Cheers to Beers

Cheers to Beers

The Electric City Craft Brew Fest hits PNC Field This Saturday, April 26.

 

The hiss of a bottle cap releasing its blast of pent-up aroma of hops, barley and subtle notes of spices is enough to make craft beer fans excited. Multiply that and spread it through a baseball stadium on a spring weekend, and you’ve got the Electric City Craft Brew Fest. The festival enters its third year this Saturday, April 26, at PNC Field in Moosic, where visitors can sample more than 60 individual brews. Creating such a wide variety of tastes and flavors will continue to be a focus of the EC Brew Fest with open seminars from the Scranton Brewer’s Guild and Wyoming Valley Brewers, including a session for cider lovers.
This weekend’s edition of the EC Craft Brew Fest is expected to be the largest yet. “The newly renovated PNC Field offers both a great concourse that’s custom made for accommodating large crowds and spectacular views,” said Tim Holmes, organizer of the festival and marketing director for Times-Shamrock Communications. “ What better way to celebrate spring’s late arrival than enjoying some lovely craft brews at the ball field?”
EC24CRAFTBEER_7_WEBRob Crain, president and general manager for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, said the festival helps bring events to the stadium that aren’t just ball games.
“The more the merrier,” said Crain. “We have dedicated staff members on our team to solicit events that don’t revolve around a baseball game. We’ve had some early success, like last May’s Wrap Party for The Office. We look forward to growing as the years go on.”
The explosion of craft beer in the market has led to a demand for seasonal brews, and the EC Craft Brew Fest has evolved to suit the ever-growing demands of beer aficionados.
“When we hosted our original Brew Fest, we knew we had to offer multiple sessions per year if we hoped to ‘tap into’ the seasonality of the craft beer world,” said Holmes. “The offerings at the Spring/Summer session are drastically different from the Fall/Winter selections. Both are great sessions — but they’re best enjoyed in season.”
Visitors to the Brew Fest will receive a sampling glass, bottled water and receive open access to samples on the concourse of PNC Field. Guests who choose to upgrade to the limited VIP tickets also gain early admission and introduction to brewers, limited edition brews, free hors d’oeuvres and a special gift. Out-of-town visitors or those looking to stay nearby can take advantage of the “Room with a Brew” package to stay at nearby hotels featuring shuttle service.
EC24CRAFTBEER_10_WEBBeer festivals around the country have plenty in common: craft beer samples, limited edition brews, and basic information sessions. The EC Craft Brew Fest has always striven to feature components to showcase the artisanal and hobby components of craft brewing. With the participation of the Scranton Brewers’ Guild and Wyoming Valley Brewers, this spring’s festival promises to bring the most high-profile education sessions to date.
Sean Wolfe of the Scranton Brewers’ Guild explained the goal is to get people thinking about all the little things that go into creating that perfect, delicious glass of beer.
“The exciting part about being involved in the festival is that EC Brewfest is trying to promote what we promote: craft brew culture,” Wolfe said. “Home brewing is one aspect of that. From our standpoint, we try to promote the things that most festivals don’t even touch on. Any festival can have a lot of beer, and a lot of good beer. Of course, people will come to drink it. Very few festivals will focus on promoting the culture around craft beer – that’s missed.”
The idea that beer should be sipped and enjoyed is integral to the craft brew community. While a growing number of people are making their own beer, learning about what goes into the process can be important even if casual enjoyment is the goal.
“The culture is about understanding the ingredients that go into beer, the time it takes to make it, and understanding the process,” said Wolfe. “A lot of times people will taste something and not understand what goes into making that. Part of what we want to do with the sessions is getting people to see the importance of what it takes to make the beer.”
EC Brew Fest attendees will also have an opportunity to experience beer-making first-hand, to get an idea of what goes into making a home-brewed beer, beginning during the 2 p.m. session from the Wyoming Valley Homebrewers. Later sessions will include focus on flavoring beer with hops and grains.
“You can see the whole process from beginning to end to see what it takes to make a beer from scratch,” said Wolfe. “We’ll have a session specifically focusing on hops and what they do in beer, and why they’re important, and learning about the different types of hops. We’ll talk about grains, what different grains do inside the beer and why a brewer might select a different grain over another. It’s a huge amount of information that I think will help people learn more about how to appreciate the beer at the festival even if they’re not ready to brew their own yet.”
Visitors who aren’t prepared to take the plunge into full-scale home brewing will still be able to learn a thing or two about the beer they’re enjoying. Two beer information stations will be staffed by volunteers with extensive knowledge of the brewing process as well as all the samples featured at the festival.
“A lot of people are disappointed if a pourer doesn’t have a lot of beer knowledge, or they’re afraid to ask questions,” said Wolfe. “At the stations, you can walk up and ask ‘I really enjoy German wheat beers’ or ‘I’m getting this taste out of this beer, where is that flavor coming from?’ The people at those tables will be able to answer those questions.”
The fest isn’t strictly limited to beer, however. The growing popularity of hard cider has led to a heavier feature in this session of the EC Craft Brew Fest. Fans of cider or anyone simply looking to try something new will want to attend the 2:30 “As American as Baseball & Hard Apple Cider” session.
“We see a lot of the same players like Magners and Woodchuck,” said Wolfe. “We want to show what the craft industry is doing to change things, so we’re going to have a bunch of different ciders. There’s a fruit cider, a pear cider, one that’s aged in oak. It’s going to be really interesting to see where that goes.”
The EC Craft Brew Fest is about more than showing up and drinking a lot of beer — the Scranton Brewers’ Guild and Wyoming Valley Homebrewers have helped ensure this festival focuses on the ‘craft’ portion of ‘craft brewing.’
“We’re not just playing lip service; we’re actually making education a core part of the festival,” said Wolfe. “Nobody does this unique style of education like you’re going to get here. We want to get out the idea that craft brew culture isn’t just going out and drinking a bunch of beers. It’s about picking a beer that you’re really going to love, and understanding it, and learning what goes into making it.”
— tucker hottes

