The Electric City Music Conference is teaming up with Wilkes-Barre photographer Keith Perks of 1120 Studios for a XIXX special called “25 Years and Counting”. According to the organizers, the show is “dedicated to all who have been touched by cancer, not just the patient, but also the family and friends who are fighting alongside them. Bloody cancer.
Scheduled for Saturday, November 20 at Stage West in Scranton, the event will feature live performances by local stars Joe Lombardo of The Robinsonade, Moral Code, American Buffalo Ghost, Sleeplore, The Maguas, Esta Coda and Lucas Hex. Screaming Infidelities: Emo Night will close the evening with a very special set.
For one night only, the local phenomenon known to fans simply as “Emo Night” will be integrating nu metal into their playlist.
“We’re constantly asked to play nu metal during Emo Night, so if you’re the person who asks Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, and Slipknot at every event, this one’s for you,” explained DJ Hersh of Screaming Infidelities.
“You’ll always have the Emo Night you love, but we’re also going to get in the mud and play some nu metal. It’s a one night only thing. We are also delighted to have Ken Norton [of Graces Downfall] join us for the event.
Perks was diagnosed with cancer, specifically Ewing’s sarcoma, in 1995, but during his last chemotherapy treatment on November 20, 1996, he overcame it with the support of his friends and family. This date was then immortalized in 1120 Studios, his creative company founded in 2003 that produces photos, graphics, CDs, clothing and shows like XIXX. He handpicked every artist who performs at this event.
“Keith did a XIXX show five years ago, and it turns out that November 20 was the conference dates this year, so we decided to partner with an event. He did a great job selecting the performers and I’m delighted to be working on a show with him. When I was going up, Keith was the guy I always looked up to. Now, I am honored to count him among my dear friends, ”noted Electric City Music conference organizer Joe Caviston.
“I think everyone has been touched by cancer at some level, so when Keith came to me with this idea, it was obvious. Over the past few years, the local music scene has lost incredible people to cancer. We have lost good friends in Brian Craig, Dan Copes and Alex Seeley, to name a few. This event is not only to celebrate the lives of those we have lost, it is also to celebrate the lives they touched, the people they loved and to recognize the survivors we love and appreciate.
Tickets, which cost $ 10 for general admission or $ 15 for a hopper pass for all conference venues, are on sale now through Eventbrite.
Stay tuned to NEPA Scene for more ECMC announcements this week.
The eighth annual Electric City Music Conference and Steamtown Music Awards will return to Scranton from Thursday November 18 through Saturday November 20. As the largest event of its kind in the region, this celebration of the diverse local music scene is much more than a music festival, bringing together hundreds of artists and music industry professionals each year to come together. meet and network while recognizing and introducing established and promising musicians in various venues in Scranton.
Screaming Infidelities: Emo Night offers a unique experience that encourages crowd interaction and showcases its fair share of confetti cannons. As Hersh and Caviston spin cult emo, pop punk, punk and indie rock tunes, crowds are encouraged to dance, sing, and fans are even invited to the stage to live out their rock star dreams.
The DJ duo, who have capitalized on the national trend of “emo parties” since their debut at the Electric City Music Conference 2017, have found success in several different venues with their perfect playlists and great vocals, selling both The Bog and Stage West in Scranton, as well as Senunas’ Bar & Grill in Wilkes-Barre and the River Street Jazz Cafe, on several occasions.
They also performed in front of full crowds in Lancaster, Reading and Southampton. Along the way, they added opening slots for local bands with sounds in the vein of emo, pop punk and indie rock and shared scenes with Craig Owens of Chiodos, William Ryan Key of Yellowcard, Chris “Fronz” Fronzak of Attila, Boys of Fall and Josh Balz, former keyboardist of metal band Scranton Motionless In White and current owner of The Strange and Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston and Noir Dark Spirits in Scranton.
See photos from XIXX: 20 Years and Counting at The Other Side at Wilkes-Barre here.
Photo by Keith Perks / 1120 Studios