Concerts – January 24, 2019

Concerts – January 24, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
ALT 92.1 presents Snow Show featuring Young the Giant, Grandson, the Interrupters and the Nude Party, Friday, Jan. 27
Disney’s DCappella, Wednesday, Feb. 13
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered, Friday, Feb. 15
Tom Papa, Friday, Feb. 22
The Temptations and the Four Tops, Saturday, Feb. 23
Joe Nardone Presents: Golden Oldies Spectacular, Friday, March 1
Dennis Miller and Mark Steyn, Saturday, March 2
Kansas, Sunday, March 3
Joe Bonamassa, Monday, March 11
Kathleen Madigan, Saturday, March 23

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Mike Delguidice & Big Shot, Saturday, Jan. 26 (Gypsies Lounge)
Dave Attell, Saturday, Feb. 9 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe, Friday, Jan. 25
Young N Dead, Saturday, Jan. 26
S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Disposable, These Idol Hands, Saturday, Feb. 9
Dave Brown and the Dishonest Fiddlers, Friday, Feb. 15
Brandon Taz Niederauer, Saturday, Feb. 16
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Friday, Feb. 22
Bark at the Moon, Saturday, Feb. 23
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, March 22
Hub City Stompers/Scofflaws & Rude Boy George, Friday, March 29
A Proud Monkey, Friday, April 19

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Phil Vassar, Friday, Jan. 25
Greensky Bluegrass, Thursday, Jan. 31
The Wall Live Extravaganza, Saturday, Feb. 2
Dark Desert Eagles, Saturday, Feb. 9
Tesla, Friday, Feb. 15
The True Bob Seger Experience, Saturday, Feb. 16
Shemekia Copeland and the Commonheart, Friday, Feb. 22
Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffle and Neal McCoy, Saturday, Feb. 23
Flogging Molly, Friday, March 1
Melvin Seals & JGB, Saturday, March 2

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
Tim Reynolds, Saturday, Feb. 2
1964 — The Tribute, Friday, Feb. 22
The Lizards, Friday, March 15
YYNOT, Saturday, March 23
Candlebox, Saturday, April 20
Badfish, Saturday, April 27
Skid Row, Friday, May 17
Yngwie Malmsteen, Tuesday, May 21
Electric Hot Tuna & Dave Mason, Saturday, Aug. 24

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
Mr. Speed, Friday, Jan. 25
Rubix Kube, Friday, Feb. 1
The Dustbowl Revival, Friday, Feb. 1
Ana Popovic, Wednesday, Feb. 6
Marcia Ball, Thursday, Feb. 7
The Blues Brothershood featuring Tom Malone, Friday, Feb. 8
Broken Arrow, Saturday, Feb. 9
Top of the World, Thursday, Feb. 14
Light My Fire, Friday, Feb. 15
Strawberry Fields, Saturday, Feb. 16

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Wu-Tang Clan, Thursday, Jan. 24, and Friday, Jan. 25
Cody Ko & Noel Miller Tiny Meat Gang Live, Wednesday, Feb. 6
Action Bronson, Saturday, Feb. 16
YG Stay Dangerous: The Tour, Saturday, Feb. 26
Citizen Cope, Friday, March 1
Tritonal, Friday, March 15
Gogol Bordello, Sunday, March 17
Jawbreaker, Wednesday, March 27
Hatebreed, Thursday, April 4
Dance Gavin Dance, Saturday, April 13

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Michael Buble, Sunday, Feb. 24
Fleetwood Mac, Friday, March 22, and Friday, April 5
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, March 26
KISS, Friday, March 29
Muse, Sunday, April 7
Justin Timberlake, Tuesday, April 9

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Justin Timberlake, Thursday, Jan. 31
Interpol, Saturday, Feb. 16
Michael Buble, Wednesday, Feb. 20
Disturbed, Monday, Feb. 25
Elton John, Tuesday, March 5

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
Kacey Musgraves, Friday, Jan. 25,
and Saturday, Jan. 26
Dariush, Saturday, Feb. 5
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, Feb. 8
Sharon Van Etten, Saturday, Feb. 9

Sounds – January 17, 2019

Sounds – January 17, 2019

Rock sequels sure bets for entertainment

White Denim — ‘Performance’
THE GOOD:
Eclectic Austin, Texas, rock band White Denim regroups and re-energizes for its seventh.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Produced by their own damn selves in their very own space, “Performance” finds the band stretching out musically and having one hell of a good time doing so. The guys calmed down for a stretch, but no more. One now detects echoes of glam riding atop an authentic Southern funk/soul combination, all mixed up with touches of studio playfulness. Think Beck hooking up with the Black Keys while some early Bowie crackles in the background.
It’s a trippy mix, yet “Performance” is more focused than you would expect; the songs are airtight poppers set against colorful backdrops. It’s the melding of two worlds — a band unafraid of experimentation and mind expansion that also understands the appeal of a good, old-fashioned party record. “Performance” exists for the brain AND body. So crawl into this space, and do whatever you feel. Think, move, devour.
BUY IT? I would.

The Dodos — ‘Certainty Waves’
THE GOOD:
San Francisco indie duo Dodos (vocalist/guitarist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber) plugs in for its seventh.
THE BAD: A slight shift in overall sound, but nothing BAD.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The band’s core still leans toward the organic and acoustic, yet Long is more open to the electric on this set. “Waves” is much more abrasive and tougher-sounding than past records. Heavy? Not exactly, but certainly louder and multi-layered. Long makes his electric guitar sound like a bunch of different instruments across the top while Kroeber bangs, taps and kicks out a variety of world rhythms underneath.
At times, “Waves” comes off like a stranger take on Vampire Weekend; Long never forgets that a great hook or sweeping melody can cut through jagged riffs and pounding beats. So the record works on a few levels. We’re given wildly experimental post-punk, math rock and indie pop all tossed together in the same hyper brew. It’s a tasty combination.
BUY IT?: Surely.

