Concerts – February 22, 2018

Concerts – February 22, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
An Evening with Poco and Jim Messina, Thursday, Feb. 22
Jim Breuer, Saturday, Feb. 24
Blues Traveler, Wednesday, Feb. 28
David Byrne, Sunday, March 4
Ron White, Thursday, March 8
Alice Cooper, Saturday, March 10
Creed Bratton, Wednesday, March 21
The Beach Boys, Saturday, March 24
Celtic Woman, Sunday, March 25
Christopher Cross, Wednesday, April 4

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Gin Blossoms, Friday, Feb. 23 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Tracy Morgan, Saturday, March 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Unforgettable Fire, Saturday, March 10 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Gary Owen, Saturday, March 31 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Vic Dibitetto, Friday, April, 6 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Jessica Kirson, Saturday, May 5 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Earth, Wind & Fire, Saturday, June 2 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
Third Eye Blind, Friday, June 8 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
Vic Latino’s Freestyle Live, Saturday, June 30 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
Huey Lewis and the News, Saturday, July 14 (Summer Outdoor Stage)

Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton
Tickets: 570-955-1490
Joey Armino and the Family, Saturday, April 7
The Mahoney Brothers, Saturday, April 21

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Next Big Thing presents Bruce in the USA, Saturday, Feb. 24
Lonestar, Friday, March 2
Melvin Seals and JGB, Saturday, March 3
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Friday, March 9
Jay and the Americans and the Brooklyn Bride, Friday, March 23
Lorrie Morgan, Saturday, March 24
Daughtry, Sunday, March 25
Robin Trower, Wednesday, April 4
Lita Ford and Firehouse, Friday, April 6
The Devon Allman Project, Thursday, April 19

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Lespecial with Electric Love Machine, Saturday, Feb. 24
Stronger Than Dirt, Friday, March 2
Flux Capacitor, Saturday, March 3
Delta Thunder — A tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers, Friday, March 9
Jam Stampede featuring members of Zen Tricksters, Saturday, March 10
Goose and Dr. Slothclaw, Friday, March 16
Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth/Dylan Skursky of Cabinet and Serene Green, Saturday, March 17
Clarence Spady Band with Tony Carfora, Friday, March 23
Tractorbear: a tribute to the Disco Biscuits, Saturday, March 24
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Friday, March 24

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
lespecial and Electric Love Machine, Friday, Feb. 23
Fetty Wap, Saturday, Feb. 24
Dropkick Murphys, Monday, March 12
Judah and The Lion, Wednesday, March 14
Keith Harkin and Joey Harkum, Sunday, March 18
Golden Gate Wingmen, Saturday, March 24
Rock 107 presents Zoso — The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Friday March 30
Steel Panther, Saturday, March 31
American’s Bandstand, Saturday, April 7,
Buckcherry, Friday, April 13

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Awolnation, Friday, Feb. 23
Jordan Rakei, Sunday, Feb. 25
Gabrielle Aplin, Tuesday, Feb. 27
The Mowgli’s, Wednesday, Feb. 28
Ferg, Wednesday, Feb. 28
Taylor Bennett, Thursday, March 1
Wallows, Friday, March 2
Carnage, Friday, March 2
Jeezy, Saturday, March 3
Cupcakke, Saturday, March 3

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Nightwish, Friday, March 16
MGMT, Tuesday, March 20
Between The Buried and Me, Saturday, March 31
As The Crow Flies, Wednesday, April 18
Built to Spill and the Afghan Whigs, Saturday, April 21
Matt and Kim, Sunday, April 22
Minus the Bear, Saturday, April 28
Lord Huron, Tuesday, May 1
Greta Van Fleet, Saturday, May 12
Sum 41, Monday, May 14

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Kid Rock, Friday, Feb. 23
Blake Shelton, Saturday, March 17
Demi Lovato with DJ Khaled and Kehlani, Friday, March 23
Lorde, Monday, April 2
Pink, Friday, April 13
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3
Justin Timerlake, Saturday, June 2
Depeche Mode, Sunday, June 3
Def Leppard with Journey, Monday, June 11

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Ricardo Arjona, Thursday, Feb. 22
Justin Timberlake, Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22
Maluma, Sunday, March 25
Billy Joel, Wednesday, March 28
Pink, Thursday, April 5, and Friday, April 6
Bon Jovi, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10
Luis Miguel, Saturday, June 9
Def Leppard with Journey, Wednesday, June 13
Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train, Thursday, June 14

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Googoosh: The Memory Makers Tour, Saturday, March 3
LOVE ROCKS NYC! benefitting God’s Love We Deliver, Thursday, March 15
Concert For Dreams featuring O.A.R. and friends, Friday, March 23
Aska Yang, Saturday, March 24
K.d. Lang, Monday, March 26
An Evening with Eckhart Tolle, Saturday, March 31
Brandi Carlile, Thursday, April 5; Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7
Miranda Sings Live… Your Welcome!, Sunday, April 8
Panariello Conti Pieraccioni, Friday, April 13

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
The James Hunter Six, Thursday, Feb. 22
The Amish Outlaws, Friday, Feb. 23
Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, Saturday, Feb. 24
MISSIO, Wednesday, Feb. 28
Low Cut Connie, Saturday, March 3
Deer Tick, Tuesday, March 6
I Love a Piano: Kate and Dennis Varley Cabaret, Thursday, March 8
Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Records Revue features Jeff McCarty and Eric Johnson, Thursday, March 8
Jounce featuring Danny Tamberelli, Friday, March 9
Ryan Hamilton, Friday, March 9

Sounds – February 22, 2018

Sounds – February 22, 2018

CHANGES IN ATTITUDES DEERHOOF – “Mountain Moves”
THE GOOD: California indie rockers Deerhoof come back with a varied fourteenth.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Written and recorded after our 2016 presidential election, “Mountain Moves” is another case of indie rock challenging the Right. When Deerhoof brings on its mix of bubble gum, noise rock and trashy funk though, any feelings of anger or frustration still sound merry and completely danceable. The record may begin in a dark place, but after 20 minutes, you get swept up in its sunny hopeful vibes.
Guest vocalists include Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier. The band even tackles a couple of cover tunes courtesy of Bob Marley and the Staple Singers (lead singer Satomi Matsuzaki’s joyful chirp throughout “Freedom Highway” will make your day).
So, politics or not, “Mountain Moves” is another Deerhoof triumph; a study in both simple melodies and wild unpredictability. And as the band approaches the 25-year mark, the unique sounds and fresh ideas remain abundant.
BUY IT?: Yep.

