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