Cloud Nothings — ‘Last Building Burning’
THE GOOD:
Ohio indie rock group Cloud Nothings cranks out a visceral fifth.
THE BAD: Other than wandering track “Dissolution,” which never seems to end, “Burning” is a focused affair with purpose. No real complaints.
THE NITTY GRITTY: After 2017’s slightly reserved “Life Without Sound,” Cloud Nothings brings all its forceful energy back for the new record. Frontman/guitarist and band mastermind Dylan Baldi is fed up and frustrated, screaming out hooks atop jagged riffs and crashing backbeats. (“I wish I could believe in your dream.”)
That’s this band’s main strength. Even when it sounds as if matters are spiraling out of control and pent-up aggressions are exploding all over the room, the melodies break through the din. Tracks such as “Leave Him Now” and “Another Way of Life” display hardcore tendencies but remain guitar-based rock songs at their center. And since Cloud Nothings essentially started out as a Baldi solo project, “Burning” only continues the tightening and strengthening of the now proper band.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Concerts – January 17, 2019

Concerts – January 17, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
John Mulaney and Pete Davidson, Sunday, Jan. 20
Alt. 92.1 presents Snow Show featuring Young the Giant, Grandson, the Interrupters and the Nude Party, Friday, Jan. 27
Disney’s DCappella, Wednesday, Feb. 13
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters
Remembered, Friday, Feb. 15
Tom Papa, Friday, Feb. 22
The Temptations and the Four Tops, Saturday, Feb. 23
Joe Nardone Presents: Golden Oldies
Spectacular, Friday, March 1
Dennis Miller and Mark Steyn, Saturday, March 2
Kansas, Sunday, March 3
Joe Bonamassa, Monday, March 11
Kathleen Madigan, Saturday, March 23

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Mike Delguidice & Big Shot, Saturday, Jan. 26 (Gypsies Lounge)
Dave Attell, Saturday, Feb. 9 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
Williwaw Flux Capacitor Festival, Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19
Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe, Friday, Jan. 25
Young N Dead, Saturday, Jan. 26
S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Disposable, These Idol Hands, Saturday, Feb. 9
Dave Brown and the Dishonest Fiddlers, Friday, Feb. 15
Brandon Taz Niederauer, Saturday, Feb. 16
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Friday, Feb. 22
Bark at the Moon, Saturday, Feb. 23
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, March 22
Hub City Stompers/Scofflaws & Rude Boy George, Friday, March 29
A Proud Monkey, Friday, April 19

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Voyage, Friday, Jan. 18
Phil Vassar, Friday, Jan. 25
Greensky Bluegrass, Thursday, Jan. 31
The Wall Live Extravaganza, Saturday, Feb. 2
Dark Desert Eagles, Saturday, Feb. 9
Tesla, Friday, Feb. 15
The True Bob Seger Experience, Saturday, Feb. 16
Shemekia Copeland and the Commonheart, Friday, Feb. 22
Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffle and Neal McCoy, Saturday, Feb. 23
Flogging Molly, Friday, March 1
Melvin Seals & JGB, Saturday, March 2

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
Tim Reynolds, Saturday, Feb. 2
1964 — The Tribute, Friday, Feb. 22
The Lizards, Friday, March 15
YYNOT, Saturday, March 23
Candlebox, Saturday, April 20
Skid Row, Friday, May 17

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
The Verve Pipe, Friday, Jan. 18
Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Saturday, Jan. 19
Splintered Sunlight, Saturday, Jan. 19
Mr. Speed, Friday, Jan. 25
Rubix Kube, Friday, Feb. 1
The Dustbowl Revival, Friday, Feb. 1
Ana Popovic, Wednesday, Feb. 6
Marcia Ball, Thursday, Feb. 7
The Blues Brothershood featuring Tom Malone, Friday, Feb. 8
Broken Arrow, Saturday, Feb. 9

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Cash Cash, Saturday, Jan. 19
The Amity Affliction/Senses Fail, Sunday, Jan. 20
Wu-Tang Clan, Thursday, Jan. 24, and Friday, Jan. 25
Cody Ko & Noel Miller Tiny Meat Gang Live, Wednesday, Feb. 6
Action Bronson, Saturday, Feb. 16
YG Stay Dangerous: The Tour, Saturday, Feb. 26
Citizen Cope, Friday, March 1
Tritonal, Friday, March 15
Gogol Bordello, Sunday, March 17
Jawbreaker, Wednesday, March 27

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Disturbed, Monday, Feb. 18
Michael Buble, Sunday, Feb. 24
Fleetwood Mac, Friday, March 22, and Friday, April 5
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, March 26
KISS, Friday, March 29
Muse, Sunday, April 7
Justin Timberlake, Tuesday, April 9
Cher, Saturday, April 20
New Kids on the Block, Thursday, June 27

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Sebastian Maniscalco, Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20
Justin Timberlake, Thursday, Jan. 31
Interpol, Saturday, Feb. 16
Michael Buble, Wednesday, Feb. 20
Disturbed, Monday, Feb. 25
Elton John, Tuesday, March 5

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
Kacey Musgraves, Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26
Dariush, Saturday, Feb. 5
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, Feb. 8
Sharon Van Etten, Saturday, Feb. 9