THE HORRORS – “V”
THE GOOD: British alt-rockers the Horrors continue to morph and progress on the band’s fifth.
THE BAD: Depends upon what you crave…
THE NITTY GRITTY: If you listened to 2007’s “Strange House” and then jumped straight to this new release, it would take some serious convincing to prove both were products of the same band. The two records hail from completely different planets.
What started as a noisy, trashy, goth-garage outfit has slowly developed into a more refined new wave act. Five albums over the past decade have seen the band exploring styles as disparate as punk, shoegaze, electro and 80s neo-romantic. Now on “V” (that’s “five”), the lads lock into multi-layered grooves and swirling psychedelic backdrops to bring forth melodic guitar/synth hybrids that can be classified as both experimental freak-outs and pop gems.
Combining mid-period Cure, prime Dandy Warhols and splashes of both the Stone Roses and New Order, “V” ends up another happy accident that leaves us clamoring for the band’s next unpredictable chapter.
BUY IT?: Surely.

WOLF ALICE – “Visions of a Life”
THE GOOD: British indie rock outfit Wolf Alice dodges the sophomore slump with a varied second.
THE BAD: “Visions” is so diverse, it practically lacks any cohesive direction. Go with it though, and enjoy the ride.
THE NITTY GRITTY: A few dire missteps aside (I can’t wholly embrace the juvenile stupidity spread across “Yuk Foo” or the prog-rock bombast dominating the title track), “Visions” is actually a decent alt-rock album that kind of doubles as a really cool mixtape.
Fronted by the always tough yet strangely charming Ellie Roswell, the band bounces from the dream pop of “Heavenward” to the cool funk carrying “Beautifully Unconventional” to the harmonious flirtations on “Don’t Delete the Kisses” effortlessly. They make the jagged transitions all sound so easy.
From there, it’s on to the Brit-pop stomp of “Space and Time” and the gentle coo that makes “After the Zero Hour” so damn irresistible. There are so many different flavors to savor. I suggest you get started.
BUY IT?: Surely.

Scranton band ‘Dour’ stays true to its name, looks forward to creating new music

Scranton band ‘Dour’ stays true to its name, looks forward to creating new music

Dour — as classified in the dictionary — is an adjective that refers to something that is relentlessly severe, stern or gloomy in manner or appearance.
Chadd Jenkins of Scranton thinks that word suits his metal and punk band perfectly.
“It’s a very fitting name for the band and its lyrical and musical content,” Jenkins said.
The five-piece punk outfit includes Jenkins on guitar and vocals; vocalist Bobby Keller; Billy Breen on guitar, bassist Cory Casey and drummer Chris Baranowski. Guitarist Jenkins recently went On the Record to discuss the band’s first performance together and how the Northeast Pennsylvania music scene influenced its sound over the years.

Q: How did you all meet?

A: We all met through the punk scene in Scranton years ago. The bands we have played in were Alfhole, Dead Radical, Bob and the Sagets and Cell 13, to name a few.

Q: How did you each get involved in music?
A: We have been in bands for a while.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
A: The first time we ever played out as DOUR was the day we released our self-titled demo. We played two shows in one day. First in Wilkes-Barre at Curry Donuts and the other was at the Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton. No one heard us until these two shows. The reaction was very positive.

Q: What is your songwriting process?
A: One of the guitar players bring a riff to practice, and we build off of it. So, the input from each member is there. It’s definitely a group effort.

Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
A: We would have to say we haven’t changed that much, but we definitely excelled with our capabilities as musicians.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a part of this band?
A: Between shows and recording, and even just practice, it’s an adventure with us. It’s hard to say memories because we don’t really look back, we just keep moving forward.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
A: The music scene has changed quite a bit over the past years. There (aren’t) too many bands who are unique anymore. A lot of it sounds the same. But at the same time, there are really good bands in this area. Everyone just has to look harder.

Q: What music do you listen to — either for inspiration or that you just enjoy listening to?
A: We all listen to different things and some of the same; a lot of metal, punk, hardcore, grindcore — stuff like that.

Q: Have you faced any major challenges as a rising band?
A: No challenges. If we keep working as hard as we do, we’ll get to where we want to be.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
A: We are going into the studio sometime in the spring to record a seven- inch, and then going on a small weekend tour in April with local shows scattered in the spring and summer.

Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to add that is important for people to know about the group?
A: Support local underground music.

 

Clubs – February 22, 2018

Clubs – February 22, 2018

Thursday, Feb. 22
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Wanabees Trio
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
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: Karaoke with Edwin
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Lou+2 Jazz Trio
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
Pour Boys, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Open mic with Keith Stone
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Asialena
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Feb. 23
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Jeanne Zano
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Kura!
American Legion Post 665, 901 Main St., Dickson City: Marilyn Kennedy
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Riley Loftus
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tribute Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Double Shot Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tommy Guns Trio
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: HeAdLoCk
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Frost
Gober’s Deco Lounge, 1248 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: Sperazza Duo
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Liar, Liar
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Wandering Aloud
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Always Undecided
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: DJ Magnum J
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Shelly’s Underground
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Psychodynamic, Crookshanks, The Mongols and Road Sodas
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Duster Duo
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: E57, Jung Bergo and Brad Parks
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Jonny D
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tritide Duo
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Clarence Spady Band
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Let’s Danza
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Antidepressants and John Andeoli
Tony’s Wine Cellar and Sports Bar, 1117 Main St., Pittston: John Smith and Jr. Huggins and his Diamond City D’Lites
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: 3lb
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Mike Dillon
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Charles Havira Band
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Stephanie Peters, Matt Burke and John Ohrin

Saturday, Feb. 24
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Eric Rudy
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Ken from Graces Downfall
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Q-Ball
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Deja Vu
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Light Up The Moon Trio
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: The Music Room
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Flirtin’ With Yesterday
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Zayre Mountain
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bob Tellefsen
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Southside Bandits
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Doubting Thomas
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: NYC Comedy invades Scranton
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Dan Reynolds Duo
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Outta the Blue
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: 20lb Head
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: D-West
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Lespecial with Electric Love Machine
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Sleepy Hollow Lounge at Idle Hour Lanes, 2008 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City: Marilyn Kennedy
Smiler’s Grill & Bar, 600 Main St., Dickson City: Dashboard Mary with James Barrett
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: 3IB and Buzz
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) No. 1227, 492 Stephenson St., Duryea: Sperazza Band
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: That ‘90s Band
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Stephanie Peters, Matt Burke and John Ohrin

