May
7
Tue
2019
Underground Microphone
May 7 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

UNDERGROUND MICROPHONE

ABOUT UGM:
Underground Microphone is NEPA’s premier LIVE performance series which features our region’s finest talent. Each week we bring you an exclusive up close and personal lineup of poetry, comedy, music and more!  Voted 2017’s Best New Event by readers of Electric City, Underground Microphone offers the unique experience that honors the Weekday Warrior!  Reward yourself with an evening out downtown or a quick drink and entertainment after work.

Located in the Lower Level, the Raymond Hood Room is transformed into a listening room café where artists and their work are respected and supported. This very special space is named after the architect who designed the Scranton Cultural Center in the 1920s. Hood is widely known for his Art Deco and Neo Gothic design style which is evident throughout the entire building. Nationally recognized works include 30 Rockefeller Plaza, American Radiator Building, Daily News, The Emporis, Tribune Tower and The Ocean Forest Hotel in Myrtle Beach among others.

Doors open at 6:00 PM and entertainment starts at 7:00 PM!
No Cover – Cash Bar for 21+ – Valid ID required
Exceptional Entertainment — Classic Atmosphere

Artists: For anyone interested in performing: there are no rules. We encourage free form prose, poetry, stand up, improv and original music. It’s the perfect space to test out new material or projects.  For information on how you can become involved, contact Maria at marias@sccmt.org or (570) 346-7369 x102.

Guests: Please be reminded that since this is a performance space, we do ask that you keep the conversation to a whisper.  We recognize that this is a social setting, and there is ample lobby space for interacting and networking.

Sponsored by United Gilsonite Laboratories and LT Verrastro. Supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.

May
14
Tue
2019
Underground Microphone
May 14 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

UNDERGROUND MICROPHONE

 

 

 

 

Justin Padró, Host
Justin Padró is a musician, writer, educator, sound engineer, DJ, and producer from Brooklyn, NY who has performed throughout Europe, Africa, China, Canada, and the U.S. He is the first-ever recipient of the Louis Armstrong Foundation Jazz Scholars Award, Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, New York, the founder of the Latin Jazz Hour radio show at 89.9 WKCR fm NY, has written about music, art and culture, contributing to books such as ‘The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records’ by Ashley Kahn, and was part of the Maybe Mars/D-22 Crew that founded the underground punk movement in Beijing, China.

Padró started his professional career playing timbales at weddings and clubs in Salsa bands at 13 years old in New York City under the tutelage of legendary timbalero Ralph Irizarry (Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, Israel ‘Cachao’ Lopez, David Byrne, Harry Belafonte, Celia Cruz, Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera). Padró has played with a vast array of legendary artists in various genres including Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdez, Ray Vega, avant garde guitarist Elliot Sharp, 8-string bassist/guitarist Charlie Hunter, David Sanchez, and Coati Mundi of Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

He performed and toured with the award-winning, Smithsonian-recognized & recorded traditional Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena group Viento de Agua, the HIMALAYAS (led by Kenny Wollesen, drummer for Tom Waits and Bill Frisell), and many others. For a time, Padró was a founding member of the Original Stumblebum Brass Band, which fused New Orleans 2nd line Jazz with New York City Punk playing throughout the Subways and streets of NY in the format of sousaphone, trumpet and snare before leaving for Beijing, China to help run a punk rock venue, D-22, that would spark the foundation of the underground music scene in China (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXVLwNkw84Q). Upon returning to New York, Padró was a fixture in the NYC/Brooklyn DIY music and art scene, performing in, booking, organizing and running sound & lighting for various grass roots events at both underground and established venues.

Here in Scranton Padró has co-founded the monthly dance party ‘Electric City Boogie’, co-curates the visual and audio art for the First Friday event ‘Sound & Vision’, lends his hand as sound engineer, lighting tech, stagehand & rigger at various concerts and events at the Scranton Cultural Center, Montage Mountain/Live Nation stages, and Fringe Festival and plays in a handful of music groups spanning punk, jazz, country, rock and latin genres.

 

The Justin Padró Jazz TRIO features Justin Padró (drums), Ian O’Hara (double bass) and Nick Driscoll (tenor saxophone):

Ian O’Hara is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger who has performed in groups such as Lewis & Clarke, Coal Town Rounders, The National Reserve, and Bog Swing Group. He studied Classical and Jazz double bass and Jazz harmony with Marywood University faculty member Joe Cole.

Nick Driscoll is a multi-reedist and multi-instrumentalist and director of the WIlkes University Jazz Orchestra and Great Valley Chamber Music Society. Driscoll performs with The Indigo Moon Brass Band, The Doug Smith Ensemble, various traveling Broadway Musical ensembles, NEA grant recipient John Bromberg, Tony Costa and Lorne Clarke among others. He has appeared on WVIA Public Radio and Television in classical, reggae, folk and jazz ensembles. He has also performed with Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach) at Alice Tully Hall in New York City and with the NEPA Philharmonic. Nick graduated with a B.S. in Music Education from Wilkes College and a B.A. from the Manhattan School of Music.

