Into the spin Festival offers an up-close look at fiber and where it comes from with education, demos

Into the spin Festival offers an up-close look at fiber and where it comes from with education, demos

Learn about the fiber-making process from sheep to finish this weekend when the Pennsylvania Endless Mountains Fiber Festival returns for a 14th year.
Set for Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Harford Fairgrounds, 485 Fair Hill Road, New Milford, the festival brings together not only yarn spinners, weavers and dyers but also many of the animals that provide the natural material for their products.
The festival runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and ​Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and education makes up a large part. Demonstrations focusing on sheep shearing, natural fiber dying, border collies and more plus classes in such subjects as spinning, weaving and fleece processing fill out the schedule. 
“You don’t have to really know anything to participate in the classes,” festival president Ellen Anderson said. “You can really almost go knowing nothing.”
Anderson raises angora rabbits, long-wool sheep, Romeldale sheep and angora goats in Lebanon County and joined the festival as a vendor its second year. She is one of the more than 50 vendors set to participate this time — selling what she called “everything from the raw fiber to the finished product” — but her favorite part of the festival is the chance to talk to and teach visitors.
“People are just getting so far removed from agriculture nowadays,” Anderson said. “It’s important to (teach) especially the younger children. … You tell them, ‘Well, this is how somebody did it 100 years ago, and the technology changed.’”
That includes giving them a chance to get up close to fiber-producing animals. In addition to alpacas, llamas, rabbits and goats, the festival features more than a dozen breeds of sheep showing the different types of wool that can end up in sweaters, hats and much more after weavers and knitters get their hands on it.
“We’re trying to get people involved to learn how to do things so they can make their own products,” said Catherine Hines of Alpacas of Sunshine Farm in New Milford, part of the group of alpaca farmers who founded the festival.
Those efforts seem to be working. 

“We just finished up the Harford Fair, and it’s a big difference. We’ve been doing that for nine or eight years,” Hines said. “In the beginning, we had to tell them, ‘No, they’re not llamas. They’re alpacas.’ And now you can hear the kids telling ‘No, they’re not llamas. They’re alpacas.’ They’re learning.”

Interest in the fiber arts has grown in recent years, something Anderson attributes to a desire to unplug from technology and get “back to the basics.”
“You start from the raw fiber, the raw wool, the alpaca, (and) you spin something, you make it into yarn. … You can wear it,” she said. “(It) makes you feel like you’re being a little more down to earth.”
Festival admission costs $3 per day or $5 for a weekend pass for ages 12 and older; parking is free. The festival draws visitors and vendors not only from Pennsylvania but also Maryland, New York, Virginia and beyond.
“It’s big enough that there’s a huge selection of items but yet small enough that the visitors to the festival can really stop and talk to the vendors,” Anderson said.
The weekend also features contests, a fleece sale and raffle, and guests can grab a bite to eat from several food vendors or bring their own for a picnic.
“Last year, I believe, our numbers (were) probably over 500 through the gate each day, but that doesn’t include a lot of volunteers and vendors there shopping with each other,” Anderson said. “We’re hoping our numbers continue to grow. It’s just getting the word out about it. A lot of it is people finding us online (and) friends telling friends.” 

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If you go
What: 14th annual Pennsylvania Endless Mountains Fiber Festival
When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; ​Sunday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Harford Fair Grounds, 485 Fair Hill Road, New Milford
Details: Admission for ages 12 and older is $3 daily and $5 for the weekend. Parking is free. Visit endlessmountainsfiberfest.com

SUZE Delivers Funky Sound around Region

SUZE Delivers Funky Sound around Region

Kingston quartet SUZE blends jazz, funk rhythms and vintage blues rock and roll to create the unique sound it delivers across the region.
The band was founded in the summer of 2007, and though the lineup has changed since then, founding member Adam McKinley and guitarist Adam Gabriel, along with rhythm-section members Jason Stefanski and Brian Gildea, have continued to share their “vision and music” with Northeast Pennsylvania.

Q: How did you get involved in music?
Brian Gildea: I didn’t really get serious until college when I picked up the electric bass. I immediately fell in love with making music and feel incredibly lucky that it came into my life.
Adam McKinley: I was 19 when I first picked up the guitar and spent years trying to teach myself, and I currently have been taking piano lessons for almost seven years.
Jay Stefanski: Once I was about 11 years old I convinced my parents to get me a kit, and the rest is history. God bless their eardrums during that first year or so.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public?
BG: I had been playing bass for about a month, so I had almost zero technique on the instrument. It was a show in a screamo band at Cafe Metro. I was never really into that kind of music, but it didn’t really matter. I was just happy to be playing music at all.
AM: My first real gig was actually what led to the formation of the band, but a year or so before that my friends convinced me to do open mic night at the Jazz Cafe, and I was terrified. I had only been playing guitar for a about a year at that point. Needless to say I relied heavily on my voice that night.
AG: My first few piano recitals were absolutely nerve wracking. I was around the 11- to 13-year-old range when I did those. My last one I vividly remember because I blanked halfway through the piece. I guess that’s the very first time I performed improv. I eventually got through the rest.

Q: How did you guys come up with your name?
AM: The name started off as a something of an inside joke within my group of friends. It was a way to call someone “lame.” It was a word that was thrown around so much that we kind of just thought it would be temporary, but it really seemed to resonate in an odd way.

Q: How did you meet?
BG: I met Adam G. and Jay when we were playing in a soul cover band called Soul Shadows. We got along really well and liked each other’s playing, so when SUZE needed a bassist, I got the call.
AM: Adam and I had known each other a little in our college years, and when our original guitarist left the band he reached out to take over. I had been a big fan of Jay’s band Woody Brown’s Project when we started on the scene and were floating in similar circles. Brian actually sat in with us at a Halloween show a few years ago, and I didn’t even realize it until his name popped up in conversations about continuing the band and finding a new bassist.
AG: SUZE was already a band for a couple years when I heard they were in need of a new guitarist. I had partied with the boys from time to time and figured I’d reach out to them.

Q: What is the process like for writing your music?
BG: Usually Adam M. sketches out some parts or a whole song. Then he’ll bring them in and let us add our own interpretation of the original idea. The end result is a little bit of each of us.
AM: I typically come up with something on the guitar (or in rare cases the piano), and the mood of whatever that may sound like dictates what I write about. I tend to tackle subjects that aren’t always that common, lyrically speaking. It’s mostly something I find to be an interesting story or concept to talk about. There are times where I fully form the songs before bringing them in but most times they are sketches and we come together to flesh out the ideas.
AG: We typically start with a skeleton song/idea. From there we just hash it out as a full band until we like what we hear. It’s a nice democratic process.

