Just Blush

Just Blush

For some bands, determining the right name takes months of brainstorming. For Just Blush, it was as easy as going to the hardware store.
“Guido (Castellani) happened upon a paint swatch at Lowe’s one afternoon,” guitarist Todd Oravic said. “‘Just Blush.’ Done deal.”
Finding time to practice together, however, doesn’t come as easily for the Scranton group, but the quartet does its best to keep the music coming. The group — which also includes Nick Barno on drums, Andrew Bryant on guitar and Abby Vail on bass — looks to take a hiatus from performing together after its upcoming scheduled shows, so now is the time for anyone who has wanted to catch them live.
Just Blush’s members recently went On the Record to discuss how they grew together as musicians and work together as a band.

Q: How did you all meet?
Todd Oravic: Nick and I met at Wilkes University on the first day of classes and started jamming the Beatles and Coldplay songs together. … Around November 2009, Nick invited me along to a show at Cafe Metro with some of his friends from high school, including Andrew. We quickly became friends and started talking about getting a band off the ground. We had our first practice with our first bassist, Guido Castellani, in March 2010. When Guido left for college that September, Andrew messaged Abby about playing with us. She came over for practice, and we discovered that the four of us worked very well together. Then we just went from there, with a focus now on original material.

Q: How did you each get involved in music?
TO: When I was 4 years old, my grandfather brought this old Harmony classical parlor acoustic downstairs and said, “OK, Jethro (his nickname for me). Let’s play some guitar.” Still have that guitar.
Abby Vail: I went to slap a high five but was too slow and slapped a bass instead. I decided to make it a hobby.
Andrew Bryant: I fell onto a piano and liked the noise.

Q: What is the process like for writing your music? 
TO: The process itself ends up being different every time, but it very often begins with some rough recorded demo or idea. We try to not think too much about it, and lately we’ve been doing a lot of free-form jamming together. Jamming is a great way in as far as figuring out what could work well for a song and just trying stuff.
AV: Our writing process varies. Sometimes we already have an idea or a demo that we go into practice looking to expand upon, and other times we just don’t say a word and break out into a random jam for 20 minutes and then realize we made unintentional magic happen.

Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
AV: Playing with these guys for so many years has really helped me develop personally. When you play with such talented people for so long, you’re bound to progress. I used to just play it safe and not veer far from root notes, but now I’m always looking to take my bass lines to unexpected places. We’ve all gained different experiences and endured struggles over the years, and I think we each let that sprinkle into our music and allow ourselves growth.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a part of this band?
AV: Choosing just one memory to label a favorite is almost impossible because we always have such a great time together, but I’m going to say one of the most memorable experiences we’ve had was seeing Tame Impala in Maryland. After the show, a shirtless man told one of us that we have “impeccable music taste,” and Todd’s immediate response was, “Thanks, I can SEE your pecs!” Every weekend we spent in Penn State recording our album has a special place in my heart as well.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
TO: Oh man, it’s gotten so much bigger. It’s awesome — there’s always something going on, and a lot of new acts.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
TO: To be honest, the future is uncertain for Just Blush. We’ve all agreed we’re still going to jam together from time to time — we’re very good at that and love to do it — but we’re looking to take a step back from the project and explore other musical avenues. We’re really glad we got our album done. We said for a long time we were going to do it and we did, and we have always had so much fun doing this, playing for people and for each other. Our last shows for an indefinite amount of time are coming soon, so now’s the time for anyone who’d like to come out: Friday, Nov. 24, at the Keys (as a three-piece with Nick, Todd and Abby) with Days in Transit, and Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Irish Wolf (Pub in Scranton) with King Kidding, Crookshanks and Japan 4. We’ll have our album packaged with our self-released EPs, “Just Blush” and “Live at the Flea Market,” at a discounted price also.

Light it Up – Region welcomes holiday season with annual radio tower lighting

Light it Up – Region welcomes holiday season with annual radio tower lighting

Colorful bulbs reaching to the sky will alight on Thanksgiving eve in a decades-long tradition that’s transformed into a block party full of holiday cheer.
The lights running up the radio tower atop The Scranton Times Building, 149 Penn Ave., will turn on tonight at 6 during the free annual festivities that include food, music, movies and fireworks.
“It’s a good little family thing to do while the family’s getting together,” said Ian L. Lopera, marketing and events coordinator for Times-Shamrock Communications. “Especially (with) a fireworks show, it’s always nice to get out and have a spectacle like that. … Anything associated with the Times and family kind of makes sense.”
The action starts at 4 p.m., when the building will open to guests to watch holiday movies in the fifth-floor auditorium. Short films will be shown at 4 and 5, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Meanwhile, outdoors, visitors can check out an exhibit of holidays photos from The Times-Tribune archives in the Newseum adjacent to the building on Penn Avenue and get a peek at Santa’s printing press through the windows of the historic pressroom along Spruce Street. Music and entertainment will take place on a stage in front of the building.
“We’ve got the Jingle Girls coming back from Ballet Theatre of Scranton,” Lopera said. “They’ll be there all dressed up, and they might bring some toy soldiers with them. And we’ve got DJ Jamie Callen, (who) is going to come and bring all the holiday classics for us.”
While they enjoy the entertainment, guests can pick up dinner and drinks, too. Zummo’s Cafe from Scranton’s Green Ridge section will bring hot beverages, while Scranton food truck Truck’n Kitchen will sell its unique eats.
“They’ve got a big variety of things,” Lopera said. “They do a Buffalo pierogie, they do cheesesteaks and kind of out-of-the box burgers. And they have a really wide variety of options.”
Former West Scranton High School and Penn State University standout football player Matt McGloin, who was recently cut from the NFL’s Houston Texans, will pull the switch to light the tower at 6 p.m.
“He’s a pretty prominent figure from Scranton, and we figured if he was available that would be great to have him along,” Lopera said.
Rock 107 will broadcast the countdown live. Weather permitting, the fireworks will immediately follow, launching from the Electric City parking garage across from the Times building. Activities will wrap up by 7.
To accommodate the event, the 100 block of Penn Avenue will close at 7 a.m., and the 200 block of Penn Avenue and the 200 and 300 blocks of Spruce Street will close around 4:30.
Lopera said he looks forward to seeing everyone coming together and filling up the streets to watch the fireworks.
“(It’s) just a good feeling to have everyone out there and be together,” he said.
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If you go

What: Annual Scranton Times Building radio tower lighting and festivities

When: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 4-7 p.m.

