Pints and Pretzels PA Oktoberfest moves to PNC Field for weekend of eclectic  German fare, brews and games

Pints and Pretzels PA Oktoberfest moves to PNC Field for weekend of eclectic German fare, brews and games

PAOktoberfest found a new home for the classic German food, wiener dog races and seasonal beers fans have come to expect from the annual festival. This year, the event moves to PNC Field, Moosic, after six years at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Twp. The action will take place around the baseball stadium’s concourse as well as on the field.
“We really just wanted (a venue) who was kind of in it for the long haul … and we wanted to make the event bigger and better,” said Ian Lopera, marketing and events coordinator for Times-Shamrock Communications, which runs Oktoberfest. “And PNC Field was really a place where we could see that happening.”
The festival runs Friday, Sept. 22, from 4:30 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for a one-day pass and $10 for a weekend pass. Food and beer will available for purchase, and visitors no longer will need to buy “Oktobucks” vouchers to do so like they had to in past years, Lopera said.
Local beer suppliers Ace Beverage Co., Banko North L.T. Verrastro Inc. and Northeast Eagle Distributors are supplying more than 50 types of beer with “a lot of fall” flavors plus authentic beer from Germany, the originator of Oktoberfest celebrations, Lopera said.
“There’s pumpkins there, and some beers that the breweries and vendors wanted to get out for the first time,” Lopera said.
Legends, which handles the food at the ballpark, will serve many classic German dishes — such as bratwurst and schnitzel sandwiches — from Alpine Inc. Wurst & Meat House in Honesdale. But guests also can dig into food regularly found at PNC Field, including barbecue and nachos. 

“We’re trying to cast a wider net, trying to appeal to all crowds,” said Rich Kloss, Legends’ general manager. “There’s going to be people coming for the German food and beer, but at the same time there might be people tagging along with them that might not want that.”
Live entertainment will fill the weekend, too, including returning favorite Romy, a German singer; Joe Stanky & His Cadets; Schützengiggles; John Stevens’ Doubleshot and John Stanky & the Coalminers. Patrons can test their strength in the periodic beer stein-holding contests or check out the various vendors, a new addition that includes LuLaRoe, Tarot for Living, German Gift Chalet, Spring Hill Services, Jerky Hut, Green Mountain Energy, Cigars on State, VIP Imprints and Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. 
While registration for the wiener dog races has ended, visitors still can watch the dogs try to best each other several times during the weekend: Friday at 3 and 6 p.m.; Saturday at noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m.; and Sunday at noon and 3 p.m. It’s a “bit of a spectacle” that’s fun to watch, Lopera said.
“Last year, we had thousands of people up in the stands and around the track looking,” he said. “People just get really happy. The dogs are always so happy to get out and run, and this year they’ll get to run in green grass in the field.”
On Saturday, the Lederhosen 5K begins at noon, and the $20 registration fee includes admission to Oktoberfest plus post-race beer from Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. Runners can register in advance at scrantonrunning.com or at PNC Field the day of the race from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The race is open to ages 21 and older, and the first 150 registrants also receive a short-sleeved tech shirt.
Kloss said he expects PNC Field to “bring a good vibe” to the event.
“I’m just excited to see how people take to it at the new venue,” he said. “I think it’s going to be awesome. … It’s not just in a parking lot, you know? We’re utilizing the whole venue.”
People not only enjoy that Oktoberfest is a three-day, 21-and-older event but also the authenticity of it, Lopera said.
“We always try to make it something authentic for people,” he said. “It’s not just a beer party.”

Oktoberfest 2016 at Mohegan Sun Pocono

Up Close & Personal – Stephen Murphy

Up Close & Personal – Stephen Murphy

Stephen Murphy is the lead vocalist and keyboardist with the band Black Tie Stereo, which will release its second EP on Friday, Sept. 29, with a party at Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel, Scranton. Murphy also is a freelance composer and accompanist who has composed music for theatrical productions. He also served as music director for Arts Alive for the past 10 years. A graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a degree in music composition with a minors in piano performance, conducting and accompanying, he lives in Scranton.
Meet Stephen Murphy…

Let’s talk about the new music from Black Tie Stereo. What would you say is the biggest difference between this EP and the first EP?
The first album was sort of a compilation of songs that I had written, some with the other band members, and some on my own. With this one, the four of us in the band actually sat down and fleshed out all of the ideas that we had and picked the five songs that we liked the best and that our producer liked the best. It’s the first one where the songs actually have all four of our styles and incorporate all of our writing. It’s really the first time we went through everything with a fine-toothed comb and said, “This is how we want to present ourselves.”

Who have been some of your major musical influences? I hear some Maroon 5.
Personally, I grew up playing classical music and playing Billy Joel. We share a birthday, which is really cool, and I can really relate to him as a singer/pianist. He’s a huge influence on me, just because he’s so good. I also love film scores from people like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, and that goes into my compositional work, and that bleeds over into the stuff with the band. Vocally, I really like guys like Brendon Urie from Panic! At the Disco and Freddie Mercury. All of those things come together, and I like to pick out different aspects from each one and blend them all together.

What usually inspires you to write?
Everyone goes through their own journeys and has their own problems and their own ups and downs, and what I try to do is find the scenario that I or one of our bandmates or one of my friends or someone that I saw on the street is going through. And I try to put myself in that mindset. Even if it’s not something that I’m feeling at the time, I make it what I’m feeling at the time. That’s what I try to do. Even though the songs that we do with the band come through my voice, sometimes it’s a different narrator each time. In the song “Run Jamie Run,” I’m talking to someone that I noticed might be in a relationship that they shouldn’t have been, and I’m trying to sing to them. With “Miss Romance,” I’m noticing that in today’s culture, someone that might be looking for a long-term partner, rather than a Tinder match, has a hard time dating. We try to relate to people in each of the songs while still remaining true to our voice.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Going out and hearing other bands, grabbing a craft beer, playing video games. And we do a lot of hanging out as a band.

Do you follow sports?
Red Sox and Cowboys.

All-time favorite movie?
“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

Favorite TV show?
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

Favorite city?
I had the best time in New Orleans. But San Diego is also really good.

Favorite place to vacation?
I haven’t been there in a while, but I really like Ocean City, Maryland. It’s the beach, but it’s also always busy with a lot happening. I like that better than just a peaceful beach.

Favorite thing about NEPA?
It’s a very close-knit community. It’s always nice to see people from here, because they’re always very unique, and you can always relate, because there’s a lot of like-minded opinions. At least in the circles that I run in.

Favorite food?
Hot wings.

Favorite holiday?
Christmas.

Favorite book or author?
“Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton.

Guilty pleasure?
Video games. I play whenever I can.

Is there anything about you that might surprise people?
In high school, I was in all of the plays, and now, I’m on stage all the time. But I’m far more comfortable in an orchestra pit. If I’m playing a keyboard in an orchestra pit and conducting, I actually feel more engaged with the audience than if I’m acting or performing on stage.

Have you had a moment in your life, or a time in your life, that really helped shape you into the person you are today?
My grandmother would watch my sister and I while my parents were at work. When I’d come home from school in first or second grade, she’d say, “OK, you can do your homework, you can help me in the yard, or you can practice piano.” And I would always choose to practice piano. Half of it was because I loved piano, but a lot of it was because I didn’t want to do yard work or homework. (Laughs) But I didn’t like to practice, so that sort of developed into her saying, “OK, if you’re not going to practice, at least just play.” And so I had to sit at the piano and just play music for a half hour or an hour, and that led to me improvising and composing. And that evolved into sitting at the piano for hours every day. Sometimes I’d practice, and then I’d write and improvise, and it just really developed not only a love for music but (also) all of the different skills that I have as a musician.

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL with ALAN K. STOUT is a regular feature in electric city, profiling people from all walks of life throughout NEPA. Reach Alan at alankstout@comcast.net.

Photos by Emma Black

Fab 5 – September 21, 2017

Fab 5 – September 21, 2017

Jump, Jive an’ Jazz! 
The sounds of jazz will fill Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., on Sunday, Sept. 24.
“Jump, Jive an’ Jazz!” at 6:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom and features music from Patrick Marcinko Jr.’s Upper Valley Winds Big Band, Bob Dorough’s Schoolhouse Rock & All That Jazz, Michelle Oram with jazz-tap percussionist Jenn Rose and the Jazz-Art Group.
Tickets are $25, available at the box office, sccmt.org and 570-344-1111. Visit sccmt.org for more information.

Science of Brewing
Lacawac Sanctuary & Biological Field Station hosts “Science of Brewing: A Beer, Wine and Spirits Tasting Event” on Friday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Boiler Room event space of Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Drive. Tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the Lake Ariel sanctuary.
The event features tastings of beer, wine and spirits from Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. of Hawley, Wood Winery of Madison Twp. and Philadelphia-based distiller Jacquin’s. There also will be food pairings, live entertainment from 30 Pack Lite and a cash bar.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit lacawac.org.

Death Is a Cabaret’ 
A Pennsylvania theater troupe trades the stage for the cemetery this weekend.
REV Theatre Company presents “Death Is a Cabaret Ol’ Chum: A Graveyard Cabaret,” a night of scares, comedy and music in Forest Hill Cemetery, Jefferson Avenue and Forest Hill Cemetery Road, Dunmore. Performances take place Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the show moves to Sunday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m.
First performed at the Philadelphia FringeArts festival, “Death Is a Cabaret” offers a traditional cabaret experience in a real graveyard, featuring music from artists ranging from Sonny & Cher and Cole Porter to Bessie Smith and the Scissor Sisters. The hour-long show stars Rudy Caporaso, Scranton actor Sandy D’Oria and Hannah Wolff.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors at the door. For details, visit revtheatrecompany.org.

Rummage sale 
Search for hidden treasures, participate in raffles, enjoy the food, and pay it all forward at SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church’s seventh annual rummage sale. 
The rummage sale runs all day from Friday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Sept. 24, in St. Cyril’s School Gym, 133 River St., Olyphant. In addition to checking out various items up for grabs, visitors can pick up some refreshments and buy tickets for raffle baskets.
The sale benefits the parish, and any unsold merchandise is donated to local charities and nonprofit organizations. For details, call the Rev. Nestor Iwasiw at 570-489-2271 or Lauren Telep at 570-383-0319 or 646-241-9443.

‘The Glass Menagerie’
Tennessee Williams’ beloved play returns to the local stage at the hands of the University of Scranton Players.
The college theatrical troupe presents the drama Fridays, Sept. 22 and 29, and Saturdays, Sept. 23 and 30, at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. in the Royal Theatre, Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 adults and $7 staff, students and seniors, available at the box office, thescrantonplayers.com and 570-941-4318. Tickets during the second weekend are free for first-year students.
The story focuses on the Wingfield family through the lens of Tom Wingfield’s memories. The cast includes Conor Hurley as Tom, West Scranton High School graduate Ali Basalyga as Amanda Wingfield, Wyoming Area Secondary Center graduate Victoria Pennington as Laura Wingfield and Nicolas Gangone as the gentleman caller.
Visit thescrantonplayers.com for details.

Clubs – September 21, 2017

Clubs – September 21, 2017

Thursday, Sept. 21
Adezzo, 515 Center St., Scranton: Purcell and American Buffalo Ghost
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: Totally Rad ’80s Night
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Windfall
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
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Jazz Night with E-City Sound
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Village Idiots Duo

Friday, Sept. 22
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Bill Hoffman
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Tom Graham
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Violet Sisters
Backdraft Sports Bar & Restaurant, 1256 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: LondonForce, Pink Slip
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: am Radio
Bongo Roadhouse, 2136 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: Right Side Up
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Josef Kroboth Band
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tritide Duo
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Flaxy Morgan
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ Mike Phillips and comics Megan Hanley, Chris Monty and Joe DeVito
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Eric Rudy
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: A Pair of Nuts
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Dave Matthews Tribute
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Area 52
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Honeychilds’, 109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Ron Morgan
Jonathan’s Nest, 330 Ridge Ave., West Hazleton: Irv Ball
Keeley’s Ale House & Grill, 199 Division St., Kingston: Tyme Band reunion
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ Ryan Kenton
Mediterranean Grille, 204 Broad st., Pittston: Kenny & Jon Duo
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Luongo Brothers Duo
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Bounty Hunter
The Olde Brook Inn, Route 307, Moscow: Dashboard Mary
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: D-West
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: That 90’s Duo
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Byrd Pressley Band and comic Paul Bond
R Bar & Grill, 144 W. Union St., Nanticoke: Karaoke with Kane Entertainment
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Still Hand String 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: 3IB (Three Imaginary Boys), Lily Maopolski
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Naomi
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: The Sellout Soundtrack

Saturday, Sept. 23
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Two of a Kind with Patrice
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Rare Form with Andie
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: The Girlz
Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: XpoZure
Bongo Roadhouse, 2136 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: VioLizzy with Bluestone 739
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Cheers Oompah Band
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: 40 lb Head
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: amRadio
Clayton Park Recreational Area, 26 Eagle Eye Drive, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
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
The Gravity Inn, 40 Gravity Planes Road, Waymart: DJ Elite
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Irrefutables
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Beatles tribute with Gypsy Magic Duo
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Feud: The Incident
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Irv Ball
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: ’80s night with Hostile Authority
Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe: Willy Porter with Carmen Nickerson
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Common Threads
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: South Side Bandits
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Huffsmith Karaoke and DJ Nino Blanco
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Steal Your Peach
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Sam and the Jam
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Smiler’s Grill & Bar, 600 Main St., Dickson City: Dashboard Mary
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dimensions featuring Valarie Adams
Tomaino’s Lounge, 273 Main St., Archbald: Kartune
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Pink Slip

Sunday, Sept. 24
Bongo Roadhouse, 2136 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: Music showcase hosted by Greg Kondrat
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 Wanabees
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: John Kadlecik Band
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Open mic night with Tim Beckage
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Sept. 25
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Poor Richard
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Sept. 26
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Acoustic Night
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Tyler Zeiss

Wednesday, Sept. 27
Bazil, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet
The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic with J.R. 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
Skyy Vu Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Smoke on the Water featuring Marty Edwards & Heartbeat
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Last Call Trio
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Concerts – September 21, 2017

