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Monday, July 11, 2011
Nicole Donatone

On Friday night, country superstar Keith Urban will be performing at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Opening for him is another top country performer, Jake Owen.

The pre-show concert, in the AT&T Pavilion, will be by local singer Nicole Donatone, who recently released her first CD.

Donatone, employed by Penn's Peak Radio and who has been performing at various local carnivals and festivals, will be at the Pavilion from 5-7:15 p.m. You must have a ticket for the Keith Urban concert to attend Donatone's event.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tickets are still available for the Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

The festival will take place over 2 days - Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st - at the Valley Lodge, located on the north side of Blue Mountain along the scenic-base.

A special feature of the festival is the Friday Night Pre-Fest Jam hosted by Chicago's own Studebaker John & The Hawks and a Saturday Night Jam hosted by Baltimore's own Big Daddy Stallings.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
Trace Adkins

One of country music's biggest names is making a stop at Penn's Peak in August.

Trace Adkins, whose hits include "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "You're Gonna Miss This," and "Every Light in the House is On," will be here on Sunday, Aug. 28.

It's one of three new concerts announced for Penn's Peak.

The others are Melvin Seals & JGB on Thursday, Oct. 6, and Get the Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Tickets for all three concert events will go on sale Saturday, July 9.

Life has been hectic of late for Adkins.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
Raymond the Amish Comic will be doing his 20th anniversary show at Penn's Peak, Saturday.

Raymond the Amish Comic won't say whether he's actually Amish.

"That's up to the audience to figure out," he laughed.

For 20 years, he's held claim as being the only "Amish comic" in America.

His 20th anniversary show will actually be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

One word of caution: The show contains adult content and children will not be admitted.

Raymond got his start as a comedian virtually by accident.

"My career actually started in the toilet," he said.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

On Saturday evening, July 9, the Lehighton Band will be presenting a concert on the ball field at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park beginning at 7 p.m.

This is the third year that the band has performed at this venue and if this year is like the past, there will be a good crowd in attendance.

The concert is free and open to the public but you will need to bring a lawn chair as there is no seating on the field.

Paul R. Smith, conductor of the band, has selected a varied program with pieces sure to please everyone's choice of music.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It's said that three times is the charm. If that's true, then the third, and supposedly final, in the trilogy, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," is the best of the series.

The third "Transformers" is not only a summer blockbuster, it is a summer movie event.

If you intend to see "Transformers" in the Imax 3-D format, you might want to make a reservation.

Several of the screenings sold out opening day at an area multiplex.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

JTAMS Productions Presents Greg Ransom's Benny and the Jets, an Elton John Tribute, at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, July 2, at 8:30 p.m.

Bennie and the Jets is the world's premiere Elton John Tribute Band. Greg Ransom whose vocals, on stage mannerisms, and piano playing are exactly like those of Elton John.

Greg has the ability to make you believe that you're at an Elton John concert.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Cars 2" takes its audience for a ride. That's not necessarily a good thing.

The sequel lacks the charm of the 2006 original animated feature. It borrows standard plot devices and smashes them together in an attempt to take a, ahem, different turn.

The Pixar Animation looks great. The spiffy polish of the cars (and the rust on the tow truck, Tow Mater, as well), the renderings of glass, trees, inflatable promotional balloons, road surfaces well, just about everything is remarkable.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Lehighton Area Middle School music department will present a Summer Band concert on Friday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at the middle school.

The sixth through eighth grade combined band will perform several pieces including "Sugar Creek Saga," "Bugs That Bug Me," and the theme from the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. Furthermore, selected clarinet, saxophone, flute, and low brass students will be featured during the small ensemble portion of the concert.

Monday, June 27, 2011
Kenny Ek/Special to the TIMES NEWS Lauren Curnow (Marian the Librarian), left, and David Masenheimer (Harold Hill), right, dance in "The Music Man," through July 3, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

"The Music Man," the legendary, award-winning iconic stage hit by Meredith Willson, has so many great songs that one can tend to overlook how funny and insightful an American musical it is.

"The Music Man" is about heartland America, with a cast of characters not unlike you and me. Well before Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegone eccentrics on "A Prairie Home Companion," there were the good folk of River City, Iowa.