BEER WEEK TASTING SCHEDULE

EC24CRAFTBEER_8_WEBThursday, April 24
City Market and Café, 300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Sam Adams 4 – 6 p.m.
Kildare’s Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Great Lakes 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N Washington Ave., Scranton. Flying Fish 6 – 8 p.m.
Ale Marys, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton.. Sam Adams 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St, Scranton. Starr Hill 7 – 9 p.m.
Andy Gavins, 1392 N Washington Ave., Scranton. Ithaca 7 – 9 p.m.
Stalter’s Cafe, 872 Providence Rd., Scranton. Starr Hill 7 – 9 p.m.
Jack’s Draft House, 802 Prescott Ave., Scranton. Weyerbacher 8 – 10 p.m.
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton. Nimble Hill 7 – 9 p.m.
The V-Spot, 906 Providence Rd., Scranton. Long Trail 8 -10 p.m.
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton. Shiner 9:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Friday, April 25
City Market and Café, 300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Great Lakes 4 – 6 p.m.
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N Washington Ave., Scranton. Weyerbacher 5 – 7 p.m.
Ale Marys, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton. Nimble Hill 6 – 8 p.m.
Kildare’s Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Flying Fish 6 – 8 p.m.
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. Long Trail and Great Lakes 7 – 9 p.m.
Andy Gavins, 1392 N Washington Ave., Scranton. Evil Genius 7 – 9 p.m.
Jack’s Draft House, 802 Prescott Ave., Scranton. Ithaca 7 – 9 p.m.
Stalter’s Cafe, 872 Providence Rd., Scranton. Blue Mountain 7 – 9 p.m.
The V-Spot, 906 Providence Rd., Scranton Shiner 8 – 10 p.m.
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton. Stoudts 5 – 7 p.m. Evil Genius 8 – 10 p.m.
Merts, 310 Penn Ave., Starr Hill 9:30 – 11:30 p.m.
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton. Flying Fish 9 – 11 p.m.
Scott’s Grocery, 2603 Birney Ave.,Scranton. Blue Mountain  4 – 6 p.m.
Mrs. D’s, 915 S. Washington Ave, Scranton. Stoudts 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 26
Kildare’s Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Victory pre-fest beer breakfast 9 – 11 a.m.
Electric City Craft Brew Fest PNC Park 12 – 5 p.m.
City Market and Café, 300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Starr Hill 3 – 5 p.m.
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N Washington Ave., Scranton. Stoudts 7 – 9 p.m.
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. Shiner 7 – 9 p.m.
Ale Marys, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton. Great Lakes 7 – 9 p.m.
Andy Gavins, 1392 N Washington Ave., Scranton. Victory 7 – 9 p.m.
Stalter’s Cafe, 872 Providence Rd., Scranton. Manayunk 7 – 9 p.m.
Jacks Draft House, 802 Prescott Ave., Scranton. Great lakes 8 – 10 p.m.
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton. Weyerbacher 9 – 11 p.m.
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton. Victory 9:30 – 11:30 p.m.
The V-Spot, 906 Providence Rd., Scranton. Fest after party Starr Hill 9:30-11:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 27
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. Sam Adams Beer Brunch 12 – 2 p.m.
Ale Marys, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton. Victory 3 – 5 p.m.
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N Washington Ave., Scranton. Great Lakes 5 – 7 p.m.
Kildare’s Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Starr Hill 8 – 10 p.m.
The V-Spot, 906 Providence Rd., Scranton. Magic hat 8 – 10 p.m.

