Clubs – November 2, 2017

Clubs – November 2, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 2
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Tori Viccica
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Blues Broker Records Blues Jam with the Dalton 45’s
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.: Fake Uncle Jack
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
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: That 90’s Band Duo
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Eric Rudy

Friday, Nov. 3
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Jackson Vee & Lissa
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Tom Graham
ALT 92.1 Radio Theater, fifth floor, The Scranton Times Building, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton: First Friday Live: Down To Six
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Pulp Flannel
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: The Mix
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Steve Corcoran Duo
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Frost Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Neil Nicastro Duo
ByPass Lounge, 2 Bryden St., Pittston: Karaoke
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Headlock
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: R.J. Scouton
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Asialena Duo
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Jeanne Zano
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Irrefutables
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Triple Freat
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: First Friday Electro Psycho Rock Party
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: 30 Pack Lite
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Day of the Dead Disco: An Electric City Boogie
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Robbie Walsh and Jack Foley
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: The Jay Orrell Band
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Better Than Bad
R & J’s Wild Rover Pub, 1315 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Moodswing
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Ken Norton and Project ’90s
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Naomi
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Tim McGurl
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Stephanie Peters, Leighanne Lord and Eric Navarro

Saturday, Nov. 4
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Sperazza Duo
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jay Luke
Ariel View Inn, 1400 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Tom Waskevich
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Lou+2
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: That 90’s Band
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kate Hearity
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Groove Train — A Beatles Tribute
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Black Tie Stereo
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Take 3
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: 30 Pack Lite
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Strawberry Jam
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Kiss the Sky — A Jimi Hendrix tribute
Rob’s Pub & Grub, 232 Nesbitt St., Larksville: Breakdown Jimmy
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Hoopla
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Hostile Authority and Kevin Vest
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Threat Point
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Dashboard Mary
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Giants of Science
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Stephanie Peters, Leighanne Lord and Eric Navarro

Sunday, Nov. 5
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. 6
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Josh & Michael
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. 7
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Greg
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Acoustic Night
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke

Wednesday, Nov. 8
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: Dustin Drevitch
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Fab 5 – November 2, 2017

Fab 5 – November 2, 2017

1. Turkey Trot
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Turkey Trot 5K/10K Run will race through Scranton on Sunday, Nov. 5, raising money for people in need for an eighth consecutive year.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., crafts and games follow at 8:30, and the runs start at 9 at the medical college, 525 Pine St.
Adult registration is $25 for 5K and $40 for the 10K in advance online at tcmc.edu through Thursday, Nov. 2. Prices increase to $30 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K on race day. The race benefits Friends of the Poor in Scranton, which aims to help impoverished people and support low-income families.
For details, visit tcmc.edu or the event’s Facebook page, call 570-558-3958 or email turkeytrotFOTP@gmail.com.

2. The 39 Steps
The Keystone Players’ latest production runs this week at the Theatre in Brooks at Keystone College in La Plume.
The student theatrical troupe presents “The 39 Steps” on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. The play is directed by Rachel Luann Strayer.
The play spoofs the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name, telling the story of a man who goes on the run as he is accused of murder and targeted by a secret spy organization. The show turns the serious spy drama into a ridiculous comedy, with protagonist Richard Hannay much less suave and much more bumbling than the character in the original film.
Tickets are $8 for general admission; $5 for seniors, veterans and students; and $2 for Keystone students. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit the Keystone Players’ Facebook page or call 570-945-8484.

3. A Mighty Fortress
The Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania presents “A Mighty Fortress” — a mix of chorales, hymns and psalms from the Reformation era — on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton.
Formed in 1999, the Choral Society performs classical chorale pieces as well as contemporary music. Sunday’s concert begins at 4 p.m. and includes Bach’s cantata “Ein Feste Burg” plus other favorites.
Tickets are $15 for adults and free for ages 18 and younger. Visit
choralsociety.net for more information.

4. Bleachers 
Indie rockers Bleachers and several guests perform Thursday, Nov. 2, at F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Presented by Times-Shamrock Communications radio station Alt 92.1, the show starts at 6:30 p.m., and doors open at 5.
Guitarist Jack Antonoff started the New York City-based band, which is known for its single “I Wanna Get Better.” Also performing that night are Bishop Briggs, Welshly Arms and the Struts.
Tickets are $28, plus fees, and are available at the box office, 570-826-1100 and kirbycenter.org. For more information, visit alt921.com.

5. Hannah and Martin

The University of Scranton Players present the historical play “Hannah and Martin” starting this week at the school’s McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. The show runs Fridays, Nov. 3 and 10, and Saturdays, Nov. 4 and 11, at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 5 and 12, at 2 p.m. 
“Hannah and Martin” details the lives of Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt and philosopher Martin Heidegger. The love affair between the two is shadowed by Heidegger’s later collusion with the Nazi party in World War II.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students, children, faculty, staff and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or by purchasing a season pass at thescrantonplayers.com. Visit the group’s website for more information.

Curiosity Shoppers: Roller derby team welcomes community for oddities market and match

Curiosity Shoppers: Roller derby team welcomes community for oddities market and match

