Bless the reign – Best-selling rock group Toto brings 40 years of hits to Kirby Center

Bless the reign – Best-selling rock group Toto brings 40 years of hits to Kirby Center

When he looks back on the 40 years together as a band, Toto founding member David Paich said he still cannot believe the group’s success.
“It’s gone by so quickly,” Paich said in a recent phone interview. “We only thought we’d do it maybe 10 years if we were lucky, but because of the loyalty and our good fortune … We’ve had great fans that keep asking us to play globally and around the world. It’s gone by in the flash of a pan.”
The multi-Grammy Award-winning rock band visits F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. for “An Evening with Toto.”
Toto’s two-hour performance will feature repertoire from their latest studio album, “Toto XIV,” as well as classic hits and both band and fan favorites from their vast catalog, including singles like “Africa,” “Rosanna” and “Hold the Line.”
“We know we have to play some of our hits, but we’ll also reach back and do some of our deeper cuts,” Paich said. “For those who have been fans for the 40 years, we want something that someone hasn’t heard in a while. It won’t be the same show that we did last year. We do something different when we play in the same places. It’s new and fun and exciting for us, so it should be exciting for the crowd.”
Paich, who plays keyboards and sings for the American rock group, said the first time he fully realized the breadth of Toto’s fame when their eponymous debut album went double platinum.
“When we heard the words ‘double platinum,’ we were excited, like little kids,” Paich admitted. “Like it was our first day of the music business. Here we were, experienced professionals, calling each other on the phones about the radio. It couldn’t have been a more innocent or exciting time. Looking back on it, it was just a thrill.”
Throughout the years, Toto’s band members and ensemble have rotated and changed, but the group remained strong throughout. For the Wilkes-Barre show, the core members — Paich, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams — will be joined by Lenny Castro, Shannon Forest, Shem von Schroeck and Warren Ham.
As individuals, the band members can be heard on a whopping 5,000 albums that together amass a sales history of half a billion albums. With four decades together and more than 14 studio albums, Toto remains one of the top-selling touring and recording acts in the world.
In 2015, they released the first new studio album in ten years, “Toto XIV,” which debuted Top 10 in nine countries around the world and became their most successful album since 1988 in the United States and the United Kingdom. But even with all of the success, Paich noted some minor changes he would have made when they first started touring.
“I wish, being the nature of the ’70s and ’80s, if I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself,” Paich said. “I wish we toured the United States more in the earlier days. We found that the U.S. was so big, we were having to be an opening act, whereas in Europe or Japan we were headlining. But we’re trying to make a speedy catch-up (in the states) now.”
Over the years, the band performed in top-ranked venues, ranging from Zenith Paris, the Forum and the Staples Center to smaller, local clubs in various countries around the world — all of which are considered “magical moments” for Paich and the rest of the group.
And even though Paich admits to disliking the business side of the music industry, he thinks that the current lineup has been performing better than ever, and he aims to keep it that way.
“I’ve got a band full of guys that are eager to get out there,” Paich said. “I can sit by the ocean and look for shells, myself … I will always love making music and playing for people, but the music business wears on you after a while.
“We’re going to do this as long as we can. We’re going to be having fun as long as our fans want us. When we’re on that stage, there’s nothing more fun than playing in a band like ours for people.”
— charlotte l. jacobson

Take 3 promises a full sound in a small package

Take 3 promises a full sound in a small package

Scranton musical trio Take 3 brings rock and roll to events all around Northeast Pennsylvania, from weddings to backyard summer parties.
Specializing in hits from the ’70s to the ’90s, the group dubs itself the “biggest little band in NEPA,” and promises big music in a small package.
Tony Bouselli, the group’s drummer and vocalist, went On The Record this week to discuss the history, style and success of Take 3.

Q: How did Take 3 meet?
A: Mike and I were members of Take 5, a Scranton party band that played the area for over 30 years. One night in September 2009, our keyboard player at the time, Frank Gruden, and Mike decided to form a duo to play some smaller venues. They were going to call themselves ”Take 2.” At the last minute, they asked me to join them on drums and Take 3 was born.

Q: How many years have you been performing together?
A: We have gone through numerous bass players, but Mike and I have been together over 15 years between Take 5 and Take 3. Dave Arnell has been our bass player for over 2 years.

Q: Do you remember your first performance with Take 3?
A: Our first gig was at Merts (now Harry’s) in Scranton. We did it mostly for fun never thinking it would last this long. The owner immediately gave us more dates to play.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories with the group?
A: Too many memories to single out, but we enjoy when former band members and other local musicians stop by and sit in with us. We also are the “official rock band” of the Steamtown Marathon and have played the after-race party since its inception, starting as Take 5 and currently as Take 3. This is special to us because the Marathon benefits St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton.

Q: Your website describes Take 3 as a group that can adapt to many different types of events. Do you believe this has helped your success?
A: Absolutely. We all have been playing music for so long and have a wide variety of songs in our library so we can adapt to almost any event. We play weddings, picnics, car shows, clubs, etc., each one requiring a different mix. We can play a polka at a wedding that we wouldn’t play at a club (unless requested).

Q: Who are some of the band’s musical influences?
A: My musical influences would be John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Elvis and The Eagles. Dave and Mike like a little different rock, such as Journey, The Outfield, Radiohead and stuff like that.

Q: Does the group have a target audience?
A: We don’t have a target audience, because you never know who is going to show up at a club. We play a little something for everybody.

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
A: Enjoy every moment that you can and keep playing as long as you have fun doing it.

Q: Why is Take 3 dubbed the “biggest little band in NEPA?”
A: We say we’re the biggest little band because although we are only a three-piece band, we have a full sound. It’s all live music; nothing is taped. Bass, drums and guitar — rock ‘n’ roll.

Q: Do you have any plans for the future?
A: I always say that as long as there is work and people still enjoy us, we will keep playing. All three of us have day jobs, so sometimes playing can be a lot. But once we set up and start playing, we leave the work week behind. We’re three friends who have a ball making music together and having a good time.
— jacqueline kurovsky


Meet the band
Members: Tony Bouselli, drums and vocals ; Mike Bertha, guitar and vocals; Dave Arnell, bass and vocals
Genre: Classic rock
Based out of: Scranton
Up next: Friday, June 16, Minooka Pub. 2934 Birney Ave., Scranton; Thursday, June 22, Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Twp. Volunteer Fire Co.’s Annual Picnic

Sounds – June 15, 2017

Sounds – June 15, 2017

MAXIMO PARK – Risk to Exist
THE GOOD: British indie rockers Maximo Park are back with their sixth.
THE BAD: Over the last couple of records, the band has softened some of their rough edges; the music becoming slightly less aggressive or jagged. Unfortunately, they’ve shed some of their uniqueness along the way, too.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Co-produced by Tom Schick (Wilco, Beck) and recorded in Wilco’s Chicago studio the Loft, “Risk To Exist” finds frontman Paul Smith and the lads giving us a tempered blend of Britpop and guitar rock; pretty standard Maximo Park stuff even though it’s not quite as hyper as the early albums.
Like a lot of their fellow countrymen post-Brexit, MP gets a tad political on “Risk.” Songs like the title track and “What Did We Do To You To Deserve This” tackle (or at least acknowledge) the ugly global political climate of 2017. And while some of the messages aren’t subtle, they never overshadow that standard Maximo groove we’ve grown accustomed to over the past decade-and-a half.
BUY IT?: Your call.

