Sounds – May 16, 2019

Sounds – May 16, 2019

Karen O, Danger Mouse collaboration a must-have among new releases

Stephen Malkmus — ‘Groove Denied’
THE GOOD:
Ex-Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus gets weird on his eighth (and first without usual backing band the Jicks).
THE BAD: You won’t get “Groove” on the first spin, but the album will win you over.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Malkmus recorded the collection completely on his own, off and on, over the past decade. Instead of fronting a proper band, he chose to switch on synths, drum machines and laptops, and put those otherworldly sounds next to all his usual guitar stuff. The end result isn’t exactly “Malkmus goes trip-hop,” but rather a nod to early ’80s post-punk and minimalist New Wave.
Tracks such as the robotic “Viktor Borgia” and the jittery, funky “Love the Door” are equal parts Kraftwerk, Wire and James Murphy. They’re somewhat retro but still timeless. Sonic elements found herein also remind us of when fellow indie pioneer Lou Barlow turned on the beats for Folk Implosion all those years ago. With new sounds in somewhat familiar territory, “Groove Denied” ends up a fascinating side step.
BUY IT?: Sure.

Ex Hex — ‘It’s Real’
THE GOOD:
Indie guitarist/vocalist Mary Timony’s classic rock project Ex Hex comes back with a solid sophomore effort.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: I remember Timony playing with her ex-band Helium on the side stage at Lollapalooza ’95. I was a huge fan of the noisy outfit. But after its set, my friends just stared at me in disbelief. Helium was an acquired taste. It was sonically weird and most times completely misunderstood.
So it’s kind of unexpected that Ex Hex hails from practically the same place. This outfit has more in common with early Aerosmith and the Go-Gos than anything Timony ever did a couple of decades ago. Doesn’t matter. This heavy garage trash is just as powerful as her old stuff. It’s simply a different aesthetic, one that Timony is perfectly comfortable delivering.
Songs such as “Tough Enough,” “No Reflection” and “Cosmic Cave” are forceful, catchy and endlessly crank-able. Spring has arrived. Top down. This album full blast. Now.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Karen O and Danger Mouse — ‘Lux Prima’
THE GOOD:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O collaborates with super-producer Danger Mouse, and the end results are pure bliss.
THE BAD: Nothing.
THE NITTY GRITTY: “Lux Prima” is so much more than Karen O acting as the new lead vocalist of Gnarls Barkley or Broken Bells (although moments here vaguely resemble BOTH of those things). “Lux Prima” is completely its own thing with a unique vibe throwing together elements of ’60s psychedelics, ’70s soul and ’90s trip-hop. Danger Mouse makes the retro feel fresh again, while Karen O has never sounded more entrancing.
The two give spacey atmospherics and traditional song structures equal time and importance, creating an experience delivering the best of both worlds. It’s an indie pop album in which you can’t help become completely absorbed. Whether it’s the pounding R&B of “Woman,” the extended trip taken on the title cut or the soft, gorgeous simplicity carrying “Nox Lumina,” both main players’ unique personalities mesh perfectly.
BUY IT?: Absolutely.

Contact the writer: mevans@shamrocknepa.com

Concerts – May 16, 2019

Concerts – May 16, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
Live on Mars: A Tribute to David Bowie, Tuesday, June 4
Todd Snider, Tuesday, June 11
Ace Frehley, Saturday, June 29
Tommy Emmanuel, Wednesday, July 17
An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Sunday, July 28
An Evening with Dawes, Tuesday, July 30
The Righteous Brothers, Wednesday, Aug. 14
Billy Gardell, Thursday, Oct. 3
Josh Gates Live: An Evening of Ghosts, Monsters and Tales of Adventure, Friday, Oct. 18
Joe Nardone Presents: “Oh What a Night” of Doo Wop Legends, Saturday, Oct. 26

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Night Ranger, Saturday, May 25
Good Charlotte, Friday, June 28
Jake Owen, Saturday, June 29
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Friday, July 12
Scott Stapp — The Voice of Creed, Friday, July 19
The Charlie Daniels Band, Friday, July 26
The Struts, Sunday, July 28

Freestylelive, Saturday, Aug. 10

Drake White, Friday, Nov. 8

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover with Kluster Phunk, Friday, May 17
Muscle Tough and Rob Compa Trio, Saturday, May 18
Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones — Prince Tribute, Saturday, May 25
Royal Scam, Saturday, June 1
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, June 14
Creamy Station & Dee Maple Band, Saturday, June 15
George Wesley Birthday Bash, Friday, June 21
A Proud Monkey, Friday, Aug. 30
Goodstew featuring Rodney and Jon Godinez, Friday, Oct. 11

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Branson Fever, Thursday, May 16
The Oak Ridge Boys, Friday, May 17
The Machine, Friday, May 31
Transform Tour featuring Howard Jones, Sunday, June 9
Colt Ford, Thursday, June 13
Trace Adkins, Friday, June 21
Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl, Friday, June 28
Gretchen Wilson, Saturday, June 29
Steve Earle & the Dukes, Thursday, July 11
J.J. Grey & Mofro and Jonny Lang with North Mississippi Allstars, Friday, July 12

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
Skid Row, Friday, May 17
Citizens Cope, Saturday, May 18
Pocono Showcase Comedy, Saturday, May 18
The Ghost of Paul Revere, Sunday May 19
Yngwie Malmsteen, Tuesday, May 21
Stone Temple Pilots, Wednesday, May 29
St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Saturday, June 8

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
Troubadours, Friday, May 31
Damn the Torpedoes, Saturday, June 1
A Solo Acoustic Evening with Richard Marx, Friday, June 7
Al Di Meola, Wednesday, June 12
Who’s Bad, Friday, June 14
The Jayhawks, Sunday, June 16
Dylan LeBlanc, Tuesday, June 18
Low Cut Connie, Sunday, June 23
The Smithereens with Marshall Crenshaw, Friday, June 28
Jimmie Vaughan, Wednesday, July 10