Sunday, Feb. 25
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Clarence Spady Band
Elk Mountain Ski Resort, 344 Elk Mountain Road, Union Dale: Dashboard Mary
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
The Lamp Post (at Downtown Arts), 47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre: Freedom, Trail of Lies, Wild Side, Nightfear, Push and Hank Throne
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Feb. 26
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Feb. 27
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Acousticstein, Know Limit Trivia
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Tyler Zeiss

Wednesday, Feb. 28
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic night with Kenny from Graces Downfall
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Echo Creek

Concerts – February 15, 2018

Concerts – February 15, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Howard Gospel Choir, Saturday, Feb. 17
An Evening with Poco and Jim Messina, Thursday, Feb. 22
Jim Breuer, Saturday, Feb. 24
Blues Traveler, Wednesday, Feb. 28
David Byrne, Sunday, March 3
Ron White, Thursday, March 8
Alice Cooper, Saturday, March 10

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Grand Funk Railroad, Saturday, Feb. 17 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Gin Blossoms, Friday, Feb. 23 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Tracy Morgan, Saturday, March 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Unforgettable Fire, Saturday, March 10 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)

Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton
Tickets: 570-955-1490
Joey Armino and the Family, Saturday, April 7
The Mahoney Brothers, Saturday, April 21

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Rodney Atkins, Friday, Feb. 16
Next Big Thing presents Bruce in the USA, Saturday, Feb. 24
Lonestar, Friday, March 2
Melvin Seals and JGB, Saturday, March 3
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Friday, March 9
Jay & the Americans and the Brooklyn Bride, Friday, March 23
Lorrie Morgan, Saturday, March 24
Daughtry, Sunday, March 25

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Space Bacon with Newpy Hundo, Friday, Feb. 16
Hub City Stompers & Scofflaws with Starwood, Franchesco Marx Band and Keystone Ska Exchange, Saturday, Feb. 17
Lespecial with Electric Love Machine, Saturday, Feb. 24
Stronger Than Dirt, Friday, March 2
Flux Capacitor, Saturday, March 3
Delta Thunder — A tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd & the Allman Brothers, Friday, March 9

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Black Horizon, Saturday, Feb. 15
Open mic night featuring Woodrow, Sunday, Feb. 18
lespecial and Electric Love Machine, Friday, Feb. 23
Fetty Wap, Saturday, Feb. 24
Dropkick Murphys, Monday, March 12
Judah & The Lion, Wednesday, March 14
Keith Harkin & Joey Harkum, Sunday, March 18
Golden Gate Wingmen, Saturday, March 24

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
X Ambassadors, Thursday, Feb. 15
Big Something, Thursday, Feb. 15
Galactic Winter Tour, Friday, Feb. 16
Magic Giant, Saturday, Feb. 17
Los Amigos Invisibles, Sunday, Feb. 18
Intervals, Monday, Feb. 19
K. Michelle, Tuesday, Feb. 20
Awolnation, Friday, Feb. 23
Jordan Rakei, Sunday, Feb. 25

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Ganja White Night, Thursday, Feb. 15
BORNS, Saturday, Feb. 17
Nightwish, Friday, March 16
MGMT, Tuesday, March 20
Between The Buried and Me, Saturday, March 31
As The Crow Flies, Wednesday, April 18
Built to Spill and the Afghan Whigs, Saturday, April 21
Matt and Kim, Sunday, April 22
Minus the Bear, Saturday, April 28

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Kid Rock, Friday, Feb. 23
Blake Shelton, Saturday, March 17
Demi Lovato with DJ Khaled and Kehlani, Friday, March 23
Lorde, Monday, April 2
Pink, Friday, April 13
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Romeo Santos, Thursday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 17
Billy Joel, Wednesday, Feb. 21
Ricardo Arjona, Thursday, Feb. 22
Justin Timberlake, Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22
Maluma, Sunday, March 25
Pink, Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
G3 Satriani, Petrucci and Collen, Friday, Feb. 16
70’s Soul Jam Valentines Concert, Saturday, Feb. 17
Idan Raichel: Piano Songs, Wednesday, Feb. 21
Googoosh: The Memory Makers Tour, Saturday, March 3
LOVE ROCKS NYC! benefitting God’s Love We Deliver, Thursday, March 15

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Strawberry Fields, Saturday, Feb. 17
Uriah Heep, Tuesday, Feb. 20
The James Hunter Six, Thursday, Feb. 22
The Amish Outlaws, Friday, Feb. 23
Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, Saturday, Feb. 24
MISSIO, Wednesday, Feb. 28
Low Cut Connie, Saturday, March 3
Deer Tick, Tuesday, March 6
I Love a Piano: Kate and Dennis Varley Cabaret, Thursday, March 8
Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Records Revue features Jeff McCarty and Eric Johnson, Thursday, March 8

Wailin’ Jennys bring three-part harmonies, mix of originals and covers to Dallas

Wailin’ Jennys bring three-part harmonies, mix of originals and covers to Dallas

The Wailin’ Jennys began as a one-night-only show in a Winnipeg guitar store. Sixteen years later, they continue to tour as a prominent folk group, releasing albums and performing all over the world.
The international folk trio, made up of Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse, brings its national tour to Misericordia University on Monday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in support of its first new album in six years.
Founding member Moody explained that because they tour constantly, the concept of releasing an album was out of reach for quiet some time.
“We’ve sort of been trying to record an album for a long time,” Moody said. “Our touring schedule has been pretty intense for the last few years… It’s been an interesting challenge to juggle everything, both our professional lives and our family lives. It just became difficult to actually schedule recording.”
When they took time off of touring for Moody’s pregnancy, they decided to seize the opportunity to write an album. With only about five days to record, the trio decided an album of covers fit the bill. Thus, “Fifteen” was born.
“It seemed like a fun and more lighthearted way to celebrate our anniversary, just because it’s different to arrange someone else’s song. There’s something a little less serious about arranging covers,” she said. “You can get kind of bogged down when it’s all original materials. We just thought let’s keep this fun.”
This new album features covers of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” Paul Simon’s classic, “Love Me Like A Rock” and Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers,” among others. Attendees at the upcoming Dallas show can expect to hear many songs from this new album, combined with a slew of the Wailin’ Jennys originals, Moody said.
“The three-part harmony is the signature aspect of what we do,” Moody said. “It’s a hard thing to put words to, but I think there’s just something complete about three voices together — and especially three women. That’s what I hear anyway… it’s a transcendent kind of sound for people. We sure feel it when we’re singing together, we feel those vibrations. We’re especially lucky because our voices sit well together and blend really nicely. There’s a natural blend that makes it so that it really feels good to sing together.”
This signature three-part harmony stands out among other folk bands, but each vocalist also brings a diverse musical background to the trio that adds something more to their sound.
Moody, who plays guitar, accordion, banjo and bodhrán, is a classically trained vocalist and pianist who started her career singing and writing Celtic music, while Mehta is a classically trained dancer who was raised on ’70s radio hits and found herself heavily influenced by alternative pop. Mehta also plays guitar, harmonica, drums and ukulele. Then there’s Masse, who learned how to play upright bass while practicing with the Jennys, and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music after studying jazz vocals.
Prior to Masse joining the group in 2007, the Wailin’ Jennys were primarily seen as an acoustic outfit. But, since creating the current lineup of the trio, the women have truly “found their home” together, Moody said.
“We’ve all pushed ourselves and pushed each other musically,” she added. “When Heather joined the band, she didn’t really play an instrument, but always wanted to play bass. We encouraged her to play. Two months later she was playing bass on stage. Nicky was inspired by that and decided to learn drums. So for that first show with Heather, all of a sudden we had a rhythm section. I learned how to play banjo around the same time… We’re always trying to stretch ourselves as writers and as singers.”
Individually, the ladies forged their way into the music industry, but together, the trio continues to cross new boundaries to create a unique flavor of music for people to enjoy for years to come.