THE ORWELLS – Terrible Human Beings
THE GOOD: Chicago-area rockers the Orwells come back with a loud and raunchy third.
THE BAD: The record loses steam (and some much-needed hooks) across its second half.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Still barely in their twenties, the boys fill their songs with coarse harmonies, chunky guitar riffs, bad attitudes (the sarcasm dripping off those “Sha-la-la-la’s” during “Hippie Soldier”), direct and infectious melodies (the fast and furious “Buddy”) and lyrics meant to stir things up (you have to love a title like “They Put A Body in the Bayou”). They also score points for not exactly sounding British, but at least resembling some of the more plucky U.K. acts that have invaded our shores over the past two decades.
Now whether the lads are completely “genuine” or not doesn’t really matter two or three songs into “Human Beings.” You get swept up in the noise and reckless spirit of the whole affair. So, turn it way up, jump around and act the fool.
BUY IT?: Yeah.

COLONY HOUSE – Only the Lonely
THE GOOD: Tennessee alt-rockers Colony House dodge the sophomore slump on “Lonely.”
THE BAD: This is by-the-numbers modern rock. Slightly predictable, very safe. Thankfully though, the guys are a little less stale than Young the Giant and a little more like the infectious Fratellis. You may not be completely stimulated, but you won’t be bored, either.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The band was founded by brothers Caleb and Will Chapman, sons of contemporary Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman. However, Colony House’s music is at least 95 percent secular. These boys aren’t the second coming of Skillet.
And when everything falls into place, some of these tracks completely captivate, the way any decent pop song does. “Where Your Father’s Been” is blessed with high rising melodies. “Was It Me” rides a strong seamless rhythmic flow. “You Know It” brings classic surf to the party.
“Lonely” may lose some momentum across its final third, but the record never completely fizzles out. Decent stuff.
BUY IT?: Your choice.

Clubs – June 15, 2017

Clubs – June 15, 2017

Thursday, June 15
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: The Wanabees Trio
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bongo Roadhouse, 2136 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: Acoustic Blender with Randy Light
Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood, 301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Renard Cohen
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: EJ the DJ
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Motley 2 (Motley Crüe tribute)
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Karate Camp and Stay Loud
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Village Idiots Duo

Friday, June 16
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Tom Graham
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: TakenBack
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Flatland Ruckus
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Leighann & Company
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Tony Halcheck Duo
Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Se Acabo (Santana tribute)
Carbondale Grand Hotel & Conference Center, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale: The Bill Arnold Band
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Barrel Chested Beer Bellies
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Zayre Mountain
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Groove Train
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: RJ Scouton
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Gypsy Magic Duo
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Dramas Hip-Hop Extravaganza
Iron Hart Brewing Co., 49 N. Church St., Carbondale: Crazy Karaoke with DJ Monstrosity
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Q-Ball
Minooka Pub, 2934 Birney Ave., Scranton: Take 3
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Southside Bandits
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Better Than Bad and Dance Hall Devils
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Marco Benevento
Skyy Vu Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Marty Edwards & Heartbeat
Smiler’s Grill & Bar, 600 Main St., Dickson City: Dashboard Mary
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: Ron Schoonover and Nowhere Slow Duo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Umbriel
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Patty Rosborough and Scott Bruce
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The 25th Hour

Saturday, June 17
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Empire in Decline
3 Jack’s Burger Bar, 233 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Aim & Fire
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Riley Loftus
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Tina Marie & Joe
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Pink Slip
Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marty Edwards and the Heartbeats
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Drop Dead Sexy
C.J.’s Lounge, 5431 Haas Pond Road, Madison Twp.: Dashboard Mary
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party, KRZ Dance Party
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: the Sellout Soundtrack
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Third Degree
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: the Aegean, Consumed with Hatred, Ervasa and Machine Arms
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Militia and Six Gun Loaded
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: XpoZure
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Wade Preston
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Xcluzive Soul
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Bryan Banks and Anytime Soon
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dance Hall Devils
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Patty Rosborough and Scott Bruce

Sunday, June 18
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Dex
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: 20th Anniversary of Weezer’s Tinks
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: The Wanabees
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Dale’s Jukebox
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, June 19
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
Skyy Vu Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, June 20
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Flatland Ruckus
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: John Andreoli

Wednesday, June 21
Bazil, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marko Marcinko Jazz Trio
The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic with Jay Luke
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Open Mic with JR Huffsmith
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Village Idiots
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Dead Winter Carpenters, The Dishonest Fiddlers and JP Biondo
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays
Skyy Vu Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Smoke On The Water featuring Marty Edwards & Heartbeat
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Kat N’ Randy
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Concerts – June 15, 2017

Concerts – June 15, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Vince Gill, Thursday, June 15
TOTO, Sunday, June 18
Blackberry Smoke, Friday, June 23
The Ultimate Queen Celebration, Saturday, July 1
Billy Strings & Trout Streak Revival, Thursday, July 13
Robbie Fulks, Friday, July 14
Daughtry, Saturday, July 15
Fastball, Saturday, July 29
Amos Lee, Sunday, July 30
Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank, Thursday, Aug. 3
Shemekia Copeland, Friday Aug. 4

Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: 877-682-4791
DJ June, Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17
Cubeechee, Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24
1964 the tribute, Saturday, June 24
Freestyle Explosion, Friday, June 30
DJ Ross One, Friday, June 30
Jeremih, Saturday, July 1
Kool & The Gang, Sunday, July 2 Nguyen Ngoc Ngan 25 Nam San Khau, Monday, Wale, Monday, July 3
Nick Cannon, Saturday, July 8
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, July 15, and Saturday, Aug. 26

Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-823-9407
Richard Marx, Friday, July 7

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0249
Al Stewart, Friday, June 16
Romeo Delight, Saturday, June 17
Craig Thatcher’s Eric Clapton Retrospective, Saturday, June 24
Dwight & Nicole, Thursday, June 29
Splintered Sunlight — Summer of Love 50th anniversary party, Friday, June 30
Eaglemania (Eagles tribute), Saturday, July 1
The David Bromberg Quintet, Friday, July 14
The Elovators, Saturday, July 15
The Birdie Busch Band, Thursday, July 20

The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Tickets: 570-961-9000
Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, Sunday, July 9
Vans Warped Tour, Monday, July 10
Camp Bisco, Thursday, July 13; Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15
Boston & Joan Jett and the Blackhearts,
Saturday, July 25
OneRepublic, Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, Wednesday, July 26
Peach Music Festival, Thursday, Aug. 10
Friday, Aug. 11; Saturday, Aug. 12
I Love the ’90s The Party Continues Tour, Saturday, Aug. 26
Luke Bryan and Brett Eldredge, Wednesday, Sept. 6

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Jake Kaligis Band, Thursday, June 15
Lou Gramm — Voice of Foreigner, Friday, June 16
Happy Together Tour, Thursday, June 22
Fuel with Marcy Playground and Dishwalla plus Another Day Dawns, Saturday, June 24
Becky and the Beasts, Thursday, June 29
Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl, Friday, June 30
An Evening with Yonder Mountain String Band, Saturday, July 1
Pair of Nuts, Wednesday, July 5
Band of Brothers, Thursday, July 6

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Marco Benevento, Friday, June 16
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Saturday, June 17
Dead Winter Carpenters, the Dishonest Fiddlers and JP Biondo, Wednesday, June 21
Trippin on Nothing — Pre-Bakers Dozen Party, Friday, June 23
George Wesley Inaugural Birthday Bash, honoring Papa Jack, Saturday, June 24
Hank & Cupcakes, Friday, June 30
Good Natured/ Elephants Dancing, Wednesday, Aug. 9
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, Aug. 11
Aaron Fink & the Fury, Friday, Aug. 18

