Posts Tagged ‘Jimmy Webb’

The Mauch Chunk Opera House is closing out July with a July-4th-style bang.

Tom "Bones" MaloneOn Friday, July 29th, trombonist Tom “Bones” Malone, a member of the original Blues Brothers band’s horn section (hear their sound in the scene in Aretha’s Soul Kitchen), will appear with The Blues Brotherhood, a Bethlehem-based band that has earned a reputation for putting on highly-entertaining and energetic shows for fans of any age, and faithfully reproducing the music in a way that would have done the originals proud.

A current member of David Letterman’s orchestra, Mr. Malone met Brotherhood founder Paul Miller online and became a Facebook friend. That mutual love of the music led to appearances by Malone with the Blues Brotherhood onstage, and an exciting connection to the good-time music of the Blues Brothers themselves, as well as a fine, 10-piece band sound that engages listeners in a dancing, foot-stomping good time. Blues Brotherhood

Jimmy Webb visits the Opera House to perform on Saturday, July 30th on its 1892 Chickering grand piano. This magnificent instrument is suited particularly well to Webb, the author of numerous pop classics like Galveston, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, MacArthur Park, The Worst That Could Happen, Wichita Lineman, and Up, Up and Away.

Jimmy Webb at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PAWith a career spanning four decades, Webb has a lot of material to perform, not the least of which is his latest work in which many of his classics are re-cast to suit the talents of many guest musicians including Willie Nelson, Glenn Campbell, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Michael McDonald, and Linda Ronstadt.

Here’s an excellent article about Webb by Stephen Holden of the New York Times.

Few shows could say “summertime” like the Blues Brotherhood with Bones Malone, and one of the all-time great singer-songwriters in Jimmy Webb at the Opera House!

Tickets to this show can be selected on MauchChunkOperaHouse.com, by calling the box office at (570) 325-0249 or by checking with SoundCheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe.


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The sultry weather of July brings a remarkable diversity of performance to Jim Thorpe’s refurbished Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Bennie and the JetsOn Saturday, July 2nd, the Elton John tribute band Bennie and the Jets brings their stirring renditions of the great songwriter’s finest music. Singer and pianist Greg Ransom performs on the Opera House’s resident 9-foot 1892 Chickering grand piano, along with a highly talented trio of band sidemen.

It also kicks off the Opera House’s series of Trolley Evenings, courtesy of Tamaqua’s Restaurant at the Station. Dine there, and travel to the Opera House in a specially-reserved trolley for the show. It will be waiting for you after the show, for the return trip. More upcoming Trolley Evening shows soon!

GreenSky at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseGreenSky takes the stage on Friday, July 15, a bluegrass band of such remarkable virtuosity that it took the festival circuit by storm in 2007 when it won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, taking home bluegrass’ most prestigious award. Musically, they cover a lot ground, sizzling through everything from standards to Talking Heads and even Michael Jackson. Updates: GreenSky will be performing studio shows on 7/14 at WXLV 90.3 and WNTI 91.9. Both stations stream so listen in if you can! Here is an excellent article on this show from the Sunday 7/9 Times-Leader.

Paul Thorn at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseOn Saturday, July 23 troubadour Paul Thorn and his band bring songs about the Road of Life, courtesy of a deeply personal catalog of his original songs. Occupying a creative space somewhere between John Hiatt and John Mellenkamp, Mr. Thorn has traveled a road heavily influenced by his preacher father and street-wise uncle, which found him everywhere from the factory floor to the boxing ring, battling Roberto Duran.

Blues Brotherhood at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseThe Blues Brothers seem to live forever, and we continue the tradition onstage with the non-stop, dedicated band Blues Brotherhood on Friday, July 29. A nine-piece band dedicated to the sound and antics of the legendary Blues Brothers, this band will have you out of your seats in short order. For this show, they include a tenth player, original Blues Brothers band member and trombonist Tom “Bones” Malone for this exclusive show! Have a look!

Jimmy Webb at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseCapping off a diverse month on Saturday, July 30th is the great singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, whose unforgettable songs helped define the careers of other great artists, ranging from Glen Campbell to the Fifth Dimension. By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, MacArthur Park, Up Up and Away, and Worst That Could Happen are all songs from the genius mind of Jimmy Webb.

You can purchase tickets online, by calling the Opera House box office at 570-325-0249, or by visiting SoundCheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe.

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