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Summer 2012 in Jim Thorpe is especially notable for all kinds of entertainment options in town, at the The Mauch Chunk Opera House, a 380-seat venue in downtown Jim Thorpe, and Penn’s Peak, accommodating 1800 and only three easy miles away.

Mauch Chunk Opera House

Mauch Chunk Opera House

The Opera House is just a block or two from downtown accommodations and restaurants, and features a broad variety nationally-touring acts, from rock and singer-songwriter to jazz to classical. It has recently completed extensive renovations, as well as the addition of a wine and beer bar.

It’s a relaxed scene with pleasant volunteers, easy to stroll over after dinner, all seats are close to the action, and there’s plenty of opportunity to meet the performers after the show.

July brings acts like Sierra Hull and Highway 111, a world-class bluegrass outfit (Ms. Hull is also known for her many appearances with Alison Krauss), Red Horse: John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and Eliza Gilkyson appearing together as a virtual folk supergroup, Dancin’ Machine – a summer disco dance party, a capella with the Persuasions (discovered on a Brooklyn street corner by Frank Zappa), Solas, an atmospheric Irish band considered one of the finest Celtic groups anywhere, and Hot Buttered Rum, known for their high-altitude blue-jamgrass.

Suzanne Vega and the Cowboy Junkies highlight August with dates on the 10th and 17th respectively. Other fine performers include the Ryan Montbleau Band, Michael Kaeshammer Trio, and Jeffrey Gaines helping round out an exciting schedule. Click here for more info.

Penns Peak

Penns Peak

Penn’s Peak features an adjacent restaurant, and a lively night scene with their famous and frequent summer deck parties on weekends. They’re popular with visitors and residents alike.

July and August brings The Yonder Mountain String Band (jamband favorites), Jim Messina (formerly of Loggins and Messina, and Poco), The 7 Walkers (Grateful Dead members), and Vince Gill (country music star) to the stage.

Get further Penn’s Peak schedule details by clicking here.

These are two outstanding venues that can help provide you with the kind of evening you’re looking for! Both make it easy for you to select and reserve your seats online.

For more info, call Penn’s Peak at 1-866-605-PEAK (7325) and the Opera House at 570-325-0249.

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The final weekend of August 2008 the Canadian alt-folk band, the Wailin’ Jennys, arrived in town with a lot of recording gear in tow and a goal of laying down a live recording that would capture the magic of their performances. A year later, the success of their project is now available for all to hear.
“Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House” was just released on Red House Records and communicates the thrill of seeing and hearing this remarkable group. Amazingly, the recording was done in one night, in one take for each tune, encompassing not only their remarkable sound, but their discipline as performers and their ability to perform nearly flawlessly on demand.
To get a taste of this almost irresistible album, have a listen to the stunning tune Calling All Angels. In a timeless rendition of an oft-interpreted Jane Siberry tune, the Wailin’ Jennys turn it into a totemic accomplishment, pushing it and the audience far into their atmosphere and then gently touching back down to earth.
Regular performers on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and in venues around the world, the Jennys had a lot of choices of where to record. That they chose the Opera House, with its warm acoustics and haunting history, establishes the venue in the upper echelon of listening rooms in the country and completes a circle of life that was started here in 2003 with a regular program of live music.

On the final weekend of August 2008 the Canadian alt-folk band, The Wailin’ Jennys, arrived in town with a lot of recording gear in tow and a goal of laying down a live recording that would capture the magic of their performances. A year later, the success of their project is now available for all to hear.  The Wailin' Jennys

“Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House” was just released on Red House Records and communicates the thrill of seeing and hearing this remarkable group. Amazingly, the recording was done in one night, in one take for each tune, encompassing not only their remarkable sound, but their musical discipline and their ability to perform flawlessly on demand.

To get a taste of this irresistible album, have a listen to one of the Jennys’ signature tunes, Calling All Angels. In a heart-rending version of an oft-interpreted Jane Siberry song, the Jennys turn it into a defining accomplishment, pushing it and the audience far into their atmosphere and then gently returning them back to earth.

Wailin Jennys at the Opera HouseRegular performers on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and in venues around the world, the Jennys had a lot of choices of where to record. That they chose the Mauch Chunk Opera House, with its uniquely warm acoustics and intimate atmosphere, establishes the venue in the upper echelon of listening rooms in the country, completing a circle of life that was started here in 2003 and continues with a regular program of diverse live music.

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