Q: How have you changed as a musician over the years?
BG: I’ve gotten better at supporting other musicians. When I first started, I would just play whatever weird stuff popped into my head, without hearing how it sounded with the band. These days I focus more and more on listening and really thinking “does this fit”?
AM: I personally have grown so much. I started off as someone who only knew basic chords and worked to become a better lead player, even though that isn’t my main role.
AG: I listen way more while I play. It is something I’m constantly working on. That, and trying to convey more with less. That I could still use some work on.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a musician?
BG: My favorite memories revolve around (the) writing process. There’s no better feeling in the world than when you stumble onto a great song and start unearthing all these cool aspects of it.
AM: My favorite moments almost always happen in a live setting, whether it be in rehearsal or at a show. We like to leave a little room for spontaneity and improvisation, which leads to different moments in the same songs each time we play them. Writing and recording are also very exciting when you get to see an idea that goes from a notebook and turns into a tangible product.
AG: I’ve been lucky enough to call all my fellow band mates friends (both past and present). Every time I’m on stage with them is a favorite memory.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
AM: The scene has changed so much in the 10 years I’ve been around. Almost all of the bands that existed when we first started are no longer around. The musicians are, but the bands don’t always last. I’m very proud of that. I value loyalty and continuity, so the fact that we’ve been able to somehow make this last means the world to me. There is so much talent it almost feels as if this area is bursting at the seams, but the venues and crowds have grown thinner over the years.
AG: I have drifted through a couple of different scenes throughout the years, so I’m not sure long-term how anything has changed. All I can say is there’s always been a lot of talent.
JS: It’s struggling lately. There’s lots of talent in our area, but it seems the live scene has been dying out over the last few years. Oh, and we need way more horn players around here.

Q: Who has influenced you over the years?
BG: Duke Ellington, Primus, Tool, Soul Coughing, Nine Inch Nails, Chiptune music, John Paul Jones, James Jamerson and all the musicians that I’ve ever played with.
AM: Honestly, I’m mostly influenced by the other musicians in this area. The people that continue to do it are the ones that push me to want to continue making music for anyone who will listen. Also, Jack White is my hero.
AG: Tom Morello, John Scofield, Frank Zappa (and) Trey Anastasio, to name four out of about a few hundred.

Q: What is the biggest challenge?
BG: Figuring out what our path looks like to getting more people to hear our music.
AM: The biggest challenge is to push forward even when it feels as though a lot of people don’t care. It’s always difficult to take the next step and constantly adapt to the temperature of the scene. But that’s also what keeps it interesting, and it’s why we do it.
AG: Cloning our fan base.
JS: Staying inspired every day.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
BG: Firstly, we need to record. We have a ton of new stuff that no one has heard yet outside of shows. After that, I’d like to start playing some festivals with other bands in our genre and also look into finding management for the band.
AM: The goal has always been to figure out a way to make a living doing what we love.

—Samantha Stanich

Sounds – September 7, 2017

Sounds – September 7, 2017

K. FLAY — ‘Every Where Is Some Where’
THE GOOD: Illinois singer/rapper K. Flay (born Kristine Meredith Flaherty) dodges the sophomore slump with a genre-bending winner.
THE BAD: Nope. 
THE NITTY GRITTY: After a failed start with RCA and independently releasing a critically acclaimed debut, K. Flay now finds herself at Interscope. However, “Every Where” is hardly a major-label bid for the mainstream.
Lyrically, Flay likes her sex, drugs and other nocturnal pastimes. Musically, we’re smacked upside the head with a cool mix of streamlined dance pop, grisly guitar-driven alt-rock and seedy, hip-grinding hip-hop. Flay flanks it all with a not-so-pretty, bad-ass rock ‘n’ roll attitude. It’s a razor-sharp combination that never lets up.
From the flirtatious “High Enough” to the aggressive “Black Wave” (“Don’t test me!”), Flay doesn’t let her vulnerability completely rise to the surface. And she doesn’t exactly sound susceptible while singing “The President Has a Sex Tape.” Treat her right or you’ll live to regret it. Ignore this album and you’ll regret that too.
BUY IT?: Yeah.

BONOBO — ‘Migration’
THE GOOD: Electronic artist Simon Green (aka Bonobo) comes back with an accomplished sixth.
THE BAD: No gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: On the surface, “Migration” might seem like just another down-tempo or ambient techno album — a mostly instrumental set with a handful of guest vocalists showing up on a few tracks to add a little electro-pop flavor.
And yet, “Migration” works extremely well as a cohesive work while not falling into the more common trappings of its genre. First of all, while the songs with vocals are refreshing, they’re not the stand-out tracks here. Green’s twisting-and-turning instrumental bits are just as compelling. The steady synths across “Outlier” wash over you. The majestic vocal samples on “Figures” are divine.
Second, the record never wears out its welcome. Despite being over an hour long, there’s a cool ebb and flow to the whole affair. Just when matters get all-too-dreamy, Green snaps us back to attention with a sharp-focused rhythm. And yet we never completely leave this “otherworld” until the music’s over.
BUY IT?: Yes.

NITE JEWEL — ‘Real High’
THE GOOD: California singer/songwriter Ramona Gonzalez (stage name Nite Jewel) embraces your best night out circa 1995 on her fourth full-length album.
THE BAD: Sequencing? The second half of the record kind of crawls. However, that could be the late-night “come down” after some heavy partying. 
THE NITTY GRITTY: “Real High” plays like the perfect cross between early ’90s new jack swing and Todd Terry-remixed Everything but the Girl. The R&B influences hail from the mainstream, but the record is still innovative enough for the underground. Add a few Euro-flavored echoes deep within these mixes, and the tracks become even more exotic.
From the breezy shuffle carrying “Had To Let Me Go” to the modern poppy bounce lifting “The Answer,” both the record’s grooves and melodies are highly infectious. The songs take hold, and once you’re locked in their rhythm, there’s no escape. Gonzalez also possesses the perfect voice for her own material; it’s slightly flirtatious but always commanding. She’s strong yet fun — the perfect date.
BUY IT?: Surely.

Blast from the Past – Theater at North fills concert season with tribute acts

Blast from the Past – Theater at North fills concert season with tribute acts

Whether it’s facing the man in the mirror, letting emotions take them over or doing it their own way, tribute artists have plenty of stories to tell about their journey to embodying their idols.
The Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton, brings many top impersonators to town this season for shows filled with classic pop, folk, R&B and big band hits. The season kicks off Saturday, Sept. 9, with “Summer Breezin’/Stand Bac,” tributes to Seals & Crofts, America and Fleetwood Mac, and homages to such stars as John Denver, Frank Sinatra, the Bee Gees and Michael Jackson follow throughout the year.
“People have incredible connections to the music of their lives,” explained Carrie Colaiezzi, director of theater operations. “Our vision was to offer our community popular, time-honored music that spans several generations.”
“It is going to be a time travel,” said John Acosta, who performs as Barry Gibb in “Bee Gees Gold,” set for Saturday, Oct. 14. “It’s something where I want people to close their eyes and remember a time that that generation had great music. Of course, even if there is a crowd of the new generation, they get a chance to know what the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ experience was all about.”
Acosta’s show lasts about 90 minutes and runs through the best parts of the Bee Gees’ career, he said, starting with the early stages in the 1960s when the group sounded “very British, very Beatles-ish,” before the brothers Gibb transformed themselves into “disco dance gods with the falsetto, the look and hair.”
“These songs stood the test of time because of the ingredients, the integrity and the writing of that time,” Acosta said.
Forged from a different time and place, Michael Firestone relives the hits of the King of Pop during his “I Am King” tribute to Michael Jackson, set for Saturday, Nov. 11.
“I’m just trying to hit every single iconic look and different eras,” Firestone said of his 90-minute program, which features backup dancers and a full band plus top-of-the line costumes.
He’s been impersonating Jackson for almost 20 years but said the show he brings to Scranton is his best yet.
“There are some artists put here to do this, and (Jackson) was born a great artist,” Firestone said. “He was meant to be, and in 50 years, people will still be trying to sound like him. His music will last forever.”
For Cary Hoffman — star of “My Sinatra,” scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 — finding success as his version of Ol’ Blue Eyes means the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
“As a kid, it’s all I wanted, was to be him and sing like him. That’s what the show is about: why?” Hoffman said. “Some people say that it has to do with my losing two fathers. I made (Sinatra’s) voice a kind of father figure. The moment I heard Sinatra, my life was different forever. The sound immediately entranced me.”
Music was already in Hoffman’s blood thanks to his singer mother and uncles who served as studio musicians for the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé and even Sinatra. Hoffman spent countless hours in his teenage bedroom practicing his Sinatra impersonation, he recalled, and joked that he later was the only kid in history to receive a standing ovation for singing at his own bar mitzvah.
“Right then was affirmation that I could croon,” Hoffman said with a laugh.
His show blends his takes on Sinatra classics from the late ’50s through ’70s while also recounting his own love for the music and anecdotes that include meeting the star in the 1960s. Hoffman’s storytelling transcends simple mimicry like a wedding singer might do, he noted, and aims to transport his audience for a bout of joyful escapism.
“Sinatra was kind of more than a singer. He represented a kind of freedom and looseness,” Hoffman said. “He told us you can be yourself and anything you want. Sinatra personified rebellion before rock and roll.”
No matter which tribute plays to one’s tastes, the shows promise to bond multigenerational audiences.
“Musical tributes offer a way to bring a sense of familial connectedness through live performances that modern technology just cannot deliver,” Colaiezzi said. “It evokes memories and emotions that are shared with one another.”