Nightlife – January 17, 2019

Nightlife – January 17, 2019

Thursday, Jan. 17
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Blue Moxie Duo
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Ladies night experiment
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: Jay Luke
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Kids Trivia
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Word Attack’s Final Show
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: Trivia Night
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Wanabees
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: LondonForce Duo
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Jan. 18
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Owen and the Alien
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Boastfuls
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: The Husty Bros
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Mike Barrese
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Area 52
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ Smith
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Hat Tryk
The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Bill and Donna Arnold
Elsewhere Corner Bar and Grill, 1217 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: 2Rockaholix
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Until Sunrise
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Wanderin’ Aloud
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Group Du Jour
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: John P. Williams Blues Duo
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Crock Pot Abduction, the Maguas, Cheap Seats and Idolizer
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: E57 album release
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: George Pegula
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: The Bounty Hunter
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bill Hoffman
R & J’s Wild Rover Pub, 1315 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Williwaw Flux Capacitor Festival
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Shamrock Duo and Frank Marcinowski
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Myal Soul
Waldorf Park, 13 Waldorf Lane, Scranton: Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Speaker Jam Karaoke
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Vecchione and John Ziegler
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315,
Plains Twp.: M80

Saturday, Jan. 19
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Leather and Lace
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Gabby Borges Band, Tom Graham
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Shake 3x
Barrett’s Pub, 474 Main St., Archbald: You Know Who
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Clarence Spady Band
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: Cruise Control
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Dashboard Mary Duo
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Big Country
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Timmy Fitz
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: UUU
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Random Rock
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Rockstar Revolution
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Daddy-O & the Sax Maniax
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: B3nt
III Guys Restaurant and Sports Bar, 95 N. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top: Tyme Band
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Marlene’s Slabz, Girls Galore, LittleStarRun and the Mange
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Chuck Paul
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Williwaw Flux Capacitor Festival
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.: Sugar & Spice
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Blind Choice and Rick Gillette
Tomato Bar & Bistro, 7 Tomato Fest Drive, Pittston: DJ Entertainment
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Light Weight
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Big King Moose
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Vecchione and John Ziegler

Sunday, Jan. 20
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke with DJ Scott Stevens
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: A Proud Monkey Duo featuring Mark Woodyatt, Screaming Broccoli
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: DJ Famous
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, Jan. 21
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Graces Downfall
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, Jan. 22
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jim Carro

Wednesday, Jan. 23
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Nowhere Slow Duo

Sounds – January 10, 2019

Sounds – January 10, 2019

Stellar sequels from Papercuts, Tokyo Police Club, Joyce Manor keep momentum going

Papercuts — ‘Parallel Universe Blues’
THE GOOD:
California singer/songwriter/producer Jason Robert Quever releases his sixth as Papercuts.
THE BAD: No.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Over the past decade-and-a-half, Quever has given us indie pop sailing in and out of the realms of twee, dream pop, retro garage rock and jangle. “Parallel Universe” is no different. However, we wouldn’t want it to be, for Quever is a master at this stuff. Melancholy melodies spread across fuzzy atmospherics with the right amount of genuine rock noise to give the music a little muscle.
Quever isn’t the most charismatic front man, but that only enhances the experience. His songs aren’t meant to set the room ablaze or get in your face. Instead, the layered guitars, occasional strings, swirling organs, gentle rhythms and reserved vocals wrap around the listener in a hypnotic, droning buzz you hope will never end. At the same time, the music is never dull or relegated to melting into the background. Dreamy and hazy? Yes, but also compelling.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Tokyo Police Club — ‘TPC’
THE GOOD:
After a brief hiatus, Canada’s Tokyo Police Club regroups and cranks out a lively fourth.
THE BAD: Those expecting the year’s best album or radical shift in sound won’t find it here. “TPC” is simply the band being itself, business as usual, and that’s enough.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Most of these 12 songs come complete with jagged riffs, crashing backbeats and a dedicated hook that’ll grab you immediately. The mix isn’t as clean as on past records, and there’s an intensity that isn’t normally here. The boys have recharged the batteries; their spark is back after a short separation.
It’s tough to resist the pull of slamming bits such as “Hercules” and “Simple Dude.” And even when the band flirts with slower tempos, as it does on the swaying “Unseen” and the grand, sweeping closer “Daisy Chain,” the energy level doesn’t dissipate. Songs also avoid blending into one another; the album is varied and impulsive. Let’s hope the band keeps the momentum going.
BUY IT?: Yep.

Joyce Manor — ‘Million Dollars to Kill Me’
THE GOOD:
California punk group Joyce Manor releases its fifth.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: I hesitate to call these guys “pop-punk” even though their music is extremely melodic. Despite the hooks and harmonies, Joyce Manor retains a grittiness on all its records, which prevents it from becoming the next guitar-driven, commercial alt-radio darlings. It’s better than that.
The band also accomplishes far more in 23 minutes than most do in 45. Every album seems to contain 10 quick, extremely focused tracks that grab hold immediately and never let up. “Million Dollars” follows this pattern.
From the jagged opener “Fighting Kangaroo” to the more delicate “I’m Not the One” to the almost-pre-Beatles throwback “Silly Games,” Joyce Manor keeps the tunes BIG and the momentum constantly pushing forward. All the while, the lyrics bring the everyday into an interesting light. Familiar situations always are relatable but never mundane. You’ll be instantly craving another 10 tracks, but hey, “Keep ’em wanting more.”
BUY IT?: Absolutely.

