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Monday, January 20, 2014

The Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton will Present "The Pajama Game" for its 2014 Performance

The show will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 27; Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m.

Advanced tickets are recommended for all performances as it is anticipated they will sell out.

The musical will be staged in Smith Auditorium of Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton.

Friday, January 17, 2014

There will be three concert events this weekend at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe:

Ÿ Tonight - Hard Travelin With Woody – The Music & Words of Woody Guthrie, 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.

Ÿ Saturday - Dead On Live's – Psychedelic 60's, Blues for Allah and beyond, 8:30 p.m. Tickets $23.

Ÿ Sunday - AJ and Kelli, with special guests The Day Rubies, 6 p.m. Tickets $12.

Dead On Live will be performing their latest note-for-note recreation of the music of the 'Dead.'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Randy Noojin does a one-man show as a tribute to Woody Guthrie. He brings the performance to the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Hop a boxcar through the Dustbowl with Woody Guthrie and commune with the spirit, stories and songs in Randy Noojin's critically acclaimed one man show.

Experience the essence of Woody and sing along with a dozen of his greatest songs at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

An accomplished playwright and Broadway actor, Noojin's one man show has opened to great revues as he brings his tour of the Northeast.

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 or by calling SoundCheck Records at 570-325-4009.

Friday, November 15, 2013

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.