Sounds – March 14, 2019

Sounds – March 14, 2019

Twilight Sad’s fifth a sure bet against sophomore albums

Demob Happy — ‘Holy Doom’
THE GOOD:
British alt-rock group Demob Happy loses a member but still cranks out a decent sophomore record.
THE BAD: “Holy Doom” has weaker moments but holds together well.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Take Queens of the Stone Age, Rival Sons, some glam overtones and a whole lot of hard-rock basics and you end up with Demob Happy. These boys aren’t reinventing the wheel, but they know how to make a loose and loud album work.
Guitarist Mathew Renforth bailed shortly after the release of “Dream Soda,” the band’s 2015 debut, essentially leaving Demob Happy a power trio. It’s adjusted to the change without missing a beat or riff. From the stomping “Fake Satan” to the shuffling, hazy title cut, “Holy Doom” is an album big on classic rock posturing and sheer attitude.
Thankfully though, the guys don’t fall into any sort of nostalgia trap, simply ripping off well-worn influences. The band puts a fresh coat of paint on the past, creating something vital.
BUY IT?: Sure.

Dilly Dally — ‘Heaven’
THE GOOD:
Canadian indie rock outfit Dilly Dally returns with a blistering second record.
THE BAD: Take this one in small doses.
THE NITTY GRITTY: I’m still a believer in ALBUMS. The format, a bunch of individual songs going together conceptually or even randomly, remains my favorite way to digest music both new and old. Singles only tell half a story. Playlists become background noise.
Unfortunately, “Heaven” is an album in which the individual songs actually gain momentum when separated. Dilly Dally starts off strong with the punchy “I Feel Free” and weighty “Doom.” After that, though, a mid-tempo grungy fog rolls in, tracks melt into one another, and by time we reach drug anthem “Marijuana,” the album almost slips into self-parody.
Separate the songs, though, and you notice this band’s strengths. Katie Monks is a tough-as-nails frontwoman using a higher-pitched voice to great effect. The guitars are crunchy. The rhythm section keeps these fuzzed-out anthems from spinning into oblivion. That aforementioned fog begins to dissipate.
BUY IT?: Your choice.

Twilight Sad — ‘It Won’t Be Like This All the Time’
THE GOOD:
Scottish indie rock group Twilight Sad comes back with its fifth after a five-year hiatus.
THE BAD: No.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Despite splitting with founding member and original drummer Mark Devine just before recording, Twilight Sad picked up right where it left off without missing a beat (pun intended). James Alexander Graham covers the lyrics in his distinct Scottish brogue while the band bashes away in the background. These mid-tempo mopey rockers are reminiscent of both mid-period Cure and fellow countrymen We Were Promised Jetpacks. Speaking of the Cure, Robert Smith is listed within the album’s credits, although I’m not sure exactly what the recent Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee did.
It doesn’t really matter. If you loved these guys before, you’ll love them again. “All the Time” is an inspired, emotionally charged set of songs both aggressive and somewhat tender. Pessimistic and guitar-heavy one moment, hopeful and swirling the next, the record never stumbles into a predictable rut.
BUY IT?: Surely.

Concerts – March 17, 2019

Concerts – March 17, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
Lee Brice, Friday, March 29
Strand of Oaks, Wednesday, April 10
REO Speedwagon, Thursday, April 11
Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers, Sunday, April 14
Jon Anderson, Monday, April 15
Blue October, Friday, April 19
Arrival from Sweden, Friday, April 26
The Bizzare World of Frank Zappa, Wednesday, May 1
One Night in Memphis, Friday, May 3
Rocktopia, Wednesday, May 8

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Classic Stones featuring the Glimmer Twins, Saturday, March 16
Unforgettable Fire, Saturday, March 23
Mr. Speed, Saturday, March 30
Rocketman, Saturday, April 6

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
Professor Louie and the Crowmatrix with Woodstock Horns performing music from the Band and more, Saturday, March 16
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, March 22
Screaming Infidelities, Saturday, March 23
Hub City Stompers/Scofflaws and Rude Boy George, Friday, March 29
Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe and Root Shock, Saturday, March 30
Philadelphia Freedom, Saturday, April 6
Goose and Kluster Phunk, Thursday, April 11
Halfway to Hell, Saturday, April 13
A Proud Monkey, Friday, April 19
The Englishtown Project, Saturday, April 20
The Grass Is Dead, Friday, April 26

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
The Wall Live, Friday, March 15
Boat House Row, Saturday, March 16
Umphrey’s McGee, Thursday, March 21
WAR, Friday, March 22
Mike Tramp of White Lion, Saturday, March 23
Buckcherry, Thursday, March 28
Randy Houser, Friday, March 29
Jay & the Americans and the Brooklyn Bridge, Saturday, March 30
Bay City Rollers, Thursday, April 25
Bruce in the USA, Friday, April 26

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
The Lizard, Friday, March 15
Dire, Saturday, March 16
YYNOT, Saturday, March 23
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Friday, March 29
Zoso, Saturday, March 30
Almost, Friday, April 5
Golden Gate, Wingmen, Friday, April 12
Start Making Sense, Saturday, April 13
Granger Smith, Thursday, April 18
Blue October, Friday, April 19

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
Cunningham & Associates, Thursday, March 14
Scythian, Friday, March 15
The Celtic Tenors, Saturday, March 16
Portland Cello Project, Thursday, March 21
Paul Thorn Band, Thursday, March 21
Funky Dawgz, Friday, March 22
Vanessa Collier, Saturday, March 23
Pat Metheny Side Eye, Thursday, March 28
Mom Jeans, Thursday, March 28
Cyrille Aimee, Friday, March 19
Marc Broussard, Saturday, March 30