Concerts – September 21, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Shining Star — Earth, Wind and Fire tribute, Saturday, Sept. 23
Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, Wednesday, Sept. 27
Matthew West, Saturday, Sept. 30
Fozzy, Wednesday, Oct. 4
Linda Eder, Friday, Oct. 6
Joe Nardone Presents: A Doo Wop Celebration, Saturday, Oct. 14
Up Close with Roy Firestone, Friday, Oct. 20
Penn State’s Premiere Jazz Ensemble, Thursday, Oct. 26
Arlo Guthrie, Friday, Oct. 27
The Fab Faux, Saturday, Oct. 28

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
The Midtown Men, Friday, Sept. 29 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Stylistics, Saturday, Oct. 7 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Trinidad James, Saturday, Oct. 14 (Wet Nightclub)
Eddie Griffin, Saturday, Oct. 21 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Brian McKnight, Friday, Oct. 27 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Manhattan Transfer, Friday, Nov. 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Pusha T, Saturday, Nov. 11 (Wet Nightclub)
Lavell Crawford, Friday, Dec. 8 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Foghat, Saturday, Dec. 16 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Amish Outlaws, Saturday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Rick Springfield, Thursday, Sept. 21
The Charlie Daniels Band, Friday, Sept. 22
Ana Popovic, Saturday, Sept. 23
Jim Breuer, Friday, Sept. 29
Mike Albert and the Big E Band — Elvis tribute, Tuesday, Oct. 3
Islands in the Stream: An Afternoon with Dolly and Kenny, Wednesday, Oct. 4, and Thursday, Oct. 5
Clint Black, Friday, Oct. 6
Sharon Owens — Barbra Streisand tribute, Tuesday, Oct. 10
Real Diamond, Wednesday, Oct. 11, and Thursday, Oct. 12
Living Colour, Friday, Oct. 13

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Still Hand String Band, Friday, Sept. 22
Steal Your Peach, Saturday, Sept. 23
The John Kadlecik Band, Sunday, Sept. 24
Scott Sharrard, Friday, Sept. 29
Solar Federation — Rush tribute, Saturday, Sept. 30
Marbin, Sunday, Oct. 1
Terry Lee Goffee: The Greatest Johnny Cash, Friday, Oct. 6
The Undead with Death Valley Dreams, Saturday, Oct. 7
The Garcia Project, Friday, Oct. 13
Starman — The Ultimate Bowie Experience, Saturday, Oct. 14

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Graham Nash, Thursday, Sept. 21
David Bromberg, Friday Sept. 22
Secondhand Serenade, Thursday, Oct. 5
Blackmore’s Night, Saturday, Oct. 7
Black Lagoon, Friday, Oct. 13
Theory of a Deadman, Friday, Oct. 13
Colourshow, Saturday, Oct. 14
Air Supply, Saturday, Oct. 14
Drop the Girl, Wednesday, Oct. 18
Yngwie Malmsteen, Tuesday, Oct. 24

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
The Head and the Heart, Friday, Sept. 22
Tei Shi, Friday, Sept. 22
YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Sunday, Sept. 24
Corbin & Shlohmo, Wednesday, Sept. 27
Thievery Corporation, Wednesday, Sept. 27
Spafford, Friday, Sept. 29
Oh Wonder, Friday, Sept. 29
Wild Cub, Saturday, Sept. 30
STS9, Saturday, Sept. 30
Manchester Orchestra, Sunday, Oct. 1
Kodie Shane, Monday, Oct. 2

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Alison Wonderland, Friday, Sept. 22
Young M.A., Saturday, Sept. 23
Rezz, Friday, Sept. 29
Two Door Cinema Club, Saturday, Sept. 30
The Kooks, Tuesday, Oct. 3
The Script, Wednesday, Oct. 4
Timeflies, Friday, Oct. 6
Galantis, Saturday, Oct. 7
PVRIS, Sunday, Oct. 8

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Halsey, Saturday, Oct. 7
Guns N’ Roses, Sunday, Oct. 8
Bruno Mars, Tuesday, Oct. 10
Katy Perry, Thursday, Oct. 12
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Friday, Oct. 13
Powerhouse, Friday, Oct. 27
Fall Out Boy, Sunday, Oct. 29
Imagine Dragons, Thursday, Nov. 2
Janet Jackson, Monday, Nov. 13
Dead & Company, Thursday, Nov. 16

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Graham Nash, Sunday, Sept. 24
Cabaret Night with Borislav Strulev and Friends, Thursday, Sept. 28
Electrifying Evening with ZOFO, Thursday, Oct. 19
John Sebastian, Saturday, Oct. 21
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Saturday, Nov. 4
Los Lonely Boys, Sunday, Nov. 5
Eileen Iver’s A Joyful Christmas, Friday, Dec. 15

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Bruno Mars, Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23
Billy Joel, Saturday, Sept. 30
Katy Perry, Monday, Oct. 2, and Tuesday, Oct. 3
Guns N’ Roses, Wednesday, Oct. 11; Sunday, Oct. 15; and Monday, Oct. 16
Ricardo Arjona, Thursday, Oct. 12
Queens of the Stone Age, Tuesday, Oct. 24
La Salsa Vive, Friday, Nov. 10

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Joe Bonamassa, Wednesday, Sept. 20; Thursday, Sept. 21; and Saturday, Sept. 23
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, Sept. 22
Seu Jorge Presents: The Life Aquatic — Tribute To David Bowie, Wednesday, Sept. 27
Jim Gaffigan, Thursday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Sept. 30
Kevin James, Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29
Ludovico Einaudi, Monday, Oct. 30
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Wednesday, Nov. 1
Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson, Friday, Nov. 3
The Fab Faux, Saturday, Nov. 4
Tori Amos, Tuesday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 8

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Dana Fuchs, Saturday, Sept. 23
Rob Schneider, Thursday, Oct. 5
Craig Thatcherband, Friday, Oct. 6
Tom Green, Sunday, Oct. 22
TUSK — the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute, Friday, Nov. 10
The Accidentals, Tuesday, Nov. 14
Wild Adriatic, Thursday, Nov. 16
Kevin Griffin, Thursday, Nov. 16
The Aardvarks & the Sofa Kings, Saturday, Nov. 18
Thanksgiving Eve with Steve Brosky and His Lil Big Band, Wednesday, Nov. 22
Hot Blooded: The Foreigner Experience, Friday, Nov. 24

Music Appreciation – University of Scranton slates free concerts starring students and national acts

Music Appreciation – University of Scranton slates free concerts starring students and national acts

School is back in session, and for University of Scranton student musicians and singers, their upcoming performances make for teachable moments with the greater community.
The fall schedule features a variety of U of S ensembles, bands and choirs teamed up with nationally renowned music professionals for a slate of free concerts open to the public.
Cheryl Boga, conductor and director of performance music at the university, said she strives to bring in not just great guest performers but also artist-teachers who can impart wisdom to the young soloists and players.

