1. Music Fest
JZ Tours’s seventh annual Music Fest will take place Friday, Feb. 22, at Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the opening act, Elvis tribute artist Gino Mercuri, will perform from 6:30 to 7. Other bands set to perform that night include local groups the Fab Three, the Wanabees and the Jeffrey James Band.
Guests will be able to order food from a select menu, and Coors Light will be on special. Tickets cost $10 for standing room only, $15 for a seat at a table and $20 for a VIP seat. Tables seat up to 10, and table packages cost $135 for general admission and $180 for VIPs. Guests also can receive a discounted room if they want to stay at the hotel overnight.
Tickets will be available at the door, but JZ Tours recommends reserving them in advance. For more information, visit jztours.com or call 570-344-2212.
2. Drake Bell
Former “Drake & Josh” star Drake Bell will share his musical side with a concert Friday, Feb. 22, at Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Bell, who wrote the theme song for his namesake television show, released his latest studio album, “Ready Steady Go!” in 2014. A new song, “Fuego Lento,” debuted late last year.
Admission costs $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show for general admission standing tickets. VIP tickets with a meet-and-greet cost $100 and include admission, a pre-show hangout with Bell, a selfie video and a signed poster. The show is open to ages 18 and older, but those younger than 21 must pay a $5 surcharge at the door.
For more information or tickets, visit the Facebook event page or call 570-343-7100.
3. ‘Bright Star’
The University of Scranton Players will present “Bright Star,” Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical set in the South in the 1920s and ’40s, starting this weekend.
The show will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from Feb. 22 through March 3 in the Royal Theatre of the university’s McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts.
Directed by Michael O’Steen, the show focuses on lost love in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and features a bluegrass score. The Broadway production was nominated for five Tony awards, five Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy. It won the Drama Desk Award for outstanding music.
Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $7 for students, children, university faculty and staff, and seniors. For tickets, visit the box office or thescrantonplayers.com or call 570-941-4318.
4. ‘Lez Bomb’ screening
The Ritz Theater & Performing Arts Center, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, will host a screening of the feature film “Lez Bomb,” which was produced and cast by Old Forge native Mia Cusumano, on Monday, Feb. 25.
A cocktail hour with complimentary wine will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will follow at 7:30. Tickets cost $5 and are available through showtix4u.com.
“Lez Bomb” stars Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Pollak, Cloris Leachman and Bruce Dern.
“It’s a positive story about a girl coming out of the closet,” Cusumano told The Times-Tribune in November. “(It’s) funny and heart-warming. I’m so proud of it.”
5. Round-Trip Comedy: Scranton
Several New York comedians, including a Scranton native, will present a night of stand-up in the Electric City on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Round-Trip Comedy: Scranton will occur Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at 9 p.m. at Harry’s, 302 Penn Ave. Doors open at 8:30.
Tickets for reserved seats cost $5 and are available online at eventbrite.com.
The lineup includes Scranton’s own Mike Cosgrove as well as host Ralph Anthony of Comic Strip Live, Brian Grossi of TMZ and New York Comedy Festival, and Phill Hunt of “Sway in the Morning” and Carolines on Broadway.