Where: The Scranton Times Building, 149 Penn Ave.

Details: Admission is free. Call 570-348-9100 for more information

Have a holly jolly time with live Rudolph musical at F.M. Kirby Center

Have a holly jolly time with live Rudolph musical at F.M. Kirby Center

Even the most famous reindeer of all has his bad days when it comes to fitting in.
The classic story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — whose shining red nose excluded him from playing reindeer games, leading him to flee to the Island of Misfit Toys — flies into F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre, on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The musical production based on the 1964 stop-motion television special starts at 6:30 p.m., and doors open at 5. 
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” keeps true to the essence of the original television special, even using costumes, puppets and sets reminiscent of the claymation used in the original special, said Natalie MacDonald, who plays Rudolph. After two successful years of touring North America, the holly jolly cast of characters — including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster — bring the show to life with favorite songs, including “Fame and Fortune,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Silver and Gold” and “Holly Jolly Christmas.”
“When kids see the movie and then they see the show, what they saw on TV comes to life,” MacDonald said. “Kids love it, as well as the grandparents and the parents who grew up with it. I just want to point out how incredible this show is for all generations … and how special that is, how rare it is for something to last so long in this digital age when stories last two seconds and then they’re gone.”
MacDonald always connected with Rudolph’s story because she was homeschooled as a child.
“I think that everyone in their life comes upon a time when they felt like a misfit. … I very much loved my upbringing, but with kids my age I sometimes had a hard time relating to them,” she said. “I was taking college classes and was always around people older than me, so hanging out with kids my age, I felt like a misfit.”
Many of the technical aspects of the show make it special for MacDonald, including the moment when she flies across the stage, and how the cast, crew and production team work together to make each moment magical.
“The show gives off a very poignant message,” MacDonald said. “We’ve really built up this anti-bullying campaign with ‘Rudolph.’ Kids can come see that all of our differences that we have can be brought to the table and make society better. It’s a really important message for kids and parents and grandparents alike.”

 

It really is the thought that counts when presenting

It really is the thought that counts when presenting

Thank your holiday hosts with unique gifts that reflect their lives.
Host and hostess gifts have replaced the custom of bringing a bottle of wine to holiday gatherings, said Lora Hobbs, owner of Live With It gift shop in Peckville. People gravitate toward gifts because they know their hosts already have wine for the occasion or they feel like a bottle is not thoughtful enough, she explained.
Such gifts can range in cost from $10 to $100, Hobbs said, putting the average buy at about $30. Kathi Whitney Davis, owner of Over the Moon in Scranton, estimated her customers spend between $40 and $75 on presents for their hosts.
Be scents-ible 
“Holiday candles are always a good idea,” Davis said, and they’re one of her shop’s most popular sells for hostess gifts. Select a seasonal scent such as Fraser fir or balsam and pair it with a set of printed cocktail napkins for a gift your hosts can use during the holidays.

 

Holiday spirit 

Both shopkeepers recommended gifting glass ball ornaments, whether it be Hobbs’ detailed orbs in seasonal colors or Davis’ clear ones with “2017” emblazoned across them. They make an easy gift that can help your hosts replace decorations they might have broken, Hobbs said. And people remember where they acquired their ornaments, noted her husband, Dave, so your hosts will have something to remember you by.
Other seasonal decorations, such as small nativity scenes, can do, too. Davis carries glass Christmas trees made by Simon Pearce that come in several sizes and “are always very popular,” she said.
“A little piece of holiday gift wear is always a good recommendation,” she said.

Let’s eat 
Help hosts with future meals by gifting practical tools, such as oversize stainless steel serving utensils or bowls.
“They can always use an extra plate or an extra bowl for service,” Dave Hobbs said.
Some are part of larger collections that release a new piece annually, he added, and people come by each year to get the addition.
Or, combine two gifts in one: Make a special treat and present it on a serving platter to keep, or place goodies in a glass candy dish, such as a Christmas tree-shaped one like Davis carries.

For the kids
Not every gift goes to the adults in the home. If the hosts have a new baby, guests can bring items such as a child’s dish and utensil set or a porcelain keepsake, Dave Hobbs said.

Drink up
If your hosts prefer beer over wine, grab a well-made glass for them to pour their favorite brew into, such as ones made in the beer-making hub of Germany.
“A nice set of higher-quality, specialty beer glasses are often given,” Lora Hobbs said.

Concerts – November 23, 2017

Concerts – November 23, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Night Ranger and Loverboy, Friday, Nov. 24
Christmas with Jennifer Nettles, Thursday, Nov. 30
Keller Williams, Friday, Dec. 8
The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas Celebration Tour, Monday, Dec. 18
Cabinet, Sunday, Dec. 31
Back in Black — AC/DC tribute, Friday, Jan. 19
ARRIVAL from Sweden, Saturday, Jan. 20
Alt 92.1 Snow Show featuring Dashboard Confessional, Sunday, Jan. 28
Scotty McCreery, Saturday, Feb. 10
America, Thursday, Feb. 15

