Scranton music scene alive and well

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Tatim Brace, Correspondent

The Scranton area music scene is alive and well, with many venues that play host to shows and concerts of all different genres. No matter your preference—metal, hardcore, acoustic, alternative, folk, dub-step, punk and ska, just to name a few–there is most likely a show for you.

The strong music scene in the area gives young people something to do and shows in the area are usually an inexpensive form of entertainment, with many tickets being less than $15. These days, the music scene around the city has turned into more than just local music, there are also countless opportunities to see well-established bands and artists on tour from all ends of the country.

One of the most popular venues recently has been Eleanor Rigby’s in Jermyn. It changed ownership five years ago, and was able to start bringing in bigger names without losing it’s local flavor. This month they had a show headlined by Acacia Strain, a band from Massachusetts.

The Vintage Theatre on Penn Avenue in Scranton is another popular local venue. They have much smaller and intimate shows that appeal to the more acoustic loving fan. Vintage offers not only music but also, films, theater, and art exibits.

The Toyota Pavillion at Montage Mountain usually hosts the biggest names in town. This past season they had acts including Toby Keith and Lil’ Wayne. Each summer, the Vans Warped Tour also happens here.

Marywood University sophomore Sierra Bradley, who frequents area shows, said, “I feel that without (the Scranton area music scene), local kids would have so much less to do. A lot of these bands are genuinely great and deserve recognition.” These shows also give locals the chance to support their friends who are in the bands. Because of social networking sites like Facebook, it’s easier than ever to keep up-to-date with venues in the area and know in advance who will be playing and when. This gives people the opportunity to see some of their favorite bands, without the expense and hassle of driving to see concerts in big cities like Philadelphia or New York. There’s no need when we have great music right here.

These shows also give locals the chance to support their friends who are in the bands. Because of social networking sites like Facebook, it’s easier than ever to keep up-to-date with venues in the area and know in advance who will be playing and when. This gives people the opportunity to see some of their favorite bands, without the expense and hassle of driving to see concerts in big cities like Philadelphia or New York. There’s no need when we have great music right here.