Campfire Festival: Interviews with Langhorne Slim and Amy Helm

Campfire Festival: Interviews with Langhorne Slim and Amy Helm

Zippo presents the inaugural Campfire Outdoor Adventure and Music Festival held Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 29, 30, 31 in Lakewood. In addition to musical performances, festival attendees can partake in an array of summer camp-themed activities including rock climbing, land and lake obstacle courses and team sports.
Campfire Festival headliners include Charles Bradley, Delta Spirit and Lake Street Dive. The Campfire lineup also features Langhorne Slim, Bronze Radio Return, Spirit Family Reunion, Amy Helm, Toy Soldiers, Adam Ezra Group, Ballroom Thieves, Rogue Chimp and Pappy. Artists will perform on multiple stages, including a main stage concert field, beach and woods stages. There will also be surprise performances on an acoustic stage.
CAMPFIRESCHEDULEPOSTERPNG_WEBCampfire Festival will also host a Beach Stage featuring performances from Sprinter Cat, The Indobox, Pat &The Hats, Brothers McCann and Banana Phonetic. Festival-goers can also relax and socialize at activities such as the Friday night golf mixer, late night silent disco and daily VIP happy hour pool parties with live DJs.
For those that don’t want to drive to Campfire Festival and would prefer to relax in luxury coach buses on their trip, shuttle services are available to and from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Thursday afternoon shuttles are available for VIP guests and general admission guests will travel on Friday morning, with all festival-goers returning on Monday. Tickets range from $35-$60 and are available through the website until Aug. 22.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CampfireFestival.com.

 

EC21CAMPFIRE_1_WEBAn interview with Amy Helm

Amy Helm, daughter of music legend Levon Helm (member of The Band who passed away in 2012) and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, is a talented musician on both mandolin and drums, and has shared stages with Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris and Joan Osborne, as well as other performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin. Her lengthy resume is highlighted by many years of singing and playing alongside her father, with whom she conceived the “Midnight Rambles,” an intimate performance series held since 2004 at his home and studio in Woodstock, New York. She co-produced Levon Helm’s 2007 CD Dirt Farmer, which won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album and she is featured on the Levon Helm Band’s Electric Dirt and Ramble at the Ryman Grammy-winning albums. She is set to release her first solo album later this year.
We spoke with Helm about her upcoming set at the Campfire Festival in Lakewood scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29 and more.

What can the audience expect to see during your set at The Campfire Festival?
I’m deciding if I should give a really elaborate, exaggerated answer like pyrotechnics, jugglers and go-go dancers. They can expect to dance. If people want to dance, they should come see our set. The band is cooking. I have three guys kicking some serious ass on their instruments and we have a lot of fun dancing with the folks.

At festivals, do you take the time to go catch other artists and their performances?
Part of what I love about these festivals is being able to tune into other artists, hear other bands and get turned on to other music. That’s the treat behind festivals. All of us in the band feel that way. It looks like a fantastic lineup and there are a lot of artists I look forward to seeing.

You recently took part in the new Chandelier series at The F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre aimed at more of an intimate performance. Can you talk about that night?
Yes. It’s a very cool series. We had a good time there (laughs). They were worried that we were going to be too loud, because we’re a loud band, but all was well. We played loud and proud and the audience was with us and people got into it.

Do you feel like you’re playing music for yourself, but also carrying on the family tradition of spreading music and happiness?
I hope so! Yes! I always carry my dad close to my heart. When you lose a parent, you hold them real close to your heart and in a very different way when they’re gone. I do that just like everybody else does. When I play music, I’m always trying to get a little bit better each time and hit that mark a little bit stronger. My day sits there in my heart right next to all of my other heroes.

Talk about working on your first solo record.
I have finished recording a solo record. I rerecorded it a few times. I spent a lot of time trying to find this record. I played solo gigs for the first time during the process. It’s been a pretty interesting time, with finding the songs and finding my way fronting a band instead of being in an ensemble. I really had to honor this record and honor the process and let it take a little bit longer. I lied over and over about the release date because I kept thinking it was done. Music will grab you and take you where it wants to go. I think musicians have the best intentions and best plans set up about how a song will come together or how to find its lifeline, but its always the songs, the gig or the album that ends up leading you down the real roads that you’re going to be on.

What are your plans for 2015?
The record will be coming out by then and hopefully we’ll be doing a lot of shows behind it, continuing to play for some folks, keep building our band up, keep connecting with audiences and having a good time.
— tom graham

 

EC21CAMPFIRE_4_WEBLet the Inner Freak Out

An Interview with Langhorne Slim

All Langhorne Slim wants to be is the truest version of himself. The Pennsylvania-born self-taught guitarist swirls hints of Bob Dylan and Nirvana with his own brand of howling and wild folk rock. His 10-year tour continues with a set at the Campfire Festival on Friday, Aug. 29. He’ll be performing with his band, The Law.
We spoke with Langhorne Slim about his never-ending summer and releasing his inner animal.

You’ve been on the road non-stop. Where do you feel your strengths are right now?
I’ve been out on the road for the last 10 years. The summer seems like an endless one, I suppose — it also gets cold at times and changes in appearance. Its one very long summer. I don’t know where my strengths lie, but we’re getting better as a band. I’m writing material right now for the record and I’m really focused on that.

What are some of your personal highlights from the last year?
Just the other night, we played at the Central Park Summer Stage (New York City) with Old Crow Medicine Show and Spirit Family Reunion. That was a pretty exciting experience to have.

You’ll be taking part in the Campfire Festival. Do you approach playing a festival differently than you would a regular show?
No. You learn pretty quickly that changing what you do or who you are for your audience or environment will potentially leave you feeling like a shell of a man or a woman. As a musician, songwriter, performer and entertainer, I’m trying to find my true voice, my true self. That’s what I’m bringing out on the road. I’m trying to channel the truest version of myself. To change that for a particular city or audience would completely go against why I got into this in the first place,which is to find my inner freak, my inner wildness and uncage it.

Did you learn how to do this as time went on?
I’ve always done that. If you go forward, it changes. We change in ways, certain fundamental things stay the same. Certain truths change and it becomes a refining process. It’s something any artist discovers as they’re going. When I first started, I was a huge Nirvana, Bob Dylan and Otis Redding fan (I still am). I wasn’t good enough to pick out all the chords and sing in the way of my favorite people. I mimicked them and I became my own thing. You become more comfortable with yourself and your able to identify your own truths and tell your own story.

When it’s time to head into the studio, is there a specific sound in your head how you want the songs to translate?
I’m often surprised. It’s an incredible process. Every band does it differently. We (the band) don’t live in the same town and haven’t for many years. When I’m not on the road, I’ll get ideas and start writing tunes and it’s a personal, isolated process at first. I bring it to the band for them to either hear a finished song or to help me arrange it. Then we play it on tour and it changes form almost immediately when other players get on it. Then the studio can take you in a different direction. It’s all part of the magical musical journey. If you do it the same way every night, it might lose some feeling or meaning, and I can’t afford for that to happen. There is still a genuine fundamental dirty deep truth that I can identify with and I need to set it free with my soul.

What are some of your long term goals?
I keep my long-term goals pretty close in sight. My goal is to have musical creative breakthroughs where I go to places where I have not been before with myself and the band. I want to dig deep from a truthful, pure place where I can know what I’m doing is the real deal and I can feel the wonderment that goes along with that.
— tom graham

 

 

 

Revitalize This!

Revitalize This!

Team of visionary volunteers introduces TEDx Talks in Scranton

 
TED Curator Chris Anderson is passionate about the power of knowledge to solve the problems of the world. He’s theorized that it’s an as-yet-unknown 12-year-old girl from a slum in Mumbai who will help us shape the future. Given access to the world’s greatest teachers, she will be empowered to do this and that’s what he feels is the mission of TED — to make the wisdom that could change everything available to everyone.
 
“The meme about culture being dumbed down by the internet is overplayed,” he said in a Reddit Q&A in February.
 
Ironically, TED talks have developed a reputation for exclusion and elitism ($8500 conference tickets available to TED members only) on one hand and been accused of becoming too mainstream on the other, with approximately seven TEDx events being held around the world every day.
 
Scranton hosted one such conference at The University of Scranton last Saturday with 100 tickets ($30) made available at the 250 seat Moskovitz Theater.
 
Until then I had one of those ‘first world’ assumptions that everyone had heard of TED and the nonprofit’s talks seemingly ubiquitous video talks. At four to 18 minutes in length these presentations of “ideas worth spreading” on spirituality, neuroscience, creativity, compassion, social media are on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and mobile apps. Those from TEDxScranton will be online by the end of August, organizer Jessica Meoni said on Saturday.
 
In the past week two different people — both educated and intelligent active adults — admitted to me that they had not heard of TED talks until I mentioned TEDx Scranton. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. The “x” indicates the TED conference in question has been independently organized by volunteers in the spirit of TED and is not a product of TED proper. In a talk Anderson gave himself at TEDGlobal in July 2010 he referred to “Crowd Accelerated Innovation.” The size of the crowd is a crucial factor to this technology-driven 21st century phenomenon — the bigger the crowd the more potential innovators there are. By offering licenses to independent volunteers like Scranton grad student Jessica Meoni to stage events like TEDx Scranton, the size of the crowd increases.
 
There’s a chance that one of the five people reading these words right now is learning about TED for the first time and may even go on to expose him/herself to at least one talk and at least one new thought because of it all.
 
Titled “Revitalize This!” the TEDx Scranton event featured eight speakers focused around the ideas of “urban revitalization,” “community design,” and “architectural perspectives.”
 
Can architectural concepts be applied to lift Scranton from its chronic depression? It’s a question The Electric City doesn’t seem to have the money to implement in order to answer, but we may as well talk about where we want to while we sit like hitchhikers no one wants to pick up on this pothole infested road. One of these days a shiny big rig and a bored trucker just might be going our way.
 
That was the point of Michele Dempsey’s “What If?” which closed the event. The campaign which has created designs no one has asked for are based on a lesson she learned from Japanese architect Tadao Ando. When the videos are published, look for presenter Joseph Cabrera who spoke about taking the pre-existing architecture of the city, neighborhoods built around pedestrian interaction and making that infrastructure work again for the reparation of “social capital.” Also look for Craig Welsh’s talk about Kindergarten Cities that brought donated pianos and Air Guitar platforms to the streets of Lancaster, Scranton architect Richard Leonori on how we have “squandered” Pennsylvania’s legacy, and Lara Rubin Alexiou of Steamtown Yoga on the Architecture of the Body, Mind and Soul.
 

TED Talk Primer

You may already have a favorite TED talk. There are 180,000 results for the phrase “favorite TED talk” and most of us haven’t blogged about it. Yet. As of April 2014, more than 1,700 talks had been made available free online. There are so many talks it’s hard to know where to begin. One page at ted.com is entirely devoted to playlists — most viewed talks, key talks by topic, lists of celebrity favorites, etc.
 