Nightlife – January 10, 2019

Nightlife – January 10, 2019

Thursday, Jan. 10
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
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
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Banks and Cruise
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Jan. 11
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Husty Brothers
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: West Third Street Jazz Band
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Blue London
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: Doug and Sean
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: The Beards Duo
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Toni Alosi
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ Ricky Via
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Elvis tribute with Leigh Joel Fierman
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Flatland Ruckus
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Triple Fret
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: “A Night of SpaceRock n Metal” with Alpha Audio, Terrorize This!, Drama Scream, KMGA, Darsombra and RuckZuck
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Black Hole Heart, Permanence, Esta Coda
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Love Like Blood II: A Goth Dance Party
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: 30 Pack Lite
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Acousticstein
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow Duo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Young Lion
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Susquehanna Brewing Co., 635 S. Main St., Pittston: Classic Street Fighter Tournament
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Riley Loftus and Erich and Tyler Music Co.
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: The Big 4
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Holy Sardine Duo
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Joey Vega and Mike Stankiewicz

Saturday, Jan. 12
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Playing for Tips Duo
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Bess Greenberg Duo
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Late Last Night
Barrett’s Pub, 474 Main St., Archbald: Chris Mullineaux
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: Strawberry Jam Duo
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Speaker Jam
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Route 80s
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Sperazza Band
Damien’s on the Lake, 31 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake: Rice Crew Live
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Check One Two
III Guys Restaurant and Sports Bar, 95 N. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top: Always Undecided
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: KD Dat Kid, Sinfal K, B.O.B., Sir Polo and Evolution
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Last Call Duo
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.: Chasing Ashlee Duo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Eliot Lewis of Hall & Oats
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.: Moodswing
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Anytime Soon, Bright Shiny Objects Band and Mike Baresse
Tomato Bar & Bistro, 7 Tomato Fest Drive, Pittston: DJ entertainment
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dance Hall Devils
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Blue Moxie
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Joey Vega and Mike Stankiewicz

Sunday, Jan. 13
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke with DJ Scott Stevens
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: The Soul Shakers Blues Jam with Jesse Mower
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Kelly McKenzie
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Pummel, No Idea, Shackled, Media Limits and HellBent
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Jan. 14
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
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, Jan.15
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Chris Malvizzi
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Trivia Night

Wednesday, Jan. 16
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Concerts – January 10, 2019

Concerts – January 10, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
Alt. 92.1 presents Snow Show featuring Young the Giant, Grandson, the Interrupters and the Nude Party, Friday, Jan. 27
Disney’s DCappella, Wednesday, Feb. 13
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters
Remembered, Friday, Feb. 15
Tom Papa, Friday, Feb. 22
The Temptations and the Four Tops, Saturday, Feb. 23
Joe Nardone Presents: Golden Oldies
Spectacular, Friday, March 1
Dennis Miller and Mark Steyn, Saturday, March 2
Kansas, Sunday, March 3
Joe Bonamassa, Monday, March 11
Kathleen Madigan, Saturday, March 23

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Mike Delguidice & Big Shot, Saturday, Jan. 26 (Gypsies Lounge)
Dave Attell, Saturday, Feb. 9 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
Young Lion, Friday, Jan. 11
Williwaw Flux Capacitor Festival, Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19
Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe, Friday, Jan. 25
Young N Dead, Saturday, Jan. 26
S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Disposable, These Idol Hands, Saturday, Feb. 9
Dave Brown and the Dishonest Fiddlers, Friday, Feb. 15
Brandon Taz Niederauer, Saturday, Feb. 16
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Friday, Feb. 22
Bark at the Moon, Saturday, Feb. 23
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, March 22

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Voyage, Friday, Jan. 18
Phil Vassar, Friday, Jan. 25
Greensky Bluegrass, Thursday, Jan. 31
The Wall Live Extravaganza, Saturday, Feb. 2
Dark Desert Eagles, Saturday, Feb. 9
Tesla, Friday, Feb. 15
The True Bob Seger Experience,
Saturday, Feb. 16
Shemekia Copeland and the
Commonheart, Friday, Feb. 22
Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffle and Neal
McCoy, Saturday, Feb. 23
Flogging Molly, Friday, March 1

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
Tim Reynolds, Saturday, Feb. 2
1964 — The Tribute, Friday, Feb. 22
The Lizards, Friday, March 15
YYNOT, Saturday, March 23
Candlebox, Saturday, April 20
Skid Row, Friday, May 17

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
Aaron Neville Duo, Thursday, Jan. 10
The Nerds, Friday, Jan. 11
Kashmire, Saturday, Jan. 12
The Verve Pipe, Friday, Jan. 18
Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Saturday, Jan. 19
Splintered Sunlight, Saturday, Jan. 19
Mr. Speed, Friday, Jan. 25
Rubix Kube, Friday, Feb. 1
The Dustbowl Revival, Friday, Feb. 1
Ana Popovic, Wednesday, Feb. 6

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Cash Cash, Saturday, Jan. 19
The Amity Affliction/Senses Fail, Sunday, Jan. 20
Wu-Tang Clan, Thursday, Jan. 24, and Friday, Jan. 25
Cody Ko & Noel Miller Tiny Meat Gang Live, Wednesday, Feb. 6
Action Bronson, Saturday, Feb. 16
YG Stay Dangerous: The Tour, Saturday, Feb. 26
Citizen Cope, Friday, March 1
Tritonal, Friday, March 15
Gogol Bordello, Sunday, March 17

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Disturbed, Monday, Feb. 18
Michael Buble, Sunday, Feb. 24
Fleetwood Mac, Friday, March 22, and Friday, April 5
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, March 26
KISS, Friday, March 29
Muse, Sunday, April 7
Justin Timberlake, Tuesday, April 9
Cher, Saturday, April 20
New Kids on the Block, Thursday, June 27

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Sebastian Maniscalco, Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20
Justin Timberlake, Thursday, Jan. 31
Interpol, Saturday, Feb. 16
Michael Buble, Wednesday, Feb. 20
Disturbed, Monday, Feb. 25
Elton John, Tuesday, March 5

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, Jan. 11
Greensky Bluegrass, Saturday, Jan. 12
The Revivalists, Wednesday, Jan. 16, and Thursday, Jan. 17
Kacey Musgraves, Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26
Dariush, Saturday, Feb. 5
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, Feb. 8
Sharon Van Etten, Saturday, Feb. 9

Sounds: Favorite picks from 2018 a mix of new, familiar beats

Sounds: Favorite picks from 2018 a mix of new, familiar beats

Happy New Year, everybody. Before diving into 2019, I’d like to look back at my 10 favorite spins from last year. Here are some titles you might have overlooked, with excerpts from their original reviews.