 

 

Electric City Brew Fest Information

GA Session $29
1:30 — 5 p.m. General Admission Includes: Admission, EC Brew Fest Sampling Glass, Bottled water and choose from more than 60 Craft Brew Samples. Save money with advance tickets PLUS there is NO guarantee on collectible sampling glasses for those who pay at the door.
GA Session (April 26) $40

VIP Session
12:30 -1:30 p.m. (less than 50 VIP tix left) Includes: Everything in the GA Session plus: Exclusive pre-event intro to the Brewers inside the Mohegan Sun Club located in the Suite Level- featuring special limited Release· Brew Samples, Free Hors D’oeuvres & a special gift.
VIP Session (April 26) $60

Room with a Brew
Special room packages starting at $99 at selected Montage Mountain hotels will include free shuttle service to PNC Field from noon till 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Rooms are still available. Tickets to the BrewFest sold separately.
Comfort Suites, Scranton — (570) 347-1551
Courtyard by Marriott — (570) 969-2100
TownePlace Suites — (570) 207-8500
SpringHill Suites by Marriott — (570) 207-1212

Beer School & Homebrewing Sessions throughout the day:
n Beer School Classes by Scranton Brewer’s Guild.
2:30 —  3:30 p.m.
As American as Baseball & Hard Apple Cider
Hard Ciders have been in this country since its early history, and the craft industry is giving them new life. Join us and taste what Fruit, Oak & Hops bring to hard ciders.

3:30 — 4:30 p.m.
If You’ve Big, I’ve Got Bigger: Amp’ed Up Craft Brews
Always trying to out do the next guy, Craft Brewers are in a constant race to find that new & exciting brewing trend to set themselves apart from the rest. Join us and see what the industry is doing with two already big styles, Stouts and Barley-Wines to make them even bigger!

n Homebrewing Sessions by Wyoming Valley Homebrewers.

2 — 2:15 p.m. Homebrewing 101 w/brewing demo
Will make a small batch extract beer – boil, chill (ice bath) and pitch yeast in 2 hours.

3 — 3:15 p.m. What’s in my beer kit: Hops!
Short overview of how ingredients are used in homebrewing and sampling some hop teas.

