Doin’ Dunmore


By Steve Svetovich

They were “Having a Party.” And that was just one of the 22 classics performed by Jersey Shore’s Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at the Scranton Cultural Center, Saturday, March 19.

The Jersey based group performed before close to 1,000 enthusiastic fans at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Theatre inside the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton.

The band, led by frontman Southside Johnny, with a mostly South Jersey based cult following, is closely related to Bruce Springsteen and the East Street Band. Miami Steve Van Zandt of Springsteen’s East Street Band was co-leader, song writer, guitarist, arranger and producer during the group’s formative years in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The Asbury Jukes recorded and performed several Springsteen tunes and have been regulars for years at the famous Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Springsteen and fellow East Street Band members have their roots at the Stone Pony and continue to perform there on occasion.

The Asbury Jukes have performed on many occasions with Springsteen. East Street band members such as drummer Max Weinberg and late sax player Clarence Clemons have toured with the Jukes. Jon Bon Jovi, also with roots in South Jersey, toured with the Asbury Jukes in 1990.

John Lyon, 67, better known as Southside Johnny, was raised in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and graduated from Neptune High School in 1967 with Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez and Garry Tallent. Lopez and Tallent were to become future musical cohorts of Southside Johnny and later members of Springsteen’s East Street Band.

Wearing jeans, a black shirt and shades, Southside Johnny, sporting a mustache and brown, grayish shaggy hair, came on stage backed by an eight-piece band. The Asbury Jukes included two guitarists, a drummer, keyboard player, trombone player and horn section.

He showed great energy and enthusiasm from the onset. And it was evident those who attended the show were true Southside Johnny followers.

Southside Johnny sang and played harmonica on “Don’t Waste My Precious Time,” the second song of the concert. That got the crowd going.

Then he and the Asbury Jukes performed one of the group’s big hits, “Love on the Wrong Side of Town.”

Southside Johnny showed his talents performing with maracas on “Harder than it Looks.”

With a strong horn influence, he and the Jukes performed a rousing version of the 1960s hit “Don’t Walk Away Renee.”

Following a bluesy, horns tune, Southside Johnny, on harmonica animated and energetic, performed another one of the band’s big hits, “All Night Long.” That drew a positive reaction from the crowd.

Prior to performing, “Don’t Try to Stop Me Till the Good is Gone,” Southside Johnny told stories of his earlier days performing with Springsteen, Miami Steve Van Zandt,,Garry Tallent and other East Street Band members in Asbury Park, New Jersey clubs. He spoke of one club he performed in with Springsteen and Van Zandt. “We were the house jam band. We got paid $15 a night to play eight sets from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bruce (Springsteen) was sometimes on guitar. Gary Sanchez was on keyboard. Then we would play cards with Miami Steve and Garry Talent. Imagine, $15 for eight sets. We would be up all night.”

Southside Johnny followed that number with another hit song, “This Time It’s for Real.”

Following “Cadillac Casanova,” and a few songs in, the Jukes performed “Ain’t Nobody’s Business.”

Then came a highly energized, frenetic version of “Talk to Me,” another one of Southside Johnny’s huge hits. He threw a beverage into the crowd during the song. That got the crowd going even more. During the course of the song, a crowd of fans gathered near the front of the stage shouting “one, two, three, four!”  to the beat of the tune.

Then came the classic hit, “Hearts of Stone,” with the crowd swaying to the music.

Southside Johnny showed a little versatility by then performing a nice version of Sinatra’s, “Fly Me to the Moon.”

The group performed a hard hitting version of “The Fever” and then “Good Time Trapped.”

Then came the Jukes signature song, “I Don’t Wanna Go Home,” to the delight of the crowd.

That was followed up by a nice version of The Drifters hit, “Up on the Roof” and the group’s own, “Tough to Get.”

Southside Johnny briefly left the stage before coming back for an encore with another signature song, “Having a Party,” as those in attendance danced away.

And it was a party, indeed, at the Scranton Cultural Center.

Southside Johnny, known as “The Grandfather of the New Jersey Sound,” did not disappoint.

An After Party with snacks and drinks was hosted by the Scranton Cultural Center after the terrific performance.

