Doin’ Dunmore: Bucktown Music Fest to wrap up this month

By Steve Svetovich

Do you want to have some fun?

Dunmore’s finest musicians will take the stage for the Grand Finale of the second annual Bucktown Music Fest at Dunmore Corners on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 9 p.m.

Tom Hallinan and local musician Brian McGurl are co-chairpersons for the event, the sixth this summer.

Former Dunmore mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney will emcee the event.

The Corner Pocket Blues Band, a four-piece group, will open the festivities. The group consists of Danny Cox, Jim Kernan, Jack Garvey and Dr. Joe Pannick.

Kevin Rogan, a Dunmore graduate who now resides in Philadelphia, will then take the stage with his guitar and vocals.

Timmy LaTorre, another Dunmore graduate, will follow Rogan with his guitar and vocals.

Other performers will include Janice Gambo-Chesna on guitar and vocals, Luke Tinklepaugh on guitar and vocals, POP (Past Our Prime) consisting of Joe Pappa, Tom Boylan and Rick Beckage and finally the East Coast Trio consisting of McGurl, Phil Rossi and Chuck Scrimalli.

McGurl said the festivities with conclude with a Shin-Dig of all-star Dunmore musicians.

“There will be a full band backing up a large group of Dunmore musicians who will perform about 15 songs to conclude the music festival,” said McGurl. “All of these musicians are from Dunmore.”

The Dunmore graduates involved in the Shin-Dig include Rick DelAmico, Lenny Nole, Dunmore music teacher Katie Errico, Mike Stoko, D.J. Stoko, Donna Polizzi Loughney, Sean Loughney and Lenny Carlucci,

“We decided do this a couple of years back,” said Hallinan. “I was driving through Dunmore corners during COVID and wanted to bring some life to the town. I called Brian and he said let’s do it. It has become a huge success.

“This brings all of the people in Dunmore together. You see people you haven’t seen in 10 years. It’s a meeting of old friends. It’s like a family reunion. People look forward to it each week.”

McGurl performed with his band, Q Ball, the initial week this summer. “You look out and see everyone in the town having a good time,” he said. “It’s a great feeling. It’s great seeing people having fun at Dunmore Corners. The musicians are mostly Dunmore people.”

Many of the local restaurants and shops at Dunmore corners open for the event. Honeychild’s Bar, Three Jacks, Two Brothers Pizza, Cara Mia’s, Dunmore Candy Kitchen and Dunmore VFW are among the businesses open.

“This does not happen without the sponsors and a grant from the Lackawanna County Commissioners,” said Hallinan.

Other bands who performed at the Bucktown Music Festival this past summer include The Wannabes, Dashboard Mary, the Luongo Brothers, Friend of the Gypsy, and Michael Kwiatek and Sons.