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Tritonal, Friday, March 15
Gogol Bordello, Sunday, March 17
Jawbreaker, Wednesday, March 27
Hatebreed, Thursday, April 4
Dance Gavin Dance, Saturday, April 13
Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage, Saturday, May 11
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Friday, May 17
The Hives/Refused, Saturday, May 18
George Clinton and Parliament
Funkadelic, Thursday, June 6
New Found Glory, Friday, June 7

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Fleetwood Mac, Friday, March 22, and Friday, April 5
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, March 26, and Monday, June 24
Kiss, Friday, March 29
Muse, Sunday, April 7
Justin Timberlake, Tuesday, April 9
Cher, Saturday, April 20
Hugh Jackman, Sunday, June 30
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Saturday, July 13
John Mayer, Monday, July 22
Iron Maiden, Tuesday, July 30

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Kiss, Wednesday, March 27
Muse, Monday, April 8

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
Guster, Saturday, March 16
Gary Clark Jr., Thursday, March 21, through Saturday, March 23
Brit Floyd, Monday, April 1
Il Divo, Saturday, April 6
Mott the Hoople, Wednesday, April 10

Nightlife – March 14, 2019

Nightlife – March 14, 2019

Thursday, March 14
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Eddie Appnel Acoustic
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Thursdaze featuring Newpy Hundo and Nick Spaceman
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Dan the Piano Man
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: The Qualia Trio
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Open Mic Circus
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Open Mic Night
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: Chris Zawatsky
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, March 15
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Playing for Tips
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Triple Fret
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
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Jack Bordo and Jim Cullen
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Toni Alosi
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ Jay Velar
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Chasing Ashlee
The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Bill and Donna Arnold
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Ruck N Blowfish and Magic ’90s Three
The Fireside Martini Grill Inc., 411 Chestnut St., Dunmore: Dashboard Mary
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Group Du Jour Trio
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: John P. Williams Blues Duo
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: The Third Nut
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Gold Steps, the Maguas, Stay Loud, Dear Spring, Halea and the Holtzman Effect
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: I Trust You To Kill Me, Toothless, Vulturepeak, Cruel Bomb
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Olivia Grace
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Electricstein
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mama’s Black Sheep
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Shenanigans & Boomers Night Club, 98 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Donnybrook
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Tommy Guns Band
Susquehanna Brewing Co., 635 S. Main St., Pittston: Jon & Kate + Fate
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Wanabees and the Antidepressants
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Pink Slip
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Speaker Jam Karaoke
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Richie Byrne and Andy Beningo
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Popshop featuring Eric Klein

Saturday, March 16
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: The Wanabees
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: The Boastfuls Duo
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Lonnie Griffiths Band
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tommy Guns Band
Barrett’s Pub, 474 Main St., Archbald: John Quinn
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: Cruise Control
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: DJ Ewin Valez
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Andy Sleboda
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Screaming Broccoli
Brickhouse Tavern, 319 Main St., Dupont:
Friendly FYRE
Budd’s Pizza Cafe & Sports Hub, 134 Page Ave., Kingston: Dee Maple Band Live
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Random Rock
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Better Than Bad, DJ Famous
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Daddy O & the Sax Maniax
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 Route 93, Berwick: Last Call Beautiful
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Attacker
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Worst Ones, Gods of Space, Das Black Milk, Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: DHD
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Strawberry Jam
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Chasing Ashlee Duo
R & J’s Wild Rover Pub, 1315 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Professor Louie and the Crowmatix with the Woodstock Horns
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
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Nowhere Slow
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Jeffrey James Band
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Anytime Soon and Buzz Buzzyrd, Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Young Lion
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: D-West
Wegmans, 220 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: The Classics
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Richie Byrne and Andy Beningo

Sunday, March 17
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Clarence Spady Band
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Joe Lombardo’s Birthday Bash
Kildare’s Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Donnybrook
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: St. Patrick’s Day Karaoke and DJ
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Sponge
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Asialena

Monday, March 18
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Green Light Go Duo Kevin and Tiffany
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
Sabatini’s Bottleshop & Bar, 1901 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: Sabatini’s Bottleshop Quartet featuring Jamie Orfanello and friends
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ Aptrik

Tuesday, March 19
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Tom Osbourne
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Trivia Night

Wednesday, March 20
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
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: Always Undecided

Sounds – March 7, 2019

Sounds – March 7, 2019

Drop Mumford & Sons in favor of Phosphorescent, Jeff Tweedy

Mumford & Sons — ‘Delta’
THE GOOD: Meh…
THE BAD: Keep going…
THE NITTY GRITTY: British folk rock group Mumford & Sons further ditches the “folk” on its fourth album, which means a once sort-of forgettable group that at least SOUNDED unique — because of copious amounts of acoustic guitars, mandolins and banjos — now comes off as even LESS distinct and MORE forgettable. My only reaction to “Delta” is an overwhelming sense of indifference. That, and the fact that 62 minutes is FAR TOO MUCH Mumford & Sons for one sitting.
Seriously. Listen to “Delta” and you’d swear these guys want to be Coldplay. Tracks such as the cool and calculated lead single “Guiding Light” and syrupy sweet sing-along “Forever” try to be so pleasant and predictable, they immediately get sucked into the background, never demanding your attention again.
So I guess if you actually dig the banality of adult contemporary radio (not too hard, not to soft — the perfect mix for your office), “Delta” is the record for you.
BUY IT?: Probably not.

