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First Posted: 9/10/2014

THIS WEEK: Sept. 17 to 23, 2014

An Evening with Erica Kiesewetter and Jon Nakamatsu, a chamber concert with the violinist and pianist from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Sordoni Theater, WVIA Studios, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston. Wednesday, Sept. 17 with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and music at 7 p.m. $30. 570-270-4444 or nepaphil.org.

Wailin’ Jennys, the Canadian harmony trio. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. $30. 570-325-0249.

Mustard’s Retreat, the Michigan folk duo performing traditional and contemporary songs along with storytelling. The Bookhouse, Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1002 N. Ninth St., Stroudsburg. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. 570-421-0800.

Bratislava Boys Choir, the acclaimed group from Slovakia in two concerts honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of Father Jozef Murgas “Radio’s Forgotten Genius.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Free admission but a donation of $15 is suggested. 570-287-6554.

An Evening of Tchaikovsky, the 2014-15 season opener of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic with performances of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and Piano Concerto No. 1 (performed by guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Friday, Sept. 19 with a free pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. and concert at 8 p.m. $37.60 to $63. 570-270-4444 or nepaphil.org.

Wishbone Ash, the progressive rock band on its “Blue Horizons Tour.” Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. $25. 570-325-0249.

Concert at the Barn, with singer-songwriter Dani Moz, a finalist on NBC’s show “The Voice.” The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Free. 570-696-2881.

Kendall Mosley, the local Christian singer. Amazing Taste, How Sweet the Grounds Christian Coffee House, Centenary United Methodist Church, 24 N. Main St., Ashley. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. 570-899-8073.

Consumed, the Bloomsburg Christian duo. First United Methodist Church, Route 11 and East Butler Street, Shickshinny. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. 570-899-2264.

The truTV Impractical Jokers, comedy and hilarious videos by the foursome of Brian “Q” Quinn, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto and James Murray, who challenge each other to outrageous dares and stunts as presented on their truTV show. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Age 18 and older. $125 (VIP and meet and greet); $49.50. 570-826-1100.

Recital with guest soprano Rebecca Turner and faculty pianist Rick Hoffenberg. Marian Chapel, Swartz Center, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Free. 570-348-6211.

The New York Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Mark Gould. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Free. 570-941-7624.

Keller Williams, the “one-man band” who uses looping effects to layer sound atop sound from multiple instruments creating music ranging from bluegrass to rock to jazz. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. $20 advance; $22 day of show. 570-420-2808.

Leroy Justice, the Americana-tinged rock band. Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Drive. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. $16 advance; $20 at the door. 570-588-8077.

So What, an afternoon of jazz with the regional trio performing free jazz, standards, blues, fusion and funk. Hazleton Art League, 225 E. Broad St. 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. $5. 570-817-1075.

Sunday Music Series, with saxophonist Neil Wetzel performing jazz, polkas, hymns and old-time cowboy music. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. $25. 570-344-1111.

An Evening with the Robertsons. Meet Willie and Korie Robertson, stars of the A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty.” Bloomsburg Fair, 630 W. Third St. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. $43, $38. 570-387-4145.

Newsboy, the Christian pop-rock band with singer-songwriter Britt Nicole. Bloomsburg Fair, 630 W. Third St. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22. $25, $20. 570-387-4145.

Kechera, the award-winning folk ensemble of Jakubany, Slovakia, on its first American tour. Hillcrest Hall, 631 Minersville-Llewellyn Highway, Minersville. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23. $10. 570-544-3418.

Ryan Pelton as Blake Rayne, the Elvis impersonator and star of the rock drama “The Identical.” Bloomsburg Fair, 630 W. Third St. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23. $15, $10. 570-387-4145.

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Open Electric Jam, led by the group Right Side Up! Bring your instruments, voice and talent. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. Donation. 570-253-2020.

Chris Young, the country-music singer and winner of USA network’s “Nashville Star” singing competition. Bloomsburg Fair, 630 W. Third St. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. $44, $39. 570-387-4145.

Upper Choir, a concert by the award-winning ensemble from Liebigschule, Germany. Marian Chapel, Swartz Center, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. Free. 570-348-6211.

ZZ Top, the bluesy southern rock band performing hits from its four-decade career. Bloomsburg Fair, 630 W. Third St. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. $51, $46. 570-387-4145.

Open Mic, with musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types along with guest singer-songwriter Wolf Critton. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Friday, Sept. 26 with sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. Free. 570-996-1500.