Among TED curator Chris Anderson’s favorites are Bill and Melinda Gates on the Satisfaction of Philanthropy, a telepresence robot interview with Edward Snowden on how to take back the internet, and scientist David Deutsch on “Chemical scum that dream of distant quasars” from TEDGlobal 2005.
Brene Brown’s 2010 TEDx Houston presentation on vulnerability went viral and turned into launching a successful book career and TED 2012 presentation on shame. You’ll find Arthur Benjamin on Fibonacci numbers, Susan Cain on the power of introverts, Pamela Meyer author of Liespotting, and Jamie Oliver on our ignorance of food.
 
In addition to the eight live presentations at TEDxScranton, the convention audience was treated to recorded presentations of two official TED Talks – The poet Rives wry “The 4 a.m. mystery” and Sherry Turkle’s chilling “Connected, but alone?,” in which the analyst asks us to think about how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication and about what kind of connections we really want to have.
 
In that aforementioned February 2014 Reddit Q&A one skeptic challenged Anderson if any of the talks have resulted in actual change.
 
“I actually think TED’s most significant impact happens at individual viewer level,” he said. “People who watch TED Talks for a while end up shifting their view of the future. Instead of thinking of it as an unstoppable force they are potential victims of, they think of themselves as perhaps able to play a part in shaping it,” he said.
 

Concerts in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Concerts in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Concerts in The 570 and beyond

 

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: (570) 826-1100
The Irish Rovers, Aug. 24
Willie Nelson and Family, Sept. 11
The Wailers, Oct. 10
The truTV Impractical Jokers Tour, featuring The Tenderloins, Sept. 20
Slapstick Sonata, Oct. 24
Badlands, A Tribute to the Music of Bruce Springsteen, Oct. 25
Umphrey’s McGee, Oct. 30
360 All Stars, Nov. 6
Ethan Bortnick, Nov. 9
An Evening with Groucho, Nov. 21
The Time Jumpers, Nov. 22

Gypsies Lounge & Night Club,
Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: (877) 682-4791
Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival,
Aug. 23
Lisa Lampanelli, Sept. 13
The Stylistics, Oct. 11
D.L. Hughley, Oct. 25
Amish Outlaws, Nov. 14
The Company Men, Nov. 15
Ed Kowalczyk, Nov. 29

Mauch Chunk Opera House,
Jim Thorpe
Tickets: (570) 325-0249
Atlas Gray, Aug. 22
The Grascals, Aug. 23
40 Story Radio Tower, featuring Girls, Guns and Glory, Aug. 28
Doc Gibbs and Friends, featuring DeeDee Lavell, Aug. 28
Simone Felice Trio, Aug. 30
John Denver Tribute, Sept. 5
Simon and Garfunkel Retrospective, Sept. 6
Billy Cobham Drum Seminar, Sept. 9
Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Band,
Sept. 10
Solas, Sept. 11
Cast of Beatlemania, Sept. 12-13
The Wailin’ Jennys, Sept. 18
Wishbone Ash, Sept. 19
Sam Bush Quintet, Sept. 19
Mark Doyle and the Maniacs, Sept. 27
Leftover Salmon with Billy Payne,
Sept. 28
CSNSongs, Oct. 3
Tom Petty Tribute, Oct. 4
The Badlees, Oct. 10
Childhood’s End, Oct. 11
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Oct. 12
The Duhks,
Oct. 16
Janis Ian, Oct. 17
Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis, Oct. 19
Frank Sinatra Tribute, Oct. 25
Michale Graves, Oct. 31

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza,
Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Smackdown TV, Sept. 9
Theresa Caputo, Oct. 6
Cirque du Soleil, Oct. 15-19

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs,
Plains Twp.
Tickets: (570) 823-9407
Party on the Patio: Stayin’ Alive, Aug. 21
Soul Asylum, Aug. 23
Shorty Long & Jersey Horns, Aug. 23
Party on the Patio: Beatlemania Now, Aug. 28
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sept. 19
Asia, Sept. 28
38 Special, Oct. 4
Uncle Kracker, Oct. 11
Great White and Slaughter, Oct. 17
Queensryche, Oct. 31

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: (570) 325-0371
Yonder Mountain String Band, Aug. 21
Nightwind, Aug. 22
James Supra Band, Aug. 24
Jake Kaligis/New Constitution, Aug. 28
Winger and FireHouse, Sept. 5
Anna Popovic, Sept. 13
Uriah Heep, Sept. 26
Tommy James and the Shondells,
Oct. 18
Robin Trower, Oct. 31
The Tubes, Nov. 1
Dark Star Orchestra, Nov. 26
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains
Tickets: (570) 822-2992
The Weight, Aug. 22
Pink Talking Fish, Aug. 23
The Z3 with Ed Mann of the Original Zappa Band, Aug. 29
Trespass, Aug. 30
Willie Nelson Afterparty, featuring George Wesley and Friends, Sept. 11
Twiddle, Sept. 12
G-Nome Project, Sept. 14
Saturday Giant and Small Ax Orchestra, Sept. 25
Tauk, Sept. 26
Zayre Mountain, Oct. 3
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Oct. 4
Start Making Sense, Oct. 18
The Toasters with The Rudie Crew,
Nov. 1
Jeff Coffin and the Mu’tet, Nov. 4

Scranton Cultural Center
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Martin and Lewis Tribute, Sept. 28

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: (570) 420-2808
Red Pandas, Aug. 22
Blessthefall and Chiodos, Aug. 23
Lights Divide, Aug. 26
Transfer Switch, Aug. 30 Ike Avelli, Sept. 13
Keller Williams, Sept. 20
Rusted Root, Oct. 9
Jimmy Eat World, Oct. 16
Lila Ignite, Oct. 24
Misfits, Oct. 30
Cabinet, Coal Town Rounders and
Tom Graham, Oct 31
Mastodon, Nov. 2
The Mavericks, Nov. 7
Arlo Guthrie, Nov. 8
Black Veil Brides, Nov. 21
Railroad Earth Horn-O-Plenty, Nov. 28-29

Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton
Tickets: (570) 961-9000
Monumentour: Fall Out Boy and
Paramore, Aug. 31

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: (215) 627-1332
The Hooters, Aug. 30
Die Antwoord, Sept. 5
King Crimson, Sept. 12-13
Lily Allen, Sept. 19
Bro Safari, Sept. 20
City Bisco, Sept. 26
Broken Bells, Sept. 27
Airborne Toxic Event, Oct. 3
Timeflies, Oct. 4
Within Temptation, Oct. 9
Machine Head, Oct. 12
Julian Casablancas and The Voidz,
Oct. 16
Drive-By Truckers, Oct. 18
Creature Carnival Tour, Oct. 25
Samhain: 30 Bloody Years, Oct. 29
RL Grime, Oct. 30
The Glitch Mob, Oct. 31
Lettuce and Soulive, Nov. 1
A.B.A.T.E. “For the Kids,” Nov. 2
Fitz and the Tantrums, Nov. 7
London Grammar, Nov. 8
Black Veil Brides, Nov. 19
The New Deal, Nov. 28

Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pa.
Tickets: (215) 572-7650
Retro Futura Tour, Aug. 22
Beres Hammond, Aug. 24
Toto, Sept. 4
Sig Hansen and Friends, Sept. 11
Chris Isaak, Sept. 12
British Invasion, Sept. 13
Charlie Daniels, Oct. 23
Todd Rundgren, Oct. 29
Robin Trower, Oct. 30

Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Howie Mandel, Aug. 23
Natalie Cole, Aug. 24
Chevelle with Dayshell and KYNG,
Aug. 31
Early Days of Rock and Roll, Sept. 7
British Invasion Tour, Sept. 10
Trace Adkins, Sept. 11
Gladys Knight, Sept. 14
Safe in Sound Festival Tour, Sept. 25
Timeflies with Kap Slap, Oct. 1
Alter Bridge, Oct. 7
Australian Pink Floyd, Oct. 12
Best of Jethro Tull, Oct. 26
The Wonder Years, Oct. 31
So You Think You Can Dance, Nov. 2
Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, Nov. 9
Paul Anka, Nov. 15
O.A.R., Nov. 20
Celtic Thunder, Nov. 23
Slayer with Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, Nov. 26

Sellersville Theater, Sellersville
Tickets: (215) 257-5808
Parrotbeach, Aug. 22
Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, Sept. 7
Robin Zander, Sept. 18
Wishbone Ash, Sept. 23
John Oates, Sept. 25
Joan Osborne, Sept. 27
10,000 Maniacs, Oct. 5
Phil Vassar, Oct. 10
Jars of Clay, Oct. 11
Paula Cole, Oct. 18

Susquehanna Bank Center,
Camden, N.J.
Tickets: (856) 365-1300
Drake vs. Lil Wayne, Aug. 21
Motley Crue, Aug. 23
UPROAR Festival, Aug. 26
Five Seconds of Summer: Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour, Sept. 4
Miranda Lambert with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, Sept. 5
Toby Keith with Colt Ford, Sept. 27

Tower Theater, Philadelphia
Tickets: (610) 352-2887
Chevelle, Aug. 29
Savoy, Sept. 12
Coheed and Cambria and Thank You Scientist, Sept. 24
Twenty One Pilots, Sept. 27-28
Rise Against, Oct. 1
Bryan Ferry, Oct. 4
Limp Bizkit and Machine Gun Kelly, Oct. 7
The Janoskians, Oct. 9
Porter Robinson, Oct. 10
Australian Pink Floyd Show, Oct. 11
Flying Lotus and Thundercat, Oct. 14
Joe Rogan, Oct. 17
Sound Tribe Sector 9, Oct. 18
Primus, Oct. 22
Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller, Oct. 25
Lecrae, Nov. 9
Alt-J, Nov. 14
Russell Peters, Nov. 29
Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, Nov. 30

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: (800) 298-4200
Ed Sheeran, Sept. 8
Cirque du Soleil, Sept. 10-14
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,
Sept. 15
The Black Keys, Sept. 20
Aziz Ansari, Sept. 26
Fleetwood Mac, Oct. 15, Oct. 29
Eric Church, Oct. 18
Justin Timberlake, Dec. 17

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel N.Y.
Tickets: 1 (866) 781-2922
Josh Groban, Aug. 23
Zac Brown Band, Aug.29
Miranda Lambert, Aug. 31

Madison Square Garden,
New York, N.Y.
Tickets: (212) 307-7171
La Salsa Vive, Aug. 29
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,
Sept. 10
Luke Bryan, Sept. 12
History of the Eagles, Sept. 13
Cher, Sept. 19-20
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Sept. 25
Eric Prydz, Sept. 27
Bassnectar, Oct. 4
Fleetwood Mac, Oct. 6-7
X Japan, Oct. 11
Eric Church, Oct. 17
Above and Beyond, Oct. 18
Motley Crue, Oct. 28

Beacon Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Tickets: (212) 465-6500
Lyle Lovett, Aug. 23
Gipsy Kings, Sept. 6
Natalie Merchant, Sept. 13
Pink Martini, Sept. 18
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sept. 19-27
Bunbury, Sept. 21
Bryan Ferry, Oct. 1
Afghan Whigs, Oct. 4
Jackson Browne, Oct. 7
The Fab Faux, Oct. 18
Allman Brothers Band, Oct. 21-25
An Evening with Primus and the Chocolate Factory, Oct. 31
Patrick Bruel, Nov. 1
Ray LaMontagne, Nov. 12
Alt-J, Nov. 16
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, Nov. 24
Straight No Chaser, Dec. 5
Hot Tuna, Dec. 13