LittleStarRun
LittleStarRun is the musical alias of Pennsylvania born musician and singer-songwriter Rachel Lucille Woodworth. She found her musical voice living abroad and working as an actress and studying international theater at the Theater of Change (Theatro Ton Allagon) in Athens Greece.

She formed the project LittleStarRun in 2010 inspired by the diverse music scene in Athens, a mix of indie rock, electronica, jazz, world music, and traditional greek artists. She attended Musical Praxis Conservatory in Athens and studied guitar and music theory under jazz guitarist and Berklee Alumnus Yiorgos Argyropoulos. In 2016 she returned to the US and released her single “Wilting” which earned her songwriting comparisons to Jenny Lewis, Feist and Beach House with its lush guitars, ethereal vocal layers and candid lyrics. Her music can be classified as indie dream pop rock with psychedelic, shoegaze and folk influences. The live project LittleStarRun has featured a rotating cast of musicians with the current lineup as a duo featuring Woodworth on guitar/vocals and Justin Padro (Justin Padro Jazz Trio) on drums.

LittleStarRun has been called “A modern Joan Baez” (Umano.gr) and recently contributed a track to Brazilian shoegaze indie electronic artist cellardoor’s 2018 collaborative album Seashores and Riversides. She was a member of the band Brian TV and appears on the albums Brian TV Quits and Animal Worship. She is a regular contributor to radio art program Troubadours and Raconteurs on WFTE and Radio Free Brooklyn. She has composed music and performed in theater works in The Scranton Fringe Festival and continues her involvement in theater locally as a composer, writer and performer. She works as a freelance songwriter/vocalist and collaborates with various artists in the US and abroad. She is currently working with Mexican psychedelic rock folk artist Galar on a theatrical piece/music album for release in 2019. Her debut album “The Heist” is due out in 2019.

https://littlestarrun.bandcamp.com/releases
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/littlestarrun/1098334909
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4u7swE85DslAZDTYdEkY5Q

Contact: littlestarrun@gmail.com.

 

ABOUT UGM:
Underground Microphone is NEPA’s premier LIVE performance series which features our region’s finest talent. Each week we bring you an exclusive up close and personal lineup of poetry, comedy, music and more!  Voted 2017’s Best New Event by readers of Electric City, Underground Microphone offers the unique experience that honors the Weekday Warrior!  Reward yourself with an evening out downtown or a quick drink and entertainment after work.

Located in the Lower Level, the Raymond Hood Room is transformed into a listening room café where artists and their work are respected and supported. This very special space is named after the architect who designed the Scranton Cultural Center in the 1920s. Hood is widely known for his Art Deco and Neo Gothic design style which is evident throughout the entire building. Nationally recognized works include 30 Rockefeller Plaza, American Radiator Building, Daily News, The Emporis, Tribune Tower and The Ocean Forest Hotel in Myrtle Beach among others.

Doors open at 6:00 PM and entertainment starts at 7:00 PM!
No Cover – Cash Bar for 21+ – Valid ID required
Exceptional Entertainment — Classic Atmosphere

Artists: For anyone interested in performing: there are no rules. We encourage free form prose, poetry, stand up, improv and original music. It’s the perfect space to test out new material or projects.  For information on how you can become involved, contact Maria at marias@sccmt.org or (570) 346-7369 x102.

Guests: Please be reminded that since this is a performance space, we do ask that you keep the conversation to a whisper.  We recognize that this is a social setting, and there is ample lobby space for interacting and networking.

Sponsored by United Gilsonite Laboratories and LT Verrastro. Supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.

May
21
Tue
2019
Underground Microphone
May 21 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

UNDERGROUND MICROPHONE

ABOUT UGM:
Underground Microphone is NEPA’s premier LIVE performance series which features our region’s finest talent. Each week we bring you an exclusive up close and personal lineup of poetry, comedy, music and more!  Voted 2017’s Best New Event by readers of Electric City, Underground Microphone offers the unique experience that honors the Weekday Warrior!  Reward yourself with an evening out downtown or a quick drink and entertainment after work.

Located in the Lower Level, the Raymond Hood Room is transformed into a listening room café where artists and their work are respected and supported. This very special space is named after the architect who designed the Scranton Cultural Center in the 1920s. Hood is widely known for his Art Deco and Neo Gothic design style which is evident throughout the entire building. Nationally recognized works include 30 Rockefeller Plaza, American Radiator Building, Daily News, The Emporis, Tribune Tower and The Ocean Forest Hotel in Myrtle Beach among others.