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The Theater at North Concert Series
All shows held at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted at 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Tickets available through the box office Mondays through Fridays or by calling 877-987-6487. For more information, visit The Theater at North.

“Summer Breezin’/Stand Bac,” tributes to Seals & Crofts, America and Fleetwood Mac, Saturday, Sept. 9

“My Sinatra” starring Cary Hoffman, Saturday, Sept. 16

“Back Home Again,” a tribute to John Denver, Saturday, Sept. 30

“Bee Gees Gold,” Saturday, Oct. 14

“Snow Queen — The Musical,” a children’s sing-along, Sunday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“I Am King,” the Michael Jackson Experience starring Michael Firestone, Saturday, Nov. 11

“Juke Box Heroes — Live,” with the Mahoney Brothers, Saturday, Nov. 18

“Jimmy Sturr Christmas: From Our House To Your House,” Sunday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m.

“Home for the Holidays,” by the Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony, Saturday, Dec. 16

–patrice wilding

Fab 5 – September 7, 2017

Fab 5 – September 7, 2017

1. Craft beer festival
Guests can sample food and drink from seven breweries and 10 eateries from across Northeast Pennsylvania at the Cooperage on Tap, an inaugural craft beer festival set for Saturday, Sept. 9. 
The 21-and-older festival runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Cooperage, 1030 N. Main St., Honesdale, and raises money for the Cooperage Project. Participating breweries include Here & Now Brewing Co., Irving Cliff Brewery, Iron Hart Brewing, Jam Room Brewing Co., Second District Brewing Co., Shrewd Fox Brewery and Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. Guests can grab food from Alley Whey Eatery, Anthill Farm Kitchen, Branko’s Patisserie du Jour, Calkins Creamery, Dyberry Forks, Here & Now, Hop Barons, Irving Cliff, Moka Origins, Wallenpaupack Brewing and Willow River Gallery & Cafe, while Black and Brass Coffee Roasting Co. and Loose Leaf Pages will serve drinks.
Tickets are $35 for tasters and $25 for non-tasters, available at eventsprout.com. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

2. NEPA Yoga Festival
Montage Mountain hosts the Northeastern Pennsylvania Fall Yoga Festival on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. With events ranging from yoga workshops, meditation, open waterpark and even a yoga with dogs class, the festival aims to cleanse participants’ bodies of negativity and help them attain the best versions of themselves.
Presented by Nearme Yoga and Chelsea
Manganaro, the festival also includes numerous vendors, live music, motivational speakers and kid-friendly events.
Visit nepayogafestival.com for more information and tickets.

3. Nicholson Bridge Day
Nicholson Bridge Day commemorates the 102nd anniversary of its namesake bridge, aka the Tunkhannock Viaduct, on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event on Nicholson’s Main Street begins with a flag salute and national anthem at 9 a.m. and continues with a talent show, bands, carriage rides, face painting, raffles and a chicken barbecue. More than 60 food, craft, antiques and other vendors will line the road, and children can learn about fire safety at the Fire Hall. Nicholson Women’s Club organizes the event. For more information, call 570-942-6747 or 570-942-4191.

4. Anthra-Sight Art

Denis Yanashot’s sculpture exhibit “Anthra-Sight,” which focuses on Northeast Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal industry, opens Friday, Sept. 8, in University of Scranton’s Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall, Linden Street and Jefferson Avenue. A gallery lecture hosted by the artist takes place in Hyland Hall Room 228 from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by the public reception in the gallery on the fourth floor from 6 to 8. 
Yanashot, a Scranton native, grew up near an abandoned processing center for anthracite coal, and he combines antique tools with materials found near the site, including coal silt and scrap metal, to create a visual narrative of the region’s industrial past. The exhibit will remain on display through Friday, Oct. 6. For more information, visit scranton.edu/academics/hope-horn-gallery.

5. Andrew Dice Clay
Comedian Andrew Dice Clay takes the stage at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono on Friday, Sept. 8. The 21-and-older show starts at 8 p.m. in Gypsies Lounge.
Known for his brash and even controversial act, the 59-year-old rose to fame in the late 1980s and saw several of his comedy CDs reach gold and platinum status through the years. Clay’s shows have sold out Madison Square Garden, and he has starred in such shows as “Entourage” and “Vinyl” and films including “Blue Jasmine.” Tickets are $65 and $55. Visit mountairycasino.com for more details. 

Concerts – September 7, 2017

Concerts – September 7, 2017

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

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Andrew Dice Clay, Friday, Sept. 8 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Artie Lange, Saturday, Sept. 16 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, Sept. 16 (Wet Nightclub)
The Midtown Men, Friday, Sept. 29 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Stylistics, Saturday, Oct. 7 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Trinidad James, Saturday, Oct. 14 (Wet Nightclub)
Eddie Griffin, Saturday, Oct. 21 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Brian McKnight, Friday, Oct. 27 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Manhattan Transfer, Friday, Nov. 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Foghat, Saturday, Dec. 16 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
The Amish Outlaws, Saturday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Quiet Riot with Black N’ Blue, Thursday, Sept. 7
Tyler Farr, Friday, Sept. 8
Montgomery Gentry, Friday, Sept. 15
Rick Springfield, Thursday, Sept. 21
The Charlie Daniels Band, Friday, Sept. 22
Ana Popovic, Saturday, Sept. 23
Jim Breuer, Friday, Sept. 29
Mike Albert and The Big E Band — Elvis tribute, Tuesday, Oct. 3
Islands in the Stream: An Afternoon with Dolly and Kenny, Wednesday, Oct. 4, and Thursday, Oct. 5
Clint Black, Friday, Oct. 6

