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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.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

If it's, as the Disney World ride song goes, "a pirate's life for me," then 3-D would seem the way to go.

While you're at it, add Imax.

But should you for ""Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"?

Well, of course, you don't really want to be a pirate (other than at Halloween). "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," as with the Orlando, Fla., theme park attraction, provides a fun ride.

That's what it's all about, after all: Entertainment.

Friday, May 20, 2011
Todd Snider

TAMS Productions Presents Singer-Songwriter and Storyteller, Todd Snider at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Saturday, May 21 at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Snider is a vociferous musician whose fans know him to be quite the workhorse. His acclaimed 2006 release, "The Devil You Know" found the barefoot troubadour performing live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman and the CD appeared on numerous year-end Top 10 lists including Spin, Blender and Rolling Stone.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

There's almost a genre of independent films with seemingly ironic names for actual geographic places as their titles.

For example, there's "Paris, Texas," "Scotland, Pa." and "Truth or Consequences, N.M."

And now there's "Lebanon, Pa."

Bethlehem Steel is long-gone from Lebanon, when thirtysomething Will (Josh Hopkins), a Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, advertising firm account executive arrives in his green "Punch Buggy" (retro VW Beetle) for his father's funeral.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

"Thor," the latest 3D comic-book to cinema extravaganza, is as mono-syllabic as its title.

And we're not only referring to the dialogue, which rarely ventures past more than two syllables.

"Thor" is not a bore. Thor the character is boring, which is odd. He is, after all, the God of Thunder.

Chris Hemsworth, sure to be a huge star post-"Thor," is a combination of Brad Pitt boyish good looks; Arnold Schwarzenegger physique and Pierce Brosnan reserve.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lehighton Rotary Club is presenting an Elvis tribute show on Saturday, May 14 at Lehighton American Legion. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a turkey dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

Dancing to some oldies, country, and class rock will begin at 7 p.m., followed by "Elvis in Concert."

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club.

Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick will be the featured entertainer.

Monday, May 9, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Gary Allan performs before a capacity crowd at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Friday night.

Gary Allan's secret to success is just being himself. Nothing fancy. Very little chit-chat.

The country singing maverick was at Penn's Peak Friday night and attracted a sell-out crowd.

He delivered a 22-song set that kept the audience captive for well over an hour-and-a-half.

There was a light moment late in the show when his English sheepdog sprinted from behind the curtain to his side. After Allan petted him, the well-mannered dog turned around, climbed a set of stairs to a small balcony, and then laid down as if to listen to the remainder of the concert.