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Monday, September 26, 2011

Rusted Root is one band that doesn't fit neatly into one musical category.

Blending folk, acoustic, and world music with African, Native American, and Latin American influences, the Pittsburgh-based sextet defies explanation.

This hard-touring group of musicians could easily stake a claim as one of the great jam bands on the scene today.

Their performance at Penn's Peak on Friday night was no exception.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Rusted Root returns to Penn's Peak Friday night.

When Rusted Root had an opportunity to return to Penn's Peak, there was no hesitancy on agreeing.

"We love Penn's Peak," said lead singer Mike Glabicki. "It's one of the best venues in the country."

In fact, the band is working on producing a new DVD and Glabicki is hoping some filming can be done at Penn's Peak for it. "I'm not sure yet if we'll be filming for the DVD."

Rusted Root is at Penn's Peak at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets at the door are $29.

It's one of three concerts this weekend at Penn's Peak.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

38 Special has been playing music since the mid-1970's, but on Friday night at Penn's Peak, the group played with the enthusiasm and spirit of a band new to the music scene.

38 Special has always been a band that has stayed true to their Southern rock roots while still offering commercial appeal, and their set demonstrated why they are able to still draw a crowd after three decades on stage.

Thursday, September 15, 2011
 The Southern rock band .38 Special will be performing at Penn's Peak tomorrow. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

It'll be a rockin' time at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday when returning to the venue is .38 Special, a Southern rock band which has been together for over three decades.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 and $37.

Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse.

Monday, September 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A 32 member chorus from several churches sings during 9/11 service in Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill. The choir was directed by David Perkins, and also sang in St. Peter's Lutheran and UCC Church, West Penn Township.

September 11, 2001 was remembered in unique style at two local churches yesterday.

"Homeland" was the title of a musical program staged at Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill, and St. Peter's Lutheran and UCC Church, West Penn Township.

The program consisted of a combined, 32 member choir from several churches, including the two host churches.

Under the direction of David Perkins, music director at Christ Presbyterian Church, the chorus sang a number of patriotic and Americana selections.

About 100 people attended the Summit Hill service.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

One day you may meet your own true love.

The movie, "One Day," proposes you may already have, but didn't realize it.

Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) are University of Edinburgh graduates who meet annually for friendship and frolic. She's drawn up a strict list of rules. They rarely get past the big R, as in Romance.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Jonathan Edwards will be performing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Two nights of music are featured on Labor Day weekend at the Mauch Chunk opera House

On Friday, the Philadelphia-based band US Rails takes the Opera House stage.

These A-list musicians and songwriters consisting of Ben Arnold, Joseph Parsons, Scott Bricklin, Matt Muir and Tom Gillam possess individual talents. They echo some of the classic folk, pop and rock unions of the 60's and 70's.

Opening will be the Shannon Marsyada Trio.

On Saturday, Sept. 3, folk rocker Jonathan Edwards and his Band perform.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Not even a hurricane could stop country star Trace Adkins from wowing a full house at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday night.

The ruggedly-handsome cowboy, whose deep baritone voice echoed in every nook and cranny of the concert hall, began at 9:15 p.m. with a fan favorite "Whoop a Man's Ass," and transitioning seamlessly into the chorus of Adkins and Blake Shelton's "Hillbilly Bone."

Friday, August 26, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Don Williams sits during his concert last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

When you go to a Don Williams concert, you don't expect fancy stage decor or a lot of dialogue from the singer. You just expect great, traditional country music.

Williams, the "gentle giant" of country who has had 42 singles in the top 10, keeps it basic.

He performed last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, with a large crowd in attendance. Backed by a five-piece band, he sang 19 of those big hits. The thing about Williams is there's no deviation from his straight-music agenda. And that's what his fans seem to love about him.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Three concerts are on the Penn's Peak schedule for this weekend.

Tonight, Styx will be performing beginning at 8 p.m.

The Outlaws with special guest Blackberry Smoke take the stage to rock the venue tomorrow night at 8 o'clock.

On Sunday, country music sensation Trace Adkins makes a return here at 8 p.m., with newcomer Kip Moore opening.

Styx has garnered several albums with platinum certification. Their hits include "Come Sail Away," "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling Yourself."