Phosphorescent — ‘C’est La Vie’
THE GOOD:
Singer-songwriter Matthew Houck (stage name Phosphorescent) moves from Brooklyn to Nashville and releases his seventh studio effort (and first in half a decade).
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: There’s a sense of “calm” permeating most of “C’est La Vie.” The lead single “New Birth in New England” is breezy and bouncy enough to qualify as a catchy Dawes track or left-of-center Jimmy Buffet tribute tune. And while nothing else on the record sounds quite THAT joyous, the album still can’t shake its feel-good vibe (not a bad thing).
Houck has done the folk-rock, semi-anonymous, singer-songwriter thing since the turn of the century. “C’est La Vie” doesn’t completely shake up that formula, but the move down south with all those pedal steel guitars definitely adds different colors to this musical palette. And those seeking something more heady will appreciate extended bits such as “Around the Horn,” a song resembling Tame Impala’s more accessible space-rock, or the swirling, hypnotic, instrumental “Black Waves/Silver Moon.”
BUY IT?: Yes.

Jeff Tweedy — ‘Warm’
THE GOOD:
Singer-songwriter and indie legend Jeff Tweedy releases his second solo album.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The ex-member of Uncle Tupelo and current Wilco frontman gave us his first solo record, “Together at Last,” in 2017. It was an album that saw the man reacquainted with past Wilco tunes in an acoustic setting. “Warm” is different. This record’s material is all new; the work serves as a companion piece to Tweedy’s recently published memoir, “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back).”
So “Warm” is a deeply personal album, exploring many of the same topics the book does (music, fatherhood, rehab, etc.). And even though this is not a strictly acoustic collection, there’s an intimacy and closeness that runs much deeper here than on any Wilco set. Tweedy also makes the songs spontaneous. Tracks such as “Don’t Forget” and “Let’s Go Rain” are very “in the moment,” with loose jams fast or slow, delicate or forceful. You’re getting to know a guy you thought you knew for decades.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Nightlife – March 7, 2019

Nightlife – March 7, 2019

Thursday, March 7
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Blue Moxie Duo
Alter House, 926 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit: John Smith
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
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Bryan Brophy
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: Phriend$
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: Stevie K
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, March 8
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Alyssa from No Vacancy and Ronnie Williams Duo
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dashboard Mary
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: Acousticstein
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ Smith
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Flaxy Morgan
Charlie B’s Pub and Eatery, 653 N. Main St., Plains Twp.: Friendly FYRE
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: DJ Famous
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Liar, Liar Duo
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Area 52
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: One Step Closer, Magnitude, Worn, Anxious, Vantage Point and Final Expression
M&J’s Bar N Grill, 542 Wildcat Road, Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Bounty Hunter Returns
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Blue Moxie Duo
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Flora Cash
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: St. Patrick’s Day Pre-Parade Kick-off Show with the Wanabees and the Maguas
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Nu Era
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Big King Moose
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tim Dillon with Katie Hannigan and Glen Tickle

Saturday, March 9
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: BrackTime Live
Ariel View Inn, 1400 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Bret Alexander
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Ale House Funk Band, Mace in Dickson Band, Light Weight, Digger Jones, Tom Graham and Brad Baesic
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Graces Downfall
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: Speaker Jam
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Mother Nature’s Son
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: UUU
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Third Degree
Crabby’s Seafood Grill and Pipes Bar, 3159 Lower Demunds Road, Dallas: Friendly FYRE
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Bliss, Pink Slip, Johnny D and DJ Famous
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 Route 93, Berwick: Kartune
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Flip Like Wilson, Another Day Dawn, Tommy Guns Band, Jake Miller and Logan Henderson, Parade Day with the Boastfuls, Graces Downfall and Always Undecided
Nanticoke Quoit Club, 422 Railroad St., Nanticoke: 2 Rockaholix
P.J.’s 1910 Pub at Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton: Marilyn Kennedy
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Box of Rain
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
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: The Boastfuls
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Blind Choice, Erich and Tyler Music Co. and Greater Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Light Weight
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: The Third Nut
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tim Dillon with Katie Hannigan and Glen Tickle
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party

Sunday, March 10
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Soul Shakers Blues Jam
First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St., Clarks Summit: Poor Man’s Gambit
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Wilkes-Barre Parade Day Drag Show, Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: BrighterDays
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Eminence Ensemble
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Bryan Brophy

Monday, March 11
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Candi Vee
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, March 12
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Trivia Night

Wednesday, March 13
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
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: Mike Dougherty

Concerts – March 7, 2019

Concerts – March 7, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
Mickey Spain, Sunday, March 10
Joe Bonamassa, Monday, March 11
Lee Brice, Friday, March 29
Strand of Oaks, Wednesday, April 10
REO Speedwagon, Thursday, April 11
Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers, Sunday, April 14
Jon Anderson, Monday, April 15
Blue October, Friday, April 19
Arrival from Sweden, Friday, April 26
The Bizzare World of Frank Zappa, Wednesday, May 1
One Night in Memphis, Friday, May 3

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Double Vision, Saturday, March 9
Classic Stones featuring the Glimmer Twins, Saturday, March 16
Unforgettable Fire, Saturday, March 23
Mr. Speed, Saturday, March 30
Rocketman, Saturday, April 6

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
Box of Rain, Saturday, March 9
Professor Louie and the Crowmatrix with Woodstock Horns performing music from the Band and more, Saturday, March 16
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, March 22
Screaming Infidelities, Saturday, March 23
Hub City Stompers/Scofflaws and Rude Boy George, Friday, March 29
Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe and Root Shock, Saturday, March 30
Goose and Kluster Phunk, Thursday, April 11
Halfway to Hell, Saturday, April 13
A Proud Monkey, Friday, April 19
The Englishtown Project, Saturday, April 20

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Jackyl, Thursday, March 7
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Wednesday, March 13
The Wall Live, Friday, March 15
Boat House Row, Saturday, March 16
Umphrey’s McGee, Thursday, March 21
WAR, Friday, March 22
Mike Tramp of White Lion, Saturday, March 23
Buckcherry, Thursday, March 28
Randy Houser, Friday, March 29
Jay & the Americans and the Brooklyn Bridge, Saturday, March 30