Bryce Jordan Center, University Park
Tickets: (814) 865-5555
Foster the People, Sept. 5
Cher with special guests Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo, Sept. 24
Brantley Gilbert with Aaron Lewis and Chase Bryant, Sept. 26
Cirque du Soleil, Oct. 8-12
Beach Boys, Oct. 29

World Cafe Live (downstairs),
Philadelphia
Tickets: (215) 222-1400
Red Wanting Blue, Aug. 22
Midsummer Classic 3014, Aug. 23
Made in Philly, Aug. 28
Sun cinema, Red Letter Life, Moonshine Social, Confused Disciples, Aug. 29

Live Music in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Live Music in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Clubs

Thursday, Aug. 21
Bar on Oak, Pittston — The Tones
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Glass Wine Bar & Bistro, Hawley — John Curtain (6-9 p.m.)
Mendicino’s Pizza, Gouldsboro — Merchants of Groove Unplugged
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre — Stayin’ Alive (The Bee Gees tribute band)
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Open Jam w/Jerry Trapper
The V-Spot, Scranton — Mark Sutorka

Friday, Aug. 22
Boat House Restaurant, Hawley — Tom Rogo (5-8 p.m.), Jason Hoffman (9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.)
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Mongo
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — East Coast Trio
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — 40 lb. Head
Glass Wine Bar & Bistro, Hawley — Gone Crazy/Mike Brown (8-11 p.m.)
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, Clarks Summit — The Third Nut
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Starforce Hip Hop Invades the Electric City:  The Officalod, Ekko, Nyraine, Picachi King, Chris Fields, Kise Money, Karlo Cap
Mecca’s Place, Dunmore — Bill & Donna Arnold Band
Mert’s, Scranton — Fuzzy Park duo
Minooka Pub, Scranton — Dem Guys
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Giants of Science
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
POSH at The Scranton Club, Scranton — POSH House DJ
The Factory , Wilkes-Barre — Crobot
The New Penny, Scranton — Renora Code
The Settlers Inn, Hawley — Spencer and Nancy Reed Quartet
The V-Spot, Scranton — Grey Fog
Villa Maria II, Scranton — The Wanabees (8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug. 23
Bar on Oak, Pittston –  Latin night w/live band
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — Karaoke w/DJ Terryoke
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — Doug and Sean
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots
Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Hawley — Harkland
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Vicious Fam Presents The Takeover Part 1: Vicious Fam, Fubar, Styleon of Tro Gang, M3, and Special Guests
Mecca’s Place, Dunmore — Bill & Donna Arnold Band
Minooka Pub, Scranton — Dan Reynolds duo
Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono — Escape the Fate
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Double Cross
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
POSH at The Scranton Club, Scranton — VJ Steven Wallace
Sleepy Hollow Lounge at Idle Hour Lanes, Scranton — Marilyn Kennedy ‘70s flashback party
The New Penny, Scranton — The Mess, Sucker, F3
The V-Spot, Scranton — Graces Downfall with Behind the Grey and Those Clever Foxes

Sunday, Aug. 24
Arlo’s Tavern, Ararat — Mountain Sky Orchestra
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — Graces Downfall
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Karaoke w/DJ Honey Do
The V-Spot, Scranton — V-Spot Idol 3 (finals)

Monday, Aug. 25
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Monday Night Raw hosted by The Wolf

Tuesday, Aug. 26
Bar on Oak, Pittston – Line dancing w/Danny Star
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Bike Night with DJ Ringmaster
Harrington’s Pub & Grill, Olyphant — Karaoke Contest w/DJ Devil Dog
The V-Spot, Scranton — Jeremy Burke

Wednesday, Aug. 27
Bar on Oak, Pittston –  Line dancing w/Barb
Bazil, Clarks Summit — Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — Karaoke w/DJ Terryoke
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Open mic w/Jay Luke
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Village Idiots
The Bog, Scranton — The Bog Days of Summer with The Tom Graham and Bill Orner Show, Charles Havira and special guests.
The Settlers Inn, Hawley — Thos Shipley Trio
The V-Spot, Scranton — Last Call Trio

Things to do in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Things to do in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Summer Rock and roar
The 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival hits the Sherman Summer Stage at Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono, on Saturday, Aug. 23, featuring some of the biggest names in hard rock and many upcoming bands on the rise.
The festival features a full afternoon and evening of sets from Godsmack, Skillet, Pop Evil, These Raven Skies, Buckcherry (pictured left), Escape The Fate, 3 Years Hollow, Tattered, Sons of Revelry and the local battle of the bands winner. The festival area will feature a full afternoon and night of activities filled with band merchandise, vendors and more.
This is an outdoor concert and is a rain or shine event. Tickets are $55.75 for reserved seating,$50.75 for VIP pit and $28.50 for general admission tickets.
For more information, visit rockstaruproar.com. — tg

 

All Aboard
A program of the Downtown Hawley Parternship and Lighthouse Harbor Marina now in its fifth year, Wally Lake Fest is held annually in August beyond the water’s shores of Lake Wallenpaupack throughout the neighboring vicinity of Hawley, Greentown, Lakeville and Lords Valley. Two shuttle buses will run visitors around the lake region this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 22-24, to and from attractions including a grand boat parade, market faire featuring original arts and handmade craft items, car cruise, farmers’ market, sailboat rides and kayak rentals, bike rides and nature hikes, battle of the bands, art exhibit, live theatrical and musical performances, open houses, tours, free samples and demonstrations. Attractions at local restaurants include a New Orleans Jazz and Barbecue at The Settlers Inn and a Lakeside Luau at Ehrhardt’s Pub on Friday Night, Blues, Brews and BBQ at Ledges Hotel on Sunday. and Roaring ‘20s dining and music at Hotel Belevidere all weekend long.
Visit walllylakefest.com for a downloadable map and detailed schedule of events or call (570) 226-2141 for more information. — ag

 

Take a load off, Fanny
The Weight, featuring members of The Band, the Levon Helm Band and the Bonnie Rait Band, perform the songs of The Band at River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River Street, Plains, on Friday, Aug. 22 at 9 p.m. The Weight consists of Jim Weider on guitar and vocals, Randy Ciarlante on drums and vocals, Marty Grebb on keyboards and vocals, Brian Mitchell on keyboards and vocals and Byron Isaacs on bass.
Weider is a former member of The Band. In 1985, Weider replaced Robbie Robertson as it’s lead guitarist, writing songs and performing with The Band for three studio albums, Jericho, High on the Hog and Jubilation, which lead him to touring the world with Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko.
Tickets are available at holdmyticket.com/event/174804, at riverstreetjazzcafe.com or by calling (570) 822-2992 for reservations. — tg

 

TT14LATIN_P1.JPGFestival Latino de Scranton
Now in its eight year, the Scranton Latin Festival will celebrate the diverse cultures of 20 Latin American countries with food, music and dance on Courthouse Square Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-34. Among the highlights are a parade at noon on Saturday kicking off from the corner of Linden Street and North Washington Avenue and entertainment by DJ E-Dub, Sinido Enigma, DJ Pitbull, DJ Hollywood, DJ Jensy, Grupo Rikrengue and Grupo Weepa. The festival began as a celebration of Latin pride with a goal of sharing the colors, sounds, flavors, traditions, talent and energy of Latino cultures with the entire community. Visit scrantonlatinfestival.org/ for more information. — ag

 

EC21CONTENTS_2_WEBBroadway Satellite
Nominated for a Tony Award for best lead actress in a musical for her role as Kira in Xanadu (see photo at left), Brooklyn-born Broadway theatre actress Kerry Butler has also appeared in shows including Catch Me if You Can, Rock of Ages, Hairspray, Les Miserables, and Beauty and the Beast and on television shows including Lipstick Jungle. On Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. she will share her talents on the Pocono Community Theater stage at another show hosted by Sirius XM radio “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway” host Seth Rudetsky. A stage performer, pianist, teacher and author, he has a wealth of Broadway theater history and trivia knowledge to share and also writes a column at Playbill.com. Tickets are $40 or $50 with VIP privileges. The venue is located at 88 S. Courtland Street in East Stroudsburg. Visit poconocommunitytheater.org for more information and a link to a video clip of Kerry and Seth performing “Fly, Fly Away” from Catch Me if You Can at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater in New York City in January or call (570) 421-6684. — ag

Peach Music Festival: An Interview with Gregg Allman

Peach Music Festival: An Interview with Gregg Allman

The Mountain and the Man

An Interview with Gregg Allman

 

Founding member of The Allman Brothers Band and accomplished solo artist, Gregg Allman is looking forward to what the future may hold. The legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is in the midst of a farewell of sorts with The Allman Brothers ending their 45-year span later this year. After news broke that guitarist Derek Trucks and guitarist/singer Warren Haynes were set to leave the band, Allman revealed that the band will indeed stop touring after 2014, stating he wants “to do something else.”
The Allman Brothers still have a busy year remaining, including their annual residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre and two headlining slots at the band’s annual Peach Music Festival, which kicks off this Thursday, Aug. 14 at Montage Mountain, Scranton. Allman and company play Saturday, Aug. 16, at 9:30 p.m. and wrap up the festival on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. The Allmans will perform the classic 1971 album Eat A Peach in its entirety to close out the weekend.
Gregg Allman recently caught up with electric city and diamond city and told us about choosing Scranton to host the festival, what bands he thinks can carry on The Allman way and what’s in store for him further down the road.

This is the third year of The Peach Music Festival at Montage Mountain in Scranton. What made Scranton an appealing destination to hold the Allman Brothers festival?
Gregg Allman: We had been doing WaneeFest down in North Florida for a few years and it’s a beautiful setting, man — Spanish moss in the trees, the river and everything. We started talking about doing sort of like a Wanee-North and we came up with Scranton and Montage Mountain — and what a perfect choice. The valley, the slopes and the tree lines are gorgeous and you have this amazing view of everything from the stage. It gets better every year and we’re real pleased with Peach Fest, no doubt.

In its third year, the festival has grown in the number of acts on the bill, as well as attendees. What are some Peach Festival moments that stick out in your head?
Gregg Allman: The fans are great — let me say that first. The crowd gets bigger every year and we really appreciate the fact that entire families come to hear us play. That means a lot after 45 years and it makes everything worthwhile, man.

EC14PEACH_1_WEBYou’ll be playing Eat a Peach in its entirety at the festival. What are some of your personal favorite moments of the album?
Gregg Allman: Let me tell you, recording Eat a Peach was a really tough experience for us. We had cut a few tracks right before my brother died and, after that happened, we weren’t sure what we were going to do. Everyone was a mess. I remember we had this meeting and I just told the other guys, “Let’s go play. Let’s go to Miami and finish this album.” And that’s what we did. We recorded “Melissa” because my brother always loved that song and I must say that the best guitar work I ever heard from Dickey Betts was on “Melissa.” I also wrote “Ain’t Wastin’ No More” for that album, which was basically about my brother and, as hard as it was emotionally, all of us — Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, Dickey and me — really stepped up and worked together. When we finished Eat a Peach, I knew we were still the Allman Brothers Band.

