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Though Jim Thorpe is the quintessential place to visit in order to get away from it all, it hardly rolls up its sidewalks as the weather turns chilly.

Not only are there ample restaurants to suit most tastes, but November brings outstanding entertainment to Jim Thorpe.

Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch Band

Claire Lynch brings her excellent bluegrass band and silken voice to the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Friday, November 9th. Praised by luminous artists like Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, many artists have worked with her on their own projects, admiring a Grammy-winning voice reminiscent of Nanci Griffith and Alison Krausse.

Ryan Pelton

Ryan Pelton

That same night, Elvis tribute extraordinaire Ryan Pelton performs at Penn’s Peak, a 1700-seat venue just 3 miles from downtown Jim Thorpe. Portraying Elvis like no one else can, his performances regularly see fans flocking to the show.

The 'The Band' Band

The ‘The Band’ Band

On Saturday, the 10th The ‘The Band’ Band celebrates the 36th anniversary of one of the seminal concert events in contemporary music history – The Last Waltz. Bringing the music to life with the help of a 3-piece horn section, The ‘The Band’ Band performs well-known and obscure songs from The Band’s considerable canon of music. The Broadway Grille caters the event!

Country stars Lonestar returns to Penns Peak on Friday, November 16. They have ten #1 country hits, including their crossover hit Amazed which was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 was well as #1 on the country charts, and are currently working on their follow up album to 2010’s Party Heard Around the World.

Start Making Sense

Start Making Sense

Lovers of The Talking Heads will be rockin’ in the aisles to the music of the tribute Start Making Sense, which appears at the Opera House on Saturday, November 17. A remarkable collection of twenty-something musicians, SMS is led by singer Jon Braun who delivers a spot-on performance of David Byrne, both musically and in gesture.


Get The Led Out

Get The Led Out

Get The Led Out performs nearby at Penn’s Peak also that same night, enacting one of the nation’s top Led Zepellin tributes and bringing their amazing music to life in a stirring stage performance.

On Wednesday, November 21, fans of the Grateful Dead get to experience Dark Star, again at Penn’s Peak, long considered one of the first and finest Dead tribute bands. If you never got to see the Dead, then Dark Star provides the next best thing, both musically and in a long, satisfying performance playing the music of one of America’s quintessential bands.

The Funk Ark

The Funk Ark

Funk Ark takes the Opera House stage on Saturday, November 24th. From Washington, DC this ensemble takes funk to a whole new level and delivers booty-shaking rhythms all night long. We dare you to stay in your seats!

Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt

Finally, Travis Tritt closes out a great month of live music at Penn’s Peak on Friday, November 30th with a special Christmas season performance. Multiplatinum success came with his second album release, 1991’s It’s All About To Change.  This hits and the success kept coming and he began winning awards for his amazing music.


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Not long ago, the Jim Thorpe Earth Day Celebration (details here) was a decidedly local affair with vendors and activities in the downtown park. While the affair continues in its 23rd year connected to its local roots, it has begun to embrace a larger set of activities of interest to a broader set of people.

Jim Thorpe PA Earth Day Celebration“We celebrated Earth Day long before it became hip again to do it,” says local shopkeeper and proprietor Shelly Holland of Horizons, a Grateful Dead store with everything from clothes and music to hula hoops.

Moya Restaurant owner Stephanie Verme noticed 3 years ago that business had taken a much larger turn for the better, with more adults in town and more cars in the county parking lot, to complement the earthier locals and visitors with whom the weekend has long been popular.

Moya Restaurant Jim Thorpe PA

At the Opera House, located just up Broadway from the park, the festivities begin that Friday night, April 20 with a 2-band offering of world music, heretofore perhaps a bit unusual in these parts.

Mighty Mystic at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Jim Thorpe PAMighty Mystic, a Reggae group whose leader was originally from Jamaica and is touring on the strength of their new album “Wake the World,” promises to offer something satisfying to all, while reinforcing an appropriate message for Earth Day.

“When I moved to Boston, I realized the North East region was very influenced by the hip hop scene of the early 90’s, and it also had a bubbling reggae market,” bandleader Mighty Mystic (formerly Kevin Holness) observed. “I wanted to hold on tight to my Jamaican reggae influences, even while living abroad. A huge part of my inspiration is directly linked to the teachings that my family instilled in me. They were beloved in our Jamaican community, for all their hard work, devotion and overall help onto others.”

But it’s only half the story that night. Co-billing is Funk Ark, another world music outfit from Washington, DC. Adulation for their sound has been considerable: “Mixing up a rocket fuel of Afrobeat and funk, this is a killer, uncut dose of pure bomb,” says Midwest Record, while Inside World Music raves, “Funky swagger and soul that is as unforgettable as it is unique.”Funk Ark Music at the Mauch Chunk Opera House

The Funk Ark is the creation of Will Rast, band pianist and spokesperson. “I turned my life over to The Funk in high school,” he says, and has been walking that walk ever since. “To me The Funk is linking all music – people like James Brown and the JBs, The Meters, Santana” and many others. Along with Mighty Mystic, it promises to be quite a night, and a remarkable way to begin the weekend.

It’s only $15 and half off for students!

Activities and vendors will crowd the Josiah White downtown park with free music, arts and crafts and food offerings. There will considerable live free music dispersed throughout town.

All the details can be found here.

Splintered Sunlight at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe PAThe Earth Day theme is admirably continued that Saturday evening, 4/21, with Splintered Sunlight, a Grateful Dead tribute band from Philadelphia that has been working the East Coast for over 20 years. Lead by guitarist Butchy Kochorow, Splintered brings 6 pieces to the stage, including the two-drum sound the Dead were known for. The sets vary considerably, but the main thing is their attention to detail, especially with the Dead classics.

Jim Thorpe in general is the sort of town that appeals to the curious visitor with unusual shops, and plenty of outdoor activities. Earth Day is one of the feature events of spring!

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