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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— samantha stanich

Sounds – June 1, 2017

Sounds – June 1, 2017

Cosmic Goo

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

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

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

Concerts – June 1, 2017

Concerts – June 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clubs – June 1, 2017

Clubs – June 1, 2017

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

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

Sounds – May 25, 2017

Sounds – May 25, 2017

DIRTY PROJECTORS – “Dirty Projectors”
THE GOOD: Brooklyn indie rock outfit Dirty Projectors (singer/songwriter/guitarist David Longstreth and an ever-changing roster of collaborators) comes back with an eponymous seventh.
THE BAD: Longstreth’s progressive tendencies are now in full-force. Expect complex arrangements and the melding of many genres. Not “bad” just complicated.
THE NITTY GRITTY: At its core, “Dirty Projectors” is a break-up album; Longstreth ended his relationship with long-time bandmate Amber Coffman at the beginning of the creative process. Tracks such as “Death Spiral” and “Up in Hudson” focus on the difficulties that come with relationships, sad endings, moving on, etc.
Musically, Longstreth bounces from the electronic squiggles of “Work Together” to the ‘60s-based organ sounds spread over “I See You” and all points in between. R&B singer Dawn Richard lends her voice to the bright sunshine of “Cool Your Heart.” Strings and atmospherics add somber vibes to the low hum and soulful harmonies on “Little Bubble.” Bring your sense of adventure and prepare for unpredictable dissonant mood swings.
BUY IT?: Your call.

RAEKWON – “The Wild”
THE GOOD: The Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon belts out his seventh solo album.
THE BAD: One can argue the only Wu-Tang member that ever topped his own solo debut was Ghostface Killah. Raekwon will probably never match HIS solo debut, 1995’s “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.” But “the Wild” is a step in the right direction.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The new set is much less glossy than 2015’s “Fly International Luxurious Art.” His style still intense, Raekwon gets back to the streets, conjuring up vivid full-color urban landscapes, and finds himself knee deep in that scratchy, gritty Wu-Tang-vibe. Dirty beats, choppy lo-fi vocal samples, eerie atmospherics, and bullet-riddled gangster tales are once again the norm.
Yeah, there are a couple of missteps along the way. “Marvin,” the tribute to Marvin Gaye with back-ups by CeeLo Green, feels out of place. The Lil Wayne collaboration “My Corner” sounds too synthetic. For the most part though, “the Wild” is dusty and dangerous, as it should be.
BUY IT?: Sure.

GOLDFRAPP – “Silver Eye”
THE GOOD: Electronic duo Goldfrapp (Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory) come back with a varied seventh.
THE BAD: No gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Entirely composed by the pair themselves, the record does boast a number of collaborators on the production side. The two worked closely with producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Wild Beasts), electronic composer the Haxan Cloak, and producer/guitarist Leo Abrahams
Despite the disparate guest list, the record works incredibly well as a whole; the songs complementing each other perfectly. From the spacey trip-hop echoes carrying “Zodiac Black” to the decadently danceable “Everything is Never Enough” to the dark rumblings permeating “Ocean,” “Silver Eye” is an accomplished set that rarely takes an expected route. It’s full of surprises while still maintaining that desired classic Goldfrapp vibe.
Stripped down to their bare essence, the songs themselves are probably the pair’s strongest in quite some time too (not that other recent albums were lacking in any way). This is simply an act playing to their strengths.
BUY IT?: Yes.

  

Folk artist releases album,  plans on more music to come

Folk artist releases album, plans on more music to come

Pianist and songwriter Chuck Paul found himself hooked on music from the moment he saw the Beatles on television in the 1960s.
“Sunday evening, 8 p.m. on Feb. 9, 1964, I saw the Beatles on ‘Ed Sullivan,’” Paul said. “The fate of the skinny little kid with the crewcut was sealed forever.”
Now the musician finds himself pumping out music, ranging from folk to Christian rock.
The Pittston resident recently spoke about his method of song writing, the release of his fourth album “LONEWOLF” and his future goals in music.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public?
A: How good it felt. The feeling overpowered the performance, and thank God, because it sounded like a train wreck. We didn’t know what we were doing, but it was OK, because the audience didn’t know what they were hearing.

Q: What is the process like for writing your music?
A: I don’t consider myself a “songwriter.” A song receiver is more accurate. Almost every song I’ve written just comes to me. I rarely sit and tinker around with lyrics or chords. I’ll be doing something unrelated and I’ll get a rush of melody and/or lyrics, then I’ll sit and run with it. How can I take credit for composing something that’s given to me? I don’t believe in writer’s block, either. I believe you have to stay open to receive the work. If you do, it’ll come. Not in your timing, but when it’s ready. That’s why I speak highly of my mate
rial. It’s not ego, because I don’t feel it came from me. It came from the outside, it’s a gift that was given to me. My name is on it for identification purposes only. I can write songs that I battle for, but they’re never as good as when I open my mouth like a baby bird and receive it.

Q: How have you changed as a musician over the years?
A: Well, if you’re serious about your music, as I am, one naturally gets better as the years go by. Not just in your abilities as a musician, but in your outlook.

Q: Are you working on new material?
A: Yes. I have enough music to release a full-length album every quarter for the year. Some are in the can, but as I’ve stated, it’s up to the fates. If the songs keep flowing as they have been, I’ll meet that goal.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a musician?
A: It was probably the solo performance I gave on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in front of a packed house, sitting at their beautiful grand piano performing an original Christian song. Afterwards, I had to tell the stage manager that my little cheat sheet fell in the piano and I couldn’t get it out. Most embarrassing!
Q: How has the music scene changed over the years?
A: One thing is consistent— there has always been, and still is, a giant pool of great talent. But when you talk about a scene, it conjures up a sense of unity. This has never happened here. There has always been cliques, not unity. No widespread acceptance and respect. This area could very easily be another Liverpool, Seattle, Athens, etc., but it never will, for the simple reason that we have great talent, but we’ve always lacked a unifying heart.

