More than a feeling – Rock band Boston  promises new tunes,  sing-along favorites  during Scranton stop  with Joan Jett &  the Blackhearts

More than a feeling – Rock band Boston promises new tunes, sing-along favorites during Scranton stop with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

When the band Boston plays a summer tour, it’s easy to lose yourself in a familiar song, close your eyes and slip away.
The “More Than A Feeling” rockers bring their Hyper Space Tour featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts to the Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Tuesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m.
During a recent phone interview from the road in Canada, Boston guitarist Gary Pihl admitted that playing outdoor venues gives the band a thrill and changes the live experience for both the musicians and the audience.
“You never know what you’re going to get, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a perfect night, either. We’ve played when it’s really hot or cold or rainy — we’ve had challenging weather,” Pihl said. “It all goes to the vibe of the whole thing. It makes it more memorable, even. It makes it all part of the experience. When you can see the moon or stars when you’re playing, that’s really special.”
With charted hits like “Don’t Look Back” and “Long Time,” Boston promises a night of beloved songs that lets the crowd connect with the band during the performance and show them they’re having a good time.
“The biggest indicator for us is when people start singing along. That’s what makes a live performance so special for me, at least, is standing up onstage and hearing them,” Pihl said. “People ask if we get sick of playing the same songs over and over again, but looking out at people smiling and singing along, there’s that connection. I get choked up sometimes.”
This holds true for the reception he hears the audience grant to Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, whom he often listens to from backstage each night that they share the bill.
“Every night I get to hear Joan sing about how she loves rock and roll, and same thing — the audience sings along,” Pihl said.
With a catalogue that spans more than 40 years and a half-dozen studio albums, Boston’s music tends to cover multiple genres and styles, from hard rock to progressive rock and many finer layers of distinction in between.
“Some songs you might say are simpler, like ‘Smokin’ with that boogie beat and 4 chords in the whole song,” Pihl said. “But then songs like ‘Foreplay,’ with the organ and that three-four time that sounds very classical, Bach could have written that part.”
For the Hyper Space Tour stop in Scranton, the band plans to play all the recognizable hits people know from the radio as well as songs off Boston’s 2013 record, “Life Love & Hope,” not to mention some deep cuts that even longtime devotees haven’t heard in a while.
“(Band founder) Tom (Scholz) invented some new visual effects just for this tour, and it’s pretty spectacular,” Pihl said. “And he’s written some new music, too, so people will hear and see something they’re never experienced before.
“We’re just thrilled to be there and having a good time doing it. It’s infectious what we get from the audience and give back, hopefully,” he added. “Be prepared to sing along, with Joan and with us. People just can’t help themselves.”
— patrice wilding

For some, the cheap seats leave much to be desired. For musician Tyler Bednash, memories of watching baseball games with his dad from the nosebleed section inspired his band’s name.
“When Josh (Borosky) and I started to play music together and I tried to think of a band name, all of our equipment was on the lower end,” he explained. “I remembered going to the baseball games as a kid with my dad and sitting in the bleachers, which we referred to as the ‘cheap seats.’ So I thought it would be a cool name that still held meaning to me.”
Playing as a melodic hardcore band, Scranton’s Cheap Seats took this inspiration and ran with it, creating a group out of Bednash on guitar and vocals; Borosky on guitar and vocals; Phil Terpak on bass and Steve Munley on drums.
Although the quartet continues to strive to get their name out there, they find enjoyment in every moment along the way.

Q: How did you guys meet?
Steve Munley: We’ve always been involved in different bands with each other throughout high school. Phil and Tyler were actually in my first band sophmore year. But we all pretty much met early on in grade school.

Q: How did you each get involved in music?
Josh Borosky: I started playing drums in
eighth grade and then picked up a guitar about 3 years ago.
SM: My Dad has played in bands throughout his life and was super supportive of me expressing myself through music.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
SM: I remember feeling happier than I ever had before. Being able to play music we all worked hard on writing in front people was the best feeling.

Q: What is the process like for writing your music?
JB: We (Tyler and I) kind of just come up with skeletons of songs and try to piece them together when we all jam.

Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
SM: We used to write pretty simple songs and just jam them in Josh’s garage. I think doing that helped us get the basics down, and now we’re writing more and more polished songs.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a part of this band?
Tyler Bednash: We played a show at the Sherman Showcase last year and got stuck with a 15-minute set after the headliners had already played. I was pretty bummed about it; honestly, we all were. But when it came our time to play, everyone stuck around and got really into our set. People were dancing around and screaming the words in my face. The energy was amazing, and it will always be one of my favorite times with these dudes.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
TB: I think that it’s getting better. I remember being in high school and there were shows every weekend with all different types of music. It’s not back to how it used to be yet, but I think it’s been getting a lot better. We just need more venues.

Q: Who has influenced you over the years?
SM: There are so many bands all over the spectrum of music that it’s hard to pick one out, but we all agree that Balance and Composure is a huge one for us.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a musician?
Phil Terpak: I guess it would have to be booking shows. It used to be difficult, just because of a lack of venues. But now there’s more places supporting the scene again.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
JB: Play as many shows as possible, and have as much fun as we can.

Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to add that is important for people to know about your band?
PT: Just that we love doing this more than anything else, and having these opportunities — no matter how small — has been incredible.
— charlotte l. jacobson


Meet the band
Founded: 2015
Based out of: Scranton
Members: Tyler Bednash, guitar and vocals; Josh Borosky, guitar and vocals; Phil Terpak, bass; and Steve Munley, drums.
Genre: Melodic Hardcore
Online: Find Cheap Seats on Facebook, Spotify, Bandcamp and Google Play

 

Sounds – July 20, 2017

Sounds – July 20, 2017

THE NOISE WE LOVE

ALL THEM WITCHES – Sleeping Through the War
THE GOOD: Nashville rockers All Them Witches return with a fuzzed-out crankin’ fourth.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: It’s tough to pigeonhole these guys (never a bad thing). At any point, they may give you low burning hazy psychedelic stuff (“Bulls”) or off-the- cuff disposable thrashy blues-rock (“Don’t Bring Me Coffee”).
Frontman/bassist Charles Michael Parks Jr. and his crew have studied their Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix records. Yet they’ve probably digested a fair amount of Butthole Surfers, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and Nirvana along the way, too. Perhaps there are even a few early Flaming Lips collections stashed in their past.
These guys are mighty ambitious, creating a near-perfect melding of indie rock, progressive bombast and just a pinch of very early heavy metal. “Sleeping” ends up a rumbling and raucous feast for the senses; boasting more than a few extended jams that blast you far into deep space. Crazy, man.
BUY IT?: Yeah.