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Thursday, June 15
Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, Saturday, June 17
Water Street, Saturday, June 17
Crispy Light/Charles Infamous, Thursday, June 22
I Hate Heroes, Friday, June 23
Mac Seal, Monday, June 26
Alternative Prom ’17, Friday, June 30
Gin Blossoms, Friday, July 7
Less Fuschia, Saturday, July 8
My Show featuring Cavern, Thursday, July 13

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Carrie Underwood, Thursday, June 15
Day Wave, Friday, June 16
Blurrred featuring Louis Fulton, Saturday, June 17
Jarabe De Palo, Monday, June 19
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Monday, June 19
Reel Big Fish, Tuesday, June 20
The Holdup, Tuesday, June 20
So Far Gone, Wednesday, June 21
Bass National featuring Camo and Krooked, Thursday, June 22
Evan Dando, Friday, June 23

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Saturday, June 17
Sevendust, Friday, June 23
Method Man + Redman, Thursday, June 29
Rakim & Ghostface Killah, Saturday, July 8
Kehlani, Monday, July 10
Lupe Fiasco, Saturday, July 15
Slayer, Sunday, July 23
Die Antwoord, Tuesday, Aug. 8
Lil Yachty, Thursday, Aug. 24
Reebok Les Mills Live, Saturday, Aug. 26

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey
Tickets: 856-365-1300
Florida Georgia Line, Saturday, June 17
Avenged Sevenfold, Wednesday, June 21
John Legend, Thursday, June 22
Lady Antebellum, Friday, June 23
Dead and Company, Sunday, June 25
Vans Warped Tour, Friday, July 7
Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Wednesday, July 12
Foreigner with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Thursday, July 13
Zac Brown Band with Darrell Scott, Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15
Idina Menzel, Sunday, July 16

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Neil Diamond, Tuesday, June 20
New Kids on the Block, Saturday, June 24
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Saturday, July 1, and Saturday, July 29
James Taylor with Bonnie Raitt, Sunday, July 9
Ed Sheeran, Tuesday, July 11, and Wednesday, July 12
Kendrick Lamar, Wednesday, July 19
Hans Zimmer, Saturday, July 22
Queen + Adam Lambert, Sunday, July 30
Earth, Wind & Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Roger Waters, Tuesday, Aug. 8, through Friday, Aug. 11

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Train, Friday, June 16
K104’S KFest 2017, Saturday, July 17
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 22
Zac Brown Band, Friday, June 23
John Mellencamp with EmmyLou Harris and Carlene Carter, Friday, July 7
An Evening with Ann Hampton Callawat, Saturday, July 8
Luke Bryan, Thursday, July 13
Foreigner, Friday, July 14
Incubus with Jimmy Eat World and Atlas Genius, Sunday, July 16
Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Friday, July 21

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 15, and Saturday, June 17
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1
Billy Joel, Wednesday, July 5
Phish, Friday, July 21, through Sunday, Aug. 6
Earth, Wind & Fire featuring Nile Rodgers, Monday, Aug. 7
Gloria Trevi vs Alejandra Guzman, Saturday, Aug. 12
Lionel Richie: All The Hits with special guest Mariah Carey, Saturday, Aug. 19
Marc Anthony, Saturday, Aug. 26
Miel Sans Marcos, Saturday, Sept. 2
Arcade Fire, Tuesday, Sept. 12

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Jermaine Dupri presents SoSo Summer 17 Tour, Friday, June 16
The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show, Saturday, June 17
Diana Krall, Wednesday, June 21
Jason Isbell, Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June 24
Sheryl Crow, Wednesday, June 28
Jerry Seinfield, Thursday, July 13, through Friday, Dec. 8
Blondie & Garbage: The Rage and Rapture Tour, Tuesday, Aug. 1
American Acoustic with Punch Brothers, I’m With Her and Julian Lage, Wednesday, Aug. 3
Herbie Hancock, Monday, Aug. 7
The Beach Boys, Thursday, Aug. 17

Marco Benevento to bring jazz-psych- jam rock fusion to River Street Jazz Cafe

Marco Benevento to bring jazz-psych- jam rock fusion to River Street Jazz Cafe

Garden State native Marco Benevento is no stranger to Northeast Pennsylvania. He has shared his singing and piano-playing talents with the area since 2004, and continues to come back because of the area’s hospitality.
“The hospitality from (local promoter) Tom Moran is the main reason we come back, “ he said. “He is a great host, and the crowd we play for is great as well. It has been over a year since we played there, so it will be nice to go back.”
Benevento hails from Livingston, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston, where the pianist physically received his college diploma from Ziggy Stardust himself: David Bowie.
“I was touched by magic,” he said with a laugh. “It was very cool to shake his hand and have him hand me my diploma. But actually, (saxophonist and composer) Wayne Shorter was another guest speaker at the graduation, and, at the time, I was way more into jazz, so I knew about him. (But) I am going through a big Bowie phase now, so it is cool to look back on.”
Benevento will perform his own blend of psych-jazz-jam rock at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains Twp. on Friday, June 16, when he takes the stage at 10 p.m. to promote his first live record, “Woodstock Sessions.”
“We are playing side A of the album in its entirety,” he said. “We will mix in some older tunes but it will be mostly our newest album. This one has some longer-ended jams in it because we loved recording it. All that energy, the live audience, everything.”
Benevento will belt out the vocals and jam on piano while Karina Rykman strums the bass and Andy Borger pounds out a rhythm on the drums. “Woodstock Sessions” represents a different sound for the trio thanks to Benevento taking on vocal duties.
“I have a little studio next to my house, and after the kids go to bed, from about 10 p.m. to midnight, I turn on everything and just record,” he said. “I sort of just go instead of having something to play, and then I go back and edit what I improvised. Just trim the fat.”
The rock trio finds influence in groups like Gorillaz and the Talking Heads, and feels excited to get back to the Jazz Cafe where everyone is “in your face.”
“We take a bit of that edge, on-your-feet sort of music, and get people dancing,” Benevento said. “We like the Jazz Cafe because it is like we are partying with the people.”
— samantha stanich


If you go
Location: River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River St., Plains Twp.
Date: 10 p.m., Friday, June 16; doors at 8 p.m.
Details: Tickets for the 21-and-over show cost $15, and can be purchased by visiting www.riverstreetjazzcafe.com.
Online: www.marcobenevento.com

 

Search no more – Bryan Adams brings “Get Up” tour to arena

Search no more – Bryan Adams brings “Get Up” tour to arena

The last time Bryan Adams visited Wilkes-Barre, he performed a solo acoustic set at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.
This time, his appearance calls for a bit more of a production.
The 57-year-old musician brings his “Get Up” tour to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Tuesday, June 13, at 8 p.m. as a part of a cross-promotion between the arena and the Kirby Center.
The Canadian singer-songwriter promised his show would feature a mix of his chart-topping hit songs like “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and “Summer of ‘69,” as well as newer material from his latest album, for which the tour is named.
Over the years, Adams made a name for himself as one of the top hit-making artists in rock and pop, beginning with his eponymous debut album spanning to his 13th and most recent album, “Get Up.” This 2015 release features nine new songs plus four acoustic versions of those songs.
“The album was a series of demos I’d made with my songwriting partner, Jim Vallance, and we would send the parts one by one to Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra), who turned them into records in his studio,” Adams said. “It wasn’t meant to be a record, it just turned into one.”
In the last four decades, Adams garnered a multitude of awards and prestige, with his worldwide sales topping more than 65 million albums. He was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011 and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and toured six continents. Adams also has been nominated for and won several Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Grammy Awards for his songs.
But those milestones and awards are not what he claims to be the cherry on top.
“It’s the freedom mostly, and knowing what I’m doing now is for my kids and building a legacy for them to be proud of,” he said.
Although Adams released thirteen studio albums, five compilation albums, two soundtracks, four live albums and 69 singles, he still wishes he could tell his 21-year-old self to release as much music as possible.
“I would have released more music, straight up,” Adams admitted. “I was too precious about not releasing too much. Now I wish I had.”
In 2014 and 2015, the singer celebrated the 30th anniversary of “Reckless,” which boasted hits like “Heaven” and “Run To You,” with a special reissue of the album and an anniversary tour around Europe, Canada and the United States.
After so many years in the spotlight, Adams maintains his drive to create and write as much as ever.
“Making the music was the highlight (over the years), creating the songs,” Adams said. “Even now, as I’m creating a musical for Broadway of the film ‘Pretty Woman,’ the joy of getting the right song in the right spot is a thrill.”
When asked why he continues to tour after his rousing success over the years, rather than retire, his response was simple:
“Well for starters, I’m not dead yet, and I quite enjoy singing,” he joked. “Also because I have an international following thanks to certain songs, which means I get invited to perform all over the world.”
For those hoping to discover more about the singer, he encourages fans to follow his Instagram account, @BryanAdams, which he calls his “diary” on both his music and his life.
— charlotte l. jacobson