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If you go
What: Wailin’ Jennys folk trio
Where: Lemmond Theater at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas
When: Monday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.; doors at 6:30 p.m.
Details: Tickets cost $30 for premium seating and $20 for general admission. To purchase tickets, call the university box office at 570-674-6719 or visit misericordia.edu.
Online: thewailinjennys.com

— charlotte l. jacobson

Sounds – February 15, 2018

Sounds – February 15, 2018

SIR SLY – Don’t You Worry Honey 
THE GOOD: Los Angeles indie pop trio Sir Sly comes back with their second.
THE BAD: Did the band dodge the sophomore slump? Perhaps, but they also made a record VERY SIMILAR to 2014’s “You Haunt Me.”
THE NITTY GRITTY: But what could we expect? Sir Sly is yet another generic rock/electronic hybrid churning out “safe” stuff for movie trailers aimed at teens, video game soundtracks, and commercial alternative radio stations too damn complacent to take a chance on anything genuinely innovative.
Joywave. Saint Motel. X Ambassadors. Sir Sly. It’s all the same musical twaddle. A melody grabs you here; a beat pushes you there. But nothing sticks. “Honey” could be a decent jogging record or i-Phone album for those long subway commutes (oh wait ­— we don’t do that here in NEPA). Other than that though, the set just gets lost in the Spotify shuffle.
BUY IT? Download if you must. But skipping it altogether won’t leave a gaping hole in any collection or playlist.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART – The Echo of Pleasure 
THE GOOD: New York indie pop outfit PBPH come back with a mature fourth.
THE BAD: No gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: PBPH is essentially a Kip Berman solo outing on this record. He’s getting older; his life in transition. Berman is now married with a kid. The songwriting and spirit of the whole affair reflects these changes.
Still, “Pleasure” remains another sparkling ’80s throwback from a guy who knows how to crank out a satisfying bouncy pop song. This time though, the arrangements are more complex; layered keyboards and neon guitars weaving their way in and out of the mix. In strict retro terms, it’s less Depeche Mode and more Psychedelic Furs.
Everything clicks from the swirling “My Only” to the energetic “When I Dance with You.” Female vocalist/keyboardist Jen Goma helps out on harmonies again. When she takes the lead on “So True,” one hears echoes of New Order side project the Other Two. Good stuff all around.
BUY IT?: Yes.

TORO Y MOI – Boo Boo
THE GOOD: Singer/songwriter/producer Chaz Bear (stage name Toro Y Moi) offers up his fifth.
THE BAD: “Boo Boo” is another “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” record. The entire affair (especially the first half) flows amazingly well; the individual pieces complementing each other perfectly. Separate the songs though and some can’t stand on their own.
THE NITTY GRITTY: “Boo Boo” is less “chill” and more indie pop. Bear continues to gain confidence as a frontman and has further embraced traditional song structures. Tracks like the easy-going melancholy funk jam “Mirage” and the cozy rhythmic sunshine that is “Girl like You” feel effortless; music made for spur-of-the-moment carefree Saturday afternoons. And as the sun sets, we sway to the swirling yearning spread over “You and I.”
“Boo Boo” finds that balance between the ambient and the focused. The music wraps around the listener like a warm blanket yet always maintains that all-important groove.
BUY IT?: Your call.

Sounds – February 8, 2018

Sounds – February 8, 2018

WASHED OUT – “Mister Mellow” 
THE GOOD: Singer/songwriter/producer/chillwave artist Ernest Greene (professional moniker Washed Out) flips labels (now it’s hip-hop outlet Stones Throw) and comes back with his third, the audio/visual “Mister Mellow.”
THE BAD: A little more music would have been nice. “Mellow” clocks out at about 29 minutes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Buy the physical release, and you get a CD and a DVD. The music on both is identical; the DVD simply complementing the tunes with a bunch of makeshift cut-and-paste videos. It’s a cool addition, but the enhancement isn’t completely necessary.
The tracks end up the usual blend of electronic pop and “chill” aesthetics. Although more pronounced disco beats enter the mix now and again. Half the tracks possess traditional structures, the other half are brief “links” and spoken word bits. The entire album flows seamlessly; its mood shifting in places but never outright changing. Close your eyes and drift (don’t need the DVD if that’s your preference) or move to this steady stuff. Either option works.
BUY IT?: Yes.

PVRIS – “All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell”
THE GOOD: Massachusetts alt-rockers Pvris (pronounced “Paris”) come back with their second.
THE BAD: Not much to embrace here.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Fronted by female vocalist/guitarist Lynn Gunn, Pvris began as a metal band, but as they progressed, pop and electronic elements began seeping into the tunes. So we now have a concoction that sort of resembles vintage Evanescence crossed with current Paramore and about 35 other nameless bands that up end on the Vans Warped Tour every summer. This stuff is kind of engaging in spots, but otherwise mostly cloying, forgettable and downright dull.
I was suckered in by the rhythmic bounce of catchy single “What’s Wrong” and soon realized that the rest of the album was a pale imitation of that stand-out track. “All We Know of Heaven” is mostly textbook overly dramatic, heavy alt-rock with some decent beats buried beneath the din. After a while, it’s all just so tedious.
BUY IT?: Oh no.

