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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"He's a real nowhere man,

Sitting in his nowhere land,

Making all his nowhere plans for nobody."

While the lyrics to "Nowhere Man" are attributed to The Beatles' John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it's widely held that the song was written mainly by Lennon, who sang lead vocals on the 1966 No. 3 Billboard chart hit from the album "Rubber Soul" ("Yesterday and Today" in the United States' release).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Eddie Money will perform at Penn's Peak Friday night.

On his 1977 debut album, Eddie Money sang about wanting to be a rock'n' roll star.

Money not only reached stardom, he is still rocking after all these years.

What keeps him going?

"The way the business is now, you have to knock on wood," said Money in a phone interview while taking a break from his current tour, which includes a stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night, presented by WLEV.

John Waite, former lead singer for The Babys and Bad English, will open the show at 8 p.m.

Monday, November 15, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Sha Na Na opened the show at Penn's Peak with "At the Hop" on Friday night. The music and performers were vibrant and exiciting and the audience had a hard time staying in their seats.

From the moment Sha Na Na opened the concert at Penn's Peak on Friday night with "At The Hop," the audience was keyed in for a good time. The concert continued with plenty of favorites, which are also on their latest CD "Peppermint Twist," "Let's Dance," and "Sandy."

Since Sha Na Na is celebrating their 40th anniversary, they spoke a little about their start in the music business.

In 1969, Sha Na Na played at Woodstock, which became their defining moment whey they appeared second to last on the final day. That gig gave them a record deal and started them on their way.

Monday, November 15, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Voyage singer Hugo Valenti performs Steve Perry's vocals during the Journey tribute at Penn's Peak Saturday night.

Journey and Bob Seger produced a plethora of hits during their commercial zenith in the 1970's and 80's, making them prime subjects for tribute bands.

Both were paid homage by bands that did remarkable jobs with their tributes before a large crowd at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Saturday night.

Voyage, featuring vocalist Hugo Valenti, brought its Journey tribute to The Peak, while Hollywood Nights, a Philadelphia-based band, presented its take on Seger.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The big question in moviegoers' minds about the animated feature film, "Megamind," is whether or not to see the movie in 3-D.

While there are certain scenes where 3-D enhances the visuals, paying a premium to see "Megamind" in 3-D is not necessary.

"Megamind" features the voice talents of Will Ferrell as Megamind, the Evil Overlord; Tina Fey as Roxanne, a TV news reporter; Jonah Hill as Hal, a TV cameraman Megamind transforms into arch enemy, Tighten; Brad Pitt as Metro Man, a superhero good guy; and David Cross as Minion, Megamind's sidekick.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

JTAMS Productions presents Eddie Bruce to the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe on Saturday, November 13 at 8 p.m.

Bruce will recreate a performance of Bennett's personal songbook in a cabaret show called Bruce on Bennett: A Loving Tribute. According to the ress release, Tony Bennett has himself vouched for Bruce's remarkable talent.

Bruce draws on his talents as a seasoned television personality and experienced radio talk-show host, to assemble a glorious package of entertainment when he delivers his spot-on tribute to the great Tony Bennett.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Loretta Lynn

Christmas is only about six weeks away and one gift suggestion would be tickets to a music concert.

Penn's Peak has announced some shows for early 2011 including the "First Lady of Country Music" Loretta Lynn, tribute bands like Bruce in the USA and Arrival, and 80s rockers Slaughter and Jani Lane performing on the same evening.

Tickets for most of the concert events are already on sale.

Three shows go on sale Saturday. They are Dave Mason on April 14, country singer Travis Tritt on April 29, and English rockers Uriah Heep on June 24.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Sha Na Na will be at Penn's Peak Friday night at 8 p.m.

Sha Na Na has the distinction of being more popular than many of the bands whose hits they perform in their concerts.

Tomorrow, the band, which got its big break at the world famous 1969 Woodstock Festival, makes a return to Penn's Peak in a concert set for 8 p.m. Tickets are $27.

Opening will be the popular oldies band Remember When.

Jocko Marcellino, one of the original members of Sha Na Na, said he enjoys playing at Penn's Peak. "It's a lovely venue; like a big log cabin," he said in a phone interview.

Friday, November 5, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Little Big Town performs at Penn's Peak, Thursday, before a large crowd.

Little Big Town might be considered the female version of The Statler Brothers or Oak Ridge Boys.

Their harmony, stage presence, and attention to detail - factors which the Statlers and Oaks take seriously - were obvious last night when they made their return to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Also like the Statlers and Oaks, every member had a special and important part in the performance, which highlighted their respective style. The blend was perfect.

Thursday, November 4, 2010
The John Lennon Project

JTAMS Productions presents The John Lennon Song Project Live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Friday, November 5 at 8:30 p.m.

One of the most unique and compelling interpretations of the late John Lennon's music comes from The John Lennon Song Project, a 7-piece ensemble created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare.

Together, they have produced "Imagined: The John Lennon Song Project," a thoughtfully re-imagined tribute that celebrates the genius and artistry of Lennon.