4 — 4:15 p.m. What’s in my beer kit: Grains!
Short overview of how ingredient used in homebrewing and sampling some malt teas.

Buy tickets at swbrailriders.com or call 570-969-2255 or drop by the RaiiRiders box office at PNC Field.

You MUST be 21 years old to enter this event.

Earth Day in The 570

Earth Day in The 570

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful volunteers have removed 105,568,375 pounds of trash from the commonwealth’s landscape. Approximately 150,000 volunteers participate annually, most in association with the Great American Cleanup, with events scheduled this year from March 1 through May 31. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful offers cleanup resources including educational literature, safety videos, illegal dump surveys and technical assistance to those who want to help. Illegally dumped trash can cost up to $1,000 per ton to clean up.

Call (877) 772-3673 or visit gacofpa.org for more information on the following cleanup events already scheduled in the region or to register your own.

Upcoming cleanups include the Coal Street Playground in Glen Lyon on April 19, multiple events in Carbondale from April 23 to 24 and Nay Aug Park on April 25. Events are scheduled on Saturday, April 26 in Old Forge, the City of Wilkes-Barre, Shickshinny, the Avondale Mine Disaster Site and Moon Lake in Hunlock Township, Nicholson Borough, Starucca, Tobyhanna State Park and the North Branch of the Susquehanna River. South Scranton’s Elm Street district and the Lower Green Ridge neighborhood of Scranton, Jefferson Township, Clifford Township, D & H Rail Trail in Forest City and Lee Park in Hanover Township will all see efforts on May 3.

The Lackawanna River Corridor Association holds its annual pre-RiverFest clean up on May 15. The “River Clearing Run” needs volunteers with canoes/kayaks to paddle the Lackawanna River from points upstream down to Olive Street in Scranton to remove debris, take note of downed trees (chain saw), navigation problems, or other hindrances for future paddlers. The River Cleanup entails prepping Sweeney’s Beach, clearing both river banks and river of litter and debris, prepping the Canoe-A-Thon landing area and removing litter from the RiverFest site.

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire explores 50 years of environmental grassroots and global activism and premieres nationwide on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22 on PBS at 9 p.m. “Connecting all the major aspects of environmentalism, the documentary chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century, and one of the keys to the 21st. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization, the film tells vivid stories about people fighting and succeeding — against enormous odds.” It is narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, and is written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Mark Kitchell (pictured).

American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire explores 50 years of environmental grassroots and global activism and premieres nationwide on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22 on PBS at 9 p.m.
“Connecting all the major aspects of environmentalism, the documentary chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century, and one of the keys to the 21st. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization, the film tells vivid stories about people fighting and succeeding — against enormous odds.” It is narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, and is written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Mark Kitchell (pictured).


 
Additional Earth Day Events
 
Revived, April 22- May 5, Thursdays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Group exhibition of artworks created from recycled and repurposed materials. The Vintage Theater, Scranton. scrantonsvintagetheater.com.

River Road Cleanup, April 26, 9-11:30 a.m. Visit the website to download a volunteer release prior to arriving for this 11th annual litter pick-up along River Road. The first 50 to register receive a T-shirt. All will receive safety gloves and vests. Also enjoy a continental breakfast at registration and a complimentary appreciation lunch at The Gem and Keystone brewpub. Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Shawnee-On-Delaware. (570) 424-4050.

Hiking the Endless Mountains, April 22, 7 p.m. A multimedia presentation by Jeff Mitchell will be offered in celebration of Earth Day. Mitchell is the author of books including “Hiking the Endless Mountains,” “Backpacking Pennsylvania,” “Hiking the Allegheny National Forest” and “Paddling Pennsylvania.” Hibbard Student Center, LaPlume. (570) 945-8000.

Earth Day Fair, April 22, 11 a.m. Find interactive games, presentations and information related to the environment and sustainable practices on the patio. Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center, Scranton. (570) 941-7520 or scranton.edu.

