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Thursday, December 30, 2010
The Lehighton Boys and Girls Band

The Lehighton Boys and Girls Band celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a concert on November 27, 2010, in the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium.

The Boys and Girls Band traces its roots to 1910 when the Engine Company No. 2 Band was founded. Several name changes followed: in 1911 the name changed to the Boys Band of Engine Company No. 2, in 1913 to the Lehighton Boys Band, and in 1981 to the present Lehighton Boys and Girls Band.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The 80s rock band Slaughter, consisting of Mark Slaughter (pictured), Dana Strum, Blas Elias, and Jeff "Blando" Bland, will be returning to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on March 25. Also performing will be Jani Lane, formerly of Warrant.

The Saw Doctors, who have +achieved much success in their home country of Ireland, are going to be touring in the United States and Penn's Peak is one of their stops.

Formed in 1986 in Tuam, County Galway, they have achieved 18 singles in the Top 30 in Ireland, including three number ones.

Their first number one, "I Useta Lover," topped the Irish charts for nine consecutive weeks in 1990, and still holds the record for the country's all-time biggest-selling single.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull had his solo tour stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in October.

It was another busy year for concerts at Penn's Peak.

From classic rock to blues to country to jazz to tribute bands, The Peak had something for everyone in 2010.

Here is a list of the top 10 favorite shows that this reporter caught at The Peak in the past year, not counting the tribute shows. These are primarily on the rock side (sorry, country fans).

1. Ian Anderson (Oct. 24) - Catching the Jethro Tull frontman in an intimate venue is a rare treat, and he responded with a performance spanning his four decades in Tull, as well as his solo works.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rusted Root, a native Pennsylvania band (Pittsburgh to be exact), will be occupying the stage at Penn's Peak tonight.

Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.

The group has been together since the early '90's. The music community quickly embraced them and their genre of roots music and world rock.

Their debut album was 1992's "Cruel Sun," which they self released. This album helped them get signed with Mercury Records and their 1994 debut album with Mercury got Rusted Root noticed.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Little Fockers" is a well-intentioned comedy that, true to its title, lands the little laughs, if not the big ones.

The title refers to the girl and boy twins of Gaylord "Greg" Focker (Ben Stiller) and his wife, Pam (Teri Polo). In the storyline for the movie, the children are not much more than titular.

The third installment is more about the "Big Fockers," mainly Greg and his father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), and their control, as well as their out-of-control, issues.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Gregg Allman concert, scheduled for this evening at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, has been postponed.

The performance is rescheduled to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

All tickets purchased for tonight's show will be honored for the Jan. 22 event.

Gregg Allman's website says the concert date was changed because of the East Coast blizzard.

Allman is presently touring along the East Coast.

There are two more concerts scheduled this week at Penn's Peak.

Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Dark Star Orchestra makes a return appearance to the venue.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fans of ballet might be disappointed with "Black Swan," which uses a New York City production of "Swan Lake" as backdrop for a twisted, lurid and controversial psychological thriller.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
AL ZAGOFKSY/TIMES NEWS With the release of Modern Beauty, the music of multitalented singer/songwriter John David Ambrose is in the limelight with seven original blues/rock tracks. Ambrose wrote, sang lead and back-up, played drums and a variety of guitars, as well as mixed all tracks on the album.

With the release of Modern Beauty, the music of Jim Thorpe's multitalented singer/songwriter John David Ambrose is in the limelight with seven original blues/rock tracks. Ambrose wrote, sang lead and back-up, played drums and a variety of guitars, as well as mixed all tracks on the album.

What a difference three years has made-for until the age of 16, Ambrose had no connection with music. Growing up with his mom, not having known his dad, Ambrose was a loner, prone to trouble-which caused him to be bounced around through the local private, public, and alternative schools.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The year 2010 is rapidly coming to a close, with just three more concerts scheduled at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

They are Greg Allman on Dec. 28, Dark Star Orchestra on Dec. 29, and Rusted Root on Dec. 30.

Several concerts have been added for 2011, including Rubix Kube, the Ultimate 80s Tribute Band, on Feb. 4; Yellow Brick Road, which is a tribute to Elton John, on Feb. 5; Dickie Betts and Great Southern on Feb. 18; The Saw Doctors on March 5; Vanilla Fudge with Nazz on May 9, and Styx on Aug. 26.

December

Ÿ 28 - Gregg Allman, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $32.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Next" is the third and final film (not counting upcoming American remakes) in the stunning trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's best-selling novels.

Larsson's "Hornet's Nest' made many of the 2010 best-of book lists. The movie version belongs on 2010 best-of cinema lists.

"Hornet's Nest" stands alone. You can see it without having seen the two previous films in the series, or having read the books. Flashbacks and recounting narrative bring you up to speed.