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Friday, January 18, 2013
Savoy Brown, a British blues/rock band, will be returning to the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

One of the longest, continuously running, blues/rock bands in the world today, blues-rock innovators Savoy Brown, will appear in concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Formed by British guitarist and songwriter Kim Simmonds in 1966, Savoy Brown's fusion of blues, rock, and jazz music was revolutionary for late-1960s England.

Friday, January 11, 2013
Dancin' Machine will be bringing their fun show to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, Saturday night.

Tomorrow night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, a band that has everyone dancing to non-stop hits from the disco era is back.

Dancin' Machine is a retro dance party and tribute to the hit days of disco by a premiere nine-piece band.

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. It's time to party with the East Coast's hottest Disco tribute.

Friday, January 11, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Luke Bryan is joining Blake Shelton to co-host the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards.

The Academy also says in a Tuesday news release that this year's show will be held April 7 and Brad Paisley will host the ACM Fan Jam, a satellite event held simultaneously with the awards show.

Bryan replaces Reba McEntire. She served as host for more than a decade before stepping aside to concentrate on her new sitcom "Malibu Country."

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The annual Christmas Dinner and Concert by the Lehighton Band will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the American Legion on South Third Street in Lehighton.

A holiday dinner will be served by the staff of the Legion beginning at 6 p.m. followed by a concert of Christmas music beginning about 7 p.m.

Over the years this event has become quite popular. No tickets will be sold at the door and the deadline for ordering your tickets is Sunday, Nov. 25.

Thursday, November 8, 2012
The talented Claire Lynch Band performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Lynch, who pushes the boundaries of the bluerass genre, has a large following and often sells out of the venues in which she performs. Tickets will be available at the door with a $5 discount for mentioning the TIMES NEWS.

The Claire Lynch Band performs live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8:30 p.m.

Officials of the Opera House said that anyone mentioning reading the article about the concert in the TIMES NEWS will receive a $5 discount.

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre.

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Jonathan Edwards

Two long-time, accomplished musicians will be making a special appearance Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Jonathan Edwards, who had the classic hit "Sunshine," and Michael Martin Murphy, best known for the hit "What's Forever For," will be on the local stage for a concert starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

The concert is unique in that Edwards and Murphy will be sharing the stage at the same time - along with a musician, performing acoustically.

Thursday, September 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A murder, comedy, mystery, "Judge Judy," will be presented at the Parkview Inn on Saturday, Sept. 22. Is Judge Judy's life in danger in this special production? For ticket information, phone (570) 645-3555.

Parkview Inn in Summit Hill will be hosting a dinner show on Saturday, September 22. This will again be a murder, comedy, mystery.

White Rose Productions presents a spoof of television's most popular judge. "Judge Judy" is touring the east coast to promote her show and to try cases in small town USA with her brand of justice.

Her court room turns deadly when her bailiff, Officer Byrd, fails to show up at court . A new bailiff arrives uninvited...or was she?

Several cases are presented throughout the evening and Judge Judy dishes her harsh, no nonsense verdicts.

Monday, August 27, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Country singer Nicole Donatone, black dress, dances with Anna Luzzo, 9, of Easton, and Bella Richardson, 6, of West Chester, during Donatone's performance yesterday at the West End Fair in Gilbert.

The West End Fair in Gilbert always gets the most popular local bands to provide free entertainment.

Yesterday, country singer Nicole Donatone, star of the Penn's Peak Radio programs "Tunes N Trivia" and "Round-Up," performed.

Tonight, the Cramer Brothers, who are West End residents, will be on the main stage at 6, 7:30, and 9 p.m.

Also this evening, the Pleasant Valley High School band will do a preview concert at 5:30 p.m. in the band shell.

Tomorrow night, the veteran band Twitty Fever will entertain at 5:30, 7:30, and 9 p.m.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Nicole Donatone, who has recorded an original CD and who has a weekly show on Penn's Peak Radio, will be performing at the West End Fair in Gilbert on opening day, Sunday, Aug. 26, at noon, 2, and 4 p.m.

As summer winds down, so does the fair season.

There are still several fairs occurring in Eastern Pennsylvania with some major performers attending.

Here's a rundown of the remaining fair schedules:

West End Fair

Gilbert

Aug. 26

Noon, 2, and 4 p.m. - Nicole Donatone.

Aug. 27

1, 3, and 4:30 p.m. - John Hamby with Southern Comfort Band.

5:30 p.m. - Pleasant Valley Band.

6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. - The Cramer Brothers Band.

Aug. 28

Noon, 2, and 3:30 p.m. - Len & The Sidekicks Band

1, 3, and 6:30 p.m. - Joe Nagele.

Friday, August 10, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Line dancers enjoy themselves at the Carbon County Fair near Palmerton while in the background, the band Crazy Hearts performs. The fair will have a "Country Spectacular" featuring five bands tomorrow.

Five country bands will be performing at the Carbon County Fair on Saturday, with a giant jam session serving as the grand finale.

The "Country Spectacular" gets underway at 1 p.m. with the jam session set for 9:30 p.m.

Participants are:

Ÿ 1 p.m. - Tracy Lee.

Ÿ 3 p.m. - The Hawks.

Ÿ 5 p.m. - Joe Bonson & Coffee Run.

Ÿ 6:45 p.m. - Brooke Unger.

Ÿ 7:30 p.m. - The Cramer Brothers.

Ÿ 9:30 p.m. - Jam Session.