If you go
What: Bryan Adams “Get Up” tour
When: Tuesday, June 13, 8 p.m.
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 400 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre
Details: Tickets start at $19.69 and can be purchased at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena, Kirby Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Paradise lost and found – Members of Fallen From Eden find success in comeback

Paradise lost and found – Members of Fallen From Eden find success in comeback

Sometimes, bands find success and thrive in the music industry. Other times, success cripples creativity and causes a rift between musicians.
For the founding members of Falling From Eden, prior success caused them to stay grounded in their current goals: to play music and enjoy the ride.
About a decade ago, Jay Green, Tom Godin and Brian McDonald formed a group called Absolution, which garned a decent following and allowed the trio to travel the country in hopes of obtaining a record deal.
“The band eventually separated for a few different reasons,” Godin explained. “It was a tough time for most of us and some of us didn’t really talk for a long time. After a few years, the three of us decided to start jamming again with the goal of just having fun with it and not really pushing for a career like we did in the past. Everything felt more natural and it was fun again.”
With Godin playing guitar, Green on guitar and vocals, McDonald on bass and newcomer Jordan Cross on drums, the group continued to jam and enjoy their time playing music. From the ashes of Absolution, Falling From Eden was born.

Q: Where did your band name come from?
Tom Godin: We kicked a few ideas around but nothing really stuck. For some reason I thought the word Eden was cool, more so for literal definition not necessarily religious context. Jay came up with Falling From Eden and we all really liked it. A lot of the lyrical content can be tied back to a theme of losing something or falling from a place of beauty, so it kind of fits with everything.

Q: How did you each get involved in music?
TG: Since I was a toddler, my dad had a drum set in the house that he just messed around with … I feel like it was always a part of my life. When I was in high school, I was really shy about doing things in front of people and a couple of these kids found out I played drums and asked me to jam with them. I was so nervous, I wouldn’t even look up at anybody while I played. I was probably 13 or 14 at the time. From that moment until I was about 26, music was the only thing I ever wanted to do with my life and I learned everything I could about how to make a successful career out of it. Eventually my priorities evolved as I got older, and I took a step back and just made it more of an outlet or hobby for me, which I am now content with.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
TG: In this band, being really nervous about my first time playing guitar on stage. The nerves started to wear off after a few songs, and I was just happy that the crowd seemed to enjoy what we were doing.

Q: Do you write your own music or do you perform covers? What is the process like for writing your music and choosing the songs you cover?
Jay Green: A mixture of both. We usually write collectively together. Myself or Tom may come into practice with a guitar riff that either of us were jamming or working on or just came up with spontaneously on the spot and then the song is built from there. Or it may be a drum beat that Jordan plays, or a bass line that Brian plays that sparks interest and a song is created. We normally choose (cover) songs from bands that we love and follow and that have influenced us as well as playing songs that not many bands would play or attempt to play based on difficulty or popularity.

Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
JG: I think we have all grown as musicians over the years. For myself, Tom and Brian, we have challenged ourselves each with our own instruments, and some of us, with other instruments besides our current instrument. Jordan, although still somewhat new to this project, is making great strides and continually learning and making great music on his instrument.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a part of this band?
JG: Our first show. The nerves, the jitters, the years of missing that feeling of being on stage and performing in front of a crowd and rocking out together and having fun. Also, making new memories together, making new friends, gaining new fans and having our music be heard — to see where our music takes us.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
All: The NEPA music scene is not the same as it use to be years ago … People used to go out and support original music or cover bands in NEPA, but it seems that the bars or night clubs or bigger venues have closed, or have been forced to close, causing bands to not have a place to play locally. Some popular local NEPA bands throughout the years have disbanded due to the scene not being what it once was. But, we think that the local NEPA music will make its comeback. We just don’t know when … But, there are still great places for bands to play in NEPA, that support the local NEPA music scene and bands or artists themselves.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a musician?
All: Finding time to practice. Although, we do make up for missed time or days that we can’t practice. Practice only makes yourself — and your band — tighter and better at what you do.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
TG: Make killer music and have fun.

Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to add that is important for people to know about your band?
All: We are just four guys writing, creating and playing music and doing what we love to do. As a career, as a hobby, or just for fun. We don’t know where this project will take us, but we are excited to see where.
— charlotte l. jacobson


Meet the band
Band members: Jay Green, guitar and vocals; Tom Godin, guitar and backup vocals; Brian McDonald, bass; and Jordan Cross, drums
Genre: Hard rock/metal
For fans of: Sevendust, Alter Bridge, Static X, Korn, A Skylit Drive
Online: Falling From Eden on Facebook; reverbnation.com/fallingfromeden

Sounds – June 8, 2017

Sounds – June 8, 2017

Beautiful Thunder

BRITISH SEA POWER – Let the Dancers Inherit the Party
THE GOOD: British indie rockers British Sea Power come back with a tighter sixth.
THE BAD: Sequencing? Most of the extended atmospheric stuff happens across the album’s second half resulting in a little lost momentum.
THE NITTY GRITTY: But Yan, Noble, Hamilton and the entire BSP crew are giving us what could be their best collection of songs since 2005’s sophomore effort “Open Season.” Tracks like “International Space Station” and “The Voice of Ivy Lee” blur the lines between quaint intelligent indie pop and bombastic stadium rock; the melodies fetching, the arrangements full-bodied.
Those craving the more reserved face of the band will find it on moody fog-drenched pieces such as “Electrical Kittens” and “Praise for Whatever.” Then, of course, there are all those wonderful (and very English) lyrical references to obscure historical events, current politics and the darker facets of everyday living. As is usually the case, we end up with music that’s extremely fascinating on multiple levels.
BUY IT?: Yes.

MEW – Visuals
THE GOOD: Danish indie rock trio (longtime guitarist Bo Madsen has left the building) gives us a direct concise seventh.
THE BAD: Those hoping for a few extended “progressive cuts” (the band usually goes for one or two per record) won’t find them this time out.
THE NITTY GRITTY: On the self-produced “Visuals,” Mew decided to put their “pop” chops front and center. That doesn’t make this a disposable or one-dimensional record though. We still get melodies and overall arrangements that soar high above the clouds, multi-layered harmonies and a wall of sound built upon guitar lines and keyboard swirls meshing gracefully. Standard Mew stuff.
Only this time, frontman Jonas Bjerre and company set all these elements across songs that never lose focus or go off on indulgent tangents. Tracks like fragile opener “Nothingness and No Regrets” or the melodic (and only slightly thunderous) “In a Better Place” wash over our senses with the perfect balance of elegance and volume. After all, Mew remains a rock band.
BUY IT?: I would.