Doors open at 6:00 PM and entertainment starts at 7:00 PM!
No Cover – Cash Bar for 21+ – Valid ID required
Exceptional Entertainment — Classic Atmosphere

Artists: For anyone interested in performing: there are no rules. We encourage free form prose, poetry, stand up, improv and original music. It’s the perfect space to test out new material or projects.  For information on how you can become involved, contact Maria at marias@sccmt.org or (570) 346-7369 x102.

Guests: Please be reminded that since this is a performance space, we do ask that you keep the conversation to a whisper.  We recognize that this is a social setting, and there is ample lobby space for interacting and networking.

Sponsored by United Gilsonite Laboratories and LT Verrastro. Supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.

May
28
Tue
2019
Underground Microphone
May 28 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

UNDERGROUND MICROPHONE

ABOUT UGM:
Underground Microphone is NEPA’s premier LIVE performance series which features our region’s finest talent. Each week we bring you an exclusive up close and personal lineup of poetry, comedy, music and more!  Voted 2017’s Best New Event by readers of Electric City, Underground Microphone offers the unique experience that honors the Weekday Warrior!  Reward yourself with an evening out downtown or a quick drink and entertainment after work.

Located in the Lower Level, the Raymond Hood Room is transformed into a listening room café where artists and their work are respected and supported. This very special space is named after the architect who designed the Scranton Cultural Center in the 1920s. Hood is widely known for his Art Deco and Neo Gothic design style which is evident throughout the entire building. Nationally recognized works include 30 Rockefeller Plaza, American Radiator Building, Daily News, The Emporis, Tribune Tower and The Ocean Forest Hotel in Myrtle Beach among others.

Doors open at 6:00 PM and entertainment starts at 7:00 PM!
No Cover – Cash Bar for 21+ – Valid ID required
Exceptional Entertainment — Classic Atmosphere

Artists: For anyone interested in performing: there are no rules. We encourage free form prose, poetry, stand up, improv and original music. It’s the perfect space to test out new material or projects.  For information on how you can become involved, contact Maria at marias@sccmt.org or (570) 346-7369 x102.

Guests: Please be reminded that since this is a performance space, we do ask that you keep the conversation to a whisper.  We recognize that this is a social setting, and there is ample lobby space for interacting and networking.

Sponsored by United Gilsonite Laboratories and LT Verrastro. Supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.

Jun
4
Tue
2019
Underground Microphone
Jun 4 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

UNDERGROUND MICROPHONE

 

 

 

 

Jason Brian Merrill of The Secret Reasons, Host
Jason Brian Merrill bandleader from The Secret Reasons, is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from the Northeastern PA region. He is the former guitarist for the Gabby Borges band (featured on her latest album as producer and guitarist), and has fronted several acts over the years, most recently Rare Form. He is currently starting his project, The Secret Reasons, which can be found at www.thesecretreasons.com. He originally hails from Bellmore, NY and still visits there as well as performs back in his hometown area. He started with Clarinet, but he started listening to Nirvana in early 1994 (before the untimely death of Kurt Cobain) and then picked up a guitar in 1996. He is self-taught but has a degree in education and uses his experience with self-teaching to enable students to find their own voice, and own ability to self-teach. His influences range from the aforementioned Nirvana, The Beatles, Neil Young, Nine Inch Nails, Gypsy Jazz, and Video Game soundtracks. He has also come to appreciate some 80’s alternative music lately. Jason is a strong believer in connecting through music of all types, and his eclectic style reflects his influences. He has a recording studio in Hawley, PA and works for Songbird Studios in Narrowsburg, and the Black Bear Conservatory of Music in Hawley, PA. He is eager to continue with his solo project and new band, which features Joey Aikens and Steve Kurilla, but as is his custom, will likely have some rotating members such as Mark Woodyatt and Stephen Faubel as well as guest drummers and bassists. He loves putting a new spin on old music, and taking extended solos and jams to see how far he can push his improvisational skills. He plans to do music for the rest of his life, and music is the main part of his income.

Joey Aikens
He didn’t play piano, but 15-year-old Joey Aikens had an ear for perfect pitch. When a family friend gave him a small console piano, he could hear it was out of tune.  A hands-on kid who took his electronic toys apart, diagrammed them and put them back together for fun, Aikens went into his dad’s toolbox. He found a hex fitting and locking pliers, which he used as a makeshift tuning lever.  After graduating from Mountain View High School in Kingsley, Aikens attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and traveled the country as a working, recording guitarist.