ZOLA JESUS – “Okovi” 
THE GOOD: American singer/songwriter/producer Nicole Hummel (stage name Zola Jesus) comes back with her fifth, and strongest in quite some time.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: “Okovi” is a case of beauty created out of tragedy. Since 2014’s “Taiga,” Hummel saw some of her closest friends grapple with death (disease and attempted suicide) in addition to the singer herself visiting some gloomy personal places. One could view this new record as a walk toward the light.
For “Okovi” brings together its dark past with a sense of hope for the future. The arrangements are stirring; the singer using a small string orchestra to great dramatic effect. The synthetics often take a back seat to more organic elements. However, when the beats do kick in they are all the more effective. The melodies on top are bolder this time too; Hummel’s singing strong and assured over waves of both delicate splendor and harsh distortion. It’s rare when what is essentially an electronic album feels this “human.”
BUY IT?: Yes.

Sounds – February 1, 2018

Sounds – February 1, 2018

BULLY – “Losing” 
THE GOOD: Nashville alt-grunge rockers Bully obliterate the sophomore slump.
THE BAD: Nothing.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Alicia Bognanno is not just the woman in front of this band. She also writes, produces and engineers the entire affair. Make no mistakes — Bully is HER show. After releasing a somewhat polished debut on Columbia, 2015’s “Feels Like,” Bully has jumped over to indie mainstay Sub Pop (probably a better fit for the band’s aesthetic).
“Losing” is a much more harried affair than its predecessor. The mix is raw; the angst factor cranked up. The buzzing guitars sound like vintage Breeders. Bognanno’s ragged vocals resemble Bettie Serveert’s Carol Van Dijk if that singer chain-smoked two packs of cigarettes after pummeling her boyfriend.
The melodies are important and the hooks are certainly present. However this time, it’s more about their delivery and the fits of frustration behind it. “Losing” is both spontaneous and relentless; a record that could explode at any second. Embrace that urgency.
BUY IT?: Yes.

PRIMUS – “The Desaturating Seven”
THE GOOD: California indie rockers Primus get weirder than usual on their ninth.
THE BAD: Primus are going through their “covers and/or concept albums” phase. Be wary.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Last time it was an album reinventing the songs from 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Now, it’s a rock opera of sorts based upon the children’s book “The Rainbow Goblins.”
Their absurd mix of rock, funk, metal and prog remains intact, as does the tight musicianship. Bassist/frontman Les Claypool and original drummer Tim Alexander play off one another flawlessly, thereby re-forming one of the greatest current rhythm sections in rock. Guitarist Larry LaLonde is no slouch either; his playing highly intricate and innovative.
However, the album becomes bogged down by its concept. The arrangements are overly ambitious; the melodies far too complex in spots. Primus ends up in strange half-baked King Crimson territories. Listening with a critical ear proves difficult. Maybe this stuff is better when you’re stoned.
BUY IT?: Unless you’re an absolute Primus/Claypool fanatic, NO.

BATTLEME – “Cult Psychotica”
THE GOOD: American singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Matt Drenik (stage name Battleme) returns with a blazing fourth.
THE BAD: “Cult Psychotica” gets “jammy” in spots. Don’t expect a tightly crafted set. This one goes for volume and spontaneity. Nothing “bad” about that.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Recorded in Drenik’s own Portland, Oregon studio during frenzied sessions that took about a week to complete, “Psychotica” possesses a unique urgency that draws us into the party immediately. The fiery “No Truth” hits the ground running, and from there, Drenik barely lets us catch our collective breath.
Whether it’s the crashing “Hot Mess” (which eventually crashes and BURNS) or the steady funk rolling beneath “Misfit Honey Bear,” Drenik maintains a happy medium between classic rock swagger and modern rock bombast. You hear trashy Brownsville Station but one also detects the rhythmic tendencies of the Rapture. The messiness of prime early Alice Cooper echoes underneath while the Black Angels’ brashness rings across the top. It all works.
BUY IT?: Sure … and then CRANK it.

Concerts – February 1, 2018

Concerts – February 1, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Eddie B, Friday, Feb. 2
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Thursday, Feb. 8
Scotty McCreery, Saturday, Feb. 10
Jabby, Monday, Feb. 12
Howard Gospel Choir, Saturday, Feb. 17
An Evening with Poco and Jim Messina, Thursday, Feb. 22
Jim Breuer, Saturday, Feb. 24
Blues Traveler, Wednesday, Feb. 28
David Byrne, Sunday, March 3
Ron White, Thursday, March 8

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Bob Saget, Saturday, Feb. 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Da Vu Mung Xuan, Saturday, Feb. 10 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Grand Funk Railroad, Saturday, Feb. 17 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Gin Blossoms, Friday, Feb. 23 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Tracy Morgan, Saturday, March 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Unforgettable Fire, Saturday, March 10 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Gary Owen, Saturday, March 31 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Vic Dibitetto, Friday, April 6 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Jessica Kirson, Saturday, May 5 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)

Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton
Tickets: 570-955-1490
Joey Armino and The Family, Saturday, April 7
The Mahoney Brothers, Saturday, April 21
The Cameos, Saturday, June 16

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Go ’90s with the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air, Saturday, Feb. 3
Voyage — Journey tribute featuring Hugo, Friday, Feb. 9
Rodney Atkins, Friday, Feb. 16
Next Big Thing presents Bruce in the USA, Saturday, Feb. 24
Lonestar, Friday, March 2
Melvin Seals and JGB, Saturday, March 3
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Friday, March 9
Jay & the Americans and The Brooklyn Bride, Friday, March 23
Lorrie Morgan, Saturday, March 24
Daughtry, Sunday, March 25

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Fake Fight and Vine Street, Friday, Feb. 2
Grass Is Dead, Saturday, Feb. 3
Bumpin Uglies with Elephants Dancing, Friday, Feb. 9
Space Bacon with Newpy Hundo, Friday, Feb. 16
Hub City Stompers & Scofflaws with Starwood, Franchesco Marx Band and Keystone Ska Exchange, Saturday, Feb. 17
Lespecial with Electric Love Machine, Saturday, Feb. 24
Stronger Than Dirt, Friday, March 2
Flux Capacitor, Saturday, March 3
Delta Thunder — A tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd & the Allman Brothers, Friday, March 9
Jam Stampede, Saturday, March 10