Q: Who has influenced you over the years?
A: It’s always been the Beatles first, but I’ve got a great love for the singer/songwriters. Jim Croce is my favorite, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, John Prine. I also love big band music. I’m very impressed with their melodies and orchestral arrangements.

Q: What are your future goals for your music?
A: To keep moving, to always shoot for the next level. There’s an element of mystery in music. Some call it magic. You never know what’s ahead. This profession doesn’t tolerate stagnation. If you keep moving and don’t shoot yourself in the foot, great things happen.

— charlotte l. jacobson

Concerts – May 25, 2017

Concerts – May 25, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Friday, June 2
Donovan, Sunday, June 4
Shadows of the 60s — a tribute to Motown, Saturday, June 10
Vince Gill, Thursday, June 15
TOTO, Sunday, June 18
Blackberry Smoke, Friday, June 23
The Ultimate Queen Celebration, Saturday, July 1
Robbie Fulks, Friday, July 14
Daughtry, Saturday, July 15
Amos Lee, Sunday, July 30
Dweezil Zappa: 50 years of Frank, Thursday, Aug. 3
Gene Ween Does Billy Joel, Saturday, Aug. 5

Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: 877-682-4791
The Commodores, Saturday, May 27
Dai Nhac Hoi Da Vum, Sunday, May 28
Craig Robinson, Saturday, June 3
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 10
1964 the Tribute, Saturday, June 24
Freestyle Explosion, Friday, June 30
Kool & The Gang, Sunday, July 2
The Midtown Men, Friday, Sept. 29
Eddie Griffin, Saturday, Oct. 21

Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-823-9407
The Clairvoyants, Saturday, May 27
Richard Marx, Friday, July 7

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0249
Frontiers (Journey tribute), Friday, May 26
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, Saturday, May 27
John Nemeth, Sunday, May 28
Laurence Juber, Saturday, June 3
Al Stewart, Friday, June 16
Romeo Delight, Saturday, June 17
Craig Thatcher’s Eric Clapton Retrospective, Saturday, June 24
Dwight & Nicole, Thursday, June 29
Splintered Sunlight – Summer of Love 50th anniversary party, Friday, June 30
Eaglemania, Saturday, July 1
David Bromberg Quintet, Friday, July 14

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

The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Tickets: 570-961-9000
Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, Saturday, June 10
Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, Sunday, July 9
Vans Warped Tour, Monday, July 10
Camp Bisco, Thursday, July 13; Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15
Boston — The Band and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Tuesday, July 25
OneRepublic, Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, Wednesday, July 26
The Peach Music Festival, Thursday, Aug. 10; Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12
Luke Bryan and Brett Elderdge, Wednesday, Sept. 6

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

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
The True Blue, Time Tested, Mother of All Bon Jovi Tributes: 7800 Fahrenheit, Friday May 26
The Return Of New York State of Mind — Billy Joel tribute, June 3
Start Making Sense, tribute to the Talking Heads, June 9
Marco Benevento, Friday, June 16
Dustin Douglas and The Electric Gentlemen, Saturday, June 17
Dead Winter Carpenters, The Dishonest Fiddlers and JP Biondo, Wednesday, June 21
Trippin on Nothing – Pre-Bakers Dozen Party, Friday, June 23
Hank and Cupcakes, Friday, June 30
Suze, Friday, Aug. 4
Solar Federation, Performing the Music of Rush, Saturday, Sept. 30

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
The Garcia Project, Friday, May 26
Mayfest, Saturday, May 27
Severed 2017, Saturday, May 27
No Hugs, Saturday, May 27
Zoso — the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Friday, June 2
Assuming We Survive, Friday, June 2
Three Dog Night, Sunday, June 11
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Thursday, June 15
Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, Saturday, June 17
Crispy Light/Charles Infamous, Thursday, June 22

Steel Stacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-297-7285
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Friday, May 26
Puchi Colon and Friends, Saturday, May 27
Gerald Veasley, Thursday, June 1
Lotus Land (Rush tribute), Friday, June 2
The Royal Scam – a tribute to Steely Dan, Friday, June 9
Jeffrey Gaines, Saturday, June 10
Brian Posehn, Saturday, June 10
Lake Street Drive, Tuesday, June 13
Aaron Neville, Friday, June 16
Robert Glasper Experiment, Wednesday, June 21
Ted Vigil’s John Denver Tribute, Friday, June 23
Dirty Heads, SOJA, Tuesday June 27

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Rick Ross, Friday, May 26
Urban Cone + Nightly, Saturday, May 27
JMSN, Sunday, May 28
Future Islands, Monday, May 29
Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Wednesday, May 31
Roosevelt, Thursday, June 1
Phoenix, Friday, June 2
Kiss N Grind, Friday June 2
Brother Ali, Own Light Tour, Sunday, June 4
Blossoms, Monday, June 5

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
City and Colour, Sunday, May 28
Banks, Friday, June 2
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Monday, June 5
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Saturday, June 10
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Saturday, June 17
Sevendust, Friday, June 23
Method Man + Redman, Thursday, June 29
Kehlani, Monday, July 10
Lupe Fiasco, Saturday, July 15
Slayer, Sunday, July 23

Keswick Theatre, Glenside
Tickets: 215-572-7650
The Robert Cray Band, Friday, June 2
Get the Led Out, Saturday, June 17
Vince Gill, Sunday, June 18
1964 The Tribute, Friday, June 23
Purple Xperience, Saturday, June 24
Olate Dogs, Sunday, July 9
Asleep at the Wheel & Dale Watson, Saturday, July 15
Toad The Wet Sprocket, Saturday, July 22
Beatles Vs. Stones, Friday, Aug. 18
Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Friday, Aug. 25

Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tickets: 800-745-3000
Aaron Lewis, Friday, May 26
Kansas, Saturday, May 27
Don Henley, Saturday, June 10
The Righteous Brothers, Saturday, July 8
The Moody Blues, Tuesday, July 18
Jill Scott, Thursday, July 20
Dashboard Confessional with All-American Rejects and The Maine, Sunday, July 30
Gabriel Iglesias, Thursday, Aug. 31
The Righteous Brother, Saturday, July 8
Jill Scott, Thursday, July 20

Sellersville Theater, Sellersville
Tickets: 215-257-5808
The Shadows of Knight, Thursday, May 25
Crack the Sky, Friday, May 26
The Everly Brothers Experience featuring The Zmed Brothers, Saturday, May 27
Philadelphia Funk Authority, Sunday, May 28
Ana Popovic, Tuesday, May 30
Lulu, Wednesday, May 31
John Mayall, Friday, June 2
Echoes – Pink Floyd Tribute, Saturday, June 3
The Fabulous Greaseband, Sunday, June 4
Eric Johnson Band with Arielle, Monday, June 5

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

Tower Theater, Philadelphia
Tickets: 610-352-2887
Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Friday, June 16
Yes, Tuesday, Aug. 8
Harry Styles Live on Tour, Thursday, Oct. 05
ZZ Top, Sunday, Oct. 22
Loretta Lynn, Friday, Oct. 27
Tracy Morgan, Saturday, Oct. 28
Celtic Thunder, Friday, Dec. 1

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Iron Maiden, Sunday, June 4
Neil Diamond, Tuesday, June 20
New Kids on The Block, Saturday, June 24
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Saturday, July 1 and Saturday, July 29
James Taylor, Sunday, July 9
Ed Sheeran, Tuesday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 12
Kendrick Lamar, Wednesday, July 19
Hans Zimmer, Saturday, July 22
Queen and Adam Lambert, Sunday, July 30
Earth, Wind and Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Roger Waters, Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Wednesday, Aug. 9
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Wednesday, Aug. 16
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Friday, Aug. 18
Shawn Mendes, Tuesday, Aug. 22

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Train, Friday, June 16
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 22
Zac Brown Band, Friday, June 23
John Mellencamp with EmmyLou Harris and Carlene Carter, Friday, July 7
Luke Bryan, Thursday, July 13
Foreigner, Friday, July 14
Incubus with Jimmy Eat World and Atlas Genius, Sunday, July 16
Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Friday, July 21
Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, Saturday, July 22
Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs, Friday, July 28

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Billy Joel, Thursday, May 25, Tuesday, June 6, and Wednesday, July 5
The 1975, Thursday, June 1
El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, Saturday, June 10
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 15 and Saturday, June 17
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1
Phish, Friday, July 21 through Sunday, Aug. 6
Earth, Wind and Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Monday, Aug. 7
Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman, Saturday, Aug. 12
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Saturday, Aug. 19
Miel San Marcos, Saturday, Sept. 2
Eric Clapton, Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8
Sam Hunt, Thursday, Sept. 14
Paul McCartney, Friday, Sept. 15
Scorpions, Saturday, Sept. 16

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Jerry Seinfeld, Thursday, June 8; Thursday, July 13; Thursday, June 27; Friday, Sept. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 5
An Evening with Pat Metheny, Saturday, June 10
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14
Jermaine Dupri presents SoSo Summer 17 Tour, Friday, June 16
The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show, Saturday, June 17
Diana Krall, Wednesday, June 21
Jason Isbell, Thursday, June 22 to Saturday, June 24
Sheryl Crow, Wednesday, June 28
Blondie & Garbage, Tuesday, Aug. 1
American Acoustic with Punch Brothers, I’m With Her and Julian Lage, Thursday, Aug. 3
Herbie Hancock, Sunday, Aug. 7

World Cafe Live (downstairs), Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-222-1400
Chris Kasper, Thursday, May 25
To Sharon with Brotherly Love: A Tribute to Sharon Jones, Saturday, May 27
Kiss The Sky, The Jimi Hendrix Re-Experience, Tuesday, May 30
LP, Wednesday, May 31
Elizabeth Zharoff + Xavier Foley, Friday, June 2
Bria Skonberg, Wednesday, June 7
Southern Culture on The Skids, Friday, June 9
Casey Abrams and Gina Sicilia, Thursday, June 15
Peter Asher and Albert Lee, Monday, June 19
Robert Glasper Experiment, Tuesday, June 20

Clubs – May 25, 2017

Clubs – May 25, 2017

Thursday, May 25
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: AJ the DJ
Donahue’s Tavern, 215 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bill Hoffman
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Sister, Brother with One Ton Cussin and Pleasure Pony
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Defendant, University Drive, Moral Code, Glow November and Talon Co., DJ NRG
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Sketchy Business, Jake Wax and Biofeedback
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jackson Vee

Friday, May 26
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: JP Williams Blues Band
Backdraft Sports Bar & Restaurant, 1256 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Black Tie Stereo
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Blush
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Lex
The Blogg Pub & Grill, 21 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock: George Sobeck
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: The Fab Three
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ BK, Pat O’Donnell, Mike Gaffney and Joe DeVito
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: Zayre Mountain
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bob Tellefsen
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: David Cupano from Gypsy Magic
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Strawberry Jam
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Whisky N Woods
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Tina Marie and Joe
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Clarence Spady Band
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Devil Dog
The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Repressed, Krooked Youth, Depreciator, Death Grip, K9 and Chris Cashmere
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Somethin’ Else and Marvin Bell
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: DJ Chris, Brad Lowery, Mark Riccadonna and Max Docelli
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: 7800 degrees Fahrenheit
Russell’s Restaurant, 1918 Ash St., Scranton: East Coast Trio
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby; amRadio
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Flatland Ruckus and Bryan Banks
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Light Weight
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Steve Shaffer, Eric Tartaglione and Scott Bruce
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The 25th Hour