Marywood University’s to present Our Town

Marywood University’s department of music, theatre, and dance will present “Our Town” by American playwright Thornton Wilder. The show will be guest-directed by Maura Malloy and performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3 in Marywood’s Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.

Admission is $10 per person. Special admissions prices include: $8 for seniors, $6 for students and free admission for IHM Sisters and those with a valid Marywood ID.


Dana Jackson of Dunmore, Kenneth Doyle of Oceanside, New York and Jade Litaker of Andes, New York, will perform as Emily Webb, George Gibbs and Mrs. Soames, respectively, in Marywood University’s production of “Our Town.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on October 2 and 3 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.

Dana Jackson of Dunmore, Kenneth Doyle of Oceanside, New York and Jade Litaker of Andes, New York, will perform as Emily Webb, George Gibbs and Mrs. Soames, respectively, in Marywood University’s production of “Our Town.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on October 2 and 3 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.

Over the course of three acts, “Our Town” explores the lives of the citizens of a small fictional American town, called Grover’s Corners, at the turn of the last century. The play is divided into three aspects of the human experience: Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death and Dying. Wilder spoke of his play as, “the life of a village against the life of the stars.” He was awarded the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The cast includes: David Zarko as Stage Manager; Travis Murray as Dr. Gibbs; Phoenix Sixto as Joe Crowell, Jr.; Markis Blackwell as Howie Newsome; Ashley Bohn as Mrs. Gibbs; Sarah Wagner as Mrs. Webb; Kenneth Doyle as George Gibbs; Amanda Merrill as Rebecca Gibbs; Max Snyder as Wally Webb; Dana Jackson as Emily Webb; James Langan as Professor Willard; Nick Grevera as Mr. Webb; Tiffany Atkins; Alexa Creavy and Matthew Murphy as various town folks; Darren Cementina as Simon Stimson; Jade Litaker as Mrs. Soames; James Malloy as Constable Warren; Rebecca Darling as Samantha Craig, Chris Norton as Joe Stoddard, Taylor Patullo as Wedding Soloist, and Patrick Hein as the Fiddler.

The production team for the play includes: Maura Malloy, director; Chuck Gorden, theatre program director/producer; Robert Lozada, lighting design; Judy Snyder, production manager and scenic designer; Mary Ann Swords-Greene, costume design; Patrick Toomey, technical director and sound design; Amanda Hirschler, assistant director; Kristin Stewart, stage manager; Markis Blackwell, assistant stage manager; Jessica Lochie, wardrobe supervisor; Tiffany Atkins, wardrobe assistant; Amanda Hirschler, lighting technician; Kenneth Doyle, lighting assistant; Erin Wagner, sound technician; Samuel Mitschele-Dauenhauer, properties master; Jade Litaker, properties assistant; Delaney Malloy, wrangler; Katherine Bischak, and Tatiana Tell, house managers; Rebecca Darling and Dana Jackson, box office; Kristin Stewart, Darren Cementina, Markis Blackwell, Amanda Hirschler, Nick Grevera, and Kenneth Doyle, lighting crew.

Ticket purchases with a credit card, can be made by calling Marywood University’s Box Office at (570) 348-6211, extension 6097.  To purchase tickets at the performance, cash or check payments (made payable to Marywood University) will be accepted. Credit card payments will not be accepted at the door.

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events: September 2015

La Festa Italiana

The annual La Festa Italiana will take place over Labor Day weekend, Sept,  4-7,  on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. The event will feature more than 80 vendors offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainment.  On Friday the festival will begin at 4 p.m. and will feature The Duprees at 7 p.m. For the remaining days of the festival, activities will begin at 11 a.m. The Bronx Wanderers will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

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Columbus Day Trip

Keystone UNICO will sponsor a Columbus Day Bus Trip to New York City on Monday, Oct. 12.  Boarding will begin at 8:15 a.m. across from the Dunmore Community Center on Monroe Avenue. The bus will then leave to return to Dunmore at 7 p.m. The cost for this trip is $30 per person. To make reservations, call Ann Summa at (570) 842-9336.