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
IC/DC — AC/DC tribute, Saturday, March 9
The Lizard, Friday, March 15
Dire, Saturday, March 16
YYNOT, Saturday, March 23
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Friday, March 29
Zoso, Saturday, March 30
Almost, Friday, April 5
Golden Gate, Wingmen, Friday, April 12
Start Making Sense, Saturday, April 13
Blue October, Friday, April 19

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
An Eric Clapton Retrospective, Friday, March 8
The Aardvarks with Rock Steady, Saturday, March 9
We Three, Sunday, March 10
Cunningham & Associates, Thursday, March 14
Scythian, Friday, March 15
The Celtic Tenors, Saturday, March 16
Portland Cello Project, Thursday, March 21
Paul Thorn Band, Thursday, March 21
Funky Dawgz, Friday, March 22
Vanessa Collier, Saturday, March 23

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Ice Cube, Saturday, March 9
Tritonal, Friday, March 15
Gogol Bordello, Sunday, March 17
Jawbreaker, Wednesday, March 27
Hatebreed, Thursday, April 4
Dance Gavin Dance, Saturday, April 13
Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage, Saturday, May 11
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Friday, May 17
The Hives/Refused, Saturday, May 18

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Fleetwood Mac, Friday, March 22, and Friday, April 5
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, March 26, and Monday, June 24
Kiss, Friday, March 29
Muse, Sunday, April 7
Justin Timberlake, Tuesday, April 9
Cher, Saturday, April 20
Hugh Jackman, Sunday, June 30
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Saturday, July 13
John Mayer, Monday, July 22
Iron Maiden, Tuesday, July 30

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Robyn, Friday, March 8
An Evening with Fleetwood Mac, Monday, March 11
Weezer with Pixies, Tuesday, March 12
Kiss, Wednesday, March 27
Muse, Monday, April 8

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
The Monkees, Saturday, March 9
James Bay, Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13
Guster, Saturday, March 16
Gary Clark Jr., Thursday, March 21, through Saturday, March 23
Brit Floyd, Monday, April 1
Il Divo, Saturday, April 6
Mott the Hoople, Wednesday, April 10

Sounds – February 28, 2019

Sounds – February 28, 2019

These ladies have it all on new releases

Robyn — ‘Honey’
THE GOOD:
Swedish singer-songwriter and electronic chameleon Robyn comes back with her sixth album (the first in a LONG eight years).
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: She was strictly pop in the ’90s and early 2000s. However, Robyn discovered just being herself was better sometime around 2004. Since then, the singer’s music has transcended genres and smashed all expectations. If “Body Talk” brought us all to the party, “Honey” is a more intimate look at its flamboyant host.
The beats are softer (but not weak), and the basslines and keyboard melodies dreamier. Robyn went through some personal turmoil over the past several years (a close friend died, and a long-term relationship ended before eventual reconciliation), and she threw all that pain into the music. So while “Honey” can set any late-night dance floor ablaze, it has plenty of substance as well.
Whether it’s the slow build and burn of “Missing U,” the liquid rhythms carrying the day-glo title cut or Deee-Liteful ’90s throwback “Between the Lines,” “Honey” was worth the wait.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Elle King — ‘Shake the Spirit’
THE GOOD:
Singer Elle King dodges the sophomore slump on “Shake the Spirit.”
THE BAD: There are some lesser moments but no outright disasters. The record seems a little scattershot, but King’s voice and style shine in most settings.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Since King broke big with “Ex’s & Oh’s” four years ago, she’s experienced more than a few emotional ups and downs (sudden fame, marriage, divorce, etc.). “Spirit” finds the singer tossing all those emotions into the work. There are breakup songs, moments of both genuine depression and pure elation, and times when the singer simply is getting drunk.
King always has melded different sounds and genres together, and that’s certainly the case on “Spirit,” another indie, R&B, country and rock mish-mash. The brash “Baby Outlaw” echoes old spaghetti western soundtracks. “Runaway” glides on cool, pre-Beatles vibes. The super-infectious “It Girl” wallows in naughty high school drama. The gospel-tinged “Little Bit of Lovin’” brings it all to an inspirational close.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Lydmor — ‘I Told You I’d Tell Them Our Story’
THE GOOD:
Danish electronic singer/songwriter/producer Lydmor (born Jenny Rossander) returns with an otherworldly epic.
THE BAD: No gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Inspired by time spent in Shanghai with friends a couple of years back, “Our Story” finds the singer embracing club culture and experiences beyond her Copenhagen home. In press materials, Lydmor explained, “Considering I make electronic music, it’s quite a paradox that I have never been clubbing before I went to Shanghai.” Those nights spent dancing definitely affected the sound of “Our Story,” a much more direct and fierce collection than past efforts.
However, the album isn’t just a night at a rave. It also works amazingly well as an electronic pop collection, echoing recent works by Chvrches, Purity Ring, Grimes and even some semi-vintage Imogen Heap. Sure, multi-layered rhythms carry the banging tracks, but at their core, songs such as “Money Towers” and “Nostalgia” are pop tunes, and damn fine ones, too. Lydmor’s merging of these two aesthetics simply clicks.
BUY IT?: Definitely.

