The Menzingers playing Scranton, PA on December 20th

Music News | Dec 4th, 2014

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The Menzingers are returning to their hometown of Scranton Pa and playing on December 20th at the newly reopened The Leonard Theatre for their 4th annual NEPA Holiday Show. I went to college outside of Scranton so don’t even think this place was open when I was around. There was Tinks (what happened to that place by the way?). Anyway, Menzingers will be playing with Tigers Jaw, Captain We’re Sinking, Okay Paddy, The Swims, Three Man Cannon, Petal, Esta Coda and The Red Barons.

Benefitting music and arts programs in Scranton and the surrounding area, nine bands with local ties will come together to perform as part of the fourth annual NEPA Holiday Show on Dec. 20 at The Leonard Theatre in downtown Scranton. The all-ages event, spearheaded by locally founded indie punk bands The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw, will also include performances by Captain We’re Sinking, Okay Paddy, The Swims, Three Man Cannon, Petal, Esta Coda and The Red Barons.

Building upon its reputation as a highly anticipated regional holiday event in the tri-state area, the NEPA Holiday Show will also bear witness to the reunions of two well-known regional acts, Okay Paddy and The Swims. Power pop outfit Okay Paddy will play its first show since disbanding in 2007, having come together in 1998. The Swims, once signed to local indie label Prison Jazz Records, have not performed together since 2010. These reunions will be a first for the NEPA Holiday Show lineup.

The year of firsts continues for the NEPA Holiday Show as it becomes the first live music event hosted by The Leonard Theatre, formerly the Diva Theater. The newly renovated venue will usher in a new era for the annual event as it plans to showcase the highest production value and host the largest audience in the event’s history.

The holiday show serves as a homecoming for both the lineup of bands who all call the Scranton area home and for the fans who come together from all over to share in this experience with us each year,” said Tom May, guitarist and vocalist for The Menzingers.

“This year’s show will be the best yet. Last year we had people come from as far as Virginia and Boston. We all have a lot of pride in how prolific and influential the music in our hometown has become, and the show is a great way to share it with the world.”

The Fourth Annual NEPA Holiday Show will take place at 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at The Leonard Theatre, 335 Adams Ave. in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17. Alcohol will be available for purchase. For ticket and contact information, visit


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