NAM WAYNE – Nam Wayne
THE GOOD: Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Nam Wayne (the moniker can also refer to the guy’s full band) finally unleashes his first album.
THE BAD: Nah!
THE NTTY GRITTY: He actually recorded this set during a blistering week-long session way back in 2005.
However, various circumstances, including the man’s own perfectionism, prevented its release until now. You would think that a record twelve years in the making would sound ultra-progressive or polished. Thankfully, that’s not the case. “Nam Wayne” is a super-tight, echo-drenched 30-minute trip into a land of noisy garage rock and lo-fi aesthetics. One detects the classic influence of Lou Reed and Iggy Pop and the more recent clatter of Black Lips or Cage the Elephant.
Wayne handles everything from tossed-off throbbing love songs (“Friend Crush”) to relevant political rants written under President Bush but released under President Trump (“Decade of Darkness”). And then there’s the unadulterated melancholy on the traditional cover of “Wild Mountain Thyme” that somehow doesn’t sound out of place. It’s all good.
BUY IT?: Surely.

THE BLACK ANGELS – Death Song
THE GOOD: Texas garage-psyche rockers Black Angels come back with a fifth.
THE BAD: Black Angels albums are somewhat interchangeable. You know what you’re gonna get. But the heady formula isn’t disagreeable … yet.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The band took its name from the Velvet Underground track “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” so this album’s title brings it all home. Frontman Alex Maas and his crew churn out yet another set of loud foggy droning jams that blur the lines between prog rock and garage band punk. “Comanche Moon” sways back and forth as it bangs and crashes. “Medicine” is all about psychedelic forward momentum. Delicate closer “Life Song” veers into pre-“Dark Side” Pink Floyd territory.
The guys work with different producers on every album. “Death Song” is Phil Ek’s (Built to Spill, Fleet Foxes) turn to capture all the noise that fits. He does a great — albeit not very distinct — job (again, Black Angels albums can melt into each other). So good trippy stuff all around. Dig it.
BUY IT?: Sure.

 

Concerts – July 20, 2017

Concerts – July 20, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Conor Oberst, Thursday, July 27
Fastball, Saturday, July 29
Amos Lee, Sunday, July 30
Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank, Thursday, Aug. 3
Shemekia Copeland, Friday Aug. 4
Gene Ween does Billy Joel, Saturday, Aug. 5
TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, Thursday, Aug. 10
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Saturday, Aug. 12
Donny and Marie Osmond, Thursday, Aug. 24
Greta Van Fleet, Friday, Aug. 25

Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Jay Sean, Saturday, July 22
T-Pain, Saturday, July 29
Brody Jenner, Saturday, Aug. 5
3 Doors Down, Friday, Aug. 18
Lil Jon, Saturday, Aug. 19
Smokey Robinson, Saturday, Aug. 19
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, Aug. 26
Andrew Dice Clay, Friday, Sept. 8
Artie Lange, Saturday, Sept. 16
The Midtown Men, Friday Sept. 29

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0249
The Birdie Busch Band, Thursday, July 20
Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute), Friday, July 21
The Ten Band (Pearl Jam tribute), Saturday, July 22
Savoy Brown, Thursday, July 27
Tribute to Bob Dylan & Neil Young, Friday, July 28
Bennie & The Jets (Elton John tribute), Saturday, July 29
Whiskerman, Thursday, Aug. 3
Tribute to Frank Sinatra by Tony Sands, Saturday, Aug. 12
Ryan Shupe and The Rubberband, Thursday, Aug. 17
Back to the Garden 1969, Saturday, Aug. 19

The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Tickets: 570-961-9000
Boston and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Saturday, July 25
OneRepublic with Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, Wednesday, July 26
Peach Music Festival, Thursday, Aug. 10, Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12
I Love the ‘90s — the Party Continues Tour, Saturday, Aug. 26
ALT 92.1 ALT-itude Music Festival, Sunday, Aug. 4
Luke Bryan and Brett Eldredge, Wednesday, Sept. 6

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Kartune, Thursday, July 20
Becky & the Beasts, Friday, July 21
Coal County Express, Wednesday, July 26
Craig Thatcher Band, Thursday, July 27
Mr. Speed (KISS tribute), Friday, July 28
Flaxy Morgan Duo, Wednesday, Aug. 2
Daisy Jug Band, Thursday, Aug. 3
Nightwind, Friday, Aug. 4
James Supra Band with Sarah Ayers, Saturday, Aug. 5
The Day Rubies, Wednesday, Aug. 9

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash with Jam Stampede, Friday, Aug. 4
Of Good Natured/ Elephants Dancing, Wednesday, Aug. 9
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, Aug. 11
Aaron Fink & the Fury, Friday, Aug. 18
Tom Moran’s Birthday Bash with All-Star Band of Great Friends, Saturday, Aug. 19
Suze, Saturday, Aug. 26
Mind Choir, Rosary Guild, University Drive, Saturday, Sept. 16
Still Hand String Band, Friday, Sept. 22
Steal Your Peach, Saturday, Sept. 23
Solar Federation (Rush tribute), Saturday, Sept. 30

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Ja Rule, Thursday, July 20
Hellyeah: Unden!able World Tour, Saturday, June 22
The Company Kept, Friday, July 28
Jay & the Americans, Friday, July 28
The Stranger (Billy Joel tribute), Saturday, July 29
Hashgrinder, Saturday, Aug. 5
Social Distortion, Tuesday, Aug. 8
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Friday, Aug. 11, Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13
The Everly Brothers Experience, Saturday, Aug. 19
T-Mac & Friends, Saturday, Aug. 26

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
This Wild Life, Thursday, July 20
Ghost, Thursday, July 20
Promise of Redemption, Friday, July 21
LFO with CEONEO, Wednesday, July 26
Seether, Thursday, July 27
Young Renegades, Sunday, July 30
Marty Friedman, Wednesday, Aug. 2
Van Jones: We Rise Tour, Thursday, Aug. 3
Social Distortion, Friday, Aug. 4
The Rocket Summer — Do You Feel 10-Year Anniversary Tour, Saturday, Aug. 5

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Slayer, Sunday, July 23
Die Antwoord, Tuesday, Aug. 8
Lil Yachty, Thursday, Aug. 24
Reebok Les Mills Live, Saturday, Aug. 26
Ninja Sex Party, Sunday, Aug. 27, and Monday, Aug. 28
Danzig, Friday, Sept. 8
UB40 Legends Ali, Astro and Mickey, Saturday, Sept. 9
Young M.A., Saturday, Sept. 23
Rezz, Friday, Sept. 29
Two Door Cinema Club, Saturday, Sept. 30

Radisson at Lackwanna Station Hotel, Scranton
Tickets: 570-342-8300
13th annual Scranton Jazz Festival, Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 6

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey
Tickets: 856-365-1300
Incubus and Jimmy Eat World,
Thursday, July 20
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers, Friday, July 21
OneRepublic with Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, Saturday, July 22
John Legend, Monday, July 24
Straight No Chaser and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Tuesday, July 25
Korn with Stone Sour, Wednesday, July 26
Boston with Joan Jett and The
Blackhearts, Thursday, July 27
Amos Lee & Friends featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Spoon, Saturday, July 29
Linkin Park, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Nickelback, Friday, Aug. 4