It’s not your average flea market.
Roller derby league the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Roller Radicals presents Halloween Fest Oddities and Alternative Flea Market on Saturday, Oct. 28, giving guests a chance to shop for strange and unusual items.
The event takes place at the league’s headquarters at 4949 Birney Ave., Moosic. Doors open for the flea market at 10 a.m. with 60 vendors offering art, photography, horror crafts, pet items, bath and body products, taxidermy, jewelry, wreaths, vegan goods, tarot readings, sessions with a medium and more.
The event came from the Radicals’ collective love of all things creepy and horror, and it offers a way to showcase local artists and get to know the community, league president Brandy Ralston said.
“We love Halloween, and we wanted to incorporate that into whatever we did,” the Plains Twp. resident added. “This is a fun way to celebrate and meet our neighbors.”
Guests can listen to live music or grab a bite to eat at a regional food truck or from one of the food vendors. Costume contests start at noon with adult participants vying for the titles of scariest, funniest and most radical. Kids can get in on the fun, too, with a trunk-or-treat, face painting and a costume contest of their own. Pets can show off their best costumes as well. 
At night, 40 skaters from all over, including the Radicals, will compete in a roller derby scrimmage with a chilling twist: Jason versus the Campers, inspired by classic horror flick “Friday the 13th.”
“We have skaters coming from New York, New Jersey, Maryland,” Ralston said, adding space is limited for the scrimmage. “We threw out some other ideas, but ‘Friday the 13th’ seemed like it would be the most fun.”
The event will work as a networking event for prospective skaters. For anyone looking to join the league, open tryouts are set for January. Ralston encourages those interested to talk to league members on Saturday. 
Flea market entry is $2 at the door. If attending the scrimmage, the total cost is $5. All proceeds benefit the self-funded Radicals.
Halloween Fest also gives the Radicals a chance to meet residents and make their presence known. The league has been in the area for several years, but people are surprised to hear a roller derby league exists. A day out with food, unique art, goods and services, combined with spooky fun is exactly what the Roller Radicals are all about, Ralston said.
“We want people to come out and meet us and have a fun day,” she said. “It’s the perfect opportunity to welcome the community. Come over to our house.”

 

Concerts – October 26, 2017

Concerts – October 26, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Penn State’s Premiere Jazz Ensemble, Thursday, Oct. 26
Arlo Guthrie, Friday, Oct. 27
The Fab Faux, Saturday, Oct. 28
Bleachers, Bishop Briggs, MisterWives and Welshly Arms, Thursday, Nov. 2
Johnny Mathis, Sunday, Nov. 5
Brit Floyd, Tuesday, Nov. 7
Simply Three, Wednesday, Nov. 15
Night Ranger and Loverboy, Friday, Nov. 24
Christmas with Jennifer Nettles, Nov. 30
Keller Williams, Friday, Dec. 8

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Brian McKnight, Friday, Oct. 27 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Manhattan Transfer, Friday, Nov. 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Pusha T, Saturday, Nov. 11 (Wet Nightclub)
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)

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Thursday, Oct. 26
Molly Hatchet with Black Oak Arkansas, Friday, Oct. 27
The Land of OZZ, Saturday, Oct. 28
O.A.R., Sunday, Oct. 29
Parmalee, Friday, Nov. 3
Blue Oyster Cut, Saturday, Nov. 4
LeAnn Rimes, Thursday, Nov. 9
An Acoustic Evening with Lee Brice and Randy Houser, Saturday, Nov. 11
Cheap Trick, Sunday, Nov. 12

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Idol Kings — Journey, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty tribute, Friday, Oct. 27
Flux Capacitor, Saturday, Oct. 28
Moodswing, Friday, Nov. 3
Kiss the Sky, Saturday, Nov. 4
Todd Sheaffer from Railroad Earth & Dead Winter Carpenters, Thursday, Nov. 9
Appalachian Gypsy Tribe with Kluster Phunk, Friday, Nov. 10
Elephants Dancing and Fake Fight, Saturday, Nov. 11
Tweed, Friday, Nov. 17
7800 Fahrenheit — Bon Jovi tribute, Saturday, Nov. 18
Subnotics, Wednesday, Nov. 22

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Chris Lane, Friday, Oct. 27
I Prevail, Saturday, Oct. 28
Punk N Ska-Lo-Ween with Slightly Askew, Saturday, Oct. 28
The Pocono Great Talent Event 2, Sunday, Oct. 29
The Major Minor, Friday, Nov. 3
Last in Line, Friday, Nov. 3
My Fest Too! Featuring Dead Men, Saturday, Nov. 4
Kashmir — Led Zeppelin tribute, Saturday, Nov. 4
The Wood Brothers, Sunday, Nov. 5
I the Victor, Friday, Nov. 10
An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, Friday, Nov. 10

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Louis the Child, Friday, Oct. 27
Mr. Brightside — 2000s Indie Night, Friday, Oct. 27
Leon, Saturday, Oct. 28
Krewella, Saturday, Oct. 28
Niall Horan, Sunday, Oct. 29
Lil Peep, Monday, Oct. 30
Phoebe Ryan, Tuesday, Oct. 31
Bernhoft, Thursday, Nov. 2
Elbow, Friday, Nov. 3
Tera Melos, Friday, Nov. 3
The Shins, Saturday, Nov. 4

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Getter, Thursday, Oct. 26
Motionless in White, Tuesday, Oct. 31
Flogging Molly, Friday, Nov. 3
Flying Lotus in 3-D, Saturday, Nov. 4
Kodak Black, Tuesday, Nov. 7
Johnnyswim, Wednesday, Nov. 8
R.L. Grime, Thursday, Nov. 9
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Friday, Nov. 10
Periphery and Animals as Leaders, Saturday, Nov. 11

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Powerhouse, Friday, Oct. 27
Fall Out Boy, Sunday, Oct. 29
Imagine Dragons, Thursday, Nov. 2
Janet Jackson, Monday, Nov. 13
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

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, New York
Tickets: 866-781-2922
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Saturday, Nov. 4
Los Lonely Boys, Sunday, Nov. 5
Eileen Iver’s A Joyful Christmas, Friday, Dec. 15

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Joe Rogan, Friday, Nov. 3
The Tenderlions Live, Thursday, Nov. 9
La Salsa Vive, Friday, Nov. 10
Harlem Globetrotters, Friday, Nov. 24
Andrea Bocelli, Wednesday, Dec. 13, and Thursday, Dec. 14