Nightlife – February 28, 2019

Nightlife – February 28, 2019

Thursday, Feb. 28
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Dashboard Mary
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
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Open Mic Night with Frank Marcinowski
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
Susquehanna Brewing Co., 635 S. Main St., Pittston: Karaoke Night
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy, the Wanabees
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Chris Shrive
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, March 1
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Chris Shrive and Ashley Duo
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: 3 Tools No Box
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
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: The Zone
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ Jay Velar
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Kartune
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 Route 93, Berwick: Light Up the Moon
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Rudy and the Gansetts, the Mesos and Oddmen
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Adam Farley and the MDG Crew, the Charming Beards, E57 and the Mange
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Flaxy Morgan
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Souled Out
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: J.R. Huff, Matt and Erik of the Maguas
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: D-West
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Speaker Jam Karaoke
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Patty Rosborough with Mark Demayo and Sergio Marzitelli

Saturday, March 2
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Lance Thomas and the Neil Young Project
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Sarah Carne
Backdraft Sports Bar & Restaurant, 1256 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
Barrett’s Pub, 474 Main St., Archbald: Duster 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: Gone Crazy
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: 7800 Fahrenheit
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Popstar Drive Rocks
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Three Legged Dog
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Bennett Brothers Band
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Peter Kelly’s ’80s New Wave Birthday Party
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Elliot Elliot and several regional comedians
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: The Squalors EP Release Party
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Brad Parsons and Starbird
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
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Another Day Dawns and Schism
Susquehanna Brewing Co., 635 S. Main St., Pittston: Donnybroke Irish Band
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Big King Moose and Buzz
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Doubting Thoma$
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Pink Slip
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Hoopla

Sunday, March 3
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: DJ Famous
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: King Nine, Hangman, No Option, Choice to Make and Prospect
R Place, 482 Hamlin Highway, Hamlin: Marilyn Kennedy
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: After Funk
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Dan the Piano Man

Monday, March 4
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Ron Morgan
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, March 5
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Sink the Ship and Exit Wounds
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
Sidel’s Restaurant & Lounge, 1202 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Fat Tuesday with EJ the DJ
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jim Carro
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Trivia Night

Wednesday, March 6
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
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: The Utopix

Concerts – February 28, 2019

Concerts – February 28, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
Dennis Miller and Mark Steyn, Saturday, March 2
Mickey Spain, Sunday, March 10
Joe Bonamassa, Monday, March 11
Lee Brice, Friday, March 29
Strand of Oaks, Wednesday, April 10
REO Speedwagon, Thursday, April 11
Kris Kristofferson and the Strangers, Sunday, April 14
Jon Anderson, Monday, April 15
Blue October, Friday, April 19
Arrival from Sweden, Friday, April 26

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Double Vision, Saturday, March 9
Classic Stones featuring the Glimmer Twins, Saturday, March 16
Unforgettable Fire, Saturday, March 23
Mr. Speed, Saturday, March 30
Rocketman, Saturday, April 6

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
Souled Out, Friday, March 1
Brad Parsons and Starbird, Saturday, March 2
Box of Rain, Saturday, March 9
Professor Louie and the Crowmatrix with Woodstock Horns performing music from the Band and more, Saturday, March 16
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, March 22
Screaming Infidelities, Saturday, March 23
Hub City Stompers/Scofflaws and Rude Boy George, Friday, March 29
Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe and Root Shock, Saturday, March 30
Goose and Kluster Phunk, Thursday, April 11
Halfway to Hell, Saturday, April 13

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Flogging Molly, Friday, March 1
Melvin Seats and JGB, Saturday, March 2
Jackyl, Thursday, March 7
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Wednesday, March 13
The Wall Live, Friday, March 15
Boat House Row, Saturday, March 16
Umphrey’s McGee, Thursday, March 21
WAR, Friday, March 22
Mike Tramp of White Lion, Saturday, March 23
Buckcherry, Thursday, March 28

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
Danielle Miraglia, Friday, March 1
Porter & Sayles, Saturday, March 2
The Carlton, Sunday, March 3
IC/DC — AC/DC tribute, Saturday, March 9
The Lizard, Friday, March 15
Dire, Saturday, March 16
YYNOT, Saturday, March 23
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Friday, March 29
Zoso, Saturday, March 30
Open Mic Night, Sunday, March 31

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
Ted Vigil, Saturday, March 2
An Eric Clapton Retrospective, Friday, March 8
The Aardvarks with Rock Steady, Saturday, March 9
We Three, Sunday, March 10
Cunningham & Associates, Thursday, March 14
Scythian, Friday, March 15
The Celtic Tenors, Saturday, March 16
Portland Cello Project, Thursday, March 21
Paul Thorn Band, Thursday, March 21

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Citizen Cope, Friday, March 1
Ice Cube, Saturday, March 9
Tritonal, Friday, March 15
Gogol Bordello, Sunday, March 17
Jawbreaker, Wednesday, March 27
Hatebreed, Thursday, April 4
Dance Gavin Dance, Saturday, April 13
Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage, Saturday, May 11
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Friday, May 17
The Hives/Refused, Saturday, May 18

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Fleetwood Mac, Friday, March 22, and Friday, April 5
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, March 26, and Monday, June 24
Kiss, Friday, March 29
Muse, Sunday, April 7
Justin Timberlake, Tuesday, April 9
Cher, Saturday, April 20
Hugh Jackman, Sunday, June 30
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Saturday, July 13
John Mayer, Monday, July 22
Iron Maiden, Tuesday, July 30

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Travis Scott, Saturday, March 2
Elton John, Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6
Robyn, Friday, March 8
An Evening with Fleetwood Mac, Monday, March 11
Weezer with Pixies, Tuesday, March 12
Kiss, Wednesday, March 27

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
John Manuel Serrat — Mediterraneo
Da Capo, Thursday, Feb. 28
Experiments in Conversation: Sam Harris
with Daniel Kahneman, Friday, March 1
Citizen Cope, Saturday, March 2

Christian rock musician to share songs, messages of faith

Christian rock musician to share songs, messages of faith

Matthew West looks at concerts as a time of connections.
Hearing the crowd sing songs back to him never gets old, explained the singer-songwriter behind hit Christian rock music. It tells him that a song means something to them or maybe helped them through a tough time, and that’s why he gets so excited to go out on stage.
“There’s a distance when you write a song and you release it on the radio,” West said by phone recently from Nashville. “They’re connected to the song. … But then (I can) be with that crowd in person and have a moment in time when everyone’s lives kind of collide that one night.”
One such collision is set to happen Saturday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. when West brings the Roadshow Tour to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp. Tenth Avenue North and Matt Maher will join him for the night, which also will feature worship with special guest Michael W. Smith and Leanna Crawford.

