The sultry weather of July brings a remarkable diversity of performance to Jim Thorpe’s refurbished Mauch Chunk Opera House.
On Saturday, July 2nd, the Elton John tribute band Bennie and the Jets brings their stirring renditions of the great songwriter’s finest music. Singer and pianist Greg Ransom performs on the Opera House’s resident 9-foot 1892 Chickering grand piano, along with a highly talented trio of band sidemen.
It also kicks off the Opera House’s series of Trolley Evenings, courtesy of Tamaqua’s Restaurant at the Station. Dine there, and travel to the Opera House in a specially-reserved trolley for the show. It will be waiting for you after the show, for the return trip. More upcoming Trolley Evening shows soon!
GreenSky takes the stage on Friday, July 15, a bluegrass band of such remarkable virtuosity that it took the festival circuit by storm in 2007 when it won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, taking home bluegrass’ most prestigious award. Musically, they cover a lot ground, sizzling through everything from standards to Talking Heads and even Michael Jackson. Updates: GreenSky will be performing studio shows on 7/14 at WXLV 90.3 and WNTI 91.9. Both stations stream so listen in if you can! Here is an excellent article on this show from the Sunday 7/9 Times-Leader.
On Saturday, July 23 troubadour Paul Thorn and his band bring songs about the Road of Life, courtesy of a deeply personal catalog of his original songs. Occupying a creative space somewhere between John Hiatt and John Mellenkamp, Mr. Thorn has traveled a road heavily influenced by his preacher father and street-wise uncle, which found him everywhere from the factory floor to the boxing ring, battling Roberto Duran.
The Blues Brothers seem to live forever, and we continue the tradition onstage with the non-stop, dedicated band Blues Brotherhood on Friday, July 29. A nine-piece band dedicated to the sound and antics of the legendary Blues Brothers, this band will have you out of your seats in short order. For this show, they include a tenth player, original Blues Brothers band member and trombonist Tom “Bones” Malone for this exclusive show! Have a look!
Capping off a diverse month on Saturday, July 30th is the great singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, whose unforgettable songs helped define the careers of other great artists, ranging from Glen Campbell to the Fifth Dimension. By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, MacArthur Park, Up Up and Away, and Worst That Could Happen are all songs from the genius mind of Jimmy Webb.