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
MiZ, Friday, Sept. 8
Kung Fu — Extreme Funk, Friday, Sept. 15
Mind Choir, Spur, Under the Clothesline, Saturday, Sept. 16
Still Hand String Band, Friday, Sept. 22
Steal Your Peach, Saturday, Sept. 23
The John Kadlecik Band, Sunday, Sept. 24
Scott Sharrard, Friday, Sept. 29
Solar Federation — Rush tribute, Saturday, Sept. 30
Marbin, Sunday, Oct. 1
Terry Lee Goffee: The Greatest Johnny Cash, Friday, Oct. 6

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

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Picture This, Friday, Sept. 8
Dan Croll, Saturday, Sept. 9
Casey Donahew, Sunday, Sept. 10
2 Chainz, Sunday, Sept. 10
John Mark McMillian, Thursday, Sept. 14
Bastille Wild, Wild, Wild World Tour, Thursday Sept. 14
Gabrielle Aplin, Saturday, Sept. 16
Foster the People, Monday, Sept. 18
Mutemath, Tuesday, Sept. 19
Company of Thieves, Tuesday, Sept. 19

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Danzig, Friday, Sept. 8
UB40 Legends Ali, Astro and Mickey, Saturday, Sept. 9
Post Malone, Friday, Sept. 15
Project Pabst Citywide Festival, Saturday, Sept. 16
Alison Wonderland, Friday, Sept. 22
Young M.A., Saturday, Sept. 23
Rezz, Friday, Sept. 29
Two Door Cinema Club, Saturday, Sept. 30
The Kooks, Tuesday, Oct. 3
The Script, Wednesday, Oct. 4

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Lady Gaga, Sunday, Sept. 10, and Monday, Sept. 11
Barry Manilow, Friday, Sept. 15
The Weeknd with Gucci Mane and Nav, Saturday, Sept. 16
Arcade Fire, Sunday, Sept. 17
Halsey, Saturday, Oct. 7
Guns N’ Roses, Sunday, Oct. 8
Bruno Mars, Tuesday, Oct. 10
Katy Perry, Thursday, Oct. 12
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Friday, Oct. 13
Fall Out Boy, Sunday, Oct. 29

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

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Eric Clapton, Thursday, Sept. 7, and Friday, Sept. 8
Bryson Tiller, Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9
Depeche Mode with Warpaint, Saturday, Sept. 9, and Monday, Sept. 11
Arcade Fire, Tuesday, Sept. 12
Sam Hunt, Thursday, Sept. 14
Paul McCartney, Friday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 17
Scorpions, Saturday, Sept. 16
Bruno Mars, Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23
Billy Joel, Saturday, Sept. 30
Katy Perry, Monday, Oct. 2, and Tuesday, Oct. 3

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Adam Ant, Wednesday, Sept. 13
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Thursday, Sept. 14
The Gipsy Kings, Friday, Sept. 15
The Mavericks, Saturday, Sept. 16
Joe Bonamassa, Wednesday, Sept. 20; Thursday, Sept. 21; and Saturday, Sept. 23
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, Sept. 22
Seu Jorge Presents: The Life Aquatic — Tribute To David Bowie, Wednesday, Sept. 27
Jim Gaffigan, Thursday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Sept. 30
Kevin James, Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29
Ludovico Einaudi, Monday, Oct. 30
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Wednesday, Nov. 1

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Classic Stones Live, Friday, Sept. 8
Henry Rollins, Sunday, Sept. 10
The Weight Band, Thursday, Sept. 14
Ben Bailey, Friday, Sept. 15
Box of Rain — Essential Grateful Dead of ’68-’74, Friday, Sept. 15
Dana Fuchs, Saturday, Sept. 23
Rob Schneider, Thursday, Oct. 5
Craig Thatcherband, Friday, Oct. 6
Tom Green, Sunday, Oct. 22
TUSK — the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute, Friday, Nov. 10

Clubs – September 7, 2017

Clubs – September 7, 2017

Thursday, Sept. 7
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
North Slope Brewing Co., 33 Tunkhannock Highway, Dallas: The Dishonest Fiddlers
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: London Force Duo

Friday, Sept. 8
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Sperazza Duo
American Legion Post 781, 1550 Henry Drive, Mountain Top: Big Carl and Sundance
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Dymond and Cutter
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Justin Drevich Band
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Flirtin’ With Yesterday
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kira & Carmen
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: DJ Mike Phillips and comics Peter Bales, Corey Hunter and J.J. Ramirez
Damien’s on the Lake, 31 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake: Strawberry Jam
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Adam Bailey
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Jeanne Zano
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Mr. Acoustic
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Shelly’s Underground
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Dashboard Mary
Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Jimmy Farrell
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Seize Fire
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: 40LB Head
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Tribes
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Byrd Pressley Band and comic John Knight
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: DJ Chris and comics Pat O’Donnell, Coleman Green and Mike Burton
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: MIZ
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: Neil Nicastro and Anytime Soon
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Naomi
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: The Wanabees
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: The Sellout Soundtrack
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Joey Vega and Joe Bublewicz

Saturday, Sept. 9
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Riley Loftus
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Aim & Fire
American Grill, 1320 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: No Vacancy
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: No Memories
Benny’s Sports Bar, 1216 Main St., Peckville: Dashboard Mary
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Third Nut
Cove Haven Resort, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville: Somethin’ Else, DJ Trex and comic John Knight
Crotti’s on Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton: Rich Vos
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Exit Sixx
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Highwaymen tribute with Whiskey ‘N Woods
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: DHD
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Duffy’s Cut, Heart Out, Mongols and Pleasure Kills
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Back to the ’80s Comedy Show and Dance Party
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: 50 Days To Halloween Costume Party
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: 30 Pack Lite
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Keet
Paradise Stream Resort, 6213 Carlton Road, Mount Pocono: Lima Bean Riot and comic Mike Burton
Parker House Tavern, Skin-n-Bones with D-West
Pocono Palace Resort, 5241 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg: Ernie G Band and comic J.J. Ramirez
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bosco & the Storm
Terra Preta Restaurant, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Pop Up Dance Party
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Buzz and Flatland Ruckus
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Nowhere Slow
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Joey Vega and Joe Bublewicz

Sunday, Sept. 10
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Empire in Decline
Indian Lake Spirits, 9933 Bear Creek Blvd., Bear Creek Twp.: Chuck Paul
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Open mic night with Tim Beckage
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Sept. 11
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Acoustic Night
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Breathing Easy Duo

Wednesday, Sept. 13
Bazil, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marko Marcinko Jazz Trio
The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic with J.R. Huffsmith
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays
Skyy Vu Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Smoke on the Water featuring Marty Edwards & Heartbeat
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jim Carro
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

Eat up: La Festa Italiana serves fun with flavor

Eat up: La Festa Italiana serves fun with flavor

Mangia, mangia — La Festa Italiana is back.
Returning for its 42nd year, the festival takes over Lackawanna County Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton from Friday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 4. This year brings back old favorites and adds some new aspects, making for so much to do in so little time, said Chris DiMattio, volunteer president and chairman.
“Where else could you come down to Scranton and literally not have to spend a dollar?” DiMattio said. “There is a little of everything for everybody.”

Food
Roughly 80 vendors offer a variety of dishes and desserts from Italy and beyond, ranging from pasta, pizza and cannoli to Polish sausage to Greek delicacies. Favorites such as UNICO National’s porketta sandwiches and Diana’s Pizza, a vendor since the festival’s founding, return along with other hometown favorites, DiMattio said.

