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Whether you’re in Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, or New York City – Jim Thorpe is an easy drive. Check out live music at the Opera House and put together a daytrip or overnight stay around it.

When the Greencards come to town on Friday, August 26, you can enjoy a brand of dreamy harmony and blazing musicianship you might expect from say, Alison Krause or Nickel Creek.

The Greencards

They appear regularly on NPR, and have opened for musical giants like Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. You’d be hard-pressed to find a group with more musical talent.

But don’t take our word for it: here’s a 5-minute clip from their July, 2010 Opera House concert that shows how they roll easily from a sentimental ballad to a rollicking instrumental.

Philadelphia-based US Rails, formerly members of the groundbreaking band 4-Way Streetdelivers on harmony much like Crosby, Stills and Nash. Hence Suite: Judy Blue Eyes is an obvious cover choice for them and they nail it, much to the delight of their fans.

US Rails

A-list Philadelphia musicians Ben Arnold, Scott Bricklin , Joseph Parsons, Tom Gillam, and Matt Muir together echo some of the great folk, pop and rock unions of the 60’s and 70’s. With the upcoming release of their second studio LP, US Rails appears Friday, September 2 at the Opera House as part of their “sneak peek” East Coast tour in August of 2011.

Local favorite Shannon Marsyada opens with her original songs and powerful vocals.

The natural-born entertainer Jonathan Edwards pulls in on Saturday, September 3 with his band. Who doesn’t remember his mega-hit Sunshine? You won’t forget the rest of his delicious show either: it is a compendium of pop-bluegrass-country songs both powerful and sweet, sung and played with the support of a crack group of longtime accompanists.

Jonathan Edwards

Mr Edward’s voice is as strong as ever, deftly balancing a polished Nashville sheen with an optimistic and warm-hearted undertone of country pop. And he hasn’t lost his bearings as an entertainer, after the show he’ll hang out and sign everything and pose for each picture.

Three satisfying shows. Visit MauchChunkOperaHouse.com to reserve seats or call 570-325-0249 (the box office) or 570-325-4009 (SoundCheck Records).

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We’re all beginning to notice that the days are beginning to shorten, and it reminds us that summer is just beginning to draw to a close.

But there’s no end to exciting events for all tastes at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in downtown Jim Thorpe.

Ryan Montbleau Band at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseRyan Montbleau Band comes to town on Friday, August 19 with his soulful, melodic indie sound. A favorite of folk luminaries like Martin Sexton and blues stars like Mavis Staples, Montbleau has assembled a fine band to showcase a fine, original sound that some say is like Stevie Wonder by way of Van Morrison.

Reel Paddling Film Festival at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseWe depart our normal program on Saturday, August 20 to bring the exciting Reel Paddling Film Festival to town in celebration of kayaking, the joy of floating and riding the Lehigh River, and of upcoming dam releases. Showcasing the world’s best paddling films, the festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, and embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

The Greencards at the Mauch Chunk Opera HouseOn Friday, August 26th we close out the month with the brilliant newgrass group, The Greencards. Originally from Australia, their superb musicianship and sweet vocals has earned them appearances with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, and brought critical acclaim for the remarkable variety of songs that comprises their sound. There’s no better place to listen to a group like this, in the Opera House’s delicate acoustic setting.

The clear days of September bring US Rails (a stellar cast of Philadelphia musicians that formerly comprised 4-Way Street), The Jonathan Edwards Band (a truly classic sound), and many others as the Opera House bids another glorious summer adieu.

Keep an eye on MauchChunkOperaHouse.com for details and to reserve seats for any of these events.

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