Music

Celebration of musician George Wesley to end Wilkes-Barre Fine Arts Fiesta

Celebration of musician George Wesley to end Wilkes-Barre Fine Arts Fiesta

WILKES-BARRE — When George Wesley played his annual gig at the Fine Arts Fiesta last year, he took the familiar Public Square stage for what became his final performance. The beloved local musician — revered for his kind disposition and gregarious spirit as much as his mastery of reggae — would succumb to liver cancer […]

Marco Benevento takes lyrical turn, plans visit to Jazz Cafe in Plains Twp.

Marco Benevento takes lyrical turn, plans visit to Jazz Cafe in Plains Twp.

WILKES-BARRE — Pianist Marco Benevento has experimented with a multitude of sounds in his career — everything from improvisational jazz to psychedelic rock to indie-dance-pop — but his most recent string of albums has taken him further and further down the songwriting rabbit hole. Benevento — who released his latest studio record “The Story of […]

Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones bring Prince tribute to River Street Jazz Cafe

Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones bring Prince tribute to River Street Jazz Cafe

WILKES-BARRE — For a musician who grew up loving pop, it took Dean Ford a while to find Prince. But once he did, he was hooked. Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones will perform their tribute to the late funk-pop icon at 9 p.m. May 13 at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains Township. […]

Greensky Bluegrass matures with latest record, heads for Scranton festival

Greensky Bluegrass matures with latest record, heads for Scranton festival

Maturity is a term some musicians prefer not to see associated with themselves or their bands. After all, music is considered a young person’s game and youthful rebellion is what’s usually considered hip. But with the release of the sixth Greensky Bluegrass studio album, “Shouted, Written Down & Quoted,” mandolin player/singer Paul Hoffman is embracing […]

Wilkes-Barre-based rock band Unveiling The Oppression to host showcase

Wilkes-Barre-based rock band Unveiling The Oppression to host showcase

When Pittston songwriter Paul Williams finished his military service and began civilian work, he nearly left making music behind him. “That transition was tough, and I focused on work,” Williams said. But meeting another local musician at work put Williams back in touch with his creative side and launched the development of his band. Unveiling […]

Freddy Cannon to headline rock and doo wop showcase at F.M. Kirby Center

Freddy Cannon to headline rock and doo wop showcase at F.M. Kirby Center

When rock ‘n’ roll was young, Joe Nardone & The All Stars backed up Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon at Sans Souci Park in Hanover Township. That was June 29, 1962. Fifty-five years later, Nardone is promoting a rock and doo wop showcase that features the legendary singer of “Tallahassee Lassie” and “Palisades Park” among other […]

Wilkes-Barre stores prep for Record Store Day with limited editions stocked

Wilkes-Barre stores prep for Record Store Day with limited editions stocked

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Over a decade ago, co-owner of Gallery of Sound, Joe Nardone Jr. met with other members of the Music Monitor Network in Baltimore to discuss how to breathe life back into the record industry. “It was 2006, and it was just around the time when Tower Records closed and Sam Goody tucked […]

Canadian Brass bringing variety of musical genres to Misericordia April 18

Canadian Brass bringing variety of musical genres to Misericordia April 18

DALLAS TWP. — White sneakers with black tuxedos? For anyone else, it might seem like a fashion faux pas. But for members of the Canadian Brass, it’s a signature statement that started years ago when the group slipped into Capezio jazz/ballet slippers and played some ballet music. “Everybody mistook them for sneakers,” trumpet player Chris […]

Scranton rapper Noah Laske to perform at Oak Street Express in Taylor

Scranton rapper Noah Laske to perform at Oak Street Express in Taylor

When one door closed for Scranton hip-hop artist Noah Laske, he opened another. “I had some verbal scholarship offers for baseball, and they ended up not working out,” said the 22-year-old. “I had a little trouble academically. Losing those scholarships is what turned me to music.” Laske will perform from 9 to 11 p.m. April […]

Cabinet works on new record, readies for Susquehanna Breakdown in Scranton

Cabinet works on new record, readies for Susquehanna Breakdown in Scranton

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton based Americana outfit Cabinet is greeting 2017 by getting to work. The peddlers of Pennsylvania bluegrass have already hit the studio in the new year to work on their latest record, and they’ve announced the fifth annual Susquehanna Breakdown music festival for May 19 and 20 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton. […]