THE GOOD: British indie rockers Kasabian stick to a well-worn formula on their sixth.
THE BAD: “Crying” is predictable but still enjoyable.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Some bands simply create solid collections that never quite fit in with current trends or blaze bold new trails. Kasabian is one such act.
Since the mid-2000s, lead vocalist Tom Meighan and guitarist/producer/composer Sergio Pizzzorno have been churning out danceable rock anthems harkening back to the beat-driven ’90s while moving steadily forward without jumping on any one particular bandwagon.
“Crying” is their latest set which finds the band sounding rejuvenated. Whether it’s the seamless punchy groove of “You’re in Love with a Psycho” or the cloudy dramatics slathered all over “The Party Never Ends,” the guys smack us full on with embraceable melodies riding airtight arrangements. The dance floor clatter of “Are You Looking for Action” would fit next to some animated jam by the Rapture. The epic sway of “Put Your Life on It” ends the album on a resonating high note.
BUY IT?: Why not?

Concerts – June 8, 2017

Concerts – June 8, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Shadows of the 60s — a tribute to Motown, Saturday, June 10
Vince Gill, Thursday, June 15
TOTO, Sunday, June 18
Blackberry Smoke, Friday, June 23
The Ultimate Queen Celebration, Saturday, July 1
Robbie Fulks, Friday, July 14
Daughtry, Saturday, July 15
Amos Lee, Sunday, July 30
Dweezil Zappa, Aug. 3

Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: 877-682-4791
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 10; Saturday, July 15; Saturday, Aug. 26
International Bikini Team, Saturday, June 10
1964 the Tribute, Saturday, June 24
Freestyle Explosion, Friday, June 30
Kool & The Gang, Sunday, July 2
Fourth of July Fireworks, Monday, July 3
The Midtown Men, Friday, Sept. 29

Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-823-9407
Richard Marx, Friday, July 7

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0249
Al Stewart, Friday, June 16
Romeo Delight, Saturday, June 17
Craig Thatcher’s Eric Clapton Retrospective, Saturday, June 24
Dwight & Nicole, Thursday, June 29
Splintered Sunlight — Summer of Love 50th anniversary party, Friday, June 30
Eaglemania, Saturday, July 1
The David Bromberg Quintet, Friday, July 14
The Elovators, Saturday, July 15
The Birdie Busch Band, Thursday, July 20

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 800-745-3000
Bryan Adams, Saturday, June 13

The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Tickets: 570-961-9000
Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, Saturday, June 10
Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, Sunday, July 9
Vans Warped Tour, Monday, July 10
Camp Bisco, Thursday, July 13; Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15
Boston & Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Saturday, July 25
OneRepublic, Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, Wednesday, July 26
Peach Music Festival, Thursday, Aug. 10; Friday, Aug. 11; Saturday, Aug. 12

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Craig Thatcher Band, Thursday, June 8
George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Sunday, June 11
Jake Kaligis Band, Thursday, June 15
Lou Gramm — Voice of Foreigner, Friday, June 16
Happy Together Tour, Thursday, June 22
The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ‘69, Friday, June 23
Fuel with Marcy Playground and Dishwalla plus Another Day Dawns, Saturday, June 24
Becky and the Beasts, Thursday, June 29
Back to the Eighties Show With Jessie’s Girl, Friday, June 30
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Start Making Sense — Tribute to the Talking Heads, Friday, June 9
Marco Benevento, Friday, June 16
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Saturday, June 17
Dead Winter Carpenters, the Dishonest Fiddlers and JP Biondo, Wednesday, June 21
Trippin on Nothing — Pre-Bakers Dozen Party, Friday, June 23
Hank and Cupcakes, Friday, June 30
Aaron Fink & the Fury, Friday, Aug. 18
Suze, Saturday, Aug. 26
Steal Your Peach, Saturday, Sept. 23

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Three Dog Night, Sunday, June 11
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Thursday, June 15
Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, Saturday, June 17
Water Street, Saturday, June 17
Crispy Light/Charles Infamous, Thursday, June 22
I Hate Heroes, Friday, June 23
Mac Seal, Monday, June 26
Maverick MMA II, Saturday, July 1

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Blurrred Featuring Graves X. Josh Pan, Thursday, June 8
Taake, Friday, June 9
Dawes, Saturday, June 10
Circa Waves, Saturday, June 10
Jeremy Enigk, Sunday, June 11

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Saturday, June 10
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Saturday, June 17
Sevendust, Friday, June 23
Method Man + Redman, Thursday,
June 29
Kehlani, Monday, July 10
Lupe Fiasco, Saturday, July 15
Slayer, Sunday, July 23
Die Antwoord, Tuesday, Aug. 8

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey
Tickets: 856-365-1300
Train, Thursday, June 8
Jack Johnson, Saturday, June 10
Fast Lane: WRRF 2, Sunday, June 11
Florida Georgia Line, Saturday, June 17
Avenged Sevenfold, Wednesday, June 21
John Legend, Thursday, June 22
Lady Antebellum, Friday, June 23
Dead and Company, Sunday, June 25
Vans Warped Tour, Friday, July 7

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Iron Maiden, Sunday, June 4
Neil Diamond, Tuesday, June 20
New Kids on the Block, Saturday, June 24
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Saturday, July 1, and Saturday, July 29
James Taylor, Sunday, July 9
Ed Sheeran, Tuesday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 12
Kendrick Lamar, Wednesday, July 19
Hans Zimmer, Saturday, July 22
Queen + Adam Lambert, Sunday, July 30
Earth, Wind & Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 1

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Train, Friday, June 16
K104’S KFest 2017, Saturday, July 2017
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 22
Zac Brown Band, Friday, June 23
John Mellencamp with EmmyLou Harris and Carlene Carter, Friday, July 7
An Evening with Ann Hampton Callawat, Saturday, July 8
Luke Bryan, Thursday, July 13
Foreigner, Friday, July 14
Incubus with Jimmy Eat World and Atlas Genius, Sunday, July 16
Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Friday, July 21

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, Saturday, June 10
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 15 and Saturday, June 17
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1
Billy Joel, Wednesday, July 5
Gloria Trevi vs. Alejandra Guzman, Saturday, Aug. 12
Lionel Richie: All The Hits with Mariah Carey, Saturday, Aug. 19
Miel San Marcos, Sept. 2
Eric Clapton, Thursday, Sept. 7, and Friday, Sept. 8
Depeche Mode: Global Spirit Tour with Warpaint, Saturday, Sept. 9, and Monday, Sept. 11
Earth, Wind and Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rogers, Friday, Sept. 15

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
An Evening with Pat Metheny, Saturday, June 10
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14
Jermaine Dupri presents SoSo Summer 17 Tour, Friday, June 16
The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show, Saturday, June 17
Diana Krall, Wednesday, June 21
Jason Isbell, Thursday, June 22 to Saturday, June 24
Sheryl Crow, Wednesday, June 28
Jerry Seinfeld, Thursday, July 13; Thursday, June 27; Friday, Sept. 22; and Thursday, Oct. 5
Blondie & Garbage: the Rage and Rapture Tour, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Gillian Welch The Harrow & The Harvest In Concert Vinyl Release Tour, Wednesday, Aug. 2

World Cafe Live (downstairs), Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-222-1400
Southern Culture on the Skids, Friday, June 9
Casey Abrams and Gina Sicilia, Thursday, June 15
Peter Asher and Albert Lee, Monday, June 19
Robert Glasper Experiment, Tuesday, June 20
Marshall Crenshaw Y Los Straitjackets, Thursday, June 22
The Joe Trainor Trio and Friends — An Evening of Billy Joel Songs, Saturday, June 24
Cloud Cult, Tuesday, June 27
Ed Palermo Big Band, Zodd Zundgren — the Music of Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren, June 30

Symbol of the ’60s – Donovan celebrates 50 years in music at the Kirby Center

Symbol of the ’60s – Donovan celebrates 50 years in music at the Kirby Center

Donovan Leitch racked up plenty of honors over his career that indicate the power of his pop music, which listeners could describe as trippy, catchy, folky, poetic and transcendental all at once.
Among the Scottish-born singer/songwriter/guitarist’s credits are spots in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Mojo Maverick Award, the Ivor Novella Award and LifeTime BBCFolk Award, not to mention his numerous Top 20 hit songs, including “Sunshine Superman” and the follow-up, “Mellow Yellow.”
On Sunday, Donovan brings his 50th Anniversary Celebration tour to Wilkes-Barre for an intimate show at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts. He recently spoke with electric city by email about some of the events and inspirations that shaped his storied musical catalog from the last five decades.