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Kevin James, Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29
Ludovico Einaudi, Monday, Oct. 30
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Wednesday, Nov. 1
Jerry Seinfeld, Thursday, Nov. 2
Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson, Friday, Nov. 3
The Fab Faux, Saturday, Nov. 4
Tori Amos, Tuesday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 8
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, Sunday, Nov. 12
Lindsey Stirling, Tuesday, Nov. 14
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Wednesday, Nov. 15
King Crimson, Friday, Nov. 17

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Dennis Quaid and the Sharks, Friday, Oct. 27
TUSK — the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute, Friday, Nov. 10
The Accidentals, Tuesday, Nov. 14
Wild Adriatic, Thursday, Nov. 16
Kevin Griffin, Thursday, Nov. 16
The Aardvarks 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

Clubs – October 26, 2017

Clubs – October 26, 2017

Thursday, Oct. 26
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: All College Halloween Costume Dance Party
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
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.: RJ Scouton
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
Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Halloweekend
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jackson Vee
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Open mic with Eric Rudy

Friday, Oct. 27
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Dustin Douglas
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Lily Mao
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: True Blood Friday — Halloween Costume Party
American Legion Post 665, 901 Main St., Dickson City: Halloween Party with Marilyn Kennedy
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Flatland Ruckus
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Blush
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Fab 3
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Rhythm and Booze
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: Return of Dr. Pank-enstein
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Third Nut
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike & Mike
Curry Donuts, 178 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre: Almost Honest, Earthmouth, DOUR and Bloodeagle
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Asialena Duo
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Zayre Mountain Duo
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Outta the Blue
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Dave Cupano
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show, Fourth Annual Halloween Costume Contest
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Bret Alexander Duo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Hallowfest III with Gods of Space, Earthmouth, Walau-eh, Glass Skeleton Death March and Burial Fog
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Last Call
Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Halloweekend
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Super Hero Costume Contest
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: The Orchid and Victim
POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Halloween Party with DJ Steve Wallace
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: The Idol Kings — Tribute to Journey, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty
Sarah Street Grill, 550 Quaker Alley, Stroudsburg: Coyote Love
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: Halloween Party with Black Tie Stereo and Bryan Banks
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Naomi
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Ostrich Hat
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Joe DeVito
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Fifty Shades — All-Male Revue

Saturday, Oct. 28
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Empire in Decline
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: JP Williams Blues Band
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Nightmare on Main Street — Halloween Costume Party
American Legion Black Diamond Post No. 395, 386 Wyoming Ave., Kingston: Halloween Party with DJ Howlin Howie
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: The Third Nut
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sunshine Symphony
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Halloweird, featuring Funkadelic Astronaut and Bummer’s End
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Doug Drost
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Halloween Costume Party, Big Carl & Sundance
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Hagan & Company
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Jambox — ‘90s tribute
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Halloween Party with Halfway to Hell
Honeychilds’, 109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Boo Bash with Ron Morgan
J & J Deli, 659 Memorial Highway, Dallas: Halloween Party with John Shemo
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Robbie Walsh and Jack Foley
Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Halloweekend
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Spooktacular Halloween Costume Contest with Black Tie Stereo
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Annual Halloween Party with 20lb Head
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous, Riley Loftus
Parker House Tavern, 12 E. Parker St., Scranton: D-West
R Bar & Grill, 144 W. Union St., Nanticoke: Halloween Party with Rhythm and Booze
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Flux Capacitor presents An Extraterrestrial Halloween
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Front Porch Rockers
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Sleepy Hollow Lounge at Idle Hour Lanes, 2008 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City: Halloween party with Marilyn Kennedy
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bosco & the Storm
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Halloween Party with The Sellout Soundtrack and John Smith
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) No. 1227, 492 Stephenson St., Duryea: Halloween Party with the Midnight Rhythm Band
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Light Weight
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Halloween Party with The Third Nut
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Joe DeVito

Sunday, Oct. 29
American Grill, 1320 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: Trunk or Treat
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Strawberry Jam Duo
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
M&J’s Bar N Grill, 542 Wildcat Road, Olyphant: Halloween Party with Marilyn Kennedy
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, Oct. 30
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Oct. 31
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Bret Alexander
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Acoustic Night
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Reapers Revenge Halloween Costume Party
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: JR Huffsmith and Jackson Vee
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: MIZ plays Tom Petty
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Karaoke with DJ Jenny Monstrosity
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke

Wednesday, Nov. 1
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
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Fab 5 – October 26, 2017

Fab 5 – October 26, 2017

1. A Night at the Races
The Friends of Arc Auxiliary presents the “A Night at the Races” fundraiser Friday, Oct. 27, at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. Doors open at 6 p.m., and post time is 6:30.
The event features a 50/50, door prizes, basket raffles, and free soft drinks and food. A cash bar will be open until 10 p.m.
A $10 donation is suggested for admission, and proceeds benefit the Arc Northeastern Pennsylvania, which serves people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
For more information, call the Arc at 570-346-4010.

2. ‘A Night of Penn State Jazz’
Spend a night with Penn State University’s premier 20-piece jazz ensemble this week.
Under the direction of Marko Marcinko, Penn State’s director of jazz studies, Centre Dimensions will present “A Night of Penn State Jazz” on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. Also performing will be the Penn State Jazz Faculty Combo, featuring Mark Lusk, Dave Stambler, Mac Himes, Bob Hart and Marcinko alongside special guests Erin Malloy-Marcinko and Steve Rudolph.
Centre Dimensions tours throughout Pennsylvania and the eastern United States, and each year it performs with internationally known music artists, such as Wycliffe Gordon and Phil Woods.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, plus fees, and are available at the box office, kirbycenter.org and 570-826-1100.