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  • 10. Joyce Manor — “Million Dollars to Kill Me”
    Joyce Manor keeps the tunes BIG and the momentum constantly pushing forward. All the while, the lyrics bring the “everyday” into an interesting light; familiar situations always are relatable but never mundane.

9. The Go! Team — “Semicircle”
The record combines elements of garage rock and hip-hop, further enhancing both genres with a myriad of wobbly early ’70s samples, cheerleading squads, marching bands and super-syrupy pop hooks. This entire album is Insanely Catchy, finding its power within sing-song melodies across the top and thick-layered beats below.

8. Speedy Ortiz — “Twerp Verse”
Fronted by guitarist/lyricist Sadie Dupuis, a woman blessed with a voice crossing Bettie Seveert’s Carol Van Dijk with early Liz Phair, Speedy Ortiz is a rare band whose music is complex and catchy at the same time. The players adore bizarre tempo changes, alternate guitar tunings and hazy atmospherics.”

7. Hop Along — “Bark Your Head Off, Dog”
Musically, the group recalls amazing, female-fronted indie legends such as Madder Rose and Throwing Muses while embracing the more progressive-leaning elements of contemporaries such as Warpaint. Lyrically, Frances Quinlan tells wondrous stories both concrete and abstract.

6. Courtney Barnett — “Tell Me How You Really Feel”
It’s a record that doesn’t try to match “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” and is all the better for it. The new album is slightly smaller in scope. Barnett allows us to get closer and peek inside her psyche. She embraces her mood swings and grows as a songwriter.

5. Neko Case — “Hell On”
Case’s always stunning vocals remain the focus. Those golden tones tackle everything from the usual bits of alt-country to progressive rock with all of its quirky chord progressions and tempo changes. Regarding scope, this is easily her biggest album to date.

4. Shannon and the Clams — “Onion”
Now under the guidance of producer and Black Key Dan Auerbach, Shannon and the Clams have stepped up its game, writing better songs while toning down the whole novelty aspect of its work.

3. Albert Hammond Jr. — “Francis Trouble”
Here he finally completely steps out of the Strokes’ shadow. Every track is exquisitely constructed with his reserved yet powerful guitar prowess, soaring melodies (some of them reminiscent of the son’s brilliant father) and Hammond’s emotional abilities as a front man.

2. Sunflower Bean — “Twentytwo in Blue”
Fronted by the determined yet charismatic Julia Cumming, the band plows through 11 focused, guitar-based indie gems big on memorable choruses and (at times) glam rock swagger. The songs grab you almost immediately, and repeat listens bring out charming, subtle nuances you may have previously missed.

1. Mitski — “Be the Cowboy”
Japanese-American indie rocker Mitski isn’t afraid to turn pop structures and rock arrangements inside out and upside down. Not only are her songs good, but Mitski’s voice also is distinct — lovely in spots, unforgiving in others. Whatever the song needs, she brings.

Concerts – January 3, 2019

Concerts – January 3, 2019

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
Alt. 92.1 presents Snow Show featuring Young the Giant, Grandson, the Interrupters and the Nude Party, Friday, Jan. 27
Disney’s DCappella, Wednesday, Feb. 13
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered, Friday, Feb. 15
Tom Papa, Friday, Feb. 22
The Temptations and the Four Tops, Saturday, Feb. 23
Joe Nardone Presents: Golden Oldies Spectacular, Friday, March 1
Dennis Miller and Mark Steyn, Saturday, March 2
Kansas, Sunday, March 3
Joe Bonamassa, Monday, March 11
Kathleen Madigan, Saturday, March 23

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
Dave Attell, Saturday, Feb. 9
(Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets:
570-822-2992
The Dishonest Fiddlers, Friday, Jan. 4
Floodwood, Saturday, Jan. 5
Young Lion, Friday, Jan. 11
Williwaw Flux Capacitor Festival, Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19
Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe, Friday, Jan. 25
Young N Dead, Saturday, Jan. 26
S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Disposable, These Idol Hands, Saturday, Feb. 9
Dave Brown and the Dishonest Fiddlers, Friday, Feb. 15
Brandon Taz Niederauer, Saturday, Feb. 16
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Friday, Feb. 22

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Voyage, Friday, Jan. 18
Phil Vassar, Friday, Jan. 25
Greensky Bluegrass, Thursday, Jan. 31
The Wall Live Extravaganza, Saturday, Feb. 2
Dark Desert Eagles, Saturday, Feb. 9
Tesla, Friday, Feb. 15
The True Bob Seger Experience,
Saturday, Feb. 16
Shemekia Copeland and the
Commonheart, Friday, Feb. 22
Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffle and Neal
McCoy, Saturday, Feb. 23
Flogging Molly, Friday, March 1

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
Tim Reynolds, Saturday, Feb. 2
1964 — The Tribute, Friday, Feb. 22
The Lizards, Friday, March 15
YYNOT, Saturday, March 23
Candlebox, Saturday, April 20
Skid Row, Friday, May 17

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
EagleMania, Saturday, Jan. 5
Aaron Neville Duo, Thursday, Jan. 10
The Nerds, Friday, Jan. 11
Kashmire, Saturday, Jan. 12
The Verve Pipe, Friday, Jan. 18
Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Saturday, Jan. 19
Splintered Sunlight, Saturday, Jan. 19
Rubix Kube, Friday, Feb. 1
The Dustbowl Revival, Friday, Feb. 1
Ana Popovic, Wednesday, Feb. 6