Farmer’s market
Back for its second year, John’s Corn brings its fresh fruits and vegetables grown on its farm in Ransom Twp. Evonne Buranich, the farm’s owner and operator, looks forward to selling peaches, tomatoes, Italian beans, prunes and other crops as well as toasted tomato sandwiches.
“We’re excited to have a little bit of everything we do here (at the festival),” Buranich said.

Music and entertainment
This year’s entertainment features celebrations of two anniversaries. Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change Band commemorates 50 years together with the opening performance on Friday at 5 p.m., and Dean Martin impersonator Andy DiMino of Las Vegas performs Sunday at 6 p.m. in honor of Martin’s 100th birthday.
DiMattio believes La Festa offers music for everyone, whether it is an old-fashioned vocal harmony group such as the Cameos or more of a millennia band like Blush. The main stage will be in its traditional spot near the corner of N. Washington Avenue on Linden Street.

For the family
La Festa, which does not allow alcohol, offers lots of family-friendly activities, too.
Kids can check out the bounce house and marionette, magician and juggler performances. Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre performances will be at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on the Linden Street Stage, and Damien the Magician will perform throughout Monday. Juggler Robert Smith will entertain on the square Monday, too.
On Saturday at 10 a.m., the sixth annual James R. Minicozzi Memorial 5K Run/1-Mile Walk steps off. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at North Washington Avenue and Linden Street. For more information or to sign up, visit lafestaitaliana.org or runsignup.com.

Mass
Continuing a tradition, Mass will be celebrated in Italian at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 315 Wyoming Ave., on Sunday at 10 a.m. Scranton native Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, will celebrate.

Other activities

La Festa patrons round out the weekend with a few other activities taking place downtown.
Fight4Vets: Street Fight, an amateur boxing event, takes place outside Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 100 block of Adams Avenue, at 7 p.m. The event will have 412 fixed seats plus 500 general admission spots. In the event of rain, the card moves to a ballroom inside the Hilton.
Tickets start at $25 and are available for purchase at Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave.; Weston Fieldhouse, 982 Providence Road, Scranton; Dooley’s Pub & Eatery, 120 Oak St., Old Forge; and Morgan’z Pub & Eatery, 315 Green Ridge St., Scranton.
On Saturday and Sunday, Steamtown National Historic Site holds its annual Railfest, presenting special railroad equipment displays, music, special shop demonstrations and other activities.
Free bus shuttles will run among Railfest, La Festa and the Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave., during operating hours.

Street closures and parking
Three parking garages close to the festival will have a special weekend parking rate of $5 per day for La Festa patrons.
The festival will affect traffic surrounding Courthouse Square on Friday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1, 3 and 4. Staring Friday at 4 p.m., North Washington Avenue will be closed from Mulberry Street to Spruce Street, Spruce Street will be closed from Jefferson Avenue to North Washington Avenue, and the 500 block of Linden Street will be closed. The 400 block of Linden Street will be open to allow people access to the parking garage and also be available for people with disabilities to be dropped off. One lane of Adams Avenue will be open to traffic.

A special traffic pattern will take effect Saturday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. Adams Avenue from Center Street to Spruce Street will be blocked off for the Street Fight. Those staying at Hilton Scranton and Conference Center will be able to go in and out. Parking garage entrances will remain open. Normal festival traffic patterns will resume Sunday.

Weather
As of press time, forecasts predict a high of 66 degrees and sun on Friday, a high of 71 degrees and mostly sunny Saturday, a high of 79 degrees and scattered showers Sunday and a high of 74 degrees and partly cloudy Monday, according to accuweather.com.

For more information, visit http://lafestaitaliana.org/

By Paul Capoccia

Up Close – Bryan Banks

Up Close – Bryan Banks

Bryan Banks is a professional musician who will release his first solo album, “The Sudden Sounds of Urgency,” on Friday, Sept. 1, and hold a CD release party Saturday, Oct. 7, at Thirst T’s, Olyphant. Previously, Banks drummed with area acts such as Owen’s Grudge, Dashboard Mary, Asialena, Jonathan Dressler and John Quinn. A native of Rockland County, New York, he relocated to Scranton in 2001 and now lives in Dunmore, where he works at Stericycle.
Meet Bryan Banks…

After spending so many years as a drummer, what was it like to record a solo album where you wrote and sang all of the songs and played almost all of the instruments?
Behind the scenes, I had been playing guitar as a way to write and a way to express thoughts, and to have that serenity. The dichotomy is different when you’re drumming, especially in a high-energy group like Owen’s Grudge, where you’re always coming at it a certain way. It was good to have another release point, and it was a helpful tool for me with drumming, because I could understand the mentality of the singer and the mentality of the guitar player, and I think it made me a better musician. 

What inspired the album?
Over the past couple of years, I’ve just been venturing out into the songwriting process. I always liked to put the pen to paper. There were some events in life that lead you to go in that direction, and I wanted to prove something to myself — that I could take something from start to finish. I worked on it for seven years, off and on, balancing being a working musician and a having full-time job. And I have to thank the guys at S.I. Studios. They were essential and patient. There are 10 songs on the album. There could have been 12 or 13. And I tracked close to 20 pieces. It started off where I was going to get these life-changing emotions out, but then I realized the writing was too personal … so I had to modify that.

How creatively fulfilling was it to work through all of that as an artist?
Unbelievable. Music has been the driving force in my whole life. And I’ve been blessed — and I use that word strongly — because I’m a man of faith. It’s a blessing, because people have been very kind to me, regarding accolades about my playing. But I always know I can get better and be better. But this was really self-fulfilling. It’s something you created from scratch. There was something about knowing I did it all and that I could accomplish it. And I really didn’t realize how fulfilling it was until people started saying that they couldn’t wait to hear it. Over the past year or two, I’ve started playing the guitar out more as a solo performer, because I felt I couldn’t cheat the game. I’ve been known for drumming, thanks to all of the artists that have let me share their stages, and now that I’ve started to come out with the guitar, I wanted to earn my keep. I didn’t want to just be “the guy who plays drums” and have that association. That would have been easy, but I can’t ask you to go purchase something or listen to something if I can’t legitimately do it.

Tell us about your shows. What, in addition to your own songs, do you play?
I try to incorporate a wide range of stuff. I’ll do “Stand By Me” and “Easy” by the Commodores, then I’ll do Alice in Chains’ “Man in a Box” and “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.”

Who are some of your all-time favorite artists?
Prince; Rush, because of Neil Peart; Eddie Van Halen, who transitioned me into rock music and guitar; and I like Sevendust and Living Colour.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy video games, preferably the sports ones, because I can compete.

Favorite city?
Montreal. I’ve been there four times.

Favorite vacation spot?
Bermuda.

All-time favorite movie?
“Shawshank Redemption,” “Forrest Gump” and “Pulp Fiction.”

Favorite TV show? “Suits.”

Favorite food?
Lobster.

Favorite holiday?
Christmas.

Do you follow sports?
Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers.

Favorite book or author? John Grisham.

Biggest pet peeve?
Ignorance. In any shape or form, wherever it’s coming from. There’s a lot to be learned, and you can make a choice to learn if you want to.

Guilty pleasure?
Probably eating. (Laughs)

Is there anything about you that might surprise people?
I was on a dance troupe with the New York/New Jersey Knights, of the World League of American Football, and performed twice at the Meadowlands. And a lot of people didn’t know I play guitar, but I’ve been doing it off and on for years.

