All of Downtown Scranton will serve as center stage for an award-winning music festival as the 17th Annual Scranton Jazz Festival (SJF) returns to the Electric City, Friday through Sunday, August 5, 6 and 7. The festival is made possible through partnerships with Blu Elefante Events, PA Jazz Alliance Inc., the City of Scranton, First Friday Scranton, Lackawanna County, and Scranton Tomorrow, and with the generous support of sponsors and media partners.
This year’s event continues the 2021 format, reminiscent of a New Orleans style festival. Instead of utilizing one, large main stage, performances will be held inmultiple venues throughout the Downtown. Featuring national, regional and local musicians, SJF fans will enjoy the extensive variety and unique experience they have grown to expect, and love.
The SJF will also provide a much-needed economic boost for musicians and also supports local businesses. While enjoying performances by accomplished jazz, blues and world beat musicians, visitors to Downtown Scranton are encouraged to explore the wonderful restaurants, pubs and cafés in the Business District. So many establishments have struggled financially, and these small businesses will benefit from the extra foot traffic generated by the festival.
The SJF has garnered international recognition and has been mentioned in U.S. News and World Report, for the cultural diversity and integrity it has brought to the region.
In celebration of its commitment to the arts, admission is free on Friday. There will be two ticketed events at The Ritz Theater featuring The Royal Scam, a Steely Dan Tribute Band, on Saturday, and the SJF Big Band featuring the legendary Four Freshmen on Sunday. Everyone is invited to enjoy live music in more than 20 venues in the Downtown Scranton Business District all weekend.
For more information about the 17th Annual Scranton Jazz Festival, tickets, a schedule of performances, and artist info, visit www.scrantonjazzfestival.org and follow Scranton Jazz Festival on social media.
Headliners have been announced for the 15th anniversary of the Scranton Jazz Festival on Aug. 2, 3, 4, at the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel and other venues in downtown Scranton with three world class artists as its headliners.
Living legend and four-time Grammy nominee Freddy Cole, youngest brother of Nat “King” Cole, will perform with his band on Friday Aug. 2..
Multi award-winning blues artist, Shemeikia Copeland, will take the stage with her highly acclaimed band on Saturday, Aug. 3.
Multi Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer, Randy Brecker, will be the guest artist with the Jazz Festival’s 16 Piece Big Band on Sunday, Aug. 4.
The 6th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park will soon be upon us. This year’s festivities will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on August 16, 17 and 18.
There will be live entertainment each night and lots and lots of food. Selections will include everything from pizza fritta to pasta fagiole.
This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Sherwood Youth Association.
Scranton Shakespeare Festival
The Scranton Shakespeare Festival is presenting its seventh season — an ambitious program featuring two Shakespeare comedies, two musicals, a new devised work, and its annual Youth Theatre Lab piece.
Audiences will have the opportunity to catch all the shows in repertory during the festival’s signature last weekend, July 27 – 29.
Randolph Curtis Rand returns to the festival to direct an abridged, four-person version of Shakespeare’s “Tempest,” double-billed with Brenna Geffers’ devised work “Sycorax,” specially commissioned by the festival and inspired by a character briefly mentioned in “Tempest.” “Tempest/Sycorax” will go on July 6 through July 8, and July 28 at Scranton Prep.
“As You Like It,” directed by festival newcomer Emma Rosa Went, will go up the following weekend, July 13 through July 15, as well as July 29, at Scranton Prep.
The festival’s second musical, “Footloose,” directed by Artistic Director Michael Bradshaw Flynn, will perform July 19 through July 22, and July 29, at Scranton Prep.
The Youth Theatre Lab is set to perform its original adaptation of “Hansel & Gretel” July 7, 14 and 21, at Scranton Prep.
Under the direction of Bobby Temple, SSF will also present “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” on July 27 at The Marketplace at Steamtown.
S.S. Anthony and Rocco Italian Festival
Anthony & Rocco Parish Italian Festival will be held Aug. 10, 11, and 12, at St. Rocco’s Church Grounds in Dunmore, featuring food, games and live entertainment. The Festival opens Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday following the noon mass and procession. Live entertainment will include:
Friday: DHS Marching Units & Cheerleaders and Picture Perfect
Saturday: Holy Cross High School Cheerleaders, Prima Elite Academy of Dance and Popstar Drive
Sunday: Feast Day Mass & Procession at Noon followed by The Luongo Brothers Band, Take Three, and fireworks at 9 p.m.
St. Eulalia’s Summer Picnic
St. Eulalia’s Summer Picnic will be held Friday through Sunday, July 19, 20, and 21, with picnic grounds opening at 6 p.m. on July 19 and 20 and 5 p.m. on July 21. Parking is free.
Featured will be a bake sale, homemade foods, tricky trays, Grandma’s Attic, games, 50-50 Summer Cash tickets, and nightly musical entertainment. For more information, please call (570)842-7656.
