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Monday, April 4, 2011
@$:Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Randy Travis performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, singing most of his hits as well as a couple of songs from a new 25th anniversary album scheduled for release in June.

You could tell that country singer Randy Travis felt pretty comfortable on the Penn's Peak stage, Friday night.

He smiled a lot. He told jokes. Most important to the large crowd who came to see him, he delivered his songs flawlessly.

Travis made his fourth appearance at the venue before what was probably his largest audience. The neotraditionalist country star delivered a set of more than 20 songs and virtually every one was met with robust applause.

Friday, April 1, 2011
Rod Heckman/TIMES NEWS Sixty-eight students from four Carbon County High Schools participated in the 2011 Carbon County Chorus Festival, held in the Weatherly Area Middle School. Participating high schools were Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, and Weatherly.

The 12th annual Carbon County Chorus Festival, held recently in the Weatherly Area Middle School gym, featured 68 students from four participating schools.

The participating schools and their respective directors are Eric Flowers, Jim Thorpe; David Perkins, Lehighton; Kathy McKeon, Palmerton, and Shannon Shughart, Weatherly.

The program opened with "A Jubilant Song," and included such selections as "Come In From the Firefly Darkness," "Tres Cantos Nativos Dos Indio Krao'," "In Flanders Fields," and "It Takes A Village."

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Yes performs at Penn's Peak

A large crowd was on hand Wednesday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe for the performance of Yes, the English progessive rock band whose hits include "Owner of a Lonely Heart." The performance was the first of three concert events at the venue this week. Friday night, country great Randy Travis will be performing. On Saturday, Live Wire brings the ultimate AC/DC tribute while Beautiful Day does a U2 tribute. Both events begin at 8 p.m.

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.