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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Air Force Satellite Band

Satellite, a highly entertaining and versatile twelve piece ensemble that is part of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band from Langley AFB, VA., is coming to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, March 21, at 7 p.m. The concert is being sponsored by the TIMES NEWS. The mission of the Heritage Band of America is to organize, train and deploy professional Airman musicians, harnessing the power of music to inspire immediate, positive, and long-lasting impressions of the United States Air Force and the United States of America in the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.

Monday, March 1, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Singer Rick Springfield is surrounded by fans as he flirts with an audience member during concert Friday at Penn's peak in Jim Thorpe.


That's the only word to describe the concert delivered Friday by Rick Springfield at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

He's 60 but behaved like he was 20, delivering one high-energy show. He remains in great physical shape, and proved it by discarding his shirt for a part of his concert and showing-off his slender shape.

His songs - hits like "Jessie's Girl" and "Love Somebody" - were delivered impeccably. He flirted with the gals in the audience - many more than half his age - and they ate it up.

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Singer and actor Rick Springfield will be performing Saturday night at Penn's Peak.

When you read this, there probably will be blizzard-like conditions raging outdoors.

On Friday night, things are sure to heat up at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Performing will be Rick Springfield, with showtime set for 8 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door. Prices are $42 and $37.

It's one of two nights when rock 'n roll music pulsates through the spacious Carbon auditorium.

On Saturday night, the featured artist is Big Shot, which is billed as "the ultimate Billy Joel tribute band." Tickets for the Saturday performance are $22 at the door.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Zion Opera Workshop, a community theater, presents "Once Upon A Mattress" on March 4, 5, and 6 in Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton, with a special matinee performance on March 6. Tickets can be secured from any cast member or at Carbon County Music and More in Lehighton. Among cast members are, front l-r, Kane Zerbe, Dylan Krum, Josiah Behrens; second row l-r, Adam Reichard, Michael Warkala, Darrin Wagner; back l-r, Sean Maloney, Justin Plocinik, Steven Pierre, and Jim Blakeslee.

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Boris Garcia

JTAMS Productions is presenting Boris Garcia & Cabinet for a night of Jamgrass live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe on Saturday, February 27 at 8:30 p.m.

Boris Garcia isn't a person but a band, an ensemble that starts with what is called jamgrass – "We're all folkies at heart," remarked one band member, "but our music also fuses American music into a rich, ever-evolving sound.

Bluegrass, jazz, rock, folk, Celtic, soul, blues, you can hear them all."

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Crazy Heart" is about fictional country singer Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges), so down on his luck his latest booking is in the cocktail lounge of a bowling alley, where he's given second billing to "Winter Leagues Forming."

That's not the only reference to Bridges' "The Dude" role in "The Big Lebowski" (1998). "Crazy Heart" goes beyond Coen Brothers' caricature to depth of character. Credit Jeff Bridges for that. He's the reason to see "Crazy Heart."

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Panther Valley High School will present its play this week, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 25 and 26, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. "Daddy's Girl" features students Jacob Tokosh, Bobbie Ann Craigie, and Kahley Caputo. Back row are John Cooper, co-producer; Codey Drum; Aric Shubeck; Alex Debaun; and Paul David. Posing in the picture frame to the rear is Danielle Natividad.

Get ready for a heart warming comedy "Daddy's Girl" about a man named Bernard Muloovy who gives his daughter away to a children's home after his wife died.

Twenty five years later his dead wife and an angel tells Bernard that his long lost daughter is coming to his diner. Instead of getting one Elizabeth, he gets two and now he has to decide which one is his true Elizabeth.

Monday, February 22, 2010
ron gower/times news

The annual performance of Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton, which this year is "Once Upon A Mattress," will be held March 4, 5, and 6 at Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton. A special matinee performance is set for March 6. Among the starring roles in the production are, l-r, Eric Werley as Sir Harry, Alissa Grell as Lady Larken, Mindy Tkach as Princess Winnifred, Michelle Stoudt as Queen Aggravain, and Mike Muffley as Prince Dauntless. Tickets can be purchased from any Zion Opera Workshop member or at Carbon County Music and More.

Monday, February 22, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Noted songwriter and country singer Jamey Johnson performs on the spacious Penn's Peak stage, Sunday. A crowd estimated at about 900 attended the concert.

When Hank Williams sang his sad country songs some 60 years ago, there was a distinct wail in his voice.

When Jamey Johnson does a ballad, the tenderness and hurt of the song is is accented by his voice, sad eyes, and trepid demeanor.

Johnson, a mountain of a man with the appearance of a mountain man, was at Penn's Peak last night. His song set consisted mostly of the type of song traditional country music is about - life's sad chapters.

The rising star who had three Grammy nominations in 2008 performed virtually non-stop for 2 1/2 hours, singing a total of 30 songs.

Thursday, February 18, 2010
Country singer Jamie Johnson will make his first appearance at Penn's Peak during a concert at 8 p.m. Sunday.

If you're a fan of heartland rock, then you'll be interested in Saturday night's concert at Penn's Peak.

If country music interests you, then Sunday's concert at the venue would be worth attending.

Appearing at Penn's Peak this weekend:

Ÿ Saturday - Bruce in the USA, the acclaimed number one tribute to "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Show time is 8 p.m.