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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.

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Angel Band

On Saturday, November 6 at 8:30 p.m. the Mauch Chunk Opera House located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe will host the stage from which Angel Band soars.

Boisterous, sad, sweet, goofy, glorious and angelic. Any which way you look at it this stuff gets your attention. Whether it's the crazy tight three part harmony, the killer backup playing, the stories, the passion, it gets your attention.

The songs are mostly self-penned, weaving vivid images, powerful lyrics, musical integrity and "chops" to write home about.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Woody Allen's films arrive in theaters each year with the predictability of the falling leaves.

There was an epiphany while viewing Woody Allen's latest, "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger." For while the leaves change color, Allen's films do not always.

Allen, who wrote 64 films, directed 46 films, acted in 40 films (but not "Stranger") and has "Midnight in Paris" in post-production, basically does stand-up comedy with pictures.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Little Big Town will be performing at 8 p.m. Thursday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The short career thus far of the band Little Big Town "has been the best we could ever imagine," said member Philip Sweet.

They were nominated for a Grammy, have charted 12 songs, and recently released their fourth album, "The Reason Why" on which is contained their top 10 hit "Little White Church" and their current single "Kiss Goodbye."

"The Reason Why" was number one on Billboard's country albums chart.

Tomorrow night, the four-member band makes a return appearance to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in a concert set for 8 o'clock.

Tickets are $37 and $32.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

That Clint Eastwood is one of the cinema's most outstanding living directors there can be no doubt after seeing "Hereafter."

Put aside the multiple Oscar nominations that are sure to come. "Hereafter" is profoundly invigorating. It is cinema of the highest caliber by a master film-maker.

Eastwood, working from an original screenplay by Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon," "The Last King of Scotland," "The Queen," "The Other Boylen Girl") meets the challenge of successfully juggling and advancing three parallel story lines.

Monday, October 25, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Larry Stewart of the band Restless Heart sings during concert Saturday at Penn's Peak.

It's been awhile since the band Restless Heart has had a big hit.

In the music industry, there's a saying that if you don't keep recording, you're quickly forgotten.

On Saturday night at Penn's Peak, it was obvious that the fans still very well remember the sextet.

Restless Heart performed a 15-number set that included every one of the band's seven number one hits.

Among them including "The Bluest Eyes in Texas, a ballad which proved to be one of the crowd's favorites judging by the applause.

Monday, October 25, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ian Anderson, shown here at a 2008 Jethro Tull concert, performed a solo concert to a sold out Penn's Peak audience Sunday night.

Ian Anderson has been the front man and musican driving force behind Jethro Tull for more than four decades.

The question is, where does Jethro Tull end and Ian Anderson begin?

On his latest solo tour, which included a sold out performance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Sunday evening, Anderson gave a glimpse of the answer.

Billed as "An Evening with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson," the crowd got exactly that: a career spanning two-set show culled from the Tull repertoire and Anderson's solo works, with some new stuff mixed in.