Cheryl Y. Boga

“One of the things I do is look over the long term — not just a season, but over the four years my students will be here,” Boga said. “My philosophy for the program is really one of (acknowledging that) these are the students that are going to make sure live music is supported in communities, our schools and our country, so how do we give them a background of real understanding and appreciation of great music and what it takes to make it?”
In addition to the student recitals, the season’s highlights include concerts that cover a variety of musical genres and bring in talented music professionals, one of whom — trumpet soloist and sideman Jumaane Smith — has a “long and storied history” with U of S, Boga said.
Smith was a member of the bands for crooners Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. and also performed with pop stars including Stevie Wonder, Justin Bieber, Natalie Cole and Alicia Keys. Locally, Smith gave his talents to the U of S as a composer for its concert band and mixed choir, a teacher for brass seminars, conductor and soloist.
“It’s so delightful to see the amazing professional he has become,” Boga said. “His contributions here at Scranton have been unending at every stage of his career.”
Later in the season, guest soloist Kenny Rampton, a member of Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the trumpet voice on “Sesame Street,” will join the U of S Jazz Band for a concert and offer a free master class to students plus amateur and professional musicians 16 and older. With touring credits that include the Ray Charles Orchestra and Matchbox Twenty, Rampton’s expertise spans multiple styles.
Sherrie Maricle and the all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra also will offer a public master class in addition to a performance that showcases their history as one of the longest-existing professional big bands in the country.
“Sherrie is just wonderful, and she’s led clinics on rhythm for Scranton brass,” Boga said. “She is a gifted and committed teacher, a spectacular drummer and runs a hell of a band. For us to be part of their 25th anniversary tour, coming off amazing venues like the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, I still kind of can’t believe we’re going to present them.”

U of S also will mark the 50th year for its annual Noel Night concert, which invites alumni to return and rehearse to be part of the show, Boga said.
“It’s kind of the kick-off for Christmas season for us, musically,” she explained. “It has always been University of Scranton’s gift to the community. We open the doors well over an hour early for seats and have started prelude music for a full hour before the concert even starts because of all the people sitting there.”
Noel Night focuses exclusively on sacred music and also includes remarks from university leaders and readings of the nativity narrative, which students have dubbed the “Peanuts” speech since Linus made it famous in the animated classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Providing a well-curated concert season that also is presented free is crucial not only to musical students but to the public, Boga noted.
“The arts are our nation, our world. It’s both a mirror and a window,” she said. “They’re a way to reflect back who we are and who we want to be on every level, from a small community to a wider circle. Music is important to understanding and expressing, acts as a catalyst and spurs communication. Everybody is part of this process.”

 

Singer brings Irish music to Scranton on first American tour

Singer brings Irish music to Scranton on first American tour

Nathan Carter wants to spread his music across the globe.
Raised in an Irish family in Liverpool, England, the country singer already has a large fanbase in Ireland and now is on his first tour of the United States and Canada, which includes a stop in Scranton. Carter will take the stage Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
“I’m just going to be introducing myself and my music to anyone who have never seen me before,” he said during a recent phone interview from Ireland.
Tickets are $45 to $75 and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at 570-344-1111 or online at scrantonculturalcenter.org. With Carter’s six-piece band — including fiddles, whistles, accordion, drums, bass and guitar — music fans can expect to hear old Irish songs, folk songs and traditional Irish music. The set also includes ballads and some popular music, such as Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and a tribute to the late Glen Campbell.
“It’s a mix of Irish songs and current songs that people can sing along to,” Carter said.
Joining him on tour is Chloë Agnew, who became one of the original members of Irish music group Celtic Woman at age 14 and launched a solo career in 2013. She will perform big ballads and classics as well.
“She’s been doing her own thing for a while, and we’re excited to have her on the tour,” Carter said, adding he and Agnew will perform some duets.
Carter started his journey to the stage young, learning to play the accordion and sing as a child. After many performances for family, friends and anyone who would listen, Carter began to compete. By 12, he had won All Ireland medals for singing and playing the accordion. Soon after, he joined the Liverpool Ceili band, playing accordion and piano. Solo performances soon followed in Liverpool and Ireland.
Carter became the first country act to hit No. 1 on the Irish charts after Garth Brooks — several of Carter’s singles reached that spot — and his videos garnered more than 1 million hits on YouTube. He’s appeared on Irish television shows and hosts his own talk show, “The Nathan Carter Show.”
While he’s busy overseas, his tour serves as a way to gain a following with new fans in a new place. Starting over can be daunting, but Carter is just doing what he loves.
“I’m just looking forward to giving the audience a great show and entertaining them,” he said. “I don’t call what I do a ‘job,’ because it’s not a job to me. I love what I do, and I’m really blessed.”

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If you go
What: Singer Nathan Carter
When: Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Details: Tickets are $45 to $75 and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at 570-344-1111 or online at scrantonculturalcenter.org.

Fireplace Restaurant heats up Tunkhannock through decades

Fireplace Restaurant heats up Tunkhannock through decades

Walking into the warm wood and quaintly decorated interior of the Fireplace Restaurant in Tunkhannock feels like a step into a rustic lodge or historic inn.
People come for the hospitality and atmosphere, but they stay and return for the hearty, traditional American food, homemade desserts and hefty portions that have kept the eatery in business since 1968.
Owners Dan and Laura Yale have a long history with the Fireplace. He started working there as a dishwasher at 15, while she shared many meals with her family there as a young girl.
The Yales took over as owners about 12 years ago after Dan Yale climbed the chain of command through stops in the kitchen and front of house. Now the couple, who both grew up in nearby one-room schoolhouses, focuses on continuing the legacy of the restaurant that’s become a second home to them.
“I’ve worked a long time, keeping the reputation going,” Dan Yale said.
“That’s why it’s so awesome to have the Fireplace,” his wife added. “It’s so iconic.”
The original octagonshaped dining room was updated in the mid-1970s with additional rooms built with local barn wood, while Dan Yale completed more structural renovations and moved the restrooms upstairs to be more handicapped accessible when he took over.
What hasn’t changed is the relaxed dining atmosphere or the quality and consistency of the food served there.
“I tweaked things as I went along and added on daily specials, but we’re still famous for our prime ribs, steaks, seafood dishes and tender beef medallions,” Dan Yale said.
Another standout on the menu is Laura’s Grilled Chicken Salad, which pairs Romaine lettuce with glazed walnuts, grilled pineapple, strawberries, dried cranberries and feta cheese, topped with a fruity, creamy poppyseed dressing.
“That seals the deal,” Laura Yale said of the dressing. “They call that a ‘plate-licker.’ And it started from a recipe in our own kitchen at home.”
Other popular dishes include Shrimp Bisque, the full selection of hand-formed burgers and fresh-baked desserts, including cobblers, fruit pies, rice pudding, apple crisp and the signature pumpkin bread.
“The menu is one of the most extensive in the area,” Laura Yale said. “I call it our novel, because we’re always writing the next chapter.”
In addition to its much-requested Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri (called the “Route 6 Cooler” on the menu and served in a pint mason jar), the Fireplace also keeps plenty of local wines and beers on tap. Supporting other local small businesses is important to the owners.
“Growing up here, I know the plight of the farmer,” Laura Yale said. “It’s important when you come from a small town. It’s an honor to have a small business here.”
The restaurant seats up to about 130 guests at a time and can be booked for private parties in addition to offering on- and off-site catering. But for the true Fireplace experience, Laura Yale said diners can’t do better than the service found in-house.
“One of the coolest things about this place is everybody has a memory of it. It breaks my heart when people say, ‘She’s just a waitress.’ It’s an art form. Not everyone can be a server,” she said. “We like (customers) to feel at home here. We have about 45 employees, and I call them our ‘Fireplace family,’ with my husband at the helm keeping us all going.”
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The Fireplace Restaurant
Address: 6157 Route 6, Tunkhannock
Phone: 570-836-9662 or 570-836-3579
Owners: Dan and Laura Yale
Cuisine: Traditional American
Hours: Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sounds – September 14, 2017

Sounds – September 14, 2017

WHERE WERE YOU IN ’92?

