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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Nicole Donatone sings old and new country favorites as opening act for Sammy Kershaw at Penn's Peak.

Opening for country star Sammy Kershaw at Penn's Peak was local songstress, Nicole Donatone and "The Who Knows Band."

She opened with a little Patsy Cline in "Write Me in Care of the Blues" and "I Fall to Pieces," followed by "I Feel Lucky," and LeAnn Rimes' "Blue." She paid tribute to country's queen, Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" and belted out Miranda Lambert's "The House that Build Me" and ended with a soulful "Last Blue Moon of Kentucky."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Sammy Kershaw sings country music like "back when country was country" at Penn's Peak.

Sammy Kershaw made his first appearance on the Penn's Peak stage in Jim Thorpe on Friday night, to the delight of a house full of fans.

He appeared out of a hazy fog, as if stepping from a Louisiana bayou, of which this Kaplan, Louisiana boy knows something about.

He also knows something about making hit songs and started the evening with a Cajun kick singing his 2000 hit "Louisiana Hot Sauce," followed by "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "Anywhere But Here" and "Yard Sale."

He told the crowd that he loves country music.

Monday, July 26, 2010
Bachman and Turner will perform on Thursday at Penn's Peak.

Not long ago, C.F. "Fred" Turner thought he was retired from the music business.

It was then that Turner received a call from Randy Bachman, with whom he teamed up for a string of guitar driven hard rock hits in the 1970's as part of Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

That has resulted in an unexpected return for Turner, who is now back together with his former cohort for a new lease on the rock life as Bachman and Turner. The reunited partners are currently on tour, including a visit to Penn's Peak Thursday night.

Monday, July 26, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Peter Frampton, shown here in a previous Penn's Peak performance, returns to the Jim Thorpe venue on Tuesday, July 27.

In looking back to his past, Peter Frampton has moved his music forward.

For his latest album, Thank You Mr. Churchill, the man responsible for one of the top-selling live albums of all time offers some personal reflections on his life, as well as other topics.

Between the recording of 2006's Fingerprints, for which he won a Grammy Award in 2007 for Best Pop Instrumental Album, and the release of Mr. Churchill, Frampton had to come to terms with the death of his parents.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

In writer-director Christopher Nolan's "Inception," Leonardo DiCaprio falls asleep, Joseph Gordon-Levitt falls asleep, Ellen Page falls asleep -- and I nearly fell asleep.

I can barely stay awake just thinking about "Inception" in order to finish this movie review.

"Inception" is officially the 2010 summer blockbuster season's worst movie, given its $160-million budget and advance hype. It's, arguably, the most ludicrous movie since "Dune" (1984).

It's Nolan's first original movie since his feature film debut, "Following" (1998).

Friday, July 23, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Old Crow Medicine Show performs on stage at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The six-member band attracted a good crowd. Most in the audience were on their feet for the entire concert, which lasted over two hours.

The Old Crow Medicine Show made their first appearance at Penn's Peak last night and brought with them a musical elixir which worked wonders.

Most of the audience members stood for the performance, clapping, stomping their feet, singing, and even dancing.

While their music was obviously bluegrass, there was enough blues, folk, and Americana injected into the selections that the appeal to the band is widespread.

"It sounds bluegrass but it's more than that," said Kasey Dunmyer of Lancaster. "They're unique. They're terrific entertainers."

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Sammy Kershaw

Country singer Sammy Kershaw is busier these days than a CSI investigator.

He's touring, he's been doing benefit concerts to help fishermen and Gulf coast residents cope with the oil spill, and he has announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor in Louisiana in the Oct. 20 primary.

Friday night, his itinerary brings him to Penn's Peak where he makes his initial appearance in a concert starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are economically priced at $25 and $20.

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Met a star

Sydney Strubinger, 8, a second grade student at the L. B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe, gets a hug from country singer John Michael Montgomery when she attended concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Sydney is the granddaughter of Jim and Diane Strubinger of Jim Thorpe. She attended the show with her "grammy."

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Old Crow Medicine Show

Few entertainers have been as excited about performing in Jim Thorpe as the Old Crow Medicine Show.

The band is appearing at Penn's Peak tonight at 8 o'clock. Tickets are $30 at the door.

Old Crow Medicine Show, who specializes in its unique brand of American roots music with a rock and roll attitude, got its name from the Indian village of Old Crow, Yukon, Canada.

The band has always had an interest in Native Americans and has played on numerous reservations.

Friday, July 16, 2010
B-52s members (from left) Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson perform the band's unique dance rock at Penn's Peak Thursday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

If there is one thing certain about The B-52s, it is that wherever they perform, a dance party is sure to follow.

Penn's Peak got a dose of The B-52s' infectious grooves Thursday night, and the crowd kept shaking its collective booty.

Once considered part of the New Wave movement of rock when they first broke on the scene in the late 1970's, the group from Athens, Georgia has endured long after many of their contemporaries have faded.