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“Originally a trombone player, Ervin taught himself saxophone while in the services and instinctively veered towards the kind of blunt, blues-soaked sound of fellow-Texans like Arnett Cobb and Illinois Jacquet. He had his big break with Mingus, who liked his raw, unaffected approach. The career was painfully short, but Booker packed a lot in. He's still missed.”
- Richard Cook and Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 6th Ed.
“Booker Erwin is a powerful, swinging, story-teller.”
- Ira Gitler, insert notes to Booker Ervin/Groovin' High [OJCCD-919-2/P-7417]
When you think of Texas, do you imagine cowboys and country music?
That’s just part of the picture, said singer J.C. Fisher.
“There’s a huge demographic of classical music listeners there.”
As well as people who love gospel music. And Broadway tunes.
So it makes sense that The Texas Tenors, a trio that includes Fisher and his friends Marcus Collins and John Hagen, have a repertoire of songs designed to please people who appreciate all those genres. They’ll bring a sampling of each to the F.M. Kirby Center on April 10 and the Theater at Lackawanna College...
The last time JC Fisher and his fellow Texas Tenors hit Wilkes-Barre, they were rookies.
The group, which gained fame on “America’s Got Talent,” had just started its first national tour.
“We were really new with the symphonies. The first couple we worked with were just classical,” Fisher said.
So playing all the genres with Lawrence Loh and the Northeastern Pennyslvania Philharmonic enjoyable.
Fisher said Loh didn’t mind adding more pop music to the evening.
The Texas Tenors — Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen — return at 8 p.m., Friday to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday at the Theater at...
ARLO'S TAVERN, Route 171, Ararat Twp.: today, Mike Miz and friends.
BAZIL, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Sundays, John Olcese and Geri Featherby jazz duo; Wednesdays, Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet.
BLU WASABI, 223 Northern Blvd., South Abington Twp.: Tuesdays, live entertainment.
BOTTLENECKS, 3 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Wednesdays, the Jam with Abstract Peoples, DJ Hersh.
CHESTNUT STREET TAVERN, 501 Chestnut St., Dunmore:Wednesday, Terry Oke.
COOPER’S SEAFOOD HOUSE, 701 N. Washington Ave.:Wednesdays, Jack Bordo and Larry Zick.
EHRHARDT'S WATERFRONT RESORT, 205 Route 507, Hawley: Thursdays, PubOlympics.
FORMOSA, 727 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Thursdays, Ron Leas and Kenny McGraw.
FOUR SEASONS ASIAN BISTRO, 1146 S. Main Ave.: Wednesdays, open mic.
SIOUX CITY | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino announces seven new concerts for Anthem, including country music stars Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan on May 9.
The Texas Tenors will also be bringing their country roots and classical sound to Siouxland with a concert on July 17 in Anthem.
Other upcoming concerts include Sunday Best, May 9; The LACS, May 29; Super Jam, June 12; The Hit Men, June 20; and Fozzy, June 26.
THE SUM OF OUR PARTS: KEYSTONE COLLEGE SENIOR ART EXHIBITION: works by student artists, first floor, AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., and ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave.
MARYWOOD IN PARIS: works by student artists, second floor, AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave.
CHARCOAL, ACRYLIC, PENCIL, PASTELS AND DIGITAL ART BY ELIJAH BARRETT:Ale Mary’s, 126 Franklin Ave.
THE CULT CLASSIC COLLECTION: screen prints, paintings and drawings by Ashley Kujat and Aaron Dale Johnson, the Bog, 341 Adams Ave.
TAP DANCING FROM “ANYTHING GOES”: performances by Ballet Theatre of Scranton dancers; music by DJ Jack Martin; Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 345 N. Washington...
FIRST FRIDAY SCRANTON, April 3. 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, free trolley rides, and hors d’oeuvres and beverages at participating venues at this monthly artwalk. Downtown Scranton, Scranton. Free. 570-466-9656 or www.firstfridayscranton.com.
THE POP UP STUDIO PRESENTS INTIMATE, April 3, 6 to 9 p.m. This one-night-only interactive installation will take place in four U-Haul trucks and focuses on five kinds of intimacy: experiential, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical. Courthouse Square (Scranton), Scranton. www.thepopupstudio.org.
DRAWMA CLUB: THEATRICAL DRAWING SESSIONS, April 7 6 to 9 p.m. Draw from a costumed model each week in this uninstructed and informal session....
PERFORMANCE HALL REPLACES STAGE AFTER 15 YEARS
Reynolds Performance Hall got a new stage this week, replacing the nearly 15-year-old stage that has been in use since the building opened in September 2000.
Ashley Love, University of Central Arkansas Public Appearances finance and marketing director, said pieces had been replaced over time, but not the entire floor.
“Our tech staff have been mentioning for a while now that it was needing to be replaced, but the building is so busy that it’s hard to find adequate time to do so,” she said. “Once we realized that the hall would not be used over spring...
620 STATE: Bristol, 620 State St. March 21, 9 p.m., Cold Cold Sweats. 423-652-0314.
ACOUSTIC COFFEEHOUSE: Johnson City, 415 W. Walnut St. March 19, 8 p.m., Greyscale; March 20, 8 p.m., Erin Mason and Annalise Emerick; March 21, 8 p.m., Dan Holt and Dustin Tolley; March 22, 8 p.m., Swampcandy. 423-434-9872.
BIGGIES: Kingsport, 417 Stone Dr. March 21, 9 p.m., Adam Graybeal. 423-765-9633.
BONEFIRE SMOKEHOUSE: Abingdon, 260 W. Main St. March 20, 8 p.m., David and Valerie Mayfield. 276-623-0037.
CAPONE’S: Johnson City, 227 E. Main St. March 19, 8 p.m., Prezzence; March 21, 8 p.m., Super Bob and Killing Abraham. www.caponesjohnsoncity.com or 423-928-2295.
CARBONDALE TRINITY CLUB HAM/CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER: Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m., 83 S. Main St., Carbondale, $10.
PYSANKY EGG DEMONSTRATION: Sunday, 2 p.m., Lackawanna Historical Society, Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., email email@example.com. 570-344-3841.
BUS TRIP TO “ABIE’S IRISH ROSE” AT HUNTERDON HILLS PLAYHOUSE: Monday, departs 8:45 a.m., Community Library of Lake and Salem Townships, 518 Easton Turnpike, Hamlin, $75. 570-689-0903.
LENTEN ORGAN RECITALS AND SERVICES: Charles Sundquist with the Madrigal Singers of Wyoming Seminary, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.; Brenda Lynn Leach with Marywood University Chamber Singers, April 1, 11:30 a.m.; St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, free; lunch, follows noon...