Concert Listings: April 27 through May 3

The Hickory Project will bring the sounds of bluegrass to the First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit this weekend. -
Bluegrass phenom Billy Strings and Scranton songwriter J.P. Biondo, known for his work in Cabinet, will perform tonight at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains Township. - Times Leader file photo

THIS WEEK: April 27 through May 3

Cantores Christi Regis, King’s College choral group, 16th Annual Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. April 27 and April 28, J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, North Franklin and West Jackson streets, Wilkes-Barre. Admission free. Selections include “This Is The Day” by John Rutter, “Ubi Caritas” by Ola Gjeilo, and “A Red, Red, Rose” by James Mulholland. Info, director Robert Yenkowski at 570-208-6044 or [email protected]

MaryWoodstock Music Festival and Carnival, a music festival held on April 27 at Marywood University’s new outdoor amphitheater will have one day of live music and carnival activities on. Activities and food sales begin at 1 p.m. with music kicking off at 2 p.m. Featured acts James Barrett, Permanence, Old Charades, Hear Tonight, Reach For the Sky, E57, Elephants Dancing and Black Tie Stereo. Headliner Elephants Dancing will perform at 7:30 p.m. with headliner Black Tie Stereo following at 8:45 p.m. There will be carnival activities, such as tie dye t-shirts, arts and crafts, a bouncy house, vendors, and a merchandise table for each act. The community is welcome to attend this one day of live music and peace. Anyone wanting more information about the event can find MaryWoodstock Music Carnival on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or marywoodstock.com.

Billy Strings with J.P. Biondo, Nashville-based bluegrass phenom Billy Strings will perform during an evening of music that begins at 9 p.m. April 27 at the River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River St., Plains Township. Scranton songwriter J.P. Biondo, known most widely for his work in Cabinet, will open the evening. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $18 the evening of the show and are available at https://bit.ly/2r1lp0j. Info: 570-822-2992

Bluegrass with The Hickory Project, final concert in the 2017-2018 Arts at First Presbyterian concert series, 4 p.m. April 29, First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St., Clarks Summit. A free will offering will be taken.

Rule Britannia Concert, with the Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra, 8 p.m. April 30 in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, featuring music composed in England. Info, 570-408-4510.

An Evening of Percussion, presented by the Wilkes University Percussion Ensemble, with music by Mitchel Peters, Harold Farberman, Michele Fadden and others, 7 p.m. May 2 on the main stage of the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, South Street, Wilkes-Barre. Free to the public.

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Mainly Classical, presented by Anthracite Opera Company, with classic pieces from operas including “Rigaletto” and “Madam Butterfly” plus other Broadway tunes, 3 p.m. May 6, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Taylor Ave., Scranton. Cost is $15, payable at the door. A dinner is planned for after the show at 5:30 p.m. at Rossetti Estate & Trust for the Arts, 1005 Vine St., Scranton. Cost for dinner and show is $25. Dinner seating is limited. Dinner includes: appetizers, main course, dessert, and entertainment featuring the barbershop quartet, Vocal Accord. Reservations required for dinner, contact Gary Richards at 570-335-7702.

Art Garfunkel, the iconic singer and songwriter who rose to fame as one half of Simon & Garfunkel, will perform at 8 p.m. May 8 at the F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Tickets range from $38 to $98 and are available through the Kirby Center box office, online at kirbycenter.org and by phone at 570-826-1100.

Ani DiFranco, the songwriter, guitarist, poet and feminist icon will perform at 8 p.m. May 11 at the F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Tickets range from $25 to $49.50 and are available through the Kirby Center box office, online at kirbycenter.org and by phone at 570-826-1100.

SRV Restrospective, Wilkes-Barre power blues trio Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen will perform their tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble at 9:30 p.m. May 12 at the River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River Street, Plains Township. $10 in advance; $15 day of show. https://bit.ly/2Kd35ZO, 570-822-2992

Madison String Quartet, known for exploring the literature of Hispanic music and for blurring the line between performer and audience, making classical music accessible to all. 3 p.m. May 13, Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. This Mother’s Day concert is free, with a suggested donation of $10.

Catholic Choral Society spring concerts, 7:30 p.m. May 18 at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William Street, Scranton, with Abington Heights Honor Chorus and 7 p.m. May 20 at St. Ignatius Church, 339 North Maple Street, Kingston, with the Hazleton Area High School Cougar Chorus. The Catholic Choral Society, marking its 69th season, is composed of 50 members from both Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wayne, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. For tickets, call 570-587-2753. Tickets are also available at the door. Adults $10, seniors and students, $8, children younger than 12, free.

Briggs Farm Blues Festival, features Samantha Fish, Amy Helm, Selwyn Birchwood, Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Review, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, JJ Thames & The Violet Revolt, Vanessa Collier and more. July 5, 6, 7 and 8 at Briggs Farm, 88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck. Tickets range from $28 for a one-day pass to $120 for a four-day pass with camping. To see ticket options and purchase tickets, visit briggsfarm.com.

Inclusion Festival, for all ages and abilities. Features The Hoppin’ Boxcars, The Merry Rockers, founder of “Rock Autism” Max Muscato, Reef The Lost Cauze, Brady Rymer and many more. Also features inclusive, immersive workshops, whole body percussion with Camille Who?, art projects with Verve Vertu U Deutsch Institute, puppet shows by Theater Studio and more. July 28 and 29 at Mountain Sky, 63 Stillmeadow Lane, Jermyn. Kids ages 12 and under are free. Early bird tickets through April 15. Day passes start at $13 for teens and $25 for adults; weekend passes start at $20 for teens and $40 for adults. Purchase online at https://bit.ly/2q3PZ89.

The Hickory Project will bring the sounds of bluegrass to the First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit this weekend.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_hickory.project.jpgThe Hickory Project will bring the sounds of bluegrass to the First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit this weekend.

Bluegrass phenom Billy Strings and Scranton songwriter J.P. Biondo, known for his work in Cabinet, will perform tonight at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_DSC_0720.jpgBluegrass phenom Billy Strings and Scranton songwriter J.P. Biondo, known for his work in Cabinet, will perform tonight at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains Township. Times Leader file photo