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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Spyro Gyra will perform at Penn's Peak Friday night.

When Jay Beckenstein was performing in jam sessions in Buffalo, New York back in the 1970's, little did he know that he was in the process of defining a genre of music.

From those jams grew Spyro Gyra, one of the most successful practitioners of the smooth jazz sound on the pop charts.

The latest edition of Spyro Gyra will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday evening. Show time is 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ted Nugent, shown here from a 2008 Penn's Peak concert, returns to The Peak on Thursday, June 24 at 8 p.m. The Nuge is known for hard-rocking hits such as "Cat Scratch Fever", "Wango Tango", "Free For All" and "Stranglehold". Tickets are $32 in advance and $37 the day of the show for general admission seating. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, April 24 and are available on-line at, at Ticketmaster outlets, including Gallery of Sound and Boscov's, at the Penn's Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The principles in the 2010 Marian Catholic High School's production of Jesus Christ Superstar are: Justin Huegel, Patrick Leitzel, Michael Mulligan, Scott Nietz, Alex Garber, Katie Owens, Eric Faust, Matthew Baxter, Danielle Lisella and Rebecca Thomas. Marian will be presenting the play Friday, April 23 at 7:p.m, Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 2:p.m.

Jesus Christ, Superstar is the groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece by the legendary writing team of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The first collaboration between Webber and Rice to be performed on stage, Jesus Christ, Superstar is one of the most popular and enduring works ever created for musical theatre. Featuring such notable songs as "Superstar", "Everything's All Right" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him", Jesus Christ Superstar earned five Tony nominations.

Monday, April 19, 2010
38 Special singer Donnie Van Zant (center) stands in between guitarists Don Barnes (left) and Danny Chauncey (right) during the band's sold-out show at Penn's Peak Saturday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

38 Special's return to Penn's Peak saw the veteran Southern rockers firing on all cylinders.

The latest stop on the band's 2010 Wild-Eyed and Live Tour attracted a sold-out crowd to The Peak Saturday night, and Donnie Van Zant and company did not disappoint.

Taking the stage with the rocking anthem "Rockin' Into the Night", 38 Special grabbed the throttle and kept the pedal to the metal during a hit-filled 87 minute set.

Monday, April 19, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Cheri Martorana of Rubix Kube brings the 80's back to life at Penn's Peak.

Trying to capture the electricity of the music of the 1980's on stage is like time traveling in that Delorean from Back to the Future; you had better be moving at 88 miles an hour to catch the lightning.

It's a challenge that New York City 80's tribute band Rubix Kube pulled off during a fast paced debut at Penn's Peak Friday night.

The key to pop music success in the 80's was that artists could no longer merely rely on their music. Due to the explosion of MTV onto the scene, acts with a visual flair (and a hot music video) were the ones who topped the charts.

Friday, April 16, 2010

"Date Night" puts the sparks back in the romantic comedy genre.

The light comedy, with a dash of adventure and mayhem, is an entertaining mainstream movie about keeping the life in married life. There are some thoughtful moments, too, about trust, fidelity and keeping the home fires burning.

Monday, April 12, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) – Put Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in a Memphis recording studio and you're bound to make musical fireworks. Maybe even a Broadway show.

That's the premise behind "Million Dollar Quartet," a fictional recreation of their celebrated jam session on Dec. 4, 1956, apparently the only time these music legends ever played together. This high-energy entertainment, which opened Sunday at the Nederlander Theatre, is part jukebox concert, part history lesson of '50s pop music and part cautionary tale about the ups and downs of show biz.

Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Youngers will be performing Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Special events are planned on both Friday and Saturday nights at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, both being presented by JTAMS Productions.

On Friday night, the Reading area multi-talented band "The Youngers" will perform at 8:30 p.m. Opening for The Youngers will be Tin Bird Choir.

"Girls Night Out," which has proven very popular in the past at the Opera House, will be held on Saturday night.

Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Temptations will be making an appearance at Penn's Peak on Thursday, September 23. The group is best known for hits such as "My Girl," "Get Ready," and "Just My Imagination." Tickets for the concert are on sale.

If you enjoy comedians, one of the nation's funniest will be coming to Penn's Peak in June.

Steven Wright, whose CDs are "I Have A Pony" and "I Still Have A Pony," will be bringing his act to the Jim Thorpe venue on Sunday, June 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday but are already available to Sneak Peak Club members.

Known for his deadpan delivery, Wright has built up quite a following on his stand up alone.

He won an Oscar for his short "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings" (1988).

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Singer, guitar player and accordionist Danny Farole of Nesquehoning will again be performing on the telethon of the Tamaqua-Carbon Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Once again there is a stellar lineup of entertainment for the annual telethon of the Tamaqua-Carbon Unit of the American Cancer Society.

The telethon is being held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight both days. It is being broadcast live on Blue Ridge Communications TV-13.

Telethon regulars such as folk singer Jay Smar, the Pa. Villagers polka band, the talented Jim Cimms, Maury Rutch, Becky and the Beasts, Pat McGeehan, Maury Rutch, Danny Farole, and Angela Nardini will be among the performers.