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Friday, May 17
The Hives/Refused, Saturday, May 18
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Thursday, June 6
New Found Glory, Friday, June 7
Psychedelic Furs + James, Saturday, July 13
Rufus Du Sol, Tuesday, Aug. 6
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Friday, Aug. 30
Pup, Wednesday, Sept. 11
Streetlight Manifesto, Friday, Sept. 13

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Ariana Grande, Monday, June 24
New Kids on the Block, Thursday, June 27
Hugh Jackman, Sunday, June 30
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Saturday, July 13
Jennifer Lopez, Saturday, July 20
John Mayer, Monday, July 22
Iron Maiden, Tuesday, July 30
Queen and Adam Lambert, Saturday, Aug. 3
Khalid, Sunday, Aug. 11

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Pink, Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 22
Anderson.Paak & the Free National, Thursday, May 30
Pentatonix, Thursday, June 6
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 19
Hugh Jackman, Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29
Hillsong United with Amanda Cook and Mack Brock, Tuesday, June 2

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
Jessie James Decker, Thursday, May 16
An Evening with Yann Tiersen, Tuesday, May 28
Glen Hansard, Saturday, June 1
David Gray, Tuesday, June 4

Nightlife – May 16, 2019

Nightlife – May 16, 2019

Thursday, May 16
Bar Pazzo, 129 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Themed Third Thursday Birthday Bash
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Exeter: Open Mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Asialena
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, 337 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
Susquehanna Brewing Co., 635 S. Main St., Pittston: Karaoke Night
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Wanabees Trio
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Chris Malvizzi
Windsor Inn, 669 Washington Ave., Jermyn: Kura
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, May 17
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Lost Dogs: A Tribute to Pearl Jam
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Doug and Sean
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Mother Nature’s Sons
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ Jamal Knight
Case Quattro Winery, 702 North Blakely St., Dunmore: Dashboard Mary
The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Bill and Donna Arnold
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Reach for the Sky
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Ninety Six Ghosts
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: A Polka Party at the Hall featuring the Chardon Polka Band
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Comedy Night with Peter Revello
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Fuzzy Park Duo
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Chuck Paul
R & J’s Wild Rover Pub, 1315 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover with Kluster Phunk
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Go Go Gadjet
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Halfway to Hell (AC/DC tribute)
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Project ’90s and Barstool Monkeys
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Barrel Chested Beer Bellies
Wheels Bar & Grill, 5222 Nuangola Road, Mountain Top: 2Rockaholix
Windsor Inn, 669 Washington Ave., Jermyn: Snowblind
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Chafin with K.C. Arora and Buddy Harris

Saturday, May 18
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: J.P. Williams Blues Band featuring Ekat Pereyra
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: The Casper Band
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Tracksuit Panda
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bark at the Moon (Ozzy Osbourne tribute)
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Gone Crazy
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Frost Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Ostrich Hat
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Militia and Two Minute Warning
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 Route 93, Berwick: DuMM
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Old Charades and Esta Coda
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Machine Arms, Sawce and Hamo
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Paul Martin
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: The JOB
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nick Michels and His Parrot Band
Pittston Memorial Library , 47 Broad St., Pittston: Variety Bingo
R Place, 482 Hamlin Highway, Hamlin: FullCircle
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Muscle Tough and Rob Compa Trio
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Game of Thrones Pop-Up
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Moodswing
Susquehanna Brewing Co., 635 S. Main St., Pittston: Coach N’ Commando
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Hostile Authority and Ron Schoonover
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Mace in Dickson
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Chafin with K.C. Arora and Buddy Harris

Sunday, May 19
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Frair’s Point Band CD release show
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Secret Society Duo: The Music of Todd Rundgren
Susquehanna Brewing Co., 635 S. Main St., Pittston: Cornhole Tournament
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Cruisin with Keith
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, May 20
Border Bar, 333 Laurel St., Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Tom Osborne
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ Aptrik

Tuesday, May 21
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Jack Swing with Vine Street
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, May 22
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Village Idiots
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Sounds – May 9, 2019

Sounds – May 9, 2019

Facets of American life on display in trio of albums

Son Volt — ‘Union’
THE GOOD:
American alt-country/roots rock outfit Son Volt comes back with a politicized ninth.
THE BAD: Nothing.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Founding member and frontman Jay Farrar has always flirted with protest music, songs about the working man and various shades of “Americana” since his days with Uncle Tupelo. So the lyrical direction of “Union” isn’t all that surprising, although there’s NO mistaking Farrar’s targets in songs such as “The 99” and “Lady Liberty.” The man has no love for our current presidential administration, and he’s more than happy to sing about his dissatisfaction. The album’s title is even a sly reference to how divided things are in 2019.
Musically, “Union” is typical Son Volt. Focused, forceful rock tracks such as “Devil May Care” and “The Reason” have no problem saddling up next to softer (but no less powerful) country-flavored songs, such as “Rebel Girl” and the title cut. Farrar and his crew haven’t lost one ounce of authenticity across their 25-year existence. The music remains pure.
BUY IT?: Surely.

Mercury Rev —
‘Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited’
THE GOOD:
New York indie rock outfit Mercury Rev recreates a landmark album.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: In early 1968, singer/songwriter Bobbie Gentry released her second LP, “The Delta Sweete,” a concept album about mid-20th-century life in the deep south. Commercially, the record was dead on arrival. Artistically, the work was a triumph and possibly the first alt-country album ever.
Fifty-plus years later, Mercury Rev decided to revisit the whole thing, keeping most of the original track listing intact (only swapping out “Louisiana Man” for a rendition of Gentry’s signature tune, “Ode to Billie Joe”). The guys also hired a bunch of women to handle the vocals. You know them all.
Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, alt-county fave Marissa Nadler, British indie mainstay Beth Orton and others take turns at the mic. Most of the new versions are dark and murky, like the swamplands where the stories take place. And the songs retain their original power and authenticity.
BUY IT?: You must.

