Music Shows

For more info/booking please email:
Tedd Hazard at 
Or Kathy Bestwick at 

Antracite Festival (Music, Day 1)

July 06, 2018

Friday, July 6th
Festival starts at 5:00PM, Music starts at 6:15PM



Word Play

The performance trio, Word Play, consists of Marcus Colasurdo, who will be doing a dynamic reading of work from his soon to be published collection of new poems. In addition, Word Play features Mark Charles Rooney on guitar and vocals and Kathy Bestwick on upright bass and vocals, performing a selection of music by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and other traditional folk songs from the era. 

Shannon Marsyada

Shannon Marsyada lives in West Hazleton and has been writing music as long as she can remember. She has released 2 albums, has hundreds of songs in “limbo,” and has been performing in Northeast PA for four years.

Van Wagner

Van Wagner is a former coal miner from Danville, PA. He worked in the mines of Schuylkill County and now teaches high school in Lewisburg, PA. He has released 21 albums of songs he has written about the Anthracite Coal Region. 

Jay Smar

In the last 5 years, Jay Smar has toured Scotland twice, received recognition from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival twice, recorded music for the Welsh BBC movie, “The Welsh in America” and has been selected by the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour to be on their professional touring roster. Armed with 2 guitars, baritone vocals, claw-hammer banjo, and fiddling, singing, and flat-footin ‘ (a form of clog-dancing), he serves his audience an “acoustic buffet” of traditional American and original folk, ol time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes, as well as coal mining songs of Northeast Pennsylvania preceded by their origin.

Antracite Festival (Music & Performance, Day 2)

July 07, 2018

Saturday, July 7th
Festival starts at 1pm, Open Mic, Music & Performances start at 6pm

Open Mike for Peace and Justice
MC: Daryl Sznyter and Brian Fanelli
Poetry: Mandy Livingwater, Marcus Colasurdo, Nellie Schlub (read by Kathy Bestwick)
Dance Performances: HIP Center
Music Performances: Damien Dylan
Characterization: Regina R. Drasher


Daryl Sznyter

Daryl Sznyter is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and content writer from Northeast Pennsylvania. She received her MFA in Poetry from The New School and is the author of the poetry collection Synonyms for (OTHER) Bodies (New York Quarterly Books). Her work has appeared in Phoebe, Gravel, Cleaver Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, Poet Lore, WomenArts Quarterly, and elsewhere. To read more of her work, visit


Brian Fanelli

Brian Fanelli’s most recent book of poems is Waiting for the Dead to Speak (NYQ Books), winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Poetry Prize. He is also the author of All That Remains (Unbound Content) and the chapbook Front Man (Big Table Publishing). His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, The Paterson Literary Review, Main Street Rag, and elsewhere. He co-edited the anthology Down the Dog Hole: 11 Poets on Northeastern Pennsylvania (Nightshade Press). Brian has an M.F.A. from Wilkes University and Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton University. Currently, he teaches at Lackawanna College, and he blogs about film, literature, and politics at

Regina R. Drasher

Regina R. Drasher is a life-long resident of Drums, and grew up listening to her family’s tales of the anthracite region. She discovered Big Mary – a woman known for her heroism in the wake of the Lattimer Massacre – by accident, while writing a play “From Lattimer to 1902.” Concerned that no one knew of Big Mary, she made it her goal to not let her be lost to history. She writes and lectures about Big Mary, and performs the one-woman play “Big Mary” achieve this goal.

Assorted Outlaw Folk Night at HAL

July 20, 2018

Friday, July 20
Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm

$5 at the door
It's another all acoustic night at the Hazleton Art League!
Tedd Hazard (music) (Angry Folk Punk Troubadour) 
Churches & Trains (American Suitcase Music)
Aaron Parker (A shipping merchant who raises fancy dogs but also folk blues with a sick P90 guitar)
Captain Obvious (Folk....punk? From upstate New York)
Chris E. Decker (Clayton Ravine alumni, Comeback show)
Beezlebob And The Screamin Demons (from Schuylkill County)
Adam Lazar (Golden haired minstrel from Hazleton, PA)


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