Have you had a moment in your life, or a person in your life, that has really helped shape you, and helped define you as the person you are today?
The whole process of being in the studio. Because there were a lot of nights when I was there by myself and you’re tracking, and there are so many stages of human emotions. You go through positivity. You go through self-doubt. You go through confidence. Also, I’ve had some near-death experiences with car crashes and a drowning accident. I was in two really bad accidents, and I almost drowned, and so I have an appreciation for life. I am a man of faith, and I try to keep that first, in front of everything. And as far as people in my life, my mother. She used to direct the gospel choir. And I draw a lot of strength from her.

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

 

Photos by Emma Black

 

Rockers conjure Signs & Wonders through music

Rockers conjure Signs & Wonders through music

Wilkes-Barre psychedelic rock group Signs & Wonders considers itself a “living art project.”
“The music begins by writing itself,” singer Jami Kali said. “It takes us along with it.”
Ray Novitski (vocals, guitar and bass), Kali (vocals and synth), Chris Wallace (keyboards, synth and bass) and “Big Fat” Paulie Weisgerber (drums) formed Signs & Wonders in 2013. As they scout out-of-town venues and work on recording an album, the quartet took a break to go On the Record about their journey as a group and their hopes for the future.

Q: Where did your band name come from?
Jami Kali: The Bible says, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” We are not a religiously influenced band, but this is a profound statement and holds much relevance in our current state of existence.
Chris Wallace: I love the mystical connotations of the words “signs and wonders” together. I don’t believe in the concept of “god” as widely accepted, yet I find ancient religious scriptures to be an account of the magic humans once possessed, now forgotten, evidenced in this passage: “Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands.” It’s a nice thought and we, as a band, are mystical beings conjuring our signs and wonders through music.

Q: How did you each get involved in music?
JK: I was raised by my mother and father in a very musical environment. It was only natural for music to become my passion. I began singing and playing with instruments at a very young age and continued to teach myself throughout my life. I’m still learning many things from others, myself and the world.
Ray Novitsky: I was always banging on stuff when I was a kid and have always been obsessed with music. When I was 20 years old, I bought a guitar and taught myself how to play.
“Big Fat” Paulie Weisgerber: I have a family history of musicians. My grandfather was a percussionist in the Navy during World War I, and my dad was very accomplished with brass instruments. He could play just about anything that you blow into. It was obvious at a young age — beating on tables, boxes, pots and pans — that I would follow suit.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
RN: Our first show took place at the Rattler, a rock ‘n’ roll bar operated by James Callahan. We were surrounded by friends and had a very positive reception.
PW: Not just the first night, but every night we play out together, it’s always so fun. Even if I have a bad day, it’s still a blast playing with these guys (and girl). All three of them are excellent at what they do and are far more experienced at live performances than I am. I use that to keep myself grounded. They make it fun because they are so good.

Q: What is the process like for writing your music?
RN: We jam out and sometimes something sounds so cool that we go with it and continue to layer it with new parts. It keeps growing until it sounds the way we’d like it to sound. The writing process is very free and spontaneous. We don’t even set out to write anything. It just happens.

Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
JK: I am continuously evolving and growing as a musician. My tastes change, my mind takes on new interests, and every day life is different from day to day. These things influence how I approach my creative endeavors.
RN: I’ve become more comfortable and confident. The constant experimentation with sounds has caused me to become more daring. I’m less shy on stage than I am in my everyday life.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
JK: The NEPA music scene is like a rollercoaster. It is currently at one of those butterflies-in-your-stomach peaks. This summer, thus far, has been packed with many amazing performances and wonderful times with our fellow local musicians. It’s incredible to hear so much original music coming from the valley. There are many talented musicians out there doing their thing, and there are so many good friends supporting all of us.
RN: In the Wilkes-Barre area, a ton of venues closed, and that has led to heavier competition to get a show. They have to be booked further in advance than was the case previously. While some faces have disappeared, there are many new ones popping up. However, the Scranton scene is booming.

Q: What music do you listen to? What inspires you?
JK: I am heavily influenced by ’90s grunge, the psychedelic movement, the sound of one hand clapping, modern and post-modern poetry, Buddhist dharma and the music of nature.
PW: I listen to anything with good drummers and intelligence. And if I hear autotune, I autotune to something else.

Q: Have you faced any major challenges as a rising band?
JK: There are challenges around every corner, and that keeps things very exciting. Not only does a ton of effort go into the creation process, (but also) it is always very important to me to spread my music to as many ears as possible. Promotion is near the top of my list, and it sometimes takes a lot of time and energy to get your sounds into the right ear canals.
RN: It isn’t easy to get your name out there. Social media like YouTube creates an overload of new music, and you can get buried in that mass of data. You have to come up with unique ways to make yourself stand out in all of that madness.

Q: What are your future goals?
RN: I want to have as much fun as possible and hopefully one day make this my full-time job.
JK: We hope to keep evolving together as musicians, reach as many people as possible and go on tour through our beautiful country. I hope for things to keep getting better and better.
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Meet Signs & Wonders
Members: Ray Novitski, vocals, guitar and bass; Jami Kali, vocals and synth; Chris Wallace, keyboards, synth and bass; “Big Fat” Paulie Weisgerber, drums
Established: 2013
Genre: Alternative Psych Rock
Online: signsandwonders.bandcamp.com; facebook.com/signsandwondersbandinstagram.com/_signsandwonders/