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Hans Zimmer, Saturday, July 22
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Saturday, July 29
Queen + Adam Lambert, Sunday, July 30
Earth, Wind & Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Roger Waters, Tuesday, Aug. 8, through Friday, Aug. 11
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Wednesday, Aug. 16
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Friday, Aug. 18
Shawn Mendes, Tuesday, Aug. 22
Lady Gaga, Sunday, Sept. 10, and Monday, Sept. 11

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper, Friday, July 21
Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, Saturday, July 22
Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs, Friday, July 28
Blondie and Garbage: Rage and Rapture Tour, Saturday, July 29
Santana, Saturday, Aug. 5
Kings of Leon, Sunday, Aug. 6
Florida Georgia Line with Nelly, Chris Lane and Ryan Hurd, Thursday, Aug. 10
Reo Speedwagon and Styx with Don Felder, Friday, Aug. 11
Rocktopia with Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Saturday, Aug. 12
Goo Goo Dolls with Phillip Phillips, Saturday, Aug. 19

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
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
Billy Joel, Monday, Aug. 21
Marc Anthony, Saturday, Aug. 26
Miel Sans Marcos, Saturday, Sept. 2
Arcade Fire, Tuesday, Sept. 12
Sam Hunt, Thursday, Sept. 14

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Jerry Seinfield, Thursday, July 27
Blondie and Garbage: The Rage & Rapture Tour, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Gillian Welch — The Harrow & the Harvest in concert, Wednesday, Aug. 2
American Acoustic with Punch Brothers and I’m With Her and Julian Lage, Thursday, Aug. 3
Herbie Hancock, Monday, Aug. 7
Buckingham McVie, Wednesday, Aug. 9
The Beach Boys, Thursday, Aug. 17
Adam Ant: the Singles Tour, Wednesday, Sept. 13
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and TOTO, Thursday, Sept. 14
The Gipsy Kings, Friday, Sept. 15

Clubs – July 20, 2017

Clubs – July 20, 2017

Thursday, July 20
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: TimeBomb
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmoney Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
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.: Rice Crew Music
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG and Behind the Grey
Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones tribute)
Nosh, 280 Main St., Dickson City: John Smith
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: 3IB, Bryn Brophy
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Matthew Jenkins and Erik Miller and DJ Famous
Patisserie Fauchere, 403 Broad St., Milford: Robin Lore
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Jazz Night with John and Geri
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jackson Vee
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Pink Slip Duo

Friday, July 21
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Bill Hoffman
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jay Orrell
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Funk Master Flex
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Grace’s Downfall Duo
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Flatland Ruckus
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erich & Tyler
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: The Music Room
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Ted and Frog
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Cruise Control
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmoney Road, Lake Harmony: Doug Drost
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Switzer Duo
C.J.’s Lounge, 5431 Haas Pond Road, Madison Twp.: Dashboard Mary
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ BK and Pat O’Donnell, David James and Paul Bond
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Asialena Duo
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: the Sellout Soundtrack
Gober’s Deco Lounge, 1248 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: Open Mic/Grassroots Night with the Charming Beards
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: D-West Duo
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Euphoria
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Third Degree
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Blush
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria, 51 S, Wyoming Ave., Kingston: Picture Perfect
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: The Wanabees
Lakewood Lodge, Route 370, Lakewood: Rick Horvath Solo Acoustic Show
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Jonny D Duo
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: The Electric Gentleman
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Paul LaQuintano and Anthony and SOS Band
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Somethin’ Else and Mike Burton
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: DJ Chris, KP Burke, Moody McCarthy and Tom Briscoe
Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton: Light Weight Duo and Black Tie Stereo
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby, The Chatter
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Blind Choice and Jackson Vee
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: The Alpha Betas
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Speaker Jam Karaoke
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Charlie Wiener, Vinnie Mark and Eric Navarro

Saturday, July 22
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Neil Nicastro
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: South Side Bandits Duo
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Asialena
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: The Third Nut
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Iron Cowboy
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: SaturBae Shakes It Up
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: That 90’s Band
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Somethin’ Else and DJ Trex
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kate Hearity
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Zayre Mountain
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Random Rock
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Blanks 77 with Heart Out, Queeftones and Disorders
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Acoustic Night
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Sugar Ray Solojam
Nosh, 280 Main St., Dickson City: Jimmy Cerminaro
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Pink Slip
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Exsoullence and Paul Bond
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Byrd Pressley Band and Pat O’Donnell
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Crazy Acres Duo
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, Jim Barrett
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Moodswing
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Anytime Soon and Ron Schoonover
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Project 90’s
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Dance Hall Devils
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Charlie Wiener, Vinnie Mark and Eric Navarro

Sunday, July 23
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Tumbleweed Highway
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Dex
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Shelly’s Underground
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Terrorize This, Traverse the Abyss, Talon Co. and Crookshanks
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Booze Donkey
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, July 24
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, July 25
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: See You Next Tuesday
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Chris Shrive

Wednesday, July 26
Bazil, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marko Marcinko Jazz Trio
The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Irem Temple Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas: RJ Scouton
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Open Mic with JR Huffsmith
Nay Aug Park, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton: Gerard Mayer Band
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Steal Your Face
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke
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: Riley Loftus
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Sounds – July 13, 2017

Sounds – July 13, 2017

GO FEVER – Go Fever
THE GOOD: Austin indie rockers Go Fever offer up a superb debut full-length.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Go Fever is actually three Texas boys fronted by Australian vocalist/lyricist Acey Monaro. Blessed with a charming but not overpowering accent, Monaro sounds like a cross between a slightly rougher Neko Case and a less polite Sonya Aurora Madan (Echobelly).
She’s the perfect vocal complement to all the banging below; the guys churning out a mix of rock, pre-Beatle pop, surf and just a dash of Tex-Mex by way of classic Sir Douglas Quintet. It’s a sound that’s distinctly Southern, yet completely separate from the various musical hubs in Tennessee or the Georgia swamps.
Vintage organs ring out alongside buzzing guitars over rock-steady backbeats. Monaro’s melodies across the top are exquisite yet possess genuine rock teeth. It’s a divine dusty (and danceable) concoction that should sound equally great in a beer-soaked Dallas roadhouse or hip Boston draught house. Distinct well-crafted pop knows no boundaries.
BUY IT?: Definitely.

MOTHER MOTHER – No Culture
THE GOOD: Canadian alt-rockers Mother Mother unleash their sixth.
THE BAD: So glossy. So calculated. So boring.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Co-produced by Brian Howes, a guy who’s worked with the likes of Skillet, Puddle of Mudd and Nickelback (asleep yet?), the new record is catchy and tight. Try to resist the ooey-gooey sing-song chorus of “Love Stuck.” The backbeats kick, the guitars growl and the harmonies are slick. What’s not to love?
Plenty! “No Culture” goes down like a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. Yes, I just compared this record to a snack chip. The music may feel great in the moment, but all is instantly forgotten once the CD or Spotify stream clicks off. Just like so many empty calories, there’s no real substance here.
From the teenage rebellion running through “Back in School” to the heartbreak sprinkled atop “The Letter,” pretty much every song is a cliché. Plus the melodies and arrangements are utterly predictable. Textbook “safe” modern rock.
BUY IT?: No way. Life’s too short for insignificant music.