3. Spartan 300 Spooktacular
Build a Spartan Foundation hosts the Spartan 300 Spooktacular fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Mid Valley Sports Complex, 52 Underwood Road, Throop.
The free event runs from noon to 7 p.m. and includes a craft fair, Halloween parades and a performance by country music artist Dani-elle.
At 3 p.m., raffle drawings for $81,000 in prize money will begin. First prize is $30,000; second, $23,000; third, $13,000; and fourth through seventh, $3,000. Raffle tickets are $100, and 2,000 tickets are available. Tickets are available at Olyphant Baseball, 100 Line St., and during home games at Mid Valley Sports Complex.
Founded in 2016, Build a Spartan funds innovative education programs for Mid Valley School District. Its first initiative focused on a new STEM program for kindergarten through grade 12. Visit buildaspartan.org for more information.

4. Terror Train 
A walk-through haunted attraction on a stationary train car will raise money for Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society.
Terror Train takes place Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. at 1313 Ridge Row, Scranton. It is not recommended for children under 12.
Tickets are $10 and are available in advance online at eldcps.ticketspice.com/terrortrain and at the door. Visit eldcps.org for more information.

5. ‘Hocus Pocus’
Settle in for an afternoon of spooky fun at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
The theater will host a free screening of the film “Hocus Pocus” on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. The 1993 comedy adventure starring Bette Midler runs 1 hour, 36 minutes, and follows the antics of three witch sisters who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts, at Halloween. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets if they wish to sit on the floor.
Visit scrantonculturalcenter.org for more information.

Concerts – October 19, 2017

Concerts – October 19, 2017

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Up Close with Roy Firestone, Friday, Oct. 20
Penn State’s Premiere Jazz Ensemble, Thursday, Oct. 26
Arlo Guthrie, Friday, Oct. 27
The Fab Faux, Saturday, Oct. 28
Bleachers, Bishop Briggs, MisterWives, and Welshly Arms, Thursday, Nov. 2
Johnny Mathis — Voice of Romance Tour, Sunday, Nov. 5
Brit Floyd, Tuesday, Nov. 7
Simply Three, Wednesday, Nov. 15
Night Ranger and Loverboy, Friday, Nov. 24
Christmas with Jennifer Nettles, Nov. 30

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Eddie Griffin, Saturday, Oct. 21 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Brian McKnight, Friday, Oct. 27 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Manhattan Transfer, Friday, Nov. 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Pusha T, Saturday, Nov. 11 (Wet Nightclub)
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)

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Michael Dutra presents the “Live at the Sands, Frank, Dean and Sammy” Revisited Show, Thursday, Oct. 19
Pink Talking Fish Starts Making Sense, Friday, Oct. 20
New Odyssey (3 Guys 30 Instruments), Tuesday, Oct. 24
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 26
Molly Hatchet with Black Oak Arkansas, Friday, Oct. 27
The Land of OZZ, Saturday, Oct. 28
O.A.R., Sunday, Oct. 29
Parmalee, Friday, Nov. 3
Blue Oyster Cut, Saturday, Nov. 4
LeAnn Rimes, Thursday, Nov. 9
An Acoustic Evening with Lee Brice and Randy Houser, Saturday, Nov. 11

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
The Hill You Die On, Hang Up To Flat, Balero and the Disorders, Friday, Oct. 20
Box of Rain Essential Grateful Dead ’68-’74, Saturday, Oct. 21
Jenny & the Gumps with West End Blend, Wednesday, Oct. 25
Idol Kings — Journey, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty tribute, Friday, Oct. 27
Flux Capacitor, Saturday, Oct. 28
Moodswing, Friday, Nov. 3
Kiss the Sky, Saturday, Nov. 4
Todd Sheaffer from Railroad Earth & Dead Winter Carpenters, Thursday, Nov. 9
Appalachian Gypsy Tribe with Kluster Phunk, Friday, Nov. 10
Elephants Dancing and Fake Fight, Saturday, Nov. 11

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Yngwie Malmsteen, Tuesday, Oct. 24
Chris Lane, Friday, Oct. 27
I Prevail, Saturday, Oct. 28
Punk N Ska-Lo-Ween with Slightly Askew, Saturday, Oct. 28
The Pocono Great Talent Event 2, Sunday, Oct. 29
The Major Minor, Friday, Nov. 3
Last in Line, Friday, Nov. 3
My Fest Too! Featuring Dead Men, Saturday, Nov. 4
Kashmir — Led Zeppelin tribute, Saturday, Nov. 4
The Wood Brothers, Sunday, Nov. 5

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
The Steel Woods, Thursday, Oct. 19
Black Pistol Fire, Friday, Oct. 20
Ben Folds, Friday, Oct. 20
MisterWives, Saturday, Oct. 21
The Spill Canvas, Wednesday, Oct. 25
Louis the Child, Friday, Oct. 27
Mr. Brightside — 2000s Indie Night, Friday, Oct. 27
Leon, Saturday, Oct. 28
Krewella, Saturday, Oct. 28
Niall Horan, Sunday, Oct. 29

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Zedd, Thursday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 20
Lee Brice, Saturday, Oct. 21
I Prevail, Tuesday, Oct. 24
Getter, Thursday, Oct. 26
Motionless in White, Tuesday, Oct. 31
Flogging Molly, Friday, Nov. 3
Flying Lotus in 3-D, Saturday, Nov. 4
Kodak Black, Tuesday, Nov. 7
Johnnyswim, Wednesday, Nov. 8
R.L. Grime, Thursday, Nov. 9

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Powerhouse, Friday, Oct. 27
Fall Out Boy, Sunday, Oct. 29
Imagine Dragons, Thursday, Nov. 2
Janet Jackson, Monday, Nov. 13
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

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

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Billy Joel, Friday, Oct. 20
Queens of the Stone Age, Tuesday, Oct. 24
Ricky Gervais: Humanity, Wednesday, Oct. 25
Ana Gabriel, Sunday, Oct. 29
Joe Rogan, Friday, Nov. 3
The Tenderlions Live, Thursday, Nov. 9
La Salsa Vive, Friday, Nov. 10
Dead and Company, Sunday, Nov. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 14
Andrea Bocelli, Wednesday, Dec. 13, and Thursday, Dec. 14

