Assorted declarations from editor tom graham
A Home Show
The Menzingers celebrate the release of their latest record, Rented World (Epitaph Records), next Wednesday, April 23 with a special show in Wilkes-Barre. The band will play a free all-ages unplugged show at Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound, 186 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre beginning at 7 p.m. Both vinyl and CD copies will be available the night of the show, as well as the chance to win one of 10 white-label test pressings from The Menzingers. The band will also be available for a meet-and-greet session with fans. Buy the album on CD or LP and get a wristband for guaranteed entry to see the show. Wristbands will be available at all store locations beginning on Tuesday, April 22. Attendees with wristbands get priority and guaranteed entry into the show.
Fuzz Fest II
FUZZ 92.1 announced Fuzz Fest 2014 headlined by multi-platinum selling alternative rock artists Cage the Elephant. This second annual concert event takes place at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Sunday, June 22. Also performing will be Kongos, whose hit “Come With Me Now” is the fastest debut song to reach #1 on the alternative music charts since 2003. The rest of the lineup includes retro-punks Skaters (see Mike Evans review on page 23), Jersey’s Brick + Mortar and Northern Faces. More artists will be announced soon.
Last year’s inaugural Fuzz Fest event featured The Dirty Heads, Robert DeLong and Unlikely Candidates and reeled in a crowd of more than 2,600 people.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Outlets, the Pavilion Box Office or by-phone at 800-745-3000. All tickets will be general admission.
I Feel a Tantrum Coming
Speaking of Fuzz, the next Private Showcase is coming. Check out The Fuzz 92.1 Private Artist Showcase on Thursday, May 8 as Fuzz welcomes Fitz and the Tantrums. Set time is to be announced. The show takes place at the Fuzz 92.1 Radio Theater, 5th floor of the Times-Tribune Building, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton. Sign up at fuzz921.com for free tickets. The show is all-ages.
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Hold Steady Live at Lollapalooza 2006
Drummer RJ Minichello passed away unexpectedly last year leaving behind his family and the musical community which he loved. Friends, family and musicians will celebrate “The Concert In Memory of RJ Minichello” this Sunday, April 13 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at three different locations. The concert takes place at Waldos Tavern (406 Green Ridge St., Scranton), The V Spot (906 Providence Rd., Scranton) and Thirst T’s (120 Lincoln St., Olyphant).
Acts confirmed for this year include Asialina & Bryan Banks, Tom Flannery, Russello Project, The Lo-Fives, NoWhere Slow, The JOB, Simon Sez and more. Admission is $5 at the door with additional donations encouraged. All of the money raised will be split evenly between RJ’s two daughters and used for academic purposes.
The Allman Brothers Band announced the second phase of the 3rd Annual The Peach Music Festival’s line-up, which features added performances by Gov’t Mule, Wake Up With Warren Haynes, Big Gigantic, The Taj Mahal Trio, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Victor Wooten, From Good Homes, Tribal Seeds, The Wood Brothers, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, The Soul Rebels, Particle and The London Souls.
The Peach returns to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain and Montage Mountain Water Park on Thursday, August 14 to Sunday, August 17 for four days of camping, multiple stages, music, a water park and more. The Peach is the first-ever ABB-inspired festival in the Northeast Pennsylvania region and is the only chance for fans to see ABB in PA/NJ this summer.
These bands have been added to the lineup which already includes The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Weir and RatDog, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lotus and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band.
Early-bird four-day passes are on sale now at ThePeachMusicFestival.com. Every four-day pass includes free access to Montage Mountain Waterpark. For full package, VIP and festival details, visit ThePeachMusicFestival.com.
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros Global a Go-Go (HellCat) 2001
Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham
Come On Everybody
Looking for a potpourri of musical adventure this week? Look no further than The Everyone Orchestra featuring Steve Kimock, John Kimock, Ryan Montbleau, Reed Mathis, Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman at River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains on Friday, April 4.
Conducted by founder Matt Butler, The Everyone Orchestra features a rotating line-up of well-known musicians and showcases them during a variety of festivals, theaters and live music rooms. Butler sets the mood of each passing jam as he communicates with the musicians using hand signs, a whiteboard and an assorted array of mime suggestions.