West has earned four Grammy nominations and a Primetime Emmy nomination for original music and lyrics, received the Billboard Music Award for top Christian artist in 2014 and was named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year in 2016. He has sold more than 1.6 million albums, with his most recent, “All In,” released in 2017.
“I would say first and foremost, I’m passionate about the craft of songwriting, and I take the lyrics and the music and putting the music together very seriously,” West said.
When he performs at the arena, the audience can expect to hear a mix of new and old songs.
“We’ve been doing a tribute to (the) Rev. Billy Graham, who passed away last year,” West said. “Billy Graham had a profound impact on my life. We’ve got a really powerful video presentation that goes along with that song that the crowd has really been responding to in a powerful way. … I say that’s been one of the special moments.”
As a father, West said, trying to find music with suitable messages and that he feels comfortable with his children listening to is a challenge. But Christian music offers uplifting messages, he added.
“You can fill your stomach with health food or junk food, and you can fill your ears with the same things. … This show’s going to bring it,” West said. “It’s going to be high-energy and tons of fun, but it’s going to be a positive message.
“People come to these concerts, and so many people are literally going through the fight of their lives. And the chance … that I get to encourage them? That’s a tremendous honor for me and all the other artists.”
West also said he sees concerts as “mountaintop experiences.”
“It’s a moment, it’s a night in your life where … there’s a chance to press that pause button and be reminded that there’s something bigger happening and that there’s someone who loves us enough to say … ‘be refreshed,’” he said. “When people walk out of that concert, that road show, (I want them to) be reminded that whatever they’re going through, it’s too big for them, but it’s not too big for the God who loves them. And that’s the message.”

If you go
What:
Compassion LIVE’s “The Roadshow Tour,” featuring Matthew West, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher and worship with Michael W. Smith and Leanna Crawford
When: Saturday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.
Details: Tickets start at $20, plus fees, and are available at the box office,
ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.

Not just any ‘Day’ Lehighton-born band Another Day Dawns ready to rock with new EP, release show

Not just any ‘Day’ Lehighton-born band Another Day Dawns ready to rock with new EP, release show

In the borough of Lehighton in the heart of Carbon County, folks are glad to see Another Day Dawns.
The alternative/hard rock band has gained steam and a loyal following for its energetic live shows in the past few years, and was a finalist in the national “neXt2rock” contest, taking the young group to Los Angeles.
Though Another Day Dawns didn’t take home the top prize, the band earned even more attention, this time from industry heavyweights, such as songwriter Desmond Child, who has written hits for Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and more.
With a debut EP being released on Saturday, Feb. 23, marked by a show at One Centre Square in Easton, Another Day Dawns remains busy, as it also shoots a music video with Brian Cox of Flarelight Films, who previously directed videos for Good Charlotte, Starset, Hollywood Undead, and more.
Singer Dakota Sean recently went On the Record and shared that while the band is excited about where it’s headed, it never forgets where it comes from.

Q:How did the band form?
A:
The band started as me, lead guitarist Tyler Ritter and drummer Nick McGeehan in a cover band playing a couple times a week. As we matured, we began to take our roles/instruments more seriously. We began writing our own music, took the name “Another Day Dawns,” and added Livi Dillon on bass.

Q: Tell us about how being a finalist in the “neXt2rock” contest changed the band’s fortune.
A:
That helped us out in so many ways. We got a trip to L.A., made some great connections, became close friends with Desmond Child and also got hooked up with John Phillips, our now current manager.

Q: What can listeners hear on the new EP?
A:
We expect listeners to hear a change of pace. It’s been a long time in the making for us to finally release a solid EP with a lot of the different influences and backgrounds we all have. But on this we felt it all flowed together perfectly and should be able to please listeners of all of the rock spectrum and all ages.

Q: How did growing up and living in Northeast Pennsylvania influence your work ethic?
A:
It’s tough in our area; you have to put in twice the amount of work to make the connections or breakthroughs rather than you would in L.A. or something with a bigger market.

Q: What is a live performance by Another Day Dawns like?
A:
Honestly, it’s a crazy experience. We keep the crowd going no matter if you’re head banging with us or just vibing with the atmosphere that’s all around. We always stress the elements of what makes each song unique, to keep each song at the right level of emotion while keeping the energy constant.
Q: What’s in store for the EP release show?
A:
We have all new merchandise available, which we are really excited about. We have brand new songs we will be performing, and basically just taking our show and turning it up to 11.

Another Day Dawns
Established:
2016
Genre: Alternative/hard rock
Members: Dakota Sean, vocals; Tyler Ritter, lead guitar; Livi Dillon, bass; Nick McGeehan, drums
For fans of: Highly Suspect, Breaking Benjamin, Asking Alexandria
Online: anotherdaydawns.com



