Two of the finest songwriters and entertainers in America, Michael Martin Murphey and Jonathan Edwards, join forces for a rare co-bill at Jim Thorpe’s Mauch Chunk Opera House on Friday, October 19.
Murphey penned several mega-hits including Wildfire and Carolina In The Pines, while close friend Edwards is best-known for his own gold hits Sunshine and Athens County. Both retain their characteristically sparkling voices and combine them in this exclusive concert.
Their 2-week tour marks the first time the two legendary singer-songwriters have ever performed together, and the Opera House is one of only two Pennsylvania stops. Pure entertainment by two masters!
Here’s the Hazleton Standard-Speaker story on this exclusive show offering!
That acoustic and vocal theme carries on the rest of the weekend with AJ Swearingen’s and Jonathan Beedle’s remarkable Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective, an experience of close-your-eyes-and-you-think-it’s-S&G.
The duo performs throughout the United States, and returns to the Opera House where the warm acoustics are particularly suited to their show.
Mr. Swearingen continues the next night with original acoustic music courtesy of his fine duo with Jayne Kelli. Here the focus is on Swearingen’s accessible but beautiful original songs. It’s their first performance here in Jim Thorpe.
The month’s final weekend brings the ever-popular Pennsylvania rock band The Badlees to town on Friday, October 26 with special guest fiddler Nyk Van Wyke. Rockers in the Americana vein of Bob Seger (with whom they’ve toured) or John Mellencamp, the band always brings a theme for their performance to the Opera House. We think the focus is going to be on their hits, like Angeline, and Up There Down Here.
Van Wyke stays onstage for the talented Craig Thatcher Band’s Eric Clapton Retrospective on Saturday, October 27, one of the Opera House’s most popular productions and featuring an unforgettable survey of all the eras in Clapton’s musical career.
For more information and to select your seats, visit the Opera House website at www.MauchChunkOperaHouse.com. You can also obtain tickets by visiting SoundCheck Records in downtown JT or calling them at 570-325-4009. Call the Opera House box office at 570-325-0249.