PORT CITIES – “Port Cities”
THE GOOD: Canadian alt-pop outfit Port Cities release their long-awaited (up North, anyway) debut.
THE BAD: Slick? You betcha. At times, you might feel as if you slipped into a Lady Antebellum set by mistake (never a good thing).
THE NITTY GRITTY: The group is comprised of three singer/songwriters (Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon and Carleton Stone) who already had established solo careers in their native country. Now, they’ve come together to offer up a polished blend of country, modern folk, rock and pop. The album ends up a tight collection of decent songs, cozy melodies and airtight harmonies.
At the same time though, the tracks come off as too precise, too polished. “Port Cities” was produced by Gordie Sampson, a Nashville songwriter who’s penned tunes for the likes of Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts. So maybe the lack of authenticity here is his fault. I don’t know. What I do know is that the record morphs into “pretty background music” all too quickly.
BUY IT?: Skip it.

Fun for all – Camp Bisco returns to Montage for weekend of eclectic music and camaraderie

Fun for all – Camp Bisco returns to Montage for weekend of eclectic music and camaraderie

Where electronic, dance and rock music meet, there’s Camp Bisco.
The music festival, which features acts ranging from EDM to jam music to hip-hop to rock, returns to its home for the past two years — the Pavilion at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton — from Thursday, July 13, to Saturday, July 15.
Camp Bisco started in the late ’90s as the brainchild of the Disco Biscuits, a Philadelphia-borne jam band. According to Biscuits keyboard player and Bisco co-founder Aron Magner, the Pavilion is a perfect home for the festival due to its proximity all around.
“There’s a special set of pros to having (Bisco) in Scranton,” he said during a recent phone interview from his home in Philadelphia. “Not just its proximity to major metros, but you can leave the campsite and have all these hotels and other amenities. And people can still camp and have that experience, too.
“There’s also a water park right in the middle of the festival,” he added. “There’s not many places you can be in the lazy river or the wave pool and dancing to your favorite band.”
The musical experience is just as unique as the venue, Magner said. At its inception, the “ethos of Camp Bisco” was a chance for the Biscuits to introduce their fans to the music they liked and, in turn, a chance for fans to tell the band what kind of music they liked. The other artists didn’t necessarily sound like the Biscuits, he said, but they made music that was complementary. The process changed slightly over time, but the mission remains.
“We would sit around with a pen and paper and kind of go down this rabbit hole of who to bring into the fold,” he said. “Now, instead of just the Disco Biscuits, it’s a team of people and we all put our heads together. But, we really keep with the essence of what Camp Bisco is and create the best fan experience.”
With a range of music and different kinds of artists, bands like Lotus, which has rock roots mixed with electronic and house, find a place at Camp Bisco. Jesse Miller, who plays bass and sampler for the band, said that at festivals like Peach Music Festival (a festival Lotus also plays at the Pavilion in August), the band is one of the more dance-oriented and electronic acts, while at Bisco, with its abundance of DJs and EDM acts, they lean more toward the rock side. The Biscuits’ festival allows for that spectrum and for Lotus to bring its signature mix of genres.
“We’ve seen the days when electronic dance music and rock music did not have places to come together,” Miller said during a phone interview from his Philadelphia home. “Over time, these two things got closer to where the lines eventually started to cross and blur. Camp Bisco was always a place where you could find these two things come together before it was necessarily the norm.”
With a plethora of music and genres offered, there is something for every music festival lover at Camp Bisco. Miller joked the festival’s only real worry is the skies.
“Fingers crossed the weather holds out,” he said. “That’s always the toss-up at a festival.”
Rain or shine, however, fans come to Bisco each year for the chance to bond over their love of music.
“It’s a community of like-minded fans that are all in this together, in what is Camp Bisco,” Magner said. “It’s an intangible experience to be able to have one collective borg — for lack of a better word — of 25,000 people all supportive of each other and the community and the music and everything that makes up the message of Camp Bisco.”
— gia mazur


If you go
What: Camp Bisco music festival
When: Thursday, July 13, through Saturday, July 15. Guests with RV passes may arrive Wednesday, July 12, at 4 p.m. Those with VIP camping parking can arrive at 8 p.m., and all other guests may arrive at 10 p.m.
Where: The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton
Details: Saturday single-day passes start at $99.50. Three-day passes start at $215.50 general admission and $499.50 VIP. Camp Bisco guests must be 18 or older with a valid ID. For a complete list of acts and set times, to purchase tickets or for more information, visit campbisco.com.

No longer adrift  at sea – Melodic metal group the Aegean finds its groove  with addition of new vocalist to lineup

No longer adrift at sea – Melodic metal group the Aegean finds its groove with addition of new vocalist to lineup

For melodic metal group the Aegean, the sum is greater than its parts.
Formed from several local bands, the Nanticoke-based group pieced itself together in 2016 upon discovery of vocalist Corey Lombardo. With the missing link in place, members knew it was time to get their music out to the public.
“That feeling of relief when we finally found Corey after about two years of trying to find a vocalist that fit in with what we were trying to do — it was like a weight was lifted,” guitarist David Kline said.
After some ups and downs, the Aegean seems to have found its groove. Kline went On the Record to discuss the band’s progression over the years, and how musicians from Northeast Pennsylvania and surrounding regions affect the way he views music.

Q: Where did your band name come from?
A: Pretty much out of nowhere. I was really into Greek mythology as a kid, so I’m assuming it probably stemmed from that.

Q: How did you each get involved in music?
A: We’ve all been playing music in some facet since we’ve been in high school. It’s just something that happened then, and snowballed from there.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
A: The lack of a crowd for our set. Discouraging as it was, it was still good to finally play our first show out after a couple years of writing and practicing.

Q: What is the process like for writing your music?
A: I generally write most of the guitar parts with the aid of Kenny (Huber, the group guitarist), arrange the structure of the song, make a rough recording, email the files to the rest of the band so they can start working out their respective parts, put it all together at practice and then fine tune it from there.

Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
A: Much more disciplined. I learned a while back from a close friend and amazing musician in his own right that, in most cases, less is sometimes more.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
A: Lots of different things have happened. Most notably for me is the closing of a lot of venues over the last 10 years, which really put a damper on things. But this area still has a ton of insanely talented bands and musicians, and as long as that’s the case, then the scene will keep trucking.