SAINT ETIENNE — ‘Home Counties’ 
THE GOOD: English indie pop outfit Saint Etienne enters a second quarter-century together with its ninth.
THE BAD: No gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: “Home Counties” is a loose concept album (aren’t they all?) focusing on stories and characters from the suburbs directly surrounding London. Here the inhabitants have a love-hate relationship with their environment — comfortable, yes, but also mundane. The songs reflect feelings of both familiarity and frustration. (I would imagine suburban life in the United Kingdom is pretty much like it is here except the houses sit closer together.)
Musically though, “Counties” is your typical breezy Saint Etienne album, the backdrops switching effortlessly between club beats and vintage pop circa 1970. The crackling basslines of “Unopened Fan Mail,” the semi-Baroque strains running across “Take It All In,” the funky thrust of “Out of My Mind” — all of it paints such vivid settings. Frontwoman Sarah Cracknell remains the most charming of narrators through it all with her wispy vocals still divine yet unassuming.
BUY IT?: Yes.

CHARLATANS UK — ‘Different Days’
THE GOOD: England’s Charlatans survives the passing of its long-time drummer Jon Brookes and regroups for a strong 13th album.
THE BAD: One could accuse the band of being stuck in “almost” the same place since its breakthrough debut, “Some Friendly,” way back in 1990. The formula remains intact, yet the tunes still satisfy.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Some high-profile fellow Brits make appearances here, including living legends Johnny Marr and Paul Weller. New Order’s Stephen Morris and the Verve’s Pete Salisbury handle drumming duties. Yet “Days” remains typical Charlatans (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Frontman Tim Burgess leans in for his cool, hazy lead vocals while the band churns out killer grooves that blur the lines between ’60s psychedelia and ’90s underground house. Better moments include the murky, haunting “Solutions”; the forward motion of “Not Forgotten” (a funky throwback to the band’s late ’90s heyday); and the delicately swaying, highly infectious “There Will Be Chances.” It all works; the band still is relevant in its comfortable surroundings.
BUY IT?: Sure.

RIDE — ‘Weather Diaries’
THE GOOD: Britpop/shoegaze act Ride comes back with its fourth album overall and first in 21 years.
THE BAD: Adjust your expectations. “Weather” is NOT a game changer or some massive, redefining comeback for the band. However, it IS a very good album that finds the boys succeeding at most everything attempted.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Ride’s varied ’90s catalog saw the group experimenting with everything that was happening almost three decades ago. 1990’s “Nowhere” was one of shoegaze’s genre-defining records. “Going Blank Again” (1992) found more traditional rock elements sneaking into the mix. “Carnival of Light” (1994) was a psychedelic/Britpop hybrid. 1996’s “Tarantula” was the forgotten gem released after the band’s initial break-up and then deleted almost immediately.
Now “Weather Diaries” revisits what made each past album great while updating those styles. The trippy “Lannoy Point” comes together over a swirling groove. “Home Is a Feeling” finds a lilting melody combining with brash guitars. “White Sands” takes its time running across multi-layered changes in mood and tempo. All is fine.
BUY IT?: Yep.

Fab 5 – September 14, 2017

Fab 5 – September 14, 2017

1. NEPA Valley Wine Train
The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, present the NEPA Valley Wine Train on two Saturdays, Sept. 16 and 23, from 2 to 7 p.m.
Tickets to the 21-and-older excursion are $50 in advance, available by calling the chamber at 570-282-1690. The train departs from the Carbondale train platform on Mill Street.
The event features wine and food tastings with music by Chris Mullineaux and history tidbits by local historian S. Robert Powell. The train will stop at four train platforms, where guests can enjoy wine and food pairings. The trip ends in Dickson City. Propst Transportation will provide rides back to Carbondale.
Space is limited. For more information, visit carbondalechamber.org.

2. NEPA Vegfest
An inaugural festival aims to offer a healthy day out. 
NEPA Vegfest takes place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Schautz Memorial Stadium, 1209 Prescott Ave., Scranton, and aims to promote wellness, compassion and good, healthy food.
Vegfest will feature dozens of craft and food vendors plus artists, music, yoga, fitness and wellness activities, and more. The event benefits the Farmhouse Sanctuary, a local nonprofit animal shelter.
Admission is free. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

3. Welcoming Scranton
United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania will hold the first Welcoming Scranton celebration on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Connors Park, 515 Orchard St. 
The free event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and aims to bring together long-time local residents with new members of the community to further cross-cultural understanding and acceptance. Activities include yoga, interactive art, origami, story time, bingo, face painting and dance.
The national nonprofit Welcoming America encourages inclusivity in communities. For more information, visit
welcomingamerica.org or the event’s Facebook page.

4. Electric City Music Conference
The Electric City Music Conference returns to Scranton for a fourth year to celebrate the musicians of Northeast Pennsylvania.
The conference opens with a red carpet event and the fourth annual Steamtown Music Awards ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. at the V-Spot, 906 Providence Road, Scranton. A tribute to local rock artist Jane Train, who died in August, will feature Behind the Grey with Zhach Kelsch and R.J. Scouton. 
On Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16, the conference shifts gears to performances by more than 150 bands at venues across the city. Spots include Backyard Ale House, the Keys Beer & Spirits, the Bog, New Penny Lounge, the V-Spot, Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant, Irish Wolf Pub, Whiskey Dick’s, Levels, the Vault and AFA Gallery. The gallery also will host a free breakfast plus panels, mentoring sessions, workshops and more on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit electriccitymusicconference.com or the conference’s Facebook page for more information.

5. Family Fall Fun Festival
The 15th annual Family Fall Fun Festival to benefit the Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania takes place Sunday, Sept. 17, from 3-8 p.m. at Waldorf Park, 13 Waldorf Lane, Scranton.
The rain-or-shine event includes a Kiddie Korner with children’s activities from 3-6 p.m. as well as basket raffles, 50/50, bake sale, entertainment from East Coast Trio, the Wanabees and more. A buffet will be available from 3-6 p.m. and grilled sandwiches will be served from 6-7 p.m..
Tickets will be available at the door and are $20 for adults and $5 for children 4 to 12. Admission is free for children 3 and younger. Each child will receive five free tickets to play in the Kiddie Korner.
For details, call Mari or Holly at 570-207-0825.