Craig Finn — ‘I Need a New War’
THE GOOD:
Singer/songwriter and Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn releases his fourth solo outing.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: “I Need a New War” completes the man’s trilogy about the unsung heroes of American life — that is, average folks trying to navigate the pitfalls of everyday modern living. Just like the characters introduced throughout “Faith in the Future” (2015) and “We All Want the Same Things” (2017), the people here include unromantic office workers, bleary-eyed travelers, tired women with loser boyfriends and those who wonder when the hell the big party came to a crashing halt.
Finn further differentiates his solo material from the exciting tales found on early Hold Steady records. However, his new stuff is no less fascinating. The guy knows how to tell a story lyrically, and he shows true empathy toward the players involved (thereby practically forcing us to do the same).
Musically, Finn expands the backdrops to include angelic backup vocals and soulful Memphis horns. Sweet.
BUY IT?: Yes.


Contact the writer: mevans@shamrocknepa.com

Concerts – May 9, 2019

Concerts – May 9, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
The Lords of 52nd Street, Saturday, May 11
Live on Mars: A tribute to David Bowie, Tuesday, June 4
Todd Snider, Tuesday, June 11
Ace Frehley, Saturday, June 29
Tommy Emmanuel, Wednesday, July 17
An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Sunday, July 28
An Evening with Dawes, Tuesday, July 30
The Righteous Brothers, Wednesday, Aug. 14
Billy Gardell, Thursday, Oct. 3
Paul Thorn, Tuesday, Nov. 5
Marshall Tucker Band and the Outlaws, Friday, Nov. 8

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Night Ranger, Saturday, May 25
Good Charlotte, Friday, June 28
Jake Owen, Saturday, June 29
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Friday, July 12
Scott Stapp — The Voice of Creed, Friday, July 19
The Charlie Daniels Band, Friday, July 26
The Struts, Sunday, July 28

Freestylelive, Saturday, Aug. 10

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
MiZ, Friday, May 10
Kung Fu “Lethal Funk,” Saturday, May 11
Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover with Kluster Phunk, Friday, May 17
Muscle Tough and Rob Compa Trio, Saturday, May 18
Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones — Prince Tribute, Saturday, May 25
Royal Scam, Saturday, June 1
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, June 14
Creamy Station & Dee Maple Band, Saturday, June 15
A Proud Monkey, Friday, Aug. 30
Goodstew featuring Rodney and Jon Godinez, Friday, Oct. 11

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Melissa Etheridge, Thursday, May 9
Get the Led Out, Friday, May 10
Dark Star Orchestra, Saturday, May 11
Lights Out, Tuesday, May 14
Branson Fever, Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16
The Oak Ridge Boys, Friday, May 17
The Machine, Friday, May 31
Transform Tour featuring Howard Jones, Sunday, June 9
Colt Ford, Thursday, June 13
Todd Rundgren, Friday, June 14

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
In This Moment, Monday, May 13
Skid Row, Friday, May 17
Citizens Cope, Saturday, May 18
Pocono Showcase Comedy, Saturday, May 18
The Ghost of Paul Revere, Sunday May 19
Yngwie Malmsteen, Tuesday, May 21
Groundwork, Friday, May 24
Stone Temple Pilots, Wednesday, May 29
St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Saturday, June 8
Black Horizon, Friday, June 21

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
Troubadours, Friday, May 31
Damn the Torpedoes, Saturday, June 1
A Solo Acoustic Evening with Richard Marx, Friday, June 7
Al Di Meola, Wednesday, June 12
Who’s Bad, Friday, June 14
The Jayhawks, Sunday, June 16
Dylan LeBlanc, Tuesday, June 18
Low Cut Connie, Sunday, June 23
The Smithereens with Marshall Crenshaw, Friday, June 28

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage, Saturday, May 11
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Friday, May 17
The Hives/Refused, Saturday, May 18
The Independents Motorcycle and Car Show, Saturday, May 25
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Thursday, June 6
New Found Glory, Friday, June 7
Psychedelic Furs + James, Saturday, July 13
Rufus Du Sol, Tuesday, Aug. 6
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Friday, Aug. 30
Pup, Wednesday, Sept. 11

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Ariana Grande, Monday, June 24
New Kids on the Block, Thursday, June 27
Hugh Jackman, Sunday, June 30
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Saturday, July 13
Jennifer Lopez, Saturday, July 20
John Mayer, Monday, July 22
Iron Maiden, Tuesday, July 30
Queen and Adam Lambert, Saturday, Aug. 3
Khalid, Sunday, Aug. 11

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Billy Joel, Thursday, May 9, and Sunday, June 2
The Who, Monday, May 13
Pink, Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 22
Anderson.Paak & the Free National, Thursday, May 30
Pentatonix, Thursday, June 6
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 19
Hugh Jackman, Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29
Hillsong United with Amanda Cook and Mack Brock, Tuesday, June 2

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
Ben Platt, Tuesday, May 14
Jessie James Decker, Thursday, May 16
An Evening with Yann Tiersen, Tuesday, May 28
Glen Hansard, Saturday, June 1
David Gray, Tuesday, June 4

Nightlife – May 9, 2019

Nightlife – May 9, 2019

Thursday, May 9
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Thursdaze feat. Newpy Hundo x Faberg’e
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Exeter: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: D-West Duo
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Budd’s Pizza Cafe & Sports Hub, 134 Page Ave., Kingston: Dee Maple Band
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: First Jason featuring Ari Lehman
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, 337 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Madame Jenny’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Piano bar sing-along with Paul O, aka Mr. Keys
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Paul Dudrich
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Nowhere Slow Duo
Windsor Inn, 669 Washington Ave., Jermyn: The Frost Duo
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, May 10
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dashboard Mary
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: John Smith
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: A Pair of Nuts
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ Jay Velar and drummer A.J. Stack
The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Mystic Rulers
Crotti’s on Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton: Alyssa Lazar
Dunn’s Tavern, 905 S. Main Ave., Scranton: John Moncivais
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Flaxy Morgan
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Charming Disaster, Dave Brown & Friends, Spencer Reed
M&J’s Bar N Grill, 542 Wildcat Road, Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy
Madame Jenny’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jim Waltich and the Madame Jenny’s House Band
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: 30 Pack Lite
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Electricstein
Minooka Pub, 2934 Birney Ave., Scranton: The Impastas
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Jay Luke
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: MiZ (quartet)
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: House of Flies & Penntera
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Danny V 52nd Street Band
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: ENT Music Company Live and Rick Gillette of Nowhere Slow
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Beyond Fallen
Wegmans, 220 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: The Classics
Windsor Inn, 669 Washington Ave., Jermyn: Not John
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: J.J. Ramirez with Brian Jian and Dan Kapr
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Frankie and Toby