Q: Who has influenced you over the years?
A: For me, personally, I’d have to say Ryan Klubeck, the other guitarist and main songwriter of the first serous band I was in. It was similar in sound to the type of metal that the Aegean is playing, and that’s because my style of writing is very heavily influenced by that band and Ryan himself.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a musician?
A: Finding a solid drummer and vocalist in a sea of guitar players.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
A: Nothing other than to write music we enjoy playing, and having as much fun as we can with it.
— charlotte l. jacobson

Concerts – July 13, 2017

Concerts – July 13, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Billy Strings & Trout Streak Revival, Thursday, July 13
Robbie Fulks, Friday, July 14
Daughtry, Saturday, July 15
Conor Oberst, Thursday, July 27
Fastball, Saturday, July 29
Amos Lee, Sunday, July 30
Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank, Thursday, Aug. 3
Shemekia Copeland, Friday Aug. 4
Gene Ween does Billy Joel, Saturday, Aug. 5
TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, Thursday, Aug. 10
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Saturday, Aug. 12
Donny and Marie Osmond, Thursday, Aug. 24

Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: 877-682-4791
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, July 15, and Saturday, Aug. 26
Jay Sean, Saturday, July 22
T-Pain, Saturday, July 29
Brody Jenner, Saturday, Aug. 5
3 Doors Down, Friday, Aug. 18
Lil Jon, Saturday, Aug. 19
Smokey Robinson, Saturday, Aug. 19
Andrew Dice Clay, Friday, Sept. 8
Artie Lange, Saturday, Sept. 16
The Midtown Men, Friday Sept. 29

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0249
The David Bromberg Quintet, Friday, July 14
The Elovators, Saturday, July 15
The Birdie Busch Band, Thursday, July 20
Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute), Friday, July 21
The Ten Band (Pearl Jam tribute), Saturday, July 22
Savoy Brown, Thursday, July 27
Tribute to Bob Dylan & Neil Young, Friday, July 28
Bennie & The Jets (Elton John tribute), Saturday, July 29
Whiskerman, Thursday, Aug. 3
Tribute to Frank Sinatra by Tony Sands, Saturday, Aug. 12

The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Tickets: 570-961-9000
Camp Bisco, Thursday, July 13; Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15
Boston and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Saturday, July 25
OneRepublic with Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, Wednesday, July 26
Peach Music Festival, Thursday, Aug. 10, Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12
I Love the ‘90s — the Party Continues Tour, Saturday, Aug. 26
Altitude Music Festival, Sunday, Aug. 27
Luke Bryan and Brett Eldredge, Wednesday, Sept. 6

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Shellshocked Churchills, Thursday, July 13
Phil Vassar, Thursday, July 13
Great White with Faster Pussycat, Saturday, July 15
Dina Hall, Wednesday, July 19
Kartune, Thursday, July 20
Becky & the Beasts, Friday, July 21
Coal County Express, Wednesday, July 26
Craig Thatcher Band, Thursday, July 27
Mr. Speed (KISS tribute), Friday, July 28
Flaxy Morgan Duo, Wednesday, Aug. 2

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash with Jam Stampede, Friday, Aug. 4
Of Good Natured/ Elephants Dancing, Wednesday, Aug. 9
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, Aug. 11
Aaron Fink & the Fury, Friday, Aug. 18
Tom Moran’s Birthday Bash with All-Star Band of Great Friends, Saturday, Aug. 19
Suze, Saturday, Aug. 26
Mind Choir, Rosary Guild, University Drive, Saturday, Sept. 16
Still Hand String Band, Friday, Sept. 22
Steal Your Peach, Saturday, Sept. 23
Solar Federation (Rush tribute), Saturday, Sept. 30

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
My Show featuring Cavern, Thursday, July 13
Keep Flying — “Walkabout” EP Release Party, Saturday, July 15
Ja Rule, Thursday, July 20
Hellyeah: Unden!able World Tour, Saturday, June 22
The Company Kept, Friday, July 28
Jay & the Americans, Friday, July 28
The Stranger (Billy Joel tribute), Saturday, July 29
Hashgrinder, Saturday, Aug. 5
Social Distortion, Tuesday, Aug. 8
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Friday, Aug. 11, Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Chevelle, Thursday, July 13
Splintered Sunlight, Thursday, July 14
Why Don’t We, Saturday, July 15
Sir Sly, Saturday, July 15
Wheeler Walker Jr., Sunday, July 16
This Wild Life, Thursday, July 20
Ghost, Thursday, July 20
Promise of Redemption, Friday, July 21
LFO with CEONEO, Wednesday, July 26
Seether, Thursday, July 27

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
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
Ninja Sex Party, Sunday, Aug. 27, and Monday, Aug. 28
Danzig, Friday, Sept. 8
UB40 Legends Ali, Astro and Mickey, Saturday, Sept. 9
Young M.A., Saturday, Sept. 23
Two Door Cinema Club, Saturday, Sept. 30

Radisson at Lackwanna Station Hotel, Scranton
Tickets: 570-342-8300
13th annual Scranton Jazz Festival, Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 6

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey
Tickets: 856-365-1300
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
Incubus and Jimmy Eat World, Thursday, July 20
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers, Friday, July 21
OneRepublic with Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, Saturday, July 22
John Legend, Monday, July 24
Straight No Chaser and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Tuesday, July 25
Korn with Stone Sour, Wednesday, July 26
Boston with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Thursday, July 27

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Kendrick Lamar, Wednesday, July 19
Hans Zimmer, Saturday, July 22
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Saturday, July 29
Queen + Adam Lambert, Sunday, July 30
Earth, Wind & Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Roger Waters, Tuesday, Aug. 8, through Friday, Aug. 11
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Wednesday, Aug. 16
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Friday, Aug. 18
Shawn Mendes, Tuesday, Aug. 22
Lady Gaga, Sunday, Sept. 10, and Monday, Sept. 11

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts,
Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Luke Bryan, Thursday, July 13
Foreigner, Friday, July 14
Incubus with Jimmy Eat World and Atlas Genius, Sunday, July 16
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper, Friday, July 21
Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, Saturday, July 22
Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs, Friday, July 28
Blondie and Garbage: Rage and Rapture Tour, Saturday, July 29
Santana, Saturday, Aug. 5
Kings of Leon, Sunday, Aug. 6
Florida Georgia Line with Nelly, Chris Lane and Ryan Hurd, Thursday, Aug. 10

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
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
Billy Joel, Monday, Aug. 21
Marc Anthony, Saturday, Aug. 26
Miel Sans Marcos, Saturday, Sept. 2
Arcade Fire, Tuesday, Sept. 12
Sam Hunt, Thursday, Sept. 14

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Jerry Seinfield, Thursday, July 27
Blondie and Garbage: Rage and Rapture Tour, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Gillian Welch — The Harrow & the Harvest in concert, Tuesday, Aug. 2
American Acoustic with Punch Brothers and I’m With Her and Julian Lage, Wednesday, Aug. 3
Herbie Hancock, Monday, Aug. 7
Buckingham McVie, Wednesday, Aug. 9
The Beach Boys, Thursday, Aug. 17
Adam Ant: the Singles Tour, Wednesday, Sept. 13
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and TOTO, Thursday, Sept. 14
The Gipsy Kings, Friday, Sept. 15

 

Clubs – July 13, 2017

Clubs – July 13, 2017

Thursday, July 13
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
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Jeanne Zano Duo
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Bring your own vinyl with James Callahan
Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Beatlemania Again (The Beatles tribute)
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Earthmouth, the Hill You Die On and Walaueh
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Nowhere Slow