What are some of today’s bands that you think can carry on the musical torch of the Allman Brothers for years to come?
Gregg Allman: Well, there are the obvious groups like Widespread Panic and The Black Crowes who have been doing this for a while now. As for some of the younger bands, Blackberry Smoke has been making some noise lately and they will be playing Peach Fest this year, so the fans can see for themselves.

Is there something that you would still like to achieve musically?
Gregg Allman: I do have a goal and it’s to record an album made up of just my songs. I want the credits to read, “All compositions by Gregory L. Allman,” and I hope to make that happen soon.

Not to skip over the summer, but what are your feelings about the upcoming Beacon shows? Do you have a favorite moment from the Beacon shows that the Allman Brothers have done over the years?
Gregg Allman: 45 years is a long time to do anything, man, let alone for a rock band to play together. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and proud that we’ve kept the high standards my brother set in the beginning. We’ve had some of the best players in the world in the Allman Brothers. Yeah, I’ve got a ton of memories from the Beacon: the 2001 run, when Warren Haynes returned to the band, and 2009 was the run that was dedicated to my brother. That was some of the best music we’ve ever played. We’ve done over 225 sold-out shows at the Beacon — that alone is quite an accomplishment, brother.

Out of all the songs, both from the Allman Brothers and your solo work, which are some of your favorites?
Gregg Allman: Man, that’s like asking someone to choose between their children, but there are a few that are very special to me. With the Allman Brothers, they would be “Midnight Rider,” “Dreams,” “Melissa” and “Come and Go Blues.” From my solo career, there’s “Queen of Hearts” and “Multi-colored Lady” from the Laid Back album and several tunes people may not be that familiar with. I love “Oncoming Traffic,” which I recorded for the Gregg Allman Tour live album and “Fear of Falling” and “Ocean Awash the Gunwale” from Just Before the Bullets Fly. There are some others and I know I still got a few good ones left in me, man.

Is there any particular moment when you’re playing live that you specifically look forward to during a show?
Gregg Allman: Yeah — there is. It’s the encore, because that means I’m that much closer to the next show.
— tom graham

Peach Music Festival: Homegrown Peaches

Peach Music Festival: Homegrown Peaches

Homegrown Peaches
Montage Mountain will host the third Peach Music Festival this weekend with an all-star lineup. Big names like The Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule and George Clinton are drawing crowds, but homegrown, big-name talent is also on the bill. We sat down with a few of the musicians to ask about their bands and how sweet playing Peach will be.
— kimberly m. aquilina

 

JP Biondo, Cabinet (Bluegrass)
Cabinet will play for the second year at 2014’s Peach Music Festival and mandolin player JP Biondo said last year’s festival “was a blast.”
Cabinet will again play two sets at the festival, but Scranton native Biondo said he isn’t concerned about repeating set lists. “We have a pretty decent amount of material to work with. Two nights in a row is fine as long as it isn’t 10 hours or something like that.”
Biondo said Cabinet is open to sit-ins and the group hopes to collaborate with saxophonist Ron Holloway. “He’s become like a buddy of ours … Otherwise, we’re going to sit back and watch the show.”
Cabinet hosts its own Susquehanna Breakdown festival at Montage and is accustomed to touring as a main act, so when asked about sharing the same stage as legends like the Allman Brothers, Biondo replied, “It’s a great feeling.”
“We’re part of it. We get to be a part of the whole scene,” continued Biondo. “We’ve been at it for more than eight years. It takes a little bit of time to grow organically, naturally, but to be doing that — being a part of it — is the greatest feeling in the world. At this point, all of us are just ready to get up on the stage, no matter how many people we’re playing for, and just do our thing.”
Looking forward to seeing: The Infamous String Dusters, Tedeschi Trucks, From Good Homes, Citizens Band Radio, Blackberry Smoke and more.

 

EC14PEACH_5_WEBMike Mizwinski, MiZ (Americana jam rock)
Mike Mizwinski’s group, MiZ, is in its fifth year, and the Pittston-area musician said he is lucky to play with a band of his friends: Andy Sleboda on guitar, Matt Kester on drums and Eamonn Geraghty on bass.
Mizwinski is not new to The Peach Music Festival. “I actually got to play every day of the (2013) festival,” said Mizwinski. “I played solo, with my own band MiZ, with Garcia Grass and sat in with Cabinet and CB Radio — a real treat!”
MiZ isn’t tipping their collaborative hand. Mizwinski said there are “lots of surprises in the works but nothing I can announce yet. I was lucky enough to hang in Warren’s (Haynes) dressing room during the Allman’s Beacon (Theater) run this year. I’m hoping to keep the lines of communication open with him.”
Looking forward to seeing: Tedeschi Trucks & Trey Band.

 

EC14PEACH_7_WEBGeorge Wesley, George Wesley’s I-tations (Reggae)
George Wesley’s I-tations, the 2014 line-up of The George Wesley Band, will play at this year’s Peach Music Festival with Wesley on vocals, guitar, live loops and synthesizer keyboards, Chris Condel on drums, percussion and vocals and “Lion” Sandford of Jamaica on bass and vocals. Celebrating 40 years in music, Wesley said he has been involved with music his whole life, but growing up in Factoryville, he initially started following in his father’s country-western footsteps.
“From the time I could remember, I was always standing by my dad trying to play his guitar and singing,” said Wesley. “I had a little Mickey Mouse ukulele that he bought me with a music box. I was mostly into reggae, but then I didn’t even know it was reggae at the time. Everyone was like ‘Hey you’re a white guy from Pennsylvania, you can’t play reggae!’ I went to see Jerry Garcia’s “Legion of Mary” at the Masonic Temple … Jerry was playing reggae in his own way, so that was enough to validate my move. (Chuckles) So blame it on Jerry Garcia!”
Looking forward to seeing: Tribal Seed.

 

EC14PEACH_4_WEBCharles Davis, Cherokee Red (Dream pop/eerie folk)
Cherokee Red is a band consisting of six musicians who each play no less than three instruments. Charles Davis, originally from Wilkes-Barre, plays guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion and synthesizer. He describes Cherokee Red’s style as “different, but complementary” to the Peach festival lineup.
“The band’s psychedelic pop sound has been labeled ‘dream pop’ by some,” said Davis, but adds he isn’t too hung up on labels. “I think sometimes you get so many hyphens and dashes so it’s hard to say collectively what the sound is, but I’d say we lean toward more of a natural sound.”
Looking forward to seeing: George Clinton and Taj Mahal.

 

 

If you go
What: Peach Music Festival
Where: Pavilion at Montage Mountain and Montage Mountain Water Park
When: Thursday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 17
Details: Four-day passes range from $150 to $500, plus fees. Single-day tickets are $35 for Aug. 14, $85 for Aug. 15 and 16 and $75 for Aug. 17, plus fees. On-site camping is $35 per person.
For more information: visit thepeachmusicfestival.com.

Things to do in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Things to do in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

5 great things to do this week

 

Pets in the Park
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter holds their Annual Pet Walk and Family Festival at McDade Park on Sunday, Aug. 17 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. with pet walk registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Pet Walk and Family Festival is a fundraising event to provide care for the animals and assist the animal welfare programs at the shelter.
Prizes will be awarded to the walkers who raise the most funds, as well as for contest winners. The pet walk opening ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. followed by the walk at 1:30 p.m. starting from the pavilion. Dogs must be leashed and vaccinated for parvo, distemper and rabies and must have a valid dog license. Other activities include pet and owner look alike contest, dog training, dancing dogs, agility demonstrations and K-9 unit demonstrations, pony rides, a Clydesdale horse and carriage, vendors, a pet communicator, pet photography, microchip booth, food trucks, raffle baskets, dunk tank, bouncy house, face painting and more.
John Davies, the former public announcer for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons will serve as the official pet walk and family festival announcer. — tg

 

EC14FAB5_2_WEBRiffzilla
The guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 — Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett and Michael Nelson — will make fun of the 1998 classic Godzilla in their latest edition of Rifftrax Live. RiffTrax Live: Godzilla will be shown on Thursday, Aug,. 14, at 8 p.m. at hundreds of theaters nationwide, including locally at: Regal Dickson City Stadium 14 & IMAX, 3909 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City; Cinemark 20 and XD 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic; and R/C Wilkes Barre Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre Township.
The 1998 version of Godzilla — starring Matthew Broderick as Dr. Niko “Nick” Tatopoulos, Jean Reno, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer and Arabella Field — was critically destroyed after its theatrical release. Roger Ebert called it “a big, ugly, ungainly device to give teenagers the impression they are seeing a movie.”
Tickets prices vary and can be purchased at fathomevents.com. — tg

 

EC14FAB5_3_WEBLet it Snow
Mady’s Snow Day takes place this Sunday, Aug. 17 beginning at noon at Barley Creek Brewing Company, Sullivan Trail and Cammelback Road, Tannersville. The event is in memory of 13-year-old Mady Law, who lost her life in a freak accident on the first day of winter in 2010. The Maybabies, Solution A.D., The SCProject, Christian Porter (pictured), The Killer Pines, Carpet,  Dehart, The Praise Band, Kyle Baker, Gina Giordano, Jordyn Albanese and Aaron Ryan are set to perform. Additional entertainment such as a mechanical bull, climbing wall, dunk tank, glitter tattoos, obstacle bounce, magicians, face painters, air brush tattoos, kidz on the go and Pampered Chef will also take place. Raffle prizes include a signed Mariano Rivera game day jersey, signed Oakley racing jacket, Yankee tickets, lottery baskets, wine baskets, money trees, Avanti hair basket  and a 50/50 drawing. Admission is $5 until 5 p.m. and $10 the rest of the day.
Mady’s Snow Day is capped with snow machines brought to the event site to recreate the season that Mady Law loved the most. — tg

 

EC21FAB5_2_WEBBack to the Field
As if a free outdoor screening of the four hour director’s cut of the 1970 Oscar-winning documentary Woodstock on Saturday, Aug. 15 wasn’t enough to lure you to the former Yasgur’s Farm site where Bethel Woods Center for the Arts now operates, the center is also offering a a special “Remembering Woodstock” exhibit, commemoration of yoga guru Sri Swami Satchiadananda’s 100th birthday, and a lecture by Woodstock associate producer Dale Bell. Doors open at 5 p.m. for Bell’s talk on what it was like to document the legendary “Music and Art Fair.” The presentation is free, but a ticket is required. The R-rated film is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m., festivities start on the field at 7 p.m. A donation of $5 is suggested. Visit bethelwoodscenter.org for more information or call (866) 781-2922. — ag

 