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Cash Cash, Saturday, Jan. 19
The Amity Affliction/Senses Fail, Sunday, Jan. 20
Wu-Tang Clan, Thursday, Jan. 24, and Friday, Jan. 25
Cody Ko & Noel Miller Tiny Meat Gang Live, Wednesday, Feb. 6
Action Bronson, Saturday, Feb. 16
YG Stay Dangerous The Tour, Saturday, Feb. 26
Citizen Cope, Friday, March 1
Tritonal, Friday, March 15
Gogol Bordello, Sunday, March 17

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Disturbed, Monday, Feb. 18
Michael Buble, Sunday, Feb. 24
Fleetwood Mac, Friday, March 22, and Friday, April 5
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, March 26
KISS, Friday, March 29
Muse, Sunday, April 7
Justin Timberlake, Tuesday, April 9
Cher, Saturday, April 20
New Kids on the Block, Thursday, June 27

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Sebastian Maniscalco, Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20
Justin Timberlake, Thursday, Jan. 31
Interpol, Saturday, Feb. 16
Michael Buble, Wednesday, Feb. 20
Disturbed, Monday, Feb. 25
Elton John, Tuesday, March 5

Beacon Theater, New York City
Tickets:
866-858-0008
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, Jan. 11
Greensky Bluegrass, Saturday, Jan. 12
The Revivalists, Wednesday, Jan. 16, and Thursday, Jan. 17
Kacey Musgraves, Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26
Dariush, Saturday, Feb. 5
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, Feb. 8
Sharon Van Etten, Saturday, Feb. 9

Nightlife – January 3, 2019

Nightlife – January 3, 2019

Thursday, Jan. 3
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
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: Bryan Brophy Acoustic
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Open Mic Circus
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jordan Ramirez
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Jan. 4
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Rice Crew Duo
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
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: Gone Crazy
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Asialena
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
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Mountain Sky Orchestra
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Paul Martin
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Classic Rock Express
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Whiskey ‘N Woods
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Marc Rizzo (Soulfly) Acoustic Vendetta
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: 20 lb Head
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Graces Downfall Duo
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Wanabees, Sarah Carne Duo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Last Chance
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: David Cupano
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Ben Hague and Shawn Banks

Saturday, Jan. 5
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: DJ Lisa
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Flirting with Yesterday
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’s Duo
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Counting Stars
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dean Ford and the Beautiful Ones (Prince tribute)
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Giants of Science
III Guys Restaurant and Sports Bar, 95 N. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top: Gone Crazy
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Go Go Gadjet
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Jay Orrell
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Floodwood
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
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Maguas and Bryan Brophy
Tomato Bar & Bistro, 7 Tomato Fest Drive, Pittston: DJ Entertainment
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: The Boastfuls
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Ben Hague and Shawn Banks

Sunday, Jan. 6
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke with DJ Scott Stevens
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: DJ Famous
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, Jan. 7
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Trivia Night with Josh & Michael
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Nowhere Slow
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, Jan. 8
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jeremy Burke

Wednesday, Jan. 9
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Gary Dillon
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Riley Loftus

Concerts – December 27, 2018

Concerts – December 27, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets:
570-826-1100
Alt. 92.1 presents Snow Show featuring Young the Giant, Grandson, the Interrupters and the Nude Party, Friday, Jan. 27
Disney’s DCappella, Wednesday, Feb. 13
We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered, Friday, Feb. 15
Tom Papa, Friday, Feb. 22
The Temptations and the Four Tops, Saturday, Feb. 23
Joe Nardone Presents: Golden Oldies Spectacular, Friday, March 1
Dennis Miller and Mark Steyn, Saturday, March 2
Kansas, Sunday, March 3
Joe Bonamassa, Monday, March 11

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets:
877-682-4791
The Amish Outlaws, Friday, Dec. 28 (Gypsies Lounge)
Carlos Mencia, Saturday, Dec. 29 (Gypsies Lounge)
Sinbad, Sunday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge)
Dave Attell, Saturday, Feb. 9 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
570-822-2992
A Proud Monkey, Friday, Dec. 28
MiZ plays Clapton Round 2, Saturday, Dec. 29
The Emo Band’s NYE-MO Night, Monday, Dec. 31
The Dishonest Fiddlers, Friday, Jan. 4
Floodwood, Saturday, Jan. 5
Young Lion, Friday, Jan. 11
Williwaw Flux Capacitor Festival, Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19
Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe, Friday, Jan. 25
Young N Dead, Saturday, Jan. 26

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets:
570-325-0371
Get the Led Out, Friday, Dec. 28
Voyage, Friday, Jan. 18
Phil Vassar, Friday, Jan. 25
Greensky Bluegrass, Thursday, Jan. 31
The Wall Live Extravaganza, Saturday, Feb. 2
Dark Desert Eagles, Saturday, Feb. 9
Tesla, Friday, Feb. 15
The True Bob Seger Experience,
Saturday, Feb. 16
Shemekia Copeland and the
Commonheart, Friday, Feb. 22
Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffle and Neal
McCoy, Saturday, Feb. 23

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets:
570-420-2808
Patent Pending, Friday, Dec. 28
Tim Reynolds, Saturday, Feb. 2
1964 — The Tribute, Friday, Feb. 22
The Lizards, Friday, March 15
YYNOT, Saturday, March 23
Candlebox, Saturday, April 20
Skid Row, Friday, May 17

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets:
610-332-1300
The Lou Franco Project, Thursday, Dec. 27
Craig Thatcher Band, Saturday, Dec. 29
The Sofa Kings’ New Year’s Eve Party, Monday, Dec. 31
EagleMania, Saturday, Jan. 5
Aaron Neville Duo, Thursday, Jan. 10
The Nerds, Friday, Jan. 11
Kashmire, Saturday, Jan. 12
The Verve Pipe, Friday, Jan. 18
Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Saturday, Jan. 19
Splintered Sunlight, Saturday, Jan. 19

