By Allison Mowatt
Whether looking for an intimate musical performance with an acoustic duo or trio showcasing their original music or a band playing an upbeat selection of well-known cover songs, the Pocono Mountain region and surrounding area have it all and more with every genre imaginable from jazz and rock to folk and bluegrass.
Step into one of the area’s unique establishments, which features a rotating schedule of live entertainment. Bring your friends, enjoy a drink, and grab a bite to eat while you immerse yourself in the sounds of great tunes by talented musicians amid a warm and cozy ambience.
Here is just a taste of what the local scene has to offer when the lights dim and the stars blanket the sky over this beautiful region. From the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack in Pennsylvania to the banks of the Delaware River in New York, visit one or all of these fine places and enjoy the ultimate nightlife experience in a scenic setting.
Harmony Presents is a local performing arts production team, showcasing emerging and established folk, jazz, bluegrass, funk, blues, and classical performing artists in the historic Hawley Silk Mill and beyond. Harmony shows are typically located on the lower level of the Hawley Silk Mill in the Boiler Room.
The atmosphere is breathtaking with views of the Wallenpaupack High Falls and Ledges Hotel. Repurposed as a theater, the Boiler Room features original brick walls and the authentic boilerplate hangs proudly on the wall. With seating for about 80 people, this innovative space allows for easy camaraderie between the performer and audience. A variety of craft beer, wine, and snacks provided by Cocoon Coffee House is available for purchase before the performance and during intermission.
Upcoming Events: Live performances typically take place on Saturdays.
5th Peter and Will Anderson
12th 10 String Symphony
19th Seth Glier
26th Dead Winter Carpenters
3rd Hawley Harvest Hoedown: Bluegrass and Folk Concert at The Ritz Company Playhouse in Hawley
17th Appleseed Collective
24th Addi & Jacq
In addition, Harmony Presents features Comedy Nights, typically held on the second and last Friday of each month at the Cocoon Coffee House (see below). Visit www.harmonypresents.com for additional details including performance descriptions, ticket prices, and show times. Email Jill Carletti at email@example.com or call (570) 588-8077. Also, check out these links for information and updates on future performances: www.facebook.com/harmonypresents and www.instagram.com/harmonypresents.
Harmony Presents and the Downtown Hawley Partnership bring Open Mic Nights to The Cocoon Coffee House the first Friday of every month. The event embraces local talent and typically runs from 7 to 9 p.m. People of all ages gather in this quaint coffeehouse and deliver their unique art including music, poetry, skits, comedy, and whatever else inspires them to share with others.
Open Mic Nights at The Cocoon bring the community together for an evening of talent, laughs, and soulful sounds. Sit back and enjoy a vast offering of coffee, tea, craft beer, or wine. Indulge in a sweet treat such as a muffin bursting with berries, a mouthwatering cookie, or a house made pop tart iced to perfection. The Cocoon is located in front of the Hawley Silk Mill. For more information, visit www.cocooncoffeehouse.com or call (570) 226-6130.
The beautiful and majestic arts and crafts style lodge has a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, and the farm to table food gives this establishment an unparalleled reputation.
The popular Jazz on the Deck summer series is coming to a close, but people can still enjoy two more performances in September. The spacious deck is the ideal place to listen to the music while enjoying a cocktail and a savory meal. The series is from 6 to 9 p.m. with no cover charge for the music. The deck opens up off the Chestnut Tavern and faces the wide lawn and overlooks the luscious herb and flower gardens. The awning makes it possible for guests to enjoy the atmosphere no matter what the weather. The deck seats about 50 people with additional seating on the lawn.
Upcoming September Jazz on the Deck Performances:
2nd The History of Fishes
6th Jazz Trio featuring Stefan Bauer
With the coming fall season, live piano music is regularly featured in the dining room on Friday and Saturday evenings with other live music throughout the year on a variety of occasions. For more details, visit www.thesettlersinn.com or call (570) 226-2993.
This luxury hotel in the historic 1890s former O’Connor Glass Factory faces serene waterfalls, the gorge, and rock ledges. Glass, the on-site restaurant, offers small plates for sharing as well as an extensive wine and cheese list and craft beer selection. The summer Blues, Brews & BBQ music series event is at its tail end, with an upcoming show on Sunday, September 6th featuring the Bobby Kyle Band. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. and combines live blues music on the Serenity Deck with delicious BBQ, local beer samplings, and breathtaking views of the waterfalls. Reservations are suggested for the food and beer tastings with no cover charge for the music.
Regular live entertainment is on Thursday and Friday evenings. Thursdays feature the talented John Curtin from 6 to 9 pm., and Fridays have a rotating line-up of musicians, from 8 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.ledgeshotel.com or call (570) 226-1337.
The Hotel Belvidere, 330 Main Avenue
The historic Hotel Belvidere is one of the area’s thriving establishments and known for fantastic food, which can be enjoyed in the tap room, dining room, or brand new sushi bar, with live music and a unique ambience.
Open Mic Nights are the third Thursday of every month, and an alternating array of skilled local musicians play on Friday and Saturday nights. For more information, visit www.thehotelbelvidere.com or call (570) 226-2600.
The historic John McKanna’s Cooperage building on Main Street is a thriving, cultural hub for a variety of creative expressions. The unique, Civil War-era brick structure features a large stage ideal for many kinds of performances, including live music featuring everything from jazz to bluegrass, as well as theater, concerts, dance parties, theatrical dance, poetry readings, open mic nights, game nights, lectures on a wide range of topics, a farmer’s market, and a market café. The multi-use space is ideal for different programs and community-based activities.