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Friday, Feb. 9
Sherman Winter Jam, Saturday, Feb. 10
Open mic night featuring Erich Drexler, Sunday, Feb. 11
Black Horizon, Saturday, Feb. 15
Open mic night featuring Woodrow, Sunday, Feb. 18
lespecial and Electric Love Machine, Friday, Feb. 23
Fetty Wap, Saturday, Feb. 24
Dropkick Murphys, Monday, March 12
Judah & The Lion, Wednesday, March 14
Keith Harkin & Joey Harkum, Sunday, March 18

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Greensky Bluegrass, Thursday, Feb. 1
Kayzo, Friday, Feb. 2
Anna Meredith, Friday, Feb. 2
G. Love & Special Sauce, Saturday, Feb. 3
My Chemical Slow Dance, Saturday, Feb. 3
The Dangerous Summer, Monday, Feb. 5
Scorpio For Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Feb. 7
Yung Lean & Sad Boys, Thursday, Feb. 8
Busty & the Bass, Friday, Feb. 9
NF, Friday, Feb. 9

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Neck Deep, Thursday, Feb. 2
Black Label Society, Saturday, Feb. 3
Datsik, Friday, Feb. 9
Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria, Saturday, Feb. 10
The Juice Crew Reunion, Sunday, Feb. 11
Ganja White Night, Thursday, Feb. 15
BORNS, Saturday, Feb. 17
Nightwish, Friday, March 16
MGMT, Tuesday, March 20
Between The Buried and Me, Saturday, March 31

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Jeff Dunham, Sunday, Feb. 11
Kid Rock, Friday, Feb. 23
Blake Shelton, Saturday, March 17
Demi Lovato with DJ Khaled and Kehlani, Friday, March 23
Lorde, Monday, April 2
Pink, Friday, April 13
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3
Justin Timberlake, Saturday, June 2
Def Leppard, Monday, June 11
U2, Wednesday, June 13, and Thursday, June 14

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Romeo Santos, Thursday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 17
Billy Joel, Wednesday, Feb. 21
Ricardo Arjona, Thursday, Feb. 22
Justin Timberlake, Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22
Maluma, Sunday, March 25
Pink, Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6
Bon Jovi, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday May 10
Def Leppard and Journey, Wednesday, June 13
Daryl Hall and John Oates and Train, Thursday, June 14
Harry Styles, Thursday, June 21, and Friday, June 22

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Michael IcIntyre, Thursday, Feb. 1
Lara Fabian, Monday, Feb. 5
Jorge Drexler, Saturday, Feb. 10
First Aid Kit, Tuesday, Feb. 13
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Wednesday, Feb. 14
G3 Satriani, Petrucci and Collen, Friday, Feb. 16
70’s Soul Jam Valentines Concert, Saturday, Feb. 17
Idan Raichel: Piano Songs, Wednesday, Feb. 21

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
The Stranger — Billy Joel tribute, Friday, Feb. 2
The Record Company, Thursday, Feb. 8
The Music of Neil Young, Saturday, Feb. 10
Strawberry Fields, Saturday, Feb. 17
Uriah Heep, Tuesday, Feb. 20
The James Hunter Six, Thursday, Feb. 22
The Amish Outlaws, Friday, Feb. 23
Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, Saturday, Feb. 24
MISSIO, Wednesday, Feb. 28
Welcome Low Cut Connie, Saturday, March 3

Clubs – January 25, 2018

Thursday, Jan. 25
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Dustin Douglas
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: The Big Bog Prom with Electric City Boogie
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Leighanne & Company
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: The Frost

Friday, Jan. 26
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: The Husty Brothers
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jay Luke
American Legion Post 665, 901 Main St., Dickson City: Marilyn Kennedy
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Al Smith and friends
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Blue London
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Ted and Frog
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Lou+2 Jazz Trio
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Frost
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Always Undecided
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Vine Street
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Strawberry Jam
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Liar, Liar
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Dance Hall Devils
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Eddie Appnel
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Karaoke night
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Dashboard Mary
JoJo’s at The Donkey, 602 Grace Street, Scranton: DJ APTRIK
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Days in Transit, Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms, Crookshanks and E57
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Flaxy Morgan
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Better Than Bad
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Miz — Album Release Show
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby

Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Molly Pitcher Path Duo and Bryan Banks
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Adam McKinley
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Joe Matarese and Jared Bilski

Saturday, Jan. 27
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Vine Street
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Last Call
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: The Fab Three
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tommy Guns Band
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Jeffrey James Band
Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Flaxy Morgan
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Third Nut
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Jason Dumm Band
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: John Strasburger
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Southside Bandits
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Wonderchuck
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Walau-Eh Album Release with Reach for the Sky, Earthmouth, Three Imaginary Boys and Tim Woody
Iron Hart Brewing Co., 49 N. Church St., Carbondale: Dashboard Mary
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Failed Attmpts : A Resolution Check In Show
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Graces Downfall
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Nino Blanco
Sleepy Hollow Lounge at Idle Hour Lanes, 2008 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City: Marilyn Kennedy
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Project 90’s and Ron Schoonover
Villa Maria II, 1610 Washburn St., Scranton: DJ Donna Diva
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Wild Planes
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Paul Moran and friends
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Joe Matarese and Jared Bilski

Sunday, Jan. 28
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Dana Gaynor Band
Elk Mountain Ski Resort, 344 Elk Mountain Road, Union Dale: Dashboard Mary
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: The Wanabees
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Royal Rumble
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Open mic with Jerry Trapper
Monday, Jan. 29
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK
Tuesday, Jan. 30
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Heads Up Duo
Wednesday, Jan. 31
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Village Idiots

Sounds – January 25, 2018

Sounds – January 25, 2018

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA – A Black Mile to the Surface 
THE GOOD: Atlanta, Ga. indie rockers Manchester Orchestra give us an epic fifth.
THE BAD: No genuine gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Songwriter/guitarist/frontman Andy Hull is the only original member left standing. On “Black Mile,” a record inspired by the old mining town of Lead, South Dakota, he conjures up widescreen multi-faceted sounds that feel like a cross between Silversun Pickups and more folk-based stuff such as Band of Horses or early Mumford & Sons (minus all the banjos). And when layer upon layer of voices begin chiming in, a smattering of Sigur Ros enters the mix too.
“Lead, SD” booms to a roaring climax. “The Alien” draws us in on gently flowing and ghostly melodies. “The Wolf” brings in tumbling beats and ominous guitars creating a darker more dangerous mood. Every piece is interconnected; “Black Mile” almost crashing beneath its own weight. Thankfully, Hull never lets that happen. The songs themselves are never drowned out by its own complicated settings.
BUY IT?: Yes.