Q: Your tour celebrates 50 years. Tell us about how it feels to watch your music endure through every fad, emerging style or major culture shift of the last half-century. Why do you think it has survived the tests of time and taste?
A: The human journey remains the same from ancient times to now. My songs are of the same human journey. The ways to distribute music, art, literature and films have new platforms, but one thing never changes: the need for live music and the need of artists to create. Age has nothing to do with it, really; my songs are timeless.

Q: What design and vibe do you have in mind for this tour as far as the live performance planned?
A: Solo; cross-legged on my sheepskins; acoustic. Most all of the great songs are written on one instrument we songwriters all sat in parties on the floor playing. I know, as I asked Jimmy Page and all my other song pals. So, I decided to do my 50th (anniversary shows) as if you are sitting with me, at ease. The essence of the songs and some stories, too, that my best pal, Gypsy Dave (Mills), said, “No one will believe them. But then, truth is always stranger than fiction.”

Q: Tell us something about your days spent with John Lennon and other musical contemporaries and luminaries, and what it’s like to hear the influence of your music, your style and your presence incorporated into others’ work.
A: The Beatles and I know we come from the ancient Gaelic past: the Irish-Scots-Welsh. This heady Gaelic mix powers popular songs over the centuries. Gaelic poetry, music, theatrical and radical skills are evident on both sides of the Atlantic. It was obvious we five would be on the same path and invade popular culture with the Bohemian manifesto. Don’t be fooled by folk songs and pop suits and haircuts — there is a deeper flux that is loosely called the “British Sixties,” and it is Gaelic energy that has been preserved, as the Romans did not invade Ireland or Western Scotland. We five read the same books of the mysteries and sought out a guru to show us how to enter the Fourth Level of Consciousness within us all, to check what all the Vedic and mythic teachers reveal and open the Third Eye, to view the true reality with what is called (in the Indian Upanishads) Transcendental Super Conscious Vision.
In the Gaelic Mysteries, the invisible true reality within is called Avalon and the Living Crystal Faery Realm. We are poets in service to the tribes of man. We know that all change begins within. And we place in our songs guiding sounds to awaken the millions who have reincarnated into the planet to be done with the Lower Consciousness and be awake to and aware of the future: preservation of all life. Most humans live on three levels of consciousness: Waking, Dreaming and Dreamless Sleep. The Fourth Level is our natural Evolution of Consciousness unfolding, and we five — and many others — are involved in enlivening it sooner than later, for obvious reasons. For, to realize we are all the Unified Field within, dispels duality, and we see we are all the one indivisible wholistic event. I knew when I was making the “Sunshine Superman” album, it was the benchmark for all that would follow in folk, Celtic, jazz, psychedelia, rock, poetic, mythic and meditational music. All were announced on “Sunshine Superman,” I the herald of things to come. And my muse and wife, Linda, by my side, we two destined to meet again this life and continue the Great Work.
I was brought up by my Scots-Irish father reading me poetry of noble thought: Burns, Shelley, Wordsworth, Keats, Yeats, and the rambling poets, Service and Davies. And I listened to the songs of my family, songs handed down. I am aware of the immense influence of our Gaelic tradition. And I intuitively know that the poet’s role is to reunite the tribe with the source. It is always the shaman poet’s role to heal the invisible wounds. The teachings of the Northwestern shores of Europe — Scotland, Ireland Wales, Cornwall and Brittany — are well-known throughout history, and reincarnation a reality. And so my influence on others is because I incorporate and fuse the traditions of the Gaelic teachings. My students know they are receiving the real thing from the source. At the age of 14, I remembered who I had been in the previous life, and saw clearly I am a teacher of the future fusion of the world of spirit, art and culture.

Q: Is there a certain moment during a show you strive for each time? When you know you’ve officially connected with your audience?
A: When I walk onstage, it is a reconnection that happens. Not because they know the songs, moreso because the solo poet sings to the Inner Consciousness of the audience. And with the sounds of my mellifluous voice and moving vibrations of the guitar, it harmonizes all of us and heals any imbalances, which is why I like to go out in concert, because I need this as much as my audience. This means the audience and I, we balance each other. It’s symbiotic. And really should be — the true effect of art on us all.

Q: Will you share some of your favorite moments, anecdotes or memories from the last 50 years?
A: 1968: Twenty-thousand people in Madison Square Garden, just back from India, dressed in my Ashram gear. I walk onstage solo, and a wave of attention moves me like a strong wind, and I need to immediately sit cross-legged in case I fall over. I sing my softest song I know, “Isle of Islay.” Very rare New Yorker silence, and the audience are in awe. That night, I “broke the gate” at the Garden, earning more than any other solo artist in the Garden’s history (at the time). Before the concert, my New York Irish cops drove me through the traffic jam around the Garden. Later, one cop backstage told me, “(Ronald) Reagan was in his limo in the traffic jam on his campaign for California governor, and Reagan thought the traffic jam was for him.” My 10 Irish cops backstage all laughed.

Q: What would you like to say to your most faithful listeners and fans of the last 50 years? To your newest and youngest?
A: I thank all my friends who have followed me, and say welcome to my new, younger friends who have just discovered my poetic music. Many times I am thanked for helping, with my music and poetry, those difficult times on the journey through one’s present life. The ancient book of changes, the “I Ching,” says, “Music releases the obscure emotions of the heart.” If you come to my concert, you can experience it in person.
— patrice wilding


If you go
What: Donovan in Concert: 50th Anniversary Celebration
When: Sunday, June 4, 7 p.m.
Where: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre
Details: Tickets are $25, $35 and $45, plus fees, and are available through the box office, online at kirbycenter.org or by calling 570-826-1100.

 

Better together – Spouses Carol and Fred Linde make sweet music as Common Threads duo

Better together – Spouses Carol and Fred Linde make sweet music as Common Threads duo

Husband-and-wife duo Carol and Fred Linde have always felt they are “cut from the same cloth.” As he puts it, “Carol is the main ingredient,” and as she says, “Fred is my main man in this duo.”
The two met a surprise party where it was no surprise that they ended up singing with each other.
“Fred and his buddy opened the night with their acoustic act called Rock N’Rye. I couldn’t help myself and just naturally sang harmony with them. The rest is history,” Carol Linde said.
He remembers a similar story, with her chiming in “with some really sweet harmony.” The duo have been singing since the day they met and their duo, Common Threads, has played on stages in Northeast Pennsylvania for the past 30 years.

