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Local Entertainment

Thursday, July 7, 2011

On Saturday evening, July 9, the Lehighton Band will be presenting a concert on the ball field at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park beginning at 7 p.m.

This is the third year that the band has performed at this venue and if this year is like the past, there will be a good crowd in attendance.

The concert is free and open to the public but you will need to bring a lawn chair as there is no seating on the field.

Paul R. Smith, conductor of the band, has selected a varied program with pieces sure to please everyone's choice of music.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

JTAMS Productions Presents Greg Ransom's Benny and the Jets, an Elton John Tribute, at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, July 2, at 8:30 p.m.

Bennie and the Jets is the world's premiere Elton John Tribute Band. Greg Ransom whose vocals, on stage mannerisms, and piano playing are exactly like those of Elton John.

Greg has the ability to make you believe that you're at an Elton John concert.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Lehighton Area Middle School music department will present a Summer Band concert on Friday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at the middle school.

The sixth through eighth grade combined band will perform several pieces including "Sugar Creek Saga," "Bugs That Bug Me," and the theme from the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. Furthermore, selected clarinet, saxophone, flute, and low brass students will be featured during the small ensemble portion of the concert.

Monday, June 27, 2011
Kenny Ek/Special to the TIMES NEWS Lauren Curnow (Marian the Librarian), left, and David Masenheimer (Harold Hill), right, dance in "The Music Man," through July 3, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

"The Music Man," the legendary, award-winning iconic stage hit by Meredith Willson, has so many great songs that one can tend to overlook how funny and insightful an American musical it is.

"The Music Man" is about heartland America, with a cast of characters not unlike you and me. Well before Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegone eccentrics on "A Prairie Home Companion," there were the good folk of River City, Iowa.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Having the lead roles in the production of "Winnie-the-Pooh," which will be held at the Lehighton Borough Annex, are, Pooh, Zane Bachert; Rabbit, Mike Kabana; Piglet, Marissa Miller, and seated, Christopher Robin, Keith Shelly II.

The Children's Musical Theatre Group of Musique Performers will present "Winnie-the-Pooh" on Friday and Saturday in Lehighton

The musical will be staged in the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show.

Zane Backert as the lead role of Winnie-the-Pooh and Kane Zerbe plays Eeyore.

Others in the performance are Kanga (Teah Garisson), Roo (Kim Klein), Owl (Ryan Mirorelli), and many of Christopher Robin's (Keith Shelly II) other friends as they journey through the Hundred-Acre Woods.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
David Wilcox

Singer-Songwriter, David Wilcox will perform Friday, June 10, at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

"I write like my life depends on it." said Wilox.

He has sold over 750,000 discs and has been writing songs for 30 years.

Wilcox's music is distilled in a solid folk/blues/pop mode. He believes that the right song at the right time changes people's lives.

Wilcox sings with a mellow fluency that suggests James Taylor and the late Nick Drake.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Nicole Donatone

Local country singer Nicole Donatone, who has opened at Penn's Peak and other venues for such major artists as Randy Travis, John Michael Montgomery, and Restless Heart, has her own Web site.

Fans can follow her at www.nicoledonatone.com.

The site has her bio, appearances, numerous photos, and news.

Donatone, who is employed at Penn's Peak Radio, is getting ready to release her first album. It was recorded at Ron Fairchild Music in Nashville, Tenn.

The date for the release will be announced.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Carbon Leaf blasted into the national spotlight with their major label debut, "Indian Summer."

Saturday night, the group makes a stop at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in a concert starting at 8:30 p.m.

Carbon Leaf have supported major national tours with Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, John Mayer and also headlining their own.

Their blend of folk-rock, Americana, celtic, bluegrass, rock and pop lends itself to a variety of live formats.

Before they launch their national summer tour, see them onstage at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Friday, May 20, 2011
Todd Snider

TAMS Productions Presents Singer-Songwriter and Storyteller, Todd Snider at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Saturday, May 21 at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Snider is a vociferous musician whose fans know him to be quite the workhorse. His acclaimed 2006 release, "The Devil You Know" found the barefoot troubadour performing live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman and the CD appeared on numerous year-end Top 10 lists including Spin, Blender and Rolling Stone.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lehighton Rotary Club is presenting an Elvis tribute show on Saturday, May 14 at Lehighton American Legion. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a turkey dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

Dancing to some oldies, country, and class rock will begin at 7 p.m., followed by "Elvis in Concert."

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club.

Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick will be the featured entertainer.