DEATH FROM ABOVE – Outrage Is Now
THE GOOD: After dropping the “1979” from their moniker, Canadian dance/punk duo Death From Above (multi-instrumentalist Jesse Keeler and vocalist/drummer Sebastien Grainger) come back with their third.
THE BAD: No worries.
THE NITTY GRITTY: I only say “dance” punk because the rhythms under the searing guitars have always been so thick and penetrating. They’re just as important to the whole mess as the din above. Those driving beats blast away once again on “Outrage.”
Only now, the riffs and melodies on top seem sharper. Keeler and Sebastien are getting older; the once angry 20-somethings have hit their 40’s. And while age could be a detriment to some, it’s making music from the DFA universe much more satisfying. Tracks like “Freeze Me” and “Nvr 4Evr” pull you in with their dedicated hooks; the song craft is strong. Other cuts such as “Caught Up” and “Statues” find a heavy almost aggressive FUNK springing up in all the right places; very punchy, very contagious.
BUY IT?: Sure.

BLACK KIDS – Rookie
THE GOOD: It took almost a decade, but Florida indie pop outfit Black Kids finally release their second album.
THE BAD: “Rookie” is good but not exactly the trailblazing comeback after a nine-year hiatus. Commercially, it could be a case of “too little, too late.” How many people in the room actually remember “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You?”
THE NITTY GRITTY: Listen to “Rookie” strictly on its own merits though, and you’ll enjoy it. Black Kids are still flashing back to 80’s college radio. The first half of the record boasts fine examples of retro jangle pop; melancholy tracks like “In a Song” and “V-Card” harken back to long-cherished album cuts from R.E.M.’S IRS days or the Smiths.
“Rookie’s” second half finds more prominent beats sneaking into the songs. From the disco trash slathered all over “Natural Born Kissers” to the naughty party anthem “Obligatory Drugs,” the band stops taking themselves too seriously and shows us a good time.
BUY IT?: Sure.

Clubs – January 18, 2018

Clubs – January 18, 2018

Thursday, Jan. 18
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: John Smith
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Leighanne and Company
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sugar Ray
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Village Idiots Duo

Friday, Jan. 19
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.: Jigsaw Johnny
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Lex
Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Dashboard Mary
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Flirtin’ With Yesterday
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Lissa and Jackson V
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Vine Street
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Elvis Tribute with Leigh Joel Fierman
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Guilty Pleasure
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
Highway Inn, 404 Dark Hollow Rd., Tunkhannock: Shelly’s Underground
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Beyond Fallen, EarthMouth and Slapjaw
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Johnny D
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: 40 Lb. Head
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Barrel Chested Bellies
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Souled Out
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Erich and Tyler Music Co. and Ken Norton
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: SUZE
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Mike Dillon
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Fish Giello and Jerry Trapper
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kevin Downey Jr., Mike Speirs and Eric Navarro

Saturday, Jan. 20
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: the Wanabees
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: The 357
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Shake 3x
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Black Fawn Forest
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Area 52
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Graces Downfall Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Big Bang Baby
Brickhouse Tavern, 319 Main St., Dupont: Facing the Giants
Creekside Inn, 406 Route 92 North, Tunkhannock: Shelly’s Underground
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kira + Brooke
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Behind the Grey and Eye on Attraction
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Light Up The Moon
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Bret Alexander Duo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: The Mongols, Heart Out, Condition Oakland and Death Wish Birdie
Kenny’s Pub, 153 Spruce St., Archbald: Kerry Kenny with Liquid Lenny
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Black Tie Stereo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous, Paul Martin
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Royal Scam (Steely Dan tribute)
Smiler’s Grill & Bar, 600 Main St., Dickson City: Dashboard Mary
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Kevin Vest, Black Hole Heart and Penny Royalty (Nirvana tribute)
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Doubting Thomas
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Eric Harvey and friends
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kevin Downey Jr., Mike Speirs and Eric Navarro

Sunday, Jan. 21
Elk Mountain Ski Resort, 344 Elk Mountain Road, Union Dale: Graces Downfall
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Gatos Blancos
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Open Mic with Jerry Trapper

Monday, Jan. 22
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Jan. 23
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Dave Abraham
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Alex O’Brien

Wednesday, January 24
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Joe Cigan
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Village Idiots

Sounds – January 18, 2018

Sounds – January 18, 2018

OFFA REX — ‘The Queen of Hearts’ 
THE GOOD: Indie folk/rock outfit Offa Rex offers up its sparkling debut (sort of).
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Offa Rex is less a proper band and more a merging of two established acts — Pacific Northwest indie rock mainstays the Decemberists and English folk singer Olivia Chaney. “Queen of Hearts” is a covers album, drawing most of its material from traditional British+ folk songs. Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy handles vocals on two tracks, Jenny Conlee’s accordion takes us through a brief medley of rockin’ jigs, and Chaney is out front for the remainder.
“Hearts” ends up a precious combination of divine storytelling, rustic folk rock and charming baroque pop. Highlights include the romantic longing of the title track, the graceful sway carrying “Bonny May” and the heavy-metal buzz coloring “Sheepcrook and Black Dog” (Uriah Heep would approve). Yet EVERY moment here is emotionally charged and memorable, making a timeless songbook that rings just as true today as it did a couple of centuries ago.
BUY IT?: You must.

IRON & WINE — ‘Beast Epic’
THE GOOD: South Carolina singer-songwriter Sam Beam (aka Iron & Wine) gets back to basics (and sub pop) on his sixth.
THE BAD: Depends…
THE NITTY GRITTY: On the one hand, it’s great to hear Beam ditching most of the gloss, those sweeping orchestrations and subtle electronics that dominated his work while he was on the Warner Bros. roster. On the other hand, without all the bells and whistles, “Epic” can be quite a slog at times.
Here’s the problem. Beam’s music has always been authentic, but it’s never been quite as compelling as that of a lot of his modern folk/rock peers (Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Tallest Man on Earth, Band of Horses, etc.) And in its stripped-down form, that drawback only intensifies.
There’s a certain “sameness” running throughout “Epic.” Pay close attention or the songs blur together. Put forth an honest effort though, and you’ll bump into some lovely and fragile melodies and the occasional fascinating character.
BUY IT?: Your choice.