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets:
215-627-1332
Dark Star Orchestra, Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29
GWAR, Sunday, Dec. 30
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Monday, Dec. 31
Cash Cash, Saturday, Jan. 19
The Amity Affliction/Senses Fail, Sunday, Jan. 20
Wu-Tang Clan, Thursday, Jan. 24, and Friday, Jan. 25
Cody Ko & Noel Miller Tiny Meat Gang Live, Wednesday, Feb. 6
Action Bronson, Saturday, Feb. 16
YG Stay Dangerous The Tour, Saturday, Feb. 26
Citizen Cope, Friday, March 1

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets:
800-298-4200
Disturbed, Monday, Feb. 18
Michael Buble, Sunday, Feb. 24
Fleetwood Mac, Friday, March 22, and Friday, April 5
Ariana Grande, Tuesday, March 26
KISS, Friday, March 29
Fleetwood Mac, Friday, April 5
Muse, Sunday, April 7
Justin Timberlake, Tuesday, April 9
Cher, Saturday, April 20

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets:
212-307-7171
Phish, Friday, Dec. 28 through Monday, Dec. 31
Sebastian Maniscalco, Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20
Justin Timberlake, Thursday, Jan. 31
Interpol, Saturday, Feb. 16
Michael Buble, Wednesday, Feb. 20
Disturbed, Monday, Feb. 25
Elton John, Tuesday, March 5

Beacon Theater, New York City
Gov’t Mule, Saturday, Dec. 29, and Monday, Dec. 31
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, Jan. 11
Greensky Bluegrass, Saturday, Jan. 12
The Revivalists, Wednesday, Jan. 16, and Thursday, Jan. 17
Kacey Musgraves, Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26
Dariush, Saturday, Feb. 5
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, Feb. 8
Sharon Van Etten, Saturday, Feb. 9

Nightlife – December 27, 2018

Nightlife – December 27, 2018

Thursday, Dec. 27
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: A Merry Funky Christmas Boogie
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Goodfellas Bar, 1212 Mulberry St., Scranton: Crazy Karaoke
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Light Weight
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Jay Luke
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Dec. 28
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Sperazza Trio
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Merely Players
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: Acousticstein
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: The Beards Duo
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Crimson Tears
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike & Mike
Brickhouse Tavern, 319 Main St., Dupont: Dashboard Mary
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Gone Crazy
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: The Molly Pitcher Path
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Pair of Nuts
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Area 52
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Black Tie Stereo with the Boastfuls
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Shelly’s Underground
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Subnotics with the Brendan Brisk Blues Band
McGrath’s Pub and Eatery, 112 E. Main St., Dalton: Fab Three
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow Duo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: A Proud Monkey
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: D-West and Kevin Vest
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Flatland Ruckus
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Mike Dougherty
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: R.C. Smith, Glen Jensen and Sergio Marzitelli

Saturday, Dec. 29
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: No Vacancy
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: DJ Drewski and DJ Nellz Live for “Smoovee” Birthday
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Shake 3X
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Dave Cupano
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: Strawberry Jam Duo
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Sage
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Douglas & the Electric Gentlemen
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Alibi
Dunn’s Tavern, 905 S. Main Ave., Scranton: Karaoke
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Skin-n-Bones
Goodfellas Bar, 1212 Mulberry St., Scranton: UFC 232
III Guys Restaurant and Sports Bar, 95 N. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top: Tony Viccica, Tori Viccica
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Joe Burke album release show with Bret Alexander
McGrath’s Pub and Eatery, 112 E. Main St., Dalton: Shamrock Duo
Minooka Pub, 2934 Birney Ave., Scranton: Dashboard Mary
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: John Smith
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Miz Plays Clapton Round 2
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 Band
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sugar and Spice
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Wanabees and Jim and Colleen
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Hostile Authority
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: R.C. Smith, Glen Jensen and Sergio Marzitelli

Sunday, Dec. 30
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
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, Dec. 31
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: New Year’s Eve with David Chavanac
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Harland Tucker Band
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: New Year’s Eve Dance Party
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Last Call Beautiful
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: New Year’s Eve Metal Bash with October Rust
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Live music and DJs Fritz, Woogie, Front, Ransom and Thomas Weis
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: The Emo Band’s NYE-mo Night Live Band Emo & Pop Punk Karaoke Party
Robert Christians Restaurant, 710 Route 940, Pocono Lake: The Classics
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Better Than Bad Duo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: New Year’s Eve with Nowhere Slow

Tuesday, Jan. 1
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, Jan. 2
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Gary Dillon
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Sounds – December 20, 2018

Sounds – December 20, 2018

Latest from Elvis Costello, Kristin Hersh make for welcome returns

Elvis Costello and the Imposters — ‘Look Now’
THE GOOD
: Elvis Costello gets back to making albums and working with long-time collaborators the Imposters (the Attractions with a slightly different lineup).
THE BAD: Nothing.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The bulk of the material comes from a couple of abandoned musical theater projects and a handful of random songs written over the past decade. Other than three songs co-written with Burt Bacharach and one with Carole King, everything was penned by Costello alone. Since “Look Now” hails from different sources, it shouldn’t work as a cohesive album, yet it does.
That’s probably because of the man reuniting with the Imposters. Costello hasn’t made a straight-up pop/rock album in about a decade, and this welcome return to form proves the 64-year-old still shines in this realm. Whether it’s the melancholy “Stripping Paper,” soulful rocker “Unwanted Number” or graceful “I Let the Sun Go Down,” Costello remains a master singer/songwriter. And the guy is always at his best when fronting a band — especially THIS band.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Kristin Hersh — ‘Possible Dust Clouds’
THE GOOD:
Singer/songwriter and Throwing Muses frontwoman (not saying “ex,” because they tend to reform now and then) Kristin Hersh is back with her 10th solo outing.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: When the woman flies solo, her records are usually lighter fare — intimate indie rock with definite shades of modern folk. “Dust Clouds,” on the other hand, possesses some genuine rock teeth. Right at the start, we’re smacked dead square in the mouth with the one-two, rough-and-ready punch of “LAX” and “No Shade in Shadow.” There’s a pronounced murkiness to these proceedings, with many songs drenched in fuzzed-out electric guitar haze. Hersh doesn’t shy away from lots of volume, and the songs benefit.
Crashing drums play off grinding basslines below while grungy guitars boil over above. Hersh sounds ragged, spent and, at times, frustrated. Yet she doesn’t sound out of place while getting loud, low down and dirty. “Dust Clouds” ends up aggressive and truly exciting.
BUY IT?: Definitely.