Play Again: Earth Day movie screening, April 22, 6:30 p.m. The Moose Exchange and Bloomsburg University’s Green Campus Initiative invite the community to play outside at 6:30 before watching Play Again at 7 p.m. “One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature; new media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways; information now appears with a click; overseas friends are part of our daily lives; and even grandma loves Wii. But what are we missing when we are behind screens?” the event poses. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bloomsburg. (570) 314-2596 or mooseexchange.org.

Water Our Most Precious Resource, April 22, 7:30 p.m. Lecture and panel discussion offered as part of The University of Scranton’s Earth Week 2014 and in conjunction with the Spring Sustainability Symposium. In the McIlhenny Ballroom on the fourth floor. Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center, Scranton. Free. (570) 941-7400 or scranton.edu.

Reptile & Amphibian Survey Program, April 23, 6-8:30 p.m. With Biologist John Jose of the PARS Project. Learn about local animals, how to find and identify them and how to make a contribution to their conservation. Registration recommended. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, Covington Township. $5. (570) 842-1506.

Everybody into the Vernal Pool, April 24, 6-9 p.m. John Jose from Ottercreek Environmental Education Services leads an evening search for frogs and salamanders. Learn how to safely handle the animals, tips on how to identify them and take photographs. Registration requested. Lackawanna State Park, Dalton. (570) 945-3239 or visitPAparks.com.

Spring Into Action Park Cleanup, April 26, 9 a.m.-noon. Registration required. Nescopeck State Park, Drums. Free. (570) 403-2006.

Earth Day Clean Up, April 26, 10 a.m.-noon. Volunteers are needed for shrub, flower and tree planting and for general park clean up. Meet at the park office. Gloves and bags will be provided. Frances Slocum State Park, Wyoming. (570) 696-9105 or nrspfrsleep@pa.gov.

Earth Week Geocache CITO (Cache In Trash Out), April 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This park clean up is organized in honor of Earth Week and in conjunction with The Great American Clean Up of PA. Registration requested. Bags, gloves and safety vests will be provided. Lackawanna State Park, Dalton. (570) 945-3239 or visitPAparks.com.

Earth Day Open House, April 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring your old and unwanted electronics for eco-friendly recycling. Also enjoy samples of organic, green and fair trade foods and listen to live music by Doreen Coleman from 1 to 3 p.m. Everything Natural, Clarks Summit. (570) 586-9684.

Guided Bird Walk, April 19, 8 a.m. Conservation volunteer Dave Kruel will lead a guided bird walk. Wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars. Registration required. Nescopeck State Park, Drums. Free. (570) 403-2006.

Environmental Awareness 5 K Fun Run / Walk, April 26, 11 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The University of Scranton presents this race along the Lackawanna River as part of its Earth Week 2014 series of events. Lackawanna Heritage Trail, Scranton. Free. linda.walsh@scranton.edu.

Jim Thorpe Earth Day Festival, April 26, 10 a.m. Enjoy music and art in Josiah White Park, the Dimmick Memorial Library and the Mauch Chunk Opera House, a Lehigh River Cleanup, handmade and recycled crafts, hooping workshop, games, food and more at this event providing green information and promoting environmental awareness. Historic Jim Thorpe, Jim Thorpe. (570) 325-5810 or jimthorpe.org.

House & Garden Show, April 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring professional home and garden vendors, gift items, children’s gardening workshop, fly fishing demonstrations and lessons, and a gourmet luncheon by Camelot serving soup, quiche, sandwiches, and salad. Waverly Community House, Waverly. (570) 586-8191.
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Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival 2014, April 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This free, family-event focuses on celebrating natural resources and the people working to preserve, conserve and protect them. PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley. pikewayneearthday.wordpress.com.

Hawley Earth Fest, April 25-27. Three days of events in the Lake Region featuring discounts and music at participating restaurants in addition to cultural and educational programs. hawleyearthfest.com.

Friday, April 25
2 to 5 p.m. – Hawley Farmer’s Market Opens outside the Hawley Library. Vendors include a petting zoo, prepared foods, wild edibles instruction and a bow and arrow demonstration, Northern Lights Natural Foods prepackaged herbal tea blends for wellness and more.
6 to 9:30 p.m. – Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Photographs by Geoffrey Partridge at Roots Yoga Studio
Saturday, April 26
10 to 11 a.m. – Species Parade in Bingham Park. Register at the Senior Center at 9 a.m.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival at PPL
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Book readings, lectures, games and more at the Hawley Library.
1 to 5 p.m. – Yoga for Kids at Roots Yoga Studio. Kids will learn to connect to the natural world through their own bodies and breathe. Feel what it is like to be a tree while in tree pose, feel the power of a lions roar, blossom like a flower. Stop by with the kids for 5 minutes or 1 hour. Free. Parents are welcome to stay and participate.
2 to 6 p.m. – Block Party at The Belevedere Hotel
Sunday, April 27
8 to 9 a.m. – Nature Walk with Nathaniel Whitmore. Nathaniel teaches about botany, mycology, medical herbalism, plant and mushroom identification, foraging, and preparation of medicinal herbs. Meet by skateboard park in Bingham Park. Arrive 10 minutes early.
10 am – Tour De Towpath Bike Tour
10 am – Yoga in the Park with Roots Yoga with instructor Maggie Lehrian. Meet at the gazebo in Bingham Park. This class serves as an alternative to the usual 10 a.m. class held at Roots Yoga studio, weather permitting.
1 to 3 p.m. – Kids Yoga (ages 3-6) Earth Day Open House
3 to 5 p.m. – Kids Yoga (ages 7-10) Earth Day Open House. Kids will learn to connect to the natural world through their own bodies and breathe. Feel what it is like to be a tree while in tree pose, feel the power of a lions roar, blossom like a flower. Stop by with the kids for 5 minutes or 1 hour – these are free, open events! Parents are welcome to stay and participate.
3 to 4 p.m. – Green Cleaning: Northern Light Natural Foods (2591 Route 6 )presents a beginner’s guide to making your own non-toxic household cleaners with a handful of basic ingredients. Class will include information on some of the most common toxins found in conventional cleaning products, as well as a dozen or so ‘recipes’ for all areas of the house. (570) 226-5858.

 

The Presbypop Sextet features Al Hamme on saxophones, Michael Carbone on saxophones, Jeff Stockham on trumpet and French horn, Ron Vincent on drums, Joe Cole on bass, and pianist Bill Carter.

The Presbypop Sextet features Al Hamme on saxophones, Michael Carbone on saxophones, Jeff Stockham on trumpet and French horn, Ron Vincent on drums, Joe Cole on bass, and pianist Bill Carter.


 
Eco Jazz Concert, April 27, 4 p.m. The Presbybob Jazz Sextet will perform a program of music in honor of Earth Day and the return of spring. A brand-new suite inspired by the Canadian Rockies titled “Beyond Banff” will be featured. First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, Clarks Summit. (570) 586-6306 or fpccs.org.

Record Store Day 2014

Record Store Day 2014

Spin the Black Circle
Record Store Day 2014 is Here

Compact discs? MP3s? Satellite radio? Online streaming? The sound doesn’t even come close to comparing to the sultry warm feel of vinyl. Throughout our busy lives, most of us are guilty of listening to our music through the most convenient ways possible — taking the time to put the needle on the record to kick back and enjoy the aural ride is now far from the norm.
Record Store Day is Saturday, April 19, which means you’ll have the opportunity to purchase exclusive items from a new selection of rare edition releases, including many LPs, EPs, CDs and 7-inch vinyl discs. Even cooler, you’ll be able to visit your local independent music store and begin the adventurous task of searching through record upon record in search of hidden gems and rare releases.
PrintThe original idea for Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding more than 700 independently-owned record stores in the United States, as well as in international shops. Celebrated on the third Saturday of every April, it’s a day when all independently-owned record stores unite with artists to celebrate music. Special vinyl, CD releases and various promotional products are exclusively released and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.
It’s all about supporting the small record stores within the community, that are in turn offering their customers some seriously rare releases. These stores are all independent, have absolute say in what they stock and are not owned by corporations.
According to recordstoreday.com, a participating store is defined as “a stand-alone brick-and-mortar retailer whose main primary business focuses on a physical store location, whose product line consists of at least 50 percent music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70 percent located in the state of operation.”
The following local stores will celebrate Record Store Day 2014:

  • Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound (Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton/Dickson City,) opens at 9 a.m. and will have free giveaways and exclusive limited edition vinyl and CDs. There will be live music at the 186 Mundy St. location featuring various vinyl DJs throughout the day and appearances by Taking Back Sunday and The Used (meet-and-greet), Crobot (unplugged), Leroy Justice, Gentleman East, Abstract People’s and Three Imaginary Boys.
  • Embassy Vinyl (352 Adams Ave., Scranton) will have Record Store Day exclusive titles available,  plus they will be giving away two Stanton turntables and a bunch of other freebies. The day will also feature live performances by Cody Searl, Give Us Your Bones, Eye On Attraction and others.
  • Musical Energi (59 North Main St., Wilkes-Barre) opens at 9 a.m. and will offer sales, free promotional giveaways including bags, posters, pins and live performances by Dub Savage, Buckknife, Mock Sun and Kali Ma & the Garland of Arms, who will have their new record, Holy Drone, available for pre-sale. There’s also a gift-card giveaway and raffles. The store will also offer a large selection of record players for sale.
  • Main Street Jukebox (606 Main St., Stroudsburg) will have limited edition releases and live music by I.D.C., Brandon Flatley, P.O.W.W.O.W, Lenny Kaye, Blae Fleming of Time Up/Mars Volta, Disposable, Lorg and Edelweiss.
  • Wayne’s World Music (Dallas) and Wayne’s World of Used CD’s & More (Pittston) are also celebrating Record Store Day with live performances to be announced.

Please contact the individual stores for specific information regarding special releases for Record Store Day as each store will be offering a different selection of limited edition material. For a complete detailed list of available releases, visit recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases.
— tom graham

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown: Floodwood

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown: Floodwood

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown
A closer look at acts coming to Cabinet’s Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival

 

The local-turned-national bluegrass outfit Cabinet is hosting the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival on Saturday, May 10 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Other performers include Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Marco Benevento, Floodwood, Terrapin Flyer featuring Melvin Seals and Mark Karan and many more. Here is a closer look at one of the many performing acts playing at #TheBreakdown.

Band Name: Floodwood
Band members and instruments: Al Schnier (acoustic guitar), Vinnie Amico (drums), Jason Barady (mandolin), Nick Piccininni (banjo/fiddle) and Zachary Fleitz (acoustic and electric basses).
Genre: Progressive String Music
Year started: 2012
Releases: This is Life (studio 2013) and This is Live (live 2014)
Hometown: Utica, N.Y.
Website: floodwoodmusic.com
Influences: Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Bela Fleck, Old and In the Way and Grateful Dead
How would you describe your sound? Barn burnin’ bluegrass with a  modern twist.
What can audiences expect to see at a live show?
Audiences can expect a performance that features an even mix of songwriting, vocal harmonies, instrumental arraignments and spotlighted solos. Floodwood’s live show keeps everyone involved, especially the audience, from start to finish.
What are you looking forward to most about The Susquehanna Breakdown?
The venue itself is an attraction for artists and fans. We can’t wait to work with Cabinet again and perform on the stage that we shared with all the great artists at the Peach Festival last summer.
What are your plans for the rest of 2014?
We want to play as many shows as we can and possibly take another trip out to Colorado. We have a few more festivals on the calendar that we can’t wait to play!
For fans of: moe., Phish, Grateful Dead,
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wfX0p_kKhk&feature=youtu.be
Audio: http://www.floodwood.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-live