Q: How did you get involved in music?
Carol Linde: My mom always played her albums at home when I was growing up; she loved a wide range of music and played it loud and often. She also was self-taught on the piano. I am sure her love for music rubbed off on me. In high school, I had a friend who sang beautiful harmonies with her sister. I was intrigued and determined to learn to sing like that. So I started by listening to the Beatles albums and played one side at a time on the mono stereo, learning the different keys that blended together. I trained my ear to be able to sing harmony on command.
Fred Linde: Several of my family members played instruments and had a country band in the ‘50s and ‘60s. I always enjoyed people playing music and I got the bug.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public?
CL: I was seven years old and had my first piano recital at Greenridge Nursing home. I was a little bit nervous, but not about preforming. A nursing home can be a very scary place for a seven-year-old. But despite my fears, I performed “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” flawlessly.
FL: I played my guitar at a campsite in New York. The campers were kind, they made me feel comfortable and confident although I know I wasn’t very good at the time. It was a good start for me.

Q: How did you guys come up with your name?
CL: Fred and I used to listened to a college radio station in upstate New York called Common Threads. It’s a two-hour long show of singer-songwriters performing other singer-songwriters’ songs. It was a great concept.
FL: The name seem to fit our situation as a husband-and- wife duo.

Q: What is the process for choosing the songs you cover?
CL: For me, I find if it’s a song that I am singing lead on, I have to learn my singing parts first so it comes without effort, then I learn the bass parts. If I am singing backup, I learn the bass line first, and the harmonies just fall into place.
FL: We try to pick songs that work for both of us. We are limited, as we never use electronic or computer generated assistance.

Q: How have you changed as a musician over the years?
CL: That’s a hard one. Just about everything I know about performing I learned from my husband, Fred. He is a very patient man. My first years of playing the bass were frustrating and embarrassing at best. But with the encouragement from my family and friends and tons of practice, I have learned to relax and just be on stage and enjoy playing and singing.
FL: I’ve developed more patience, keeping temps and volumes at lower levels while using a softer touch. I tended to play too fast and too loud, but maturity has helped me in these areas.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a musician?
CL: The one that sticks out in my mind the most was one snowy December night, George Wesley and Annette Pinchotti joined us on stage in a little bowling alley in Elmhurst. Word spread like wildfire in our small North Pocono community and the place was hopping all night long.
FL: All the great musicians and friends I have played with over the years. Some gigs were better than others, but it is a great life experience I will never forget.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
CL: People don’t stay out as late as they did back in the big rock club days and I believe the bar owners have learned to add live entertainment earlier and more often during happy hour and dinner hour.
FL: I don’t believe it has changed much. It seemed to have lost some momentum with the emergence of DJs. To me, that also has died off and live music is in more demand than ever.

Q: What is the biggest challenge?
CL: Keeping our music fresh and finding new venues to play.
FL: The instrument itself, you never stop learning it.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
CL: We have played together for well over 30 years and the winters are hard here in the Northeast. I would like to see us as snowbirds and play music up and down the east coast and have the best of both worlds.
FL: Keep learning new music, looking for new venues and improving my craft.

— samantha stanich

Sounds – June 1, 2017

Sounds – June 1, 2017

Cosmic Goo

CIRCA WAVES – Different Creatures
THE GOOD: British indie rockers Circa Waves deliver a tight second.
THE BAD: “Different Creatures” is satisfying guitar-driven rock, but it’s also formulaic. Jimmy Eat World, the Wombats, the 1975 — all good bands but none are game-changers. Circa Waves fall in with this predictable lot.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Turn it on, turn it up and drink in the infectious chorus of lead single “Wake Up,” the full-bodied stadium sway carrying “Out on My Own” or the jagged riffs and layered crunch on “Stuck.” Frontman Kieran Shudall leads his crew through ten cranking melodic anthems and one delicate acoustic breather (the somber “Love’s Run Out”). There really isn’t a dud in the bunch.
At the same time though, we’ve heard “Creatures” many times before; the standard guitar, bass, drum line-up only goes so far. Still, not every band can reinvent the wheel. Go in with reasonable expectations and you’ll come out unscathed while hearing some decent hooks in the process. That’s enough.
BUY IT?: Your choice.

TEMPLES – Volcano
THE GOOD: British neo-psychedelic rockers Temples dodge the sophomore slump.
THE BAD: The ‘60s throwbacks on their first album have been mostly replaced with a lot of synthetic sounds. This shift in direction may turn off some long time fans.
THE NITTY GRITTY: However, get past the sonic changes and you’re in for a real treat. “Volcano” is a majestic set filled with graceful swaths of the Baroque and giddy patches of pure sunshine pop. Right from the start, the record immediately pulls you in with those divine swirling keyboard riffs that bring about opening track “Certainty.” You will smile, and that smile won’t disappear for the better part of an hour.
“I Wanna Be Your Mirror” and “Strange or Be Forgotten” play like pretty posh Victorian-era period pieces. “Born into the Sunset” recalls some of Tame Impala’s more accessible and soaring tracks. “Mystery of Pop” gallops about the room while sending your head to dizzying heights; Mercury Rev crossed with gooey bubblegum. It’s all so glorious.
BUY IT?: Yes.

REAL ESTATE – In Mind
THE GOOD: New Jersey indie rockers Real Estate shuffle their line up and come back with a fourth.
THE BAD: No gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Guitarist Matt Mondanile has left the building, concentrating solely on his side project Ducktails; “In Mind” being the first Real Estate album with new guitarist Julian Lynch. Lead vocalist/guitarist Martin Courtney is still getting his bearings within these new surroundings, but he’s making sure the harmonies and melodies aren’t suffering.
“In Mind” is another graceful collection with just enough distortion spread over the top in all the right places to make us feel all warm and cozy without being TOO complacent. It’s tough to resist the classic Byrds/Teenage Fanclub jangle on tracks like “Stained Glass” and “White Light.” Other cuts are throwbacks to records both trippy (the swirling six-strings of “Two Arrows”) and folksy (the delicate protest on “Diamond Eyes”). The retro synths blooping and bleeping on “Holding Pattern” even conjure up memories of prime Stereolab.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Concerts – June 1, 2017

Concerts – June 1, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Friday, June 2
Donovan, Sunday, June 4
Shadows of the 60s — a tribute to Motown, Saturday, June 10
Vince Gill, Thursday, June 15
TOTO, Sunday, June 18
Blackberry Smoke, Friday, June 23
The Ultimate Queen Celebration, Saturday, July 1
Robbie Fulks, Friday, July 14
Daughtry, Saturday, July 15
Amos Lee, Sunday, July 30
Dweezil Zappa, Thursday, Aug. 3

Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Craig Robinson, Saturday, June 3
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 10; Saturday, July 15; Saturday, Aug. 26
International Bikini Team, Saturday, June 10
1964 the Tribute, Saturday, June 24
Freestyle Explosion, Friday, June 30
Kool & The Gang, Sunday, July 2
Fourth of July Fireworks, Monday, July 3
The Midtown Men, Friday, Sept. 29

Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-823-9407
Richard Marx, Friday, July 7

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0249
Laurence Juber, Saturday, June 3
Al Stewart, Friday, June 16
Romeo Delight, Saturday, June 17
Craig Thatcher’s Eric Clapton Retrospective, Saturday, June 24
Dwight & Nicole, Thursday, June 29
Splintered Sunlight — Summer of Love 50th anniversary party, Friday, June 30
Eaglemania, Saturday, July 1
The David Bromberg Quintet, Friday, July 14
The Elovators, Saturday, July 15
The Birdie Busch Band, Thursday, July 20

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 800-745-3000
Bryan Adams, Saturday, June 13

The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Tickets: 570-961-9000
Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, Saturday, June 10
Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, Sunday, July 9
Vans Warped Tour, Monday, July 10
Camp Bisco, Thursday, July 13; Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15
Boston & Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Saturday, July 25
OneRepublic, Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, Wednesday, July 26
Peach Music Festival, Thursday, Aug. 10; Friday, Aug. 11; Saturday, Aug. 12

