•Thirsty Thursday, Feb. 28: Panked! returns yet again to The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton, as the dancing crowd will join hands and celebrate the Mid-Winter Frosty Frolic Formal Dance Party. Cummerbunds, crowns and corsages are just a sample of what you’ll witness. Compete in the dance contest, campaign for prom king and queen, cry your eyes out in the corner while your date flirts with other guests or dance as close as you can while the chaperones have their backs turned. Replace terrible memories from your disastrous prom with fresh new ones! Doors open at 9 p.m.
Also, The Great Party and Charles Havira will both perform their original music on Thursday at River Street Jazz Café, 667 N. River St., Plains. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover.
•Friday Funk: Electronica dance jam outfit The Indobox will take the stage at River Street Jazz Café on Friday, March 1 with opening acts Laser Sex and Speakerbot. The show starts at 10 p.m. with an $8 cover. For more information, check out www.theindobox.com.
•Sunday Help: A benefit for the family of Rob Walsh will be held Sunday, March 3 at Haggerty’s Tavern , 421 N Main Ave., West Scranton, from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be drink specials, raffles and live entertainment for a $10 donation. Musicians who have donated their time include Adam Bailey, James Barrett, Gary Ottaviani, Chixy Dix, Mike Snopkowski, Tom Osborne, Asialena, Dashboard Mary, Mike Baresse, Brendan Quinn, John Quinn and Dem Guyz.
Local acts Graces Downfall and The Curse of Sorrow will open for national recording artist Trapt at Brew Brothers West, 75 Main St., Luzerne, on March 13 with doors opening at 7 p.m. Attendees must be 18 to attend and 21 to drink. Tickets are available through www.ticketmaster.com and www.slpconcerts.net.
The biggest rock ‘n’ roll party of the year returns as the Rock 107 33rd birthday bash takes place at the Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Rock legend Lita Ford is headlining this year’s bash with special guests Flaxy Morgan, Mr. Echo, Sterling Koch Band and Jigsaw Johnny. For ticket information, visit www.rock107.com.
The Legends of the Summer
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake recently announced 12 once-in-a-lifetime stadium performances scheduled for the dog days of summer. The Legends of the Summer tour includes two Pennsylvania performances (Sunday, Aug. 4 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey and Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia). Tickets go on sale for Philadelphia and Hershey events on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or by-phone at 800-745-3000. Special VIP packages are available at www.vipnation.com. For additional tour and ticket information visit LifeandTimes.com, JustinTimberlake.com, and ticketmaster.com.
NIN is Back
It’s been four years since Nine Inch Nails’ “Wave Goodbye” tour was supposed to wrap up Trent Reznor’s brainchild, enabling him to move on to different musical pastures. Not so fast. Reznor has announced that Nine Inch Nails will return to action in 2013. According to Reznor, “The band is reinventing itself from scratch … The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the U.S this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014. Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.”
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Andrew Bird Hands of Glory / Break It Yourself (Mom & Pop Music) 2012
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