The list of Everyone Orchestra participants includes members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, moe., String Cheese Incident, The Flecktones, Club d’Elf, ALO, Tea Leaf Green and Adrian Belew, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Tuvan throat singers, live painters, dancers, chanters, choirs, hula hoopers, firespinners, jugglers, stiltwalkers, storytellers and hundreds of others.
Showtime for the 21 and older event is 10 p.m. with tickets ranging from $20 to $25. For more information, visit EveryoneOrchestra.com.
Sarah Street Grill, one of the only live original music rooms remaining in Stroudsburg, is celebrating its 19th anniversary with a day filled with music, raffles, a pool and dart tournament, specials and prizes on Monday, April 7.
This year, Sarah Street is donating 19 percent of its sales to Wounded Warriors, specifically the Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament. Live music starts at 6 p.m. (and goes all night long) with Christian Porter (a former contestant on NBC’s The Voice), Regina Sayles, Ansel Matthews, George Wesley, Brian Schmidt, The Current, Bill Rooth, Steve McDaniel and more.
Over the past 19 years, Sarah Street has featured acts like Railroad Earth, Rick Danko of The Band, Jonah Smith, Cabinet and Hamell on Trial. For more information and to see the complete list of musical offerings Sarah Street has in store, visit sarahstreetgrill.com.
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Joe Pernice It Feels Good When I Stop (Ashmount) 2009
Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham
British blues guitarist Matt Schofield hits the stage at the River Street Jazz Cafe on Friday, March 21. Doors for the show open at 7 p.m. with show time set for 9 p.m. MiZ will serve as opening act for the show. Tickets for the 21 and older show range from $15 to $18.
Schofield snagged the award for Best British Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The guitarist and singer blends blues with rock and funky jazz rhythms. His band, The Matt Schofield Trio, plays a wide range of their own material which is a blend of blues and jazz, along with covers of blues classics. Visit mattschofield.com for more information.
Hop on the Starship
Jefferson Starship, founded by Rock Hall of Fame inductee Paul Kantner (who also founded Jefferson Airplane) and David Frieiberg, celebrate their 40th year in 2014 with a show at the Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg on Saturday, March 22. Local act Flyin’ Blind will open the show
Along with recent television specials on PBS and HDNet, Jefferson Starship have appeared in 30 countries on four continents, including Brazil, Japan, Israel and Serbia at the invitation of the American Embassy. Their live show features hits like “Somebody to Love,” “White Rabbit,” “Volunteers,” “Wooden Ships,” “Jane,” “Miracles,” “Count on Me” and “Find Your Way Back.”
Now that most of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are over (give or take another parade or one more heap of corned beef and cabbage), I’d like to reflect.
Early to rise: The streets were buzzing at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Scranton last Saturday. I scored a prime parking spot, grabbed what I needed out of my vehicle and I never looked back.
Bagpipers everywhere: It seemed at one point, no matter which direction I turned, there were bass drums, snare drums and bagpipes-a-blazing right in front of my face. Pair them with the sound of the long, plastic horns the kids love blowing away on these days, the parade was a loud one.
Grand Parade: I was lucky enough to both ride (in the slick electric city and diamond city limo) and walk in the parade this year and I was truly blown away by the amount of pure joy I saw on people’s faces. Some people may have had a little too much to drink here and there, but while riding along in the parade, I was able to see people celebrating the partly-sunny day with great enthusiasm.
Stiff: It was a long day for me — playing two shows and partaking in the parade itself. I haven’t been this sore and wind-burned in quite some time.
Random: Clowns are still kind of creepy and I don’t trust horses. People love to dress up their dogs. Cotton candy is making a comeback.
Surprise of the day: People ducking down city alleys to pee.
Best moment of the day: Publicly ridiculing people ducking down city alleys to pee and watching them drudge away in shame — with no hand sanitizer in sight.
Let’s do it again next year!
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Big Scary Not Art (Barsuk) 2014
It was announced earlier this week that Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Kristian Bush from Sugarland will perform the Keystone Grand Ballroom in the Convention Center at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
Leaving his mark on music for more than two decades, Bush is currently on the road with his 2014 “Put Your Soul In It Tour,” backed by a five-piece band including Rebecca and Megan Lovell of roots duo Larkin Poe. Bush is currently narrowing down 300 plus songs for his debut solo album, due later this year.
