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Friday, November 21, 2014
Special to the Times News The Sultans of String will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Saturday.

Sultans of String bandleader and violinist Chris McKhool acknowledges that a lot of bands like the Sultans mix different styles from around the world. But the Toronto-based band a trio from the group performing Saturday in Jim Thorpe at the Mauch Chunk Opera House plays their music in one voice.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley High School will present the classic comedy "Cheaper By the Dozen" this weekend. Some of the main characters include, from left: mother Lillian Gilbreth (Regan Welkey); father Frank Gilbreth (Nathaniel Rhoads); daughter Ernestine Gilbreth (Angelica Ramierz); son Frank Gilbreth Jr. (Kurt Ammermann); daughter Ann Gilbreth (Hayley Blanding); and schoolteacher Miss Brill (Amina Jones).

Pleasant Valley High School will present the classic comedy, "Cheaper by the Dozen" Friday through Sunday to kick off its 2014-15 theater season.

"Cheaper by the Dozen," based on the real life story of the Gilbreth Family, is set in the 1920s and tells the story of the well-known efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth (Nathaniel Rhoads), an industrial engineer and a leader in the field of scientific management who manages his family with the same efficiency he would expect from a factory.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Steeped in Irish tradition, the Brock McGuire Band brings its repertoire to Tamaqua tonight with a concert at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Fronted by Moving Cloud founding members Paul Brock and Manus McGuire, the band's tight, tenacious blend of instruments emphasizes mostly Irish music, but there is also a sprinkling of impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic traditions.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The 'The Band' Band Last Waltz Celebration live comes to the The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Saturday. The original Band's final performance, in San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, was called The Last Waltz, and set the standard by which all farewell concerts are measured. We celebrate that great night back in 1976.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Shawn Phillips performs at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Friday.

Phillips is one of most fascinating and enigmatic musicians to come out of the early '70s singer-songwriter boom, but his music is difficult to categorize. His refusal to shape his music which crosses between folk-rock, jazz, progressive, pop, and classical to anyone else's expectations has allowed him to hold onto a large and dedicated following.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Craig Thatcher Band and Friends will perform live at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Long a well-known bluesman and rocker in the Lehigh Valley, Thatcher has assembled a band of many outstanding talents, much to the delight of audiences in Pennsylvania as well as around the country.

About to release a new CD, the Craig Thatcher Band storms into the Opera House with a magnificent set of new music combined with classics performed in their inimitable, magnetic style.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The Battlefield Band

The Battlefield Band, masters of Celtic music, both ancient and modern, will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe Friday. Show time is 8 p.m.

The Battlefield Band is recognized in its native Scotland in the same way the Chieftains are revered in Ireland. They have appeared multiple times with Garrison Keillor on his A Prairie Home Companion radio show, which is no small feat and a nod to their prodigious talent.

Monday, October 27, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ellen Perkins, a senior at Lehighton Area High School selected to participate in the National High School Honor Choir in Nashville, stands in front of high school band and school cheerleaders which gave her a noisy sendoff to the event on Friday. The National Choir is being held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville through Wednesday.

Ellen Perkins, a senior at Lehighton Area High School, got quite a send-off Friday to participate in the National High School Honor Choir in Nashville.

Although the school has had many students make District Chorus and State Chorus (including Perkins) over the years, the 17-year-old student is the first ever selected for the national event.

The National Choir is being held through Wednesday at the historic Grand Ole Opry.

Perkins was surprised by a special performance on her behalf by the high school band and cheerleading squad, which composed a special cheer for her.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back at The Mauch Chunk Opera House on Saturday. This special performance "It Was a Very Good Year" is a musical journey about the life and times of the late Frank Sinatra starring Tony Sands as "The Voice," singing all his best loved songs performed true to their original arrangements.

Tony Sands captivates his audiences with the mannerisms, illusion and romance that have made him a must-see in Atlantic City and Vegas for more than 20 years.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Popa Chubby

Larger-than-life blues figure Popa Chubby has a lot of reasons to feel lucky this year. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of his emergence as a powerful force in the venerable New York blues scene with his very own band, and his own unique brand of hard-hitting, face-melting, blues-rockin' funky soul. And he'll celebrate this major milestone the only way he knows how, with a CD Release event at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe for his smokin' hot new studio album, "I'm Feelin' Lucky."