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Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza ranks in top 150 arenas worldwide

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza ranks in top 150 arenas worldwide

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza has ranked No. 141 on the 2016 list of top arenas worldwide by entertainment industry trade publication “Pollstar.” The rankings, formed by the publication with 2016 ticket sales numbers, list the top 200 arenas around the world. The arena moved up more than 10 spots from […]

F.M. Kirby Center ranks No. 109 in worldwide ticket sales

F.M. Kirby Center ranks No. 109 in worldwide ticket sales

WILKES-BARRE — The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts has climbed five slots as one of the top 200 theaters in the world. In 2015, the venue ranked No. 114 and moved up to No. 109 in 2016 on the Top 200 theaters list from concert tour industry trade publication “Pollstar.” The list is […]

Calling all killer queens: Queen tribute band comes to Kirby Center

Calling all killer queens: Queen tribute band comes to Kirby Center

WILKES-BARRE — Seminal rock band Queen has had a number of chart-topping hits. Queen tribute act, God Save the Queen, fronted by Freddie Mercury look-a-like, Pablo Padin, has played those hits for crowds in Europe, South America and India, and on Feb. 3 the band will bring its brand of Queen to Wilkes-Barre’s F.M. Kirby […]

Review: J. Cole’s low-key return focuses on fragility of life

Review: J. Cole’s low-key return focuses on fragility of life

J. Cole’s latest album, “4 Your Eyez Only,” is an intimate one. It unfolds like an old journal that’s been unearthed and shared with an audience of one — that is, an audience of you, or, more important, the daughter of a friend whose shooting death ties the rapper’s latest set together. “Bloodshed done turned […]

Review: Dawn Richard delivers protest music with a dance beat on ‘Redemption’

Review: Dawn Richard delivers protest music with a dance beat on ‘Redemption’

With a gleaming head piece falling past her shoulders like some futuristic deity, Dawn Richard could pass for Sun Ra’s spiritual cousin on the cover of her latest album, “Redemption” (Our Dawn Entertainment). The singer used to be in pop vocal group Danity Kane, but the music she’s been making on her three latest solo […]

Record breaking Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell returns to Kirby Center

Record breaking Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell returns to Kirby Center

WILKES-BARRE — Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell is embarking on an extensive United States tour next year that includes a stop at F.M. Kirby Center. This year, O’Donnell became the first recording artist to have one new album appear on the UK Artist Album Chart every year since 1988. He has had 30 Top 30 albums […]

The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Petal, more play 6th Annual NEPA Holiday Show

The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Petal, more play 6th Annual NEPA Holiday Show

SCRANTON — They’re not the traditional portrait of Santa Claus — they’re young, they scream into microphones and some can’t grow beards — but they traditionally visit Scranton every December to give a gift to Northeastern Pennsylvania children. NEPA bands The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Captain We’re Sinking, The Swims, Three Man Cannon and Petal are […]

Review: Neil Young tackles pipeline, technology on ‘Peace Trail’

Review: Neil Young tackles pipeline, technology on ‘Peace Trail’

Prolific rocker Neil Young is at his curmudgeonly best on “Peace Trail,” bemoaning his place in the current generation while standing up for his decades-long commitment to fighting for the underdog. In that way, the largely acoustic “Peace Trail” is representative of late-career Young. It’s quirky, soulful, poignant and powerful — if not a little […]

Review: Childish Gambino Gets Immersed in the Funk

Review: Childish Gambino Gets Immersed in the Funk

It’s OK not to “get” Childish Gambino’s third studio album “Awaken, My Love!” With its lush soundscapes and sparse lyrics, one can only gather that the funk-drenched latest release from the multi-talented Donald Glover is a collection that is to be felt first and understood second — if understanding is possible at all. Outstanding first […]

Review: Madness CD offers carnival of sounds and characters

Review: Madness CD offers carnival of sounds and characters

“Can’t Touch Us Now” is an invitation into the Madness carnival of sounds, brimming with intriguing, colorful characters. One of the most British of bands and some energetic concert performers, Madness bring the goods in familiarly entertaining fashion, sustaining the strong resurgence on their third album since 2009. Having long expanded from their ska-punk beginnings, […]

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