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
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)
Ma$e, Saturday, Dec. 30 (Wet Nightclub)
Gilbert Gottfried, Sunday, Dec. 31 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Jim Breuer, Saturday, Jan. 13 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
J.B. Smoove, Saturday, Jan. 20 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Bob Saget, Saturday, Feb. 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Grand Funk Railroad, Saturday, Feb. 17 (Gypsies Lounge and Nighclub)
Gin Blossoms, Friday, Feb. 23 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Todd Rundgren, Saturday, Dec. 2
The Eagles Experience, Saturday, Dec. 16
Back To the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl, Friday, Dec. 29
Get the Led Out — Led Zeppelin tribute, Saturday, Dec. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 31
Rebelution and Raging Fyah, Sunday, Jan. 14
Live Dead & Riders ‘69, Saturday, Jan. 27
Umphrey’s McGee, Sunday, Jan. 28
Next Big Thing presents Bruce in the USA, Saturday, February, 24
Lonestar, Friday, March 2
Jay & the Americans and the Brooklyn Bridge, Friday, March 23

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, Nov. 24
Halfway To Hell, Saturday, Nov. 25
Mephiskapheles with Keystone Ska Exchange, Disposables and Franchesko Marx Band, Friday, Dec. 1
Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones, Saturday, Dec. 2
Serne Green, Friday, Dec. 8
Crowded Streets, Saturday, Dec. 9
A Tribute To Tom Waits with MMLE, Friday, Dec. 15
Bands from Mars, Saturday, Dec. 16
Misty Mountain, Friday, Dec. 22, and Saturday, Dec. 23
SUZE annual Christmas Show, Monday, Dec. 25

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Railroad Earth, Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25
Seether, Tuesday, Nov. 28
Young Culture and Telltale, Friday, Dec. 1
The Music of Pink Floyd, Friday, Dec. 1
Alive! ’75 — KISS tribute, Saturday, Dec. 2
Spoon, Sunday, Dec. 3
Smith & Myers of Shinedown, Wednesday, Dec. 6
Sara Evans at Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 7
Winger, Saturday, Dec. 9
Dopapod, Friday, Dec. 15

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Sheppard, Friday, Nov. 24
Pierce Fulton and NVDES, Saturday, Nov. 25
Wifisfuneral, Tuesday, Nov. 28
Maximo Park, Wednesday, Nov. 29
UnoTheActivist, Thursday, Nov. 30
Jacob Banks, Friday, Dec. 1
Borgore, Friday, Dec. 1
Dustin Lynch, Sunday, Dec. 3
Communion presents Allan Rayman, Sunday, Dec. 3
Wage War, Oceans, Ate Alaska, Gideon, Varials and Loathe, Monday, Dec. 4

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Circa Survive and Thrice, Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25
St. Vincent, Tuesday, Nov. 28
Illenium, Thursday, Dec. 7
Get the Led Out — Led Zeppelin tribute, Friday, Dec. 8
Dark Star Orchestra, Friday, Dec. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 31
The Devil Makes Three, Friday, Jan. 26
MO and Cashmere Cat, Saturday, Jan. 27
Neck Deep, Thursday, Feb. 2
Black Label Society, Saturday, Feb. 3
Datsik, Friday, Feb. 9

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Jay-Z, Friday, Dec. 1
Jingle Ball, Wednesday, Dec. 6
Andrea Bocelli, Friday, Dec. 8
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sunday, Dec. 17
The Killers, Saturday, Jan. 13
Lana Del Rey, Sunday, Jan. 21
Jeff Dunham, Sunday, Feb. 11
Kid Rock, Friday, Feb. 23
Blake Shelton, Saturday, March 17

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Eileen Iver’s A Joyful Christmas, Friday, Dec. 15

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Harlem Globetrotters, Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25
Jingle Ball, Friday, Dec. 8
Andrea Bocelli, Wednesday, Dec. 13, and Thursday, Dec. 14
Billy Joel, Wednesday, Dec. 20
Phish, Thursday, Dec. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 31
The Killers, Friday, Jan. 12
Shakira, Wednesday, Jan. 17
Ricardo Arjona, Thursday, Feb. 22
Pink, Wednesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 5

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Bob Dylan & His Band, Friday, Nov. 24
Mariah Carey, Monday, Nov. 27, through Tuesday, Dec. 5
Cyndi Lauper & Friends, Saturday, Dec. 9
Aquarium, Sunday, Dec. 10
Backstreet Boys and Fergie, Wednesday, Dec. 13
Chris Tomlin Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 14
Holiday Cheer for FUV, Friday, Dec. 15
K-LOVE Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 17
A Pentatonix Christmas Tour, Tuesday, Dec. 19

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Hot Blooded: The Foreigner Experience, Friday, Nov. 24
The Weeklings, Saturday, Nov. 25
Beach Slang, Friday, Dec. 1
Darlingside, Thursday, Dec. 14
Twelve Twenty Four, Saturday, Dec. 16
A Very Merry Acoustic Christmas with the Sherwood Brothers, Saturday, Dec. 16
Swingin’ the Holidays with the Rob Stoneback Big Band, Friday, Dec. 22
Go Go Gadjet, Tuesday, Dec. 26
Jimmy & the Parrots: Holiday Parrot Party, Friday, Dec. 29
The Sofa Kings’ New Years Eve Party, Sunday, Dec. 31

Trans-Siberian Orchestra keeps on rocking after losses

Trans-Siberian Orchestra keeps on rocking after losses

The show must go on for Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which lost its creator earlier this year.
The progressive rock band, known for its Pink Floyd-sized spectacles, hauls its holiday show, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp., on Sunday, Nov. 19, with performances at 2:30 and 7 p.m.
After the death of artistic visionary and creator Paul O’Neill in April, many fans were left wondering whether the classic Christmas tours would continue. But Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s music director and lead guitarist, Al Pitrelli, said the group never considered skipping this year’s shows. 

