, whether it finds fans in the people who lived through those years, the younger listeners who heard the songs thanks to their parents and even millennials who were introduced to hits via the soundtracks of popular video games and television shows.
“The influence of ’80s music has been constant from the last four decades,” Armento said. “What people can expect is to connect to it no matter their age. Everybody loves ’80s music.”
Among his bandmates, who include three singers, the audience will see numerous full costume changes that amp up the nostalgia factor of a Jessie’s Girl performance.
“I have a theater background, and when I started this, I wanted to bring in more theatricality,” Armento said. “It’s the songs you heard, but super-charged. I think looking the part, it’s important, because it sells it and makes it more fun for the audience and the performers themselves.”
The show originally was scheduled to take place at the Scranton Iron Furnaces on Cedar Avenue as part of a pair of outdoor concerts the radio station was hosting this weekend. Heavy rains that pummeled the area, however, left the site soggy, and organizers decided to move the show indoors.