William Doney, the Christian-music recording artist. Voice of Hope Christian Coffee House, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 231 E. State St., Nanticoke. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Free. Broadcast live on WVHO-FM (94.5). 570-735-1760.

Little Big Town, the country music quartet. Bloomsburg Fair, 630 W. Third St. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. $46, $41. 570-387-4145.

Liebig School Choir, choral music from the Renaissance to the 20th century by the 51-member choir from Giessen, Germany, joined by the Wyoming Seminary Chorale and Madrigal Singers. Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Free. 570-270-2192.

Sam Bush, the mandolinist and his quintet expanding the horizons of bluegrass with jazz, rock, blues and funk. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. $33. 570-325-0249.

The Jam Tour, with Sammy Wilkinson, Taylor Caniff, Dillon Rupp, Aaron Carpenter, Weekly Chris & Kristin Collins, DJ Salerno and more. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. $47.50. 570-420-2808.

Sue Yurkanin, the singer-songwriter in a Christian coffeehouse concert. The Main Bean Cafe, 161 Main St., Luzerne. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Free. 570-899-2264.

The Guitar in America, a concert by guitarist Peter Griggs in which he traces the history of the guitar in the U.S. from the Colonial period to today. Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 420 Main St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Free-will donation. 570-675-1723.

What Makes It Great? The Great American Songbook, with conductor, composer and commentator Rob Kapilow and soprano Magdalyn E. Boga. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Free. 570-941-7624.

The Ultimate Doo Wop Show, with Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, the Vogues, Jimmy Clanton, the Marcels, the Edsels, Barbara Harris of the Toys, Randy & the Rainbows, the Cookies and the Blue Suede Orchestra. Bloomsburg Fair, 630 W. Third St. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. $35, $30. 570-387-4145.

Mark Doyle and the Maniacs, the blues-rock band with Pete McMahon on harmonica and vocals. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. $15. 570-325-0249.

Musicians of the New York Philharmonic, the second concert of the Carter Chamber Music Series with violinist Fiona Simon, pianist Robert Miller and Qiang Tu on violoncello. Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall of the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, East Stroudsburg University. 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. $25, $10 students. Reservations: 570-422-3483, ext. 2.

The Metta String Quartet, in a “Simply Grand Concert” of works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Dvorak. Sordoni High-Definition Theater, WVIA Public Media Studios, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston. 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Free but reservations required: 570-655-2808 or wvia.org.

Leftover Salmon, the genre-blending band from Colorado offering bluegrass, rock, country and Cajun. With Little Feat keyboardist Billy Payne. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. $32. 570-325-0249.

GLAD, the Christian quartet with a 30-year history of recording. Shavertown United Methodist Church, 163 N. Pioneer Ave. 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. $10. 570-675-3616.

CSNSongs, seven professional musicians performing the songs of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. $20. 570-325-0249.

The Faces and Voices of the Blues III, two days of events spotlighting musician photographer Jim Gavenus and guitarist Patrick Sweany. Events include an exhibit of Gavenus’ photographs and Snikle Cigar Box Guitars, photography and guitar workshops, an all-ages concert and Porch Time jam session. Tripp House, 1011 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Saturday, Oct. 4 with exhibit noon to 6 p.m.; photography workshop 1 to 3 p.m.; jam session 3 to 5 p.m. and concert at 8 p.m. Continues Sunday, Oct. 5 with exhibit noon to 4 p.m. and guitar workshop 1 to 3 p.m. Free except concert ($25 advance; $30 at the door). 888-800-7626.

David Griffin, the Jim Thorpe Christian artist. Hilltop Christian Coffee House, Plains United Methodist Church, 133 N. Main St. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Free. 570-371-6363.

Phil Vassar, the Nashville tunesmith and recipient of two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies along with the Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year Award. Presented by Community Concerts at the Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. 570-955-1455.

Damn the Torpedoes, a tribute to rocker Tom Petty. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. $18. 570-325-0249.

In Recital, with the University’s Performance Music Students. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8. Free. 570-941-7624.

Rusted Root, the roots and world music band celebrating its 20th anniversary. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. $22 advance; $24 day of show. 570-420-2808.

The Here and Now Effect, the local Christian-music duo. The Truth Christian Coffee House, New Life Community Church, 570 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. Free. 570-301-7081.

The Wailers, the iconic reggae outfit celebrating the 30th anniversary of its greatest-hits compilation “Legend.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. $35, $25. 570-826-1100.

