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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Randy Travis

Not a lot of country singers from the 80s get ample radio play today, but Randy Travis still does.

It's no wonder why.

Just when many thought his string of hits had run its cycle, he recorded "Three Wooden Crosses" which got all sorts of awards.

Following that up, he teamed with current superstar Carrie Underwood to do a remake of the 1989 ballad "I Told You So," which quickly climbed the charts last year.

Friday night, Travis is coming to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe - a return appearance - where its assured he'll be singing his many, many number one songs.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The movie, "Paul," has a great title, is very funny and has a sweet storyline.

Of course, you might say that this reviewer is biased about the title.

I happened to see the movie, "Paul," on the birth date of my late father, whose name is also Paul, and who would've been 105 on March 19.

Still, "Paul" is one of those movies that exceeds expectations.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The band Yes will be appearing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Yes, an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 which has sold over 30 million albums, makes a return trip to Penn's Peak tomorrow.

The quintet will be performing in concert at 8 p.m. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $50 and $45.

The band was formed Chris Squire and Jon Anderson from a mutual interest in vocal harmonies and classical song structure.

Monday, March 28, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Molly Hatchet's Bobby Ingram strums the guitar during concert at Penn's Peak on Saturday.

Southern rock came North on Saturday night.

Molly Hatchet, one of the few remaining of the original Southern rock bands from the 70s and 80s, played at Penn's Peak and what a reception they got!

They responded the their following with a loud, invigorating asortment of tunes from the past as well as songs from their newest album, "Justice."

"It doesn't get any better than this," said Chris Hornick of Lebanon who said he as been a Hatchet fan for many years. "I've been to every concert here."

This is about the fourth time Molly Hatchet has played at Penn's Peak.

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Molly Hatchet will be performing tonight at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Opening for the Southern rock band will be Blackfoot.

Molly Hatchet has the reputation of being the type of band you'd find at biker rallies.

They're in the same genre as the rebellious Lynyrd Skynrd and Charlie Daniels. The band took its name from a 17th prostitute who allegedly mutilated and decapitated her clients.

Tonight at Penn's Peak, the Southern rock band makes a return visit to the venue. Opening for them will be Blackfoot.

The concert begins at 8 o'clock with tickets costing $27.

Although Molly Hatchet will be performing their major hits, expect to hear some selections from the newest album "Justice."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

It's a rockin' way to end the week.

Three nights of concerts featuring bands with very unique and different styles will be held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Ÿ Tonight, the Dublin band Thin Lizzy entertains at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 and $32.

Ÿ Tomorrow night, some of the best rock music from the 80s will be on stage when Slaughter, headed by the talented Mark Slaughter, is on the stage at 8 p.m. Support acts are Taunted by Tomorrow and Wicked Sins. General admission tickets are $24.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Thin Lizzy will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Thursday, March 24.

Growing up in Ireland, Ricky Warwick was drawn to the music of Dublin rockers Thin Lizzy.

He is now getting the chance to sing the songs of the late Phil Lynott in a newly-formed version of Thin Lizzy, which is kicking off a U.S. tour at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Thursday, March 24.

Thin Lizzy is best known on this side of the Atlantic for its 1976 album "Jailbreak," which contains its biggest hit, "The Boys Are Back in Town," which reached number 12 on the Billboard Singles chart that year.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The career of Allentown native Amanda Seyfried should survive "Red Riding Hood" relatively unscathed.

You may not.

It's not often a movie is so bad you feel compelled to bolt half-way through.

The couple in front of me at the screening of "Red Riding Hood" did just that.

Alas, your dedicated, steadfast, professional movie reviewer stayed to the very end of "Red Riding Hood." For the big reveal, see "Credit Readers Anonymous" below.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A local concert scheduled on Saturday by Loretta Lynn, a legendary country music singer, has been postponed.

The concert was set for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The new date is Friday, Oct. 14. Tickets for the Saturday concert will be honored at the Oct. 14 performance.

The show was called off because Lynn has undergone emergency knee surgery.

She had been scheduled to put on a concert Friday night in Philadelphia but that concert also was postponed due to the surgery.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Arrival performs the music of Abba Friday night at Penn's Peak. The concert gets underway at 8 o'clock.

"Dancing Queen" and "Tell Her About It" are two of the songs likely to be sung in separate concerts at Penn's Peak this weekend. And although Abba and Billy Joel won't actually be singing them, it will appear as though they are.

Tomorrow night at the Jim Thorpe venue, Arrival brings "The Music of Abba" in a concert starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 and $23.

Saturday night, it is Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot Performing the music of Billy Joel and more. The concert is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $17 in advance and $22 at the door.