Sounds – February 21, 2019

Sounds – February 21, 2019

Latest from Art D’ecco, Dragon Inn 3, Teleman worth a spin

Art D’ecco — ‘Trespasses’
THE GOOD: Glam-rocker Art D’Ecco comes back with a confident second record.
THE BAD: No issues.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Hailing from the Pacific islands off the coast of British Columbia, “Trespasses” may as well be from Berlin circa 1976 or London five years prior to that. D’Ecco has nailed down prime ’70s Bowie and T-Rex, but there’s so much more here than those usual go-to influences.
The guy doesn’t shy away from echoes of more pop-orientated acts from the sub-genre, people like the Sweet and Sparks. Sure, “Trespasses” has its cryptic, prog-leaning moments, such as epic closer “The Hunted.” However, most of the record is big on androgynous, danceable, New Wave ditties such as “Joy” and “Nobody’s Home.”
D’Ecco conceived the album at his grandmother’s cottage while helping her cope with Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s nothing quaint or small town about these sounds. “Trespasses” is BIG on wobbly synths, razor-sharp guitars, thick back beats and a slightly sleazy urban vibe. What fun.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Dragon Inn 3 — ‘Double Line’
THE GOOD:
A Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin side project actually turns out a pretty decent synth-pop record.
THE BAD: “Double Line” barely clocks in at 30 minutes, but that just leaves you wanting more.
THE NITTY GRITTY: SSLYBY leader Philip Dickey recruited both his sister, Sharon Bowie, and his wife, Grace Bentley, for vocal and songwriting duties, and they all put together the record in on-again, off-again fashion over the past five years. The end result is a super-simple, highly infectious, feel-good mix of early Human League and prime Book of Love. It makes for an ’80s throwback that sounds amazingly fresh.
Highlights include the swirling and romantic “Juliet”; the pulsating, robotic “Club Sauce”; and catchy (and over far-too-quickly) “Double Line Theme.” It’s ALL good though. Hopefully this won’t be it for Dragon Inn 3. Right now, the trio seems more “recording project” than proper band, but additional output from them wouldn’t be a bad thing. The album’s formula certainly is worth revisiting.
BUY IT?: Sure.

Teleman — ‘Family of Aliens’
THE GOOD:
British indie pop band Teleman comes back with its third.
THE BAD: Some lesser tracks aside, I have no complaints.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The band takes its name (sort of) from Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, who wrote melodies so insanely catchy that he gave the more famous Bach a run for his money almost every time. I guess that’s appropriate.
Combining synthpop, ’80s new romantic, ’90s New Order and a hint of modern indie (there ARE guitars on this record too), Teleman delivers a breezy, seamless set with just the right amount of substance to keep the songs from simply floating away.
“Cactus” rides a gentle funk. “Song for a Seagull” and “Sea of Wine” wrap up the listener in the most delicate, sweetest ear candy. “Always Dreaming” is slightly more unpredictable, recalling the progressive echoes of a group such as Field Music. The robotic “Submarine Life” resembles a dreamier take on Daft Punk. It’s a warm blend that rarely disappoints.
BUY IT?: Sure.

Nightlife – February 21, 2019

Nightlife – February 21, 2019

Thursday, Feb. 21
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
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Banks and Cruise Duo
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
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Open Mic Night
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Bryn Duffield and Mark Yanish acoustic
Susquehanna Brewing Co., 635 S. Main St., Pittston: Karaoke Night
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Wanabees
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: The Frost
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Feb. 22
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Zac Lawless
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Bernie Lootz Project
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: Jamie Zaleski
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ Fly
Case Quattro Winery, 1542 Main St., Peckville: Dashboard Mary
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Graces Downfall
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Elvis with Leigh Joel Fierman
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Classic Rock Express
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Group Du Jour Trio
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Young at Heart
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Old Charades, Ed Zaleski, Girls Galore and James Yamrus
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Earthmouth, Slapjaw, Bloodeagle and Walau-eh
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Frank Marcinkowski
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow Duo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Hayley Jane and The Primates
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Better Than Bad Duo and Mike Baresse
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Mace in Dickson
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Mike Dougherty
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kevin Brennan and Bryan McKenna
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: M80

Saturday, Feb. 23
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Alex Creamer
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Mr. Vegas
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Radio Zoo
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
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Speaker Jam
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Frost Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Big Bang Baby
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Heads Up Duo
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 Route 93, Berwick: 8traxx
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Dour, LMI, For Ages, Cruel Bomb, Decomposition and Woundwood
JW’s Pub & Eatery at Heartlake Lodge, 1298 Heart Lake Road, Jermyn: Bill and Donna Arnold
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Always Undecided, E57, the Cryptid and Anytime Soon
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: The Boastfuls
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: 2Rockaholix
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Chuck Paul
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Bark at the Moon
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
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Weezer Tunes and Trivia featuring No Memories
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Graces Downfall and Ron Schoonover
The Tomato Bar, 7 Tomato Fest Drive, Pittston: DJ entertainment
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Until Sunrise
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Jackson Vee and Lissa
Wegmans, 220 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: The Classics
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kevin Brennan and Bryan McKenna

Sunday, Feb. 24
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: DJ Famous
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Zach Deputy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Frank Marcinkowski

Monday, Feb. 25
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: D-West
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, Feb. 26
Alter House, 926 Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit: Chris Mullineaux
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Breathing Easy
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Trivia Night

Wednesday, Feb. 27
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Free Jukebox

Concerts – February 21, 2019

Concerts – February 21, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
Tom Papa, Friday, Feb. 22
The Temptations and the Four Tops, Saturday, Feb. 23
Tom Papa, Friday, Feb. 22
The Temptations and the Four Tops, Saturday, Feb. 23
Dennis Miller and Mark Steyn, Saturday, March 2
Mickey Spain, Sunday, March 10
Joe Bonamassa, Monday, March 11
Lee Brice, Friday, March 29
Strand of Oaks, Wednesday, April 10
Jon Anderson, Monday, April 15

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Evolution: The Journey Tribute, Saturday, Feb. 23
Double Vision, Saturday, March 9
Classic Stones featuring the Glimmer Twins, Saturday, March 16
Unforgettable Fire, Saturday, March 23
Mr. Speed, Saturday, March 30
Rocketman, Saturday, April 6