FRANKIE ROSE — ‘Cage Tropical’
THE GOOD: Singer-songwriter (and ex-member of Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls) Frankie Rose comes back with her fourth solo outing.
THE BAD: “Cage Tropical” is more about mood and less about great individual songs. However, the vibe draws you in immediately.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Rose continues to flaunt her love of all things new wave — shimmering keyboards; seamless drum beats; stark, precise guitars, etc. And as usual, she tosses those elements in a brew alongside classic ’60s pop sensibilities; girl group harmonies and the right amount of echo add body and boldness to all the flavors. What’s different this time is the “tropical” part.
Now, this is NOT a record brimming with island rhythms, steel guitars or reggae grooves. However, there is a sunny, beach-like quality to the whole affair, like a breezy, carefree afternoon and evening including the most gorgeous sunset. Tracks like the title cut and “Red Museum” are upbeat, somewhat mysterious and take you to a better place.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Concerts – January 18, 2018

Concerts – January 18, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Back in Black — AC/DC tribute, Friday, Jan. 19
ARRIVAL from Sweden — ABBA tribute, Saturday, Jan. 20
Alt 92.1 Snow Show featuring Dashboard Confessional, Sunday, Jan. 28
Billy Strings, Monday, Jan. 29
Eddie B, Friday, Feb. 2
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Thursday, Feb. 8
Scotty McCreery, Saturday, Feb. 10
Jabby, Monday, Feb. 12
Howard Gospel Choir, Saturday, Feb. 17
Poco and Jim Messina, Thursday, Feb. 22

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
J.B. Smoove, Saturday, Jan. 20 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Bob Saget, Saturday, Feb. 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Da Vu Mung Xuan, Saturday, Feb. 10 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Grand Funk Railroad, Saturday, Feb. 17 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Gin Blossoms, Friday, Feb. 23 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Tracy Morgan, Saturday, March 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Unforgettable Fire, Saturday, March 10 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Vic Dibitetto, Friday, April 6 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Live Dead & Riders ’69, Saturday, Jan. 27
Umphrey’s McGee, Sunday, Jan. 28
Go ’90s with the Fresh Kids of Bel-Air, Saturday, Feb. 3
Voyage — Journey tribute featuring Hugo, Friday, Feb. 9
Rodney Atkins, Friday, Feb. 16
Next Big Thing presents Bruce in the USA, Saturday, Feb. 24
Lonestar, Friday, March 2
Melvin Seals and JGB, Saturday, March 3
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Friday, March 9
Jay & the Americans and the Brooklyn Bridge, Friday, March 23

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Souled Out, Friday, Jan. 19
Royal Scam — Steely Dan tribute, Saturday, Jan. 20
Gatos Blancos, Sunday, Jan. 21
MiZ, Friday, Jan. 26
Fake Fight and Vine Street, Friday, Feb. 2
Grass Is Dead, Saturday, Feb. 3
Bumpin Uglies with Elephants Dancing, Friday, Feb. 9
Space Bacon with Newpy Hundo, Friday, Feb. 16
Hub City Stompers & Scofflaws with Starwood, Franchesco Marx Band and Keystone Ska Exchange, Saturday, Feb. 17
Lespecial with Electric Love Machine, Saturday, Feb. 24
Stronger Than Dirt, Friday, March 2
Flux Capacitor, Saturday, March 3
Delta Thunder — Lynyrd Skynyrd and Allman Brothers tribute, Friday, March 9

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Turkuaz, Friday, Jan. 26
Killswitch Engage and Anthrax, Saturday, Jan. 27
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Friday, Feb. 9
Sherman Winter Jam, Saturday, Feb. 10
Open mic night featuring Erich Drexler, Sunday, Feb. 11
Black Horizon, Saturday, Feb. 15
Open mic night featuring Woodrow, Sunday, Feb. 18
lespecial and Electric Love Machine, Friday, Feb. 23
Fetty Wap, Saturday, Feb. 24
Dropkick Murphys, Monday, March 12

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Alex Aiono, Friday, Jan. 19
Majid Jordan, Friday, Jan. 19
Chase Rice, Saturday, Jan. 20
Kung Fu, Saturday, Jan. 20
Walk the Moon, Sunday, Jan. 21
Sleeping with Sirens, Monday, Jan. 22
Jacob Sartorius, Tuesday, Jan. 23
Andrea Gibson, Tuesday, Jan. 23
Helado Negro, Wednesday, Jan. 24
Above & Beyond, Thursday, Jan. 25
Umphrey’s McGee, Friday, Jan. 26

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
The Devil Makes Three, Friday, Jan. 26
Mø and Cashmere Cat, Saturday, Jan. 27
Neck Deep, Thursday, Feb. 2
Black Label Society, Saturday, Feb. 3
Datsik, Friday, Feb. 9
Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria, Saturday, Feb. 10
The Juice Crew Reunion, Sunday, Feb. 11
Ganja White Night, Thursday, Feb. 15
Børn, Saturday, Feb. 17
Nightwish, Friday, March 16

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Lana Del Rey, Sunday, Jan. 21
Jeff Dunham, Sunday, Feb. 11
Kid Rock, Friday, Feb. 23
Blake Shelton, Saturday, March 17
Demi Lovato, Friday, March 23
Lorde, Monday, April 2
Pink, Friday, April 13
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3
U2, Wednesday, June 13, and Thursday, June 14
Harry Styles, Friday, June 15

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Romeo Santos, Thursday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 17
Ricardo Arjona, Thursday, Feb. 22
Justin Timberlake, Wednesday, March 21
Maluma, Sunday, March 25
Billy Joel, Wednesday, March 28
Pink, Wednesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 5
Bon Jovi, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10
Harry Styles, Thursday, June 21, and Friday, June 22
U2, Monday, June 25, and Tuesday, June 26
Sam Smith, Friday, June 29

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Umphrey’s McGee, Friday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 21
AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27
ManDoki Soulmates, Monday, Jan. 29
Michael IcIntyre, Thursday, Feb. 1
Lara Fabian, Monday, Feb. 5
Jorge Drexler, Saturday, Feb. 10
First Aid Kit, Tuesday, Feb. 13
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Wednesday, Feb. 14
G3 2018: Satriani, Petrucci and Collen, Friday, Feb. 16
’70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert, Saturday, Feb. 17

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Tapestry, Thursday, Jan. 18
Splintered Sunlight, Friday, Jan. 19
Strand of Oaks, Thursday, Jan. 25
Welcome The Nerds, Friday, Jan. 26
The Music of Simon & Garfunkel, Saturday, Jan. 27
The Stranger — Billy Joel tribute, Friday, Feb. 2
The Record Company, Thursday, Feb. 8
The Music of Neil Young, Saturday, Feb. 10
Strawberry Fields, Saturday, Feb. 17
Uriah Heep, Tuesday, Feb. 20