Tickets for Kristian Bush are $25 and are on sale now. Ticketmaster customers may purchase tickets by logging on to ticketmaster.com; calling Ticketmaster’s national toll free charge-by-phone number 1-800-745-3000; or visiting any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs box office.
The Faction official Mayday warm-up show takes place at The Other Side located on South Main Street next to Bart & Urby’s, Wilkes-Barre, this Saturday, March 8 at 10 p.m. DJs Evil Bee, Newspy Hundo and Gary Jamze will be spinning deep house, funk house, garage and other dance selections. The $4 cover will go directly to the 7th annual Mayday Music Festival, a free all ages event that will take place from noon until 10 p.m. on May 24 and 25, at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre.
The Hall for All
For the first time in the history of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the annual induction ceremony will take place in an arena, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The ceremony concert will be held at 7 p.m. on April 10. In previous years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, but this year will mark the very first time that the concert tickets will be sold to the public. About 10,000 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction tickets went on sale and promptly sold out in minutes. The primary market face prices range from $66 to $576. There are now over 5,000 tickets is available on the secondary market with an average price of $357 and a get-in price of $108. The most expensive ticket available is priced at $3,030.
Inductees include KISS, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Andrew Loog Oldham and The E Street Band. Peter Gabriel is one member of this year’s class that is actually already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a result of his work with Genesis. Gabriel will become the 19th performer to be inducted more than once, joining such artists as Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Neil Young and Eric Clapton, who is the only member to be inducted three times. He was first honored as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992, then with Cream in 1993 and finally as a solo artist in 2000.
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Glen Phillips Abulum (PMRC, Brick Red Records) 2001
In last week’s action-packed episode of Headphones, I wrote about Scranton’s amusement tax, a tax passed on Dec. 10, 2012 that allows the city “to impose a 5-percent tax upon privilege of attending or engaging in non-exempt amusements, including every form of entertainment, diversion, sport, recreation and pastime, requiring all persons, partnerships, associations and corporations conducting places of amusements.” The City of Scranton wants its share of ticket money (from venues such as Pavilion at Montage, Scranton Cultural Center) and cover charges from local businesses which fall under the same tax. Again, this law has already passed and gone into effect in 2012 and now the city is looking to collect the money.
Shorty after the Headphones take on what I labeled the “Whack Tax” hit the streets and the Internet last Thursday, Scranton City Councilman Pat Rogan caught wind of the volatile situation. Later that same evening during the Scranton City Council meeting, Rogan brought the issue back to the attention of city council, as well as having a discussion with Mayor Courtright, and is looking into ways to possibly amend the ordinance so that it will not hurt local businesses and musicians.
Councilman Rogan is asking local musicians and business owners to contact him at patrogan1@gmail with suggested ways to help him come to some sort of resolution in the matter of the amusement tax.
Winter Blues and Booze
Panked! returns yet again to The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., on Thursday, Feb. 27, as the dancing crowd will join hands and celebrate a glorious night of winter wonder. Panked’s Frosty Bunz Winter Blowout Ball will feature all the usual fantastic staples such as a dance contest, happy hour specials, sweat, prizes and the chance to make winter leave us all alone for a few months. For more information, visit facebook.com/panked.danceparty.
It’s Oscar time and the nominees for Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards are all over the place. The nominees include: “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 by Pharrell Williams, “Let It Go” from Frozen by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “The Moon Song” from Her by Karen O and Spike Jonze and “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by an up-and-coming act from Ireland named U2.
I’m calling “Let It Go” the winner with a slight possibility of U2 snagging the Oscar, but I can’t help but wish Karen O and Jonze win the category. If you haven’t heard “The Moon Song,” it’s a simple, poignant acoustic song featuring two intertwined voices clocking in at close to two minutes of spectacular lunar love. Again, I find myself rooting for the underdog.
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Creeper Lagoon Take Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday (Dreamworks) 2001.
Editor Tom Graham is a musician and singer/songwriter rooted in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
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