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Monday, January 13, 2014

Two more events have been put on the Penn's Peak concert schedule.

Back to the Eighties Show With Jessie's Girl and VOYAGE, musical tribute to the band Journey featuring Hugo, will be at the Jim Thorpe venue on Friday, March 7.

Tickets, which go on sale the general public on Jan. 17, are $22 in advance and $27 on the day of the show.

Get the Led Out will be back at Penn's Peak on Saturday, April 12, with tickets $28 in advance and $33 on the day of the show. Regular reserved seating is $36.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 17 for this concert, too.

Friday, January 3, 2014
Dancin' Machine

Considered by many to be the best disco tribute bands in the world, New York's Dancin' Machine bring their 10 piece band of seasoned New York musicians back to the The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe for a "Night of All Star Music" on Saturday Jan. 11, at 8 p.m.

Dancin' Machine is a retro dance party and tribute to the hit days of disco. Once again recapture the days of "Boogie Fever" and do "The Hustle" to all of the top disco hits of the 70's. Dancin' Machine makes every concert event a party. Don't forget your bell bottom jeans and polyester shirt.

Thursday, December 26, 2013
The B-Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band, will beperforming at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band, The B-Street Band, led by Hazleton native Willie Forte, has been in business since before there were tribute bands.

The B-Street Band performs at Jim Thorpe's Mauch Chunk Opera House on December 27 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for this all-ages show are available at www.mcohjt.com or by calling SoundCheck Records at 570-325-4009.

Friday, November 15, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Carbon County Chorus will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., at Panther Valley High School. An admission fee is charged, all proceeds benefit the chorus to defray expenses. The director is Tim Sterner, nationally known director of student groups. David Perkins, right, chorus director at Lehighton Area High School, directs rehearsal for students in the county chorus.

Friday, November 15, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Mercedes," right, played by Chrissy Musser, confronts "Mr. Cavendish," left, played by Troy Margerum, who is supposed to be dead, while "Pete" the gangster, center, played by Pat Iezzoni, tries to collect money from Cavendish in this scene from "Backstage," to be performed by the Panther Valley High School Drama Club tonight at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the Panther Valley Drama Club will perform "Backstage."

The script, written by Pat Cook, features a play within a play in which young understudy "Ajax," played by Troy Margerum, will be called upon to deliver the greatest performance of his life in the production of "Don Juan in Cleveland."

However, no one can ever know ... except for his overly superstitious stage manager, his no nonsense director and his zany cast mates (minus one who is left in the dark).

"Ajax" will be faced with many challenges.

Monday, November 11, 2013
 SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A.D.D., local teenage rock band, played at the Sands Event Center.

Local teenage rock band A.D.D. opened for Sammy Hager, the Red Rocker and the Wabos at the Sands in Bethlehem. The young band recently played in front of nearly 2,500 people for about 45 minutes.

The five young musicians were recognized last year with an invitation to attend the National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim, California, Jan. 19-22. The invitation was made possible by Magdom Music professionals.

The band members are Tyler Ritter, Nick McGeehan and his brother, Matt McGeehan; Dakota McGeehan, and Paul Ermlich.

Monday, November 11, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Johnny Searfoss with his mom, Louise Searfoss of Jim Thorpe. "When he was growing up," Louise said, "I kept the records spinning on the phonograph playing the likes of Neil Diamond, Bobby Rydell, and Herman's Hermits."

Johnny Searfoss - it's both the name of the new album and the name of the featured singer/songwriter on the album.

On the album, Searfoss features his original blues and soft rock tunes with guitar and vocals with his band, composed of drummer Nick Lauro, keyboardist Matt McGasko, and Joe Bogwist on harmonica and singing backing vocals, providing the harmonic background.

Searfoss, 47 and a Jim Thorpe native, currently is based out of the Hazleton suburb of Larksville, although he returns to his boyhood home at least once each week to teach and visit with his mom, Searfoss.

Friday, November 8, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Former WWE superstar Gene Snisky stands with his wife, the former Diahann Ouly, left, a Coaldale native, and Lisa Hiles of Summit Hill. Snisky will be featured in the main event of a pro wrestling show to benefit the Ameican Cancer Society at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Panther Valley High School gymnasium.

For five years Gene Snisky wrestled with the World Wrestling Federation. He was featured in many main events during which he wrestled such stars as John Cena, The Undertaker, Kane, and The Big Show.

During those five years, the Nesquehoning native fought in the squared circle in arenas around the world, including Japan, Australia, Europe, and Canada. "I went through three passports in those five years," he said.

Snisky currently wrestles with Allentown-based WXW C4, which has televised shows weekends on Blue Ridge Communication TV 13.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show will be held at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill on Nov. 2.

The Parkview Inn, 204 W. Ludlow St., Summit ill will host a "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The show is a White Rose Production.

This is the last in the series of White Rose Productions.

The show and party has some great down home "fixings", hilarity and some mystery.

The Melonjuice twins, Bobby Jo Bobby and Jo Bobby Jo are throwing a surprise birthday party that will be charged with excitement. When a past redneck lover returns, the party gets hectic.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Scott Hanna from Riegelsville is an inking artist that draws for both Marvel and DC comics. He is currently working on Iron Man, Wolverine Infinite, and the Adventures of Superman.

From mingling with Star Wars' Mandalorian Mercs and Star Trek's Klingons, to schmoozing with comic book artists and publishers, to trading for a beloved Superman comic book that your mother threw away when you were eleven years old, it was all happening at Lehigh Valley Comic Con.

The Lehigh Valley Comic Con, which is held quarterly, packed hundreds of comic book fans into the Schnecksville Fire House, where thousands of new and vintage graphic novels from action heroes to kid's comedies to Classics Illustrated were sold, traded and discussed among the local fan base.