Friday, July 14
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Shelly’s Underground
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Tom Graham
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Don Q
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Ron Schoonover
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Hot Coffee
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Fake Uncle Jack
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Dymond and Cutter
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ Marc Anthony, Brad Lowery, Peyton Clarkson and Kevin Downey Jr.
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Whiskey and Woods
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Dashboard Mary
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Joe Burke
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Acoustic night with The Fusion Brothers, E57 and more
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Village Idiots
McNally’s, 219 E. Market St., Scranton: Ron Morgan
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Fuzzy Park
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Jeff Lewis, Sketchy Business
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Somethin’ Else and Jimmy Carroll
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: DJ Chris, Peter Bales, Pat O’Donnell and John Knight
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: 3IB (Three Imaginary Boys), Thomas Aimi
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dustin Douglas, The Electric Gentlemen

Saturday, July 15
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Riley Loftus
Arturo’s, 140 Main St., Dupont: Blue Funk
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bliss
Bones Bar, 1110 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Dee Maple Band, Still Hand String Band and BoneJak
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Three Imaginary Boys
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Somethin’ Else, DJ Trex and John Knight
Dukey’s Cafe, 785 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre: Dirty Hand
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party, KRZ Dance Party
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Kyle McCormack
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Pair of Nuts
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Classic Rock Night with Twisted Fantasy and UTO
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: the Disorders
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: I am Buffalo, The Control Freaks
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Devil Dog
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: M80 and Kevin Downey Jr.
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Soul City and Brad Lowery
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dimensions feat. Valarie Adams
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Dale’s Jukebox and Buzz
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Slapjaw with Traverse the Abyss

Sunday, July 16
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Joe Kopicki
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Lex
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Great Rock Pair
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Green Jelly with Earthmouth, Family Animals, Candi Vee and more
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: the Wanabees
Silver Birches Resort, 205 Route 507, Palmyra Twp.: Rick Horvath Acoustic Blender with Randy Light
Villa Maria II, 1610 Washburn St., Scranton: Fab Three
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, July 17
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, July 18
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: A Night of Experimental Electronic Music
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Better Than Bad
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Mike Dillon

Wednesday, July 19
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
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke
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: Mean Old Bastards
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Shock rockers promise  to shower audience with mayhem

Shock rockers promise to shower audience with mayhem

Since 1984, shock rock band GWAR has terrorized the world to the delight of its minions, who relish the ferocious ontage antics that leave none within spitting distance safe.
This summer, GWAR serves as one of the headlining acts of Vans Warped Tour, which stops at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Monday, July 10. After the untimely death of its frontman and founding member Oderus Urungus, the band found new leadership under lead singer Blothar, the berserker. The mighty vocalist recently spoke with a reporter by phone to detail what fans (and GWAR newcomers) can expect from the live show.

Q: Tell us a little about the history of the band.
A: GWAR is a rock band … originally we are all from outer space. We are members of an elite fighting force called Scumdogs of the Universe who were banned to the planet Earth after we made some pretty serious mistakes. So Earth is pretty much a prison planet for GWAR. Once we got here, we met an unscrupulous manager named Sleazy P. Martini, who figured that if he could teach us how to speak the language, he was like, ‘These guys don’t have much of a skill set, but they are really stupid so they can probably handle playing rock music.’ And that’s what we wound up doing, was picking up instruments and learning how to kick ass on them and then take over your planet.

Q: We have a new president in the United States this year. Will he factor into your stage show at all?
A: We’re probably going to slap around his son onstage a little bit, I don’t know. This guy is a clown and when he comes up onstage, which he will — he has been every night — Trump shows up at the last minute with his Murdercade and he’s trying to wave to the people and just generally get attention and we cut his stomach up and rip his guts out and feed them to him and then, somehow, he shows up the next night again. He’s indestructible, like a cockroach.

Q: What can the audience expect at your performance?
A: For the uninitiated who come to see GWAR, you can expect to see the greatest rock ‘n’ roll spectacle in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. You can see a group of space aliens onstage who are under continuous attack as they try to play really great metal-rock, punk-rock — the music that GWAR plays. It’s a rock concert, but at the same time, there’s a steady parade of deplorables who attack us and we do battle with them. And you get to see all of the spectacular action and gore that’s associated with these fights. There’s blood spraying everywhere, all kinds of bodily fluids shooting out of all kinds of hideous alien orifices. It’s a good time had by all. The kids go away covered and soaked in the blood, they walk into a Convenient store and trying to buy Big Gulps and people stare at them and policemen ask them what they’ve been doing. That’s how a GWAR show goes.

Q: Will your set list focus on any specific albums?
A: We do have one song from our new album called “F*** This Place” … there’s that to look forward to. Other than that, it’s just old, classic GWAR songs. GWAR has a long history. We’ve got a lot of albums to choose from when writing a set list. We only have a half-hour or so, so it’s packed with some good tunes. Then, after that, I think you can look forward to an AC/DC cover, and what it is will be a surprise, but people who are in the know can probably figure it out: What would be the ultimate AC/DC song for GWAR to do?

Q: What can you share about your forthcoming album, “Blood of Gods”?
A: “Blood of Gods” is awesome. It’s destined to become a classic. It’s certainly a turning point for the band, musically. It’s the first album without Oderus Urungus, our fallen lead singer. The record is dedicated to him. In his absence, GWAR soldiered on, as he would have wanted, and I think this is a record that will speak for itself when they hear it. I think people are going to be amazed by this record, both GWAR and non-GWAR fans, probably mostly non-GWAR fans. As they were when they came to see GWAR, and, lo and behold, it was still a GWAR show despite all of the loss and tragedy that the band had experienced. It’s still the greatest, most exciting rock band to take the stage. You’re not going to go and watch four dudes trying to be as cute as possible, trying to stare at their shoes. That’s not what GWAR is. We give the people what they want, and what they want is nonstop death and mayhem. And that’s what this record is. It’s a great hard rock album. I think people will hear it and they’ll understand that GWAR is a force to be reckoned with, musically. GWAR is a band that has been run down by critics, repeatedly. I have never seen a positive critical review of a GWAR album, just as there was never a positive critical review of a KISS album. And rarely of Alice Cooper albums. Because people have their nose stuck in the air, and we’re going to rub those noses in a pile of (expletive) with this album.

Q: Any parting words for the masses?
A: Can I have a hug?

Q: Thanks for your time today. Safe travels to Scranton.
A: Thank you. Fare thee well.
— patrice wilding


If you go
What: Vans Warped Tour featuring GWAR on the Mutant South stage
When: Monday, July 10; doors open at 12:30 p.m., set times posted day of show
Where: The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton
Details: Tickets start at $43.50 and are available through the box office or livenation.com.