Saturday, May 27
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Chris Zawatsky
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: D-West Trio
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: B.F.D.
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Fly Band featuring Mike Miz
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Sellout Soundtrack
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Dex
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmoney Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Somethin’ Else, DJ BK and Make Docelli
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Eric Rudy
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance party
Franklin’s Bar & Grill, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: AJ Jump and Bret Alexander
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Deck party featuring Whiskey Hill and Stingray
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Estella Sweet’s 35th Birthday Bash
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: City of Ember, Unveiling the Oppression, Bloodeagle and Earthmouth
Litzy’s Lounge, 614 York Ave., Avoca: FullCircle
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Pat McGlynn Duo
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: King Kidding
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Exsoullence and Joe DeVito
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Brian Dean Moore and Marvin Bell
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Mike Mizwinski
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Sam and the Jam
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Coast 2 Coast
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) No. 25, 2291 Rockwell Ave., Scranton: Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Milita CD Release Party
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Steve Shaffer, Eric Tartaglione and Scott Bruce

Sunday, May 28
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: The Clarence Spady Band
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Shake 3x
Beer Express, 3615 Route 374, Nicholson: Chris Strive of Flatland Ruckus
Black and Brass Coffee Roasting Co., 520 Main St., Honesdale: Amanda and Spencer Acoustic
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: RJ Scouton
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: The Wannabees
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, May 29
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, May 30
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Candi and Angel, See You Next Tuesday
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton:
Katie Evans

Wednesday, May 31
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: Dead Night
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karoke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays
Skyy V Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Smoke On The Water featuring Marty Edwards & Heartbeat
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Asialena
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Open Season – Susquehanna Breakdown kicks off summer concerts at Montage

Open Season – Susquehanna Breakdown kicks off summer concerts at Montage

As the weather turns more moderate and the valley begins to bloom, the summer concert lineup for the Pavilion at Montage Mountain gears up to deliver months of music that spans numerous genres.
The 2017 season gets underway on Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, with the fifth locally-produced Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival, which spotlights local band Cabinet along with several other folk, bluegrass, Americana and alt-rock outfits. Additional acts slated include Keller Williams (who will sit in for a set with Cabinet), Greensky Bluegrass, the Wood Brothers, Billy Strings and fellow Northeast Pennsylvania groups And the Moneynotes, the Dishonest Fiddlers and Graham Mazer, among others.
As in the past, Susquehanna Breakdown offers two days of camping and vendors along with the music played over multiple stages. Festival director and co-promoter Bill Orner anticipates the biggest edition yet, judging by presale tickets, with the final count poised to hit almost 4,000, making it a sellout event.
“Overall, we’ve just grown with the ability to bring in some of the larger acts that are in Cabinet’s particular genre. The festival has grown to have a stature that (shows) we’re established,” Orner said. “We have more acts and agents coming to us, so our headliners increase in notoriety and marquee value.”
To maximize the guest experience, sets will not overlap, giving concert-goers the chance to travel between setups to see each act play. VIP music experiences will be available for upgraded purchase, and a vending village featuring a large variety of artisan foods, goods and crafts will remain open throughout the festival.
“What you’ll see is our local little flair, every kind of vendor you can imagine,” Orner said, which will include concert photography, a poster art gallery and other Breakdown-themed merchandise.
The festival is a family-friendly event, he added,
so music-lovers of all ages can enjoy the show and its
complements.
“There’s a little bit of food, shopping, art … It’s music, family and community, simply put,” Orner said. “It’s technically a festival, but the focus is on the music. We try to jam-pack it full and let the music do the talking.”
— patrice wilding


If you go
What: Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival featuring Cabinet, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass and more
When: Friday, May 19, gates open at 4 p.m.; and Saturday, May 20, gates open at 10 a.m.
Where: The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton
Details: Admission per person ranges from $50 for standing, two-day pass to $145 for VIP/camping, two-day pass. For tickets, visit the box office,
ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.
For more information on the festival, visit susquehannabreakdown.com.

Susquehanna Breakdown Schedule
Friday, May 19
Breakdown Stage
6:30 p.m. — Dishonest Fiddlers
8 p.m. — Keller Williams
9:30 p.m. — Keller & Cabinet
10:45 p.m. — Cabinet
12:15 a.m. — Organ Freeman

Saturday, May 20
Breakdown Stage
11:30 a.m. — Serene Green
1:30 p.m. — Graham Mazer Duo
3 p.m. — Kitchen Dwellers
5:30 p.m. — And the Moneynotes
8 p.m. — Billy Strings
11 p.m. — Tom Hamilton’s
Breakdown All Stars

Susquehanna Stage
12:30 p.m. — Driftwood
2:15 p.m. — Cabinet (acoustic)
4 p.m. — The Wood Brothers
6:30 p.m. — Cabinet
9 p.m. — Greensky Bluegrass
12 a.m. — Turkuaz


2017 Concert Season
Friday, June 9
Impractical Jokers with the Tenderloins

Saturday, June 10
Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi

Sunday, July 9
Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young

Monday, July 10
Vans Warped Tour

Thursday, July 13 through Saturday, July 15
Camp Bisco featuring the Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar and more

Tuesday, July 25
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Boston

Wednesday, July 26
OneRepublic, Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur

Thursday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 13
Peach Music Festival featuring Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket and more

Wednesday, Sept. 6
Luke Bryan and Brett Eldredge

Many Happy Returns – Folk singer Tom Rush revisits NEPA to headline Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre

Many Happy Returns – Folk singer Tom Rush revisits NEPA to headline Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre

The last time folk and blues singer Tom Rush visited Wilkes-Barre, snow covered the downtown region.
“What I remember is that it was winter, there had just been a huge snowstorm that hadn’t been cleared yet and there was no parking for miles,” he recalled in a recent interview. “The show went up quite late, and about half the folks who bought tickets couldn’t get there. But those that did seemed to have a really good time.”
This time, Rush returns as the headlining musical act for the 62nd annual Fine Arts Fiesta on Saturday, May 20, at 7 p.m. on Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre, and there’s no sign of snow stopping fans from enjoying the show.
“I’m very blessed to have been able to make a good living doing something I love to do — and would probably do for free, but don’t let that get around,” Rush joked. “I love performing, I love writing songs and discovering little-known songs that others have written. I love recording. The hard part, and getting harder, is the travel, but it’s worth it.”
The 76-year-old musician began performing in the early 1960s while studying English literature at Harvard University, and released two albums while a student. After graduating, Rush’s impact on the American folk music revival exploded, melding his knack for finding wonderful songs to perform along with writing his own.
Many of his folk hits have been reworked into country, heavy metal and rap: a testimony to the widespread appeal of his music and its themes.
“You have to be inventive these days to connect with your audience — there is so much noise out there, so many people yammering for your attention that it’s hard to get anyone to focus,” Rush said.
In order to combat the noise, Rush recently recorded a new album in Nashville, which he said is slated to be released by the fall. To subsidize the project, he set up a crowdfunding platform through PledgeMusic, where people may choose from rewards like the album, old and out-of-print recordings, a Naked Lady guitar like the one Rush plays and even a private concert. Fans interested in participating can find it one his website, tomrush.com.
Although Rush said he experienced too many memories over the years to pinpoint one as a highlight, he agreed that his performance at the Fine Arts Fiesta would be one for the books.
“I’ll be trying out some new songs and doing some of my old favorites, sprinkled with a liberal helping of stories that are all absolutely true, to one extent or another,” he said.
— charlotte l. jacobson


Fine Arts Fiesta Main Stage Performance Schedule
Thursday, May 18
10 a.m. — Wyoming Valley West High School Chorus
11 a.m. — Wyoming Valley West High School Orchestra
noon — Fine Arts Fiesta opening ceremonies
12:30 p.m. — Wyoming Valley West Middle School Jazz Band
1:30 p.m. — Coughlin High School Jazz and Concert Band
2:30 p.m. — Wilkes-Barre Orchestra
3 p.m. — Holy Redeemer Royal Singers
4 p.m. — Wyoming Valley West High School Jazz Band
5 p.m. — Scott Edmunds Jazz Quintet
6:30 p.m. — Fine Arts Fiesta awards ceremony
7:15 p.m. — Perfect Harmony Center for the Arts

Friday, May 19
10 a.m. — Wyoming Valley Middle School Orchestra
11 a.m. — Wyoming Valley West Middle School Chorus
noon — Dallas Middle School Select Chorus
1 p.m. — The Treble Makers
2 p.m. — Anthony Natiello
4 p.m. — Wilkes-Barre Academy Glee Club
5:15 p.m. — Nitya Rhythm Dance Academy
6:30 p.m. — Flaxy Morgan

Saturday, May 20
11 a.m. — Joan Harris Dance Center
noon — YOUniversal Suzuki Strings
1 p.m. — The Mozart Club
2 p.m. — Dance Theater of Wilkes-Barre
3 p.m. — Rising Stars Performing Arts
4 p.m. — Little Theater of Wilkes-Barre
5 p.m. — Conservatory of Dance
7 p.m. — Tom Rush

Sunday, May 21
11 a.m. — The Poetry Society
noon — NEPA Academy of Dancing
1:30 p.m. — Tri-Cities Opera (in memory of Jane Groh)
3:15 p.m. — Keystone Kids
4:15 p.m. — The I-tations — A Tribute to George Wesley

Sounds – May 18, 2017

Sounds – May 18, 2017

NOT-TOO-GENTLE BREEZES

EISLEY – I’m Only Dreaming
THE GOOD: Texas indie rock band Eisley come back with their fifth album.
THE BAD: No issues.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Still fronted by the precious female harmonies of cousins Sherri DuPree-Bemis and Garron DuPree, Eisley continue to churn out shimmering guitar-based pop/rock tunes that glisten on the surface while being driven by airtight steady drums below.
There’s not a lot of forward progression on “Dreaming,” but there doesn’t need to be. The Eisley formula still works, and its overall effect isn’t diminishing. Good songs and harmonies are sometimes all you crave. And even if this isn’t the group’s best set of songs ever (although it IS strong), one finds many subtle charms tucked away in these tracks. The ascending melodies carrying “My Best Friend,” the gentle strains of “Rabbit Hole,” the infectious sway that pulls us further into “When You Fall” — it’s all good stuff.
For long-time fans or uninitiated newbies, “Dreaming” is just sweet enough to please without tipping over into saccharine territory.
BUY IT?: Surely.

SONDRE LERCHE – Pleasure
THE GOOD: Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche comes back with his eighth proper studio album.
THE BAD: Every Lerche record has its hits and misses. “Pleasure” luckily finds the former outnumbering the latter.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The guy has dabbled in different genres before. For example, 2006’s “Duper Sessions” flirted with jazz-pop. Now “Pleasure” sees Lerche embracing electronic elements and dance-pop. Opening track “Soft Feelings” comes off like the second coming of Pet Shop Boys. “I’m Always Watching You” keeps the seamless momentum going full speed ahead.
As the album plays on though, the synthetics bury themselves in the mix while more “traditional” Lerche sounds (i.e. guitars) come back to the forefront. Yet the man has never released a more rhythmically charged record. Still, “Pleasure” remains typical of the man’s work at its core. We get a healthy dose of intelligent satisfying pop without pretension. Except for maybe the endless prog-rock ramblings of “Violent Game.” But remember, no Lerche set is perfect.
BUY IT?: Yep.