Saturday, May 11
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Bobby Konders live DJ set
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Graces Downfall
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: PB&J’s Duo
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Speaker Jam
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Zone
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Screaming Broccoli
Charlie B’s Pub and Eatery, 653 N. Main St., Plains Twp.: FullCircle
Dunn’s Tavern, 905 S. Main Ave., Scranton: Dashboard Mary
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Pink Slip
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: BBGuns
JW’s Pub & Eatery at Heartlake Lodge, 1298 Heart Lake Road, Jermyn: Bill and Donna Arnold
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Blind Choice, Always Undecided, Look Alive, Mellifluous and Into Sunday
Major League Sports Bar, 809 Main St., Sugar Notch: 2Rockaholix
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Last Call Duo
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: The Delta Thunder Band
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Jonny D Acoustic
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Kung Fu Lethel Funk
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: The Boastfuls
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bosco and the Storm
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Nothing Yet and Buzz Buzzyrd
Veterans of Foreign Wars 7069, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit: Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Black Tie Stereo
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: J.J. Ramirez with Brian Jian and Dan Kapr

Sunday, May 12
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Madame Jenny’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Nashville-based singer/songwriter Alyssa Lazar and the Madame Jenny’s House Band
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Damn the Torpedoes (Tom Petty tribute)
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, May 13
Border Bar, 333 Laurel St., Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Crotti’s on Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton: Clarence Spady Band with Adam Cohen and Adam Schults
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Jay Luke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Tuesday, May 14
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, May 15
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Village Idiots
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Sounds – May 2, 2019

Sounds – May 2, 2019

One-man bands Telekinesis, Toro y Moi soar; Xiu Xiu sinks into musical madness

Telekinesis – ‘Effluxion’
THE GOOD:
Telekinesis (singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Michael Benjamin Lerner) comes back with their (his) fifth.
THE BAD: Nothing.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Lerner took his time and crafted a bright tight indie pop record recalling contemporaries such as Born Ruffians and Local Natives and even vintage Matthew Sweet and Wilco The other person I kept harkening back to throughout “Effluxion” was early 70’s studio/pop wunderkind Emitt Rhodes. Rhodes was doing everything on his own records almost 50 years ago. And the two men’s similar styles reach across the decades.
But “Effluxion” is NOT a retro throwback. The record is fully grounded “in the now.” However, great intelligent pop knows no specific eras. It’s simply good music, and Telekinesis have created just that once again. The album also accomplishes a lot during its economical 31 minutes. There isn’t an ounce of fat on well-crafted catchy rockers like “Running like a River” and “Suburban Streetlight Drunk.” Lerner knows his stuff and is only improving with each subsequent release.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Toro y Moi – ‘Outer Peace’
THE GOOD:
Toro y Moi (singer/songwriter/producer Chaz Bear) throws a house party on his sixth.
THE BAD: Yet another shift in direction, but Bear makes those work. Be prepared.
THE NITTY GRITTY: After releasing 2017’s “Boo Boo,” Bear decided not to tour in the traditional sense. Instead, he spun DJ sets in various locations and wholly embraced club culture. That decision definitely influenced the music and production of “Outer Peace.”
“James Murphy’s spinning at my house.” Here we get a 30-minute mix session; songs blending beautifully, creating a seamless set that pulsates in the beginning (“Fading” bangs), slows down across the middle (the melancholy “New House” is a warm welcome surprise), and picks up speed again for the conclusion (“Freelance” takes its frustrations out on the dance floor).
“Outer Peace” isn’t very close to anything the man has given us before. Yet it’s still distinctly HIM. The set also breathes new life into the work just in time for Bear to kick off a second decade making music.
BUY IT?: I would.

Xiu Xiu – ‘Girl with Basket of Fruit’
THE GOOD:
Experimental indie outfit Xiu Xiu (California singer/songwriter Jamie Stewart and a revolving door of collaborators) returns with a confrontational eleventh.
THE BAD: Where does the avant-garde end and self-indulgence begin? I asked that question a lot.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Usually, a Xiu Xiu record will give the listener something to embrace amongst the madness. This time, “Basket of Fruit” immediately launches into the weird and abrasive strains of the title cut, and the din is truly fascinating. After a few more songs though, fascination turns into frustration.
Stewart once again puts heaps of emotional baggage on display, but the backdrops are far too chaotic. We get some strange form of beat poetry spread over scratchy strings, synth squiggles, hammering rhythms and otherworldly noises. “Pumpkin Attack on Mommy and Daddy” almost brings the proceedings out of the proverbial ooze with better beats and fetching (yet still kooky) melodies, but that newfound momentum is soon squandered as the record plays on.
BUY IT?: Not this time.