“I think the tour itself is addressing his passing,” Pitrelli said. “I mean, he created this. I think the show itself becomes a tribute to the man’s genius and, again, the legacy that will be carried on by his family. Ask me that question maybe in two months and maybe I’ll have a different answer. From my heart right now, I think that every note that I play on the guitar, every note that’s sung by the singers, how it’s presented by the production staff, by his family, I think that everybody knows that everything is a tribute to Paul.”
Originally meant as a one-off performance aired live on Fox television, the show earned such a positive reception that the taping went into syndication and runs almost every year. This tour debuted two years ago, featuring the group’s greatest hits in a new story. “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” rock opera takes up the first half of the show and tells the story of a runaway from the Midwest heading to New York City, where she takes refuge in an old Vaudeville theater. There, the caretaker discovers her and uses the ghosts of the theater’s past to turn around her life. 
The second set features material ranging from new songs to hits from 20 years ago.
Pitrelli said the group changes the look of the stage, lighting, pyrotecnics, lasers, moving trussles and video content with each new tour. The show’s growth didn’t happen overnight, he said, but it’s come a long way from the first tour in 1999 when the band had just “one box truck and a couple lights and a fog machine, a vision and a dream.”
“Every year, there were more markets in the country that wanted it,” Pitrelli said. “Every year, people from around the planet were interested in what this thing is. Every year, we just keep feeding this thing and nurturing it and taking care of it, treating it like a growing child to the point where it’s become something so big and so incredible and it’s reached so many people we never thought we’d reach. It’s been a privilege to be part of it all these years.“
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra family also lost bassist David Zablidowsky (David Z) in July after a car crash. But through all of the tragedy the band has faced, Pitrelli said, it has made a point to keep going with its lost ones in its hearts. 
“Life can go upside down on you real quick,” he added. “The irony of it all is that all of Paul’s stories deal with that one issue, you know? From ‘Christmas Eve and Other Stories’ right through ‘The Ghost of Christmas Eve,’ it’s all about loss and redemption. Somebody’s run away; there’s a child missing in the middle of the night who just wants to get home; there’s a father who misses his daughter. … Now, obviously all of Paul’s stories end with a happy ending, but in life they don’t sometimes. It’s funny that even from the other side, Paul is still always going to teach all of us.”

Fab 5 – November 16, 2017

Fab 5 – November 16, 2017

1. ‘Birdmania’ 
Join author Bernd Brunner at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton, on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. for a presentation on his new book: “Birdmania: A Remarkable Passion for Birds.”
A nonfiction author, Brunner’s writings cover a wide variety of topics, such as the history of the Christmas tree, the cultural history of winter and a history of the moon. “Birdmania” observes humanity’s enthusiasm for avians, telling the stories of bird fanatics throughout history. The museum program will feature images and stories from the book.
The event is free with museum admission, and reservations are suggested. To RSVP, call 570-346-7186, ext. 516. Visit everhart-museum.org for more information.

2. Tony Orlando
Legendary entertainer Tony Orlando performs Saturday, Nov. 18, at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Keystone Ballroom, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.
Best known as the lead singer of Tony Orlando and Dawn, his hits include “Halfway To Paradise,” “Bless You” and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘round the Ole Oak Tree.” With two platinum and three gold albums, Orlando ranks among Billboard’s Top 100 Artists of All Time.
Tickets for the show start at $29. Visit mohegansunpocono.com for more information and to reserve tickets.

3. Artisans’ Marketplace
Stock up on presents for the holidays at the 34th annual Artisans’ Marketplace at Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road.
The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Showcasing artists and craftspeople from around the community, the marketplace also features a Small Works Gallery with winning submissions by local artists. Constantino’s Catering will provide food, and visitors can buy homemade desserts in the Comm Bake Shop.
Admission is $5 and good for both days. Visit the Waverly Community House page on Facebook for more information.

4. ‘Saturday Night Live with the Oldies Vol. 2’
Head back to a time gone by with the Mahoney Brothers.
The tribute act will perform “Saturday Night Live with the Oldies Vol. 2” on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Doors open at 5.
Originally a Beatles tribute band, the Mahoney Brothers expanded their act to include many of their favorite rock ‘n’ roll influences. Their performances now include tributes to Neil Diamond, the Beach Boys, the Eagles, Elvis and more.
The duo of Tommy Zito, a former member of Magnum Pianist, and Jillian Rossi of the Swingtime Dolls will open the show.
Tickets start at $25. Visit thetheateratnorth.org for more information and to reserve tickets.

5. Turkey Bowl
Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving with the Scranton Social Sports Club’s fourth annual Turkey Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Connell Park, 800 Gibbons St., Scranton.
The event starts at 9:30 a.m. and features football games in eight-on-eight co-ed recreational and seven-on-seven competitive divisions. Both will have a double elimination format. Co-ed teams must have at least three female players on the field at all times.
Registration is $15 with a canned good and $20 without one. An after party will follow, with details to be announced. Visit scrantonsocialsportsclub.com to sign up, or visit the event’s Facebook page.  Email info@ScrantonSocialSportsClub.com for more information.

Clubs – November 16, 2017

Clubs – November 16, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 16
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Wanabees Trio
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 74 Viewmont Mall, Dickson City: Dashboard Mary
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.: Lissa & Jackson V
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
North Slope Brewing Co., 33 Tunkhannock Highway, Dallas: Riffmatik
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Ed Randazzo with Husty Bros
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Eric Rudy

Friday, Nov. 17
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Jeanne Zano
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jackson Vee and Lissa
American Legion Post 665, 901 Main St., Dickson City: Marilyn Kennedy
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Suze
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: John Smith Band
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Harlan Tucker Band
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: 20LB Head Duo
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Flaxy Morgan
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Frost
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Mr. Acoustic
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Police tribute band
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: 3rd Degree
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Shelly’s Underground
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: The Independents with the Mongols and more
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: The Wanabees
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ APTRIK
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Fuzzy Park Duo
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Breakdown Jimmy
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Tweed
Smiler’s Grill & Bar, 600 Main St., Dickson City: Dashboard Mary
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: amRadio, Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Naomi
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Molly Pitcher Path
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Clarence Spady Band
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Yard, Kevin Israel and Sergio Marzitelli

