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Monday, May 24, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Get The Led Out guitarists Jimmy Marchiano (left) and Paul Hammond jam during their Penn's Peak concert Saturday night.

Led Zeppelin holds a sacred place among hard rock fans.

The British band took a mystical approach to its heavy rock and spaced-out blues that has become legendary, almost as much for its off the stage indulgences as for the music itself.

A mythology has developed around Zep over the years, and those dealing with paying tribute often find themselves getting sucked into it, at their peril.

Get The Led Out doesn't get lost in the clouds of myth or immersed in the legend. The Philadelphia-based band keeps the focus on what still attracts legions of Zep fans - the music.

Monday, May 24, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Graham Russell (left) and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply harmonize during their Penn's Peak concert Friday night.

After 35 years together, it would be easy for Air Supply to play it safe.

To the credit of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, the band's founding duo, they are looking for ways to continue to evolve musically.

Air Supply is back on the pop music charts for the first time in 20 years, thanks to a striking new album, Mumbo Jumbo. At Penn's Peak on Friday night, it showcased a good portion of the current release.

Friday, May 21, 2010

At first, Russell Crowe is not the Hollywood image of Robin Hood we've become accustomed to. Even Kevin Costner in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991) is closer to the Errol Flynn image in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) often associated with the mythical outlaw of England's Sherwood Forest.

Friday, May 21, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Vocalist Paul Sinclair of Get The Led Out performs as part of the band's Led Zeppelin tribute show at Penn's Peak last year.

Get The Led Out continues to enthall fans with its remarkable Led Zeppelin tribute show.

The Philadelphia-based band has been a crowd favorite at Penn's Peak crowd since its first appearance, attracting packed houses, and it returns to the Jim Thorpe Saturday night. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Get The Led Out has been billed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin" for its amazing recreations of the music of the legendary British rockers.

Thursday, May 20, 2010
Graham Russell of Air Supply performs during an appearance at Penn's Peak. Air Supply returns to the Jim Thorpe venue for a Friday night concert. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Air Supply has a lot to celebrate this year.

2010 marks the 35th year that founding members Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock have been making music together, dating back to when they were unknown singers and actors in a production of Jesus Christ, Superstar and continuing through performances in coffeehouses back in Australia.

Monday, May 17, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

The Grubs band played during the intermission between the "Bugz" presentation and the "Bones" presentation during the spring concert of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School. The show was held at the Lehighton Annex.

Monday, May 17, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer John Michael Montgomery performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The last time John Michael Montgomery performed in the immediate area was a good decade or more ago when he headlined a nearly sold-out concert at the Allentown Fairgrounds.

Last night, he performed at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, singing most of his number one hits. It's a comeback for the star who was a commander on the charts in the 90s but then had to take time off for surgeries and other personal matters.

He battled a little hoarseness last night, but for the most part was his old self and got a warm reception from the audience.

Monday, May 17, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Students at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Lehighton, presented "Bugz" Sunday to family and friend at the Lehighton Annex. The program featured a comedy of bugs of all types, from honey bees to gypsy moths. The show was their spring presentation.

Monday, May 17, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

A musical parody of building a skeleton was presented by the students of Ss. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton. The production of "Bones" was well received by family and friends at the Lehighton Annex on Sunday.

Thursday, May 13, 2010
John Michael Montgomery performs Sunday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

"Life's a dance that you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow ..."

"Life's a Dance" was one of seven number-one hits for country singer John Michael Montgomery, and one of 20 songs which hit the top 10 in Billboard for him.

The words to this song can be related to by everyone, especially Montgomery.

The Danville, Kentucky native started with very little, made it to the top in his profession, then experienced tough times.