assorted declarations from editor tom graham


Vote for Your Favorites
Voting has begun for the inaugural Steamtown Music Awards, taking place Friday, Oct. 10 at the V Spot ( 906 Providence Road, Scranton) and will serve as the kickoff event for the 2014 Electric City Music Conference’s weekend of activities. The purpose of the awards event is to honor the region’s musicians and provide a night where local musicians can appreciate each other and network. The event will feature a red carpet walk, pictures, performances, awards and an after party set by Heavy Blonde.
A six-person committee has been assembled and will cast their votes for each category. The public can also vote now online at electriccitymusicconference.com. The public votes total will be equal to one vote from the committee. The committee consists of Jesse Vipond (formerly of The Can’t Help Its), Brad Beneski (former drummer of Pull the Pin), Mike Lello (Highway 81 Revisited), Jenn Sekelsky (The Keys), Mark Dennebaum (25/8 Productions) and Joe Caviston (Electric City Music Conference).
The award ceremony is free to all nominees and $5 for the public.

Blow Me a Kiss
Rock and Roll Hall of famers — and my least favorite band in the world—  KISS “rock and roll all nite” at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain this Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. British rock legends Def Leppard are also on the bill.
Formed in 1973, KISS is best known for their wild stage show theatrics, spitting blood, pyrotechnics and plenty of make-up. The band, with only founding members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons remaining, are sure to deliver their classic rock hits such as “Detroit Rock City,” “Hard Luck Woman,” “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “Shout It Out Loud (live ‘96).”  The band last played the area in 2012 with Motley Crue.
Tickets are $50.85 to $208, available at the box office, online and at Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000.

The Great Blues Sky
Mountain Sky, 63 Stillmeadow Ln., Jermyn,  hosts Clarence Spady’s second annual Blues Festival this weekend, Aug. 8 and 9. Friday’s bands include Joe Kopicki Band, The Merchants Of Groove, Bushmaster Featuring Gary Brown and Preach Freedom & Connect. Saturday’s performers are Friends Of The Family, James Dalton, The Cinder Brothers, Phyllis Hopkins Band, Clarence Spady Band and Moodswing featuring Rahboo Sabb. Tickets are $35 dollars in advance, $45 day of the show. All tickets include free onsite camping. Kids under the age of 12 are free, and pets are welcome. There will also be a community fire pit and food and craft vendors. For more information, visit mountainsky.net.

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Ray LaMontagne Supernova (RCA) 2014

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