The Free Lackawanna Giveback Musicfest takes over Montage Mountain in Scranton on May 14th


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From a press release:

Audacy and his local radio stations 98.5 KRZ, Froggy 101, Max 102 and WILK 103.1 are partnering with the Lackawanna County Commissioners to host the first-ever Lackawanna County Giveback on the Mountain Musicfest on Saturday, May 14th.

The new festival will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Pavilion on Montage Mountain (1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton) and will feature all things Lackawanna and Northeast Pennsylvania, including vendors of all kinds, restaurants, food trucks, Wineries and more Variety of live musical performances selected from the county’s Music Re-Opening Act grant, performing on two stages.

This event is free to the public and participating local businesses. After long lockdowns and quarantines, attendees will “finally be able to unwind and enjoy a day of food, shopping, music and fun with friends and family” – while supporting small businesses and musicians, who are among those who have suffered the most from the pandemic.

“The Lackawanna County Giveback on the Mountain Musicfest was born out of love for our little corner of Pennsylvania. NEPA is full of wonderful people, companies and talented musicians. We want to bring everyone together to celebrate our region for a day of fun on the mountain!” explains the festival’s website.

“It’s no secret that the pandemic has brought hardship to many people and businesses. This also applies to local musicians. The economic collapse of the local live music industry not only affected the musicians themselves but countless others including managers, sound engineers, stage crew, lighting directors and many more. In 2021, Lackawanna County Commissioners established the Lackawanna County Music Re-Opening Act Grant with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to help the local music industry recover from the effects of the pandemic and promote the safe reopening of the county. Qualified musicians and DJs from Lackawanna County were invited to apply for the scholarship. A selection of selected musicians will perform live at the festival!

“In addition to the wonderful local musicians, local businesses and vendors will be there showing what they do best. You will enjoy music, food, shopping and more!”

See the full list of providers and music schedule below.

Live music schedule

step 1

12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Clarence Spady Band
13:20-14:00: Paul LaBelle & The Exact Change Band with The Badass Brass
14:20-15:00: Hollis with Mark Woodyatt
15:20-16:00: Doug Smith Dixieland All-Stars with Tyler Dempsey, Erin Malloy and Mark Woodyatt
16:20-17:00: Modern ties
17:20-18:00: Danielle
18:20-19:00: giants of science
19:20-20:00: Leigman & Company

Level 2

Noon-12:40 p.m.: Neil Nicastro, James Schiavo and Marc Arcarese
13:00-13:40: The Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Quartet
14:00-14:40: Melissa Krahnke and Bryan Banks
15:00-15:40: jay luke
16:00-16:40: Jack Bordo and Jim Cullen
17:00-17:40: Picture book
18:00-18:40: LittleStarRun
19:00-19:40: Easy

Food Trucks/Vendors

Butcher Bob’s BBQ
Cuzindom’s Garlic Knot Pusher
Legendary hospitality
Michael Mootz Candy
Naked toffee
Nico’s pizza
Notis The spinning top king
Pittston popcorn
Smoked & Sauce BBQ
Webby Concessions
The Welsh Tea Shoppe


salon drinks
Pocono soda

wine and beer

Susquehanna Brewing Company
Winery Capra Collina
Space Time Mead & Cider Works
Talerico’s Tropical Winery


Agency for Community Empowerment of NEPA (ACE)
Allen’s Amish Shoppe
Specialists in the repair of alloy wheels
Angel Wings chunky blankets
Art by Francesca Panunti
Art by M. Noelle
Art by Nad
Artwork by Keith Renard
Be yourself! lifestyle
Bow Wow Brigade
Christine’s soapbox
Crochet Corcoran
Crazy Ink
create memories
The Crystal Spirit
David Mirarchi Music
Designs by Olivia Gray
The discount outlet
Dynamic duo entertainment
Embroidery 4 U
Essence for your senses
Face the art of face painting
Frankie Carll Productions
Love forever
Handmade on a whim
Handcrafted with love by Margie
The Honesdale National Bank
Imperfections by Nikki
Janiece’s purse collection
John Litwinsky Music
Kairi’s crystals
Leaf filter north
Lil’ Sofia’s jewelry box
Love the Arts/Phillip Mancini
Moonwolf Shoppe
Lyndsey Hughes designs
Marcy’s Treasures
Mary Kay cosmetics
Metal relic
Michele’s handcrafted specialties
Modern ties
NEPA scene
New York life
oh yeah kind
Old World Fan Birds & Themed Lanterns
PA party rental
Phoenix Alley
Quaint luxury picnics
Psychedelic Treasure
Queen City Ink Tattoo and Tarot
RCG Crystals
Rockstar Dog Bakery
Naughty Albert soaps
Scentsy with Jamie
The Soap Chef
Sundance vacation
US Marine Corps/1st Marine Corps District/HS Harrisburg
Warren Construction
West Abington Artistry
West Wind Jewelry
Zee Koh Creations

Photo by Scott Kucharski Photography/NEPA Scene


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