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Friday, June 2
Craig Thatcher Band, Thursday, June 8
George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Sunday, June 11
Jake Kaligis Band, Thursday, June 15
Lou Gramm — Voice of Foreigner, Friday, June 16
Happy Together Tour, Thursday, June 22
The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ‘69, Friday, June 23
Fuel with Marcy Playground and Dishwalla plus Another Day Dawns, Saturday, June 24
Becky and the Beasts, Thursday, June 29
Back to the Eighties Show With Jessie’s Girl, Friday, June 30

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
The Return Of New York State of Mind — Billy Joel tribute, Saturday, June 3
Start Making Sense, tribute to the Talking Heads, Friday, June 9
Marco Benevento, Friday, June 16
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Saturday, June 17
Dead Winter Carpenters, the Dishonest Fiddlers and JP Biondo, Wednesday, June 21
Trippin on Nothing — Pre-Bakers Dozen Party, Friday, June 23
Hank and Cupcakes, Friday, June 30
Aaron Fink & the Fury, Friday, Aug. 18
Suze, Saturday, Aug. 26
Steal Your Peach, Saturday, Sept. 23

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Zoso — the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Friday, June 2
Assuming We Survive, Friday, June 2
Three Dog Night, Sunday, June 11
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Thursday, June 15
Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, Saturday, June 17
Water Street, Saturday, June 17
Crispy Light/Charles Infamous, Thursday, June 22
I Hate Heroes, Friday, June 23
Mac Seal, Monday, June 26
Maverick MMA II, Saturday, June 1

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Roosevelt, Thursday, June 1
Phoenix, Friday, June 2
Kiss N Grind, Friday June 2
Brother Ali, Own Light Tour, Sunday, June 4
Blossoms, Monday, June 5
HO99O9, Tuesday, June 6
Blurrred Featuring Graves X. Josh Pan, Thursday, June 8
Taake, Friday, June 9
Dawes, Saturday, June 10
Circa Waves, Saturday, June 10
Jeremy Enigk, Sunday, June 11
Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Banks, Friday, June 2
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Monday, June 5
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Saturday, June 10
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Saturday, June 17
Sevendust, Friday, June 23
Method Man + Redman, Thursday, June 29
Kehlani, Monday, July 10
Lupe Fiasco, Saturday, July 15
Slayer, Sunday, July 23
Die Antwoord, Tuesday, Aug. 8

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey
Tickets: 856-365-1300
Thomas Rhett, Saturday, June 3
Train, Thursday, June 8
Jack Johnson, Saturday, June 10
Fast Lane: WRRF 2, Sunday, June 11
Florida Georgia Line, Saturday, June 17
Avenged Sevenfold, Wednesday, June 21
John Legend, Thursday, June 22
Lady Antebellum, Friday, June 23
Dead and Company, Sunday, June 25
Vans Warped Tour, Friday, July 7

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Iron Maiden, Sunday, June 4
Neil Diamond, Tuesday, June 20
New Kids on the Block, Saturday, June 24
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Saturday, July 1, and Saturday, July 29
James Taylor, Sunday, July 9
Ed Sheeran, Tuesday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 12
Kendrick Lamar, Wednesday, July 19
Hans Zimmer, Saturday, July 22
Queen + Adam Lambert, Sunday, July 30
Earth, Wind & Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 1

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Train, Friday, June 16
K104’S KFest 2017, Saturday, July 2017
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 22
Zac Brown Band, Friday, June 23
John Mellencamp with EmmyLou Harris and Carlene Carter, Friday, July 7
An Evening with Ann Hampton Callawat, Saturday, July 8
Luke Bryan, Thursday, July 13
Foreigner, Friday, July 14
Incubus with Jimmy Eat World and Atlas Genius, Sunday, July 16
Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Friday, July 21

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
The 1975, Thursday, June 1
Billy Joel, Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, July 5
El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, Saturday, June 10
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 15 and Saturday, June 17
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1
Gloria Trevi vs. Alejandra Guzman, Saturday, Aug. 12
Lionel Richie: All The Hits with Mariah Carey, Saturday, Aug. 19
Miel San Marcos, Sept. 2
Eric Clapton, Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8
Depeche Mode: Global Spirit Tour with Warpaint, Saturday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 11
Earth, Wind and Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rogers, Friday, Sept. 15

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Jerry Seinfeld, Thursday, June 8; Thursday, July 13; Thursday, June 27; Friday, Sept. 22; and Thursday, Oct. 5
An Evening with Pat Metheny, Saturday, June 10
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14
Jermaine Dupri presents SoSo Summer 17 Tour, Friday, June 16
The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show, Saturday, June 17
Diana Krall, Wednesday, June 21
Jason Isbell, Thursday, June 22 to Saturday, June 24
Sheryl Crow, Wednesday, June 28
Blondie & Garbage: the Rage and Rapture Tour, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Gillian Welch The Harrow & The Harvest In Concert Vinyl Release Tour, Wednesday, Aug. 2

World Cafe Live (downstairs), Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-222-1400
Elizabeth Zharoff + Xavier Foley, Friday, June 2
Bria Skonberg, Wednesday, June 7
Southern Culture on the Skids, Friday, June 9
Casey Abrams and Gina Sicilia, Thursday, June 15
Peter Asher and Albert Lee, Monday, June 19
Robert Glasper Experiment, Tuesday, June 20
Marshall Crenshaw Y Los Straitjackets, Thursday, June 22
The Joe Trainor Trio and Friends — An Evening of Billy Joel Songs, Saturday, June 24
Cloud Cult, Tuesday, June 27
Ed Palermo Big Band, Zodd Zundgren — the Music of Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren, June 30

Clubs – June 1, 2017

Clubs – June 1, 2017

Thursday, June 1
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: the Wanabees
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Party on the Patio: Halfway to Hell (AC/DC tribute)
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Leighann & Company

Friday, June 2
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Adam McKinley
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Ted and Frog
Benny’s Sports Bar, 1216 Main St., Peckville: Dashboard Mary
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Facing the Giants
Ernie G’s Pub & Eatery, 1022 Main Ave., Avoca: Asialena and Johnny D
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Shawn Conny
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Zayre Mountain
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Shelly’s Underground
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Area 52
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: the Fab Three
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Scranton Zine Fest ‘80s/’90s After-party
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Erich & Tyler
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Headlock
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Jami Novak and Friends
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DHD
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Clarence Spady Band
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: Kevin Vest and NeverWhen
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Tom Flannery and the Shillelaghs
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nathan Macintosh, John Iaverone and Scott Bruce
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: the 25th Hour
Saturday, June 3
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nova City
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Riptide
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kartune
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party, KRZ Dance Party
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Chris Zawatsky
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Stoned By Proxy
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Disorders with Surf Out
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Honeycomb
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Ron Morgan Band
The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Strength for a Reason, Death Before Dishonor, Steel Nation, Maggotmouth and Six Year Suffering
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: New York State of Mind — Billy Joel Tribute
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Split Rock Resort, 1 Lake Drive, Lake Harmony: Dashboard Mary
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: the Chatter
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Graces Downfall Duo and Ron Schoonover
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: London Force
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nathan Macintosh, John Iaverone and Scott Bruce
Sunday, June 4
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Area 52
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Gerard Demarco from That ‘90s Band
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff
Monday, June 5
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
Skyy V Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK
Tuesday, June 6
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Neil Nicastro
Wednesday, June 7
Bazil, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marko Marcinko Jazz Trio
The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Open Mic with JR Huffsmith
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Village Idiots
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays
Skyy V Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Smoke On The Water featuring Marty Edwards & Heartbeat
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night