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Past articles by Matt:

American roots music, funk highlight opening day of Peach Music Festival

As thousands inhabited the Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton with thousands more on their heels, the annual Peach Music Festival, now in its seventh year, got a running start Thursday.Moving performances included sets by the South Carolina-rooted Marcus King Band, Northeastern Pennsylvania… → Read More

Peach Music Festival kicks off in Scranton as campers arrive for four-day event

SCRANTON — The controlled chaos of hoards of music lovers migrating to the Pavilion at Montage Mountain marked the beginning of the Peach Music Festival on Thursday as the enthusiastic masses… → Read More

NEPA Yoga Festival continues to grow, returns to Scranton’s Montage Mountain

In its fifth year, the NEPA Yoga Festival is stretching all over Montage Mountain in Scranton.“We’re using every possible inch we can at the water park,” festival founder Chelsea Manganaro said. “We use the rental building, the lodge, Slocum Hollow, the deck. We use the… → Read More

Wilkes-Barre natives A.J. Jump, Mary McKenna to open new music venue downtown

WILKES-BARRE — An accomplished local musician is partnering with a fellow city native to open a new entertainment venue downtown. A.J. Jump and Mary McKenna are the owners of Karl Hall, which will host a variety of musical acts and comedy sets and will occupy some of the basement space in the Polish Union Building, … → Read More

Attorneys for locals in Adrenaline Mob crash address injuries, litigation

The attorney representing a local woman who was critically injured in a vehicular incident in Marion County, Fla., said she is fighting for her life “each and every day.” A press conference was held today at the Kingston law offices of Ed Ciarimboli and Greg Fellerman to address the condition of area residents Janet Rains, … → Read More

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Peter Cetera to play Misericordia arts festival

The last two years have brought career honors and frustrations for Peter Cetera, but the former founding member of Chicago and successful solo songwriter is only focused on one thing. “I’m having more fun than I’ve ever had,” the 72-year-old vocal tenor and multi-instrumentalist said. Cetera and his band, the Bad Daddies, will headline the … → Read More

Sonographers in hospital, private settings debate elective ultrasound

The use of ultrasound technology to render three-dimensional keepsake imagery of babies in fetal stages of development is a fervently debated topic among traditional ultrasound technicians and 3D imagery business owners. But the two sides of the argument may not be as black and white as they seem at first glance. A group of local … → Read More

900 Marketplace in Forty Fort to gather artists, crafters of handmade items

For a local craftswoman, the motivation for organizing a marketplace in her community came from a decade of being unsatisfied with the environment she experienced at craft shows. “I have been traveling to art shows for the past 10 years, selling my handmade items,” said Shylo Egenski, of Plymouth. “I felt there wasn’t anything in … → Read More

Pop-rocker Bryan Adams to visit Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Among pop-rock hit-makers who came to prominence in the 80s, Bryan Adams is a benchmark, a level to be reached, an example of an artist who had both chart-topping radio singles and humble, behind-the-scenes songwriting successes. The celebrated Canadian songsmith will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The … → Read More

Shavertown artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey to star in new ‘Ink Master’ spin-off

A one-hour special that was planned to debut later this year has developed into a new Spike series starring a local artist. Shavertown resident and reigning “Ink Master” champion Ryan Ashley Malarkey will be featured in a 10-episode season of “Ink Master: Angels,” which will air in the fall of 2017 following the conclusion of … → Read More

Plains Twp. shop owner Derek Zielinski competes on new ‘Ink Master’ season

Among his accumulated skills, tattoo artist Derek Zielinski counts his consideration for customers as his most unique attribute. “I think what sets me apart is that I give a damn,” Zielinski said. “I truly care about my clients and their well being.” Zielinski, who owns and operates out of Glass Heart Tattooing & Arts in … → Read More

Young People in Recovery to launch Wilkes-Barre branch with music, dancing

WILKES-BARRE — A national organization that supports people in the fight against addiction is launching → Read More

Kingston band SUZE rocks Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre with funky originals

WILKES-BARRE — A local rock band has grown in ability and reputation to play the → Read More

Wilkes-Barre JCC to begin offering Silver Sneakers classes in mid-June

WILKES-BARRE — The Jewish Community Center has received approval to add programming that will benefit → Read More

Garden Drive-In refuses to show Disney’s ‘Guardians’ in show of solidarity

A local drive-in movie theater has joined kindred business owners throughout the country in refusing → Read More

Motionless In White to sign copies of latest CD in Wilkes-Barre Township

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — It was announced today that Northeastern Pennsylvania-based metalcore band Motionless In White → Read More

Brian Wilson brings audience back to ’60s at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — There was no love on stage at the F.M. Kirby Center on Tuesday → Read More

Genius behind Beach Boys Brian Wilson to perform at F.M. Kirby Center

WILKES-BARRE — Which of the stellar rock ‘n’ roll albums written during the musically revolutionary → Read More

NEPA-based band Cabinet decides to move forward without original drummer

In a Facbook statement released on April 20, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-based Americana group Cabinet announced they’ll be → Read More

Pints, Pinot and Performing Arts to benefit Kirby Center’s youth program

WILKES-BARRE — The F.M. Kirby Center is one of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most reliable and consistent → Read More