May brings an exceptionally busy schedule to the Mauch Chunk Opera House and Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe! Anyone into live music should be able to find something they like.
Dark Star Orchestra
The Dark Star Orchestra rocks Penns Peak on Friday, May 17. Interested in experiencing a show that happened long before you were born? Well, now is your chance! Dark Star Orchestra performs the Grateful Dead just like the Grateful Dead did during their 30 years of touring. You could experience a show based on an exact set list from one of their many tours or it might be an original songs and often played covers kinda night.
Or, join the Peek- A-Boo Revue Burlesque Show at the Opera House that night for tales of titillation, tease, and hilarious folly. The Revue mixes it up again with top-shelf Vaudeville and Burlesque entertainment at one of the oldest vaudeville theaters in America. Peek-A-Boo’s ladies-of-burlesque will striptease to please as they dance and romance your hearts and souls. The Boo’s very special guest, Maria Bella – Baltimore’s Sicillian Queen, will come to your rescue and deliver you to burly-q paradise.
We switch gears with the Commander Cody Band’s time-tested rockabilly combined with the Professor Louie and the Cromatix Louisiana sound on Saturday, May 18. One of the true characters of rock ‘n’ roll for almost 40 years, the Commander performs classics like Hot Rod Lincoln and Smoke that Cigarette, and much more, with the very able help of guitar-slingin’ sidekick Mark Emrick. Look out for this show!
May 19th features Lehigh Valley favorites Craig Thatcher and Nyke Van Wyk at the Opera House and lots of friends for a CD Release Party starting at 5 PM. Entitled From the Valley to the World, we celebrate at this special Opera House event. The first set will focus on their acoustic work, while during the second set they will bring out several of their very talented friends to perform with them, so we think it’s safe say there will be plenty of surprises.
Jon Herington Band
The Opera House switches gears on Friday, May 24th with the remarkable Jon Herington Band. He’s long been the guitarist of choice for Steely Dan, for both recording and touring, and has toured with Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, Bette Midler, Phoebe Snow and countless others, most recently with the Dukes of September, a supergroup with Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald.
The 25th sees the return of the great Pink Floyd tribute Childhood’s End to the Opera House. They present the complete multi-media Pink Floyd concert experience with note-perfect renditions of the classic catalog are enhanced with video projection, intelligent lighting and cutting-edge sound, raising the experience to near perfection. They absolutely knocked ‘em dead last Labor Day and we’re looking for more.
If Country is your thing, then Lee Brice visits Penn’s Peak on Thursday, May 30. Lee is not new to the country scene, but he is new to being in the spotlight. He began, as most musicians do, as a songwriter. Soon enough, word of his talents spread and he was touring with Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson and Luke Bryan. His second album, Hard 2 Love, features the hit song “A Woman Like You” which became iTunes number five most purchased song and quickly sold more than 30,000 copies a week.
Penns Peak closes out the month on May 31 with Skid Row. They were born as a band in 1987, but it was not until two years later when their debut album hit that they really became known. The album went on to sell more than five million copies and they began an around the world tour. Their second album shocked the music world when it debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts.