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Glass Prism returning to Scranton

April 25. 2013 5:32PM


What: Glass Prism “Rock On” dinner dance

When: Saturday at 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5)

Where: Genetti Manor, 1505 N. Main Ave., Dickson City

Tickets: $39 VIP seating and buffet (in advance), $29 general admission and buffet (in advance); $15 (show only in advance), $20 (show only, day of show)

Available: Genetti Manor at 570-383-0206 or Plotkin’s at 570-343-2429 or 800-830-7463

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Glass Prism, the band from Northeastern Pennsylvania that took the words of Edgar Allan Poe to the pop charts in the late 1960s, is getting back together again.

And this time it’s just for the love of the music.

The band, which now consists of long-time members Tom Varano (lead guitar), Rick Richards (drums) and Lou Cossa (keys, guitar) plus newer recruits Fran Festa (bass), Mike Mercuri (keys) and Nancy Graziano (vocals), will play a special dinner dance at Genetti Manor in Dickson City tomorrow.

“The last one was a full rock opera,” Varano said of the band’s most recent appearance, in October, at the Scranton Cultural Center. “This time, it is just about the music, and having fun like we used to in the old days.”

Varano said the band will play songs it recorded in 1969 for the RCA Victor release “Poe Through The Glass Prism,” songs from its 2012 album “Resurrection” and the classic-rock songs the band used to play on the club circuit of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Special guests for Saturday’s show are The Jeffrey James Band, a horn-driven local favorite active since 1979, which plays music of every style and era from the 1950s to the present. Still led by original lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist Jim Kovaleski, the band will offer music from its latest CD, “Jukebox Heroes.”

A deluxe buffet dinner will be served from 6 p.m., followed by performances by The Jeffrey James Band at 7 p.m. and Glass Prism at 8.

Glass Prism also will have a meet and greet after the show and will be available for autographs and photos.

“This show will be like going to see the band back in the day when we used to play clubs and high-school dances,” Varano said. “And whenever we play, we always throw in a few surprises. We have put together a show that everyone will really enjoy.”

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