Music and Entertainment in Jim Thorpe
July 17, 2013 by jtccjimthorpe
THURSDAY, JUNE 9
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Penn’s Peak
Carl Palmer is a drummer’s drummer. A consummate professional, a brilliant technician and a dynamic showman, he has thrilled listeners and audiences alike for nearly four decades with some of music’s most memorable bands including Atomic Rooster, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Asia and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Along the way his dexterity, speed and mastery of the drums, combined with his infectious stage personality, have secured for him a respected place in history as one of Rock and Roll’s greatest drummers.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
The David Mayfield Parade Mauch Chunk Opera House
Though David Mayfield is one of the finest acoustic guitar slingers ever to perform at the Opera House, he is also one of the most original performers on the Americana scene. Known for his stage presence as much as his virtuosic guitar talent and songwriting prowess, Mayfield’s musical roots are buried deep in the bluegrass tradition from a childhood of touring with his family’s band.
THURSDAY, JUNE 16
Al Stewart Mauch Chunk Opera House
Ask Al Stewart to sum up where he is now, you’re likely to wind up two steps behind where you started; this is by no means an unusual circumstance in conversation with Al, keenly aware as he is that making a leap forward often entails taking a step backward. In many ways, lately Stewart has much more resembled his summer of 1969 than it did the summer of 1979, when his multi-million-selling Year of the Cat and Time Passages were staples of FM radio, and he was touring with saxes, synths, singers, and all the accoutrements pop stardom brings. I don’t think I ever knew how to be in front of a band, says Al, perhaps a little modestly.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17
Average White Band Penn’s Peak
AWB are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit ‘Pick Up the Pieces’, the band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi- Grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18
The Hackensaw Boys Mauch Chunk Opera House
The Hackensaw Boys’ latest record, Charismo
, is the record you’ve been waiting to hear. The 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of being. Traditional Appalachian and Delta music lay the groundwork, but it’s injected with a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years.
Kix with Autograph Penn’s Peak
In 1981, they debuted with a self-titled album “KIX,” featuring “Atomic Bombs”, “The Itch,” “The Kid.” “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” instantly became a concert favorite. “KIX Are for Kids” creatively merged the name of the band with two popular cereals of the 1960s and 1970s, KIX (that featured an atomic bomb commercial) and the Trix Rabbit (i.e., “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”). “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” became the band’s signature concert song.
SUNDAY, JUNE 23
Happy Together Tour Penn’s Peak
This year’s Happy Together Tour is comprised of Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron, Mark Lindsay, The Cowsills, Gary Puckett and The Spencer Davis Group. In the years since The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie brought back some friends for the 25th Anniversary Tour in 2010, “Happy Together” has become one of the most successful summer tours in existence, constantly hitting the road and celebrating the music of the 60’s for thousands of “Happy” fans to enjoy across North America. Fans will, once again, delight in hearing the songs sung by the original singers that they’ve heard on the radio for the past several decades.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds Mauch Chunk Opera House
Real music is hard to find. If you’ve ever felt suffocated in the age of fakery and hype, then Savoy Brown’s latest album, The Devil To Pay, is a blast furnace / breath of fresh air. Driven by classic blues and age-old human truths but dragged into contemporary relevance by stinging musicianship and modern savvy “legendary guitar player” Kim Simmonds new songs have arrived when we need them most. It’s fresh and new, and belongs to the twenty-first century.
Joan Jett Penn’s Peak
Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
Who’s Next Mauch Chunk Opera House
Who’s Next has been mesmerizing fans for over twenty years, performing nationally to be recognized as the best Who tribute band in the world. With exact replicas of guitars, drums, amps and clothing, Who’s Next is able to give the audience the full experience of being at a Who concert. Not only does Who’s Next capture the pure power and energy of The Who, each member bears an uncanny resemblance to each member of the band that they portray.
Hotel California Penn’s Peak
For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken Hotel California to a level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold and platinum recording artists.
SUNDAY, JUNE 26
Yonder Mountain String Band Penn’s Peak
For nearly 17 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation. YMSB has always played music of their own design, in the process attracting a devout coterie of fans that often resembles a tight knit family on an epic musical journey as Yonder traverses the country with an ever-rigorous tour schedule.
FRIDAY, JULY 1
The Yardbirds Penn’s Peak
Reuniting decades after Clapton, Beck, and Page, McCarty and Dreja brought The Yardbirds boldly into the 21st Century with the 2003 release of the acclaimed CD Birdland
, which featured guest appearances from the likes of Brian May, Joe Satriani, Slash and Steve Vai. Jim McCarty debuted the new touring line-up of The Yardbirds, consisting of guitarist Johnny A, bassist Kenny Aaronson, singer / harpist / percussionist Myke Scavone, and guitarist / singer John Idan to rave reviews. As Goldmine Magazine stated, “the band’s hallmark of top-notch musicianship remains. There are no passengers in this band.”
SATURDAY, JULY 2
Kick – the INXS Experience Mauch Chunk Opera House
Are you ready for a new sensation? KICK- The INXS Experience will take you back and reignite your passion for INXS. They will introduce you to music that is still as fresh today as the day it was written, from Original Sin
to Elegantly Wasted
and everything in between. Supremely tight and talented, the band ensures a great, passionate evening of some of the finest music there is. Oh, and be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes.
FRIDAY, JULY 8
The Shockenaw Mountain Boys Mauch Chunk Opera House
With the Bovine Social Club. Featuring the talents of three current members of the national touring act Railroad Earth and one former member and current member of the excellent Emmit-Nershi Band, their performances are legend.
SATURDAY, JULY 9
Dancing Dream – Music of ABBA Mauch Chunk Opera House
Dancing Dream features beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography guaranteed to captivate all audiences making every show a night to remember. The secret to their success is great musicianship, energetic personalities and a genuine love for what they do. A very energetic and enthusiastic show brings back memories and smiles on everybody’s face.
FRIDAY, JULY 15
Willy Porter Mauch Chunk Opera House
With Carmen Nickerson. Voted musician of the year in his native Wisconsin, all-world guitarist Willy Porter combines stellar guitar skills with a gruff sincerity to create convincing songs about love, loss, and mystery. Porter has the talent that fits Six Degrees Records’ stated goal of “breaking down the walls between the genres, creating unique, accessible recordings that combine elements from many worlds.” Combine stellar guitar with his voice – a little Darius Rucker, a little Tracy Chapman, and a lot of earnest conviction.
SATURDAY, JULY 16
Incendio Mauch Chunk Opera House
Just listen to the blistering playing and you can see and hear that their name, Incendio, is well-deserved. But they are far more than just a red-hot band. Over the last decade, this Latin guitar world fusion group has combined composition, technique and performance in seven critically acclaimed international CD releases. At the heart of every track is the bold, romantic Spanish guitar, its timeless sound recast in powerful modern arrangements.
THURSDAY, JULY 21
Blue Sisters Mauch Chunk Opera House
Now in its 12th triumphant year, the Ruf Records assembles a touring showcase for the hottest young acts in blues. It’s a springboard for the blues scene’s next-big-things, and a magnet for fans who want to catch them before lift-off.
The Blue Sisters are doing it for themselves. Layla Zoe is about to explode. Tasha Taylor has the blues in her blood and soul. And when Ina Forsman steps up the mic, believe us, you will believe every word.