Whether you’re in Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, or New York City – Jim Thorpe is an easy drive. Check out live music at the Opera House and put together a daytrip or overnight stay around it.
When the Greencards come to town on Friday, August 26, you can enjoy a brand of dreamy harmony and blazing musicianship you might expect from say, Alison Krause or Nickel Creek.
They appear regularly on NPR, and have opened for musical giants like Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. You’d be hard-pressed to find a group with more musical talent.
But don’t take our word for it: here’s a 5-minute clip from their July, 2010 Opera House concert that shows how they roll easily from a sentimental ballad to a rollicking instrumental.
Philadelphia-based US Rails, formerly members of the groundbreaking band 4-Way Street, delivers on harmony much like Crosby, Stills and Nash. Hence Suite: Judy Blue Eyes is an obvious cover choice for them and they nail it, much to the delight of their fans.
A-list Philadelphia musicians Ben Arnold, Scott Bricklin , Joseph Parsons, Tom Gillam, and Matt Muir together echo some of the great folk, pop and rock unions of the 60’s and 70’s. With the upcoming release of their second studio LP, US Rails appears Friday, September 2 at the Opera House as part of their “sneak peek” East Coast tour in August of 2011.
Local favorite Shannon Marsyada opens with her original songs and powerful vocals.
The natural-born entertainer Jonathan Edwards pulls in on Saturday, September 3 with his band. Who doesn’t remember his mega-hit Sunshine? You won’t forget the rest of his delicious show either: it is a compendium of pop-bluegrass-country songs both powerful and sweet, sung and played with the support of a crack group of longtime accompanists.
Mr Edward’s voice is as strong as ever, deftly balancing a polished Nashville sheen with an optimistic and warm-hearted undertone of country pop. And he hasn’t lost his bearings as an entertainer, after the show he’ll hang out and sign everything and pose for each picture.
Three satisfying shows. Visit MauchChunkOperaHouse.com to reserve seats or call 570-325-0249 (the box office) or 570-325-4009 (SoundCheck Records).