Echo and the Bunnymen —
‘The Stars, the Oceans & the Moon’
THE GOOD:
British post-punk legends Echo & the Bunnymen come back with their 13th studio outing.
THE BAD: Most of “The Stars” seems pointless.
THE NITTY GRITTY: We get two new songs and 13 “re-workings” of old classics. Why? According to frontman Ian McCulloch, it’s to “make the songs better.” Better than what? The originals were just fine.
That’s not to say these new takes are BAD, but again, I wouldn’t expect this from a band that returns every few years with a string of better-than-average new albums. Classic rock dinosaurs, not Echo & the Bunnymen, do stuff like this. So “The Stars” feels not only like a watery rehash but also a missed opportunity.
The two new songs, “The Somnambulist” and “How Far,” find McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant in fine form. Eight more fresh tracks would have been much more satisfying than the stripped-down retakes of “Seven Seas” or “The Killing Moon.”
BUY IT?: No. “The Stars” is for obsessive diehards only.

Home for the holidays Menzingers, friends unite for musical tradition

Home for the holidays Menzingers, friends unite for musical tradition

Scranton-born musicians are coming home for the holidays, and they’re bringing their friends with them.
The annual NEPA Holiday Show, featuring native Scranton band the Menzingers, will take the stage Saturday, Dec. 22, from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
New this year, the band switched up the acts on the show to feature new bands, said Tom May, Menzingers guitarist and singer. Some hold Scranton roots, such as Dark Thoughts, whose bass player hails Scranton, and Abingtons native singer-songwriter James Barrett. Pacific-Northwest band Ramona just wanted to see what the NEPA Holiday Show was all about.
Changing up the bill adds something fresh to the much-loved event which, May said, is an anticipated part of the holiday season for the performers and fans. 


“Every year, people reach out to us asking about it earlier and earlier,” he said. “It’s really become almost an institution on its own.”
Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, available at nepaholidayshow.com.
The event also will include a Toys for Tots drive and raffle. Each person who donates a new, unwrapped toy will be entered to win a bundle including shirts, sweatshirts and autographed LPs and EPs.
Philanthropy is at the heart of the show. Proceeds benefit art and music programs for kids in the Scranton area, which remains close to the musicians’ hearts.
“When we got our start, it was in the music and art scene in Scranton, and that’s what’s allowed us to travel the world and follow our dreams and have those experiences,” May said. “Those programs inspire and help so many people, and we want (the programs) to keep feeding those younger generations.”


May noted there’s a great amount of nationally and internationally recognized artists who hail from the region, and the band almost can guarantee to run into a few fellow natives in their travels.
No matter where they go in the world, it’s a feeling like no other for the Menzingers and other bands from NEPA to play in their hometown.
“It’s always fun to come back home and play this event and just see everyone,” May said. “This is such a tight-knit community. It’s such a great area to be from.”

Nightlife  – December 20, 2018

Nightlife – December 20, 2018

Thursday, Dec. 20
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
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: Dashboard Mary
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
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
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Christmas-Oke
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Dec. 21
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Bill Hoffman
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Barrett’s Pub, 474 Main St., Archbald: Dashboard Mary
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: 20 lb. Head
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: DJ Edwin Valez
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Gary Dillon
The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Bill and Donna Arnold
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Echo Creek
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Dave Cupano
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Shelly’s Underground, Strawberry Jam
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Eddie Delucca
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Daddy-O & the Sax Maniax
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Thrashterpeice, Threat Point, Black Horizon, Dissentience and Cruel Bomb
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Jingle Bell Ruckus II
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Nowhere Slow Duo and Stevie K
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Mike Miz

Saturday, Dec. 22
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: The Wanabees
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Black Tie Stereo
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Lito Kirino Live
Barrett’s Pub, 474 Main St., Archbald: John Quinn
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: The Blennd with Steve Skiro
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Frost Duo
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Three Legged Dog
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 Route 93, Berwick: Ugly Sweater and Xmas Party with LUTM
III Guys Restaurant and Sports Bar, 95 N. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top: The Pick Ups (Don Shappelle)
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Deck the Hall Christmas show featuring Indigo Moon Brass Band and Porter & Sayles
Major League Sports Bar, 809 Main St., Sugar Notch: 2 Rockaholix
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with Flaxy Morgan
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Ron Morgan
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Start Making Sense
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 Band
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Buzz Buzzyrd Ayres Christmas Concert and 3IB
Tomato Bar & Bistro, 7 Tomato Fest Drive, Pittston: DJ
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Until Sunrise

Sunday, Dec. 23
Barrett’s Pub, 474 Main St., Archbald: Tom and Wiggy
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: DJ Cadillac Culkin’s Christmas Eve’s Eve Party
Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club, 514 Ash St., Scranton: King Jeremy
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Black Tie Stereo with Always Undecided
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Dec. 24
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
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, Dec. 25
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: DJ Lisa
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Kenneth Norton

Wednesday, Dec. 26
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Gary Dillion
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Keith
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland