Sullivan King and Boogie T close out stacked back to back Pavement Raves
The explosion of live music in NEPA continued on September 25 and 26 as the Pavement Rave series produced by Stage West – Scranton and DamnMillennial Promotions returned to Montage Mountain for another weekend of Covid-19 safe partying. The race against the end of summer weather didn’t keep the fans from attending in mass as both nights combined for the largest weekend to date. It has been remarkable to watch as event produced continues to grow in size as word has quickly spread locally (and nationwide) about the high quality productions being put on in Pennsylvania.
The back to back weekend to close out September featured an incredible stacked line up of artists that included headliners Sullivan King and Boogie T along with epic support from Riot Ten, Dirt Monkey, Brondo, Chee, Jaenga, Decadon, and Layz.
The increased amount of talent on the line up also provided an opportunity for an expanded on stage production that allowed for an even better experience for all of those in attendance and performing. The already rather large video board set up was expanded both in front and beyond of the kit as well as an increased amount of lighting all around the stage.
Night one started the party off with a more laid back party atmosphere as Boogie T, Dirt Monkey, Chee and Jaenga brought nothing but good vibes and dubstep to the mountain. With each artist getting an equal hour of time on the kit fans were treated to lengthy performances from whichever artist or artists happened to be their favorite that night.
Masks were universally worn when away from the safe area near your vehicle and social distancing guidelines were strictly adhered to across both nights. Everyone was there to party but knew the only way that the Pavment Rave series could continue is if the rules were followed. While there was no shortage of dancing and headbanging Friday night went on to be the more tame of the back to back weekend as night two took a shift towards the truly heavy side of modern dubstep.
Saturday night took things to a new level as Sullivan King, Riot Ten, Brondo, Decadon, and Layz brought the heavy party for the biggest Pavement Rave drive-in crowd to date. The parking lot was a sea of headbangers and railrockers the first drop of Layz set at 6PM to the last remix that Sullivan King dropped just near 11PM. The increased production really came to life on Saturday as the heavy sets allowed for increased usage of the new strobes and added haze across the stage.
September ended with two true bangers of raves on the mountain that would have been just as epic under a normal set of circumstances. As the race towards fall/winter continues the time window for drive-in windows is slowly shrinking but that doesn’t mean it is over just yet as Stage West – Scranton and DamnMillennial Promotions still have time for a more productions before the weather stops the season.
One thing is certain, 2020 has truly proved that Scranton, Pennsylvania needs to become a true main market for touring after the world reopens as the music fans of NEPA have shown time and time again at the drive-ins.