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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Chris Smither

Blues guitarist Chris Smither will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Friday night.

On Saturday, The Youngers and Free Range Folk will be on the Opera House stage.

Both concerts begin at 8:30 p.m.

Both are productions of Jtams Productions.

Smither is highly regarded among his peers for his blues and Americana music.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Mavis Staples of The Staple Singers performs as the headliner at last year's Pocono Blues Festival at Big Boulder Ski Area. The festival is being moved to the Blue Mountain Ski Area outside Palmerton and will be renamed the Pennsylvania Blues Festival for its 20th Anniversary this July.

A popular Blues Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary under a different name and venue in Carbon County.

Known previously as the Pocono Blues Festival, the newly minted Pennsylvania Blues Festival will be held July 30-31 at Blue Mountain Ski Area near Palmerton.

Pocono Blues Festival founder Michael Cloeren announced in a press release that the festival - which had been a three-day event staged at Jack Frost/Big Boulder Ski Area for the past 19 years - will continue its legacy.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) – A judge in Florida says former teen idol David Cassidy is expected to enter a plea of guilty or no contest following a drunken driving charge in November.

Cassidy didn't show up for a status hearing Tuesday, but St. Lucie County Cliff Barnes says he expected the 60-year-old "Partridge Family" star to enter a plea without attending a court hearing. If Cassidy enters the written plea, he'll likely be sentenced Feb. 16.

Cassidy was arrested Nov. 3 after authorities said they spotted his car weaving on Florida's Turnpike near Fort Pierce.

Friday, January 14, 2011
Crooked Still will be performing at 8:30 p.m. today in the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

Crooked Still, a Boston-based band which does some Americana, some pure folk, and some old-fashioned bluegrass, has been producing music for nearly 10 years. It's anniversary will be coming up this year.

Founding member Corey DiMario said although the band does extensive traveling - including a tour of Europe - he doesn't expect they'll ever reach the plateau of a Bruce Springstein or Garth Brooks.

"We're lucky to be able to do what we like to do and bring music to our fans," said DiMario, who was waiting out a snowstorm in Newton, Mass.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
The Lehighton Boys and Girls Band

The Lehighton Boys and Girls Band celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a concert on November 27, 2010, in the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium.

The Boys and Girls Band traces its roots to 1910 when the Engine Company No. 2 Band was founded. Several name changes followed: in 1911 the name changed to the Boys Band of Engine Company No. 2, in 1913 to the Lehighton Boys Band, and in 1981 to the present Lehighton Boys and Girls Band.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
AL ZAGOFKSY/TIMES NEWS With the release of Modern Beauty, the music of multitalented singer/songwriter John David Ambrose is in the limelight with seven original blues/rock tracks. Ambrose wrote, sang lead and back-up, played drums and a variety of guitars, as well as mixed all tracks on the album.

With the release of Modern Beauty, the music of Jim Thorpe's multitalented singer/songwriter John David Ambrose is in the limelight with seven original blues/rock tracks. Ambrose wrote, sang lead and back-up, played drums and a variety of guitars, as well as mixed all tracks on the album.

What a difference three years has made-for until the age of 16, Ambrose had no connection with music. Growing up with his mom, not having known his dad, Ambrose was a loner, prone to trouble-which caused him to be bounced around through the local private, public, and alternative schools.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

National Wildlife Federation has teamed up with the Warner Bros Picture film Yogi Bear to inspire kids and families to learn about wildlife and get outside

The film opens nationwide on December 17, with NWF serving as the production's official education partner.

A live-action/CG animated adventure, Yogi Bear brings everyone's favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear to the big screen in eye-popping 3D.

The story centers around Jellystone Park™, which has been losing so much business that greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land.

Monday, December 13, 2010
ron gower/times news

The Varsity Voices of Lehighton Area High School perform during annual choral concert. Members are, l-r, Sam Cerimele, Kristen Campbell, Evy Heckman, Schyler Cordova, Michael Perkins, Daniel Edmunds, Arthur Terembula, Kirk Arner, Cat Varley, and Bri Oswald.

Monday, December 13, 2010
Lehighton choral concert

One Lehighton Area High School student plays a drum and another a tambourine during choral concert held at the school. The concert was directed by David Perkins and featured the Concert Choir, Guys Double Quartet, Girls Sextet, Varsity Voices, and Music Express.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Lehighton Area Middle School Music Department will present their 18th annual holiday program Wednesday, Dec. 15, in the auditorium.

The fifth and sixth grade groups will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The seventh and eighth grade band and choirs will start at 7:45 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Jazz Ensemble will begin the program.

"Herald Angel Swing," a laid-back swing piece, will kick off the concert. Gary Higgins, a eighth grade saxophonist, will be featured on this first selection.