Contact the writer: mevans@shamrocknepa.com

Concerts – May 2, 2019

Concerts – May 2, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
One Night in Memphis, Friday, May 3
Rocktopia, Wednesday, May 8
The Lords of 52nd Street, Saturday, May 11
Live on Mars: A tribute to David Bowie, Tuesday, June 4
Todd Snider, Tuesday, June 11
Ace Frehley, Saturday, June 29
Tommy Emmanuel, Wednesday, July 17
An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Sunday, July 28

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Night Ranger, Saturday, May 25
Good Charlotte, Friday, June 28
Jake Owen, Saturday, June 29
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Friday, July 12
Scott Stapp — The Voice of Creed, Friday, July 19
The Charlie Daniels Band, Friday, July 26
The Struts, Sunday, July 28

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
Big and the Kids Table, Blacks 77 and Disposable, Friday, May 3
Jam Stampede, Saturday, May 4
MiZ, Friday, May 10
Kung Fu “Lethal Funk,” Saturday, May 11
Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover with Kluster Phunk, Friday, May 17
Muscle Tough and Rob Compa Trio, Saturday, May 18
Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones – Prince Tribute, Saturday, May 25
Royal Scam, Saturday, June 1

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
The Winery Dogs, Thursday, May 2
Steven Adler, Friday, May 3
Roseanne Barr, Saturday, May 4
Whitesnake, Sunday, May 5
The Ultimate Johnny Cash tribute, Tuesday, May 7
Eric Kearns, Wednesday, May 8
Melissa Etheridge, Thursday, May 9
Get the Led Out, Friday, May 10
Dark Star Orchestra, Saturday, May 11
Lights Out, Tuesday, May 14

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
Stereo Jo, Saturday, May 4
In This Moment, Monday, May 13
Skid Row, Friday, May 17
Citizens Cope, Saturday, May 18
Pocono Showcase Comedy, Saturday, May 18
The Ghost of Paul Revere, Sunday May 19
Yngwie Malmsteen, Tuesday, May 21
Groundwork, Friday, May 24

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
Frontiers, Friday, May 3
Live at the Fillmore — Allman Brothers tribute, Saturday, May 4
Troubadours, Friday, May 31
Damn the Torpedoes, Saturday, June 1
A Solo Acoustic Evening with Richard Marx, Friday, June 7
Al Di Meola, Wednesday, June 12
Who’s Bad, Friday, June 14
The Jayhawks, Sunday, June 16
Dylan LeBlanc, Tuesday, June 18
Low Cut Connie, Sunday, June 23

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage, Saturday, May 11
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Friday, May 17
The Hives/Refused, Saturday, May 18
The Independents Motorcycle and Car Show, Saturday, May 25
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Thursday, June 6
New Found Glory, Friday, June 7

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Ariana Grande, Monday, June 24
New Kids on the Block, Thursday, June 27
Hugh Jackman, Sunday, June 30
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Saturday, July 13
Jennifer Lopez, Saturday, July 20
John Mayer, Monday, July 22
Iron Maiden, Tuesday, July 30
Queen and Adam Lambert, Saturday, Aug. 3
Khalid, Sunday, Aug. 11

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Billy Joel, Thursday, May 9, and Sunday, June 2
The Who, Monday, May 13
Pink, Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 22
Anderson.Paak & the Free National, Thursday, May 30
Pentatonix, Thursday, June 6
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 19
Hugh Jackman, Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29
Hillsong United with Amanda Cook and Mack Brock, Tuesday, June 2

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
Ben Platt, Tuesday, May 14
Jessie James Decker, Thursday, May 16
An Evening with Yann Tiersen, Tuesday, May 28
Glen Hansard: This Wild Willing Tour, Saturday, June 1
David Gray: Gold In A Brass Age Tour, Tuesday, June 4

Nightlife – May 2, 2019

Nightlife – May 2, 2019

Thursday, May 2
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Exeter: Open Mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Asialena
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Butch and the Kid
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, 337 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Butter N’ Onions Trio
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Open Mic 64
Madame Jenny’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Piano Bar Sing-A-Long with Paul O, aka Mr. Keys
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music For Models Trio
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Al Ross
Susquehanna Brewing Co., 635 S. Main St., Pittston: Karaoke Night
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Paul Dudrich of The Wanabees
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Riley Loftus
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Lee Delray’s Blue Thursdays and Jam
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, May 3
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jay Luke
Backdraft Sports Bar & Restaurant, 1256 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Leighann & Company
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: 20lb Head
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Frost Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ Smiith
Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top: Elvis tribute
Crotti’s on Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton: Erin Malloy with the Doug Smith Trio
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Dance Hall Devils
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: 80’s Karaoke Night
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Eternal Boy, Send Request, Permanence, Moment To Capitalize and Mahantongo
Kilcoyne’s, 129 S. Main Ave., Scranton: Toby Creek
Madame Jenny’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Spencer Reed and the Madame Jenny’s Jazz Band
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Tony Vergnetti and Rob Walsh
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Chasing Ashlee Duo
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Butch Jones
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Big D and the Kids Table, Blanks 77 and Disposable
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: 7800 Fahrenheit
Tauras Club, 106 W. Market St., Scranton: Millennium
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Chris Shrive and The Boastfuls Duo
The Tomato Bar, 7 Tomato Fest Drive, Pittston: Star Wars Trivia
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Behind the Grey
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Burton with Mike Feeney and Brad Todd

Saturday, May 4
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Blue Moon Kentucky Derby Party with Static in the Attic
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Shot Of Southern
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: The Husty Bros.
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Speaker Jam
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with Double Shot Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Frontiers: A tribute to Journey
Christ Episcopal Church, 700 Delaware St., Forest City: Spring Chicken ’n Biscuit Dinner Fundraiser
Dunn’s Tavern, 905 S. Main Ave., Scranton: John Moncivais
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Lost Dogs
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 Route 93, Berwick: Bark at the Moon
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: An Evening of the Beastie Boys with DJ Quoth
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Humor at the Hall comedy night hosted by Streetkar Comedy
Kings La Cantina, Route 309, Mountain Top: 2Rockaholix
Madame Jenny’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Doug Hawk and the Madame Jenny’s House Band (Funk/Soul/R&B)
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Sugar Ray Solojam
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Coal Mine Canary
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Wayside and Andrew Malinosky
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Jam Stampede
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Hoopla
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Small Town Titans, Tatiana withThe Boastfuls and Blind Choice
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Light Weight
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Burton with Mike Feeney and Brad Todd

Sunday, May 5
Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on the Patio with Kelly Reilly Duo
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Jam for Anthony
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, May 6
Border Bar, 333 Laurel St., Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Trivia Night with Josh and Michael
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Ron Morgan
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, May 7
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Village Idiots
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Sounds – April 25, 2019

Sounds – April 25, 2019

Rival Sons, Cherry Glazerr, Deerhunter rock the right way in sequels

THE GOOD: California rock group Rival Sons unleashes its sixth.
THE BAD:
Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: I don’t like randomly tossing out the word “retro,” but that’s exactly what these guys have been doing for a decade now. And they bring the whole classic rock vibe better than practically anyone making records today. Frontman Jay Buchanan and his crew certainly sound more genuine than newcomers Greta Van Fleet.
“Feral Roots” tweaks the formula just a little bit. The music is much more textured and reserved when a particular song warrants just that. The title cut is a prime example. The band isn’t afraid to unplug and stretch out sonically, allowing a tune to slowly gain momentum. “Feral Roots” cranks in spots, yet it’s also an album that carries you off to another place entirely. Rival Sons embraces the variety, jumping from the fierceness spread across “Sugar on the Bone” to the introspection of “Shooting Stars” without misplacing one precious guitar riff.
BUY IT?: Surely.

