The W: Kenny Rogers, Battle of the Bands, and Pop Evil

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First Posted: 9/10/2013


…will help ring in the holiday season at the F.M. Kirby Center come Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.?

American music icon Kenny Rogers will be on hand that night to bring his “Christmas and Hits Through the Years” tour to the local venue.

Throughout a career that has lasted more than four decades, Rogers has effortlessly crossed the lines between pure country and crossover pop with hits like “The Gambler,” “Through the Years,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “Islands in the Stream,” “She Believes in Me,” “You Decorated My Life,” and so many more.

Many of those timeless titles will surely find their way into his set list on Nov. 29, along with festive Christmas classics like “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” and “White Christmas.”

Tickets for this one-night-only holiday event will go on sale this Friday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, online at, or by phone at 570.826.1100.


…is making a return to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs?

For the fourth year, the Battle of the Bands competition will take place at Breakers every Wednesday, from Oct. 2 through Dec. 4.

Bands will compete for cash prizes, with the winning band taking home a grand prize of $7,500. The second place band will win $3,000, the third place band wins $2,000, and the fourth place band scores $1,000.

Bands interested in competing can enter the contest no later than Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. 24 bands will be selected to compete. Interested bands can learn how to enter the competition by visiting


…can you catch Pop Evil with special guests Age of Days?

On Oct. 18, the two bands will play at Brews Brothers West in Luzerne.

Onyx, Pop Evil’s brand new third album, is a triumph of hard rock perseverance and rabblerousing attitude, the type of record that inspires like-minded outsiders with optimism. The grandiose melody of the ‘70s, the danger of the ‘80s, the emotion of the ‘90s, and the loudest of modern riffs all have a home in Pop Evil, who fashion a fresh sound that looks to the future through the prism of rock’s past.

This announcement comes right off the heels of another – Butcher Babies have also been confirmed to play at Brews Brothers West on Oct. 16. Locals may remember the Los Angeles rockers from their Mayhem Festival appearance in Scranton earlier this summer.

General admission tickets for Pop Evil will go on sale on Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. via, charge by phone at .800.745.3000, at all Ticketmaster retail locations, and at the Brews Brothers West Box Office. Tickets will be $12.50 in advance and $15 the day of the show.