Twenty-five years later, Aikens is one of the few remaining piano tuners in northeast Pennsylvania. As pianos continue to remain a centerpiece of classical and modern music, opinions differ on whether piano tuning is reaching its swan song. Aikens remains true to his”scientific art” and spends most of his time in his thriving piano tuning business.  In between finding that perfect pitch, the  multi-instrumentalist  plays with The Secret Reasons and is currently working on a solo album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4IZMHDQ1b0&fbclid=IwAR1-K7HY2Ski2i6FNR6DtD6AMdHHOK1u21PjoAd6NC_fWeDaDcUtg1_YOHM

Owen Walsh
Owen Walsh has been performing music in PA and NYS for the past 7 years. He performs across genres, but folk, rock, and blues music is where he feels most at home. He has been in various bands— (Dead Tracks from Honesdale, PA and South Hill Revival from Ithaca, NY). His current group is called O&Co. He recently graduated from Ithaca College after studying journalism and music. Owen is now writing for the local River Reporter newspaper, and will be releasing his first solo EP in the next month. Hear his music on Instagram @music_by_walsh or on SoundCloud at https://m.soundcloud.com/user-598199740.

Robert Tellefsen 
Bob was born in Brooklyn and has played with the likes of Bob Dylan and Richie Havens. Known for his Richie Havens style, he can take you back to the days in The Village, while also throwing in some modern touches, such as Dave Mathews.

https://www.reverbnation.com/roberttellefsen

 

Lighten Up!
Randy and Rose Light have been playing music together from the time that they first met in Athens Ohio over 30 years ago. Both Randy and Rose had experience as street musicians In cities such as Seattle, Austin, and New Orleans, among other places. Rose fingerpicks and strums guitar and has always been enamored with the swing music and vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald.  Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt influenced Rose deeply, and their music is evident in her repertoire.  Randy grew up in a house where his mother was a leader of a Dixieland band and he was exposed to swing and jazz music at an early age. Later Randy played in an electric bluegrass band and spent 10 years playing Americana and Irish fiddle tunes and mandolin (studying with Jethro Burns of Homer and Jethro and Kevin Burke). Playing acoustic and electric guitar, he opened concerts for John Hartford, Leo Kottke, Mickey Gilley, and Bobby Bare.

Randy and Rose got together and started a family while still playing as “Weekend Warriors “ at many night clubs, honky-tonks, social clubs, restaurants , weddings and a plethora of any location that would want music of varying styles.Since moving to the Poconos of Pennsylvania, Lighten Up shifted to playing the blues Playing gigs with local blues experts such as Clarence Spady, Slam Allen and Little Sammy Davis. Randy also plays currently with a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band called Green River.Lighten Up! recently reconfigured with Chip Forelli on bass, who is best known for his professional photography ( chipforelli.com) however he continues as an artist in many ways musically with Bob Tellifson, and Kat n Randy and others.  Andy Pace has played percussion with Lighten Up! over the years and with the Hideout Blues Band.  Andy played professionally with Gary US bonds and C&C Music Factory and toured with many national artists.

Lighten Up! places a heavy emphasis on tight vocal harmony and arrangements of the “Roots”-oriented blues, swing, rock-a -billy ,  light-rock , and bluegrass that  is likely to be heard from this variety band. Find them on Facebook @lightenuppa

 

ABOUT UGM:
Underground Microphone is NEPA’s premier LIVE performance series which features our region’s finest talent. Each week we bring you an exclusive up close and personal lineup of poetry, comedy, music and more!  Voted 2017’s Best New Event by readers of Electric City, Underground Microphone offers the unique experience that honors the Weekday Warrior!  Reward yourself with an evening out downtown or a quick drink and entertainment after work.

Located in the Lower Level, the Raymond Hood Room is transformed into a listening room café where artists and their work are respected and supported. This very special space is named after the architect who designed the Scranton Cultural Center in the 1920s. Hood is widely known for his Art Deco and Neo Gothic design style which is evident throughout the entire building. Nationally recognized works include 30 Rockefeller Plaza, American Radiator Building, Daily News, The Emporis, Tribune Tower and The Ocean Forest Hotel in Myrtle Beach among others.

Doors open at 6:00 PM and entertainment starts at 7:00 PM!
No Cover – Cash Bar for 21+ – Valid ID required
Exceptional Entertainment — Classic Atmosphere

Artists: For anyone interested in performing: there are no rules. We encourage free form prose, poetry, stand up, improv and original music. It’s the perfect space to test out new material or projects.  For information on how you can become involved, contact Maria at marias@sccmt.org or (570) 346-7369 x102.

Guests: Please be reminded that since this is a performance space, we do ask that you keep the conversation to a whisper.  We recognize that this is a social setting, and there is ample lobby space for interacting and networking.

Sponsored by United Gilsonite Laboratories and LT Verrastro. Supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.

