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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Paul Willistein/TIMES NEWS Tom Hollenbach of Salisbury Township with his 1962 Thunderbird, which will be at the 47th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6, 7, 8, Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie.

When Tom Hollenbach starts his 1962 Thunderbird, it really thunders.

The four-seat hardtop owned by Hollenbach and his wife, Claudia, of Salisbury Township, will be under the featured car tent at the 47th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6, 7, 8 in Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie.

The Hollenbachs' Thunderbird was the cover story for an issue of Thunderbird Script magazine, published by the International Thunderbird Club.

" We've had it (the Thunderbird) all over the place," Hollenbach says. "We've had it to many international shows."

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Little Feat (from left, Richie Hayward, Kenny Gradney, Fred Tackett, Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton and Bill Payne) returns to Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

Little Feat has long been a traveler on what its members refer to as "The Proud Highway".

The band that was home to the late Lowell George has proven to be a true road warrior, bringing its uniquely American mix of rock, blues, funk, folk, jazz, swamp boogie and country to a loyal following.

Little Feat has made Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe a frequent stop on its annual concert tours, and it returns there on Saturday night for the first time since December, 2008.

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The Lehighton Band, directed by Paul R. Smith, performs recently in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater. On Saturday, the band will be putting on a free concert at 7 p.m. at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

The Lehighton Band, under the direction of Paul R. Smith, will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

The band will present a concert of music of various styles.

The overture for the evening will be "Overture de Argentina," a very light-hearted composition that is easy to listen to.

At the other end of the spectrum, the band will play "Willy Nelson In Concert," a medley of Willy Nelson hits.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Despicable Me" is an enjoyable 3-D movie that should be seen in 3-D.

The animation feature touts its eye-popping effects and indeed they are, especially in 3-D. There's a roller coaster sequence that puts you right in the seat and staring down the tracks. There's an amusement park game of chance scene where you're front and center. You'll blast off to the moon and experience what near zero gravity might be like.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Skid Row will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.

For Rachel Bolan, Skid Row has been a way of life since he and Dave "The Snake" Sabo were founding members of the band over two decades ago.

"It's been cool being around this long and still being able to do it," said Bolan, Skid Row's bassist, in a recent phone interview.

Formed in Tom's River, New Jersey, Skid Row has become a hard rock and metal institution, moving forward through many line-up changes, with Bolan and guitarist Sabo the only constant members.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Peter Frampton performs for the Penn's Peak audience Tuesday night.

It was an exuberant Peter Frampton who took to the Penn's Peak stage Tuesday night.

Wearing a black Martin Guitars T-shirt and jeans, Frampton was loose and comfortable, perpetually with a smile as he served up a dose of the best he has to offer.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Unless you are a hard core folk music fan, the prospect of an 18 song solo acoustic guitar set can seem more daunting than fun.

Jeffrey Gaines delivered that exact type of set at his Opera House concert on Saturday.

The Harrisburg resident has been making music and touring for over 20 years. While a bad acoustic concert can lead to frantic watch-checking; the skills Gaines has gained on the road were proven by the fact that on Saturday evening he made the time fly by.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Nicole Donatone sings old and new country favorites as opening act for Sammy Kershaw at Penn's Peak.

Opening for country star Sammy Kershaw at Penn's Peak was local songstress, Nicole Donatone and "The Who Knows Band."

She opened with a little Patsy Cline in "Write Me in Care of the Blues" and "I Fall to Pieces," followed by "I Feel Lucky," and LeAnn Rimes' "Blue." She paid tribute to country's queen, Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" and belted out Miranda Lambert's "The House that Build Me" and ended with a soulful "Last Blue Moon of Kentucky."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Sammy Kershaw sings country music like "back when country was country" at Penn's Peak.

Sammy Kershaw made his first appearance on the Penn's Peak stage in Jim Thorpe on Friday night, to the delight of a house full of fans.

He appeared out of a hazy fog, as if stepping from a Louisiana bayou, of which this Kaplan, Louisiana boy knows something about.

He also knows something about making hit songs and started the evening with a Cajun kick singing his 2000 hit "Louisiana Hot Sauce," followed by "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "Anywhere But Here" and "Yard Sale."

He told the crowd that he loves country music.

Monday, July 26, 2010
Bachman and Turner will perform on Thursday at Penn's Peak.

Not long ago, C.F. "Fred" Turner thought he was retired from the music business.

It was then that Turner received a call from Randy Bachman, with whom he teamed up for a string of guitar driven hard rock hits in the 1970's as part of Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

That has resulted in an unexpected return for Turner, who is now back together with his former cohort for a new lease on the rock life as Bachman and Turner. The reunited partners are currently on tour, including a visit to Penn's Peak Thursday night.