EC21FAB5_3_WEBSummer Slam
National American Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Terrible Tim Witherspoon went 12 rounds and nearly defeated Larry Holmes in 1983. A native of Philadelphia, he retired in 2003 with a record of 55-13-1, and now runs his own boxing school, working “to make a difference in the lives of young people who continue to see conflict on the street.” On a recent visit to the new Sanctuary in Hazleton, Witherspoon was, according to the venue at 172 N. Wyoming St., impressed with “its potential as a multi-purpose training center for the community.” He’ll be available to talk with fans and sign autographs after a pro wrestling event on Sunday, Aug. 17. The program starts at 3 p.m. with an acoustic performance by Nick Coyle, who will share songs from his new CD. Highlights from last month’s premier event featuring the six-foot, five-inch Ahtu facing Marci and Sam Cabrera in a two-on-one handicap match will follow. A big screen showing of WWE’s SummerSlam closes out the evening at 7:30 p.m. Admission is only $5. Call (570) 262-0636 for more information. — ag

Concerts in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Concerts in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Concerts in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and beyond
F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: (570) 826-1100
The Irish Rovers, Aug. 24
Willie Nelson and Family, Sept. 11
The Wailers, Oct. 10
The truTV Impractical Jokers Tour, featuring The Tenderloins, Sept. 20
Slapstick Sonata, Oct. 24
Badlands, A Tribute to the Music of Bruce Springsteen, Oct. 25
Umphrey’s McGee, Oct. 30

Gypsies Lounge & Night Club,
Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: (877) 682-4791
Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival,
Aug. 23
Lisa Lampanelli, Sept. 13
The Stylistics, Oct. 11
D.L. Hughley, Oct. 25

Mauch Chunk Opera House,
Jim Thorpe
Tickets: (570) 325-0249
Kishi Bashi Band, Aug. 16
Atlas Gray, Aug. 22
The Grascals, Aug. 23
40 Story Radio Tower, featuring Girls, Guns and Glory, Aug. 28
Doc Gibbs and Friends, featuring DeeDee Lavell, Aug. 28
Simone Felice Trio, Aug. 30
John Denver Tribute, Sept. 5
Simon and Garfunkel Retrospective, Sept. 6
Billy Cobham Drum Seminar, Sept. 9
Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Band,
Sept. 10
Solas, Sept. 11
Cast of Beatlemania, Sept. 12-13
The Wailin’ Jennys, Sept. 18
Wishbone Ash, Sept. 19
Sam Bush Quintet, Sept. 19
Mark Doyle and the Maniacs, Sept. 27
Leftover Salmon with Billy Payne,
Sept. 28
CSNSongs, Oct. 3
Tom Petty Tribute, Oct. 4
The Badlees, Oct. 10
Childhood’s End, Oct. 11
Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Oct. 12
The Duhks, Oct. 16
Janis Ian, Oct. 17
Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis, Oct. 19
Frank Sinatra Tribute, Oct. 25
Michale Graves, Oct. 31

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Smackdown TV, Sept. 9
Theresa Caputo, Oct. 6
Cirque du Soleil, Oct. 15-19
Disney Live: Mickey’s Music Festival, Nov. 2

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs,
Plains Twp.
Tickets: (570) 823-9407
Party on the Patio: Almost Queen,
Aug. 14
Bobcat Goldthwait and Scott Bruce, Aug. 15 and Aug. 16
Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular, Aug. 17
Party on the Patio: Stayin’ Alive, Aug. 21
Soul Asylum, Aug. 23
Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns,
Aug. 23
Party on the Patio: Beatlemania Now, Aug. 28
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sept. 19
Asia, Sept. 28
38 Special, Oct. 4
Uncle Kracker, Oct. 11
Great White and Slaughter, Oct. 17
Queensryche, Oct. 31

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: (570) 325-0371
Craig Thatcher Band, Aug. 14
Great White and Vixen, Aug. 15
The Zombies, Aug. 17
Yonder Mountain String Band, Aug. 21
Nightwind, Aug. 22
James Supra Band, Aug. 24
Jake Kaligis/New Constitution, Aug. 28
Winger and FireHouse, Sept. 5
Anna Popovic, Sept. 13
Uriah Heep, Sept. 26
Tommy James and the Shondells,
Oct. 18
Robin Trower, Oct. 31

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains
Tickets: (570) 822-2992
Strawberry Jam, Aug. 15
The Weight, Aug. 22
Pink Talking Fish, Aug. 23
The Z3 with Ed Mann of the Original Zappa Band, Aug. 29
Trespass, Aug. 30
Willie Nelson Afterparty, featuring George Wesley and Friends, Sept. 11
Twiddle, Sept. 12
G-Nome Project, Sept. 14
Saturday Giant and Small Ax Orchestra, Sept. 25
Tauk, Sept. 26
Zayre Mountain, Oct. 3
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen, Oct. 4
Start Making Sense, Oct. 18

Scranton Cultural Center
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Martin and Lewis Tribute, Sept. 28

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: (570) 420-2808
The Quest for Honey Mustard Tour,
Aug. 14
Sherlock, Aug. 15
No Reason, Aug. 16
Doktra, Aug. 18
Red Pandas, Aug. 22
Blessthefall and Chiodos, Aug. 23
Lights Divide, Aug. 26
Transfer Switch, Aug. 30
Ike Avelli, Sept. 13
Keller Williams, Sept. 20
Rusted Root, Oct. 9
Jimmy Eat World, Oct. 16
Lila Ignite, Oct. 24
Misfits, Oct. 30
Mastodon, Nov. 2
The Mavericks, Nov. 7
Arlo Guthrie, Nov. 8
Black Veil Brides, Nov. 21
Railroad Earth Horn-O-Plenty, Nov. 28-29

Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton
Tickets: (570) 961-9000
Peach Music Festival, Aug. 14 – 17
Monumentour: Fall Out Boy and Paramore, Aug. 31

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: (215) 627-1332
The Hooters, Aug. 30
Die Antwoord, Sept. 5
King Crimson, Sept. 12-13
Lily Allen, Sept. 19
Bro Safari, Sept. 20
City Bisco, Sept. 26
Broken Bells, Sept. 27
Airborne Toxic Event, Oct. 3
Timeflies, Oct. 4
Within Temptation, Oct. 9
Machine Head, Oct. 12
Julian Casablancas and The Voidz,
Oct. 16
Drive-By Truckers, Oct. 18
Creature Carnival Tour, Oct. 25
Samhain: 30 Bloody Years, Oct. 29
RL Grime, Oct. 30
The Glitch Mob, Oct. 31

Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pa.
Tickets: (215) 572-7650
Retro Futura Tour, Aug. 22
Beres Hammond, Aug. 24
Toto, Sept. 4
Sig Hansen and Friends, Sept. 11
Chris Isaak, Sept. 12
British Invasion, Sept. 13
Pink Martini, Sept. 19
Kashmir, Sept. 20
Last Comic Standing, Oct. 3
Flying Colors, Oct. 4
Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule, Oct. 10
Kathleen Madigan, Oct. 11
Jeanne Robertson, Oct. 15
An Afternoon with Groucho, Oct. 19
Charlie Daniels, Oct. 23
Renaissance and Al Stewart, Oct. 25
Lorraine Warren, Oct. 28
Todd Rundgren, Oct. 29
Robin Trower, Oct. 30

Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Howie Mandel, Aug. 23
Natalie Cole, Aug. 24
Chevelle with Dayshell and KYNG,
Aug. 31
Early Days of Rock and Roll, Sept. 7
British Invasion Tour, Sept. 10
Trace Adkins, Sept. 11
Gladys Knight, Sept. 14
Safe in Sound Festival Tour, Sept. 25
Timeflies with Kap Slap, Oct. 1
Alter Bridge, Oct. 7
Australian Pink Floyd, Oct. 12
Best of Jethro Tull, Oct. 26
The Wonder Years, Oct. 31

Sellersville Theater, Sellersville
Tickets: (215) 257-5808
Barleyjuice, Aug. 16
Parrotbeach, Aug. 22
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Aug. 28
Baillie and the Boys, Sept. 6
Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, Sept. 7
Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, Witch Mountain and Hedersleben, Sept. 10
The Blasters, Sept. 13
Robin Zander, Sept. 18
Wishbone Ash, Sept. 23
John Oates, Sept. 25
Jane Monheit, Sept. 26
Joan Osborne, Sept. 27
10,000 Maniacs, Oct. 5
Phil Vassar, Oct. 10
Jars of Clay, Oct. 11
Paula Cole, Oct. 18

Susquehanna Bank Center,
Camden, N.J.
Tickets: (856) 365-1300
Linkin Park, Aug. 15
Funny or Die and Preston & Steve Present Oddball Comedy Festival 2014, Aug. 16
Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White Ts, Aug. 17
Jimmy Buffett, Aug. 19
Drake vs. Lil Wayne, Aug. 21
Motley Crue, Aug. 23
UPROAR Festival, Aug. 26
Five Seconds of Summer: Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour, Sept. 4
Miranda Lambert with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, Sept. 5
Toby Keith with Colt Ford, Sept. 27

Tower Theater, Philadelphia
Tickets: (610) 352-2887
Chevelle, Middle Class Rut and Dayshell, Aug. 29
Savoy, Sept. 12
Coheed and Cambria and Thank You Scientist, Sept. 24
Twenty One Pilots, Sept. 27-28
Rise Against, Oct. 1
Bryan Ferry, Oct. 4
Limp Bizkit and Machine Gun Kelly, Oct. 7
The Janoskians, Oct. 9
Porter Robinson, Oct. 10
Australian Pink Floyd Show, Oct. 11
Flying Lotus and Thundercat, Oct. 14
Joe Rogan, Oct. 17
Sound Tribe Sector 9, Oct. 18
Primus, Oct. 22

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: (800) 298-4200
Ed Sheeran, Sept. 8
Cirque du Soleil, Sept. 10-14
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,
Sept. 15
The Black Keys, Sept. 20
Aziz Ansari, Sept. 26
Fleetwood Mac, Oct. 15, Oct. 29
Eric Church, Oct. 18
Justin Timberlake, Dec. 17

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel N.Y.
Tickets: 1 (866) 781-2922
Kings of Leon, Aug. 16
Keith Urban, Aug. 17
Goo Goo Dolls with Daughtry, Aug. 19
Josh Groban, Aug. 23
Zac Brown Band, Aug. 29
Miranda Lambert, Aug. 31

Madison Square Garden,
New York, N.Y.
Tickets: (212) 307-7171
La Salsa Vive, Aug. 29
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,
Sept. 10
Luke Bryan, Sept. 12
History of the Eagles, Sept. 13
Cher, Sept. 19-20
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Sept. 25
Eric Prydz, Sept. 27
Bassnectar, Oct. 4
Fleetwood Mac, Oct. 6-7
X Japan, Oct. 11
Eric Church, Oct. 17
Above and Beyond, Oct. 18
Motley Crue, Oct. 28

Beacon Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Tickets: (212) 465-6500
Lyle Lovett, Aug. 23
Gipsy Kings, Sept. 6
Natalie Merchant, Sept. 13
Pink Martini, Sept. 18
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sept. 19-27
Bunbury, Sept. 21
Bryan Ferry, Oct. 1
Afghan Whigs, Oct. 4
Jackson Browne, Oct. 7
The Fab Faux, Oct. 18
Allman Brothers Band, Oct. 21-25
An Evening with Primus and the Chocolate Factory, Oct. 31
Patrick Bruel, Nov. 1
Ray LaMontagne, Nov. 12
Alt-J, Nov. 16