Jun
11
Tue
2019
Underground Microphone
Jun 11 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

UNDERGROUND MICROPHONE

 

 

 

 

Jacob Cole, Host
Jacob Cole is a professional musician, drummer, teacher, world percussionist and proud father.  Rooted in Northeast Pa, he has been playing music since the age of seven and has been teaching for over 10 years.  Jacob is a Berklee College of Music graduate and has had the incredible opportunity to play with some of the finest musicians.  He hopes he can either inspire or move you through his music.  Music is his way to meditate & give back to this world; it is his soul’s gift.  He loves to perform and teach others to do the same.

Jon Ventre, Bass
Jon Ventre is an accomplished, Electric/Acoustic bassist out of the NE Pennsylvania region. In the last 14 years, he has performed in almost every position available in the professional music world. From Showband’s and Symphony Orchestras to National Festivals and Night Clubs.  Aside from being self-taught, Jon has studied under internationally known solo bassist Dr. Sandor Ostlund. Most of all Jon attributes most of his musical accomplishments to the many wonderful musicians he has had the pleasure of working with throughout his career.

Shawn Caden  
Multi-instrumentalist Shawn Caden started his musical career in the shockingly, electric, city of Scranton Pennsylvania; pursuing music in his late childhood, he taught himself along with neighborhood friends. Since then, he’s studied with some noteworthy musicians, such as: Christian Gratz, Jack Bordo, Jim Buckley, and Anupama Bhagwat. Along the way he’s branched out into an eclectic mix of genres, ranging from Jazz and bluegrass to Hindustani classical music. Shawn has been seen in the past working with such outfits as: Spaceman, The Lumber Truck, The Scranton All Stars, and Rogue Chimp. He eagerly awaits the opportunity for creativity and expression in collaborating with new faces, or even old acquaintances, on new endeavors in the music world.

Currently a freelance musician, he works with such bands as Jung Bergo, The Hydration Concept, The Crackers, and the Uphill String Band.

Mark Woodyatt
Maestro Woodyatt, a classical violinist at heart, has developed his own menthol and approach to practicing and performing, as he has studied with many extraordinary teachers throughout his 32 years playing music. He teaches advanced improvisation to select students and has taught master classes in improvisation and cross-genre approaches to techniquee and fiddle playing in the United States of America and Europe. As a musical arranger, educator, clinician and producer, Mark is involved in a wide variety of projects and collaborations, performing sometimes up to three times a day in Northestern Pennsylvania.  He performs as a soloist, has a one-man show, and is a regular member of various rock, folk, Celtic, Scottish, and jazz duos, trios. He is musical director of Jami Novak’s Inner Space Project, fiddler and mandolinist with Dave Brown & The Dishonest Fiddlers, electric violinist and lead synth perfomer with Rogue Chimp, Gypsy Jazz Quintet, The Electric City Swing Septet, and has participated in numerous one-time performances of experimental bands. One of these was Earthlings -an electro-Gypsy-Jam collaboration with members of Dopapod, Lotus and John Brown’s Body. Mark is working on finishing numerous jazz, world, bluegrass, rock, Fusion and meditation projects, and posts new music on a weekly basis on his soundcloud page. www.soundcloud.com/mark-woodyatt/tracks

Jami Novak
Regarded as one of NEPA’s most versatile and sought-after percussionists, Jami Novak has enjoyed a long career spanning over three decades.  Jami is the original drummer for Americana, Jamgrass megaband Cabinet, where he enjoyed 10 years of recording and touring the world. Jami lends his guided rhythm to top area bands such as Dave Brown & the Dishonest Fiddlers, Village Idiots and others.

He has also had some fun working on his own – Jami Novak’s Inner Space Project, an eclectic improvisational band that performs off-the-cuff songs flavored with dub, soul, funk and psychedelic fusion. It’s been said he is “a drummer who knows what’s around every corner.

ABOUT UGM:
Underground Microphone is NEPA’s premier LIVE performance series which features our region’s finest talent. Each week we bring you an exclusive up close and personal lineup of poetry, comedy, music and more!  Voted 2017’s Best New Event by readers of Electric City, Underground Microphone offers the unique experience that honors the Weekday Warrior!  Reward yourself with an evening out downtown or a quick drink and entertainment after work.

Located in the Lower Level, the Raymond Hood Room is transformed into a listening room café where artists and their work are respected and supported. This very special space is named after the architect who designed the Scranton Cultural Center in the 1920s. Hood is widely known for his Art Deco and Neo Gothic design style which is evident throughout the entire building. Nationally recognized works include 30 Rockefeller Plaza, American Radiator Building, Daily News, The Emporis, Tribune Tower and The Ocean Forest Hotel in Myrtle Beach among others.

