Music

Country heavyweight Vince Gill to perform at Wilkes-Barre’s Kirby Center

Country heavyweight Vince Gill to perform at Wilkes-Barre’s Kirby Center

Vince Gill has won 21 Grammy Awards from 44 nominations. That’s Stevie Wonder territory. The songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and record producer has made an indelible mark on country music — over the course of a career that’s spanned more than 40 years — and he’s managed to touch on every shade of Americana along the […]

Dustin Arbuckle & the Damnations to perform at Jazz Cafe in Plains Township

Dustin Arbuckle & the Damnations to perform at Jazz Cafe in Plains Township

Kansas-based vocalist and harmonicist Dustin Arbuckle is not sure how his latest project will be musically defined — and that excites him. Arbuckle, who has endeared himself to fans as one third of blues/roots-rock trio Moreland & Arbuckle, will perform with newly-formed outfit Dustin Arbuckle & the Damnations during an evening of music that begins […]

Quick Chord: Local band Black Horizon to release new EP, play Kohlfest gig

Quick Chord: Local band Black Horizon to release new EP, play Kohlfest gig

For Ricky Wells, it all started with hearing a Metallica song. “It was ‘Enter Sandman,’ and it blew my mind that something that heavy could be on the radio,” Wells said. The 17-year-old Mountain Top musician is the lead vocalist and guitarist for Black Horizon, a three-piece heavy rock outfit that plans to release its […]

Psychedelic pioneer Donovan to visit F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre

Psychedelic pioneer Donovan to visit F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — As a songwriter, he carried on the American folk tradition of Woody Guthrie alongside Bob Dylan. As an innovator, he predated and influenced everyone in the psychedelic revolution, including The Beatles. Donovan Leitch — more popularly known as, simply, Donovan — will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the F.M. Kirby Center as […]

Grotto Harveys Lake announces schedule of live entertainment, deck parties

Grotto Harveys Lake announces schedule of live entertainment, deck parties

Grotto Pizza is determined to show its Harveys Lake location is a desirable place to spend a summer weekend. The lakeside restaurant will launch an entertainment series beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 26 through 28, and continuing throughout the late spring and summer, that will feature live music, unique beer offers, a new Grotto mascot, […]

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 […]