Concerts – September 14, 2017

Concerts – September 14, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Shining Star — Earth, Wind and Fire tribute, Saturday, Sept. 23
Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, Wednesday, Sept. 27
Matthew West, Saturday, Sept. 30
Fozzy, Wednesday, Oct. 4
Linda Eder, Friday, Oct. 6
Joe Nardone Presents: A Doo Wop Celebration, Saturday, Oct. 14
Up Close with Roy Firestone, Friday, Oct. 20
Penn State’s Premiere Jazz Ensemble, Thursday, Oct. 26
Arlo Guthrie, Friday, Oct. 27
The Fab Faux, Saturday, Oct. 28

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Artie Lange, Saturday, Sept. 16 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, Sept. 16 (Wet Nightclub)
The Midtown Men, Friday, Sept. 29 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Stylistics, Saturday, Oct. 7 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Trinidad James, Saturday, Oct. 14 (Wet Nightclub)
Eddie Griffin, Saturday, Oct. 21 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Brian McKnight, Friday, Oct. 27 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Manhattan Transfer, Friday, Nov. 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Foghat, Saturday, Dec. 16 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Amish Outlaws, Saturday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Montgomery Gentry, Friday, Sept. 15
Rick Springfield, Thursday, Sept. 21
The Charlie Daniels Band, Friday, Sept. 22
Ana Popovic, Saturday, Sept. 23
Jim Breuer, Friday, Sept. 29
Mike Albert and the Big E Band — Elvis tribute, Tuesday, Oct. 3
Islands in the Stream: An Afternoon with Dolly and Kenny, Wednesday, Oct. 4, and Thursday, Oct. 5
Clint Black, Friday, Oct. 6
Sharon Owens — Barbra Streisand tribute, Tuesday, Oct. 10
Real Diamond, Wednesday, Oct. 11, and Thursday, Oct. 12

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Kung Fu — Extreme Funk, Friday, Sept. 15
Mind Choir, Spur, Under the Clothesline, Saturday, Sept. 16
Still Hand String Band, Friday, Sept. 22
Steal Your Peach, Saturday, Sept. 23
The John Kadlecik Band, Sunday, Sept. 24
Scott Sharrard, Friday, Sept. 29
Solar Federation — Rush tribute, Saturday, Sept. 30
Marbin, Sunday, Oct. 1
Terry Lee Goffee: The Greatest Johnny Cash, Friday, Oct. 6
The Undead with Death Valley Dreams, Saturday, Oct. 7

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Garden Grove Festival featuring Badfish, Saturday, Sept. 9
Graham Nash, Thursday, Sept. 21
David Bromberg, Friday Sept. 22
Secondhand Serenade, Thursday, Oct. 5
Blackmore’s Night, Saturday, Oct. 7
Theory of a Deadman, Friday, Oct. 13
Air Supply, Saturday, Oct. 14
Yngwie Malmsteen, Tuesday, Oct. 24
I Prevail presents Rage on the Stage Tour, Saturday, Oct. 28
Last in Line, Friday, Nov. 3

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
John Mark McMillian, Thursday, Sept. 14
Bastille Wild, Wild, Wild World Tour, Thursday Sept. 14
Gabrielle Aplin, Saturday, Sept. 16
Sleeping with Sirens, Sunday, Sept. 17
Foster the People, Monday, Sept. 18
Mutemath, Tuesday, Sept. 19
Company of Thieves, Tuesday, Sept. 19
So Far Gone, Wednesday, Sept. 20
The Head and the Heart, Friday, Sept. 22
Tei Shi, Friday, Sept. 22

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Post Malone, Friday, Sept. 15
Project Pabst Citywide Festival, Saturday, Sept. 16
Alison Wonderland, Friday, Sept. 22
Young M.A., Saturday, Sept. 23
Rezz, Friday, Sept. 29
Two Door Cinema Club, Saturday, Sept. 30
The Kooks, Tuesday, Oct. 3
The Script, Wednesday, Oct. 4
Timeflies, Friday, Oct. 6
Galantis, Saturday, Oct. 7

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Barry Manilow, Friday, Sept. 15
The Weeknd with Gucci Mane and Nav, Saturday, Sept. 16
Arcade Fire, Sunday, Sept. 17
Halsey, Saturday, Oct. 7
Guns N’ Roses, Sunday, Oct. 8
Bruno Mars, Tuesday, Oct. 10
Katy Perry, Thursday, Oct. 12
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Friday, Oct. 13
Powerhouse, Friday, Oct. 27
Fall Out Boy, Sunday, Oct. 29

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
An Evening of Chamber Music with the Manhattan Chamber Players, Thursday, Sept. 14
Scott Samuelson and Jeanne MacDonald: Old Friends, Saturday, Sept. 16
Graham Nash, Sunday, Sept. 24
Cabaret Night with Borislav Strulev and Friends, Thursday, Sept. 28
Electrifying Evening with ZOFO, Thursday, Oct. 19
John Sebastian, Saturday, Oct. 21
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Saturday, Nov. 4
Los Lonely Boys, Sunday, Nov. 5
Eileen Iver’s A Joyful Christmas, Friday, Dec. 15

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Sam Hunt, Thursday, Sept. 14
Paul McCartney, Friday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 17
Scorpions, Saturday, Sept. 16
Bruno Mars, Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23
Billy Joel, Saturday, Sept. 30
Katy Perry, Monday, Oct. 2, and Tuesday, Oct. 3
Guns N’ Roses: Not in this Lifetime Tour, Wednesday, Oct. 11; Sunday, Oct. 15; and Monday, Oct. 16

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Thursday, Sept. 14
The Gipsy Kings, Friday, Sept. 15
The Mavericks, Saturday, Sept. 16
Joe Bonamassa, Wednesday, Sept. 20; Thursday, Sept. 21; and Saturday, Sept. 23
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, Sept. 22
Seu Jorge Presents: The Life Aquatic — Tribute To David Bowie, Wednesday, Sept. 27
Jim Gaffigan, Thursday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Sept. 30
Kevin James, Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29
Ludovico Einaudi, Monday, Oct. 30
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Wednesday, Nov. 1

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
The Weight Band, Thursday, Sept. 14
Ben Bailey, Friday, Sept. 15
Box of Rain — Essential Grateful Dead of ’68-’74, Friday, Sept. 15
Dana Fuchs, Saturday, Sept. 23
Rob Schneider, Thursday, Oct. 5
Craig Thatcherband, Friday, Oct. 6
Tom Green, Sunday, Oct. 22
TUSK — the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute, Friday, Nov. 10
The Accidentals, Tuesday, Nov. 14

Clubs – September 14, 2017

Clubs – September 14, 2017

Thursday, Sept. 14
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Wanabees Trio
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Gerard Demarco
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
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Jazz Night with E-City Sound