Bryce Jordan Center, University Park
Tickets: (814) 865-5555
Foster the People, Sept. 5
Cher with special guests Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo, Sept. 24
Brantley Gilbert with Aaron Lewis and Chase Bryant, Sept. 26
Cirque du Soleil, Oct. 8-12
Beach Boys, Oct. 29

World Cafe Live (downstairs),
Philadelphia
Tickets: (215) 222-1400
Paradise Fears, Aug. 15
The Wayside Shakeup, Primatives, Save Station, Lost Haven, Knightlife, Aug. 16
Eric Roberson, Aug. 17

Live Music in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Live Music in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Clubs

Thursday, Aug. 14
Bar on Oak, Pittston – The Tones
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore – DJ Deborah
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Bike Night w/DJ Ringmaster
Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap — Jazz Jam with Bill Godwin & Friends
Jack’s Draft House, Scranton — The Coal Town Rounders
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre — Almost Queen (Queen tribute band)
Oak Street Express, Scranton — DJ Famous
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Open Jam w/Jerry Trapper
The V-Spot, Scranton — Jackson Vee
Wellington’s Pub & Eatery, Clarks Summit — The Fallen w/Tom Osbourne

Friday, Aug. 15
Bar on Oak, Pittston – Nova City Band
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore – Renora Code
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — Fake Uncle Jack
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Graces Downfall
Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap — Diane Marino Quartet
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Tragic Flow with special guest Hot Coffee
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, Clarks Summit — Crimson Tears
Manhattan Drive Jazz Club, Dunmore — Fuzzy Park Trio
Merts, Scranton – DJ Cadillac
Minooka Pub, Scranton — Gerard McDonough
New Penny Lounge, Scranton — Destination West duo
Oak Street Express, Scranton — Lee Strumski (5-8 p.m.), Marilyn Kennedy (9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.)
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Clarence Spady
Pat McMullen’s Restaurant, Scranton — The Wanabees (7:30 p.m.)
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
POSH at Scranton Club, Scranton – Matt Michaylo
The V-Spot, Scranton – Slapjaw with Without a Martyr and Threat Point
Wellington’s Pub & Eatery, Clarks Summit — Villiage Idiots duo

Saturday, Aug. 16
Bar on Oak, Pittston – Latin Night w/ Live Band
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore – DJ Terry Oke
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — Blinded Passenger
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — 6 Drink Minimum
Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap — Sharel Cassity Quartet
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton – Red Barons, Death Wish Birdie and the Pigeon Lookout Squad, Admit Nothing, Rob Palmitessa, The Kids are Laughing at Pedestrians
Manhattan Drive Jazz Club, Dunmore — Gerard Mayer Trio
Minooka Pub, Scranton — Jeremy Burke
Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono — Get Wet Sundays: Miss Red Hot Swim Suit Party
New Penny Lounge, Scranton — Last of Nine, Drive, Eye on Attraction (acoustic)
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton —  Tribes
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
POSH at Scranton Club, Scranton – POSH House DJ
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains —  Strawberry Jam
The V-Spot, Scranton — The J.O.B. (Jay Orrell Band)
Wellington’s Pub & Eatery, Clarks Summit — Collin and Andy duo

Sunday, Aug. 17
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — The Wanabees (3 p.m.)
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — DJ Honey Do
Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap — Manhattan Klezmer
The V-Spot, Scranton — V-Spot Idol 3 (Week 6 of 7)

Monday, Aug. 18
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore – DJ Deborah
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Monday Night Raw hosted by The Wolf

Tuesday, Aug. 19
Bar on Oak, Pittston – Line Dancing with Danny Star
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore – DJ Deborah
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Bike Night w/DJ Ringmaster
Harrington’s Pub & Grill, Olyphant — Karaoke Contest w/DJ Devil Dog
The V-Spot, Scranton — Marilyn Kennedy
Wednesday, Aug. 20
Bar on Oak, Pittston – Line Dancing with Barb
Bazil, Clarks Summit — Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore – Karaoke w/DJ Terryoke
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Open Mic w/Jay Luke
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Village Idiots
The Settlers Inn, Hawley — Robert Kopec Quartet
The V-Spot, Scranton — Zack Savage

Scranton Jazz Festival 2014

Scranton Jazz Festival 2014

A DECADE OF JAZZ
the Scranton Jazz Festival turns 10

 

Music is a force that can unite communities and brighten souls — jazz is a form of music that embraces and nurtures that spirit of togetherness more than any other. The improvisational and collaborative nature of the art form has many expressions and the Scranton Jazz Festival’s 10th anniversary will showcase many styles downtown this weekend. The festival has grown from humble roots to become one of Scranton’s premiere summer attractions.
“When the festival first started 10 years ago, it was located in Nay Aug Park’s Hanlon’s Grove,” said artistic director Marko Marcinko. “The vibe there was nice. It was under a big tent that was utilized by the Scranton Community Theatre for their productions.” In 2007, the tent was destroyed by a winter storm and the festival was forced to relocate. It quickly found a home in downtown Scranton — the main stage was located at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel and the Jazz Walk was added to expand the lineup and encompass the downtown area.
This year’s main headlining artist is multi-Grammy Award winning vocal jazz group The Manhattan Transfer. Tim Hauser, the group’s founding member, said the group enjoys the spirit festivals can bring that individual shows don’t necessarily possess.
“It brings people together in ways a lot of other things cannot,” Hauser said. “You look around and there are all different kinds of people. It brings people together and that’s important in a community. When that happens, it makes people more aware that they’re part of a community. People go about their lives and do things and some people don’t really talk to their neighbors or people outside the scope of their lives. You do something like a jazz festival and all these people come out and interact. It’s cool!”
EC07JAZZFEST_1_WEBWhen the main stage quiets down, the venues of the Jazz Walk are just getting started. Performances will take place at five venues throughout downtown Scranton: Ale Mary’s,126 Franklin Ave.; The Bog, 341 Adams Ave.; Trax Patio at the Radisson Lackawanna Station, 700 Lackawanna Ave.; Le Bistro, 431 Lackawanna Ave. and Posh at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave. The Jazz Walk will feature internationally renowned artists such as Ilona Knopfler, Clarence Spady, Indigo Moon Brass Band, Tyler Dempsey and more.
“Out of all my years in Scranton, there was nothing like the Jazz Walk until we initiated that kind of concept, having a bunch of venues playing music in multiple venues downtown where people can walk from place to place,” said Marcinko. “That sort of thing is very common in many other places like Philadelphia, New York City and overseas. When we initiated that here many years ago, people were electrified, to use a pun on the city’s motto. They were electrified by having that kind of camaraderie in the streets — to have that kind of nightlife in the streets downtown that weekend.”
People unfamiliar with the jazz scene can expect to be exposed to a variety of music, from the “vocalese” stylings of The Manhattan Transfer to the classic-jazz-influenced Eric Mintel Quartet to Chris Parker Band’s mixture of Latin, funk and straight jazz to the guitar duo of Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub.
“Even if you’re not a big jazz fan, you’re going to come for some community atmosphere and spirit, with some great food, great vendors, great people. You’ll relax and enjoy it. There’s something for everyone.”
For music fans and people simply looking for a fun night out, the Scranton Jazz Festival aims to please.
“It’s a great time, period,” said committee member and producerBob Shlesinger.
Even the artists look forward to getting together to celebrate the music, mix and mingle and enjoy the spirit of the festival.
“I love doing jazz festivals,” said Hauser. “I love the atmosphere. Summertime jazz festivals are some of my favorite things to do, rather than going into a theater in the dead of winter. I love working with other artists. Chris Parker — I haven’t seen him in a long time, so that will be nice. It’s always great to run into people you admire and respect and that’s where you see them.”
For a festival that started out of a humble desire to enjoy some jazz in the park, the Scranton Jazz Festival has come into its own over a decade of hard work, expansion and community support. Organizers have seen ticket sales and feedback through social media swell steadily and planning for the next year’s event begins even as visitors are arriving on the first night, according to Marcinko.
“Starting in year one, many naysayers said ‘a jazz festival in Scranton will never last,’” said Marcinko. “After 10 years of doing it and growing it and getting bigger and better each year — the solicitations from managers and artists themselves contacting Scranton Jazz Festival and wanting to play at it — the proof has been in the pudding. If you build it and present it the right way, people will come. Artists and audiences will come and I’m very proud of those people who have been our sponsors and stuck with us all these years. We’re very grateful.”
— tucker hottes

 

SCHEDULE

AUG. 8
The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel
7:30 p.m. — The Eric Mintel Group
8:30 p.m. — Clarence Spady Blues Band
Jazz Walk Venues
9:30 p.m.
The Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Sextet — Ale Mary’s, Franklin Ave.
The Bog Swing Band —The Bog, Adams Ave.
Erin Malloy & Friends — Trax Patio at the Radisson
The Tyler Dempsey Trio — Le Bistro, N. Washington Ave. )
The John Andrews Jazz Group — Posh @ The Scranton Club, Washington Ave.

AUG. 9
The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel
7 p.m. Chris Parker Band featuring jazz sax icon Chris Vadala
8 p.m. The Manhattan Transfer – multi-Grammy award qinning vocal group
Jazz Walk Venues
9:30 p.m.
Music For Models w/ Gary Keller on saxophone — Ale Mary’s, Franklin Ave.
Indigo Moon Brass Band — The Bog, Adams Ave.
Ilona Knopfler & Friends — Trax Patio at the Radisson
Brazilian Sounds Quintet — Le Bistro, N. Washington Ave. (9:30pm-12AM)
Jim Buckley & Jim Tigue — Posh @ The Scranton Club, Washington Ave. (9pm-12am)

AUG. 10
The Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — The Jazz Brunch
4 p.m. — The Keystone College Jazz Institute student combos
5 p.m. — Mike Fahn/ Mary Ann McSweeney jazz tribute to Woody Shaw
6 p.m. — Jazz Guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub
7 p.m. — French vocalist Ilona Knopfler and trumpet great, Nate Birkey
8 p.m. — 10th Anniversary festival big band
9:30 p.m. — The Festival Jazz Jam in Trax Bar, Radisson Hotel

 

2014 PrideFest

2014 PrideFest

PRIDE IN THE PARK
PrideFest 2014 brings even more activities to Wilkes-Barre

 

