Three upcoming Mauch Chunk Opera House shows in particular recall an era when the facility was first built, when Vaudeville acts from all over the country performed here regularly.
We cite Paul Thorn’s June 15 show, because the Tupelo, Mississippi native has the story of a Vaudevillian; his father was a preacher, and says his uncle a pimp, he himself having done everything from working the factory floor, to duking it out with Roberto Duran. That fascinating retinue of life experiences reveals itself in his music, perhaps best characterized as southern folk-rock. His tightly-knit band has been together almost 20 years, and, when they take the stage, that togetherness shows.
On June 16, Philadelphia’s acclaimed Peek-A-Boo Revue takes the stage featuring not only lovely ladies and witty comedians, but considerable talent in both dance and song.
One Yelp reviewer summed it up: Lulu Lollipop once gave a strip tease with a broken arm–she’s so badass she covered her hurtin’ wing in pleather and worked it. Ginger Leigh can wink better than anyone you’ve ever met. Key performed a bath sequence strip tease where she doused herself in Jack Daniels rather than the traditional agua. For all of the aforementioned reasons and because my cover was waived on account of a “pin-up girl discount”* for one of their shows, I’ve fallen a little in love with all of them.
Long known as Philly’s #1 neo-burlesque troupe, PBR has won accolades not only from its fans but from national TV shows like America’s Got Talent. Mae West, who once performed at the Opera House, would have been proud – and sitting in the front row.
Leon Redbone’s June 6 appearance on Jimmy Fallon Late Night sweetly continued the Jim Thorpe discussion, while emphasizing the true uniqueness, the one-of-a-kindness of this particular performer.
While his gravelly baritone and omnipresent fedora, dark glasses, and Groucho Marx mustache made him one of the more distinct and recognizable characters in popular music, little is known about the neo-vaudeville crooner. Throughout his career, he steadfastly refused to divulge any information about his background or personal life.
You can just about hear a scratchy 78 spinning on the turntable when you attend a Leon Redbone performance is how Rolling Stone long ago described him. On June 22, you can listen for yourself, as he joins his trio onstage at the Opera House.