Doors open at 6:00 PM and entertainment starts at 7:00 PM!
No Cover – Cash Bar for 21+ – Valid ID required
Exceptional Entertainment — Classic Atmosphere

Artists: For anyone interested in performing: there are no rules. We encourage free form prose, poetry, stand up, improv and original music. It’s the perfect space to test out new material or projects.  For information on how you can become involved, contact Maria at marias@sccmt.org or (570) 346-7369 x102.

Guests: Please be reminded that since this is a performance space, we do ask that you keep the conversation to a whisper.  We recognize that this is a social setting, and there is ample lobby space for interacting and networking.

Sponsored by United Gilsonite Laboratories and LT Verrastro. Supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.

Jun
18
Tue
2019
Underground Microphone
Jun 18 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

UNDERGROUND MICROPHONE

 

 

 

 

Jamie Zaleski, Host
Jamie began playing professionally in 2014 along with two longtime friends in the Scranton based band Southside Bandits. He is currently fronting new Roots rock reggae band Young Lion.

ABOUT YOUNG LION
Roots Rock Reggae formed in Negril Jamaica, Based in Stroudsburg PA. Spreads Peace Love and Unity through Music – Young Lion began playing together for Sarah Street Grill’s George Wesley Tribute Night in December 2016 in Stroudsburg, PA.  Chris Condel and Lion Sanford were George’s bandmates, and Jamie Zaleski (of the Southside Bandits) fronted the band for most of the tribute night. They decided to keep working together, and added Howard “Chinna” Chang on Percussion/Hand Drums to round out their sound.  Young Lion’s blend of roots, rock, and reggae is accomplished by the different playing styles and experience of its members. Young Lion live performances include improvisation on their songs to provide listeners with a fresh experience every time you hear them perform.

Lion Sandford
Jamaica native Lion Sandford has been playing the bass guitar since age nine.  His father played piano professionally and his uncle was a bass player. “I always love the days; I love the sound of the “deep” and the way it drove the music.”  After moving to New Jersey, Lion started playing with a band in high school, which later auditioned for Sylvia Robinson who had the hit record Pillow Talk.  She was quite impressed and they soon hit the club circuit throughout NY and NJ.  He later moved to Dallas, Texas where he formed a band as well as the first reggae band radio station.  Lion found himself playing bass for Jamaica recording artist, Sister Carol as well as others.  He went on tour with Ras and while in California, he met drummer, Andton Richardson and headed back to Jamaica where they backed a string of Island based reggae bands including Ego Mouse and Sugar Black. Lion later moved to Pennsylvania started playing with George Wesley and the rest was magic.  After George’s death, he wanted to keep George’s music alive and formed the band Young Lion.

Chris Condel
Chris Condel started playing drums at 10 years old. In high school, he played in all bands. Marching band, concert and jazz band. He holds a bachelor’s of Arts from Bloomsburg University in audio recording with a concentration in music. He has worked at SI Studios since 98. It was there he met George Wesley. He joined George’s band in 2004 where he played with him until his untimely passing in 2016. Since then Chris formed another Reggae group with his former band mate Lion Sandford and newcomer Jamie Zaleski. The band plays original and cover material along with George Wesley originals.

Howard “Chinna” Chang
Howard “Chinna” Chang was born in Kingston, Jamaica.  Growing up, he was surrounded by music. Music became a part of his life, and he was self-taught on percussion and vocals.  He came to the United States and resided in New Jersey with his family. His family all have musical backgrounds.

In the 1980’s, he played with a Reggae band out of North Carolina called Rolley Gray and the Sunfire.  Most of the performances were held in Charlottesville Virginia where he resided at the time. He became a guest performer for local reggae bands in the Charlottesville and the West Virginia area.

In the late 80’s and into the 90’s, he began to write his own music and made several recordings.  In the early 2000’s, he joined a Reggae band in West Virginia called Vibrations as the lead vocal percussionist.  The band did a number of fundraising performances for local charities and churches.

Howard returned to Pennsylvania in 2007 and performed with Reggae bands called No Discipline and Submatics and a mixed genre band called Gonzo and the Funky Family. Although not part of the George Wesley band, he was guest performer with George over a dozen times. When George passed away, Howard became a part of the band Young Lion. The band recorded an album in 2018, named Young Lion Pride, and opened for Matisyahu Band.  Howard continues to perform with Young Lion and does private bookings.

Howard is currently working privately on a movie documentary called Black Elk Legacy.

Angelo Miraglia
Northeastern PA native and profession keyboard player, Angelo completes the rhythm section for Young Lion as well as other area bands. He is a member of instrumental rock band SUICADIO based in Wilkes Barre. Angelo also manages Castle Music Studios in Kingston, PA where he offers piano and music lessons for all levels and ages.

ABOUT UGM:
Underground Microphone is NEPA’s premier LIVE performance series which features our region’s finest talent. Each week we bring you an exclusive up close and personal lineup of poetry, comedy, music and more!  Voted 2017’s Best New Event by readers of Electric City, Underground Microphone offers the unique experience that honors the Weekday Warrior!  Reward yourself with an evening out downtown or a quick drink and entertainment after work.