Body of Work: Radiologist captures imagination with X-ray art

Body of Work: Radiologist captures imagination with X-ray art

Dr. Susan Summerton is an expert at reading the language of the human body.
It had much more to say than she realized.
As a radiologist, Summerton diagnoses and treats diseases and injuries through medical-imaging techniques such as ultrasounds, CT scans, MRI, X-rays and more. But along with fractures, sprains and masses, Summerton saw other shapes in the images outside of a medical context — like the letter “Y,” a sheepdog, the word “odd” and even the head of Homer Simpson.
“Certain things would just jump out at me,” Summerton said during a recent afternoon in her office at Delta Medix Breast Care Center in downtown Scranton. “Some people don’t see that stuff, but I would catch letters and shapes. It’s like seeing pictures in the clouds in the sky.”
Science becomes art
Summerton’s unique perspective culminated in the business Xray Artistry, through which she creates pieces of art using letters and shapes she saw in medical images. A life-long Philadelphia resident who moved to Scranton to work at Delta Medix in March, she will show her works during her debut First Friday show, “Body Language,” on Friday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
“I’ve always been very visual, but I’ve never considered myself an artist,” she said. “Now, I’ll get invited to art events and I’m doing First Friday. It’s been neat.”
As an educator at teaching hospital Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and an associate professor at Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College), Summerton kept the images of the letters and shapes in her teaching files. When she began saving them more than 20 years ago, she never set out to become an artist or businesswoman but rather to fulfill a personal goal. A print in her living room depicted the alphabet spelled out in the shapes and colors of butterfly wings, and she wanted to hang something similar in her office using letters she saw in medical images.
It wasn’t until she planned to attend the Radiological Society of North America’s 100th anniversary and conference in Chicago that she realized she had the whole alphabet. The society encouraged those attending to share the most interesting or unusual cases they had seen or examples of radiological art.
This sparked an idea for Summerton to spell out “RSNA 100: A Century of Transforming Medicine” in medical images, which earned her an honorable mention. The society also displayed the piece.
“I called it ‘Letters to the RSNA,’” she said, adding that today she has at least five examples of each letter. “It was pretty amazing just to see it up there.”
Soon after, word traveled that Summerton created these works, and requests flooded in from coworkers, friends, family, students and more for birthday and holiday gifts, signs to hang in physicians’ and surgeons’ offices, and graduation and retirement keepsakes.
“People started to just ask me, ‘Can you make my name?’ (and) ‘Can you make this for my kid’s teacher?’ They were really excited about it,” she said. “That’s what motivates me to do what I do. It brings joy to people.”
With urging from friends and family, Summerton then began to think about her hobby as a business. She enrolled in a six-week course at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, where she learned the ins and outs of creating a business plan. She hired a graphic artist who also is a radiologist to recreate the original images since patients’ consent forms only allowed her to use the images for educational and research purposes — not for art or for profit. The recreated images are sharper and have a higher resolution than the originals, and Summerton assured that the letters and shapes always are based on her own findings.
Anatomy as inspiration
“They’re inspired by these images,” she said. “They’re just graphic representations of things that I’ve seen. And I’ve seen some interesting stuff.”
Summerton’s prints can be found around the world, and not just in medical offices. Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum — known for medical oddities, specimens and models — carries two of her works in its gift shop: a print of the Liberty Bell (actually an ultrasound of a bladder where an enlarged prostate gland looms in the background) with letters that spell “Philadelphia,” and a print that spells “Love” similar to the iconic statue and photo spot in the city’s Love Park (aka John F. Kennedy Plaza). She has sent her pieces as far away as Australia, and anyone can peruse her work or request a commission on her website, xrayartistry.com.
Summerton, who “can’t stop being a teacher,” plans to teach anatomy and radiology to third-year medical school students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine this fall. She hopes to use her art pieces to educate by compiling a children’s book or taking them to children’s hospitals one day. While having scans and X-rays done can be nerve wracking, she wants to show people the lightheartedness of the images and the universal truth of it all.
“It appeals to all people because we all have the same bodies,” Summerton said. “When you look at us on the inside, we all look the same. We are all the same.”
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Meet Dr. Susan Summerton

At home: Splits her time between Scranton and Philadelphia and has three children, Lauren, Jon and David

At work: Radiologist at Delta Medix Breast Care Center and will teach anatomy and radiology to third-year students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine this fall

Claim to fame: Founder of Xray Artistry, which creates artwork using letters and shapes seen in medical images such as MRIs, ultrasounds, CT scans and X-rays

Online: Visit xrayartistry.com to see more of Summerton’s work.

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If you go

What: “Body Language: Xray Artistry by Dr. Susan Summerton”

When: Friday, Sept. 1, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.

Details: For more information or a complete list of events, visit first fridayscranton.com.

 

Satellite Ranch Music and Arts Festival launches  at Mountain Sky

Satellite Ranch Music and Arts Festival launches at Mountain Sky

Whether you like to dance, stretch or appreciate art, the inaugural Satellite Ranch Music and Arts Festival set for this weekend at Mountain Sky has something for you.
The two-day event kicks off Friday, Sept. 1, and continues on Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Scott Twp. venue with a full schedule of activities that includes plenty of live music, yoga and art workshops, and live demonstrations. Camping is encouraged for guests who wish to get the most out of their admission, especially with certain aspects of the performances stretching into the early morning hours.
Bryan Dewey, one of the festival’s co-promoters, is part of the entity Funkstronaut Productions, which brings together a collection of DJs and electronic artists for Satellite Ranch’s lineup. Organizers have long wanted to present an outdoor festival at Mountain Sky, he said, with plans finally starting to come together this past January.

Flux Capacitor

“We’ve been in talks for a few years now (with Mountain Sky), and they were hesitant on electronic music and DJs,” Dewey said. “It gets a bad rep, so we like the term ‘intelligent dance music.’ The main difference is the music we have has a lot of soul in it. It’s not loud and crazy, but there’s plenty of weirdness. But there’s a lot of heart and a general loving vibe. We have everything from funky jam bands that incorporate electronic elements to hip-hop with electro to a silent disco from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.” 
Music will be spread across two stages, and VIP passes give guests access to an indoor area. But Satellite Ranch will offer much more, such as various styles of yoga practice, including kundalini and mellow-flow; a graffiti art workshop; painters doing live demonstrations and selling their works; light and art installations; body painting; a live production workshop; and plenty of vendors, from vegan and vegetarian foods to bonsai tree experts.
Dewey cited years of expertise by his team of organizers in pulling together varied elements for a multi-faceted event and said he has high hopes for drawing a diverse crowd locally and from neighboring states for Satellite Ranch’s first year.
“We want to show the region what a great festival could be up at Mountain Sky. We feel like we put something together that is pretty awesome,” Dewey said. “(It) promises to be an intimate festival showcasing a variety of music not typically seen together outside of larger gatherings … (in) an atmosphere that will surely be out of this world.
“We aim to breathe fresh life and energy into an already amazing local music scene as well as expand musical tastes and horizons of attendees, all while providing a safe and peaceful environment with friendly and loving vibrations for all.”
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If you go
What: Satellite Ranch Music and Arts Festival
When: Friday, Sept. 1, music begins at 3 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 2, music begins at noon
Where: Mountain Sky, 63 Still Meadow Lane, Scott Twp.
Details: Tickets include camping and are $130 for two-day VIP passes, $65 for two-day general admission and $40 for Saturday only. Parking is $5 or free with three or more people in the car. For more information, visit the Facebook page or satelliteranchfestival.com

 

Sounds – August 31, 2017

Sounds – August 31, 2017

THE MOONLANDINGZ — ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’
THE GOOD: British “band” the Moonlandingz delivers a totally trashy and completely danceable debut. 
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The music is damn near undefinable, but so is the group itself. A melding of art collective the Eccentric Research Council, band members from Fat White Family and producer/musician Sean Lennon, Moonlandingz gives us a record combining Gothic pop, psychedelic disco, noisy garage rock and androgynous glam. It’s outrageous music to accompany the group’s equally outrageous stage shows.
Strange collaborations include Yoko Ono wailing away with the Human League’s Philip Oakey on the corrupt dance-floor anthem “This Cities Undone.” Randy Jones, the Village People’s original cowboy, guests on the sleazy “Glory Hole.” Slow Club’s Rebecca Taylor adds haunting vocals to the disturbingly beautiful “The Strangle of Anna.”
Add occasional blasts of switched-on techno or surf guitar, and these multi-layered soundscapes get even weirder. Time will tell if this is the beginning of a long-term cunning collaboration or a one-off oddity. I’m hoping for the former, not the latter.
BUY IT?: Yes.

!!! — ‘Shake the Shudder’
THE GOOD: California dance-punks !!! crank out their seventh full-length album.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Frontman Nic Offer and his crew continue to revel in their world of decadent funk, groove-heavy rock and steamy, sweaty disco. One song here sums up the band’s attitude since its 2001 inception — “Dancing Is the Best Revenge.” Doesn’t matter what authority, politicians or the world at large throws at you. Boogie your ass off and all will be fine. “Shake the Shudder” is simply the latest bunch of songs in an ever-expanding, pounding playlist that cracks and booms long into the night.
The beats never stop, and their tempos don’t change all that much. However, the slick stuff spread across the top keeps the record from getting stuck in “repeat” mode. So whether it’s the childish electronics on “What R U Up 2day” or the reserved melodic thrust carrying “Imaginary Interviews,” these slabs of pure depravity should keep you moving for a long time to come.
BUY IT?: Yeah.

THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974 — ‘Felt’
THE GOOD: Indie pop singer/songwriter Kamtin Mohager (stage name CGof1974) gives us his fourth.
THE BAD: Too formulaic.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Mohager was never exactly blazing new trails on any past records; each collection is a throwback to alternative synth-heavy rock circa ’84 (as opposed to the ’74 moniker). The guy proved himself very adept at dishing out memorable hooks atop airtight backdrops where guitars and keyboards meshed harmoniously over solid backbeats. Agreeable snappy stuff.Produced by the Naked and Famous’ Thom Powers, “Felt” is more of the same. However, the new album leans in a more dedicated pop direction, so some of the music’s uniqueness is now sorely lacking. Mohager still churns out decent songs though. Personal favorites include steadily flowing goodies such as “Wallflowers” and “Looking for Love.” However, “Felt” slips into mediocrity pretty quickly. Maybe the next collection will be better.
BUY IT?: Meh…Spotify will do. Besides, there’s no CD on this release. You have to make the great leap from download to vinyl if you want a physical copy.

Fab 5 – August 31, 2017

Fab 5 – August 31, 2017

1. Disco Snow White
United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania Youth Department presents a free performance of “Disco Snow White” on Thursday, Aug. 31, at
6 p.m. at Oppenheim Center for the Arts, 1004 Jackson St., Scranton,
Under the direction of Philadelphia-based REV Theater Company’s artistic directors, the summer camp participants ages 5 to 17 perform the classic fairy tale with a disco musical theme. This production takes place during the 10th year of collaboration between UNC and REV for this summer camp.
For more information, call 570-961-1592, ext. 105. 

2. Pink Pub Run 
Scranton Running Co.’s next group run benefits local breast cancer programs and research.
The Pink Pub Run takes place Thursday, Aug. 31, and steps off at the store, 3 W. Olive St., Scranton, at 6 p.m. The run then swings by Andy Gavin’s Eatery & Pub, 1392 N. Washington Ave., and Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., before returning to Scranton Running Co. for food, drinks and raffles.
The run is open to ages 21 and older and costs $15. Runners are encouraged to wear pink and can register starting at 5 p.m. Visit the event’s Facebook page for details.

3. Cornstock Folk Festival
The fifth annual Cornstock Folk Festival takes place Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 3, at Lazy Brook Park, Route 6, Tunkhannock.
Tickets for one day only start at $20. Ages 16 and younger are free. Gates open at 9 a.m. on Friday, and checkout is 8 p.m. on Sunday. 
The weekend celebration of roots music includes stage shows, workshops, camping, kids’ activities, food vendors, yoga and more. Musical acts include Roy Williams’ newest project, Brother Roy, a tribute to the great rock and roll of yesteryear, and the Grant Gordy Quartet making its debut. Genres include blues, bluegrass, folk, jam and New Orleans brass.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Cornstock Festival.

4. Southern Rock Festival
The sixth annual Southern Rock Festival takes place over Labor Day weekend at Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts’ three Poconos sites.
Admission is included with booking a stay at any of the couples-only resorts where the shows will take place: Cove Haven, Lakeville; Pocono Palace, East Stroudsburg; and Paradise Stream, Mount Pocono. The festival runs from Friday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 4, at Cove Haven and Paradise Stream and from Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday at Pocono Palace.

The festival features bands including Blues Traveler, Tommy Guns Band and Crazy Hearts along with a pig roast picnic, drink specials and line dancing. Blues Traveler holds the record for most appearances of any artist on the Late Show with David Letterman, and Scranton-based Tommy Guns Band was Atlantic Star Live Entertainment’s 2014 Country Cover Band of the Year.
For more information, visit Southern Rock Festival or call 888-654-9841.

5. Wyoming County Community Fair
Get your fill of food and fun at the Wyoming County Community Fair this weekend.

The annual festival is now open and runs through Monday, Sept. 4, at 9141 Route 6, Meshoppen. Gates are open through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Monday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Vendors open at 11, and rides follow at noon. Country duo Brothers Osborne performs Saturday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m., rain or shine; tickets are $15, $25 and $35, available in advance through the fair website. Guests also can check out music from Grass Roots Revival, various carnival rides, entertainment such as sword swallowers and fire eaters from the World of Wonders, the Wild World of Animals show, wood carver Dennis Beach, truck and tractor pulls, a petting zoo, helicopter rides, contests and more.
Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Veterans enter free on Saturday, and seniors 62 and older can get in free Wednesday and Monday. Visit Wyoming County Community Fair for details. 

Clubs – August 31, 2017

Clubs – August 31, 2017

Thursday, Aug. 31
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: R.J. Scouton
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.: Dustin Drevitch
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Draw the Line (Aerosmith tribute)
North Slope Brewing Co., 33 Tunkhannock Highway, Dallas: 3IB
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Secret Society Todd and Utopia tribute
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Jazz Night with Geri Featherby and John Olcese
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jackson Vee
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Pink Slip Duo

Friday, Sept. 1
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Mike Dougherty
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: First Friday with Naomi Esteras and Black Tie Stereo
ALT 92.1 Radio Theater, fifth floor, The Scranton Times Building, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton: First Friday Live with Alma Mater
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Poor Richard
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Curious Dog Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: 40 lb Head
Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Barrel Chested Beer Bellies
Ernie G’s Pub & Eatery, 1022 Main Ave., Avoca: Butch & The Kid
Executive Lounge at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Se Acabo
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Lisa and Jackson Vee
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Strawberry Jam
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Punch Bug Classic Rock
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: The Strange and Unusual World of Tim Burton
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Jack Foley, Robby Walsh
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Paul’s Turn
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 and Bryan and Ron Schoonover
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Naomi
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Mountain Sky Orchestra
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: David Kaye and J.L. Caulvin
World of Brew, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Hindsight

Saturday, Sept. 2
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Dashboard Mary
Ariel View Inn, 1400 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Q-Ball
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Greg Palmer
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Counting Stars
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Last Call Duo
Indian Lake Spirits, 9933 Bear Creek Blvd., Bear Creek Twp.: 20 lb Head
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Back-to-School Beach party with Tropic Vibes and Elephants Dancing
Minooka Pub, 2934 Birney Ave., Scranton: Aim & Fire
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous, FullCircle
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Clarence Spady Band
Sidney’s Lounge, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Wade Preston
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Coast 2 Coast
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Project ’90s and Bryan Banks
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jigsaw Johnny
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: David Kaye and J.L. Caulvin

Sunday, Sept. 3
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Whiskey Hill Project
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: XpoZure
The VaudeVille Inn, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton: Open mic night
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Sept. 4
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Trivia Night
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Poor Richard
Sabatini’s Bottleshop & Bar, 1901 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: Long Strange Trip
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Sept. 5
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Acoustic Night, Walau-Eh, Earthmouth and Anthony Jace
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Southside Bandits
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Chris Malvizzi

Wednesday, Sept. 6
Bazil, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marko Marcinko Jazz Trio
The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic with J.R. Huffsmith
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Jami Novak and friends
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays
Skyy Vu Deckbar at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre: Smoke On The Water featuring Marty Edwards & Heartbeat
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Rare Form Duo
Whiskey Dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night