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Kevin James, Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29
Ludovico Einaudi, Monday, Oct. 30
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Wednesday, Nov. 1
Jerry Seinfeld, Thursday, Nov. 2
Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson, Friday, Nov. 3
The Fab Faux, Saturday, Nov. 4
Tori Amos, Tuesday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 8
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, Sunday, Nov. 12
Lindsey Stirling, Tuesday, Nov. 14
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Wednesday, Nov. 15
King Crimson, Friday, Nov. 17

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Tom Green, Sunday, Oct. 22
Dennis Quaid and the Sharks, Friday, Oct. 27
TUSK — the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute, Friday, Nov. 10
The Accidentals, Tuesday, Nov. 14
Wild Adriatic, Thursday, Nov. 16
Kevin Griffin, Thursday, Nov. 16
The Aardvarks 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

Clubs – October 19, 2017

Clubs – October 19, 2017

Thursday, Oct. 19
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Wanabees Trio
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N Main St, Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Adam McKinley
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
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
Honeychilds’, 109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Fuzzy Mudd
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: The Frost

Friday, Oct. 20
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Graystone All Stars
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jay Orrell
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N Main St, Old Forge: Hot Coffee
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Aim & Fire
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Riptide
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Curious Dog
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Lissa & Jackson Vee
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Frost
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Liar, Liar
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Shelly’s Underground
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Whiskey ‘N Woods
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Triple Freat
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Tusko, Earthmouth, Beer and Pretzels and LMI
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: The Wanabees
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Under This Fire
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Bounty Hunter
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Strawberry Jam Duo and Dance Hall Devils
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: The Hill You Die On, Hang Up To Flat, Lionshred and the Disorders
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby, the Luongo Brothers
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Bright Shiny Objects and Ron Schoonover
Tomaino’s Lounge, 273 Main St., Archbald: Kartune
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Naomi
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: 3lb
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Karen Rontowski

Saturday, Oct. 21
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Vine Street
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jackson Vee and Lissa
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N Main St, Old Forge: The Girlz
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mullett
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Earthmouth, Dour, Family Animals, Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Euphoria
Bluestone Bar and Grille, 5 Oregon Turnpike, Honesdale: Lenny James
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Flaxy Morgan
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: The Sperazza Band
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: John Strasburger
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Guilty Pleasure
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Joe Cigan Duo
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Wandering Aloud
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Outta the Blue
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Breakdown Jimmy
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Skin-n-Bones
R Place, 482 Hamlin Highway, Hamlin: FullCircle
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Box of Rain (Grateful Dead tribute)
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Hairband Radio and Jeff Cavanaugh
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Nova City
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Karen Rontowski

Sunday, Oct. 22
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Ronnie Morgan Duo
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, Oct. 23
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, OCT. 24
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Mike Hagan
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Acoustic Night
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Jackson Vee and JR Huffsmith
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke

Wednesday, Oct. 25
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: 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
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Village Idiots
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Hayley Jane and the Primates with West End Blend
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: The Irrefutables
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Red-hot heritage: Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces celebrates fall through cultural lens

Red-hot heritage: Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces celebrates fall through cultural lens

By: Meryl Paine and Gia Mazur

An annual autumn event will light up the dark with a towering flame to celebrate Scranton’s history, culture and more.
On Saturday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., the seventh annual Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces festival will feature food, live music and activities as it raises money for Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, which oversees the Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave. Leading up to and during the annual bonfire lighting at 8:15 p.m., the Double “R” Twirlettes and Scranton Black Diamond Pipe Band will present a fire-twirling show.
“It’s a wonderful event, and through the years I’ve noticed such a growth,” said Kathleen Mercatelli, Twirlettes director. “It’s a really different event since we don’t get many opportunities to twirl fire.”
The Gaelic festival Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter, inspired the event’s creation. But in addition to honoring the area’s industrial heritage, the bonfire over the years “has grown into an all-encompassing cultural event,” committee chairman Brian Murphy said. It incorporated elements of traditional autumn and harvest festivals, such as Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, and the Indian festival Diwali, which people celebrate in part by launching fire lanterns.
“We always want to reflect those different cultures and how those different cultures engage and celebrate that,” said Bode Morin, museum and iron furnaces site administrator. “As the program evolves, we want to have a bigger reach and look more at who we are as a community, be more inclusive and celebrate our community as well.” 
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and free for children 12 and younger. Organizers encourage guests to buy their passes early at scrantonbonfire.com; the museum in McDade Park, 1 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton; and Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton.
Admission includes $5 in Bonfire Bucks, which guests can use for food, beverages and activities. And they will have plenty to choose from. Guests can celebrate the season with fall and regional favorite drinks, such as spiced cider, hot chocolate, beer and wine, and then chow down on food from Coney Island of Scranton, Terra Preta, Sweet Lush Cupcakery and more.
The festival also will feature performances across two stages by Irish Balladeers, cover band Light Weight and Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA as well as fire hoopers and spinners. Guests can check out balloon artists, a jack-o’-lantern carving competition, tarot card readings, an arts and crafts tent, a bonfire sculpture by Brian Murray of Reclamation Industrial Furnishings and a large-scale art installation that highlights the standing stone blast furnaces.
Each year, the festival explores a different culture in its educational component, Morin said, and this time visitors can head to the cultural tent to learn more about the Irish and Welsh immigrants and the culture they brought to Northeast Pennsylvania.
In seven years, the bonfire has turned into a place where arts, culture, heritage and history meet, and Morin believes it will continue to grow with the community’s support.
“We’re really looking forward to (the festival),” he said. “To get to do this festival for the last seven years straight and always have such a great response from the community … it’s just a great, fun night.”