Located in the Lower Level, the Raymond Hood Room is transformed into a listening room café where artists and their work are respected and supported. This very special space is named after the architect who designed the Scranton Cultural Center in the 1920s. Hood is widely known for his Art Deco and Neo Gothic design style which is evident throughout the entire building. Nationally recognized works include 30 Rockefeller Plaza, American Radiator Building, Daily News, The Emporis, Tribune Tower and The Ocean Forest Hotel in Myrtle Beach among others.

Doors open at 6:00 PM and entertainment starts at 7:00 PM!
No Cover – Cash Bar for 21+ – Valid ID required
Exceptional Entertainment — Classic Atmosphere

Artists: For anyone interested in performing: there are no rules. We encourage free form prose, poetry, stand up, improv and original music. It’s the perfect space to test out new material or projects.  For information on how you can become involved, contact Maria at marias@sccmt.org or (570) 346-7369 x102.

Guests: Please be reminded that since this is a performance space, we do ask that you keep the conversation to a whisper.  We recognize that this is a social setting, and there is ample lobby space for interacting and networking.

Sponsored by United Gilsonite Laboratories and LT Verrastro. Supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.

Jun
25
Tue
2019
Underground Microphone
Jun 25 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

UNDERGROUND MICROPHONE

 

 

 

 

Bryan Brophy, Host 
Bryan Brophy is a singer/songwriter from Scranton, Pa who formerly performed as pop-punk emo artist An Autumn Sunrise. Bryan released four albums under that name. Bryan is now recording a brand new album, which will be available this fall/winter. Bryan is currently playing solo acoustic shows in the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Area.

Chris Hludzik
Chris Hludzik is an original singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from NEPA. He has been writing songs for several years, and has been involved with many bands and projects (performing, writing, engineering, mixing, and producing), covering many styles and genres of music. His original music represents this diversity.
Chris began playing guitar, then learned bass guitar, and other instruments soon followed. He then turned his attention on the art of recording, and later became assistant engineer for Sound Investments. There he gained much experience in engineering as well as production.  Chris currently performs throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania solo acoustic and, on occasion, electric with a backing band. He released his debut album “Yours in Rock,” in October 2008, followed by “Dissonance Meets Harmony” in October 2012, and then his third release, the “Nervous No More” E.P. in April 2014. The single “Like Ian Hunter” was released April 2017. A live album (“Live at Duffy’s”) and a demos and outtakes collection (“Rarities and Casualties”) were released September 2017. Chris’ latest release is the 2018 E.P “Another Last Stand.” Chris has been featured on local television and radio stations throughout the northeast.

Paul Ambrose
Paul Ambrose is 23 and is new to Scranton but enjoying the experiences of a new city. Originally from Hershey, he’s played music his entire life and continued playing saxophone in the marching band at Penn State. He grew up on jazz, but loves rock-and-roll. Paul’s music is heavily influenced by the Foo Fighters, Green Day, and John Mayer, with lyrical styles of country artists and singer-songwriters like Billy Joel and Jackson Browne. He hopes you enjoy the music and have a great time. If you want to hear more, follow him on Instagram (@paul.manofmusic) Facebook (Paul Ambrose) and YouTube (Paul Ambrose).

Shannon Marsyada
Singer songwriter Shannon Marsyada has been cultivating her craft since the age of 13. To date, she has four albums with her 5th slated to release early July this year!  Notable endeavors include being a feature on the Songwriters Hall of Fame New Writers album, performances at the Bitter End, Hard Rock Philadelphia, and Mauch Chaunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Also, Shannon enjoys performing for charity events,weddings, house parties, and is a fixture at the Four Blooms fine dining weekly. Her love of music never waivers, and her newest album Oceans, is her best, most anticipated work to date!

Johnny Vice
“Singer/Guitarist and sometimes songwriter Jonny Vice hails from a hardworking family and shows it in his lyrics. With a wide variety of both original and covers that draw from such influences as Tool all the way to Tom Waits he has a broad range of originals. Jonny Vice has played with several other musicians in duos, bands, and online collaborations, recently doing mostly solo work.

 

ABOUT UGM:
Underground Microphone is NEPA’s premier LIVE performance series which features our region’s finest talent. Each week we bring you an exclusive up close and personal lineup of poetry, comedy, music and more!  Voted 2017’s Best New Event by readers of Electric City, Underground Microphone offers the unique experience that honors the Weekday Warrior!  Reward yourself with an evening out downtown or a quick drink and entertainment after work.