Cherry Glazerr — ‘Stuffed and Ready’
THE GOOD:
California alt-rock band Cherry Glazerr cranks up the guitars and frustration on its third.
THE BAD: Not really.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The band lost its synth player to solo projects last year, so Glazerr is once again an airtight power trio. No matter the lineup though, this is still singer/songwriter/guitarist Clementine Creevy’s show all the way. Here, she takes on some of the world’s problems but mainly gets introspective and tackles a bunch of her own. Creevy is not in a happy place, but her aggressions make the songs all the more engaging.
Producer Carlos de la Garza (Bad Religion, Waters) returns and gives the album some much-welcome polish and gloss, but not so much that it becomes distracting. Some of Creevy’s melodies are left-of-center and creepy (“That’s Not My Real Life” and “Self Explained” elicit shivers). When set against a crunchy backdrop, dark tunes and brash guitars form a cool juxtaposition. This band is maturing, and there’s not a damn thing wrong with that.
BUY IT?: Yep.

Deerhunter — ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’
THE GOOD:
Georgia indie rock outfit Deerhunter changes things up yet again on its eighth.
THE BAD: No gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: A lot of jarring elements come together throughout this record, and the guys make it work. We have the Baroque harpsichord on “Death in Midsummer” playing against the icy synths found throughout the Gary Numan-like instrumental “Greenpoint Gothic.” The delicate, swirling “Element” is the polar opposite of the jagged bleakness carrying “Nocturne.” Then you have the insanely catchy “Plains.” Lo-fi drums lock in the grooves as guitars fight for space with low, rumbling pianos and eerie atmospherics. Producer Cate Le Bon helps the band paint all the multi-dimensional backdrops.
On top of all this, frontman Bradford Cox offers a gray and rotting world view; the melodies may be pretty in spots but abandon all hope. The reserved chaos forms an album that only becomes more fascinating with repeat listens. Savor this one, and peel away its layers slowly.
BUY IT?: Yes.


Contact the writer: mevans@shamrocknepa.com

Concerts – April 25, 2019

Concerts – April 25, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
Arrival from Sweden, Friday, April 26
The Bizzare World of Frank Zappa, Wednesday, May 1
One Night in Memphis, Friday, May 3
Rocktopia, Wednesday, May 8
The Lords of 52nd Street, Saturday, May 11
Live on Mars: A Tribute to David Bowie, Tuesday, June 4
Todd Snider, Tuesday, June 11
Ace Frehley, Saturday, June 29
Tommy Emmanuel, Wednesday, July 17
An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Sunday, July 28

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Night Ranger, Saturday, May 25
Good Charlotte, Friday, June 28
Jake Owen, Saturday, June 29
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Friday, July 12
Scott Stapp — The Voice of Creed, Friday, July 19
The Charlie Daniels Band, Friday, July 26
The Struts, Sunday, July 28

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
The Grass Is Dead, Friday, April 26
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Saturday, April 27
Marco Benevento, Wednesday, May 1
Big and the Kids Table, Blacks 77 and Disposable, Friday, May 3
Jam Stampede, Saturday, May 4
Miz, Friday, May 10
Kung Fu “Lethal Funk,” Saturday, May 11
Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover with Kluster Phunk, Friday, May 17
Muscle Tough and Rob Compa Trio, Saturday, May 18

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Bay City Rollers, Thursday, April 25
Bruce in the USA, Friday, April 26
Dennis DeYoung, Saturday, April 27
The Winery Dogs, Thursday, May 2
Steven Adler, Friday, May 3
Whitesnake, Sunday, May 5
The Ultimate Johnny Cash tribute, Tuesday, May 7
Eric Kearns, Wednesday, May 8
Melissa Etheridge, Thursday, May 9
Get the Led Out, Friday, May 10
Dark Star Orchestra, Saturday, May 11
Lights Out, Tuesday, May 14

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
Lil Durk, Thursday, April 25
DJ Pauly D, Friday, April 26
Badfish, Saturday, April 27
Stereo Jo, Saturday, May 4
In This Moment, Monday, May 13
Skid Row, Friday, May 17
Citizens Cope, Saturday, May 18
Yngwie Malmsteen, Tuesday, May 21

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
Crystal Bowersox, Thursday, April 25
Frontiers, Friday, May 3
Live at the Fillmore — Allman Brothers tribute, Saturday, May 4
Troubadours, Friday, May 31
Damn the Torpedoes, Saturday, June 1
A Solo Acoustic Evening with Richard Marx, Friday, June 7
Al Di Meola, Wednesday, June 12
Who’s Bad, Friday, June 14
The Jayhawks, Sunday, June 16
Dylan LeBlanc, Tuesday, June 18

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Lost Dog Street Band, Thursday, April 25
Jen Kirkman, Thursday, April 25
Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage, Saturday, May 11
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Friday, May 17
The Hives/Refused, Saturday, May 18
The Independents Motorcycle and Car Show, Saturday, May 25
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Thursday, June 6
New Found Glory, Friday, June 7
Rufus Du Sol, Tuesday, Aug. 6
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Friday, Aug. 30