It started as two dozen people gathered for a picnic in a park. Seven years later, it has grown to 2,000 guests and organizers say it could be bigger than ever this year.
PrideFest 2014 takes place in Wilkes-Barre’s Kirby Park this Sunday, Aug. 10. It’s a celebration of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community packed full of entertainment and local vendors. The chair of the annual event says this year more and more people are getting involved, meaning a bigger and better lineup of festivities.
“Every year it grows and we just have a feeling this is going to be the best year yet,” Beth Hartman said.
A wide variety of performers will provide live entertainment in the park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bands include M80, playing 80s pop-rock; Diamond City Trio, performing acoustic modern and classic rock; and Katie Kelly and the Charming Beards with original folk music. There will also be DJs and an outdoor dance party.
One part that Hartman says always draws a big crowd is the crowning of Miss PrideFest for the drag queen competition.
Hartman says the entire event is very family-friendly, even featuring activities for kids like acts and crafts.
There will be about 40 vendors throughout the park, which is nearly double from last year’s 26. That list includes food merchants like Nico’s Pizza and Notis the Gyro King, alongside community organizations like Unity of NEPA and Domestic Violence Services.
New this year is a wedding vendor tent, a timely addition just three months after Pennsylvania became the final state in the northeast to legalize same-sex marriage. Hartman said the tent gives businesses a chance to show they are gay-friendly.
EC07PRIDEFEST_2_WEB“You’ve seen articles recently about different venues that are turning away gays and lesbians, so these are vendors that are saying ‘we’re welcoming you with open arms.’ What vendor wouldn’t want to say yes to more customers, right?”
Hartman says the increasing support from the business community is a sign of the times. She hopes to see the same type of enthusiasm in the turnout at PrideFest 2014.
“I think this year we’ve come so far with the marriage equality in Pennsylvania, that it’s time for everyone who has friends or family who are gay to unite and come out and show support,” Hartman said.
Supporting local LGBT people is what the NEPA Rainbow Alliance is all about. PrideFest is the group’s biggest event and is an example of the unity members want to bridge between people, businesses and other organizations.
“That’s where the name Rainbow Alliance comes from, it’s an alliance of people that can help us help our community,” Hartman said.
You don’t have to wait for Sunday to show your pride. There are events leading up to the big fest as a part of Pride Week, including a grand opening Friday night for HEAT NEPA, the region’s newest gay bar on North Main Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre. There will also be pre-PrideFest parties Friday night at Venture Lounge on Sans Souci Parkway in Hanover Township and Saturday night at Twelve Penny Saloon on Birney Avenue in Moosic.
The party doesn’t stop after Sunday’s PrideFest. Organizers say the after parties at local bars are among the most popular events for the entire week
“It’s going to be a big night,” Hartman said, “The bars are all going to try to top each other to get everybody who is there at the park to the bars.”
There will even be an all-ages after party at The Factory Underground in Wilkes-Barre. All the after parties have an extra fee. Pre-sale covers are $5 each at PrideFest and may be more at the door. Bar hopper passes are $10 and includes admission for all after parties.
Proceeds from Pride Week and PrideFest will help pay for the Rainbow Alliance to move to a new location. Hartman says the organization had a successful opening at its community center on Route 315, but it is now forced to relocate because its current building needs work. She says the new center will need to be accessible for those who need help.
“Our goal is to have somewhere in the community where the kids who are questioning can come, they want someone to talk to, we can bring in counselors with our partnerships.”
Even with same-sex marriage now legal in Pennsylvania, Hartman says our society is still far from reaching full equality.
“In Pennsylvania, you can still be fired from a job for being gay. You can be evicted from your home for being gay,” She said, “So that needs to go away, too. There’s more work to be done.”
She says coming out to Sunday’s PrideFest will help promote that progress, whether you’re gay, lesbian, questioning or just supportive.
“To have straight allies come out and show support just shows the legislatures and the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania that it’s worth fighting for and this needs to be done, people need to be treated equally,” Hartman said.
It might come as a surprise that Hartman dreams of a time when events like PrideFest are no longer needed. Like any civil rights movement, she says events are essential to bring awareness to the issue, but the hope is that someday it won’t be an issue anymore.
“Hopefully one day we won’t need a Pride Fest, because that’s something we hear, ‘well the straights don’t have a straight fest,’ and maybe one day it’ll be a community fest and it’ll be everybody.”
— kirstin cook

PrideFest is Sunday, Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Kirby Park, off Market Street in Wilkes-Barre. Admission is $6 per person. For more information, go to GayNepa.com.

 

Things to do in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Things to do in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

5 great things to do this week

 

Introducing The Brewsterhout
The Osterhout Rooftop Party is back, but with a new name and a new location. The Brewsterhout Patio Party takes place Friday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the patio at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St. in downtown Wilkes-Barre, as well as inside the library. The party is a 21 and older event featuring beer and wine, entertainment by DJ Ryan Kenton and food donated by more than 20 local restaurants. The event is rain-or-shine.
The party is a fundraiser for the Osterhout Free Library and helps celebrate its 125th anniversary. It’s organized by a group of volunteers committed to sustaining the library.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Price includes food, beverages and entertainment. Guests can also enter to win raffle baskets.
Tickets can be purchased online via the Brewsterhout Facebook page. Tickets are available at all four library branches: Main Library, 71 South Franklin St; North Branch, 28 Oliver St; South Branch, 2 Airy Street; and the Plains Branch, 126 N. Main St, Plains.
Visit osterhout.info to learn more about the patio party and what the Osterhout Free Library offers the community. — tg

 

EC07FAB5_1_WEBWheels and Rock
Wheeliefest describes itself as “an annual grassroots gathering of faithful, diehard, original real rock-n-roll fans.” The event takes place, Saturday Aug. 9 at Fantasy Island, Rowland.
By the fans, for the fans, Wheeliefest 16 boasts a line-up featuring the Scott Weis Band, who is touring in support of his new album, Almost There, and the return of Nashville’s The Cheaters (pictured right). Lord Fowl, Reese Van Riper and The Brought Low are also on the bill.
Tickets are $83 until Aug. 9 and $90 at the gate which includes a catered BBQ dinner, unlimited free beer, camping, swimming and live rock-n-roll.
All ticket details and sales options (including Paypal) can be found at realrockpro.com. — tg

 

EC07FAB5_5_WEBMusical Classic
Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance; or The Slave of Duty follows a young lover who finds himself indentured to a crew of pirates indefinintely as his Feb. 29 birthday means it will be another 63 years before he turns the liberating age of 21. Enjoying frequent international revivals into the 21st century, the popular work will be staged this weekend by the Scranton Shakespeare Festival at the University of Scranton’s Royal Theatre in conclusion of the company’s 2014 summer season. All performances Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10 will be presented at 6 p.m. Admission is free of charge; donations will be collected. Visit scrantonshakespearefestival.org for more information or call (570) 614-3313. — ag
Above, from left: Amanda Yachechak as Mabel, Stephen Murphy as Frederic and James Physick as the Pirate King.

 

 

 

 

EC07FAB5_4_WEBPoetry & Picnic
Poet Craig Czury has spent the last couple of years hitchhiking around the countryside beyond the Springville Schoolhouse Studios, collecting stories from the real people affected by Marcellus Shale gas drilling. Titled Because Although Despite, the resulting collection of poems will be released by Foothills Publishing (foothillspublishing.com) on Monday, Aug. 11. The poet will share some of his words aloud and discuss their origin on Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. as part of a special event hosted by Energy Justice Summer at Snow Hollow Farm at 1527 Silver Creek Road in Silver Lake Township near Montrose. A picnic will proceed Czury’s reading and a discussion will follow. The evening will conclude with a bonfire and viewing of the Perseids meteor shower at its peak. Energy Justice Summer is a youth organization working with community members in Northeastern Pennsylvania affected by shale gas infrastructure. Call (570) 967-8007 for more information. — ag

 

EC07FAB5_2_WEBThe Art of the Game
The NEPA Tattoo Club, 10 S. Main St., Pittston, hosts a gallery exhibit entitled GAME (O)N, opening Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. This exhibit features video and computer game-related artwork with all work in the show being sold or donated to raise funds for to the Geisinger Childrens Hospital. The gallery opening will include beverages, live music, food and plenty of art.
The exhibit includes works from Nick Malasto, Bob Lewis, Vincent Bonitz, Elaina Cognetti, Chad Stanley (in-game images of the character “Elizabeth” from Bioshock: Infinite pictured), Tim Bzdak, Billy Brandenburg, Diana Ruht, Thom Bulman, Bruce Redilla and more.
Contact NEPA Tattoo Club at (570) 299-7269 with any questions regarding the exhibit or the opening event. — tg

Live Music in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Live Music in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

July 31 to Aug. 6

 

Clubs

Thursday, July 31
Bar on Oak, Pittston Township — The Tones
Breakers @ Mohegan Sun, Plains — Gone Crazy
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Deer Head Inn, Delaware Water Gap — Jazz Jam w/Bill Goodwin & Friends
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains — Zach Deputy (PICTURED ABOVE), George Wesley
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre — Draw the Line (Aerosmith tribute band)
Oak Street Express, Scranton — DJ Famous
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Open Jam w/Jerry Trapper
The Bog, Scranton — Panked! Dance Party
The V-Spot, Scranton — Jackson Vee
Wellington’s Pub & Eatery, Clarks Summit — Greg Kondrat of the Village Idiots

Friday, August 1
Bar on Oak, Pittston Township — Group Du Jour
Breakers @ Mohegan Sun, Plains — Stealing Neil
Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood, Scranton — The Von Luger Jazz-Tet
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Mongo
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — J2
Glass Wine Bar & Bistro, Hawley — Merchants of Groove (unplugged)
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — The Mix (classic rock)
JJ Bridjes, Clarks Summit — East Coast Trio
Manhattan Drive Jazz Club, Dunmore — The Chatter
Mecca’s Place, Dunmore — Bill & Donna Arnold
Mert’s Piano Bar, Scranton — The Tom Petty Appreciation Band
Minooka Pub, Scranton — Two Strangers
Oak Street Express, Scranton — Paul’s Turn (5-8 p.m.), Breathing Easy (9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.)
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Dave Brown
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
POSH @ The Scranton Club, Scranton — DJ Matt Michaylo
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains — Clarence Spady Band w/special guest Tony Carfora on sax
Static Night Club, Scott Township — DJ Party
The V-Spot, Scranton — The Wanabees
The Vault, Scranton — Tom Graham
Wellington’s, Clarks Summit — Barfly

Saturday, August 2
Bar on Oak, Pittston Township — Latin Night w/Live Band
Breakers @ Mohegan Sun, Plains — Gas Station Disco
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Clayton Park Recreational Area, Lake Ariel — Marilyn Kennedy
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Jeanie Zanno Band
Cooper’s, Scranton — Green Light Go
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Little Women presents Sue’s Birthday Bash
Manhattan Drive Jazz Club, Dunmore — The Girlz
Mecca’s Place, Dunmore — Bill & Donna Arnold
Minooka Pub, Scranton — John Quinn
Oak Street Express, Scranton — DJ Famous, DJ Woogie, DJ Ransom, and Thomas Weiss (4-8 p.m.), DJ Famous (9 p.m.-1 a.m.)
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Black Tie Stereo
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
POSH @ The Scranton Club, Scranton — DJ Matt Michaylo
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains — SUZE, Dustin Drevitch & the Electric Gentleman
Static Night Club, Scott Township — Latin DJ Party
The Keys: Beer and Spirits, Scranton — The Daymen, Lee Bunny and her Magical Ukulele
The V-Spot, Scranton — Sister Esther
Wellington’s Pub & Eatery, Clarks Summit — The Dishonest Fiddlers

Sunday, August 3
Cooper’s, Pittston — Karaoke w/DJ Honey Do
Cooper’s, Scranton — Doug and Sean
Oak Street Express, Scranton — Marilyn Kennedy (4-8 p.m.)
The V-Spot, Scranton — V-Spot Idol 3 (week 4 of 7)