Located in the Lower Level, the Raymond Hood Room is transformed into a listening room café where artists and their work are respected and supported. This very special space is named after the architect who designed the Scranton Cultural Center in the 1920s. Hood is widely known for his Art Deco and Neo Gothic design style which is evident throughout the entire building. Nationally recognized works include 30 Rockefeller Plaza, American Radiator Building, Daily News, The Emporis, Tribune Tower and The Ocean Forest Hotel in Myrtle Beach among others.

Doors open at 6:00 PM and entertainment starts at 7:00 PM!
No Cover – Cash Bar for 21+ – Valid ID required
Exceptional Entertainment — Classic Atmosphere

Artists: For anyone interested in performing: there are no rules. We encourage free form prose, poetry, stand up, improv and original music. It’s the perfect space to test out new material or projects.  For information on how you can become involved, contact Maria at marias@sccmt.org or (570) 346-7369 x102.

Guests: Please be reminded that since this is a performance space, we do ask that you keep the conversation to a whisper.  We recognize that this is a social setting, and there is ample lobby space for interacting and networking.

Sponsored by United Gilsonite Laboratories and LT Verrastro. Supported by Lackawanna County and the PA Council on the Arts.

Sep
26
Thu
2019
The Office! A Musical Parody
Sep 26 @ 7:30 PM – 9:20 PM

Broadway Theatre League Subscriptions are onsale now through the Broadway Theatre League office or

Click Here to Purchase Season Tickets Online

For Broadway Theatre League Season Subscription Information Call 570-342-7784

Click Here to learn about The Premiere Party on Thursday, September 26!

Buy Tickets

Click Here to Visit the Tour Website

Singing! Dancing! Paper!

It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a
documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin…

The Office! A Musical Parody, currently playing Off-Broadway in New York City, is the unauthorized parody of the hit TV show, “The Office.” Don’t miss this hilarious new musical that lovingly pokes fun at everyone’s favorite coworkers. Your favorite moments from all 9 seasons mashed up into one “typical” day with Michael, Jim, Pam, Dwight and others at The Office.

Featuring songs such as “That’s What She Said,” “Marry Me Beesly,” and “We Have Fun Here.”

Run Time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes hours including intermission

 

Due to the nature of theatrical bookings all performances, dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice.

Buyer Beware: If you purchase tickets from a non-authorized person or outlet, you risk purchasing a lost, stolen or fake ticket that is not valid for admittance, regardless of the event. Only valid tickets will scan to authorize entry for an event. Lost or stolen tickets may be deactivated and thus will not be valid for entry. Anyone who purchases tickets from a “scalper,” ticket broker, or online secondary merchant other than Ticketmaster.com does so at their own risk and in most cases is paying a premium.

When you visit the theatre, our first priority is your care and safety. To that end, please be aware in advance of increased security measures for all events at our Theatre. Backpacks, oversized bags, outside food and beverage, and weapons of any kind are not permitted in the building. Also, upon entry, bags and coats must be open and ready for inspection by our security team. Thank you for your cooperation!

Sep
27
Fri
2019
The Office! A Musical Parody
Sep 27 @ 7:30 PM – 9:20 PM

Broadway Theatre League Subscriptions are onsale now through the Broadway Theatre League office or

Click Here to Purchase Season Tickets Online

For Broadway Theatre League Season Subscription Information Call 570-342-7784

Click Here to learn about The Premiere Party on Thursday, September 26!

Buy Tickets

Click Here to Visit the Tour Website

Singing! Dancing! Paper!

It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a
documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin…

The Office! A Musical Parody, currently playing Off-Broadway in New York City, is the unauthorized parody of the hit TV show, “The Office.” Don’t miss this hilarious new musical that lovingly pokes fun at everyone’s favorite coworkers. Your favorite moments from all 9 seasons mashed up into one “typical” day with Michael, Jim, Pam, Dwight and others at The Office.

Featuring songs such as “That’s What She Said,” “Marry Me Beesly,” and “We Have Fun Here.”

Run Time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes hours including intermission

 

Due to the nature of theatrical bookings all performances, dates, times and prices are subject to change without notice.

Buyer Beware: If you purchase tickets from a non-authorized person or outlet, you risk purchasing a lost, stolen or fake ticket that is not valid for admittance, regardless of the event. Only valid tickets will scan to authorize entry for an event. Lost or stolen tickets may be deactivated and thus will not be valid for entry. Anyone who purchases tickets from a “scalper,” ticket broker, or online secondary merchant other than Ticketmaster.com does so at their own risk and in most cases is paying a premium.

When you visit the theatre, our first priority is your care and safety. To that end, please be aware in advance of increased security measures for all events at our Theatre. Backpacks, oversized bags, outside food and beverage, and weapons of any kind are not permitted in the building. Also, upon entry, bags and coats must be open and ready for inspection by our security team. Thank you for your cooperation!