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Ariana Grande, Monday, June 24
New Kids on the Block, Thursday, June 27
Hugh Jackman, Sunday, June 30
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Saturday, July 13
Jennifer Lopez, Saturday, July 20
John Mayer, Monday, July 22
Iron Maiden, Tuesday, July 30
Queen and Adam Lambert, August 3
Khalid, August 11
Backstreet Boys, Saturday, August 17

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Bad Bunny, Saturday, April 27
Billy Joel, Thursday, May 9, and Sunday, June 2
The Who, Monday, May 13
Pink, Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 22
Anderson.Paak & the Free National, Thursday, May 30
Pentatonix, Thursday, June 6
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 19
Hugh Jackman, Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29
Hillsong United with Amanda Cook and Mack Brock, Tuesday, June 2
Jennifer Lopez, Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
Joan Baez, Wednesday, May 1
Ben Platt, Tuesday, May 14
Jessie James Decker, Thursday, May 16
Eddie Izzard, Tuesday, May 21, through Saturday, May 25
An Evening with Yann Tiersen, Tuesday, May 28

Nightlife – April 25, 2019

Nightlife – April 25, 2019

Thursday, April 25
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Exeter: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Rick Gillette
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, 337 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: The Rootsmans Dance Experiences: William Spager and Friends
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
Susquehanna Brewing Co., 635 S. Main St., Pittston: Brewery Bingo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jonathan Dressler
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, April 26
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Soul Shakers CD Release Party
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Triple Fret
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: 20lb Head
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Robbie Walsh and Jack Foley
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Zone
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ Angel B
The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Bill and Donna Arnold
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Mace in Dickson
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Elvis with Leigh Joel Fierman
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, 3445 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake: Rice Crew
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, 337 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: John Lukas
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Scarlett O’Hara
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Stay Loud album release show with Playing Pretend, Garden View and Joe Lombardo
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: The Randomizer 2.0: A Night of Unplanned Comedy
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Pat McGlynn Duo
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Flaxy Morgan
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bill Hoffman
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Bryan Brophy
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: The Grass Is Dead
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Idol Kings
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Wanabees and the Impastas
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Graces Downfall
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: The Third Nut
Windsor Inn, 669 Washington Ave., Jermyn: Dashboard Mary
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Stephanie Peters with Raul Sanchez and Jeremy Pryal

Saturday, April 27
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: R&B Throwback Night: DJ Wallah on Set
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Last Call
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: New Wave Craze
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: PB&J Duo
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: DJ Famous
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Area 52
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Flaxy Morgan
Crotti’s on Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton: Comedy, Magic and Mind Reading
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Rockstar Revolution
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 Route 93, Berwick: Big Country
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Bob Lewis and Megan Palmer with James Yamrus
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Fuzzy Park Duo
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Mellifluous
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Grace’s Downfall Duo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Teddy Young and the Aces
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Bubba Sparxxx
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sweet Pepper and Long Hots
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Tommy Guns Band and Buzz
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Better Than Bad
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Dallas Carter
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Stephanie Peters with Raul Sanchez and Jeremy Pryal

Sunday, April 28
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Merchants of Groove
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Hed P.E., Andrew W Boss, Traverse the Abyss, Mercy Gang, AlphaAudio
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: The Third Nut

Monday, April 29
Border Bar, 333 Laurel St., Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Candi Vee & Walsh-eh
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, April 30
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, May 1
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Village Idiots
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Life of the party

Life of the party

Fabulous Thunderbirds headlining Rock 107 Birthday Bash

Rock 107 will celebrate the last year of its thirties with a party filled with drinks, giveaways and prizes, and tons of live music.
Ain’t that “tuff enuff?”
The Times-Shamrock Communications radio station marks its 39th year with its annual Birthday Bash on Thursday, April 18, at the Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp. Doors to the 21-and-older event open at 7 p.m.
This year’s party features headliners the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Texas-born blues-rock band best known for the 1986 song “Tuff Enuff.” Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson has been all over in his decades-long career, but Pennsylvania remains a standout through his travels.
Plus, he’s always happy to connect with fans on the road.
“There’s very few places I’ve never been before, but (Pennsylvania) is a cool state. It’s got beautiful scenery,” Wilson said during a recent phone interview from his home in San Juan Capistrano, California. “When I get out (on the road), I embrace it. I enjoy going to other places and seeing what each place is about.”
Before the Thunderbirds hit the stage at 10 p.m., M-80, Flaxy Morgan and Rockstar Revolution will open the show. The night also will feature games, prizes and, of course, birthday cake. Tickets will be available at the door for $20, but the radio station also will give away hundreds of free tickets ahead of time.

Flaxy Morgan will perform Friday, July 27, at Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave., Duryea. Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer


Rock 107 personality Prospector will hand out free tickets to the show today from noon to 1 p.m. at Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships of Greater Hazelton, 508 Susquehanna Blvd., Hazle Twp. Radio station promotions director Mark Hoover, meanwhile, give out the tickets today from 7 to 8 p.m. at Angry Irishman, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton.
Audiences are in for a unique experience, Wilson said, as the band always matches the crowd. They never use a set list but rather play off of the vibe of the room and each other.
“That’s the only way to play — to play as a unit,” he said, adding the air of improvisation keeps the band loose and on its toes. “When we’re all together, just feeding off of each other and each other’s energy, it’s a pretty cool thing. Everybody is great in this band. I love working with these guys.”
While he insisted every show is different, Wilson said the band brings a lot of energy and camaraderie into each performance. The frontman mentioned how important the band’s fans are to the group members and that “without them, we’re nothing.” He doesn’t do a lot of talking during performances but makes sure to thank the crowd “profusely” for its support.
With their fans in tow, the Fabulous Thunderbirds are ready for the party in Northeast Pennsylvania.
“It’s going to be great to be in Wilkes-Barre,” he said. “We’re gonna have a ball.”