September Evening Events:
1st Moonlight on the Poconos Big Band
5th Folk First: Black Roots Music
9th Open Mic Night
13th Kim & Reggie Harris
17th Game Night
19th Field to Main: A farm-to-table fundraiser for The Cooperage, $75 per person
23rd Open Electric Jam
26th Contra Dance
October Evening Events:
11th Christine Lanvin & Don White
14th Open Mic Night
15th Game Night
23rd Contra Dance
24th Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival
28th Open Mic Night
31st The Halloween Benefit Bash
The Cooperage Project is a non-profit organization and donations are accepted. For more detailed information and additional events, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call (570) 253-2020.
Located at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Fare is the latest restaurant to open operated by Hotel Wayne, Inc, a family-owned hospitality group managing a hotel and four restaurants in Wayne County.
Fare has garnered a lot of attention for having delicious flame broiled all-American food and a flourishing live music scene in a comfortable environment.
Live casual music is on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m., with no cover charge. Open mic nights are on Thursdays and draw talents of all ages. The open mic scene is growing, and performers of all levels are encouraged to show up, perform, and network. Some local musicians who play on a regular basis for enthusiastic audiences include Jason Merrill, Sara Hulse Band, Stephen Faubel, Barry Butler, Peter Daniel, and Glen Scandur. Stop in at Fare and see what people are talking about. Outdoor seating is available, weather permitting. For more information, visit www.FareatFair.com or call (570) 352-3470.
For a fun night out, head to the KC Pepper, a cozy place reminiscent of a ski lodge. The menu offers something for everyone with appetizers and tapas, hearty soups, flatbread pizzas, signature sandwiches and entrées. Weekly specials are also featured such as Prime Rib Cheese Steak Night on Monday, Wednesday Wing Night, $5 Steamers on Thursdays, and Sunday brunch. Live music is offered on Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information, visit www.kcpepper.com or call (570) 253-0770.
On Lake Wallenpaupack:
Overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack are three popular restaurants where the food is delicious, the atmosphere welcoming, the service impeccable, and the entertainment is flowing.
The pub is the perfect place to relax and hang out with a flickering fireplace lending much needed warmth during upcoming chilly autumn nights. Each Friday night, the pub features live music typically beginning at 8 p.m.
Be sure not to miss Trivia Night (Pub-O-Lympics) every Thursday at 8 p.m. In addition, in the Banquet Room, occasionally there are special events such as Comedy Night and Dinner Theaters. For more information, visit www.ehrhardts.com or call (570) 226-4388.
This all-American favorite is the place to be any time of the year and offers live entertainment every Friday night beginning at 9:30 p.m. in the comfortable bar area. Everyone always has a good time at The Boat House where there are various themed specials during the week, currently including Build-A-Burger on Mondays, Trivia Night on Wednesdays, and Sushi Night on Thursdays. For more information, visit www.the-boathouse-restaurant.com or call (570) 226-5027.
Gresham’s Chop House is a popular hangout for people whether they’re meeting with friends or colleagues after work for happy hour in the bar or celebrating a special occasion with family over a mouthwatering meal in the dining room. Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights in the bar. For more information, visit www.greshamschophouse.com or call (570) 226-1500.
The Waterwheel is a unique gem of a cafe and a cozy place to hear live music. It is a favorite hangout for residents, locals, and visitors. The establishment is known for its savory food, quality music, and charming atmosphere.
Through the glass walls of the café and bar, customers can view a restored 19th Century water-powered grist mill with its 24’ working waterwheel. The live music is featured in the rustic and intimate bar with views of the waterwheel providing a treat for patrons. Every Thursday at 8:30 p.m., the Waterwheel features a blues jam, which is hosted by a variety of musicians. In addition, there is also live music on some Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.waterwheelcafe.com or call (570) 296-2383.
The Heron Restaurant, 40 Main Street, Narrowsburg
The Heron is a community drive and locally sustainable restaurant run by Ohio native Marla Puccetti and Chef/partner Paul Nanni, a team with flair and creativity and a shared background of a love of restaurants, food, and entertainment.
Located on the Delaware River, the eclectic décor is warm and welcoming with gorgeous artwork, a tin bar, and intimate seating where friends, family, and loved ones gather.
Although The Heron currently does not feature live music, according to Paul, they are in the process of opening a new restaurant and bar in addition to The Heron called The Emerald Ballroom, which will feature live music with acts from throughout the tri-state area. The Emerald Ballroom will also be on Main Street in Narrowsburg and is projected to open mid-September to early October.
Come to The Heron for food, fun, and relaxation, and stay tuned for more details on The Emerald Ballroom. For more information, visit www.theheronrestaurant.com or call (845) 252-3333.
Callicoon Brewing Company, 16 Upper Main Street, Callicoon
The Callicoon Brewing Company opened about two years ago in a converted firehouse. The brewpub overlooks the river and is known for its wide selection of NY ales, lagers, and cider on tap and fantastic pub-style sandwiches. Some examples of spirits include the Roscoe Trout Town Amber, Sundog Cider, Catskill Brewery Nightshine, and Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout. The brewery features live music on Saturday nights from 8 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.callicoonbrewingcompany.com or call (845) 887-5500.
*Also in Callicoon is Sidetracks Bar, which has live music on Saturdays. The bar is located at 62 School Street. For more information, call (845) 887-9882.