AIMEE MANN – Mental Illness
THE GOOD: Singer/songwriter and ex-‘Til Tuesday frontwoman Aimee Mann gives us an intimate ninth solo effort.
THE BAD: No.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Mann never stays in one place too long, having redefined herself countless times since going solo way back in 1990. “Mental Illness” is the low-key answer to 2012’s more animated indie pop collection “Charmer.” Instead of the full rock band treatment, these fragile songs are given cozy arrangements featuring acoustic guitar, light percussion, bass, piano and the occasional small string section. You won’t find an electric guitar anywhere. Mann harmonizes with her back-up guys, one of whom happens to be past collaborator Ted Leo (of Pharmacists fame).
But while the record has all the makings of a complete downer, “Illness” isn’t a depressing listen. Even though Mann tackles everyday hassles like loneliness, disappointment and depression, the melodies sparkle and a record that should sound icy or detached turns out amazingly warm. So much so that replays are a pleasure as opposed to a dreaded chore. BUY IT: Yes.

Concerts – May 18, 2017

Concerts – May 18, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Angaleena Presley, Thursday, May 18
Daniel O’Donnell, Saturday, May 20
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Friday, June 2
Donovan, Sunday, June 4
Shadows of the 60s — a tribute to Motown, Saturday, June 10
Vince Gill, Thursday, June 15
TOTO, Sunday, June 18
Blackberry Smoke, Friday, June 23
The Ultimate Queen Celebration, Saturday, July 1
Robbie Fulks, Friday, July 14
Daughtry, Saturday, July 15
Amos Lee, Sunday, July 30

Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Eddie Money, Friday, May 19
The Commodores, Saturday, May 27
Dai Nhac Hoi Da Vum, Sunday, May 28
Craig Robinson, Saturday, June 3
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 10
1964 the Tribute, Saturday, June 24
The Midtown Men, Friday, Sept. 29
Eddie Griffin, Saturday, Oct. 21

Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-823-9407
The Clairvoyants, Saturday, May 27

Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0249
Seth Walker, Thursday, May 18
Kick (INXS tribute), Friday, May 19
Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute), Saturday, May 20
Frontiers (Journey tribute), Friday, May 26
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, Saturday, May 27
John Nemeth, Sunday, May 28
Laurence Juber, Saturday, June 3
Al Stewart, Friday, June 16
Romeo Delight, Saturday, June 17
Craig Thatcher’s Eric Clapton Retrospective, Saturday, June 24
Splintered Sunlight — Summer of Love 50th anniversary party, Friday, June 30

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

The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Tickets: 570-961-9000
Susquehanna Breakdown, Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20
Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, Saturday, June 10
Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, Sunday, July 9
Vans Warped Tour, Monday, July 10
Camp Bisco, Thursday, July 13; Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15
Boston — The Band and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Tuesday, July 25
OneRepublic, Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, Wednesday, July 26
The Peach Music Festival, Thursday, Aug. 10; Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12
Luke Bryan and Brett Elderdge, Wednesday, Sept. 6

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Gordon Lightfoot, Friday, May 19
Get the Led Out, Saturday, May 20
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Friday, June 2
Craig Thatcher Band, Thursday, June 8
George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Sunday, June 11
Jake Kaligis Band, Thursday, June 15
Lou Gramm — Voice of Foreigner, Friday, June 16
Happy Together Tour, Thursday, June 22
The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ‘69, Friday, June 23
Fuel with Marcy Playground and Dishwalla plus Another Day Dawns, Saturday, June 24
Becky and the Beasts, Thursday, June 29
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Moodswing, Friday, May 19
Halfway to Hell (AC/DC tribute), Saturday, May 20
Scott Guberman and the Village Idiots, Sunday, May 21
The True Blue, Time Tested, Mother of All Bon Jovi Tributes: 7800 Fahrenheit, Friday May 26
The Return of New York State of Mind — Billy Joel tribute, June 3
Start Making Sense, tribute to the Talking Heads, June 9
Marco Benevento, Friday, June 16
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Saturday, June 17
Dead Winter Carpenters, the Dishonest Fiddlers and JP Biondo, Wednesday, June 21
Trippin’ on Nothing — Pre-Bakers Dozen Party, Friday, June 23
Hank and Cupcakes, Friday, June 30

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Thursday Night Throwdown, Thursday, May 18
Dead Men, Friday, May 19
King of the Mountain, Saturday, May 20
The Garcia Project, Friday, May 26
Mayfest, Saturday, May 27
Severed 2017, Saturday, May 27
Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute), Friday, June 2
Assuming We Survive, Friday, June 2
Three Dog Night, Sunday, June 11
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Thursday, June 15
Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, Saturday, June 17

Steel Stacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-297-7285
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Thursday, May 18
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Tuesday, May 23
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Friday, May 26
Puchi Colon and Friends, Saturday, May 27
Gerald Veasley, Thursday, June 1
Lotus Land (Rush tribute), Friday, June 2
The Royal Scam — a tribute to Steely Dan, Friday, June 9
Jeffrey Gaines, Saturday, June 10
Brian Posehn, Saturday, June 10
Lake Street Drive, Tuesday, June 13
Aaron Neville, Friday, June 16

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Pegnoard Nerds, Thursday, May 18
New Sound Brass Band, Friday, May 19
Ruth B, Tuesday, May 23
Jacob Whitesides, Wednesday, May 24
Rick Ross, Friday, May 26
Urban Cone + Nightly, Saturday, May 27
JMSN, Sunday, May 28
Future Islands, Monday, May 29
Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Wednesday, May 31
Roosevelt, Thursday, June 1

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Streetlight Manifesto, Friday, May 19
Pixies, Tuesday, May 23
City and Colour, Sunday, May 28
Banks, Friday, June 2
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Monday, June 5
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Saturday, June 10
Michael Franti & Spearhead, Saturday, June 17
Sevendust, Friday, June 23
Method Man + Redman, Thursday, June 29
Kehlani, Monday, July 10