Saturday, Nov. 18
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Michael Brown
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: John Strasburger
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tommy Guns
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Sweet Pepper & the Long Hots
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Bill Hoffman Band
Benny’s Sports Bar, 1216 Main St., Peckville: Dashboard Mary
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Ostrich Hat
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Iron Cowboy
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kira + Brooke
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Smith
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Great Rock Pair
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: The Fab Three
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Southside Bandits
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Pat McGlynn Duo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: 7800 Fahrenheit
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: FullCircle
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Sleepy Hollow Lounge at Idle Hour Lanes, 2008 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City: Asialena
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Xcluzive Soul
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Grayson Drive, Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: D-West
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Mike Miz and friends
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike Yard, Kevin Israel and Sergio Marzitelli

Sunday, Nov. 19
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
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
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Open mic with Jerry Trapper

Monday, Nov.20
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Nov. 21
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Mike Hagan
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Acoustic Night

Wednesday, Nov. 22
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Cassidy and Mack Money
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Fly the Moon
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Riffmatik
Bazil, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet
Benny Brewing Company, 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Doug and Sean
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Flaxy Morgan
County Seat Tavern, 134 Maple St., Montrose: Dashboard Mary
The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sugar Ray
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Joe Cigan
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Robbie Walsh and Jack Foley
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: 40lb Head
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: GVO, Wifimami, Moxyy and Wasitpurple
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Subnotics
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Giants of Science

Take home a local masterpiece  from Holiday Art Auction

Take home a local masterpiece from Holiday Art Auction

The community can bid on 32 pieces from regional artists in a variety of mediums at the annual Holiday Art Auction at AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave.
Set for Saturday, Nov. 18, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and the auction at 7, it serves as the gallery’s largest fundraiser.
Tickets are $25 and include refreshments, light fare from local restaurants and acoustic music by Rich Jenkins.
Artists donate each piece up for grabs. Committee chair Nikki Moser said this year features two surprise pieces that will be wrapped in brown paper and not revealed until after someone wins each. There also will be pieces from young artists and lower price points so new bidders can be brave and take a shot at winning.
Moser insisted that one of the most fun parts of the night is the bidding.
“It’s always fun when people come with a full table,” she said. “To see that dynamic and people encouraging each other to bid, it’s a great time.” 
Chances for this year’s featured raffle item, “Flower Child #8,” a hand-cut paper collage created by Paul Plumadore, are $2 each or three for $5 and are available at the gallery. Guests do not need to be at the event to win the raffle piece.
Moser said all of Plumadore’s pieces are more than meets the eye.
“He has such a delicate sort of touch in terms of putting images together,” Moser said. “They seem like one thing on the surface, and once you really investigate, you understand the intricacies of how they’re almost stitched together in this way.”
Guests also can bid on experiences, such as a print-making workshop with Mark Ciocca, a letterpress outing with the Workshop owner Chris Medley or special services from local nonprofits, the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society and American Wine Society. Moser said the experiences were popular among bidders last year, and the committee expanded on options this time around.
“It’s a way to bring people into the arts in a different way than choosing an object,” she said. “With these experiences, you can get out and see and do what lots of area arts have to offer.”
Each element of the holiday auction combines to offer something for all interests and tastes, which serves the true mission of the event: engagement between artists and guests.
“It’s great fun. This fundraiser keeps doors open for the year,” Moser said. “And we really do everything we can to ensure everyone — artists and guests — have a lovely evening.”

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If you go
What: Annual Holiday Art Auction
When: Saturday, Nov. 18; cocktails, 6 p.m.; auction, 7
Where: AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton
Details: Event tickets are $25 and include refreshments, light fare and entertainment. Reservations are strongly suggested; call 570-969-1040. Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and may be purchased up to the time the winner is announced. Proceeds benefit the gallery.

Concerts – November 16, 2017

Concerts – November 16, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Night Ranger and Loverboy, Friday, Nov. 24
Christmas with Jennifer Nettles, Nov. 30
Keller Williams, Friday, Dec. 8
The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas Celebration Tour, Monday, Dec. 18
Cabinet, Sunday, Dec. 31
Back in Black — AC/DC tribute, Friday, Jan. 19
ARRIVAL from Sweden, Saturday, Jan. 20
Alt 92.1 Snow Show featuring Dashboard Confessional, Sunday, Jan. 28
Scotty McCreery, Saturday, Feb. 10
America, Thursday, Feb. 15

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Disco Explosion with Tavares & the Trammps, Saturday, Nov. 18 (Gypsies Lounge and 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)
Ma$e, Saturday, Dec. 30 (Wet Nightclub)
Gilbert Gottfried, Sunday, Dec. 31 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Jim Breuer, Saturday, Jan. 13 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
J.B. Smoove, Saturday, Jan. 20 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Bob Saget, Saturday, Feb. 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Grand Funk Railroad, Saturday, Feb. 17 (Gypsies Lounge and Nighclub)

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Gene Watson, Friday, Nov. 17
Dark Star Orchestra, Wednesday, Nov. 22
Todd Rundgren, Saturday, Dec. 2
The Eagles Experience, Saturday, Dec. 16
Back To the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl, Friday, Dec. 29
Get the Led Out — Led Zeppelin tribute, Saturday, Dec. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 31
Rebelution and Raging Fyah, Sunday, Jan. 14

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Tweed, Friday, Nov. 17
7800 Fahrenheit — Bon Jovi tribute, Saturday, Nov. 18
Subnotics, Wednesday, Nov. 22
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, Nov. 24
Halfway To Hell, Saturday, Nov. 25
Mephiskapheles with Keystone Ska Exchange, Disposables and Franchesko Marx Band, Friday, Dec. 1
Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones, Saturday, Dec. 2
Serne Green, Friday, Dec. 8
Crowded Streets, Saturday, Dec. 9
A Tribute To Tom Waits with MMLE, Friday, Dec. 15

