ASSORTED DECLARATIONS BY STAFF WRITER TOM GRAHAM
Cabinet delivers the goods
Diamond City “Best Of” readers’ poll winners Cabinet recently announced the release date of their latest project, the live in concert DVD Eleven. The show was captured live this past November in Harrisburg at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company, a former WWII aircraft parts factory that has been transformed into a brewery. Performed in front of a sold-out crowd, Eleven features fan favorites “Tower,” “Elizabeth,” “Old Farmers Mill” and “Coalminers,” as well as previously unreleased material. The DVD will be available in several different combo packages for pre-order on the band’s website.
Formed in 2006 in Wilkes-Barre, Cabinet consists of Pappy Biondo, J.P. Biondo, Mickey Coviello, Dylan Skursky, Todd Kopec and Jami Novak. They will also perform a big show at Winter Jam, Friday, Feb. 24 at Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe with Atlanta based southern rock band Blackberry Smoke and vintage early ’70s country and rock outfit Citizen Band Radio. For more information on pre-ordering Eleven and ticket information for Winter Jam at Penns Peak, visit www.cabinetmusic.com.
Lend locals your ear
Looking for a way to wind down after your First Friday adventures? Electric City and The Scranton Cultural Center have again teamed up to create the Listen Local concert series being held in the Shopland Hall at The Scranton Cultural Center. Performing in this month’s installment is rock act Nowhere Slow and the country influenced Jeanne Zano Band.
Some artists that have already performed at the series are MIZ, Ashes for Trees, Rogue Chimp, Langor Bobby Davis and the Smartest Man and Harmony Constant. The monthly event is creating quite a buzz around town and you still have a few more chances to check out performers Red Blue Green, AAYU, Grip of the Gods and Family Animals grace the stage in the upcoming months. A cash bar and light fare will be available throughout the evening. It is an all-ages show and admission is $10.
Living in a material world
Rumor on the street is that Madonna is quite nervous and freaking out about performing at the NFL Super Bowl XLVI Half Time Show this weekend. The 53-year-old icon will take to the stage after an 8-minute stage setup and quickly perform a medley of her greatest hits as well as a new single all within her allotted 12-minute time slot. A leaked rehearsal picture circled the internet featuring the word “Vogue” in bright white lights projected onto the stage floor. Madonna’s set will most likely include her newest comeback single “Gimme All Your Luvin,” (ZZ Top rip off?) with rumored special guests Nicki Minaj, British rapper M.I.A., party rockers LMFAO and Desperately Seeking Susan co-star Rosanna Arquette. (I might be making that last one up.)
My predicted Madonna Half Time Show set list is as follows: Music / Gimme All Your Luvin / an Elton John cover / Vogue / Holiday / Ray of Light / a closing monologue riddled with unrelenting self-promotion.
Well, let’s cross our fingers and pray there won’t be any lip syncing, and no Guns N’ Roses tunes being butchered again by Fergie.
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Mike Doughty “The Question Jar Show” (Snack Bar/Megaforce Records)