Keswick Theatre, Glenside
Tickets: 215-572-7650
Little Feat, Monday, May 22
The Robert Cray Band, Friday, June 2
Get the Led Out, Saturday, June 17
Vince Gill, Sunday, June 18
1964 — the Tribute, Friday, June 23
Purple Experience, Saturday, June 24
Olate Dogs, Sunday, July 9
Asleep at the Wheel & Dale Watson, Saturday, July 15
Toad the Wet Sprocket, Saturday, July 22
Beatles vs. Stones, Friday, Aug. 18

Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tickets: 800-745-3000
Aaron Lewis, Friday, May 26
Kansas, Saturday, May 27
Don Henley, Saturday, June 10
David Blaine, Friday, July 7
The Righteous Brothers, Saturday, July 8
The Moody Blues, Tuesday, July 18
Jill Scott, Thursday, July 20
Dashboard Confessional with All-American Rejects and The Maine, Sunday, July 30
Gabriel Iglesias, Thursday, Aug. 31

Sellersville Theater, Sellersville
Tickets: 215-257-5808
Spyro Gyra, Friday, May 19
The Lettermen, Saturday, May 20
Joan Osborne sings the songs of Bob Dylan, Sunday, May 21
Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra, Wednesday, May 24
The Shadows of Knight, Thursday, May 25
Crack the Sky, Friday, May 26
The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers, Saturday, May 27
Philadelphia Funk Authority, Sunday, May 28
Ana Popovic, Tuesday, May 30
Lulu, Wednesday, May 31
John Mayall, Friday, June 2

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey
Tickets: 856-365-1300
Brad Paisley, Friday, May 19
MMR*B*Q 2017 featuring Godsmack and more, Saturday, May 20
Mumford and Sons, Thursday, May 25
Thomas Rhett, Saturday, June 3
Train, Thursday, June 8
Jack Johnson, Saturday, June 10
Florida Georgia Line, Saturday, June 17
John Legend, Thursday, June 22
Lady Antebellum, Friday, June 23
Dead and Company, Sunday, June 25

Tower Theater, Philadelphia
Tickets: 610-352-2887
Jean Michel Jarre, Thursday, May 18
Gov’t Mule, Friday, May 19
Elvis Costello, Friday, June 16
Yes, Tuesday, Aug. 8
Harry Styles Live on Tour, Thursday, Oct. 05
Loretta Lynn, Friday, Oct. 27
Tracy Morgan, Saturday, Oct. 28
Celtic Thunder, Friday, Dec. 1

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Iron Maiden, Sunday, June 4
Neil Diamond, Tuesday, June 20
New Kids on The Block, Saturday, June 24
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Saturday, July 1 and Saturday, July 29
James Taylor, Sunday, July 9
Ed Sheeran, Tuesday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 12
Kendrick Lamar, Wednesday, July 19
Hans Zimmer, Saturday, July 22
Queen and Adam Lambert, Sunday, July 30
Earth, Wind and Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 1
Roger Waters, Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Wednesday, Aug. 9
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Wednesday, Aug. 16
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Friday, Aug. 18
Shawn Mendes, Tuesday, Aug. 22

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Train, Friday, June 16
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 22
Zac Brown Band, Friday, June 23
John Mellencamp with EmmyLou Harris and Carlene Carter, Friday, July 7
Luke Bryan, Thursday, July 13
Foreigner, Friday, July 14
Incubus with Jimmy Eat World and Atlas Genius, Sunday, July 16
Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Friday, July 21
Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, Saturday, July 22
Brantley Gilbert with Tyler Farr and Luke Combs, Friday, July 28

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Billy Joel, Thursday, May 25, Tuesday, June 6, and Wednesday, July 5
The 1975, Thursday, June 1
El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, Saturday, June 10
Neil Diamond, Thursday, June 15 and Saturday, June 17
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Friday, June 30
Phish, Friday, July 21 through Sunday, Aug. 6
Earth, Wind and Fire and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Monday, Aug. 7
Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman, Saturday, Aug. 12
Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Saturday, Aug. 19
Eric Clapton, Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8
Sam Hunt, Thursday, Sept. 14
Paul McCartney, Friday, Sept. 15
Scorpions, Saturday, Sept. 16

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Jerry Seinfeld, Thursday, May 18; Thursday, June 8; Thursday, July 13; Thursday, June 27; Friday, Sept. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 5
An Evening with Pat Metheny, Saturday, June 10
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14
The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show, Saturday, June 17
Diana Krall, Wednesday, June 21
Jason Isbell, Thursday, June 22 to Saturday, June 24
Sheryl Crow, Wednesday, June 28
Blondie & Garbage, Tuesday, Aug. 1
American Acoustic with Punch Brothers, I’m With Her and Julian Lage, Thursday, Aug. 3
Herbie Hancock, Sunday, Aug. 7

World Cafe Live (downstairs), Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-222-1400
The Dream Syndicate, Saturday, May 20
Lewis Watson, Sunday, May 21
Chris Kasper, Thursday, May 25
To Sharon with Brotherly Love: A Tribute to Sharon Jones, Saturday, May 27
Kiss The Sky (Jimi Hendrix tribute), Tuesday, May 30
Elizabeth Zharoff + Xavier Foley, Friday, June 2
Bria Skonberg, Wednesday, June 7
Southern Culture on The Skids, Friday, June 9
Casey Abrams and Gina Sicilia, Thursday, June 15
Peter Asher and Albert Lee, Monday, June 19
Robert Glasper Experiment, Tuesday, June 20