Friday, Sept. 15
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam
AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton: Embera, Send Request, Shock Value and Blind Choice
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Q-Ball
Backdraft Sports Bar & Restaurant, 1256 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Dashboard Mary
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: J.P. Williams Blues Band, the Barn Cats, Tony Halchak, Kluster Phunk, I Am Buffalo and Sheila
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Riptide
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Sage
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Jam Box
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: Steve Werner, University Drive, Permanence, Screaming Infidelities, Esta Coda and Doug Griffiths
Bongo Roadhouse, 2136 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: Chayton Woods and Teddy Young
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Frost Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Neil Nicastro Duo
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ Marc Anthony and comics R.C. Smith, Pat O’Donnell and Steve Shaffer
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Robb Brown
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Steve Corcoran Duo
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Kyle Demko and Marcus Welliver
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: David Cupano
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show, Inferno Presents: Tammie Brown
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Earthmouth, Ervasa, Dreamers Like Us, King Kidding, Grayson Drive and Empire in Decline
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Crimzn, Alma Mater, Latewaves, Give Up, Taylor Tote, My Life on Film and Stay Loud
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Apache Chief with Cassidi Royce, Shakenbake, Ben Hostyle, Aspect, Penpal and K-One
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Fuzzy Park Duo
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Flaxy Morgan
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Talon Co., Last Call Romeo, Bloodeagle, WethePeople, Inner Temple and the Greater Victory
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Soul Shakers
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Byrd Pressley Band and comic Quentin Heggs
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: DJ Chris and comics Brad Lowery, Megan Hanley and Shawn Cornelius
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Kung Fu
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: Madd Kat, Erich and Tyler Music Co., Bright Shiny Objects, Bear in the Woods, Jump the Train and Last Chance
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Naomi
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Almost Honest, Moral Code, Traverse the Abyss, the Aegean, Doubting Thomas and Three Imaginary Boys
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Shannon Marsyada, Joe Cigan and Adam Bailey
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Pat Godwin and Irwin Loring

Saturday, Sept. 16
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Joe & Roger
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Static in the Attic
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Patrick McGlynn, Zayre Mountain, White Planes, Riffmatik, Jordan Ramirez and Pity Party
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Euphoria
Benny’s Sports Bar, 1216 Main St., Peckville: FullCircle
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: Old Charades, Fiddy Shades, Black Hole Heart, Christopher Beggars, Rosary Guild and Coal Miner Canary
Bongo Roadhouse, 2136 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: Sheila Mark Duo
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Bandana Brothers
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: That ’90s Band
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ Trex, Somethin’ Else and comic Shawn Cornelius
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dale’s Jukebox
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Leighann & Company
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Anthony Natiello
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: TheOfficialOD, the Charming Beards, Facing the Giants, Kali Ma, the Cryptid, uMan Era and Sucker/Candi Vee
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Joe Burke, Kevlar, E57, Lucas Hex, Vicious, Mercy Gang and Men-ji
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: D-West, Broke Royals, Elephants Dancing, Vine Street, Utopix, DJ Cryptic and Nsilo
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Good To Go Duo
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Roberto Santoro, Rob Palmitessa, Chester Avenue, Plaid the Inhaler, Kore Rozzik, Pave the Way and Walau-eh
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Flirtin’ with Yesterday
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Lion and Tiger and comic Steve Shaffer
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Excsollence and Quentin Heggs
R Place, 482 Hamlin Highway, Hamlin: Dashboard Mary
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Mind Choir, Spur, Under the Clothesline
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Paul Moran and friends
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Queens Over Kings, Bryan Banks, Nowhere Slow, Blind Choice, Just Blush, Anytime Soon and Sonny on the Causeway
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Toothless, Defy the Tide, Red Hymns, the Hill You Die On, Behind the Grey, Rahway and Bear in the Woods
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: The Crossroads Duo, Riley Loftus, Katie Evans and LittleStarRun
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Pat Godwin and Irwin Loring

Sunday, Sept. 17
Bongo Roadhouse, 2136 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: Bill and Donna Arnold
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Paul LaQuintano
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Open mic night with Tim Beckage
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Luna Soltera X Silhouette Lies

Monday, Sept. 18
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Poor Richard
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Sept. 19
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Acoustic Night
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Flatland Ruckus
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Ray Nemitz

Wednesday, Sept. 20
Bazil, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marko Marcinko Jazz Trio
The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic with J.R. Huffsmith
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays
Skyy Vu Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Smoke on the Water featuring Marty Edwards & Heartbeat
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

River group marks anniversary with month of activities

River group marks anniversary with month of activities

Lackawanna River Conservation Association marks the 30th anniversary of its incorporation as a nonprofit organization on Thursday, Oct. 5, and to celebrate, area residents will enjoy a month of river-themed activities.
Bernie McGurl, LRCA’s executive director, said the events planned span a variety of interests and locations to echo the people the association serves — about 300,000 to 400,000 residents in 50 municipalities across four counties.
“It’s surprising. You wake up one day and it’s 30 years later, and we’re looking at a river that’s a heck of a lot cleaner with more people involved with it and interested in protecting and enjoying it,” he said. “Our mission is to involve the community with the river in a mutually beneficial way, so we wanted a variety of activities to recognize commonality across economic, social and cultural interest.”
LRCA protects the Lackawanna in several fashions, from stewardship of lands that border the river to conservancy programs to promoting a vision for the future.
“We’re looking at issues related to sustainability, resiliency and global climate change,” McGurl said. “We can help our community relate to what’s going on globally by acting and thinking and having more presence locally (in terms of) their links and responsibilities (to the river).”
McGurl added that the 30th anniversary calendar of events also seeks to gain new followers as the organization moves toward a generational change in leadership.
“We want to expand our capacity, and I hope to retire in a few years,” he said. “We’re hoping to use this celebration to generate awareness and interest in the community to support that.”

Lackawanna River Conservation Association’s 30th anniversary events

Cocktail Party Kick-off: Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Carbondale Grand Hotel, 25 S. Main St.

Rain barrel workshop: Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sweeney’s Beach, 41 Poplar St., Scranton, $25 per family

LRCA Hexagon Project Show: Sunday, Sept. 10, Steamworks Gallery, the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave.

Yoga and hike to Panther Bluff: Sunday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m., meets at Simpson trailhead of Rail-Trail Council of NEPA, Reservoir and Homestead streets

“Flight of the Butterflies” documentary film screening: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton, free

Jazz Night featuring Nancy and Spencer Reed and their Jazz Combo: Friday, Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m., Sweeney’s Beach, 41 Poplar St., $20

Recycling flea market, creative family recycling activities and picnic: Saturday, Sept. 16, market open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sweeney’s Beach, 41 Poplar St.

LRCA Trivia Night with Conor McGuigan: Monday, Sept. 18, 10 to 11 p.m., the Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton, $2

Autumn Equinox Interfaith and Inter-Ethnic Celebration and Healing River Walk: Friday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., departs from Kosciuska Healing Garden, adjacent to Market Street Bridge, North Scranton

Fall Fest Paddle and After-Party: Saturday, Sept. 23; paddlers register at noon and depart Archbald for Olyphant at 2 p.m.; after-party at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill,
120 Lincoln St., Olyphant, $20

Wine tasting with David Falchek, executive director of American Wine Society: Tuesday, Sept. 26, Tripp House, 1011 N. Main Ave., Scranton

“Lions and Owls and Elves, Oh My!” walking tour: Saturday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m., downtown Scranton, donations accepted

Eco-Trolley Tour: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton, $8 children/$10 adults

30th Anniversary Community Recognition Awards Dinner and Gala: Thursday, Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., $65

For more information and an updated schedule, visit lrca.org or the LRCA Facebook page, email lrca@lrca.org or call 570-347-6311.

Up Close – Holly Pilcavage

Up Close – Holly Pilcavage

Holly Pilcavage is director of business development for Coal Creative, Wilkes-Barre, and manager of Wilkes-Barre Connect, an initiative of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. A native of Plains Twp. and a graduate of Coughlin High School, she also is involved in the national organization ForCollegeForLife. Pilcavage earned a degree in business management from University of Scranton and a master’s degree in higher education administration from University of Akron. She lives in Kingston.