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Friday, Nov. 17
WeThePeople, Saturday, Nov. 18
Kane Brown, Saturday, Nov. 18
Hollywood Undead, Tuesday, Nov. 21
Railroad Earth, Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25
Seether, Tuesday, Nov. 28
Young Culture and Telltale, Friday, Dec. 1
The Music of Pink Floyd, Friday, Dec. 1
Alive! ’75 — KISS tribute, Saturday, Dec. 2
Spoon, Sunday, Dec. 3
His Dream of Lions, Tuesday, Dec. 5

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Bleachers, Thursday, Nov. 16
Ekali, Friday, Nov. 17
Silversun Pickups, Sunday, Nov. 19
Sannhet, Sunday, Nov. 19
Goodie & Say Less Present Friendsgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 22
Sheppard, Friday, Nov. 24
Pierce Fulton and NVDES, Saturday, Nov. 25
Wifisfuneral, Tuesday, Nov. 28
Maximo Park, Wednesday, Nov. 29
UnoTheActivist, Thursday, Nov. 30

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Young M.A., Thursday, Nov. 16
Tchami & Malaa, Friday, Nov. 17
Odesza, Monday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Nov. 22
Circa Survive and Thrice, Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25
St. Vincent, Tuesday, Nov. 28
Illenium, Thursday, Dec. 7
Get the Led Out — Led Zeppelin tribute, Friday, Dec. 8
Dark Star Orchestra, Friday, Dec. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 31
The Devil Makes Three, Friday, Jan. 26
MO and Cashmere Cat, Saturday, Jan. 27

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Jay-Z, Friday, Dec. 1
Jingle Ball, Wednesday, Dec. 6
Andrea Bocelli, Friday, Dec. 8
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sunday, Dec. 17
The Killers, Saturday, Jan. 13
Lana Del Rey, Sunday, Jan. 21
Jeff Dunham, Sunday, Feb. 11
Kid Rock, Friday, Feb. 23
Blake Shelton, Saturday, March 17

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Eileen Iver’s A Joyful Christmas,
Friday, Dec. 15

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Billy Joel, Saturday, Nov. 18
Harlem Globetrotters, Friday, Nov. 24
Jingle Ball, Friday, Dec. 8
Andrea Bocelli, Wednesday, Dec. 13, and Thursday, Dec. 14
Phish, Thursday, Dec. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 31
The Killers, Friday, Jan. 12
Shakira, Wednesday, Jan. 17
Ricardo Arjona, Thursday, Feb. 22
Pink, Wednesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 5

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
An Evening with Dream Theater, Thursday, Nov. 16
King Crimson, Friday, Nov. 17
An Evening with Squeeze, Sunday, Nov. 19
Bob Dylan & His Band, Monday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 24
Mariah Carey, Monday, Nov. 27, through Tuesday, Dec. 5
Cyndi Lauper & Friends, Saturday, Dec. 9
Aquarium, Sunday, Dec. 10
Backstreet Boys and Fergie, Wednesday, Dec. 13
Chris Tomlin Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 14
Holiday Cheer for FUV, Friday, Dec. 15

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Wild Adriatic, Thursday, Nov. 16
Kevin Griffin, Thursday, Nov. 16
The Aardvarks and 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
The Weeklings, Saturday, Nov. 25
Beach Slang, Friday, Dec. 1
Darlingside, Thursday, Dec. 14
Twelve Twenty Four, Saturday, Dec. 16
A Very Merry Acoustic Christmas with the Sherwood Brothers, Saturday, Dec. 16

Festive Favorite: ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’  heads from screen to stage

Festive Favorite: ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ heads from screen to stage

Pull on your pink bunny suit, turn off your leg lamp and be sure to drink your Ovaltine as you head out for a night with the Parker family in “A Christmas Story: The Musical.”
The Broadway adaptation of the classic 1983 movie comes to Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., for five performances from Friday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 19. Presented by Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the show follows 11-year-old Ralphie Parker as he longs for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas and deals with his quirky family and the dilemmas of childhood in the 1940s.
“They will see all of their favorite moments (from the film): the flag pole, the pink bunny pajamas, the Bumpus hounds and my personal favorite moment of me putting the bar of soap in (Ralphie’s) mouth,” said Sara Zoe Budnik, who plays Ralphie’s mother. “All the best moments are included and done so well in the musical.”
The original film starring Peter Billingsley and Darren McGavin became a holiday viewing staple over the years, especially as channels TNT and TBS ran it for 24 hours straight on Christmas in recent years. Despite its prevalence, “A Christmas Story” never made it to Budnik’s TV screen before the California native auditioned for the musical. She thought doing her own version of the character without watching the original might be more interesting for her tryout, she said, and while she’s watched the film since then, Budnik still set out to make the character hers. 
“It’s interesting because the original actress who played the mother, Melinda Dillon, she’s so incredibly interesting and very specific and unique,” Budnik said recently by phone. “And when you translate anything from a movie to a musical, a lot changes. So it has kind of become a process of making (the role) my own, and of course you don’t want to mimic anything, but the movie is so highlighted. It’s highlighted very well in the musical version, and I think it brings a whole new zhoosh to the show, making it a musical.”
One of the most iconic scenes in the film, when the Old Man receives a lamp shaped like a sexy leg, comes to life in a big dance number in which the cast hoofs it with several lamps.
“It’s like a big, Broadway, classic showstopping number,” Budnik said. “And it’s led by the Old Man. It’s so funny, and you just have to see it.”
While Budnik’s song, “What a Mother Does,” about her character going about her daily tasks, has become one of her favorite songs she’s ever performed, Ralphie sings her top tune in the show, “Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun.”

“The song is just really incredible,” Budnik said. “The orchestrations just are so ear-catching. It’s impossible not to smile while you’re watching this kid live out his Christmas fantasy, and it just brings nostalgia back to your youth and all the things that you wanted for Christmas.” 
Budnik has to try not to laugh in the scene in which her character washes out Ralphie’s mouth with soap, and she has to make sure she gets the bar in just right. She works with about a dozen kids in the production and was surprised by their talent and how well they captured their characters.
“I’ve never worked with kids before, and it’s incredible, their voices and their dance abilities and the acting choices that they make,” Budnik said. “They’re fearless, and they’re just so excited to start the tour.”
The show reminds audiences of the Christmases of their youth, Budnik said, describing it as “incredibly relatable.”
“I think I’m just so excited for everybody to see how much heart is betrayed by each character,” she said. “Each character just shows so much love toward one another, and it’s so honest, and it’s just a show that’s for every family member.”

 

Clubs – November 9, 2017

Clubs – November 9, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 9
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: John Smith
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Fake Uncle Jack
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.: Dustin Drevitch
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
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Todd Sheaffer and Dead Winter Carpenters
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Jazz Night
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jackson Vee

Friday, Nov. 10
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Dustin Switzer
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Neil Nicastro
American Legion Post 585, 329 Main Street, Duryea: Flaxy Morgan
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Breakdown Jimmy
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: amRadio
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Rhythm and Booze
The Blogg Pub & Grill, 21 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock: Riffmatik
Bones Bar, 1110 Wilkes-Barre Twp. Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Dee Maple Band
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Mother Nature’s Sons
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tritide Duo
The Brew House Mini-Mart Cafe, 38 Sturges Road, Peckville: Dashboard Mary
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Rice Crew Music
Ernie G’s Pub & Eatery, 1022 Main Ave., Avoca: The Girlz
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Groove Train
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Strawberry Jam
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: The Third Nut
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Better with Beer
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Metal night featuring Beyond Fallen, Earthmouth, Turncloak and Prosody
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Village Idiots
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: The Disorders
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Last Call Duo
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Kartune
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Pink Slip and Big King Moose
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Appalachian Gypsy Tribe with Kluster Phunk
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: The Wanabees and Riley Loftus
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Naomi
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Project ’90s
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: John DiCrosta, Mike Cannon and Joe Ohrin

Saturday, Nov. 11
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Riley Loftus
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Ostrich Hat
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Mountain Sky Orchestra
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: TimeBomb
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Black Fawn Forest
Boathouse Bar & Grill, 61-69 Lake Road, Factoryville: FullCircle
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Area 52
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Phil Sage
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Classic Rock Express
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Rockstar Revolution
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Mike Hagan Duo
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Jigsaw Johnny
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Sugar Ray Solojam
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Dashboard Mary
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speakerjam Karaoke and DJ Famous
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Elephants Dancing and Fake Fight
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marilyn Kennedy
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Moodswing
Terra Preta Restaurant, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Nightmare Before Christmas dance party with DJ Samuel Niles.
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Ron Schoonover and Drive
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Militia
West Pittston Moose Lodge 1207, 425 Exeter Ave., West Pittston: Orange Whip
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: John DiCrosta, Mike Cannon and Joe Ohrin

Sunday, Nov. 12
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Violence in Ascension, Prennial, Stay Loud, With Words Unspoken, and Dreamers, Like Us
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, Nov. 13
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Nov. 14
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Bret Alexander
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Acoustic Night
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: J.R. Huffsmith and Jackson Vee

Wednesday, Nov. 15
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
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
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
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Paul Martin
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Fab 5 – November 9, 2017

Fab 5 – November 9, 2017

1. ‘Man on a Canvas’
Diva Theater presents the original comedy “Man on a Canvas,” opening this weekend at the Olde Brick Theater, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. Shows will run Fridays, Nov. 10 and 17, and Saturdays, Nov. 11 and 18, at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 12 and 19, at 2 p.m.
Directed by Paige Balitski and written by Jeff Boam, the play is the fourth collaboration between Diva and Richlier Moving Picture Company. Set in 1928 Manhattan and modern-day Scranton, the play follows sportswriter Hank Dukenfield as he writes a biography of a famous bare-fisted boxer. He can’t publish the book, however, until he settles a wager involving Buddy Falstaff, a disgraced former boxer who refuses to fight again. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors. Call 570-209-7766 to reserve tickets. Visit Diva’s Facebook page for more information.

2. Artist lecture 
Keystone College hosts a free artist lecture with Jennifer Kirkpatrick on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. inside Evans Halls on the La Plume campus. A reception will follow from 5 to 7 p.m.
Kirkpatrick will speak in conjunction with her exhibit, “Transitory Fabrications,” on display in the school’s Linder Gallery through Friday, Dec. 1. The exhibit — which includes mixed media, installations and ceramic sculptures — uses visual distortions and contortions of space.
For more information and gallery hours, call 570-945-8335.

3. ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
Student-run theatrical troupe Liva Arts Company presents “Little Shop of Horrors” this week at PNC Auditorium in University of Scranton’s Loyola Science Center. The show runs Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11, at 2 and 8 p.m.
The horror comedy follows meek flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn, who discovers a strange plant that brings him fame and fortune. But the plant just keeps growing — and so does its appetite.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. Seats are not assigned and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To reserve tickets, email LivaArtsCompany@gmail.com.

 

4. Rhythm & Brews 
Montage Mountain Resorts, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton, hosts the Rhythm and Brews music and craft beer festival Saturday, Nov. 11, from 1 to 7 p.m.
The event features music by Five Against One, a Pearl Jam tribute act; 52nd Street Band, a Billy Joel tribute; and A Pair of Nutz, which performs Dave Matthews Band and Tom Petty hits. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and samples of the more than 75 handpicked brews available.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Visit rhythmandbrewspa.com for more information and to reserve tickets. 