On Saturday, July 21, join the eighth annual 5K Run/Walk. If Interested in registering or sponsorship, contact info www.steulalia5k.comor call Ryan at (570)499-3782.
Music on the Lawn
Lake Winola United Methodist Church will host its 10th annual Music on the Lawn and Craft Fair / Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 10 p.m.. This event will have craft and yard sale vendors throughout the afternoon along with four live Christian musical groups starting at 2 p.m. There will be a chicken BBQ and campfire in the evening, featuring a Christian video over the campfire while roasting marshmallows. To buy tickets for the Chicken BBQ or to be a vendor, call Mark at 570-351-7365. See Web Page: http://www.lwumcmusiconthelawn.wix.com/lwumcmusiconthelawn.
Marywood Open House
Marywood University will hold an undergraduate open house on Saturday, July 14, for high school students and their parents. The program will begin with registration at 9 a.m., in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center on the University’s campus.
The event will include an informative tour of the campus, as well as the opportunity to meet with current Marywood students, faculty, and coaches. Information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors will also be available.
For additional information, call Marywood University’s undergraduate admissions office, at (570) 348-6234, or visit www.marywood.edu/admissions/.
Camp Archbald Fundraiser
Save the date! On Aug. 11, at 9 a.m. Kayak for a Camp,will help raise money for Camp Archbald at West Falls boat launch. Call 570-388-6107 to register.
Scranton Jazz Festival
Former New York Yankee great Bernie Williams with The Bernie Williams Collective, along with NEA jazz master Delfeayo Marsalis of the legendary Marsalis family, and the multi-Grammy nominated band Special EFX will headline the 14th annual Scranton Jazz Festival on August 3, 4, and 5 at the Historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel and numerous downtown Scranton venues.
Friday, Aug. 3, kicks off this year’s festival with Special EFX, a multi-Grammy nominated band, featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz.
On Saturday Aug. 4, four-time World Series MLB Champion Bernie Williams of the New York Yankee’s will take the stage with The Bernie Williams Collective.
Sunday Aug. 5, will feature New Orleans born jazz trombone master Delfeayo Marsalis performing with the Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band.
Tickets may also be purchased at all Gallery of Sound locations or through our box office by calling (570)575-5282
Hearing Aid Drive
Marywood University’s Audiology Clinic is accepting used hearing aids at its clinic for those in need. Donations can be dropped off at the Audiology Clinic, in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, on the University’s campus. Marywood University’s Audiology Clinic will partner with Hearing Aid Charities of America to ship used hearing aid donations at no cost.
All donations are tax deductible through Hearing Aid Charities of America (HACA), and a letter of acknowledgement from HACA will be sent upon receipt. HACA will begin the process of recycling and remanufacturing hearing aids for those in need.
For information about making a used hearing aid donation at Marywood University’s Audiology Clinic, call (570) 348-6299.
Protect & Defend Event
Lackawanna College Police Academy will hold the Protect and Defend 5K Run/Walk in memory of the late Scranton Ptlm. John J. Wilding on Sunday, July 22. The race will begin and end at Courthouse Square, Scranton, with proceeds benefiting the Ptlm. John J Wilding Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Pre-registration costs $25 and day-of registration will cost $30. Participants can pre-register online for the event at runsignup.com/protectdefend5k. Registration will be at 8 a.m. on July 22, and the race will begin at 9:30 a.m.
There will also be a Children’s Fun Run for children under age 12, led by Officer Wilding’s nine-year-old daughter Lola. Additionally, a Pre-Race Day Happy Hour at Backyard Alehouse will be held on Friday, July 20, from 5–7 p.m. Admission for the event is $20, which includes a limited open bar and food.
SS. Cyril & Methodius Rummage Sale
The eighth annual rummage sale will be held in the grade school gym of SS. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 133 River St., Olyphant, on Sept. 21, 22 and 23. Friday and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, contact Lauren Telep at (470) 383-0319 or (646 )241-9443 or Very Rev. Father Nestor Iwasis at (570) 489-2271.
Summer Concerts at Marywood
Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department announces summer concerts and performances at the Calabro Delfino Amphitheatre at the Learning Commons. All performances are free and open to the public.
On Sunday, Aug. 12, . at 6:30 p.m., vocalist Nicole Rasmus, accompanied by Marty Ort on piano, will perform a concert featuring a wide range of genres including: standards, jazz, Motown, Broadway, and country music. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center.
Vocalist Chris DiMattio, along with Bill Weber, retired music faculty member at Marywood University, will salute Sinatra on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. DiMattio and Weber return to the stage with a jazz band to recreate their signature performance of A Tribute to Frank Sinatra. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held on the main stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.
A solo guitar performance will be held on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. Mike Mizwinski, “MiZ,” is a soulful, Rock-Americana artist from Northeast Pennsylvania, who is a well-rounded master of both acoustic and electric guitar. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held in the Fireplace Lounge in the Nazareth Student Center.