Scranton-based Family Animals gallops on with new album

Scranton-based Family Animals gallops on with new album

Frank DeSando, Anthony Viola and Jesse Viola used many names for their band since picking up their instruments in 2000.
After playing around with several monikers, the trio won a battle of the bands show at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple as Family Animals.
“There was a good crowd and the show went well, so we decided to keep the name,” guitarist Jesse Viola said.

Since that show in 2008, the group has performed live, written music and recorded albums in and around Northeast Pennsylvania. Its newest album, “Don’t Expect a Climax,” debuted Sept. 30 and is available for purchase on all major streaming platforms, at shows and online at familyanimals.bandcamp.com. The musicians recently went On the Record to discuss their time playing together in the region.

Q: How did you all meet?
Jesse Viola: Anthony and I are brothers. We met Frankie when we were just youngsters, too young to recall the moment exactly, but we grew up two doors away. So we’ve basically known each other our whole lives.

Q: How did you each get involved in music?
Anthony Viola: We all in some way or another have a life-long passion for music. Growing up, we all always loved it.
JV: My brother and I started taking guitar lessons together when I was 9 and he was 12, while Frankie took bass lessons at 11, all at Gallucci Music in Scranton. We all started together and all knew we wanted to play in a band together.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
AV: The first time we ever played in public was actually about six months after we all started, and it was Jesse’s fifth-grade dance. I remember some kids were scared, and as soon as we finished, the DJ came out and started blasting “Who Let the Dogs Out” and all the 11-year-old kids went crazy.

Q: What was the process like for writing your new album?
JV: We are always writing new material and probably have more unreleased songs than released ones. So for “Don’t Expect a Climax,” it was more a matter of picking the right compilation of songs to record. Once that was decided, we recorded and mixed the songs ourselves with our own equipment. The whole process took a little more than a year. Then we really lucked out with Eric Ritter at Windmill Agency generously offering to master the album. We cannot thank him enough.

Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
Frank DeSando: We’ve always kind of made it a point to not limit ourselves musically and play what we enjoy, whether or not it stays true to a particular genre. I think, because of that, we’ve always ventured into trying to play different styles of our respective instruments, even pulling in new instruments we aren’t too familiar with to achieve a sound we want. I feel like we are still growing and learning as musicians to this day, and (I) don’t feel like that will ever change. There will always be something new to discover. I think that’s part of why we love it so much.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a part of this band?
AV: I just love being able to do what I love with my best friends. I feel like we are always hanging out anyway, and the friendships kind of just blend into the music somehow. It’s hard to remember specific times when it feels like a constant adventure. Some things that come to mind though are being flashed, meeting some bands I really love to listen to and just that feeling when the night comes together perfect, where we all feel on and the place is packed and the roar of a couple hundred people just feels amazing.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
FD: It seems to me, in recent years, the NEPA scene as a whole has really come together more as some kind of crazy family. Everyone seems to know everyone on some level and has each other’s backs, from the musicians, artists, photographers, filmmakers, journalists and even the bar owners. I don’t know if social media can be credited for that or what, but it’s pretty cool.

Q: Have you faced any major challenges as a rising band?
JV: Being an independent band, it’s a challenge having to learn the business aspect of the music industry. Anthony does most of the promotion and booking, which can be an overwhelming task, but we’ve all been trying to help out in that area.
AV: Also, I feel like we grew up in a weird time; we picked up our instruments in 2000, and when we were playing in high school, it was still an age of hanging flyers and calling bars. I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 19, and it was a flip phone. So, adapting to this new marketplace that is social media has been a challenge in itself. I don’t really want to be on Facebook and Instagram all the time, but as a band we have to keep up on stuff like that. It’s just a different time where people can access so much material and so much art, and the bar is always being raised for entertainment and what’s entertaining.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
AV: I have so many goals for the band. I’d really love to tour a lot more and go further and further. I want our ad mats, flyers, artwork, everything to always get better and portray the band’s vibe better. I want to release albums quicker than every two years, and most of all I want this to be my job one day. Not because I see it as a good money-making prospect but more because I love doing it. It’s what we do for fun, and I can’t imagine the happiness that comes with making a living through what you’re passionate about.

Something about Mary – Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter ready to connect with NEPA audience

Something about Mary – Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter ready to connect with NEPA audience

Before Taylor and Shania or Faith and Miranda, one name defined the best in country music: Mary Chapin Carpenter.
The five-time Grammy Award winner and member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame achieved stardom thanks to such ’90s hits as “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” and “Passionate Kisses.” Now she brings a mix of her early and newer work to Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton, where she’ll perform Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker will open the show, which benefits Pocono Environmental Education Center.
“A lot of people don’t tour unless they have a brand new record, but we’re lucky enough that we can go out and play music whether we have something new to offer or not,” Carpenter said earlier this month by phone from her home in Virginia. “I’ve been playing a lot of songs from the new record, and that’s just been really joyful for me.”
The songstress released her 14th studio album, “The Things That We Are Made Of,” last year, the latest in a long line of work that began in the late ’80s. Carpenter really grabbed the public’s attention with “Come On Come On,” the 1992 album that produced several hits.
“There’s a lot of components that go into the success of a record, and certainly it was a moment in time that I had a certain amount of momentum with songs on the radio, and that was a whole different existence and situation as well,” Carpenter said, noting the album also had push from a major record label. “Momentum is a real thing. … Maybe people felt like it spoke to them.”
Her work has earned her numerous accolades, including Grammys for best female country vocal performance for four consecutive years — 1992 to 1995 — and best country album in 1995. The Country Music Association named her female vocalist of the year in 1992 and 1993, while the Academy of Country Music chose her as 1990’s top new female vocalist and 1992’s top female vocalist.
While Carpenter said she doesn’t consider herself “a prolifically topical songwriter,” she doesn’t shy away from social and political commentary in her music, either. But inspiration comes from everywhere, she added, and sometimes just a phrase can kick off an idea or “evoke a feeling that five minutes before I wasn’t anywhere near.” She goes long stretches without writing — usually while on tour — and prefers to work at home on her farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“It’s really beautiful, and it’s really serene,” Carpenter said. “That’s where I feel like I can get in touch with whatever that serious muse is. Right now, I’m kind of in a phase where I’m just kind of scribbling. I don’t have large themes that I’m chasing or anything like that, just small vignettes of things that haven’t yet fully blossomed.”
Her songs reflect where she was in the moment of penning them, she said, and while she might think she writes about her own experiences, she also sees how the music reaches others. Carpenter has noticed people on social media sharing how her latest album “reflects a lot of what they are going through.”
“The more personal something is, the more universal something is as well,” she said.
With a couple decades of songs to choose from, Carpenter crafts a set list that draws from “The Things That We Are Made Of” plus some of her older work, although it might change from show to show or if she accommodates a request. No matter where she plays though, from amphitheaters that seat thousands to more intimate venues, Carpenter looks to connect with the crowd.
“It’s really gratifying to look into the audience and see the faces of people who’ve come to see us year after year, and it’s also really great to see younger folks, too,” she said.