An Evening with The Badlees, the Pennsylvania rock band with special guests original member Jeff Feltenberger and keyboardist Bob Scott Richardson. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. $23. 570-325-0249.

Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra, with multi-Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis performing masterworks of Ellington, Coltrane and other jazz composers. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. $45, $22 children. 570-389-4409.

One Direction: Where We Are, a filmed concert by the global pop superstars captured live at the San Siro Stadium in Milan. With backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12. $15, $13 children. 570-961-5943.

William Doney, the Christian-music recording artist. My Cup Runneth Over Christian Coffee House, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. 570-824-2991.

The Stylistics, the Philadelphia-based soul quartet. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Saturday, Oct. 11 with shows at 7 and 9 p.m. $45, $30. 877-682-4791.

Dancin’ Machine, a retro dance party with disco hits from the 1970s. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. $23. 570-325-0249.

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema and vintage dance. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. $25. 570-325-0249.

Jimmy Eat World, the alternative rock and power pop band. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. $25 advance; $28 day of show. 570-420-2808.

The Duhks, Canada’s premier neo-tradsters performing world-beat, blues, urban pop and old-timey music. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. $23. 570-325-0249.

GWAR, the heavy-metal explosion of screaming steel and masters of shock rock. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. $20 advance; $22 day of show. 570-420-2808.

An Evening with Jenny Oaks Baker, a Pops Concert by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic with the Grammy-nominated violinist performing classical, rock, Broadway and Disney film music. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $37.60 to $63. 570-270-4444 or nepaphil.org.

Janis Ian, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter (“Society’s Child,” “At Seventeen”). Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. $27. 570-325-0249.

Gary Belles, the Christian-music recording artist. Amazing Taste, How Sweet the Grounds Christian Coffee House, Centenary United Methodist Church, 24 N. Main St., Ashley. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. 570-899-8073.

Mike Lewis, the Americana recording artist. First United Methodist Church, Route 11 and East Butler Street, Shickshinny. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. 570-899-2264.

Andrew Gonzalez and Friends, the chamber music group performing on violin, viola, cello and piano. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Free. 570-941-7624.

Hawley Harvest Hoedown Concert, with bluegrass and folk groups the Coal Town Rounders, Cricket Tell the Weather and Miles to Dayton. Ritz Theater, 512 Keystone St., Hawley. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. $16, $20 advance; $22 at the door. 570-588-8077.

Tommy James and the Shondells, the 1960s chart toppers (“Hanky Panky,” “Crimson and Clover”). Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. $33, $38. 866-605-7325.

Ryan Montbleau, New Orleans-flavored music from the latest album “For Higher.” With openers Tall Heights. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. $20. 570-325-0249.

Methodman and Redman, the hip-hop and TV sitcom stars headlining the Smokers Club Tour with guests B-Real of Cypress Hill and rappers Berner and Mick Jenkins. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. $25 advance; $28 day of show. 570-420-2808.

At the Statue of Venus, excerpts from Jake Heggie’s one-woman opera performed by soprano Jenn Cowgill with pianist Rick Hoffenberg. Marian Chapel, Swartz Center, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. Free. 570-348-6211.

Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis, a celebration of the life and music of Elvis Presley. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. $26. 570-325-0249.

Mike Lewis, the Americana singer-songwriter. Voice of Hope Christian Coffee House, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 231 E. State St., Nanticoke. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Free. Broadcast live on WVHO-FM (94.5). 570-735-1760.

In Recital, a concert by organist Timothy E. Smith. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Free. 570-941-7624.

Scotty McCreery, the country-style singer and winner of the 10th season of “American Idol.” Recreation Center, Lycoming College, 700 College Place, Williamsport. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. $30. 570-321-4000 or lycoming.edu/concert.

Back to the Garden 1969, a tribute to the music of the Woodstock Era. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe.8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. 866-605-7325.

Messengers, the local Christian-music group. The Main Bean Cafe, 161 Main St., Luzerne. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Free. 570-899-2264.

Badlands, a tribute to the music of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band along with Drive: A Tribute to the Cars. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. $31, $27, $21. 570-826-1100.

The Frank Sinatra Tribute Show, with singer Tony Sands backed by an eight-piece swing band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. $25. 570-325-0249.

D.L. Hughley, the standup comic and star of the sitcom “The Hughleys.” Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. $55, $35. 877-682-4791.