Sounds – July 6, 2017

Sounds – July 6, 2017

ERASURE – World Be Gone
THE GOOD: British synth-pop legend Erasure (producer/composer/instrumentalist Vince Clarke and vocalist Andy Bell) kicks off a fourth decade together with its 17th album.
THE BAD: Expect great pop, not great innovation. The formula dominates.
THE NITTY GRITTY: But why change? When the duo first came together back in 1986, synth-pop acts were very prevalent. Now, not so much. So Erasure is a survivor. And as long as Andy Bell’s voice is strong (it is) and Clarke can churn out those divine melodies (he does), we’ll still show up every few years.
“World Be Gone” gets political in spots. What album doesn’t in the era of Brexit and Trump? But even the heavy handedness of “Oh What A World” doesn’t come across as confrontational when its harsh accusations are set against a lilting Clarke tune.
Then there are the usual dance floor bangers like lead single “Love You to the Sky” and the warm and soothing bits such as “Still It’s Not Over.” Predictable, but still great.
BUY IT?: As usual…yes.

TEEN DAZE – Themes for Dying Earth
THE GOOD: Canadian artist Teen Daze (Jamison Isaak) returns with a very ambient and collaborative fifth.
THE BAD: Not bad but definitely a case of “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Don’t play “Earth” until you can devote the better part of an hour to it.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Isaak takes us through a very personal set that’s one-half sparkling electronic pop and one-half down-tempo tranquility. After traveling the world, the man got back to nature in order to give us something very green and hopeful within our uncertain environmental future. At this moment, the record plays like an invigorating yet relaxing walk through the forest on a perfect sunny spring day.
Tracks like the crisp clean “Cycle” and the fragile yet inviting “Lost” (featuring soothing guest vocals from Nadia Hulett) find haunting melodies riding tempered rhythms. Instrumentals such as the stirring “Dream City” and the layered M83-esque “Cherry Blossoms” are non-intrusive bits of audible bliss.
BUY IT?: Surely.

CAVEGREEN – Vita Lucida
THE GOOD: Pacific Northwest electronic duo Cavegreen switch on their first full-length.
THE BAD: No complaints.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Comprised of multi-instrumentalist Eleanor Murray and lyricist/vocalist GianLuca Bucci, Cavegreen makes synth-driven music that remains firmly grounded in nature and, as their bio states, “an ongoing interest in the ancient and modern philosophical traditions of the earth.”
But this isn’t one of those budget world music CDs your mom bought at the grocery store. No, Cavegreen remind us of everyone from ‘90s synth-duo Olive to modern one-man acts like Porcelain Raft. Plus, there are more organic elements buried not so deep within some of these tracks; distant echoes of vintage Beth Orton or even more recent Tennis. And does anyone recall Tennessee’s Venus Hum?
All these sounds combine to give us a heady mix of plugged-in melodies and dreamy atmospheres recalling woods washed clean by a spring shower or a cool clear mountain stream at dusk. And Bucci’s fragile quivering vocals are the perfect complement to Murray’s cascading backdrops.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Concerts – July 6, 2017

Concerts – July 6, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Billy Strings & Trout Streak Revival, Thursday, July 13
Robbie Fulks, Friday, July 14
Daughtry, Saturday, July 15
Conor Oberst, Thursday, July 27
Fastball, Saturday, July 29
Amos Lee, Sunday, July 30
Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank, Thursday, Aug. 3
Shemekia Copeland, Friday Aug. 4
Gene Ween Does Billy Joel, Saturday, Aug. 5
TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, Thursday, Aug. 10
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Saturday, Aug. 12
Donny and Marie Osmond, Thursday, Aug. 24

Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Nick Cannon, Saturday, July 8
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, July 15, and Saturday, Aug. 26
Jay Sean, Saturday, July 22
T-Pain, Saturday, July 29
Brody Jenner, Saturday, Aug. 5
3 Doors Down, Friday, Aug. 18
Lil Jon, Saturday, Aug. 19
Andrew Dice Clay, Friday, Sept. 8
Artie Lange, Saturday, Sept. 16
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
The David Bromberg Quintet, Friday, July 14
The Elovators, Saturday, July 15
The Birdie Busch Band, Thursday, July 20
Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute), Friday, July 21
The Ten Band (Pearl Jam tribute), Saturday, July 22
Savoy Brown, Thursday, July 27
Tribute to Bob Dylan & Neil Young, Friday, July 28
Bennie & The Jets (Elton John tribute), Saturday, July 29
Whiskerman, Thursday, Aug. 3
Tribute to Frank Sinatra by Tony Sands, Saturday, Aug. 12

The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Tickets: 570-961-9000
Lady Antebellum with 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 and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Saturday, July 25
OneRepublic with 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
Altitude Music Festival, Sunday, Aug. 4
Luke Bryan and Brett Eldredge, Wednesday, Sept. 6

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Pair of Nuts, Wednesday, July 5
Band of Brothers, Thursday, July 6
Buckberry, Friday, July 7
Nightwind, Saturday, July 8
Mother Nature’s Son, Wednesday, July 12
Shellshocked Churchills, Thursday, July 13
Phil Vassar, Thursday, July 13
Great White with Faster Pussycat, Saturday, July 15
Dina Hall, Wednesday, July 19
Kartune, Thursday, July 20
Becky & the Beasts, Friday, July 21

Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton
Tickets: 570-342-8300
13th annual Scranton Jazz Festival, Tuesday, Aug. 4 through Thursday, Aug. 6

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash with Jam Stampede, Friday, Aug. 4
Of Good Natured/ Elephants Dancing, Wednesday, Aug. 9
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, Aug. 11
Aaron Fink & the Fury, Friday, Aug. 18
Tom Moran’s Birthday Bash with All-Star Band of Great Friends, Saturday, Aug. 19
Suze, Saturday, Aug. 26
Still Hand String Band, Friday, Sept. 22
Steal Your Peach, Saturday, Sept. 23

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
ALT 92.1 presents: Gin Blossoms, Friday, July 7
Less Fuschia, Saturday, July 8
My Show featuring Cavern, Thursday, July 13
Ja Rule, Thursday, July 20
Hellyeah: Unden!able World Tour, Saturday, June 22
The Company Kept, Friday, July 28
Jay & the Americans, Friday, July 28
The Stranger (Billy Joel tribute), Saturday, July 29
Hashgrinder, Saturday, Aug. 5
Social Distortion, Tuesday, Aug. 8

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Rooney, Friday, July 7
Wolf Alice, Saturday, July 8
Mother, Mother, Sunday, July 9
Chevelle, Thursday, July 13
Splintered Sunlight, Thursday, July 14
Why Don’t We, Saturday, July 15
Sir Sly, Saturday, July 15
Wheeler Walker Jr., Sunday, July 16
This Wild Life, Thursday, July 20
Ghost, Thursday, July 20

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
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
Ninja Sex Party, Sunday, Aug. 27, and Monday, Aug. 28
Danzig, Friday, Sept. 8
UB40 Legends Ali, Astro and Mickey, Saturday, Sept. 9
Young M.A., Saturday, Sept. 23

