Saturday, November 22, 2014


Friday, November 7, 2014
T. Stephen Morales/Special to the Times News Double Grammy Award winner Kenny Loggins, who had a platinum record with "Flashdance," is at Penn's Peak Saturday night.

It's another big concert weekend at Penn's Peak, with star performers visiting tonight and Saturday.

Tonight, two of country music's up-and-coming stars will be appearing. Jerrod Niemann headlines with Chris Lane in a show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets for the double-header are just $29.

Saturday night, Kenny Loggins, who had a platinum record with "Footloose," will be taking the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets for that show are $41 and $44.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Craig Thatcher Band and Friends will perform live at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Long a well-known bluesman and rocker in the Lehigh Valley, Thatcher has assembled a band of many outstanding talents, much to the delight of audiences in Pennsylvania as well as around the country.

About to release a new CD, the Craig Thatcher Band storms into the Opera House with a magnificent set of new music combined with classics performed in their inimitable, magnetic style.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The Battlefield Band

The Battlefield Band, masters of Celtic music, both ancient and modern, will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe Friday. Show time is 8 p.m.

The Battlefield Band is recognized in its native Scotland in the same way the Chieftains are revered in Ireland. They have appeared multiple times with Garrison Keillor on his A Prairie Home Companion radio show, which is no small feat and a nod to their prodigious talent.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The title "St. Vincent" is ironic.

Vincent (Bill Murray) is the furthest person from a saint. He's an alcoholic. He's profane. He's gruff beyond belief to most everyone he meets. He has a smoke ring for a halo.

And yet, there is, as we find out in the comedy-drama "St. Vincent," the heart of a saint beating beneath Vincent's thick geezer skin.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Engelbert Humperdinck will be performing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday.

It's a busy weekend at Penn's Peak with three concerts in three days, the finale being pop icon Engelbert Humperdinck.

The list of shows is as follows:

Ÿ Friday Robin Trower with Scott Weis Band, 8 p.m. Tickets $27 advance, $32 day of show.

Ÿ Saturday The Tubes with NightWind, 8 p.m. Tickets $18 advance, $23 day of show.

Ÿ Sunday Engelbert Humperdinck, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $37 and $47.

Engelbert was known not only for a long list of hits, but for his handsome appearance.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."

- "Fury."

"Fury" is aptly titled. The movie, with a story set in the waning days of World War II, is filled with the fury of battle, the fury of civilization devastation and the fury of human emotions.

The movie's title is taken from the nickname "Fury" painted in a white scrawl on the gun-turret of a Sherman tank.

The storyline in "Fury" is based on the heroism of the United States Army Second Armored Division, dubbed "Hell on Wheels."

Monday, October 27, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ellen Perkins, a senior at Lehighton Area High School selected to participate in the National High School Honor Choir in Nashville, stands in front of high school band and school cheerleaders which gave her a noisy sendoff to the event on Friday. The National Choir is being held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville through Wednesday.

Ellen Perkins, a senior at Lehighton Area High School, got quite a send-off Friday to participate in the National High School Honor Choir in Nashville.

Although the school has had many students make District Chorus and State Chorus (including Perkins) over the years, the 17-year-old student is the first ever selected for the national event.

The National Choir is being held through Wednesday at the historic Grand Ole Opry.

Perkins was surprised by a special performance on her behalf by the high school band and cheerleading squad, which composed a special cheer for her.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back at The Mauch Chunk Opera House on Saturday. This special performance "It Was a Very Good Year" is a musical journey about the life and times of the late Frank Sinatra starring Tony Sands as "The Voice," singing all his best loved songs performed true to their original arrangements.

Tony Sands captivates his audiences with the mannerisms, illusion and romance that have made him a must-see in Atlantic City and Vegas for more than 20 years.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Popa Chubby

Larger-than-life blues figure Popa Chubby has a lot of reasons to feel lucky this year. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of his emergence as a powerful force in the venerable New York blues scene with his very own band, and his own unique brand of hard-hitting, face-melting, blues-rockin' funky soul. And he'll celebrate this major milestone the only way he knows how, with a CD Release event at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe for his smokin' hot new studio album, "I'm Feelin' Lucky."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Kenny Rogers brings his Christmas show with Linda Davis to Penn's Peak on Dec. 20. He'll also do some of his all-time great hits like "Lucille" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town."

Several major performers are on the concert schedule for the coming months at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Recently announced were:

Ÿ Rockin' the Holidays with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals on Dec. 14.

Ÿ Pink Floyd Experience on Feb. 28.

Ÿ The Lettermen on May 29.

If you're making New Year's Eve plans, consider the Get the Led Out, which will be performing both Dec. 30 and 31. Get the Led Out is a Led Zepellin tribute band.