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Monday, June 13, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Chris Isaak performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, giving an incredible show that consisted of ballads, up-tempo songs, and some covers from the 60s and 70s.

Chris Isaak has been given the nickname "Mr. Lucky" because of the success he's had with his music and acting.

Last night at Penn's Peak, it was obvious that his talent and showmanship are probably more responsible for his amazing accomplishments than Lady Luck.

Isaak put on a terrific show, singing his own songs as well as an assortment of cover tunes of his recording heroes like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison.

He demonstrated a personality rarely seen by modern performers.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
David Wilcox

Singer-Songwriter, David Wilcox will perform Friday, June 10, at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

"I write like my life depends on it." said Wilox.

He has sold over 750,000 discs and has been writing songs for 30 years.

Wilcox's music is distilled in a solid folk/blues/pop mode. He believes that the right song at the right time changes people's lives.

Wilcox sings with a mellow fluency that suggests James Taylor and the late Nick Drake.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Peter Noone appears in 2010 concert at Penn's Peak. The singer with his Herman's Hermits band is back at the venue on Friday, July 22.

If you grew up in the 60s, you obviously know who Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits are.

This phonomenal band who brought us such hits as "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" and "Henry the Eighth" is coming to Penn's Peak on Friday, July 22.

Meanwhile, tickets go on sale Saturday for a July 21 concert by Sweet. This is the debut appearance for Sweet, a 70s band best known for the song "Little Willie."

Next Friday, June 17, on the Penn's Peak stage will be Hollywood Nights, with special guest Separate Ways the Band.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Chris Isaak will stage a concert Sunday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The event begins at 8 p.m.

On Sunday night, coming to Penn's Peak is a star of the Showtime television network, a performer who has been in numerous films and TV shows including the acclaimed 2006 "Superbowl Sunday" edition of Friends, and who has had 25 years of success as a recording artist.

Chris Isaak, a rocker from San Francisco who is touring to promote his latest album release Mr. Lucky, takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $47 and $42.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Nicole Donatone

Local country singer Nicole Donatone, who has opened at Penn's Peak and other venues for such major artists as Randy Travis, John Michael Montgomery, and Restless Heart, has her own Web site.

Fans can follow her at www.nicoledonatone.com.

The site has her bio, appearances, numerous photos, and news.

Donatone, who is employed at Penn's Peak Radio, is getting ready to release her first album. It was recorded at Ron Fairchild Music in Nashville, Tenn.

The date for the release will be announced.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

By now it's de rigueur to ascribe psychological issues to comic book heroes when their escapades are translated to the big screen.

We've seen this with Superman's abandonment issues, Batman's post-traumatic stress over the slaying of his parents and Iron Man's figurative -- and literal -- change of heart.

We humans seem to like our heroes to have feet of clay, going back to Greek myth and, in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the Bible's Old Testament (King David is a prime example).

So, why should we feel any differently about superheroes, albeit mutants?

Friday, June 3, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Country singer Easton Corbin on stage at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Easton Corbin played a show at Penn's Peak last night and did something that's very difficult for a young performer.

He delivered a play list that kept attention during virtually the entire show.

Like on albums, most artists generally have a couple of songs which don't agree with everyone's taste - unless it's an album from traditionalists like George Strait, Alan Jackson, Bill Anderson, or the late Buck Owens.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Carbon Leaf blasted into the national spotlight with their major label debut, "Indian Summer."

Saturday night, the group makes a stop at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in a concert starting at 8:30 p.m.

Carbon Leaf have supported major national tours with Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, John Mayer and also headlining their own.

Their blend of folk-rock, Americana, celtic, bluegrass, rock and pop lends itself to a variety of live formats.

Before they launch their national summer tour, see them onstage at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

There's a lot going on at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe during the coming months.

Next on the agenda is a concert by country singer Easton Corbin (see related article) on Thursday, June 2.

The following night, a deck party featuring The Bounty Hunter Gang will be held. There will also be deck parties on June 9 and 10.

After that, Chris Isaak makes his first-ever appearance on the huge indoor stage.

Meanwhile, there are some new national acts announced on the Penn's Peak calendar.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
Country singer Easton Corbin will be in concert at Penn's Peak on Thursday, June 2, at 8 p.m.

Often one way to tell if a relatively new singer is good is by the company he keeps.

Country singer Easton Corbin is certainly keeping very impressive company. Last year he toured with Brad Paisley. This year he's been on the road with Blake Shelton. He has shows scheduled with Rascal Flatts.

Next Thursday night, June 2, Corbin will show off his talents locally during a concert starting at 8 p.m. at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. This is Corbin's debut at the Peak.

Opening for him is Joanna Smith. Tickets are just $20 in advance and $25 the night of the concert.