Clubs – May 18, 2017

Clubs – May 18, 2017

Thursday, May 18
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Wanabees Trio
Adezzo, 515 Center St., Scranton: Third Thursday with Zach Graham
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Susquehanna Breakdown Warm-Up Party
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: Third Thursday with Alexander Marino Duo
Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood, 301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: The Frost
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Donahue’s Tavern, 215 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sugar Ray
Honeychilds’, 109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Riley Loftus
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Moral Code, Black Lighter and Cook Bag
On&On, 518 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton: Third Thursday with Madd Katt
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Terra Preta Restaurant, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Third Thursday Comedy Show
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: That 90’s Band duo
Friday, May 19
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jay Orrell
The American Grille at Bomb Bay Cafe, 1044 Main St., Dickson City: DJ Pat Moore
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Diamond City Duo, Graystone All Stars Duo
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: The Third Nut
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Black Tie Stereo
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Flirtin’ with Yesterday
Benny Brewing Company, 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville:
DJ Neil and Peter Bales, Brian Chicoki and Carole Montgomery
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Asialena Duo
Ernie G’s Pub & Eatery, 1022 Main Ave., Avoca: Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Area 52
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: RJ Scouton
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Gypsy Magic Duo
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Honky Tonk Restaurant & Saloon, 763 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Aim & Fire
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Beyond Fallen and Traverse the Abyss
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Q-Ball
JJ McNally’s, 219 E. Market St., Scranton: The Fab Three
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Luongo Brothers Duo
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Tribes
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Nowhere Slow Duo
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Somethin’ Else and JP Justice
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Moodswing
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: Riley Loftus and Anytime Soon
Venture Lounge & Nightclub, 1266 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: DJ NRG
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Michael Petit, Mike Gaffney and Scott Bruce
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dead Giveaway
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The 25th Hour
Saturday, May 20
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Bill Hoffman
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Erich and Tyler Music Co.
The American Grille at Bomb Bay Cafe, 1044 Main St., Dickson City: Speaker Jam
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: DJ Danny K
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: That 90’s Band
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Iron Cowboy
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Three Imaginary Boys
The Brew House Mini-Mart Cafe, 38 Sturges Road, Peckville: Anytime Soon
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Kartune, DJ Trex and John Knight
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, KRZ Dance Party
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: XpoZure
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Shock Value, Elephants Dancing and E57
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Wade Preston
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Jim Carro Duo
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Dance Hall Devils
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Skin-n-Bones
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: The Disorders
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Justin Willman and DJ Chris
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Byrd Pressley Band and JP Justice, DJ Chris, Pat O’Donnell, Mike Speirs and John Knight
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Halfway to Hell
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Robbie Walsh and Jack Foley
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sugar & Spice
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Nowhere Slow and Ron Schoonover
The V-Spot, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Asialena
Waldo’s, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Pink Slip
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Michael Petit, Mike Gaffney and Scott Bruce
Sunday, May 21
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Jack Foley n’ Robbie Walsh
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Mike Barrasse
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Scott Guberman & the Village Idiots
Monday, May 22
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK
Tuesday, May 23
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Violet Sisters
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
Wednesday, May 24
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 V Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Smoke On The Water featuring Marty Edwards & Heartbeat
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Sounds – May 11, 2017

Sounds – May 11, 2017

Retakes and Redefinitions 

CONOR OBERST – “Salutations”
THE GOOD: Singer/songwriter Conor Oberst comes back with his second album in six months.
THE BAD: Prolific? Kind of. A rerun? Sort of.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Last fall, Oberst released the unplugged and intimate “Ruminations,” a ten-song collection featuring the man accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica. “Salutations” is that record’s companion piece, featuring all ten of those tunes given the full band treatment plus an additional seven new compositions.
So “Salutations” is more complex and fleshed out, the songs and their rich arrangements ringing true. Yet the new record also is less distinct than its predecessor. There’s something to be said for raw emotion — songs being all the more powerful when stripped to their bare essence. And when ten cuts become 17, there’s bound to be a few weaker links in the chain.
“Salutations” at times comes off as just another latter-day Bright Eyes release. Not bad, but lacking in the passionate sting found on last year’s set.
BUY IT?: Sure.

MINUS THE BEAR – “Voids”
THE GOOD: Seattle indie rock outfit Minus the Bear goes back to Suicide Squeeze Records for their sixth full-length.
THE BAD: Just like every other Minus record, “Voids” has great moments and meandering ones. The band likes its intricate arrangements and prog-rock inclinations. You always have to work a little.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Permanent long-time drummer Erin Tate has bailed, and the self-produced “Voids” finds touring drummer Kiefer Matthias sitting in. Other than that, the set finds no great changes within the band or their sound. This is typical Minus. Longtime fans should feel just fine in their comfort zone; “Voids” hits all the desired sweet spots.
Vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider leads the crew through a set of tracks both straight-forward (the shimmering “Last Kiss” and churning “Invisible”) and more broad in scope (the dramatic “What About the Boat” and forever-building “Lighthouse”). Sure, “Voids” is slightly interchangeable with other Minus sets, but the record never drags or wears out its welcome.
BUY IT?: As usual, your choice.

SPOON – “Hot Thoughts”
THE GOOD: Texas indie rockers Spoon give us their ninth.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Frontman Britt Daniel and the guys stick with the well-oiled Spoon formula, but add just enough color and sonic textures to give “Hot Thoughts” its own personality. Producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, OK GO) is back, but first impressions make the set feel more like a James Murphy record. Seriously, “Thoughts” is sprinkled with more electronic elements than usual and most of these songs are all about a fierce dedicated groove. Very LCD Soundsystem indeed.
But “Thoughts” doesn’t lock itself into any particular flavor for too long. The lilting “I Ain’t the One” is quite possibly the prettiest song Daniel has ever composed. And extended cuts “Pink Up” and “Us” go off into unchartered funk and jazz territories. Plus Spoon manages to embrace these sounds without coming off as self-indulgent. We end up with another gem in a “reliable” catalog that’s been progressing nicely for two decades.
BUY IT?: Definitely.