Meet Holly Pilcavage…

Can you tell us about your work with Coal Creative?
We do a lot with internet marketing, video marketing, live streaming, website design, traditional marketing and graphic design. When a company comes to us, they might have to start from scratch, or they might already have an established brand. Whatever it might be, we do a lot of strategizing and consulting. I’m the left brain of the company. Everyone else is the right brain — the creatives. I do more of client relations, client management, HR and payroll — just trying to keep things organized and moving forward. 

And your work with Wilkes-Barre Connect?
It’s almost like a hub for a lot of the different resources and programs and organizations that already exist. The Allan P. Kirby Center, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Diamond City Partnership … there are a lot of different players that all come together to put together different programs. It’s to connect — especially — entrepreneurs. 

People that don’t know where to start can come through our system, and I can help direct them to wherever they might need to go first, or next. And there’s a lot of follow-up as well, to make sure all of the dominos fall in place. Our five areas of focus are entrepreneurs, veterans, interns, financing and education.

And ForCollegeForLife? How are you involved with that organization?
I go to colleges and universities throughout the country, or different conferences, and speak to college students about different programs, one of which is Project Puzzle Piece, which is an organization that I founded. It helps students to see their place in the larger context of their organizations, community and the world and how they can impact each in a positive way. I do that — visit colleges — about four or five times a year.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I’m a writer. I like to write. And that ties in with Project Wednesday, which I founded. It’s a blog that fosters positive human development through storytelling. We currently have 30 writers from 15 different states, and pretty much — daily — we post a new blog. It helps spread inspiration and connect people with people.

Favorite music?
’90s and 2000s alternative.

Favorite city?
New York. You walk down one street and you’re at a museum. You walk down another street and you’re at the world’s best pizza shop. Or … you’re in a beautiful park.

Favorite place to vacation?
I went to Paris in December, and that’s one place that I just can’t wait to go back to.

Favorite thing about NEPA?
There’s a lot of drive and a lot of potential. I was living out of the state for a little while, and I just moved home 10 months ago. And I don’t know if it’s because I’m older or I’m more involved, but I just feel that the young professionals that I’m meeting, and even the established professionals — the way that they’re talking and the changes that they want to make — it feels real, and it feels good. I feel like I’m meeting a lot of like-minded people that are pushing forward. Change is inevitable. It’s up to us whether it’s going to be positive or negative.

All-time favorite movie?
“The Nightmare Before Christmas.” I also like “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

Favorite TV show?
“The Office.”

Favorite food?
Unhealthy: bacon. Healthy: lettuce.

Guilty pleasure?
Cheese and wine.

Favorite holiday?
Halloween.

Favorite book or author?
“Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom.

Favorite quote or catchphrase?
I have two of my own little mantras: “I’m not trying to change the entire world. I’m just trying to make it a better place for some people.” And, before I have to do anything big, or make a presentation, I breathe in and breathe out and repeat to myself, “I know who I am. And I know what I do.” And, from when I went to the University of Scranton, I loved the quote from St. Ignatius: “Go forth and set the world on fire.”

Biggest pet peeve?
Poor grammar. Like when people say, “I don’t” instead of “I didn’t.” It’s actually something I need to fix about myself, because I correct people when I hear them do it before I even think about it. (Laughs) Sometimes I should think before I speak, because it’s not very nice. (Laughs)

Is there anything about you that might surprise people?
I’m actually an extrovert/introvert. I get up every day and meet with people and do what I have to do, but at the end of the day I have to become a hermit and regain my energy and just disconnect, completely. I’m very active on social media, and people may think I’m a social butterfly, but in high school I was really quiet, and I still have that at heart. That’s still there. But I do what I have to do, because it’s important to me.

Have you had a moment in your life, or a person in your life, that has helped define you and shape you into the person you are today?
Throughout my educational experiences — elementary, junior high, high school and college — I’ve always had, for whatever reason, that one teacher that chose me and said, “I need to help her kind of figure out who she is.” And the biggest of all of them was my French teacher from high school. When I was a freshman, she just kind of took me under her wing with that whole concept of, “It takes a village…” I had no idea, but her and my mom would connect and talk about my progress. I was very different. Very quiet. I didn’t know who I was back then. I was lucky to have many educators connect with me, but she was pivotal in me becoming who I am today. 

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL with ALAN K. STOUT is a regular feature in electric city, profiling people from all walks of life throughout NEPA. Reach Alan at alankstout@comcast.net.

 

Photos by Emma Black

Keep on trucking – Driver cooks up different career with new set of wheels

Keep on trucking – Driver cooks up different career with new set of wheels

It all started with a hot dog stand on Public Square.
Floyd “Snook” Austin sold all-beef hot dogs on the square almost 10 years ago before he had to stop because of his job as a tractor-trailer driver.
“It was hard to find dependable people,” Austin said. “I was there for two to three summers, but I was on the road a lot.” 
Snook drove a tractor-trailer for the last 16 years, but after trouble with a herniated disk in his back and three surgeries, he decided to go back to where he started: a food truck.
Now, customers can find him manning Snook’s Wings & Things near Northampton and South Main streets in Wilkes-Barre or at Avoca Farmer’s Market on Wednesday afternoons.
“I established this truck at the end of May, beginning of June 2017,” Austin said. “I got four screws in my back during my third surgery only a year ago. This is still hard to do with my back, but I enjoy it.”
At first, Austin thought he should go back to grilling up hot dogs, but one day he and his physical therapist were joking around about a pig on a food truck. They realized they might actually be on to something if Austin used his nickname for a food truck and kept it simple by telling customers just what they would get: “wings and things.”
“Snook is my name. All my family and fiends call me it,” he said. “Down to my grandmother who is 100, (everyone) calls me ‘Snook.’”
The truck’s best-seller at the moment is the chicken cheesesteak with onions and peppers. He sold mostly chicken wings in his first couple months of cooking, but now customers find other favorites on the menu. 
“Hot wings are still a popular item, but a lot of customers get hamburgers or the chicken cheesesteak too,” he said.
The prices range from $1 for water to $9.50 for a dozen wings. Customers can get wings with barbecue, mild, hot and garlic Parmesan sauce.
It is “just Snook” who works the truck, Austin explained, although his son, Jordan, occasionally helps. His children are the main reason he could open a food truck featuring his cooking.
“I am a single parent,” he said. “A parent of four kids — that’s how I learned to cook more than I already knew how.”
Austin takes pride in the simplicity and quality of his food. He cooks everything to order so he doesn’t have to throw away any wasted food at the end of the day. He urges customers to order ahead by calling 570-793-1472 and then pick up their food.
“The people have been great, even on the bad days,” Austin said. “The people make it worth it.” 

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Snook’s Wings & Things
Address: Food truck usually found near South Main and Northampton streets, Wilkes-Barre
Phone: 570-793-1472
Established: June 2017
Owner: Floyd “Snook” Austin
Cuisine: Wings, burgers, cheesesteaks, meatballs and fries
Online: www.facebook.com/SnooksWingsandThings

–Samantha Stanich