Fab 5 – October 19, 2017

Fab 5 – October 19, 2017

1. ‘The Odd Couple’
Neil Simon’s classic play “The Odd Couple” comes to Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton, starting Thursday, Oct. 19.
Actors Circle presents the play Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Oct. 29. The 1965 play, which inspired numerous adaptations, follows sloppy, carefree sportswriter Oscar Madison as he deals with his new roommate — neurotic, neat-freak newswriter Felix Ungar, who has recently been thrown out by his wife. The mismatched pair of friends clash and learn from each other over the course of the play.Tickets for the Oct. 19 performance are $8 for general admission and $6 for students. For remaining performances, tickets are $12 for general admission $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Visit actorscircle.com for more information.

2. Black Bear Film Fest
The Black Bear Film Festival returns to Milford for its 18th year, running from Friday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 22. The festival opens with a gala on Friday at 6 p.m. at Hotel Fauchere, 401 Broad St. The black tie-optional event includes a three-course dinner with a cash bar, presentation of film awards and screening of “Tab Hunter, Confidential” at the Milford Theater, 114 E. Catherine St., followed by an interview with actor Tab Hunter. Guests interested in attending the screening only can join a wait list for tickets by calling 570-409-0909. Screenings will run throughout the day Saturday and Sunday at Milford Theater. Audiences also can watch short films both days at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 321 Fifth St., and Milford Public Library, 119 E. Harford St.Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for each movie, $90 for the gala and opening night movie, and $165 for the Gold Pass, which includes the gala, opening night movie, all films, panels and Sunday brunch. Visit blackbearfilm.com for details and tickets.

3. Tasting by the Book III
Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit, holds its annual fundraiser, “Tasting by the Book III: All Around the Table,” on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. The 21-and-older event gives guests a chance to enjoy live music and sample food from local cooks and drinks from Maiolatesi Wine Cellars.
Tickets are $25, advance only, and can be purchased at the library and eventbrite.com. Proceeds benefit the library’s youth and intergenerational programs.

4. Pet Parade
A parade of puppies will pass Zummo’s Cafe, 918 Marion St., Scranton, on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. for the Pawrade Pup Walk and Costume Contest.
Welcoming dogs of all shapes and sizes, the parade encourages participants to dress up their pups with their best Halloween costumes. The event also will feature a question-and-answer session with a certified dog trainer, family and pet portraits, dogs for adoption and more.
Dogs must be on a standard, non-retractable leash. Call 570-344-2715 or visit zummoscafescranton.com for more information.

5. Visions of America 
Exploring the nation’s rich choral tradition, Arcadia Chorale presents its “Visions of America” concert on Saturday, Oct. 21, at St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St. , Wilkes-Barre, and Sunday, Oct. 22, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton..
The local chamber choir will perform music by Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, Igor Stravinsky and Chen Yi.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and free for students. They are available at arcadiachorale.org.

 

Dale’s Jukebox delivers hits from across decades

Dale’s Jukebox delivers hits from across decades

By Samantha Stanich

Dale’s Jukebox gives listeners exactly what its name describes: select a hit from almost every decade, and odds are the band can play it for you.
Dale Amboise and his son, Dale Jr., teamed up with Roberta Clemens to bring the region greatest hits from a range of years. They recently went On the Record to share how they got together and what’s next.

Q: How did you get involved in music?
Dale Amboise: I took saxophone lessons as a kid and learned to play the guitar in high school. I performed in local bands with my sax and guitar for many years.
Roberta Clemens: I sang in choral groups in college, but outside of the occasional karaoke, I did not sing again until Dale’s Jukebox.
Dale Amboise Jr.: Like my dad, I started out playing the sax but was drawn to the bass guitar as I watched my grandfather, also (named) Dale Amboise, play it in many local bands for years.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed?
DA: I was performing with my sax as early as 13 years old. I learned to play the guitar in high school and first played it in public at the Nuangola Bazaar. I played “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot.
RC: We were sitting at a diner in Mountain Top listening to friends at a table across from us talk about their class reunion and how they could not afford entertainment. Our band had practiced for about a year, and we were on the verge of playing out but hadn’t taken the plunge. I suggested to the group that we offer our band as entertainment for the reunion and explained that this arrangement would benefit us both. And they said yes. To this day, they do not know it was our first gig.
DA Jr.: I played at Barnes & Noble in a duo in high school.

Q: How did you come up with your name?
RC: We play songs from the ’50s through the ’90s. Even though we consider our ’90s music the newer stuff, it is still 20 years old. Since we play songs from past decades, we thought it would be fun to stick with a jukebox theme.
DA: Since my son and I share the same name and I knew legally it was a good idea to give yourself a unique name, we decided to call it Dale’s Jukebox. We asked Roberta to change her name and take one for the team, but she wouldn’t agree. 