On this day, the Columbus Day Association of NYC conducts the largest Columbus Day Parade to be seen. While in New York, trip participants will have the opportunity to see this magnificent and colorful parade that begins at noon and ends at 3 p.m. They can also go to lunch or shop their favorite stores. All will reboard the bus later in the day and head to Arthur Avenue, home to “The Little Italy of The Bronx,” for more shopping and dinner at one of the many Italian Ristoranti to be found in the area.

Boy Scout Fall Registration

Boy Scout Troop 57, chartered by the Mary Mother of God Parish, Holy Rosary Church in Scranton, is gearing up for its fall registration. The Troops meets on Thursdays at the Holy Rosary Center, West Market Street, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Meetings will begin after Labor Day, Sept. 10.

Led by Scoutmaster Eric Meyers, the troop welcomes all boys ages 11-17, beginning in the fifth grade, to visit the troop and see all that scouting has to offer. Enjoying camping, hiking, boating, first aid, participating in community functions and many other activities, each scout can work on badges and rank at their own pace. The troop spends a week each July at Goose Pond Boy Scout Reservation.

Cub Pack 21 Fall Registration

Dickson City Cub Scout Pack 21 will hold their fall registration starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. Open house will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24.. Boys can visit any Thursday after those dates.  The Open house promises an event full of fun, games and Scout skills. Families are invited to participate. The Cubs have a variety of activities planned this year such the Rain Gutter Regatta, Pinewood Derby and three summer camping options.

Financial aid is available for uniforms and camping, through the Northeastern Boy Scout of America, located on Montage Mountain. Cub Pack 21 holds individual fundraising accounts to benefit Scout activities.

Cub Pack 21 is chartered by Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and meets at LaSalle Dickson City Campus on Thursdays. All boys in grades one through five are encouraged to join.  

More information on Cub Pack 21 can be found by logging onto

Ladies Auxiliary Meeting

A Ladies Auxiliary meeting with be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Post 3474 Dunmore.

Cancer Survivors Day

Cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, oncology medical professionals and healthcare professionals are invited to connect and reunite at the 23rd Annual Cancer Survivors Day hosted by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

This year participants can choose between two locations/dates for the event. Cancer Survivors Day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 26, at McDade Park in Scranton.

Each event will include the Circle of Survivors, an activity where those in attendance will be able to share a thought or inspirational message about their experience with cancer. Additionally, there will be a survivor’s banner, which all attendees can sign, survivor and caregiver ribbons and pins, autograph books/programs and light refreshments.

To register, please call the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at (1-800) 424-6724 or visit

Rummage Sale

Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church of Olyphant will host its fifth  annual Rummage Sale on Sept. 18-20 at a new location: the St. Cyril’s Grade School Gym, at 133 River St., Olyphant. The sale will begin at 8 a.m. each day.  There will be a raffle with donations from local restaurants, retail stores at the event.

For information regarding donations from yard sales, rummage sale, estate sales etc., contact Lauren Telep at (570) 383-0319 or Father Nestor Iwasiw at (570) 489-2271.

Build Your Influence Summit

Build Your Influence Summit is a two-day conference is geared towards bloggers and entrepreneurs looking to grow their influence by developing skills needed to cultivate relationships with brands and other entrepreneurs. With sessions geared towards improving photography to learning more about SEO and social networking strategies, there is sure to be something for influencers at any level. The conference will be held on Sept. 26-27 at the Aquatopia Resort at Camelback Resort.

The Build Your Influence Summit is the brainchild of two bloggers, Jenna Urban of Bucktown Bargains and Megan Galko of, who realized that their Influence is more powerful when they work together.

For information contact Jenna Urban at or (570) 499-7690 or by visiting

Classic Movie Night

Join The Lackawanna Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City for a tribute to Scranton native and legendary film star Lizabeth Scott.

The event will be featuring the 1947 film “Dead Reckoning” with Humphrey Bogart and the 1957 film “Loving You”, in which Scott appeared with Elvis in his first starring role. LHS Trustee Richard Leonori will offer a short introduction about the life of Lizabeth Scott. Tickets will be $8 per person and will be sold at the event. More information can be found on the event page on Facebook titled: “Classic Movie Night Liz Scott Film Festival.”