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The inaugural Electric City Music Conference takes place this weekend at multiple venues in Scranton, as well as Olyphant’s Thirst T’s Bar and Grill. The conference kicks off Friday, Oct. 10 at the V Spot, 906 Providence Rd., Scranton, with the Steamtown Music Awards. The award ceremony recognizes bands and individual players nominated in 15 different categories. Admission to the awards event is $5 (free to nominees) and includes performances by Graces Downfall, Gino Lispi, Jenn Johnson, Chris Fields, Brandon Stuch, Esta Coda and Family Animals.
During the conference, 146 acts will perform in multiple venues. Included in the roster lineup are some of the most popular bands in the area, as well as a number of national and regional acts. Venues participating in the conference are: The V Spot, Thirst T’s, Irish Wolf Pub, Twentyfiveeight Studios, Kildare’s Irish Pub, The New Penny, Mulligan’s, The Leonard, O’Leary’s Pub, The Keys,The Bog, The Backyard Ale House, Traxx and AFA Gallery.
The weekend also features a class by guitarist Charles Russello of the Russello Project and another by drummer Carl Canedy. Panels will also take place focusing on the following topics: music journalism; making the most of a music festival/conference; how to properly promote your band, what can a record label do for me?; and meet the booking agents.
Admission to each individual show is $5, while the conference’s hopper pass will get you into all of the shows for $10. For a complete conference schedule and more information, visit electriccitymusicconference.com.
Guitarist Marc Ford brings his son Elijah Ford to the 570 for a night of music at Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Local acts MiZ, George Wesley and Justin Mazer are also set to perform. Showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is $8 or $5 with a student ID.
Marc Ford is touring in support of his latest record, the Americana influenced Holy Ghost. Ford is known for his wide variety of musical projects, including: lead guitarist with the Black Crowes; at the helm of his own bands, such as the Neptune Blues Club and the Sinners; records and/or tours by acts from Govt. Mule, Izzy Stradlin, Booker T and Ben Harper; and as the producer of choice for artists such Ryan Bingham and Phantom Limb.
He will be visiting town with his son, Austin-based Elijah Ford. Ford put out his first solo record Upon Waking in 2011 and the EP Ashes in October of 2012. Elijah toured as part of Ford Sr’s Fuzz Machine at the age of 17 before getting the gig touring with Ryan Bingham until 2012.
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Larry and His Flask All That We Know (Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club) 2011.
Editor Tom Graham is a musician and singer/songwriter rooted in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.