Q: How did you guys meet?
DA: Roberta and I were dating. One Sunday, as we were looking at all the programs on her new iPad, we noticed one where you could simulate playing a guitar. We fooled around with it a bit, then I decided to bring out my acoustic guitar. We sang “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by Carole King and thought what fun it might be to start a band. When my son showed interest in playing bass with us, we decided to make a go of it.

Q: How do you choose the songs you cover?
DA: I’ve done a little bit of writing but mostly enjoy recreating our favorite songs into our own style. Since we are a small band with only two instruments, we are careful to choose songs that fit our instruments and the type of songs we like to sing. We are a product of the ’70s; that says a lot.
RC: All except Dale’s son, who we drive crazy with this old music.
DA Jr.: I always enjoyed oldies and classic rock, because that is what I grew up … listening to with my dad.

Q: How have you changed as a musician?
DA: I spent years playing sax in local bands, took a 25-year hiatus and got back into playing guitar with Dale’s Jukebox. The music I enjoy playing is more suited for a guitar, so I gave up the sax and concentrated on honing my skills on guitar.
DA Jr.: Like my dad, I also took a break from music for several years. When we formed the band, I feel I improved as a musician due to my own maturity and dedication.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories?
DA: When I was 13 years old (and) playing sax in my father’s band, a guy in the audience came up to me with a know-it-all attitude and asked me to play “Yakkety Sax” by Boots Randolph. The guy figured I was not able to play it, especially since the sax was almost bigger than me. To his surprise, I played the song, and he came up afterwards, now with a humbled attitude, and gave me a $5 tip.
RC: The first time I sang “Crazy” by Patsy Cline, we were playing at Elixir at Mohegan Sun casino. I hit all the notes and got all kinds of “crazy” applause.
DA Jr.: My dad, a friend and I were playing on a float in the Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day parade. It was raining that day, and water got in my friend’s amp. Smoke started pouring out of the amp, and people in the crowd started to cheer. They thought it was part of the act.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
DA: There seems to be so many more bands out there than years ago and so many talented musicians. Back when I started playing, there was raw talent, bands grew in garages, and nobody took lessons. These days, besides there being so much electronic and computer influences, many musicians are professionally trained.

Q: Who has influenced you over the years?
RC: Billy Joel and the Beatles inspire the way I sing. I love the combination of their lyrics and music but especially love the way they sync up the harmonies.
DA: I love all the music from the ’60s, pure talent and basic instruments.
DA Jr.: I really enjoy all types of music, classic rock when I was younger, and I also got into country music as I got older.

Q: What is the biggest challenge?
RC: It is sometimes hard to find places to play where we fit musically.
DA Jr.: Depending on the venue, it is hard to fit our equipment because we are somewhere between a duo and a full band.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
DA: Just continue to have fun and share our experience with an ever-growing following.
DA Jr.: I hope to be able to continue to improve as a musician and enjoy playing.

Dale’s Jukebox
Based out of: Mountain Top and Dunmore
Members: Dale Amboise, lead guitar/vocals; Dale Amboise Jr., bass guitar/vocals; and Roberta Clemens, lead vocals/percussion
Upcoming: Saturday, Oct. 14, 279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre

Killer  instinct ‘A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder’ opens BTL season

Killer instinct ‘A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder’ opens BTL season

Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania found an apropos tale to open its season on Friday the 13th.
“A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder,” the 2014 Tony Award winner for best musical, comes to Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., for four shows from Friday, Oct. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 15.
And while this story of a man seeking to kill off the relatives who stand in his way of inheriting a fortune might sound dark, star Colleen McLaughlin assured that the musical has a lighter side with lots of laughs. Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak wrote a complex, brilliant show stocked with jokes, she explained recently by phone from the tour’s stop in Madison, Wisconsin.
“The writing is just so incredible, but you can’t help but laugh about everything,” said McLaughlin, an Oklahoma native. “The whole entire cast is just laughing. I come out to the wings just to see some of my favorite scenes.”
Set in London in 1909, the show centers around working-class man Monty Navarro (Blake Price), who, after learning he is ninth in line to become an earl, decides to eliminate the relatives between him and the aristocratic title. All the while he hopes to marry McLaughlin’s character, Sibella Hallward.
“I’m kind of this narcissistic girl and kind of a gold digger, so I don’t want to marry him, and he thinks the only way he can win my hand in marriage is to become the Earl of Highhurst,” she said of the role.
Actor James Taylor Odom, meanwhile, portrays all eight members of the D’Ysquith family who become Navarro’s targets. 
“Every scene that James Taylor Odom is in is pretty incredible. … He’s amazing,” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin praised the sets for the show, which she described as beautiful, intricate and specific to the characters, but she also noted that Peggy Hickey’s choreography “is pretty incredible.” One song she expects to blow away audiences is “I’ve Decided To Marry You,” whose choreography involves actors entering and exiting through double doors as one character tries to keep two others apart.
“The choreography is so specific. … The rehearsal process was actually really quick, but I think … each of us had to go home and practice with the doors in our apartment just to get it down perfectly,” McLaughlin said. “It was a process but enjoyable.”
The actors worked with a dialect coach to perfect their British accents, but McLaughlin noted learning the songs also posed a challenge.
“The music is beautiful,” McLaughlin said. “(It is a) beautiful score but really intricate, and your diction kind of has to be on point.”
“A Gentleman’s Guide” opened on Broadway in November 2013 and racked up more than 900 performances before closing in January 2016. In addition to best musical, it picked up Tony Awards for best director of a musical (Darko Tresnjak), best book (Freedman) and best costume design (Linda Cho).
McLaughlin described the show as “very thrilling” with “lots of shenanigans.”
“It’s just a night full of laughter,” she said.