Madame Jenny's at the Bittenbender presents

Chris “Bad News” Barnes and the Brethren of Blues Band with Clarence Spady and Bette Sussman

November 30, 2019 08:00 PM - 12:00 AM @ Madame Jenny's at the Bittenbender


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Event Details

Saturday, Nov. 30th
Show starts at 8 p.m. 
Doors open at 5 p.m. 
Tickets $20 (includes new CD)

Madame Jenny’s is proud to announce a special hometown performance by local legend Chris Barnes to celebrate the release of his third album, LIVE. 

Joining Barnes on the Madame Jenny’s stage is blues icon Clarence Spady and celebrated pianist Bette Sussman, who has performed with the likes of Whitney Houston, Bette Midler and Aretha Franklin. The multi-talented band also features David Stoltz on bass, Tyger MacNeal on drums and Michael St. George on guitar. 

A Scranton native, Barnes is a successful comedian, writer, actor, club co-owner (Flaming Saddles in New York City and L.A.) and all-around master entertainer who brings his expertise to the Blues concert stage. Throughout his storied career, he’s written and performed for The Carol Burnett Show, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm but started out as a blues man when he first moved to New York City at the tender age of 17 and began playing the world famous Blues club, Tramps.  

“Barnes’ power and talent is his stagecraft. He draws the audience in with his stage mastery,” penned Domenic Forcella in Blues Beat Press.                                                                                                       

About the Album: 

On the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Chris Barnes delivered three amazing knockout shows along with world-class musicians including lead guitarist Gary Hoey and harmonica ace Steve Guyger. Grammy Award-winning producer Tony Braunagel and engineer Johnny Lee Shell of Ultratone Studios and the Phantom Blues Band were also on board where they recorded and captured the lightning energy of these shows. Currently the album is No. 8 on Billboards Heat Seekers Album Chart and No. 5 on Amazon’s New Releases with critics hailing it as a “Tour De Force” for Barnes.

Chris “Bad News” Barnes and the Brethren of Blues Band with Clarence Spady and Bette Sussman

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Madame Jenny's at the Bittenbender

Welcome to Madame Jenny’s, where you can step back in time and visit Scranton during the Roaring 20’s, where booze flowed freely despite Prohibition and brothels flourished in what was known as the city’s Red Light District. Remotely tucked away in a hidden back room of the historic Bittenbender Building, 126 Franklin Avenue, you can enter the secret location of Scranton’s premiere, upscale speakeasy. A century ago, Madame Jenny’s is where the socially prominent and wealthiest citizens once indulged in all forms of forbidden fruit.

If you manage to make it inside, settle into Madame Jenny’s lavish splendor. Sip classic cocktails. Nosh on gourmet vittles. Sit back and enjoy entertainment offerings that harken back to the city’s celebrated mantra: “If you can make it in Scranton, you can make it anywhere.”

Long before Scranton became the “Electric City,” it was known as “The Wickedest City in the East” thanks to its bootleggers and brothels. Madame Jenny’s pays homage to this forgotten era all while offering top-notch drinks, fancy foodstuffs, and outstanding theatrical performances in an upscale, elegant setting.

If you can find your way here, we’re quite positive you’ll deem Madame Jenny’s the Bee’s Knees. Happy hunting and we look forward to serving you. Cheers!

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