Sounds – April 18, 2019

Sounds – April 18, 2019

Van Etten, Ladytron lead the way with sequels

Pale Waves — ‘My Mind Makes Noises’
THE GOOD:
After teasing us with a bunch of singles and an EP, British indie pop band Pale Waves offers up its first full-length album.
THE BAD: Formulaic, but not terrible.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Hailing from Manchester, the band formed about five years ago while its two female members (lead singer/guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie and drummer Ciara Doran) were attending college. A record deal soon followed, and then the band supported pop band the 1975 on an American tour.
Now we have their first album — a tight, plucky, 14-song collection featuring guitars and synths blending seamlessly, big rhythms and Baron-Gracie singing in one of those ever-so-charming Northern British accents. The whole thing resembles a tougher English answer to America’s Echosmith. Tracks such as “Eighteen,” “Drive” and “One More Time” are pulsating, catchy bits of not-so-disposable modern pop. Somewhat routine? Maybe. But the record makes you curious as to what this band will do in the future. In other words, a pretty good start.
BUY IT?: Your call.

Sharon Van Etten — ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’
THE GOOD:
American singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten comes back with a fifth effort that’s a LOT better than it should be.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Van Etten could sound distracted here, but quite the opposite is true. She put her music aside in order to pursue an acting career, a degree in psychology and, even more difficult, motherhood. One would think these new songs would lack passion or focus.
They lack NEITHER. “Tomorrow” is both a very confident and varied album, with Van Etten bouncing effortlessly from something like the headstrong, driven “No One’s Easy to Love” to the more ethereal “Memorial Day.” Working with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Cloud Nothings, Best Coast), she also uses myriad sounds to complement the guitar-based stuff to which she’s grown accustomed. Keyboards, atmospherics and layered rhythms are not uncommon, nor do they sound out of place. Apparently, all those aforementioned outside pursuits were great influences as well.
BUY IT?: Absolutely.

Ladytron — ‘Ladytron’
THE GOOD:
British electronic outfit Ladytron returns with a pessimistic sixth (its first album in almost eight years).
THE BAD: Nothing.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The band went on hiatus in 2013, worked on a bunch of side and solo projects, and has now regrouped, energized and angry (“We are sirens of the apocalypse”). Many bands are these days. And while the new record isn’t overtly political, it carries the message that a lot of people out there are proverbially screwed over (or at least feel that way).
Ladytron has never been particularly optimistic anyway, so this outlook isn’t exactly new territory. And for those who simply want to focus on the band’s slick vibe and melodies, you won’t be disappointed. Yes, the album is a tad heavier than usual, but those cascading synth lines and female harmonies are all completely intact.
We get a highly enjoyable (and often danceable) set that reminds us how much we missed this band. Hopefully, the next album happens before 2027.
BUY IT?: Yep.

Contact the writer: mevans@shamrocknepa.com

Concerts – April 18, 2019

Concerts – April 18, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
Blue October, Friday, April 19
Arrival from Sweden, Friday, April 26
The Bizzare World of Frank Zappa, Wednesday, May 1
One Night in Memphis, Friday, May 3
Rocktopia, Wednesday, May 8
The Lords of 52nd Street, Saturday, May 11
Live on Mars: A tribute to David Bowie, Tuesday, June 4
Todd Snider, Tuesday, June 11
Ace Frehley, Saturday, June 29
Tommy Emmanuel, Wednesday, July 17

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Jake Owen, Saturday, June 29
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Friday, July 12
The Charlie Daniels Band, Friday, July 26
The Struts, Sunday, July 28

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
A Proud Monkey, Friday, April 19
The Englishtown Project, Saturday, April 20
The Grass Is Dead, Friday, April 26
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Saturday, April 27
Marco Benevento, Wednesday, May 1
Big and the Kids Table, Blacks 77 and Disposable, Friday, May 3
Jam Stampede, Saturday, May 4
Miz, Friday, May 10
Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover with Kluster Phunk, Friday, May 17
Muscle Tough and Rob Compa Trio, Saturday, May 18

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Bay City Rollers, Thursday, April 25
Bruce in the USA, Friday, April 26
Dennis DeYoung, Saturday, April 27
The Winery Dogs, Thursday, May 2
Steven Adler, Friday, May 3
Whitesnake, Sunday, May 5
The Ultimate Johnny Cash tribute, Tuesday, May 7
Eric Kearns, Wednesday, May 8
Melissa Etheridge, Thursday, May 9
Get the Led Out, Friday, May 10
Dark Star Orchestra, Saturday, May 11
Lights Out, Tuesday, May 14

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
Granger Smith, Thursday, April 18
Blue October, Friday, April 19
Twiddle, Friday, April 19
Candlebox, Saturday, April 20
DJ Pauly D, Friday, April 26
Badfish, Saturday, April 27
In This Moment, Monday, May 13
Skid Row, Friday, May 17
Citizens Cope, Saturday, May 18
Yngwie Malmsteen, Tuesday, May 21

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
Here Come the Mummies, Thursday, April 18
Yellow Brick Road, Friday, April 19
Philadelphia Funk Authority, Saturday, April 20
Crystal Bowersox, Thursday, April 25
Patty Smyth and Scandal, Friday, April 26
Frontier, Friday, May 3
Troubadours, Friday, May 31
Damn the Torpedoes, Saturday, June 1
A Solo Acoustic Evening with Richard Marx, Friday, June 7
Al Di Meola, Wednesday, June 12

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage, Saturday, May 11
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Friday, May 17
The Hives/Refused, Saturday, May 18
The Independents Motorcycle and Car Show, Saturday, May 25
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Thursday, June 6
New Found Glory, Friday, June 7
Rufus Du Sol, Tuesday, Aug. 6
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Friday, Aug. 30

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

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Billy Joel, Thursday, May 9 and Sunday, June 2
Bad Bunny, Saturday, April 27
The Who, Monday, May 13
Pink, Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 22
Anderson.Paak & the Free National, Thursday, May 30
Pentatonix, Thursday, June 6
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 19
Hugh Jackman, Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29
Hillsong United with Amanda Cook and Mack Brock, Tuesday, June 2
Jennifer Lopez, Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
The National, Monday, April 22
Joan Baez, Wednesday, May 1
Ben Platt, Tuesday, May 14
Jessie James Decker, Thursday, May 16
Eddie Izzard, Tuesday, May 21, through Saturday, May 25