5. Seraph Brass
All-woman brass ensemble Seraph Brass comes to Marywood University for a show Friday, Nov. 10.
Founded by trumpet soloist Mary Elizabeth Bowden, the quintet performs original and commissioned pieces as well as classic works. Seraph Brass has performed around the world, and several members members also played with Adele on her 2016 tour. Its debut album, “Asteria,” will come out in January.
The free show is open to the public. For details, visit marywood.edu

Bang-up job Feel the beat when ‘Stomp’ comes to Kirby Center

Bang-up job Feel the beat when ‘Stomp’ comes to Kirby Center

See what the noise is all about when “Stomp” bangs and clangs in downtown Wilkes-Barre tonight.
The percussion sensation opens at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m., followed by an encore performance Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
The 12-member troupe uses everyday items — such as hubcaps, trash cans, dustbins, tea chests and boots — rather than traditional percussion instruments to create the sonic performance. Push brooms become a boisterous drum line, Zippo lighters click open and closed to create a twinkling tune and newspapers accompany vocal projections in an unconventional choir. 
From its beginnings as a street performance in the United Kingdom, “Stomp” grew over the past 20 years, with its company performing in more than 50 countries for more than 24 million people. Its run includes four global productions: the sell-out production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company and two tours throughout North America and Europe.
This show, originally scheduled for last March 15 and 16, was cancelled because of the extreme snowstorm that hit the area. The Kirby Center will honor tickets bought for the March 15 show on Nov. 9, and for March 16 on Nov. 10. 
Virginia native Jeremy Price travels with the North American tour as a performer and rehearsal director. After discovering a love for breakdancing, drums and music in grade school, the 39-year-old said “Stomp” seemed like a natural progression for his life. And as rehearsal director, Price maintains a sense of tidiness in a show that has a lot of room for improvisation.
“One of the reasons the performers stick with it is because there are some solo moments that people can write and change over the years,” he said. “We make sure it is still in the context of what ‘Stomp’ is and what has made ‘Stomp’ successful over the years.”
Each year, the show adds new numbers in order to keep the production fresh and enticing for audiences to revisit, but it also maintains the core “Stomp” numbers everyone associates with the production.
“No show is perfect,” Price added. “I’m a fan of when the show takes a right turn and you have to fix it. It’s a new challenge of mine to make sure we can pull it back in. I don’t mind if something derails a bit.”
The most eye-opening experiences throughout Price’s many years with “Stomp” remain meeting a wide variety of people in the show and where they perform.
“I really wish that everyone could travel,” he said. “It just changes your perspective. There’s an education in travel that you can’t purchase anywhere else. … I’m just a Southern kid with preconceived notions about what’s going on in the world. But I get to entertain people and take them away from their daily strife. And that’s the most beautiful thing.”

Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change a NEPA staple for 50 years

Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change a NEPA staple for 50 years

By: Samantha Stanich

The Exact Change solidified itself as a musical institution in Northeast Pennsylvania over the last five decades.
Formed by Paul LaBelle in 1967, the band has grown from four aspiring musicians to nine seasoned veterans.
“It has been nothing but music for 50-plus years,” the Clarks Summit man said. “I have conducted for the Temptations, the Four Tops, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Neil Sedaka, Cab Calloway — the list goes on. It’s just been music and teaching music; it’s all I have ever done.” 
In his early years, LaBelle studied and taught at Gallucci Music, where he said “the music got in my soul.” As a teenager, he also spent smoky Friday nights with Pittston legend Gene Guarilia, who gave him the chance to play in his first group. LaBelle joined the Army Reserve in 1964 and formed Exact Change with Jeannie Lombardo, Frank Lambardo and John Christiano when he got home.
“I have always known the music I wanted to play — music with substance — but you have to go with the flow and continue to get better musically,” LaBelle said. “When we started, it was groups like the 5th Dimension or the Four Tops. As the years went by and the music changed, we had to change with it. We go with the music trends and mold the classic rock ‘n’ roll songs to fit our band.”
In 1969, LaBelle was hired as entertainment director by the owners of the Treadway Inn.
“That really propelled my career and made it that much better,” he said. “The more good work you get, the better players are attracted to you.”
Today, the Exact Change band boasts a “bad-ass brass horn section” and gets people on the dance floor, he explained. Members have come and gone, but LaBelle said some, such as trombone player Gary Rixner, have performed in it for more than two decades.
“He is one of the greatest musicians I have ever played with and a great personal friend,” LaBelle said. “The biggest challenge is keeping nine people very happy, all their egos in tact, plus mine, and trying to work together.”
Often, that work involves supporting community causes. LaBelle and his wife, Sharon, will be honored Friday, Nov. 3, at Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s Spirit of Hope Celebration at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp., for raising more than $200,000 over the past six years for the group through the annual Judi H. Rock On event, which LaBelle organized in memory of his niece, Judi A. Perry Hartridge. The Exact Change will perform that night.
“When we would put on events to raise money, other musicians would come and play, and they would never take a penny,” LaBelle said. “It is in our being as musicians that whatever we can do to help a cause, we do, especially the musicians in NEPA. They are so big-hearted. You can’t find any better anywhere.”
Venues, especially those where bigger bands could play, are shrinking everywhere, LaBelle said, but the Exact Change remains “busy enough to keep it going and keep everyone happy and still have a lot of fun.”
“That is the whole thing about where we are at right now, is having fun and, boy, do we ever,” he said. “This group is tremendously talented. I would put up this band up against any band that does what we do, any place, any time.”

Exact Change
Members: Tony Vergnetti and Fawn Mukerjee, lead vocals; Paul LaBelle, guitar; Joe Cole, bass; Bob O’Connell, keyboards; Patrick Marcinko, percussion; Gary Rixner, trombone/lead vocals; Nick Driscoll, saxophone/lead vocals; and Daniel Coyne, trumpet/flugelhorn
Based out of: Scranton
Genre: Classic rock ‘n’ roll
Online: exactchangemusic.com/home.html