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey
Tickets: 856-365-1300
Vans Warped Tour, Friday, July 7
Rod Stewart and 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
Incubus and Jimmy Eat World, Thursday, July 20
Chicago and The Doobie Brothers, Friday, July 21
OneRepublic with Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, Saturday, July 22
John Legend, Monday, July 24
Straight No Chaser and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Tuesday, July 25

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt, Sunday, July 9
Ed Sheeran, Tuesday, July 11, and Wednesday, July 12
Kendrick Lamar, Wednesday, July 19
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Saturday, July 29
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
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Wednesday, Aug. 16
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Friday, Aug. 18

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
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 and Cyndi Lauper, Friday, July 21
Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, Saturday, July 22
Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs, Friday, July 28
Blondie and Garbage: Rage and Rapture Tour, Saturday, July 29
Santana, Saturday, Aug. 5

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
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
Sam Hunt, Thursday, Sept. 14

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Jerry Seinfield, Thursdays, July 13 and July 27
Blondie and Garbage: 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
Adam Ant: the Singles Tour, Wednesday, Sept. 13
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and TOTO, Thursday, Sept. 14
The Gipsy Kings, Friday, Sept. 15

Clubs – July 6, 2017

Clubs – July 6, 2017

Thursday, July 6
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Sellout Soundtrack
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmoney Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: AJ/DJ
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: 7 Bridges (Eagles tribute)
North Slope Brewing Co., 33 Tunkhannock Highway, Dallas: Gone Crazy
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Just Blush, The Cryptic and Boneflowers
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jackson Vee

Friday, July 7
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Jody and Alicia Lynn, Alicia Lynn & Jody Busch
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Lily Mao
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DWest
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: K8
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ Marc Anthony, Brad Lowery, James Goff and Andrew Kennedy
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Chris Zawatsky
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Chuck Paul
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Liar Liar
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: David Cupano
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Jubilee Restaurant, Route 940 & Miller Drive, Pocono Pines: A Pair of Nuts
Legend’s Saloon, 750 Boulevard Ave., Dickson City: Heads Up Duo
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Farmers Daughter Duo
The Office Bar & Grill, 68 Main St., Nicholson: Joe Kopicki
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Fab 3 and Ted Weiss
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Somethin’ Else and Gemini
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: DJ Chris, RC Smith, Mike Gaffney and Charlie Weiner
Slingshots Bar and Grill, 110 S. Main St., Moscow: Crazy Karaoke with DJ Jenny Monstrosity
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: John Smith and John and Torey
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jigsaw Johnny
Windsor Inn, 669 Washington Ave., Jermyn: Gerard Demarco
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Burton, Mike Feeney and Scott Bruce

Saturday, July 8
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: JP Williams Blues Duo
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Q-Ball
American Grill, 1320 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: Group Therapy
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Light Up The Moon
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: The Mix
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Somethin’ Else, DJ Trex and Charlie Weiner
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party, KRZ Dance Party
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Nick Bilski
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: DWest Trio
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: King Kidding, Rosary Guild and E57
Jubilee Restaurant, Route 940 & Miller Drive, Pocono Pines: Who Knows
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Polly Anna, Just Blush and Grant Williams
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Luongo Brothers Duo
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Sketch Business
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: M80 and Andrew Kennedy
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Chapter 2 and Gemini
R Bar & Grill, 144 W. Union St., Nanticoke: Karaoke Night
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Hoopla
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Graces Downfall Duo and Ron Schoonover
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Molly Pitcher Path
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Burton, Mike Feeney and Scott Bruce

Sunday, July 9
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Jackson and Lissa
Crabby’s Seafood Grill and Pipes Bar, 3159 Lower Demunds Road, Dallas: Strawberry Jam
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: RJ Scouton
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, July 10
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, July 11
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
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: Johnny Jones

Wednesday, July 12
Bazil, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marko Marcinko Jazz Trio
The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Jubilee Restaurant, Route 940 & Miller Drive, Pocono Pines: Strawberry Jam Duo
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: Retro Rocket
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous, Speaker Jam Karaoke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays
The Settlers Inn, 4 Main Ave., Hawley: Jazz on the Deck
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: Paul Martin
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Acoustic artist SocioEmpath sings the story of her life

Acoustic artist SocioEmpath sings the story of her life

Alex Kijek performs as a one-woman acoustic show under the stage name SocioEmpath. The newly accepted graduate student will attend Marywood University in the fall, but a busy schedule hasn’t stopped her from writing her own music and playing her guitar in venues around Northeast Pennsylvania. Kijek’s mellow tunes tell the stories of the ups and downs in her life, a testament to her stage name.
“SocioEmpath takes both empathy and sociopath and puts them together, and they’re basically opposites. It’s a play on how I often find myself in one extreme or the other with a lot of things. I’m never really in the middle,” the 24-year-old said.
Now ready to take on the local music scene, she never settles for just the middle.

Q: How did you get involved in music?
A: I almost got involved in music by accident. There was a local Girl Scout camp I went to every summer, Camp Louise. I signed up for a particularly unpopular program when I was 12, and it got canceled. I was told I could either get a refund or pick another program. I elected to go to a two-week program that taught guitar skills. I attended that program again every summer until the camp closed.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public?
A: I remember being really nervous, but what really stands out is that when I was “done” with what I planned on playing, I was asked to keep going. It was basically because the next band wasn’t ready yet, but it was still pretty flattering.

Q: What is the process like for writing your music?
A: Usually a melody and lyrics just pop into my head, just like two to four lines, and I expand from there.

Q: How have you changed as a musician over the years?
A: I’ve gotten a lot more confident, and that’s awesome. I went from playing my songs because maybe people might like them to playing because I like my own songs.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a musician?
A: My personal favorite memory was long before I started playing shows. My best friend and I wanted to do music stuff, we were both 13 or 14, so neither of us drove. He lived like 40 minutes away from me, so we would try to play together through the phone. There was always a delay, so we were never on time together, but it was fun.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
A: Even though I haven’t been playing shows for a long time, I’ve been going to them for the last ten years. One thing I’ve really seen change is musical accessibility for underage kids. I was really lucky, I grew up going to shows at Cafe Metropolis (in Wilkes-Barre), and kids now don’t really have a steady place to go to shows. But having the internet develop more, and having more music websites and things has kept kids in the loop. I guess now, mostly, if you’re under 21, you don’t go to the music, you have to make it come to you.

Q: Who has influenced you over the years?
A: This is a tough question. I really don’t know. Not much of what I enjoy listening to really influences what I play, and I’ve never had any influence like, telling me to keep at it or anything. I’m pretty self-motivated.

Q: What is the biggest challenge?
A: Balancing my schedule. I work, and I dance the Joan Harris Center in Luzerne. I have been dancing there since I was 3 years old, doing ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance, and still do round 12 hours a week. I’ll be going to grad school in the fall to get my Ed.S. in school psychology. I’m also an avid reader and gamer, so I have to schedule in time to play or write music just to be able to get it all done.

Q: What are your future goals as a musician?
A: I like to think in terms of near future, so probably getting myself recorded decently and releasing a album.

— samantha stanich