Monday, August 4
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton — Monday Night Raw hosted by The Wolf

Tuesday, August 5
Bar on Oak, Pittston Township — Line Dancing with Danny Star
Breakers @ Mohegan Sun, Plains — Dani-elle
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — DJ Deborah
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Bike Night w/DJ Ringmaster
Harrington’s Pub & Grill, Olyphant — Karaoke Contest w/DJ Devil Dog
Oak Street Express, Scranton — Jeff Lewis (7-10 p.m.)
The V-Spot, Scranton — Open Mic w/Fud
Wednesday, August 6
Bar on Oak, Pittston Township — Line Dancing with Barb
Bazil, Clarks Summit — Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet
Chestnut Street Tavern, Dunmore — Karaoke w/DJ Terryoke
Oak Street Express, Scranton — Karaoke w/Speaker Jam
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Village Idiots
The Settlers Inn, Hawley — Nick Niles and JJ Keyser
The V-Spot, Scranton — Jim Carro Acoustic

Concerts in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Concerts in Scranton / Wilkes-Barre

Concerts in the 570 and beyond

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: (570) 826-1100
The Irish Rovers, Aug. 24
Willie Nelson and Family, Sept. 11
The Wailers, Oct. 10

Gypsies Lounge & Night Club,
Mount Airy Casino Resort
Tickets: (877) 682-4791
Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival,
Aug. 23
Lisa Lampanelli, Sept. 13
The Stylistics, Oct. 11
D.L. Highley, Oct. 25

Mauch Chunk Opera House,
Jim Thorpe
Tickets: (570) 325-0249
Incendio, Aug. 1
Eddie Bruce, Aug. 2
PA Burlesque Festival, Aug.8 and 9
Kishi Bashi Band, Aug. 16
Atlas Gray, Aug. 22
The Grascals, Aug. 23
40 Story Radio Tower, featuring Girls, Guns and Glory, Aug. 28
Doc Gibbs and Friends, featuring DeeDee Lavell, Aug. 28
Simone Felice Trio, Aug. 30
John Denver Tribute, Sept. 5
Simon and Garfunkel Retrospective, Sept. 6
Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Band,
Sept. 10
Solas, Sept. 11
Cast of Beatlemania, Sept. 12-13
The Wailin’ Jennys, Sept. 18
Wishbone Ash, Sept. 19
Sam Bush Quintet, Sept. 19
Mark Doyle and the Maniacs, Sept. 27
Leftover Salmon with Billy Payne,
Sept. 28

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
Smackdown TV, Sept. 9

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs,
Plains Twp.
Tickets: (570) 823-9407
Party on the Patio: Draw the Line,
July 31
Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Aug. 2
Party on the Patio: Pyromania, Aug. 7
Party on the Patio: Almost Queen,
Aug. 14
Bobcat Goldthwait and Scott Bruce,
Aug. 15 and 16
Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular, Aug. 17
Party on the Patio: Stayin’ Alive, Aug. 21
Soul Asylum, Aug. 23
Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns,
Aug. 23
Party on the Patio: Beatlemania Now, Aug. 28
Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns,
Sept. 13
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sept. 19
Asia, Sept. 28
38 Special, Oct. 4
Uncle Kracker, Oct. 11
Great White and Slaughter, Oct. 17
Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns,
Oct. 25
Queensryche, Oct. 31

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: (570) 325-0371
Ziggy Marley, July 31
Great White and Vixen, Aug. 15
The Zombies, Aug. 17
Yonder Mountain String Band, Aug. 21
Winger and FireHouse, Sept. 5
Anna Popovic, Sept. 13
Tommy James and the Shondells,
Oct. 18
Robin Trower, Oct. 31
The Tubes, Nov. 1

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains
Tickets: (570) 822-2992
Zach Deputy, July 31
Clarence Spady Band, Aug. 1
Suze, with Dustin Drevitch and the Electric Gentleman, Aug. 2
Tauk, Aug. 7
Strawberry Jam, Aug. 15
The Weight, Aug. 22
Pink Talking Fish, Aug. 23
The Z3 with Ed Mann of the Original Zappa Band, Aug. 29
Trespass, Aug. 30
Twiddle, Sept. 12

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: (570) 420-2808
P.O.W.W.O.W., Aug. 9
Blessthefall and Chiodos, Aug. 23
Keller Williams, Sept. 20
Rusted Root, Oct. 9
Jimmy Eat World, Oct. 16
Misfits, Oct. 30
Mastodon, Nov. 2
The Mavericks, Nov. 7
Arlo Guthrie, Nov. 8
Black Veil Brides, Nov. 21
Railroad Earth Horn-O-Plenty, Nov. 28-29

Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton
Tickets: (570) 961-9000
Mayhem Fetstival, Aug. 2
KISS and Def Leppard, Aug. 9
Peach Music Festival, Aug. 14 – 17
Josh Groban, Aug. 26
Monumentour: Fall Out Boy and
Paramore, Aug. 31

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: (215) 627-1332
The Offspring, Aug. 2
Passenger, Aug. 8
The Moody Blues, Aug. 11
The Hooters, Aug. 30
Die Antwoord, Sept. 5
King Crimson, Sept. 12-13
Lily Allen, Sept. 19
Bro Safari, Sept. 20
City Bisco, Sept. 26
Broken Bells, Sept. 27
Airborne Toxic Event, Oct. 3
Timeflies, Oct. 4
Within Temptation, Oct. 9
Machine Head, Oct. 12
Julian Casablancas and The Voidz, Oct. 16
Drive-By Truckers, Oct. 18
Creature Carnival Tour, Oct. 25
Samhain: 30 Bloody Years, Oct. 29
RL Grime, Oct. 30
The Glitch Mob, Oct. 31

Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pa.
Tickets: (215) 572-7650
Jeffrey Osborne, Aug. 1
Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest, Aug. 5
Retro Futura Tour, Aug. 22
Beres Hammond, Aug. 24
Toto, Sept. 4
Sig Hansen and Friends, Sept. 11
Chris Isaak, Sept. 12
British Invasion, Sept. 13
Pink Martini, Sept. 19
Kashmir, Sept. 20
Last Comic Standing, Oct. 3
Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule, Oct. 10
Kathleen Madigan, Oct. 11
Jeanne Robertson, Oct. 15
An Afternoon with Groucho, Oct. 19
Charlie Daniels, Oct. 23
Renaissance and Al Stewart, Oct. 25
Lorraine Warren, Oct. 28
Todd Rundgren, Oct. 29
Robin Trower, Oct. 30

Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Tickets: (800) 745-3000
The Fray, July 31
Yanni, Aug. 12
The Cult, Aug. 14
Howie Mandel, Aug. 23
Natalie Cole, Aug. 24
Chevelle with Dayshell and KYNG, Aug. 31
British Invasion Tour, Sept. 10
Trace Adkins, Sept. 11
Gladys Knight, Sept. 14
Safe in Sound Festival Tour, Sept. 25
Timeflies with Kap Slap, Oct. 1
Alter Bridge, Oct. 7

Musikfest, Downtown Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
ZZ Top, Aug. 1
The All-American Rejects, Aug. 2
Jason Derulo, Aug. 3
Sheryl Crow, Aug. 4
The Moody Blues, Aug. 5
Steely Dan, Aug. 6
The Avett Brothers, Aug. 7
Alan Jackson, Aug. 8
Weezer, Aug. 9
Keith Urban, Aug. 10

Sellersville Theater, Sellersville
Tickets: (215) 257-5808
Nellie McKay, Aug. 3
Old 97s, Aug. 8
Barleyjuice, Aug. 16
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Aug. 28
Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone, Sept. 7
Robin Zander, Sept. 18
Wishbone Ash, Sept. 23
John Oates, Sept. 25
Joan Osborne, Sept. 27
10,000 Maniacs, Oct. 5
Phil Vassar, Oct. 10
Jars of Clay, Oct. 11
Paula Cole, Oct. 18
Todd Snider, Oct. 20
The Tubes, Oct. 26

Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J.
Tickets: (856) 365-1300
Mayhem Festival, Aug. 1
KISS and Def Leppard, Aug. 3
Linkin Park, Aug. 15
Funny or Die and Preston & Steve Present Oddball Comedy Festival 2014, Aug. 16
Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White Ts,
Aug. 17
Jimmy Buffett, Aug. 19
Drake vs. Lil Wayne, Aug. 21
Motley Crue, Aug. 23
UPROAR Festival, Aug. 26
Miranda Lambert with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, Sept. 5
Toby Keith with Colt Ford, Sept. 27

Tower Theater, Philadelphia
Tickets: (610) 352-2887
The Wayans Brothers, Aug. 2
Sunsation Tour, Aug. 3
David Gray, Aug. 5
Umphrey’s McGee, Aug. 9
Chevelle, Middle Class Rut and Dayshell, Aug. 29
Savoy, Sept. 12
Coheed and Cambria and Thank You Scientist, Sept. 24
Twenty One Pilots, Sept. 27-28
Rise Against, Oct. 1
Bryan Ferry, Oct. 4
Little Mix, Oct. 8
The Janoskians, Oct. 9
Porter Robinson, Oct. 10
Australian Pink Floyd Show, Oct. 11
Flying Lotus and Thundercat, Oct. 14
Joe Rogan, Oct. 17
Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller, Oct. 25

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: (800) 298-4200
Miley Cyrus, Aug. 2
Katy Perry, Aug. 4-5
Ed Sheeran, Sept. 8
Cirque du Soleil, Sept. 10-14
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Sept. 15
The Black Keys, Sept. 20
Aziz Ansari, Sept. 26
Fleetwood Mac, Oct. 15, Oct. 29
Eric Church, Oct. 18

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel N.Y.
Tickets: 1 (866) 781-2922
The Temptations and The Four Tops, Aug. 1
Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green, Aug. 2
John Fogerty, Aug. 8
Kings of Leon, Aug. 16
Keith Urban, Aug. 17
Goo Goo Dolls with Daughtry, Aug. 19
Josh Groban, Aug. 23
Zac Brown Band, Aug.29
Miranda Lambert, Aug. 31

Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
Tickets: (212) 307-7171
Blake Shelton, Aug. 1
La Salsa Vive, Aug. 29
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Sept. 10
Luke Bryan, Sept. 12
History of the Eagles, Sept. 13
Cher, Sept. 19-20
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, Sept. 25
Eric Prydz, Sept. 27
Bassnectar, Oct. 4
Fleetwood Mac, Oct. 6-7
Eric Church, Oct. 17
Above and Beyond, Oct. 18
Motley Crue, Oct. 28

Beacon Theatre, New York, N.Y.
Tickets: (212) 465-6500
Tori Amos, Aug. 12-13
Lyle Lovett, Aug. 23
Gipsy Kings, Sept. 6
Natalie Merchant, Sept. 13
Pink Martini, Sept. 18
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sept. 19-27
Bunbury, Sept. 21
Bryan Ferry, Oct. 1
Afghan Whigs, Oct. 4
Jackson Browne, Oct. 7
The Fab Faux, Oct. 18