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Friday, Feb. 22
Bark at the Moon, Saturday, Feb. 23
Souled Out, Friday, March 1
Brad Parsons and Starbird, Saturday, March 2
Box of Rain, Saturday, March 9
Professor Louie and the Crowmatrix with Woodstock Horns performing music from the Band and more, Saturday, March 16
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, March 22
Screaming Infidelities, Saturday, March 23
Hub City Stompers/Scofflaws and Rude Boy George, Friday, March 29
Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe and Root Shock, Saturday, March 30

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Shemekia Copeland and the Commonheart, Friday, Feb. 22
Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffle and Neal McCoy, Saturday, Feb. 23
Flogging Molly, Friday, March 1
Melvin Seats and JGB, Saturday, March 2
Jackyl, Thursday, March 7
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Wednesday, March 13
The Wall Live, Friday, March 15
Boat House Row, Saturday, March 16
Umphrey’s McGee, Thursday, March 21
WAR, Friday, March 22
Mike Tramp of White Lion, Saturday, March 23
Buckcherry, Thursday, March 28

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
1964 — The Tribute, Friday, Feb. 22
Danielle Miraglia, Friday, March 1
Porter & Sayles, Saturday, March 2
The Carlton, Sunday, March 3
IC/DC — AC/DC tribute, Saturday, March 9
The Lizard, Friday, March 15
Dire, Saturday, March 16
YYNOT, Saturday, March 23
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Friday, March 29
Zoso, Saturday, March 30
Kitchen Dwellers, Wednesday, April 3

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
The Amish Outlaws, Friday, Feb. 22
High School Jazz Band Showcase, Sunday, Feb. 24
Ted Vigil, Saturday, March 2
An Eric Clapton Retrospective, Friday, March 8
The Aardvarks with Rock Steady, Saturday, March 9
We Three, Sunday, March 10
Cunningham & Associates, Thursday, March 10
Scythian, Friday, March 15
The Celtic Tenors, Saturday, March 16
Portland Cello Project, Thursday, March 21
Paul Thorn Band, Thursday, March 21

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
YG Stay Dangerous: The Tour, Saturday, Feb. 26
Citizen Cope, Friday, March 1
Ice Cube, Saturday, March 9
Tritonal, Friday, March 15
Gogol Bordello, Sunday, March 17
Jawbreaker, Wednesday, March 27
Hatebreed, Thursday, April 4
Dance Gavin Dance, Saturday, April 13
Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage, Saturday, May 11
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Friday, May 17

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Michael Buble, Sunday, Feb. 24
Fleetwood Mac, Friday, March 22, and Friday, April 5
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, March 26, and Monday, June 24
Kiss, Friday, March 29
Muse, Sunday, April 7
Justin Timberlake, Tuesday, April 9
Cher, Saturday, April 20
Hugh Jackman, Sunday, June 30
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Saturday, July 13
John Mayer, Monday, July 22

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Disturbed, Monday, Feb. 25
Travis Scott, Saturday, March 2
Elton John, Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6
Robyn, Friday, March 8
An Evening with Fleetwood Mac, Monday, March 11
Weezer with Pixies, Tuesday, March 12

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Thursday, Feb. 21
moe., Saturday, Feb. 23
John Mellencamp, Tuesday, Feb. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 27
John Manuel Serrat — Mediterraneo Da Capo, Thursday, Feb. 28
Experiments in Conversation: Sam Harris with Daniel Kahneman, Friday, March 1
Citizen Cope, Saturday, March 2
Patton Oswalt, Sunday, March 3

NEPA Philharmonic teams up with guest artists to pay  homage to Beatles at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

NEPA Philharmonic teams up with guest artists to pay homage to Beatles at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Imagine a concert uniting the solo careers of the members of one of history’s most legendary bands, and you’ll have just what the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic plans to offer at its next pops concert.
The orchestra will present “Imagine: The Beatles Solo Years” on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Guests artists Joe Boucher, Christopher Eastburn, Gary Backstrom and Steve Hodgkin will join the philharmonic for the night, conducted by Mélisse Brunet, interim music director.
“There’s a lot of Beatles tribute bands out there, and none of them have really focused on this music,” said Nancy Sanderson, the philharmonic’s executive director. “And there’s just such good music that this particular group that’s coming in to perform with the orchestra decided it was time to (do) that approach to looking at the Beatles. There’s so many wonderful titles that will be performed.”
Those songs include Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” and “Live and Let Die” (which he performed with his other group, Wings), Ringo Starr’s “Photograph,” John Lennon’s “Imagine” and George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” among many others.
When it came to bringing in Portland Symphony Orchestra-affiliated Boucher and his group, Sanderson said, the orchestra knew a good thing when it saw one.
“He did the ‘Piano Men’ (concert) two years ago here, and that featured the music of Billy Joel and Elton John,” she said. “People went wild. They just loved him.”


The concert comes just a couple days after Valentine’s Day, too, making it an opportunity for audience members to include it in a belated celebration.
“What’s great is that there are so many restaurants nearby that either before or afterward it could just be a wonderful date,” Sanderson said.
The audiences for the orchestra’s pops and masterworks concerts tend to differ, Sanderson said, but the pops concerts can help the orchestra grow its audience for future shows.
“Some of the people who come to the pops concerts say, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize I liked live symphonic music so much,’ and then they start coming to the masterworks concerts,” she said. “The pops concerts, in addition to being great entertainment, are a way to expose this music to more audience members.”
Things also have been going well for the orchestra this season, its first since suspending operations for 2017-18 so it could develop a plan to stay financially viable, Sanderson noted.
“We are definitely back on our feet, and we have a five-year strategic plan that has been working so far,” she said. “We’ve been able to address some of our debts, and by the end of year two of the strategic plan, we will have addressed all of our debts.
“The strategic plan really has been designed so that every step of the way we can determine how big of a season this community can support. And what’s been really encouraging is that community members and businesses have not withdrawn their support. They’re really stepping up and sticking with us, and so the message that we’re getting is that people want the orchestra here.”