 

The Susquehanna Breakdown Festival takes place Saturday, May 10, at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Guests can arrive Friday, May 9, at 5 p.m. to camp on Montage Mountain and attend a performance by Cabinet and others that evening. Advance tickets are $20 for general admission, $55 for VIP and $20 for camping. Tickets on the day of the festival increase to $25 for general admission, $60 for and $25 for camping. They are available at the box office and Ticketmaster outlets, over the phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

 

 

The Bash is Back

The Bash is Back

The Bash is Back
Celebrate rock 107’s 34th birthday with Joan Jett and the blackhearts

Put 34 candles on the cake and blow the suckers out! Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are headlining the 34th annual Rock 107 Birthday Bash on Thursday, April 17 at The Woodlands Inn, 1073 Hwy. 315 Wilkes-Barre. The night features performances by local supporting acts Sucker, Flaxy Morgan, Infinity and Omnitial; a giant birthday cake; door prizes and refreshments. Doors for the show open at 7 p.m. To score tickets for the party, visit rock107.com for more information.
EC10ROCK107_8_WEBJett rose to fame as a member of the all-female rock group The Runaways (at age 15) before breaking out as a solo star with hits like “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987’s Light Of Day (co-starring Michael J. Fox) and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus and the Germs. A version of “I Hate Myself for Loving You” has been NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme for several seasons and she recently saw her story told in The Runaways, the feature film starring Kristen Stewart as Jett (Jett also served as an executive producer of the project).
Unvarnished, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts latest release, features several collaborators such as Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) who co-wrote the single “Any Weather.”
“I’ve had a blessed career,” Jett said in a recent statement. “I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way.” — tom graham

 

Welcome to 1980

Rock 107 launches Feb. 20, 1980.
The first song played was “Spirit of the Radio” by Rush.
The 1980 United States Census begins. There are 226,545,805 United States residents
Iron Maiden’s debut self-titled album Iron Maiden is released.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is rigged by six men including the host of the live TV drawing, Nick Perry.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released.
Pac-Man (the best-selling arcade game of all time) is released in Japan.
The first 24-hour news channel Cable News Network (CNN) is launched.
Comedian Richard Pryor is badly burned trying to freebase cocaine.
Former California governor and actor Ronald Reagan is nominated for U.S. president.
The album Back in Black is released by the Australian band AC/DC.
The Police release their third studio album, Zenyattà Mondatta.
World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals 4–2 in game 6.
A record number of viewers tune into the soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J. R. Ewing.
Paul McCartney is arrested in Tokyo for possession of a half-pound of marijuana. The remaining part of Wings’ tour has to be canceled and he is ejected from the country by Japanese authorities.
Pink Floyd’s The Wall tour opens at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
A member of the New Jersey state assembly introduces a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” the official state song.
Black Sabbath release Heaven and Hell, their first album to feature new vocalist Ronnie James Dio.
The Sony Walkman goes on sale in the United States.
KISS plays its first show with new drummer Eric Carr at the New York Palladium.
The Eagles end their tour with a show in Long Beach, Calif. They would not play together again until 1994.
Fans in Toronto stage a riot after Alice Cooper cancels because of illness.
The first Monsters of Rock festival is held at Donington Park in England. Rainbow headlines, and Judas Priest, Scorpions, April Wine, Saxon, Riot and Touch also perform.
John Bonham, drummer of Led Zeppelin, is found dead by bandmate John Paul Jones. Led Zeppelin disbands immediately.
Elton John plays a free concert for 400,000 people in New York’s Central Park. He performs the encore in a Donald Duck costume.
Mark David Chapman shoots and kills John Lennon outside his apartment building in New York City. Later, more then 100,000 mourners attend a public vigil for Lennon in Central Park.